Issue 4: November 28, 2 - Lake Stevens School District #4

Issue 4: November 28, 2 - Lake Stevens School District #4


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Drama Club presents Cab Night

An unexpected spin on the usual fall play

by Kaelyn King

Staff Reporter

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Club hosted its first Cabaret

Night on November 17 instead

of the usual fall play.

Cab Night showcased a variety

of acts and included

performers from the high

school and the community.

Freshman Brittney Wood

A Viking welcome for Lake Stevens veterans

More than 50 veterans gathered in the gym to be celebrated

Photo by Marissa Fredrickson

Loren Sperry gave an influential speech. He

recognized students who had family in the

military by asking them to stand.

from Cavelero performed

a scene from “Willy Wonka

and the Chocolate Factory.”

Professional actor, Kori Just,

performed as the MC, alumni

Riley Fraser and Ivanca

Olanu came back to sing

songs from “Grease” and

“Beauty and the Beast” and

a special guest from Nathan

Hale High School performed

Photo by Marissa Fredrickson

All of the performers ended the night by performing “We Go Together” from the

Broadway musical and movie “Grease.” The night was full of fun and laughter.

by Marissa Fredrickson



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a song from “Hairspray”.

“Some of the best moments

of my high school

career happened in Drama

Club, and to be able to relive

the excitement and passion

of the club once again was a

real treat,” Riley Fraser said.

Many crew members

saw Cab Night as a great opportunity

to shine on stage

since they’re used to working

behind the scenes.

“It was a really great opportunity

for me to be a cast

member, so I loved it,” junior

Brittney Swank said. “It felt

more open to me because I

felt like I had a better chance

of making it in Cab Night

rather than the musical.”

Alumnus, Katie Anderson,

brought her goats to

do tricks that captivated the


At the end of the night,

the spring musical was announced

to be “Calamity

Jane” and auditions will be

held on the 28 and 29 of


Leadership worked many weeks

to prepare for the annual Veterans’

Day Assembly. As the veterans

walked in, they noticed the giant

American flag backdrop and felt

the welcoming feeling that LSHS

produced. As the students walked

in for the assembly, the feeling of

thanks and appreciation for the

veterans filled the gym.

The assembly started with Boy

Scout Troop #187 presenting the

colors, which included seniors Cole

Nickerson and Stephen Higbee,

junior Kaleb Reeves and sophomore

Chase Reid. The choir then

performed the national anthem,

and seniors Mawuli Attipoe and

Samantha Smith introduced the

speaker, Loren Sperry, Washington

State Commander of the American

Legion. Sperry talked about the importance

of military families and

the hard times they face when the

service men and women are away.

This year the Leadership class

added something new. They made

a Chain of Service. Each red, white

and blue link represented individuals

in Lake Stevens who are either

serving in the armed forces or who

have previously served, the black

links represented the soldiers

Lake Stevens Strategic Planning

After six years, the district makes a new plan

by Alexandra Mulvaney

Staff Reporter


school district


begun a strategic planning process,

which hasn’t happened in six years.

Strategic planning is when the district

and community decide where money

will be allocated to what programs.

They are also rewriting the district

mission statement, which is a goal for

the schools and their students.

“The strategic plan that we want

to create is a vision for what students

will hopefully be able to experience

and achieve. The goal is to make Lake

Stevens the best place to live, learn

and teach, and that doesn’t happen by

accident,” David Iseminger, Lake Stevens

School District Board President


The district wants to help students

be their best and achieve the most

from their school experience. Offering

students a better variety of classes

and programs should help students be

more motivated to go to school and

boost graduation rates.

“I hope we find ways to be more

flexible in our course offering and

scheduling, and we need more vocational-

technical courses so kids who

aren’t great at reading and writing,

sitting classes can be successful too,”

missing in action and the yellow

links represented veterans who

had died serving. The length of the

chain required all of the leadership

students to carry it into the gym.

The gym décor set the tone for

the more than 50 veterans who

were honored. Among the veterans

honored was LSHS alumnus Robert

Longstreth who graduated in 2007.

Sperry made it clear when he

asked students to stand whose

families are serving that Lake Stevens

is a military-linked community.

The assembly is one way that

this town shows its appreciation

for the soldiers that are fighting for

our country.

teacher Jeff Page said.

They are holding district- wide

meetings where community members,

students, and teachers can volunteer

and voice their opinions. At

the meetings that have already been

held, they have talked about the high

school’s strengths and weaknesses as

a whole.

One meeting, held at LSHS in the

library on November 6 focused on

student input; it was the first meeting

with students. Students shared that

some of LSHS’s strengths are its welcoming

and spirited environment and

that students are very involved with

school activities.

Some of the things that the students

want to improve are energy conservation,

providing smaller and more

balanced classes, syncing curriculum,

and helping students make the transition

from Cavelero to the high school.

Some say the lunches are too large,

and that there needs to be more discipline

for kids who distract others from


“Students are the ones who know

what’s going on. It’s important to see

from students’ perspective. Student

voice is really important,” Mari Taylor,

Lake Stevens Legislative representative


Photo by Marissa Fredrickson

2007 graduate Robert Longstreth came back

to be one of the many veterans in the assembly.

He is currently serving in the Army.

Obama wins another term

by Caitlyn Chandler

Opinion Editor

At 8:18 p.m. on

November 6, CNN

made it official.

President Barack Obama was re-elected to a

second term as President of the United States.

At that time, with the projection of Ohio’s 18

electoral votes going to Obama, the President

held 274 electoral votes. He only needed 270

votes to win re-election. Poll results started

coming in at 5 p.m. Pacific-Time and the first

counted results had Mitt Romney ahead, he

held 33 electoral votes and the President held

only 3. Romney stayed ahead for most of the

time as the votes from the historically Republican

Mid-West and South came in. The race

stayed extremely close

until the historically


west coast’s

votes came in

at 8p.m.



Obama won.

I be-



lieve that he will do well these next four years

because this next term isn’t a second chance

for Obama. It’s just more time for him to accomplish

what he promised to accomplish,”

junior William Stratmeyer said.

During the election, one of the main points

of discussion was what each of the candidates

planned to do about jobs and unemployment

in America.

“I believe that Obama shouldn’t have won

the election. Romney had better intentions; a

better 5-point plan to solve the job crisis in

America. But, oh well. Obama will do an all

right job the next four years; laws can always

change in the future,” junior Lyndsie Slavin


After the results were counted,

President Obama took the

stage in Chicago to address

America about his victory.

Regardless of whom voters

wanted to become the

44 th president, the United

States has peacefully




FFA harvests a win at club fair

by Kaylee Nunley

Staff Reporter




the school again. Fourteen

clubs prepared their own

station to attract people

and advertised themselves

in the cafeteria during

lunches on Halloween.

ASB sponsored a competition

for best decorated

booth. FFA club (Future

Farmers of America) won

$300 towards their ASB

account for first prize.

Clubs were judged based

on criteria of the interaction

with students, information

provided and overall

best decorations.

“Based on the criteria,

it was determined that FFA

did a very nice job representing

their group. The

decorations at their booth,

along with the activities,

presented very well,” Associate

Principal Leslie

Ivelia said. “There were

interactive games, but one

of the most impressive

things was the representatives

of the booth were

out circulating amongst

the crowd inviting people

back to learn more or participate.”

One Voice’s décor

placed second, earning

$200 and Drama Club took

third place and $100 with

their photo booth. Every

club that participated received

$100, as well. Hip

Hop also earned honorable

mention. ASB adviser

Suzanne Kerker believes

this was by far the most

successful club fair.

“The amount of interaction

the kids had with each

club was unpredicted,”

Kerker said. “It was much

more like a fair and less

like an information booth

like it’s been in the past.”

