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Republicans Pass New Tax Bill

Andrew Flury, Staff

December 9, 2017


Filed under 2017-2018, News

The new Republican tax bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed the House of Representatives with a 227-207 vote Nov. 9. It passed through the Senate Dec. 2. The reform means different things for different people but here are the most important aspects of the bill, according to the Ways and Means Committee...

All-Girls Robotics Team Takes On World Championship Competition

Megan Joyce Jamora, Freelancer

November 30, 2017


Filed under 2017-2018, News

In a world of innovation, technology and science, men seem to be at the forefront of it all. An all-female robotics team from Bellevue defied expectations when they won third place in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship this past April in Houston, Tex...

Daffodil Princess Crowned

Daffodil Princess Crowned

Haley Keizur, Chief

October 26, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

  On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Micaela Nomakchteinsky was taken from a simple court member, to a royal princess. Along with eight other girls, she competed for the title of Puyallup’s 2018 Daffodil Princess. This included completing a pre-show interview, reciting a speech on her take on this y...

Shifting Technology Initiative Begins

Shifting Technology Initiative Begins

Haley Keizur, Social Media Editor

March 31, 2017


Filed under 2016-2017, News, Showcase

A teacher greets students as they file into the classroom, laptops under their arms. They take their seats, some in the front, some in the back.  The teacher uses her tablet to pull up a PowerPoint on the flat screen mounted to the wall. While students answer the problems on the board, the teacher...

Anderson Island Park Expansion Preserves Shoreline

Anderson Island Park Expansion Preserves Shoreline

Emily Van Bergeyk, Web Editor

January 24, 2017


Filed under 2016-2017, News

On Dec. 27, Forterra, a nonprofit land conservation organization, aided the Anderson Island Parks District in securing a new acquisition for Jacobs Point Park. According to Forterra’s conservation director, Jordan Rash, the 17.6-acre parcel expands the park to 100 acres, making it the largest prot...

School Safety Examined

Shayla Jones, Coverage Editor

December 15, 2016


Filed under 2016-2017, News, Print Publication

In light of recent events dealing with issues of school safety in the Puyallup School District, questions may arise as to what plans are in place to protect PHS from a similar fate. Principal Dave Sunich lists off some of the measures that are being taken to protect students and staff alike. “Thi...

Minimum Wage Impacts Students

Aly McGinnes, Staff

December 15, 2016


Filed under 2016-2017, News

The minimum wage in Washington State will be increasing by $4.03 and students at Puyallup High School are questioning whether the minimum wage increase is really necessary considering the consequences which may come along with it. Although there may be consequences, some students believe that the increase...

School Safe Spaces

Shayla Jones, Coverage Editor

October 21, 2016


Filed under 2016-2017, News

In light of recent events dealing with issues of school safety in the Puyallup School District, questions may arise as to what plans are in place to protect PHS from a similar fate. Principal Dave Sunich lists off some of the measures that are being taken to protect students and staff alike. “Things...

Core 24 Challenges Sophomores

Core 24 Challenges Sophomores

Emily Van Bergeyk

October 5, 2016


Filed under 2016-2017, News

Current sophomores are the first class to be affected by a new state-mandated 24-credit requirement system. The so-called "Core 24" took effect last year. Counselor Michael Sanchez explains the reasoning behind introducing these requirements. "What OSPI [the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction] ...

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