The Viking Vanguard

Summer schoolwork helps students in fall

Kyle Smith, Managing Editor

May 18, 2015


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As summer slowly approaches, the work students will have to do next year can become overshadowed by the desire to take a break. Unfortunately, now might be the best time to start preparing for next school year to ensure that students have a solid start to their junior and senior years. Counselor...

Educators Advise Perseverence

Jaxon Owens, Staff

May 13, 2015


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Every student knows that the end of the school year is just around the corner. Keeping grades up and ending the year strong are always concerns for administration and the teachers. Vice Principal Maija Thiel says she will go out of her way to help out struggling kids. “I try to let them know that...

Harassment policy explained through administrative voice

Lacey Rose, Staff

April 28, 2015


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According to the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey, a statewide survey conducted in schools every two years during the month of October, 22.6 percent of the sophomores and 16.4 percent of the seniors surveyed marked that they were bullied in the past 30 days. Whether it takes form as cyber, physical or verbal,...

Mental health, illnesses affect self image

Kyle Smith, Managing editor

April 15, 2015


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Stress and pressures can weigh heavily on the mind. Sometimes this stress can lead to the development of a mental illness. The kinds of mental disorders, their triggers and their symptoms are varied but all of them are potentially serious conditions. The Good Samaritan Hospital can offer aid to those...

Breaking Through the Haze

Patrick Fairbanks, Editor in Chief

February 25, 2015


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Many high schools battle drug and alcohol issues on a daily basis, as well as the raising popularity of e-cigarettes. To combat these habits PHS has formed a Care Team to work with students and provide guidance for safe decision making through their high school years. The Care Team comprises of the...

Professionals Clarify Rumors on Drug Use

Caitlin Kierum, Staff

February 23, 2015


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Drug use amongst teens in recent years has been changing, according to Dr. Jennie Hendrie, a pediatrician in the Pierce County area. “I do not think that [teen drug use and vaping] is a huge issue in Pierce County but I think it is becoming an issue,” Hendrie said. Hendrie’s statement is...

Athletic program deters substance abuse

Kyle Smith, Managing Editor

February 19, 2015


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The Athletic Code contains a variety of rules and regulations, one important section of which is the policy regarding drug use and drug paraphernalia. According to the Athletic Handbook, a student in violation of this policy for the first time will face suspension for a period of time that cannot...

Student opinion on vaping revealed

February 19, 2015


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With a variety of different flavors all aimed at appealing to potential consumers, vape pens and e-cigarettes have seen an increase in usage among high school students across the country. Senior Jordan Binford thinks that students feel motivated to vape because they are part of a society where it...

Expressive Arts provide outlets

Kyle Smith, Managing Editor

January 25, 2015


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Students come to high school hoping to cash in on all that school has to offer and this is also true in the case of classes that allow for artistic expression. From jazz to visual arts, the freedom of expression has impacted the lives of students and teachers. That freedom is an extension of the ideals...

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