Photo by Marissa Fredrickson

Junior Tyler Granston and senior Jennifer Conley walked around the

cafeteria advertising FFA. They won “best booth” due to their festive fall


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LSHS fall sports conquered the season

Girls volleyball, football and boys cross country made it to State this year

by Marissa Fredrickson and Kacie Masten

Editor-in-Chief and Sports Editor


The dry spell ended when LSHS girls volleyball team

earned a place in the State tournament. On Friday November

9, the team played in Lacey, Washington at Saint Martin’s University.

They played the first round against Bellarmine Prep,

and although they lost, the team felt very proud to have made

it to the State tournament. Additionally, they appreciated the

support of many superfans and the cheerleaders who rode

rooter buses to the event.

“It means so much. This is the first time in 23 years since

Lake Stevens has been [to State], and I think that everyone is

just proud of that and proud to be here and everyone came to

support us,” said junior Alexis Alverson.

The team then went on to play in the second round later

that night and won only one game out of the three, knocking

them out of the tournament. While many would be sad with

this outcome, the team played a good game because no other

teams expected Lake Stevens to be a competitor.


The Vikings football season ended in the second round

of playoffs when they lost the fight against Skyline High

School. As the game started, it looked like the Vikings

would conquer the Spartans when the first quarter ended

0-0. However, Lake Stevens wasn’t able to pull through and

lost 42-0.

Nevertheless, this loss does not deny the fact that the

team worked hard throughout their season. In the first

playoff game against Kentlake, the Vikings won 67-33.

“I think we did good. Yeah, we lost to a pretty bad team

[Monroe], but we also beat a couple great teams. I truly

think our football season was good and the only thing I

would want to change is that I really wanted to beat Monroe,

which would have made us Wesco champs, but other

than that I feel the season was good,” senior Jacob Fabian


Cross Country

The cross country team ran all the way to State in Pasco

Get well, Ike!

Photo by Chloe Rowland

Junior Austin Otis signs Ike Ditzenberger’s get well poster. Last month,

Ditzenberger suffered from pneumonia, and was in the hospital for more

than two weeks.

by Kacie Masten

Sports Editor

Last month, Snohomish

football player, Ike

Ditzenberger, who rose

to stardom after a video

of his touchdown play

went viral, was hospitalized

with a severe case

of pneumonia. Ditzenberger

was placed in the

Intensive Care Unit at

UW Medical Center, and

his life was in jeopardy.

Vikings decided to reach

out to him. On November

1, students signed a get

well poster for Ike during

all three lunches.

Thankfully, Ditzenberger

was released from

the hospital after 19 days

and is now at home, happy

and healthy. His family

members are grateful

that Ike is back with


“We got him back and

that’s the main thing. Because

I could not imagine

facing the future without

him,” Kay Ditzenberger,

Ike’s mother, said during

her interview with the

Everett Herald.

At press time, Ditzenberger

had not received

the posters LSHS made

him, but Tricia Sevey, who

knows a family friend of

the Ditzenbergers, hopes

to deliver the well wishes

to Ike Ditzenberger soon.

Photo by Marissa Fredrickson

Junior Molly Drivdahl and senior Christiana James jump to block the ball at the net in the first round at State against Bellarmine Prep. The volleyball team

fought hard at State this year but lost all of the games in the match against Bellarmine Prep. Amy Wiklund coached this team to the State tournament. Ironically,

Wiklund played on the team as a freshman when the Vikings last went to State.

on November 3. Before the meet, the Viking boys bleached

their hair, a tradition that has been going on for quite some

time. Overall, the boys placed 13th.

“Overall, I feel that the boys cross country team did

amazing this year. Just making it to State is such a big obstacle,

and I’m glad we all made it as a team,” senior Austin

Hughes said.


Many swimmers qualified for Districts, including seniors

Chloe Reid, Javon Brown and Athens Slater, juniors

Amanda Pan and Felicity Spears.


Members of boys tennis also qualified for Districts, including

seniors Ryan Lian, Andrew Moe and Grant Shultz.


Girls soccer went to Districts as well. The Vikings played

against Edmonds-Woodway and lost 0-4 in the first round.

PacWest takes over No Limit

A change of pace for dancers in Lake Stevens

by Kaelyn King

Staff Reporter

Last March, Lake

Stevens’ one and only

dance studio, No Limit,

closed down, and Pacific

West Performing Arts took its place. PacWest

received much success in the past with its studio

in Snohomish and now one more in Lake

Stevens. The instructors have acquired experience

from attending The Julliard School in New

York to being a Sea Gal cheerleader for the Seahawks.

Kelly Charlton, the owner of PacWest allowed

the No Limit dancers to finish out the season

at no cost, but they were still heartbroken.

Senior Kirsten Mendes has been dancing for five

years, and although she takes a single class at Pac-

West, she has decided that attending Pointe Dance

Center in North Bend is where she needs to be.

“I was shocked when I found out No Limit was going

out of business. I tried to keep everyone’s spirits

up and reassured everyone that things would work

out if we just stuck together as a team and unfortunately,

that didn’t happen,” Mendes said.

Junior Hannah Skinner danced for twenty hours

a week but cut back to fourteen hours with about

three hours total of commute due to the studio

change. She takes one ballet class at PacWest, but

spends most of her dance time with Mendes at

Pointe Dance Center.

“The girls at PacWest are all amazing dancers,

and I love the

teachers, but not

many of us stayed

there because all the

girls that go there are

a lot younger than

us,” said Skinner.

Sophomore Taylor

Schlabs was already

looking elsewhere

to further her dance

career before she

learned of the studio

shutting down.

“I felt crushed that what I had been working on

for those previous years was going to be taken away,

but at the time we didn’t know PacWest was going to

take over the space,” said Schlabs.

Some joined PacWest when it opened

its second studio in Lake Stevens due to

its proximity. Senior Kristen Hoffman

discovered the

studio as she

found out No

Limit was closing.

“I really like the teachers and the

motivation they give their students,”

said Hoffman, “I’m very driven, and I

am pursuing dance as a career. I really

want to go to Cornish Performing Arts

College in Seattle.”

Though some dancers have moved

on to other studios, the No Limit dancers

still miss the studio they used to call

home. No matter what dance studio they

attend, each dancer remains focused on

their next performances.

Photo by Marissa Fredrickson

Senior Taylor Schlabs poses elegantly for the camera. Schlabs

is involved in many styles of dancing, but her favorite styles are

hip hop, contemporary and lyrical.

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Football, tennis,


and golf are just

a few of the sports celebrated by

the Vikings at LSHS. Some sports

though, don’t get as much recognition.

There are students at this

school who put their passion and

effort into sports off of LSHS charts,

and one of those sports is hockey.

Duncan Long, a sophomore and

player for Team Seattle, has played

hockey for about ten years. They

practice on average, two times a

week and play two to three games

a week as well, which usually take

place in Canada.

“It’s really athletic and keeps me

in shape,” Long said. “And I get to

see more and travel because we fly

[to] a lot of places.”

Hockey brings a team really

close, and that’s a major part of the

fun, according to sophomore John

Greer, another teammate of Team


“I just like going to tournaments

and being with the team,” Greer


Senior Mason Nicol plays for the

Everett Grizzlies. They practice and

play games at Comcast Arena in Everett.

Nicol loves the intensity of the

games and believes spectators enjoy

the fights.

“I think they could be more fun

[than football games] because people

like how aggressive it is.”

November 28, 2012

Vikings leave the ship and head for ice

Hockey players understand the world of pucks

by Kaylee Nunley

Staff Reporter

Hockey, although appreciated by

these boys, could use some more

love here at LSHS.

