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  • 2020 IB exams will no longer take place
  • Wash your hands
  • Washington K-12 schools closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year
  • AP exams will take place online from May 11 to May 22
  • Congratulations to the 2020-2021 class executives

Working through a pandemic: essential employees

Working through a pandemic: essential employees

Gloria Shen, Reporter

May 11, 2020

As a result of the statewide stay-at-home order and other measures taken to reduce the movement of people, many workers have been forced out of their jobs or converted to working from home. One group of employees, however, are still working as usual.  “Essential workers,” defined by the Esse...

Haley van Meurs makes All-State as a freshman

Freshman Haley van Meurs shows off her skills in the band
room on Dec. 16. Photo by Sonya Sheptunov

Sonya Sheptunov, Editor-in-Chief

December 20, 2019

  When freshman Haley van Meurs went to an orchestra concert for the first time at the age of five, she fell in love with the violin and begged her mom to let her learn to play.  “I just loved the sound and the person that was playing it. They were so passionate, and they looked like th...

Gabriela Mootz finds a family in choir

Gabriela Mootz's favorite songs to sing. Art by Rory Knettles

Rory Knettles, Reporter

December 20, 2019

Music has been a part of junior Gabriela Mootz’s life. Since she was young, her grandmother would take her to church  to sing in their choir. Throughout elementary and middle school though, she wasn’t in choir—she was in band. Mootz said she loved it, but she realized that she would rather purs...

Feature: Face in the crowd

Feature: Face in the crowd

Sonya Sheptunov and Minita Layal

November 22, 2019

Cameron Schmitter Senior Cameron Schmitter got involved with ballet at the age of 4. According to Schmitter, the night before he was born, his parents went to see a performance of The Nutcracker, which they continued to do on Schmitter’s birthday as he got older. “When I was four, I think I w...

Face in the Crowd: Zoe Schenk and Elan Bustillos

Evelyn Yang and Madeline Nguyen

November 25, 2018

Senior holds the gavel at PACMUN conference by Evelyn Yang, opinion editor The Pacific Model United Nations (PACMUN) conference will take place from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11 with an expected 800 delegates, and senior Zoe Schenk is in charge of it all. Schenk is this year’s Secretary General of PACMUN,...

Creativity Corner: Getting inspired

Creativity Corner: Getting inspired

Carina Bixby, Reporter

November 21, 2018

Hello! My name’s Carina Bixby, and this is what I’ll be calling Creativity Corner––a column dedicated to addressing common pitfalls and queries relating to the artistic process. As a student myself, my knowledge of the arts is constantly growing and being reshaped, but I’ll be doing my best ...

Games worth getting: Samorost 3

Games worth getting: Samorost 3

Nathanael Martinez, Webmaster

May 14, 2018

Hello! I’m Nathanael Martinez and this is Games Worth Getting, a review column intended to share interesting mobile games that I feel are worth purchasing. Although I select each game primarily because of their presence on mobile, they may be available on other platforms. Now without further ado, he...

Day in the Life of a Running Start student

Day in the Life of a Running Start student

April 16, 2018

Junior Andrew Jumanca’s wakes up at 7:30 a.m. instead of the usual 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. that typical high school students get out of bed. Jumanca is enrolled in Running Start, a pre-college program offered with Cascadia College that lets students take college-level classes as early as eleventh gr...

Face in the Crowd: Kimaya Wijeratna

Face in the Crowd: Kimaya Wijeratna

April 8, 2018

Dangling sideways, using her heel to grip the wall and jumping between holds are all moves necessary for freshman Kimaya Wijeratna to complete a brightly-colored bouldering route at Vertical World, a climbing gym in Redmond — and Wijeratna makes it all look effortless. “I kind of just too...

Games worth getting: Flower

Games worth getting: Flower

Nathanael Martinez, Webmaster

March 13, 2018

Welcome to the first ever installment of Games Worth Getting! I want to use this series as an opportunity to share video games that I think are worth buying. I know that most people don't want to spend money on digital entertainment–especially mobile games–but I hope I can at least explain why each ...

Face in the Crowd: Olivia Oomen

Oomen focuses her camera during photography class. She said that she gets a lot of support for her photography on her Instagram account.

Evelyn Yang, Reporter

March 12, 2018

She already knew that she had a passion for art as she finger painted in her pre-K classroom. Eleven years later, sophomore Olivia Oomen won a national award for her artwork. Last year, Oomen received a national Gold Medal from the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition and was one out of 100 artists to...

Day in the life of a substitute teacher

Day in the life of a substitute teacher

Brian Xie, Reporter

February 12, 2018

Sheri Rosenzweig, affectionately called “Rosie” by her students, is one of the school’s most beloved substitute teachers. For her, the job creates the perfect balance between her love for teaching and the freedoms of retirement. Before she became a substitute teacher, Rosenzweig was a full-ti...

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