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Partying evokes consequences for students

Maddy Lucas, Opinion Editor

March 17, 2014


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When one thinks of high school, many different associations come to mind. One of these is partying, an activity that students have been participating in for generations. It also can be an extremely dangerous activity — especially when alcohol and/or drugs are involved — and can come with consequences. Principal...

Drugs threaten to pose long term effects

Kyle Smith, Reporter

March 7, 2014


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The immediate effects of drugs may be temporary but their consequences are not. Drug use can have a wide-range of harmful effects from brain damage to psychosis, some of these drugs such as heroin have seen a recent increase. Heroin had a 0.7 increase of use between 2010 and 2012 in Washington State...

Reynolds sacrifices to play rugby

Emily Baker, Reporter

January 24, 2014


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Rugby is far from the most popular sport in the United States. In a 1992 sports study conducted by the University of Tempere, Professional Rugby was the 99th most popular sport while its padded (and relatively safer) cousin NFL football took first place. Because very few people in the United States...

Martin doubles as equestrian

Kyle Smith, Reporter

January 24, 2014


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Equestrianism, also known as horseback riding, is a hobby that occupied the time of knights and noblemen of yesteryear and still persists into today's culture. Sophomore Rebecca Martin is one such horse enthusiast, who values every nuance of riding horses. “Horses were and still are a big part o...

Connolly knits, embroiders, sews

Emily Baker, Reporter

January 24, 2014


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When it comes to knitting, the stereotypical image of an old woman sitting in her rocking chair clacking her knitting needles together often comes to mind. In reality, the craft is not exclusive to grandmas and it does not require any white-haired wisdom in order to be mastered. According to Olivia...

Scuba diving fascinates Sirl

Scuba diving fascinates Sirl

Emily Baker, Reporter

January 24, 2014


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Not many people can say that they have hung around lemon sharks, tiger sharks, manta rays and octopuses. Very few can say that they have also entered kite competitions, directed musicals, taught at a high school and roller skated. In fact, these experiences collectively might be limited to one p...

Starks creates legacy on race track

Starks creates legacy on race track

Gabe Carroll, Managing Editor

January 24, 2014


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For most, flying across dirt tracks at high speeds in a sprint car is not something they can list on their resume but senior Trey Starks has been racing for most of his life. “Sprint car is what I race,” Starks said. “It started as a family thing and my grandpa started racing in the 70s. It has been a part of my family ever sinc...

Pettie collects retro video games

Kyle Smith, Reporter

January 24, 2014


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From 1980s dusty arcade cabinets to the modern video game consoles, video games have had a long history starting back in 1958, according to an article from Brookhaven National Laboratory. In 54 years of existing, many video games have become outdated pieces of the industry’s history. Carson Pettie...

Segers cycles

Kyle Smith, Reporter

January 24, 2014


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The hobby of bicycling consists of many activities including racing, mountain bike riding and simple commuting. Mathematics and physics teacher Michael Segers loves to participate in all of these activities. Bike riding is a very versatile hobby that can be done in every weather condition according...

Internet distracts students

Internet distracts students

Emily Baker, Reporter

December 6, 2013


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Social media is everywhere. It is on phones, computers, advertisements and television shows. The existence of social media is near impossible to avoid and when you are doing homework it can become a major player in the procrastination game. Yearbook adviser Kristin Gerhardt deals with students on...

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