“It’s a really good sport, but not

a lot of people have really played it

or tried it out, I think they should,”

Long said.

Students interested in skiing or snowboarding

band together to create Ski Club

by Hannah Bartow

Design Editor

Adrenaline races on dirt track

by Brittan Lamberty Dirt biking

Staff Reporter is becoming

a well-known

hobby and sport. The rush of adrenaline

while hitting huge jumps in the

air can be an exhilarating experience.

“I started because my neighbor

got a Honda CR250r, and I had ridden

dirt bikes before, but never one

that was that big and powerful,

and once I had ridden it, I

was instantly hooked,” sophomore

Cody Morton said.

Likewise, dirt biking can

be an incredible thrill for

some who thrives for the

empowerment while racing

through tracks and having

full control of the bike.

“Unique experiences

would have to be traveling to

races and racing on different tracks.

Every track is different and has different

challenges,” sophomore Tyler

Denton said.

“My favorite thing has to be the

power you feel when you are going

over jumps and hitting the throttle

down; it’s just an amazing experience,”

Morton said.

Senior Mason Nicol aims for the puck to bring his

team, the Everett Grizzlies, to victory. Students

have sought opportunities to play hockey outside

of school, since schools LSHS does not provide a

school team.

Scan the QR Code

and visit the Comcast

Arena hockey page

for more information

about youth hockey and


The high school welcomes its

newest club, Ski Club. This new

addition provides a social connection

with other students who enjoy skiing or


“Ski Club is just for students to meet other students

who enjoy skiing or snowboarding. We will not

provide rides or transportation up to the pass. However,

if you become friends with someone and would

like to go with them, that’s what we’re aiming for,”

Club Adviser, Lorri Davidson said.

Ski Club will meet every first and third Friday of

the month. Like other clubs, a leadership board is

required, including a president, vice president and

secretary treasurer. Juniors Hannah Olliges, Sean Davidson

and Katie Tronsdal are ready to take on the

task, with the help of Davidson’s mother as adviser.

“I think it is fine that my mom is the adviser. I think

it’s better than if someone else did. She knows a lot

more about ASB law than a lot of other people,” S. Davidson


After participating in Club Fair, Ski Club increased

in size, going from the three board members to almost

two dozen students. At the moment there are

20 members on the Ski Club roster; however, not all

members were able to attend the most recent meeting.

“We only had six people show up to the meeting

on November 16, and it was only five minutes long.

Twenty is a good number for club members, but

I would love to get more. Finding fun things to do

when not everyone is there is a little hard to do,” Olliges


Like many clubs, Ski Club opted to sell T-shirts.

However, unlike other clubs, Ski Club plans to sell

their T-shirts to all students. The cost of these snowy

T’s will be nine dollars. The club plans on doing a presale,

meaning the club will not depend on ASB funding.

“At [the] meeting, the only item on the agenda was

T-shirts. We aren’t limiting the shirts to just the members

of the club,” L. Davidson said.

Students looking to join the club are encouraged to

talk to the three board members or Mrs. Davidson in

the Business Office.

“I’m looking forward to meeting new people. If I

see them up on the slopes, that’ll be cool,” Olliges said.

Photo by Marissa Fredrickson

Secretary Treasurer Katie Tronsdal (left), junior Elias Horn, President Hannah

Olliges and junior Zachery Kinder pose for a picture. The Ski Club meets the

first and third Friday of every month.

Some may keep these extreme

sports as a hobby and may not wish

to pursue it as a career; others have

their own opinion on it and possibly

hope to take their sport further.

“It would be great if I could make

it my career, but if not, it could still be

a fun hobby,” sophomore Tyler Denton



Calling all



12/1 vs. Tahoma 12 p.m.

12/1 vs. Rodgers 1:30 p.m.

12/4 vs. Edmonds-Woodway

6 p.m.

12/4 vs. Kamiak 7:30 p.m.

12/7 @ Sedro Woolley 7 p.m.

12/14-12/45 @ Coeur d’ Alene

(Tri State Tournament)

12/18 @ Vashon Island (Double Duel)

5 p.m.

12/21 @ Roseburg

12/28-12/29 The Clash Tournament

1/3 vs. Arlington

1/5 Hall of Fame Duels

@ Moses Lake 10 a.m.

Girls Basketball

11/28 @ Shorewood 7:15 p.m.

12/5 vs. Marsyville-Pilchuck 7:15 p.m.

12/8 Les Schwab Preview @ Kentwood

High School 10:30 a.m.

12/12 @ Arlington 7:15 p.m.

12/14 @ Snohomish 7:15 p.m.

12/18 vs. Mount Vernon 7:15 p.m.

12/20 vs. Monroe 7:15 p.m.

12/27 @ Shadle Park 6 p.m.

12/28 @ Coeur d’ Alene 6 p.m.

12/29 @ Lewis and Clark 7 p.m.

1/2 vs. Jackson 7:15 p.m.

1/4 @ Cascade 7:15 p.m.

1/7 vs. Kamiak 7:15 p.m.

1/9 @ Lynnwood 7:15 p.m.

Boys Basketball

11/30-12/1 Fitz Tournament @ Lewis

and Clark

12/4 @ Marysville Pilchuck 7:15 p.m.

12/11 vs. Arlington 7:15 p.m.

12/14 vs. Snohomish 7:15 p.m.

12/18 @ Mount Vernon 7:15 p.m.

12/20 @ Monroe 7:15 p.m.

12/27-12/29 Surf and Slam @ San Diego

1/2 @ Jackson 7:15 p.m.

1/4 vs. Cascade 7:15 p.m.

1/8 @ Kamiak 7:15 p.m.

Boys Swimming

12/4 vs. Kamiak 3:15 p.m.

12/6 vs. Jackson 3:15 p.m.

12/13 vs. Stanwood 3:15 p.m.

12/19 @ Oak Harbor 6 p.m.

1/5 District Dive Meet @

Kamiak 10 a.m.

1/8 vs. Everett 3:15 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Mason Nicol

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Homeless students face the struggles of li

Homeless teens look like any

other teenager.

Photo by Hannah Bartow

There are approximately 300 homeless students in Snohomish County. Mr. Dufay’s class represents the notion that all teens look alike, whether or not they’re homeless.

by Meredith Brown

Staff Reporter

There are students in classes that

look like everyone else, but they

don’t have a home to go to at night.

Currently there are 78 students district wide enrolled

in the McKinney-Vento for the school year of 2012

and 2013. The McKinney-Vento Act supplies students

without a stable household or shelter with transportation,

breakfast, lunch, immediate enrollment, tutoring,

health, waived fees, clothing and supplies.

“The purpose of the law is to provide support for

children, so that children have something stable in their

life when other things are in a bit of chaos,” Director of

Communications and Community Services and Student

Safety, Arlene Hulten said.

Students who qualify for these services face the challenges

of life, more extreme than others. Students may

be homeless for a number of reasons, and it’s important

to understand one’s rights.

“They lost their house, they’ve been evicted, and

their family is broken up, domestic violence, students

that leave their home because they don’t want to live

in their parents’ house anymore. The wide gamut of

reasons that people are in transition don’t necessarily

know that this law is in place and there is support for

them,” Hulten said.

Not many people are aware of this, but counselors,

secretaries and the principal are people to

the act. It has changed many students’ live

“Kids can stay in schools where they

tions and relationships,” Lake Stevens

counselor Angela Riebli said.

The act ensures that students can exper

lar day. It spends an average of one thou

per student a year, which includes tr

meals, and other necessities. In 2010 an

were 114 homeless students enrolled in

School District, and everyone one of them

by the act.

