The student news site of Lake Stevens High School

Valhalla

The student news site of Lake Stevens High School

Valhalla

The student news site of Lake Stevens High School

Valhalla

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Summer Fun: Schools almost out, summers coming up quick, and reading both new and old releases is a great way to kill some time. In 2021, Sno-Isle Libraries offered a summer reading program, in which students could submit a form documenting their reading for ten hours and earn a free book of their choice from the library. Im looking forward to reading Book of Night by Holly Black and Babel by R.F. Kuang this summer, sophomore Natalie McCullough said.

The sand, the sun and a good book

Addison Delgado May 25, 2022

Summer is around the corner, with the 2021-2022 LSHS school year coming to a close and taking its final bow. Seniors, juniors and sophomores alike are all going on break and taking a much deserved rest...

Creative expansion: MerMay is a monthly art challenge during the month of May. These challenges have their pros and cons, but always offer inspiration to budding artists. “Sometimes it’s the song I hear, sometimes it’s something I see, but usually it’s what’s around me,” Jody Cain said.

MerMay encourages creativity

May 25, 2022

Imagine the art community, then combine it with mermaids for the month of May — that’s a rough description of a well-known monthly art challenge known as MerMay. In short, this is a annual celebration...

Nostalgia: Early 2000s Barbie movies capture childhood memories and magic. Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper is a computer-animated musical film released on DVD in 2004. “My dad worked a lot and so did my mom, I was too little to be on my own so anywhere I would go they would bring Barbie DVDs with them,” junior Gabi Prieto said.

The first generation of Barbie films encapsulate exemplary storytelling

Hailey Cordell, Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2022

In Post-2010 Barbie movies, Barbie embodies an older sister archetype, always having the correct emotional response to situations and giving perfect advice. Audiences no longer see Barbie make any significant...

Introverted or extroverted? Check out these perfectly curated anime based on your four-letter MBTI combination (Myers Briggs Type Indicator). MBTI provides an individual with a unique combination of four letters based on introversion/extraversion, sensing/intuition, thinking/feeling, and judging/perceiving. All these anime are easy to watch as an introduction to anime and anyone could get into them,  senior Yoanna Ramirez said.

Explore your personality through Anime 

Maren Hammer and Aimel Rai, Photographer and Head Photographer April 27, 2022

By sophomore year, all students have been exposed to the Myer's Briggs Personality test. Everybody's personality is unique, and yet people share certain personality traits. This story pairs personality...

Main Character: Mei Lee is the hardworking, outgoing, joyful protagonist of Turning Red. Her words very clearly expressed her enthusiasm for her lifestyle and new experiences she was facing. Not to brag, but being thirteen means Im officially a grown-up,  Lee says.

Pixar tackles puberty: inappropriate or empowering?

Penelope Zickefoose, Photographer April 25, 2022

Turning Red, directed by Chinese-Canadian animator, director and screenwriter Domee Shi, was released Feb. 22, 2022 on Disney+. The movie tells the story of a newly 13-year old girl, named Mei Lee, learning...

Spring play: Promotion for Lake Stevens high school’s production of Clue is in full swing as show dates are rapidly approaching. The game Clue was first released in 1949 and was patented by British musician Anthony Pratt based on the parlor game called Murder. “Clue is a mystery of whodunnit. six guests arrive at a mansion, all holding secrets from one another. Will secrets bring out the best in them, or will it take a turn for the worst? Come find out in a night of fun, intrigue, and sleuthing, where you too can find out who should be put behind bars,” senior Haley Tabor said.

Lake Stevens High School Drama Club presents Clue

Hailey Cordell, Editor-in-Chief April 14, 2022

Clue, the play, is based on the movie inspired by the classic board game and follows 6 guests as they maneuver through a dinner party colored with murder and mystery. The show will be performed at Lake...

Endless entertainment: Liesel Kuhrau sits scrolling through TikTok looking for reading inspiration. The new and upcoming hashtag BookTok has over 39.2 billion views on the app. BookTok is the most scrumptious hashtag in the entire multiverse, sophomore Ian Wright said.

BookTok Breakdown: Is it worth the hype?

Dakota Latham, Photographer March 17, 2022

BookTok, a group of people on TikTok that discuss books, creates an interesting dynamic on a platform that makes it easy to share ideas. The short videos posted contain reviews, recommendations, points...

Highlighted upcoming concerts: Washington will be hosting many upcoming events from many different big names throughout the rest of the year. Having always been a major stop for artists, Seattle has continued to be a great place for musical shows. There are plenty of great shows that I cant wait to see this year, senior Christian Corea stated.

Upcoming Washington concerts

Elijah Spencer and Cassius Peterson, Staff Reporter and Section Editor March 17, 2022

A number of music events are coming up throughout the year in Washington. This list provides a look at the year ahead by highlighting some of the major musical events heading to Washington in the upcoming...

On the big screen: The Batman has injected life back into theaters and its never been a better time to bring some friends and watch together.

Review of the Batman and other films

Cristian Petrov, Features Editor March 17, 2022

The Batman (2022) - Putting the Goth in Gotham Directed By: Matt Reeves Starring: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Ferrel, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis Rated Pg-13: Suggestive Material,...

Blossoming Growth: Junior Gabrielle Dacar stands in front of sunflowers at the exhibition entrance. The Van Gogh Experience is a 360° immersive exhibition of the artist’s work and lifetime to show it to a new audience in a new light. “Bringing to life the culture and how people visualize things, it’s very important. It brings in individualism and just a new way of viewing aspects of life,” senior Lillianne Head said.

Van Gogh Experience attracts a new audience in Seattle

Faith Hill, Head Photographer March 16, 2022

Art is an ever-changing medium and can allow us to view old pieces of art in a new light. Sometimes, this comes in the form of reimagining older, well-known art (and artists) with a modern ‘spin’ placed...

Milk and Honey; in-depth review

Bailey Kendrick March 2, 2022

“Milk and Honey” is a modern work of poetry written by 29-year-old Rupi Kaur. A select few of the topics mentioned in this book could be ones to be cautious over, such as sexual assault and abuse....

The happiest place on earth: Disney struggles to live up to its motto as
the demand of consumers for accuracy in media is on the rise. Disneys early and most popular films feed into negative facades about various cultures but their efforts to address their mistakes are being exercised today. “Its our natural instinct to implement ourselves into characters we are most like and believe ourselves to be. If thats all we see as kids thats all we grow up to believe we can be,” senior Ella Balan.

Reflection of real people in fictional worlds

Lilyana Salazar, Staff Reporter February 9, 2022

In a media-derived world, we are directly influenced and impacted by the digital entertainment we consume. Because of this we often overlook socially unacceptable concepts. Today’s generation of viewers...