The Viking Vanguard

Expressive arts provide outlets

Kyle Smith, Managing Editor

January 23, 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...

Architecture mirrors times

Kyle Smith, Managing Editor

January 19, 2015


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Several renovations and changes have been made to PHS since 1964, with two remodels occurring since then. One remodel occurred in the ‘70s and the other occurred in 1993. One change made was the removal of a gym that was located in the commons. Health and Fitness teacher Sue Krippaehne, graduated...

Stress causes addiction

Kyle Thomas, Staff

November 25, 2014


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Approximately 15 percent of high school students abuse over-the-counter drugs, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Unmanaged stress can cause many mental, physical and emotional issues. Unmanaged stress can lead to hypertension, high blood pressure and heart disease as well as anger,...

Idealized relationships alter goals

Christina Nelson, Staff

November 25, 2014


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The importance of maintaining a healthy relationship with your significant other can often motivate students to put their academics on the sidelines. Teacher Cassandra Mueller spoke on the need to prioritize proper schooling over a successful relationship. “I would say as a teacher that school should...

Lee celebrates family

Rebekah Edgbert, Staff

October 24, 2014


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Senior Anthony Lee enjoys watching movies, listening to his favorite heavy metal bands and playing video games with his four closest friends. What people may not know about him, however, is his passion for tattoos. Lee got his first tattoo June 20, as a birthday gift. “Here on my right arm, I have...

Teachers reveal significance behind tattoos

Lacey Rose, Staff

October 24, 2014


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Recently, tattoos have come to hold a greater meaning than ever before, English teacher Matthew Taron explains. “I get [tattoos] because I feel like they will remind me of values I have. My lighthouse tattoo has a Bible verse on it and although I am not particularly religious that Bible verse is ...

Band breaks sound barrier

October 7, 2014


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Wind, brass and percussion. Out of the 1686 students at Puyallup High School, over 170 of them are enrolled in band. Senior Tiffany Nomakchteinsky plays a important role in the band as a drum major this school year, along with senior Maddy Lucas. At home games during football and basketball season,...

Student section united by size

Christina Nelson, Staff

September 25, 2014


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Football games present the opportunity for students to rally together, creating an overall sense of connectivity between peers. Principal Eric Fredericks accredited a noticeable increase in football game attendees to the overall increase in student involvement seen so far this year. “The student...

Physical education proves worthy

Kyle Smith, Reporter

May 9, 2014


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Physical Education classes can offer a convenient way to get fit without spending your own free time at the gym. Students looking to get physically fit need to keep in mind the wide range of activities available to them, so that they can select the best fitness plan for them. Athletic director...

Class size affects education

Maddy Lucas, Opinion Editor

April 17, 2014


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Desks shoved wall-to-wall, a maze of backpacks and bodies to shuffle through, students constantly bumping elbows due to lack of space — welcome to an overcrowded classroom, a classroom many students across the country are forced to sit in. The issue of classroom sizes has been prevalent for many...

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