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with transportation to and from school. C

district is providing transportation to st

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makes sure the students are provided w

and lunch every day, along with other ne


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provided. If they need health services, we g

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charge so that’s not a barrier for the stu


This act is the reason that that these stu

successful in school. These types of progr

change the lives of everyday teenagers. Ho

is a current problem, students can turn a

tend it doesn’t exist, but think about, how

like to not know where they are sleeping t

In addition, to the McKinney-Vento Act t

er local programs that help students. The C

is an emergency shelter and a place that ho

agers can go to remind themselves that so

about them. Located in Everett, people go

get a meal and hang out. It’s a place wh

teens can feel safe.

Lil’ Hungry Hearts

helps one backpack at a time

by Aleesa Browning

Features Editor

In the

L a k e


community, there are many

ways to help out families in

need. Several organizations

have been created, and

they all volunteer their

time to help others.

Organizations like

the Lake Stevens

Food Bank, Big


Viking, and


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“It feels

like the right

thing to do.

We are doing

something that

matters and

makes a difference

by helping children

in need in our community.

It is wonderful to see how

a chain reaction starts when

we come together to help our

neighbors and their children,”

said Caffee.

elp end Hunger. Volunteer. Donate. Generosity.

ementary Homework Club are

programs designed to provide

children and families with

what they’re missing. Lil’ Hungry

Hearts is one of these important

programs that helps

Lake Stevens families.

This year-round service is

a non-profit organization that

collects food for students to

take home with them over the

weekends and during the holidays.

Food is sent home with

children on Fridays, and all of

the students that use the program

stay anonymous.

“We started the program

when Tammie Enders discovered

there was a student in her

class going hungry,” said LHH

volunteer, Anita Caffee.

“She called the single

mother of her student

three weeks before

Christmas and discovered

they had

five dollars to

make it to the

first of the



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sue of childhood

hunger is so

large and overwhelming

that when she discovered

programs that provided backpacks

full of kid-friendly food

on the weekends to children in

need it seemed manageable.”

Participating in of Lil’ Hungry

Hearts is an act of generosity.

“I am happy to know I am

helping others. It brightens my

day after I have volunteered

knowing someone will be better

because of my small service,”

said LHH volunteer, Kimberly


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is looking for volunteers to

help with their service. If anyone

is interested in signing

up, they can contact

Anita Caffee or go to

the Career Center

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Amazing friends in Lake Stevens, it has

been brought to my attention that we have

[78] homeless students in our school district

that are in need of winter clothes. While

the girls supply is steady, middle school

and teen boy size clothes are desperately

needed, including pants, shirts, sweatshirts,

coats, hats and gently used shoes. A local

group of ladies have organized a boy’s

clothing drive with drop-off locations at the

Lake Stevens Journal, the Lake Stevens

Sewer District, and Bell Properties by the

Safeway gas station. Please donate what

you can. Keep these boys warm this winter!

Thank you!

November 28, 2012

Many are unaware of the Rotary Club and the

charitable acts this national club participates in

to help the community. The mission of The Rotary

Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding,

goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support

of education and the alleviation of poverty.

The Lake Stevens Rotary Club was started in 1991. The club’s most

recent service project focused on homeless children and teenagers

and efforts to help them.

“This is the first time we have done a project like this, as I recall.

We certainly did not know the extent of homeless students until earlier

this year,” club Secretary Gary O’Reilly said.

According to the Lake Stevens Journal, the Rotary Club worked

continuously over the last six months to raise $10,000 to help homeless

students within the Lake Stevens School District. On Friday, October

19, at the weekly Rotary Club meeting, District 5050’s Committee

Chair Larry Jubie presented the Lake Stevens Rotary Club with a

check for $10,000. Due to matched funding, Rotary Club President

Scott Smith presented Lake Stevens School District Superintendent


Local group puts “Service above Self”

Rotary Club lives up to its motto through humanitarian efforts

by Hannah Bartow

Design Editor

by Hannah Bartow

Design Editor

After the presentation by

Arlene Hulten to the Rotary

Club on October 19, Joyce Bell,

Rotarian and owner of Bell Properties, informed her

employees of the extent of student homelessness.

Long time employee, Reshal Ploeger, then logged

on to Facebook where the group “Besties Buy, Sale,

Trade” had made numerous posts advertising a local

clothing and supply drive. Started by Besties member

Kim Demary, the clothing drive has collected

enough clothing to dress about two dozen students.

Demary picks up the donated clothing at each location

about once every two weeks; so far 10 to 15

bags of clothing have been collected, including about

15 winter coats.

“I’ll take clothes as long as people will donate

them so hopefully the drive will be all winter long,”

said Demary.

Donations for hotel-size toiletries are also needed.

Any type of donation is appreciated and will benefit


“Many of these students don’t have a stable living

environment and don’t have access to running water.

Lots of them come to school to shower, but don’t

have proper cleaning supplies. Donations will make

a big impact for these students,” Ploeger said.

homeless teens

Group of community members create a

clothing drive to benefit homeless students

Photo by hannah bartow

Joyce Bell, Rotary Club member and owner of Bell

Properties, sits with one of the many loads of donations

brought into her office. Bell opened up Bell

Properties as a donation site as a result of a request

made by employee, Reshal Ploeger.

Dr. Amy Beth Cook a check for $20,000.

At the moment, the Rotary Club is working on two annual fundraisers,

the Outdoor Wreath and Poinsettia sale and Bikes for Tykes.

The Bikes for Tykes fundraiser will end on December 22 so children

who are hoping for a special gift will receive something on Christmas


“There are a couple of things that high school students can do to

get involved. Rotary International has developed a New Generations

program involving youth as early as 12 years old and others up to 30

in programs such as Interact, Rotaract, RYLA and Youth Exchange. If

there was enough interest, our club would be keenly interested in

working with the Lake Stevens High School to develop one of these

programs sponsored by our club,” O’Rielly said.

Club members are always looking for volunteers to help with service

projects. Students looking to help are encouraged to visit club

meetings held in the District Office; for dates and times, refer to the

club’s website. For more information visit the Lake Steven’s Rotary

Club site at or visit for information on the original Rotary Club.

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There are quite a few community service opportunities advertised at Lake Stevens High School. Information

can be found in the Career Center with Mrs. LaFortune. However, there are a few community

service opportunities that are not advertised quite as much as the Food Drive or Locks of Love.

oness Children’s Services: Protecting and supporting children at risk and strengthening families, multiple opportunities

ailable. -Contact (425)-259-0146.

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-Contact (425)-347-6556

ungry Hearts: Help collect and distribute food to local hungry

Many different opportunities are available. Contact Anita Caffee at

346-5464 or email at

g Tree: Donate for up to eight hours of community service. Stucan

donate gifts to Mrs. Arcos in room 110.

Food Drive: For every ten cans donated, students will receive

our of community. Donations will be collected during first period.

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Header Art on cover done by senior aaron piega


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Lunchtime Freedom

An open campus would provide

students with many benefits

“The ability to ensure an open

campus for our school would let students

show their responsibility.”

An open campus at school would be great to

some. Being able to leave school during lunch and

taking the choice to not have to eat school lunches,

or even going home to take a quick power nap,

what’s bad about that

“I think an open campus would be kind of awesome

because we could have lunches better than

the ones served at school,” sophomore Camryn

Dietrich said.

However, as there are many reasons why an

open campus would benefit the students at our

school, there are many reasons why the school

chose to close campus.

“It probably isn’t allowed now because the

school could lose track of the kids, if there is an

emergency at school, teachers wouldn’t know

where people are and wouldn’t know whether or

not they need to search for kids within the buildings

or if they’re safe and just aren’t on campus,”

Dietrich said.

