The Viking Vanguard

What is a journalist?

Leo Quale, Opinion Editor

June 20, 2020

The term “journalist” refers to a person who writes for newspapers, magazines, or news websites or prepares news to be broadcast.  But it means more than that.  A journalist should be an ally of the people and a guardian of truth, they should report the reality no matter what belief...

Senior editor remembers his time on staff

Ben Schumock, Print Editor

June 20, 2020

As I look back at the last four years of high school, I realize how it’s had such a positive effect on me, especially the media program.  Back in freshman year, I decided that I was going to be in sophomore journalism and it was one of the best decisions I made. In Sophomore Journalism I was...

Freelancer looks back on her time as a VSM writer

Megan Jamora, Freelance

June 20, 2020

On the day that I started freelancing, I could not find the classroom.   When it was announced that there would be a meeting for interested freelancers for the Viking Vanguard, I was a wide-eyed sophomore who did not know anything about newspaper. I came into the meeting late and embarra...

Prioritizing time while transitioning to adulthood more challenging than expected

Maddie Guynup, Ad Manager

April 1, 2020

Transitioning to adulthood can be difficult but going through it myself I’ve learned a few things. Turning 16-years-old made a big impact on my growth, allowing me to get a job, license and a car.  Growing up came with privileges but also trials and tribulations. The main problem for me is trying to ...

Lack of diversity still evident in Academy Awards

Michaela Ely, Web Editor

April 1, 2020

The Academy Awards, or more widely known as the Oscars, are yet again being criticized due to their lack of diversity. The Academy has again managed to ignore major achievements by women and by people of color. One major example of this was the nominations in the Best Director category. Every singl...

Is Science Still Fiction?

Katie Abegglen, Multimedia Editor

February 5, 2020

Have you ever stopped to consider that maybe you are wrong?  Of course you have, you are human. Humans make mistakes.  Have you ever stopped to consider that science is more human than robotic? That the science isn’t definitive? Science is to humans as the birth of Athena is to Zeus.  The...

My Self Care

Madison Guynup, Advertising Manager

February 5, 2020

   Recently, I have found myself in an unhealthy and self-degrading time in my life, pushing me to partake in a little bit of self-care.          I’ve taken on a few new changes for a better and healthier lifestyle. For me, it started with...

How’s Your Sleep Game

Leo Quale, Op/Ed Editor

February 5, 2020

If teens need eight to 10 hours of sleep, then I just came up eight hours short.  When it comes to sleep, I, like many others my age, see sleep as an optional thing; it’s something you do if you have time, and recently I’ve had none.  I’ve been dealing with my slumber deficiency...

My First Tattoo

Meiko Johnson, Managing

February 5, 2020

Getting a tattoo is a lifetime commitment some are willing to live with for the rest of their life. Knowing this, I went in with some precautions because of mishaps that could occur. I’m 17, what many people would believe is far too young to make such a big decision for myself. But I knew the reason...

A British Experience to Bring Home

A British Experience to Bring Home

Sydney Carey, Social Media Editor

February 1, 2020

I was walking on the cold concrete, passing the ancient buildings, waiting patiently to dance and cheer through the streets of London with girls just as nervous as me from around the world.  We finally arrived at the last stopping point on the parade.  The cameras and large TV screens...