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

Features

Back to School: Hybrid learning is starting soon. Thrilled and anxious, students and teachers have prepared themselves for seeing each other in person. Im pretty excited to go back, junior Elam Roldan said.

Students’ thoughts about starting hybrid Learning

Isaac Xiong, Photographer April 16, 2021

When the 2020-2021 school year first started, not many students and teachers had thought about being able to go back to school. Now, students and teachers will be able to go back to school and see each...

Closed: Countless small businesses had to lock their doors during the Covid-19 pandemic. Covid-19 has struck restaurants the worse. ¨Work has been definitely complicated, we are either dead silent and have nothing going on or we get a big rush and have a lot of people who want to come in, but we dont have enough employees to have that many in the restaurant, senior Aliyah Kavran-Peterson said. Many local businesses were forced to shut down permanently due to the loss of revenue during the last year.

Global lockdown causes an enormous impact for small businesses

Joelle Stever, Staff Reporter April 16, 2021

Small businesses have been hurt from Covid-19 through the past year. From not being able to have their doors open, to only have so many in the facility. The economic shutdown caused by the pandemic has...

Nerf gun arsenal: Seniors are allowed to choose their Nerf weapon of choice to assassinate their target. The variety of weaponry doesnt make the kill any easier though. The waiting game is the toughest part of the competition, senior Sophia Rippo said that she had a lot of difficulty trying to kill my target because she doesn’t work or anything, so I would wait outside her house for hours, but she would never leave.

Senior assassin starts off with a bang!

Alexa Psaradelis, New Editor April 16, 2021

The class of 2021 had most things taken away from them this year, from football games to prom to an in-person graduation ceremony, but one thing these seniors are able to participate in is senior assassin....

Ableism Advocate: Shining light on a subject that is widely unmentioned, this infographic explains the effect that ableism has on people with disabilities.

The hidden trials of having disabilities

Lillian Carpenter, Viking Gallery Editor March 29, 2021

I have autism. In my experience, not many people know what that means. What I do know is that many people, especially students, are misinformed about disabilities. Unfortunately, misinformation usually...

Connected: Facetime is a great resource for people to use to communicate with the ones they are unable to see. The list of things Covid-19 effects continues to grow. “I hope everyone does what they have to to keep everyone safe and help us move forward,” Vice Principal Tonya Grinde said.

Long distance Relationships during COVID-19

Mary Wadner, Features Editor March 26, 2021

COVID-19 has affected many people around the world: families, friends and couples. Because of being in quarantine, most people haven’t been able to visit their relatives in person due to the health risks....

Upskilled Teaching: LSHS Teacher Karen Morton interacts with students through Google Meet during distance learning. She learned a lot about herself and her profession while she taught virtually. “Going out of this, there’s going to be some positives, like me as a teacher, I’ve probably told you this, I was a teacher that wouldn’t take any paper, any assignment electronically. Now I don’t know if I’ll take hard copy assignments anymore,” Morton said.

Lake Stevens teachers get vaccines

Hunter O'Connor, Photographer March 26, 2021

Lake Stevens teachers started getting COVID vaccines after moving up the vaccine priority list to be first in line for vaccinations on Mar. 2. Teachers receiving vaccines brings hope that their jobs will...

Facetime is a common tool that people use to keep in touch with their friends and family, especially during these difficult times where it is hard to see people in person. Seniors Lizzy Fritzler and Maddie Iseminger face-timed, so they could catch up on the things going on in their lives. “Covid makes it really difficult to keep friendships stable since we arent really allowed to see our friends in person due to the guidelines,” Iseminger said.

Quarantine puts relationships to the test

Nadia Tucey, A&E Editor March 26, 2021

Ever since coronavirus hit the U.S., the entire country has changed drastically. Stay-at-home orders, mask requirements and a number of protests have occurred over this past year. On a more personal level,...

Go Lake: Lake Stevens High School teachers are now teaching students full-time online. When hybrid learning was brought up, Kaleb Allinson, a math teacher, was more than pleased to start hybrid learning. Im sure that it will be nice for everyone to be able to see faces again while teaching and learning, Allinson said.

Teacher thoughts on hybrid learning

Emera Ward, Sports Editor March 26, 2021

COVID-19 has had major impacts on people’s lives, whether it’s not getting to go watch the sports they love, not traveling or not getting to hug family members. One aspect of several people’s lives...

Online School and Tough Times: Students in all schools strive to find new ways to keep up with online school and to make it entertaining. Although some students enjoy distance learning, all students have struggled at some point in time. 
Dont procrastinate. Using a computer 24/7 has made me not want to learn, senior McKenna Michealson said.

The real truth on the effects of distance learning on academics

Joelle Stever, Staff Reporter March 23, 2021

The majority of students haven't stepped into schools for almost a year. They have been at home on a computer, distance learning everyday. There are many questions swirling in people’s heads. Have the...

State Competition: Students in Lake Stevens High School went to State and won first place. Since winning first place,  our fellow students are now more experienced with the business world. I am very proud of the DECA students who took advantage of the opportunity to compete in DECA virtual competition year, Karen Morton said.

Students from Lake Stevens High School compete in Washington state’s DECA competition

Carson Schoenwald, Staff Reporter March 23, 2021

A select group of DECA students have been practicing and preparing to finally compete in state competition. Students participate in different business and marketing event roleplays to put their skills...

Study Time: Raye Liffrig studies criminal psychology in her college apartment in Pullman, Washington. Due to COVID-19 she was not able to attend classes on campus,; however, she continues to keep a positive attitude. Go Cougs! Liffrig said.

Class of 2021 questions what college will look like next year

Nika Perez, Photographer March 16, 2021

As seniors prepare to go to college, there are many concerns as to what college may look like in the upcoming fall due to the pandemic. As many students may know, several universities in Washington state...

Musical connection: Junior Audrey Burrows practices some of her original music with her electric guitar. She entered in some of her original songs to share with the school, which she hoped would inspire other students. “Music is such a communal thing for me, so being able to use it to connect with people is really cool,” Burrows said.

Senior class president partners with school newspaper to promote creativity in the student body

Nadia Tucey, A&E Editor March 9, 2021

Lake Stevens High School overflows with artistic talent. From the band, choir and art students, there is more than enough creative representation throughout the school. How, though, do those students express...