Also, some students don’t always love the

lunches here at school and would prefer to go

home to make their own lunch for themselves.

“I think it would be good because the school

lunches are not very good, and it gives students

more freedom,” junior Alexander Verhoeven said.

In my opinion, Lake Stevens High School

should include an open campus. Open campuses

are a fantastic way to let students know they

aren’t being fully controlled during lunch. It gives

them freedom to do what they please during their

lunch break.

“Don’t fence me in”: no more shortcuts

New barriers bother students and block off easy pathways

Walking from the 400

building to the cafeteria not

all students have noticed

little changes that happened

over summer break.

Certainly a few of the veteran

juniors and seniors have

noticed that the shortcut to

the grass in front of the cafeteria

has been blocked off

by awkward rails.

“When I saw that there

were rails there [by the cafeteria]

it honestly pissed

me off, not just because it

was unexpected, but also

because it feels a little bit

restricting,” said junior Tyler


Likewise, I personally

enjoyed having the quick

get away when things became

really jammed up

between periods. The traffic

in between classes is

still just as bad. Now, students

decide to jump over

the bars, which could end

badly if they ever happen

to misstep. If they wanted

people to get off the grass,

it didn’t work out too well.

“Some rails were left

out of a previous construction

project, so we finished

the job at a nominal cost.

Our Facilities Department

works very closely with the

school to address maintenance

and safety needs...

Students can assist in the

effort as well by notifying

a building administrator

or teacher about repairs

Photo by Chloe Rowland

Over the summer, the maintenance team put metal bars connecting the railings around campus to

stop students from cutting across the grass by the commons.

needed,” said Robb Stanton,

Director of Operations


The high school seemed

like it treated its students

like adults, but now it

seems like the school officials

want to keep students

controlled like pigs in a

pig pen. The railings may

reduce students from going

directly from the dirty

grass to the cafeteria, but

it doesn’t stop them from

walking all over the lawn or

putting themselves in risky

situations by jumping over

the slippery metal.

This is another pointless

addition to the school,

when there are much more

important things to take

care of, like the broken cement

benches and the beat

up lockers. More could be

done to the school to make

it more appealing to the

eye and give the students a

somewhat more beneficial

environment for learning.

Girls are fed up with domestic stereotypes

Students give their opinion on the saying “Cool story, babe, now go make me a sandwich”

There are always stereotypes about the

roles of men and women, such as women belong

in the kitchen and men belong at work

to support a family. Recently, some students

have been wearing T-shirts that say “Cool

story, babe. Now, go make me a sandwich”.

This t-shirt design comes across more like

a joke than anything else, although the message

it portrays is not exactly right for the

sake of women’s roles.

A lot of people view these shirts as just a

joke not thinking of the deeper message.

“It’s not degrading if she makes a great

sandwich,” senior Brenon Thompson said.

Teenage boys are just acting like teenage

boys. They don’t care or know any better,

and they view those things as jokes more

than as serious disrespect towards women.

Jokes at girls’ expense are funny to boys;

sure, part of it is human nature, but most of

it is just immaturity.

“I think the ‘make me sandwich’ joke is

degrading because many men think making

a sandwich or cooking is all we can do or are

good for,” junior Brittany Willis said.

In this day and age basically nobody is

raised with a stereotypical stay-at-home

Photo by Marissa Fredrickson

Juniors Izel Thomson and Andrew Ralph act out the “Make me a sandwich”

stereotype that annoys most girls.

mom like it was many years ago. Most women

want a career of their own and plan to

build their own life without relying on men

to do it for them. It’s wrong for men to think

otherwise of women, they are good for many

more things than cooking and cleaning.

Women do everything men can do and

sometimes, do it better.

With regard to college graduate rates,

“Women aged 25-34, 42% had earned an

associate or bachelor’s degree, while just

34% of men of that age group had done so,”

according to

Women and men are becoming more and

more equal every year, and more women

are getting an education to have a career of

their own.

These shirts shouldn’t be allowed at

school, just like any other inappropriate

shirt. The shirts are degrading to women

in a society that still needs some work on

equal rights, and the message on them is

negative towards women.

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November 28, 2012


Twitter is the new Facebook

This social media giant is surpasing the previous leader in popularity

Facebook has been at the

center of social networking ever

since the infamous Myspace days

ended. However, tough competition

has risen in its place. Twitter

is a fun, less annoying and

more efficient go to site that

many, including myself, have

come to prefer. Facebook has

been our shoulder to lean on for

a long time, but will that change

“Twitter is easy to post on.

Something happens and you pull

out your phone and tweet about

it. Facebook posts are typically

longer,” sophomore Julia Chalk


Although Facebook offers

much more room for words,

I know from experience that

many people use it for all of the

wrong reasons. From whining

about 45-minute relationships

to quoting conversations nobody

else cares about, kids take

almost too much advantage of it.

It’s connecting with friends, not

making friends want to hit their

head against a brick wall.

“People think it’s necessary to post all of their issues

and cry about stuff that is irrelevant to any person with a

brain,” junior Karissa Seiersen said.

Twitter users do their share of whining, but somehow,

it’s a completely different atmosphere where the 140 character

blurbs about life are somehow much less bothersome.

Users on Twitter actually relate to each other. There’s less

obligation to follow people you don’t really like.

“Twitter is a place to vent, to say what you’re doing,

where you’re going and anything else you want and everyone

loves each other for it,” Seiersen said.

While Facebook seems to have everything networking

wise, Twitter has a secret weapon: the retweet button,

the place to capture words you like. The only downside is

when people go crazy with it.

Photo art by Chloe Rowland

“You can “retweet”, which is

kind of cool, unless you retweet

everything you read, which is

what half of the people I follow

do,” junior Nathan Moore said.

The hashtag is slowly taking

over the world, one word starting

a trend that will take over your

feed for about a night.

“The power of the hashtag

is underestimated,” sophomore

Jack Petterborg said.

One major downside to Twitter

however, is that inner curiosity

isn’t totally satisfied. Facebook

allows users to log endless

albums of pictures for sharing,

commenting, liking and just safekeeping.

Twitter only offers single

posts with pictures in them.

This not only makes it harder

to capture more, but also makes

it so that Twitter provides less

snooping opportunities.

“On Facebook, you get to stalk

people. Their pictures, videos....

relationships,” Seiersen said.

Facebook does defeat Twitter

when it comes to keeping in touch with family. Something

to think about is that the older generations are probably

going to stick with Facebook. Quickly typed messages take

up less time than hour long phone calls to distant relatives.

“I am connected to a lot of family that I don’t see regularly

on Facebook,” Chalk said.

While Facebook is something that we are all used to, it’s

like a frenemy, which we’ll all get tired of eventually. Twitter

is working itself in more and more every day, making

its way to the top.

Hola Vikings,

I have noticed in the past few

weeks that guys have been becoming

less and less chivalrous.

And I don’t mean that every guy

has to be a knight-in-shining-armor,

but every girl would like to

have a guy open and hold a door

for her every once in a while.

Just last week, I was walking

to class, going through the

400 building, with my hands full

and this guy was in front of me,

I knew he saw me, and he went

through the hallway door and

then slammed it in my face. I felt

annoyed it was a rude gesture. I

clearly couldn’t open the door because

my hands were full yet he

didn’t care. Its common courtesy

to hold a door open for someone.

I feel like manners have been

going down the drain as the years

go on. I’m not sure if it is because

we are teenagers or if the younger

generations are just being

raised with fewer manners.

Well, whatever it is, common

courtesy needs to be on everyone’s

mind, and a note to boys;

girls like when boys hold the

door open for them, just FYI.


“I hate that I don’t get to

leave campus at lunch. That is

something that I want to do,

that my brothers got to do.”

– sophomore Jarod Hampton

“I love when teachers plan

your homework around your

sports schedules to give you

more time.”

– sophomore Tehya Harney

“I love to go mountain biking.

Especially up at Stevens

Pass Ski Resort.”

– junior McCager Bryant

“I hate when I’m waiting for

my coffee in the morning in the

Cove and I get stuck behind a big

group of people who think it’s

okay to let their friends cut.”

– sophomore Austin Sutherland

Unnerving Misconceptions

Scientists debunk controversy surrounding the 2012 apocalypse

The ancient Mayan Civilization’s Empire—what

is now Central America—reigned from 300 A.D.

through 900 A.D. They constructed an elaborate

calendar system with an end date of December

21, 2012. Nowadays, some people view this end

date as the Mayan Prophecy of an apocalypse. As

the clock winds down to this possible doomsday,

I can’t help but feel just the least bit uncomfortable.

However, while I don’t

view it as a silly belief, I still don’t

think the world will be ending

anytime soon.

Many think the world

will come to an end

through a zombie apocalypse,

but according to

the Mayan Prophecy, the

Earth’s solstice will align

with the sun and the “center

line” of the Milky Way

Galaxy on December 21,

2012. Known as the Galactic

Alignment, it is supposed to

cause mass destructions to our

Earth due to as solar flares, meteor

impacts, polar shift, the collapse

of our magnetic field and the absorption into

a supermassive black hole located at the galactic


“If there is one, it’s [going to] be awesome,” junior

Cassandra Bennett said. “I think it will happen

[through] natural causes like tornadoes or earthquakes.”

However, scientists think otherwise and are

far more reliable than a modern man romanticizing

the story behind a 1,300-year-old calendar.

According to NASA, these alignments occur every

year. They hold no significance and pose no threats

to Earth.

Even the Mayans of today are protesting against

the deceits, lies and the twisting of the truth. They

claim that people are turning them into folklores

only to gain profit. The end date of the Mayan Calendar

truly signifies the end of a cycle, not the end

of the world. Recall the Y2K bug scare back in 2000

marking January 1, 2000 as an apocalypse. People

believe that a computer bug would crash many

computers and cause catastrophe leading to the

destruction of our society.

The myths surrounding the 2012

apocalypse became so popular that

movies have been produced based

on it, further proving that people

are trying to feed into it to gain

money. But the 2012 myth may

be just one of the other 200

debunked end-of-world predictions

as the world remains

intact to this very second.

“I don’t buy into all that

stuff,” junior Austin Elmore

said. “If some people think Michael

Bay movies are that convincing

to believe in 2012, then

let them believe. I’ll just sit here and

watch all of [them] look stupid.”

No matter whether the theory is true

or not, it is still very unnerving to know and hear

that some people believe the end is near. I cannot

be 101-percent comfortable until we make it past

the winter solstice alive, but I won’t be scrambling

and stocking up on supplies or sending out goodbye

messages. But if for some divine intervention

the world does cease to exist on December 22,

2012, let’s all hope that it won’t be because of a

zombie apocalypse.

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What’s on your playlist

The witch steals the spotlight

“Wickedly” hilarious musical drops into Seattle

by Kaelyn King The newest

Staff Reporter hit Broadway

musical that

put a hilarious spin on The Wizard

of Oz was shown at Seattle’s

Paramount theatre from October

17 through November 17.

Long before Dorothy dropped

into the wonderful Land of

Oz, her soon-to-be friend and

foe got along quite pleasantly.

That’s right; Elphaba, the “wicked”

witch of the West, and Glinda,

the good witch of the North,

were childhood friends. At Shiz

University, the two are polar opposites.

Elphaba is an awkward

and peculiarly green outcast

and Glinda is the popular, perky

blonde. They hate each other

immediately but are forced to

tolerate each other as they are

assigned to be roommates. They

Top 5 reasons why

the world won’t

end in 2012

5. Harold Camping

hasn’t confi rmed it


4. Pigs haven’t fl own

3. It’s a stupid,

made-up story

2. Baseball season

hasn’t started

1. Seniors

still have 117

days to go

“Dave Brubeck Quartet was a good

band; ‘Take Five,’ that was a good

song. It was the best jazz song of the

20th century.”

— junior Evan Hubbard

“My favorite artist is Lana Del Ray,

and my favorite song by her is


— senior Samantha Cook

“I like Tyler the Creator, and my

favorite song is probably


— sophomore Ryan Watson

“My favorite band right now is probably

Grouplove, and I think my favorite

song by them is ‘Lovely Cup.’”

— junior Mckenzie Grant

“My favorite artist right now is the

Local Natives, and my favorite song

by them is ‘Stranger Things.’”


— senior Tessa Tasakos

Top 5 reasons why

the world will

end in 2012

5. Mayan Calendar

4. Zombies

3. Snooki’s baby

2. Justin Bieber

continues to sing

us to death

1. Honey


photos taken by Chloe Rowland and Marissa Fredrickson

From desk doodles to assembly art

Senior Jordan Maher’s artistic talent gains recognition

by Sarah Gluck

Staff Reporter


Jordan Maher

is recognized

for more than just daily

work in class. For the past

three years, Maher has been

catching herself doodling

all over desks during class.

Ever since she could

remember, Maher has

been designing and

messing around with

different fonts.

At a young age,

Maher would always

set aside free time to

sketch. It started out as

just drawing bubble

letters, but soon

photo courtesy of Jo r dan Maher

progressed into

the stylized art of


Leadership and

Spanish teacher Alisa

Arcos certainly recognized

Maher’s artistic

ability. She asked if Maher

would be interested in designing

the class posters that hung

on assembly days. Maher was

excited about the offer and has

created a few posters for the

school already.

eventually become the best of

friends and go through the typical

friend-drama that every girl

has experienced with boys, family,

flying monkeys and unreasonable

wizards. The “wicked”

witch doesn’t seem so wicked

after all.

The musical’s cast’s unbelievable

vocals made it very

difficult to not jump up and

start singing. The beautiful set

boasted a giant golden dragon

that sat at the top of the stage

and was complete with steam

coming out of its snout. Glinda

was hilariously ditsy and selfabsorbed

and hit notes that

nobody knew existed. The costumes

were gorgeous, and the

actors are straight-off-of-Broadway


The whimsy was breathtaking.

It felt like the audience was

involved in the magic. It was

truly entertainment for all ages.

All from the witch’s side of the

story, it’s the Wizard of Oz like

never before.

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According to Maher, the

work for Arcos was similar

to being asked by her fellow

classmates to draw their name

out for them.

“I’ve probably drawn hundreds

of names for

my friends. I’m asked all the

time,” Maher said.

Maher might not know the

full extent of how much her

work is appreciated, but students

do pay attention.

“The art is an exquisite example

of the fine quality our

students show. The Senior

sign in the assemblies are like

a diamond in the rough when

it comes to artistic swag,” senior

Ryan Lian said.

There is no doubt that the

senior signs are noticeable

during assemblies.

“I noticed the signs

above the senior section

last assembly. It really

caught my attention.

Maybe if there were more

signs around school in

that cooler format, people

would actually read

them,” senior Tanner

Plaisance said.

Maher has really been

inspired and is highly valued

for her work. But not everyone

loves the graffiti style

as much as Maher.

“It’s a shame that the stereotype

of graffiti has a bad

reputation. Graffiti can come

off as vandalizing or be seen

as an association with gangs.

To me, graffiti is how artists

express their joy for drawing,”

Maher said.

Sounds Around the Sound

JINGLE BALL, Decemeber 16 at the WaMu Theater

Kiss FM will host seven different artists—Calvin

Harris, Cher Lloyd, Owl City, 3OH!3, Alex Clare, Afrojack

and Ed Sheeran. Calvin Harris is famous for his hit song,

“Feel So Close,” while Cher Lloyd is climbing the music

charts with “Want U Back.” Owl City originated in Seattle

and gained acclamation through “Fireflies,” while

“Don’t Trust Me” and “Starstruck” are just one of the

many chart-topper songs by 3OH!3. Alex Clare’s recent

hit is “Too Close” and Afrojack is unstoppable with

popular single, “Can’t Stop Me.” After gaining notoriety

through “The A-Team” and finishing his North American

tour, Ed Sheer an joins the panel of artists at the Jingle

Ball. Tickets cost $53.55.

LADY GAGA, January 14, 2013 at the Tacoma Dome

Lady GaGa rose to fame in 2008 through her debut

album, The Fame. She was recently nominated for Best

Live, Best Video, and Biggest Fans at the 2012 MTV’s

EMAs. Just some of her countless hits are “Born This

Way,” “The Fame,” and “Bad Romance.” She broke a record

for reaching five million sales with her first album

and is known for her amazing concerts. This one is going

to be one to see. Ticket prices range from $62.48

- $435.00


















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Visit for more information about donating hair

by Caitlyn Chandler

Opinion Editor

Face in the crowd: Delvene Ali

Junior Delvene Ali adapts to moving around the West Coast

by Kacie Masten

Sports Editor

Alexis Buehler

Locks of Love is an organization

that began in 1997 and

gives wigs and hairpieces to

children in the United States and Canada who suffer

from long-term medical hair loss. They collect donated

hair and create unique hairpieces for financially

disadvantaged children who can’t afford to buy wigs

for themselves.

Most of the wigs created by Locks of Love are given

to children with Alopecia, a disease that causes complete

hair loss. LSHS senior Alexis Buehler recently

donated 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love because

of her personal connection to someone with Alopecia.

Outstanding students

by Brittan Lamberty

Staff Reporter

Students of the month

must go above and beyond

and show their hard work

and dedication to their teachers. To some, being student

of the month was a goal to be accomplished. For

others the award was a complete surprise to them.

“My German teacher nominated me; I work hard

in that class so I think that’s why she did so. Hard

work definitely pays off!” junior Emily Schollenberger


Moreover, having a positive attitude and being

nice to others is one of the many attributes that students

perform to receive student of the month.

“Try your best in school and be nice to other people.

You don’t have to have all A’s just to be student

of the month. If your teachers recognize that you are

really trying your best then you could be nominated

as well,” sophomore Kaitlyn Kurisu said.

Being student of the month does take a lot of effort

and devotion. However, anyone can do it if they

try hard to succeed and work to their fullest potential.



October students of the month

Sophomores Kaitlyn Kurisu and Jaylen Pegues

Juniors Emily Schollenberger and Rylan Huot

Seniors Tanya Richmond and Kyle Zellers

Many students at LSHS experience

moving to a new house

or neighborhood. However, most

students will never experience moving like junior

Delvene Ali. Within the past 16 years, Ali has moved

six times. These haven’t been to different neighborhoods

either. Overall, Ali has moved to four different

cities, three separate counties, and two states.

Ali’s family is accustomed to moving; her parents

immigrated to the United States in 1993. Both of her

parents were born and raised in Iraq. They were

married in the early 1990’s, and soon after, Saddam

Hussein began to bomb the country. Hoping to seek

safety, Ali’s parents fled to Turkey. Luckily, after living

in Turkey for almost a year, their names came up

for a lottery, allowing them to move to the United

States. In 1993, Ali’s parents moved to the United

States, and settled in Bremerton. A few years later,

Ali was born.

Ali lived there until she was two. Soon after,

Ali’s parents felt uncomfortable in the community

because, being from the Middle East, they felt detached

from their culture. Soon, they moved to Everett.

However, this wasn’t a perfect match, so Ali’s

family moved to Lake Stevens until Ali was in third

“One of my cousin’s friends has Alopecia, so her

hair falls out constantly. She gets her wigs from a wig

shop,” Buehler said.

Donating to Locks of Love is no easy task as it takes

a lot of time and hard work to maintain hair that long.

Additionally, hair must be free of bleach.

“It took me about three years to grow my hair out

that long. It was just past the middle of my back when

I cut it,” Buehler said.

The hairpieces provided by Locks of Love help to

restore self-esteem and confidence to the children

who need them. The hair that Buehler donated will do

just that for a child in need somewhere.

Paving a path to the big city stadium

by Sarah Gluck

Staff Reporter

Senior Andrew Elgaen has

been playing football ever since

he can remember, and he doesn’t

want it to end. With the close of the football season,

Elgaen has been preparing his best for the future.

Both Elgaen and fellow senior football

player Conner Coleman were contacted by

University of Portland coaches to take a

day trip down to watch a game. The boys

not only watched the game, but enjoyed

excellent passes to view the game from the

sidelines. Coleman and Elgaen toured the

campus and were able to go in and walk

around the locker room.

While Elgaen loved the Portland

coaches, the campus, the college

atmosphere, in all honesty one

of his favorite parts of the University

is the mascot.

“They’re the Vikings, always

have to stay true to the

Vikings,” Elgaen said with a

beaming smile on his face.

It doesn’t all come so

easy though. Elgaen explained

that being studious

is essential for athletes.

School comes first. You

have to have an education

if you want to go anywhere

Photo by Chloe Rowland

Senior Alexis Beuhler holds the braid that was cut off and donated to Locks

of Love. The minimum length of hair that is required to donate is ten inches.

in today’s world.” Elgaen said.

As much as Elgaen receives pressure at home,

he says the pressure to obtain good grades and play

his hardest on the field has only helped him in a

positive way. But trying his best exceeds most

people’s efforts. Not only has Elgaen played

his hardest, but he sure has shown it. This

season he stood on the field every game

with two broken fingers and a partially

torn ACL.

“I plan on getting surgery after the

season unless I wrestle. It’s my senior

year, and I’m going to play my heart

out,” Elgaen said.

Elgaen says the key to success is

to just focus.

“Mentally preparing and

zoning everything out is

what I do to get it done. I

deal with school, and then

I deal with sports.” Elgaen


Other athletes just like

Elgaen are hopeful to further

their athletic careers.

Students will be hearing

about their scholarships

over the next few months.

Elgaen hopes to hear from

UP and suit up next fall.

Photo by Chloe Rowland

Photo courtesy of Alexis Beuhler

grade. Then her family decided to try living in Everett


However, the story isn’t over. After living in Everett,

Ali’s brothers wanted to move to California,

where more people from the Middle East live. Ali’s

parents agreed, and the family moved to San Diego.

After a year, though, the Ali family grew to dislike

the community in San Diego.

“[San Diego] was really bad and the schools were

terrible, and we didn’t like it over there so we came

back [to Lake Stevens],” Ali said.

As of late September, Ali lives in Lake Stevens, but

the move comes with its own challenges.

“It’s different because a new place has different

people and some places are hard to make friends

and some places are good, but it’s just really hard

around different people every few years,” Ali said.

Even though moving has been difficult for Ali, and

at times she would rather be in Everett where she

stayed the longest, she knows that her parents had

the best of intentions in mind and that they wanted

their children to be first priority.

“They always wanted me to get the best education

I can and try my hardest even though they knew

it was difficult,” Ali said.


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Coping with the painful loss of a loved one

Junior Madison Whornham speaks out about the passing of her mother

by Alexandra Mulvaney

Staff Reporter

There are a large

number of kids at the

high school who have

lost a loved one or a

family member. Losing

a loved one can affect

many aspects of a person’s

life, and coping is

different for everyone.

Junior Madison Whornham

lost her mother a

little over two years ago

and has coped in her

own way, living with her

older brother, and moving

back and forth to

Texas with her dad.

“The relationship

with my brother has

changed the most because

he was always just

my brother now he is my

From students to teachers

by Sarah Gluck

Staff Reporter

Sydney Clark spits rhymes

by Meredith Brown

Staff Reporter

The friendly staff and

enormous student body that

occupy the halls at Lake Stevens

High School have welcomed two newcomers.

Matt Palmer and Jennifer DiAsio are both

student teachers learning the ropes to someday

fulfill their dreams of becoming teachers themselves.

Mr. Palmer is a student teacher for Mr.

Hein in the Math Department. Palmer graduated

from Federal Way High School and the University

of Washington.

“I highly enjoy teaching. It’s one thing I love

to do. I teach anything and everything I can possibly

think of. I like science, math, English, history

and philosophy. But math is the one I prefer

and probably the one I’m best at,” Palmer said.

Although Mr. Palmer didn’t think it was going

to be as hectic as it is, he is taking it all in.

“There’s a lot more busy work than they

make [teaching] out to be. It’s probably half and

half, lots of busy work-filling out papers, lots

of putting stuff in

the computer, lots

of grading and

helping out Mr.

Hein with what I

can,” Palmer said.

Overall, Palmer

has thoroughly

taken pleasure in


“I love it when

students finally


In the

eyes of


Sydney Clark, music is essential.

Ever since her childhood, she has

been interested in the music industry.

She started out beat boxing

and soon progressed to rapping.

She has written two songs

and performed one of them at

both One Voice, a club at Lake

Stevens High School, and at a

camp she attended.

Thinking about a performance

beforehand makes Clark

nervous, but on her way up to

the stage, she knows it’s all or

nothing. After the performance,

she feels great, and people love

it. Clark plans on beat boxing at

Open Mic soon.

Like most artists, Clark writes

her own lyrics. Something random

usually sparks an idea in

Clark’s mind which is when

she sits down and unfolds her

parent too,” Whornham


Confiding in family

is often a way to help

people mourn a loss.

Many kids tend to isolate

themselves because

they don’t know how to

react to their feelings in

a healthy way, and there

is no right or wrong way

for a person to feel.

“The best advice I

have to others is to not

shut people out, and

keep your family close,”

Whornham added.

At the time of a loved

one’s passing, it may feel

like life will never be the

same, which was a big

part of Whornham’s experience.

“I thought it was the

end of the world and

Photos by Chloe Rowland

that it would hurt forever,

but you have to really

take into consideration

that time heals everything,

because it’s really

gotten easier over time,”

Whornham said.

Whornham has proven

to everyone around

her that she is a very

strong person after going

through an unbearable

loss. She has persevered

through the pain.

“With all she has gone

through over the past

few years, she still has

one of the most positive

outlooks on life,” Whornham’s

best friend, junior

Hailey Sylvester said.

Being positive and

surrounded by people

who can help in a constructive

way seems to

something. Like really understand something

about the world they didn’t know before,” Palmer


As for the other student teacher around

school, Jennifer DiAsio teaches Novels and Exposition

in Mr. Palmer’s class. DiAsio graduated

from Lake Stevens High School and later

attended Everett Community College, SPU, and

Grand Canyon University, where she recieved

her Master’s in Education, and realized she

wanted to teach in her future.

“I wanted to become a teacher where I can

have a positive impact on kids’ lives. I chose

kids in high school because they are at such a

fork in their lives because it’s right on the cusp

of them having so much freedom, graduating

high school, and finding out who they are. I feel

like I can really be a positive role model,” DiAsio


DiAsio’s student teaching experience has

differed from her original expectations.

“It has turned

out better than

I thought it was

going to be. I’m

not sure how the

classes as a whole

would accept me,

and I found it a lot

easier to connect

with the students

than I thought I

would,” said DiAsio.


“I usually get my inspiration

at eleven at night or four in the

morning, and I just write it all in

a day,” Clark said.

Clark has kept up with beatboxing,

and it helps with her

rapping. Typically, she makes

her beats by beat boxing, then

she adds the rhymes to fit the

rhythm. Clark looks up music on

YouTube for her audio. Friends

of Clark record her for fun every

once and a while, but she hasn’t

professionally made a recording

yet. However, Clark plans to in

the near future.

A popular Christian rapper,

LaCrae, is her main inspiration.

LaCrae provides her inspiration

for her lyrics and the style of the

songs she writes. He inspires

Clark because he doesn’t perform

for his own notoriety, but

to serve God. At age nineteen,

he was inspired when he attended

a conference. From then

on, LaCrae has been traveling nationwide;

his passion has made

an impact on Clark.

In addition to LaCrae, Pink is

her motivation in terms of making

a name for herself in the music


“It’s really inspiring how Pink

wants to help the world. A lot of

people like her for that,” Clark


be the best medicine

when struggling with a

hard loss. Losing someone

is one of the hardest

things anyone can

go through, but there is

always help from other

family and friends to

confide in. Nobody is


“Some days are better

than others. I’ll always

say if my mom was here,

I wouldn’t be dealing

with this, but I am where

I am today because of

what happened, so I try

to look at the brighter

side,” Whornham added.

Whornham holds a photo of her and

her mother from several years ago.

The passing of her mother was hard,

but she has found ways to cope and

still wears a sincere smile on her

face. Photo by Chloe Rowland

Photo by Chloe Rowland

What’s cookin’

by Iris Favoreal

A&E Editor




passion for culinary arts

hit him like love at first sight.

To him, cooking is an accomplishment

and a form of art.

Being around his mom aided

him to develop his love for

cookery at just the early age

of seven. She opened his eyes

to something he would later

decide on doing for the rest of

his life.

“My mom made such great

food,” Rymparsurat said. “She

would let me help sometimes;

she would let me fry the eggs

we were having.”

As Rymparsurat grew up,

the presence of cuisine became

more dominant in his

life. Home-cooking gave him

the chance to explore the joys

of cookery. His family makes

fancy dinners such as steaks

and ribs, and Rymparsurat

helps by doing the prep work.

This year, Rymparsurat

followed his passion and was

more than thrilled to find the

culinary arts electives. He

took full advantage and

signed up for Mrs. Boyden’s

Culinary Basics

and Prep class.

“Jirat is very serious

about his cooking,”

Mrs. Boyden

said. “He loves to

cook and it’s exciting

to watch all the great

creations he makes.”

Rymparsurat enjoys

the diversity of

foods they cook in

class, such as pancakes,


cakes and biscuits.


Jirat makes

food [from

his Culinary

class], I’m

a l w a y s


begging to try it. It’s so good;

I love his food,” sophomore

Mackenzie McLeod said.

One aspect Rymparsurat

especially loves about cooking

is the spices. His love for them

has prompted him to grow

his own stock. He grows bay

leaves and currently owns a

thriving rosemary bush in his


“I’m addicted to spices. I

like tasting just the spice, such

as curry powder or ginger.

The smells are sometimes just

so nice to smell,” Rymparsurat


Rymparsurat enjoys cooking

Asian food the most;

however, Rymparsurat looks

forward to expanding his culinary

knowledge and enhancing

his versatility by learning

other international cuisines,

such as Italian cuisine and

learning more cooking techniques.

He plans on enrolling

in Sno-Isle’s culinary program

for two years as well as eventually

attending Seattle Art Institute

for their

culinary program.



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a sushi

chef or

a pâtissier.

Photo by Chloe Rowland

Rymparsurat discovered his passion for cooking at the young age of seven. Here, he

shows his love for cooking in his culinary class.

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