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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Would you give in? 37 percent of teens vape as a social activity, but vaping can lead to health problems. When its the end of the day my lungs tend to feel as if their tired from breathing and I can get chest pains here and there also, an anonymous student at Lake Stevens High School said.

Vaping causes serious health issues

Lilianna Rodriguez, Opinion Section Editor April 25, 2022

Prior to 2019, 18 year olds were able to purchase these devices that were appealing due to the fruity and juicy flavors. Due to 18 year olds being able to purchase these devices until the law changed in...


Food supply running out: Empty shelves at Fred Meyer in Snohomish. Due to the Russian-Ukrainian war, 1/3 of wheat farming hasnt happened this season. This has left shelves at grocery stores empty. Losing half our food supply could destroy our economy, sophomore Sidney Packard said.

Russian-Ukrainian war causing the world to go hungry?

Katelyn Gardner, Staff Reporter April 25, 2022

15% of all global calories come from wheat and rice, and ⅓ of our wheat and rice come from Russia and Ukraine. It’s crop season right now, and since these countries are currently at war, wheat...

Max capacity: Student parking fills up quickly in the morning. Many students reported that finding parking was an obstacle to being on time. “The biggest factor that was interfering with my ability to get to school on time was the parking situation at the time of when the policy was put into place,” junior Caleb Cumberledge said.

Attendance office cracks down on tardy problem

Cameron Smutz, A&E Section Editor April 25, 2022

On Feb. 25, Principal Leslie Ivelia sent out an email to all students regarding on-time arrivals titled “Attendance Matters”. This email explained the school’s goals of having students arrive on...

Gas Prices: The increase in gas prices is causing people to have to change their lifestyle to be able to afford gas. U.S. oil companies made record profits last year, which has caused them to face scrutiny from people who believe that they should lower their prices in favor of making gas cheaper. This is not the time to sit on record profits, President Joe Biden said in a March 31 speech.

The cause of rising gas prices

Bryce Clark, Opinion Section Editor April 25, 2022

In the last few weeks, gas prices have risen to over $4.50 in Washington and a $4.00 average in the US, largely due to the sanctions placed on Russia. This has made driving much more difficult, especially...

Unobstructed: Students in German class participate in their regular class activity while mask-free. The class learned better being able to see each others mouths while speaking. “I think not having to wear masks makes learning German a lot easier. You can see the way peoples mouths are moving when they say words you arent familiar with, so it’s easier to learn how to pronounce them,” junior Keaton Axtell said.

Students part ways with their masks

Cameron Smutz, A&E Section Editor March 22, 2022

Monday, March 14 marked the day that the Lake StevensSchool District mask mandate was officially lifted in line with the county and state. This change had been anticipated for months. COVID rates were...

Truckers protest vaccine mandates on the US-Canada border in Ottawa.

Protests against vaccine mandates create havoc at the Canadian border

Katelyn Gardner, Staff Reporter March 16, 2022

On Jan. 22, Canadian protesters blocked Canadian-US border crossings in Ottawa. They called themselves the freedom convoy. They were protesting a recent COVID-19 vaccination mandate that was passed prohibiting...

Tunes with views: Watershed is a country music concert that everyone goes to have fun and hang out with friends, for a whole weekend of fun. Everyone was there listening to music and hanging with their friends having a good time listening to all of the country music and their favorite artists. My favorite people who are singing are Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, and Kane Brown, senior Molly Denton said.

2022 Watershed reopens

Madelynn Butler, Sports Section Editor March 16, 2022

Tickets are on sale now! Watershed is happening again after its closure in 2020 due to the coronavirus, and people are excited to go back. Watershed takes place in the Gorge at George City, Washington,...

March Madness: Romeo Bustillo and Kelly Nguyen discuss upcoming events regarding ASU. Members worked on various projects to present to students during lunch periods in last meeting. “I wanted to create an Asian Student Union where people can come together and share racial experiences on what they go through and microaggressions because of their ethnicity,” ASU President Kelly Nguyen said.

Executive Board approves Asian Student Union Club

Nylah Harrington and Alyssa Arceno-Leon, Photographers March 16, 2022

Since January, Asian Student Union President Kelly Nguyen and Vice President Romeo Bustillo have been pushing to add ASU to the list of clubs here at LSHS. They went through the process of sending a proposal...

Right to speak out: Citizens express their beliefs about the vaccine mandate. The immense outrage was caused after businesses were requiring employees to be vaccinated in order to work.

Supreme court blocks OSHA vaccine mandate

Brandon Himple, Staff Reporter March 16, 2022

On Jan. 13, 2022, in a 6-3 decision vote, the US Supreme Court blocked the vaccination or test rule for bigger businesses with 100 or more employees. If passed, businesses would have had to require a vaccine,...

Round and round: Lake Stevens begins construction on conducting new traffic flow. The budget for this project was over $8 million. Theyre designed to keep the traffic flow going, so dont stop if theres nobody coming from your left, , drivers ed instructor, Rodger Anderson said.

Round and around we go

Maddy Duffy, Staff Photographer March 16, 2022

“The previous mayor of Lake Stevens was actually the one that started this project back in 2017,” Lake Stevens Mayor Brett Gailey said. Construction for these projects will be conducted in three...

Recent controversy: Lake Stevens Library is temporarily operating out of the old Lake Stevens’ police station while construction of a new library is underway. After the City of Lake Stevens announced potentially breaking ties with the Sno-Isle Library system, community outrage dissuaded the idea. “The City, Sno-Isle Libraries, and Lake Stevens Sewer District are exploring the potential to build a joint civic campus,” The City of Lake Stevens stated.

Lake Stevens Library and Sno-isle partners with Lake Stevens School District

Hailey Cordell, Editor-in-Chief February 28, 2022

Lake Stevens has been without a library since June 2021 due to its demolition for renovations to North Cove Park, and plans for the future of a library in Lake Stevens have been unclear and recently, controversial. An...

Supreme court square-off: Protestors gather as the US Supreme Court hears arguments in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Pro-choice activists and pro-life activists gathered throughout the day on Dec.1, as tensions increasingly rose. 
You should have a right to your own body, sophomore Alexei Roberts said.

The possible overturn of Roe v. Wade

Addison Delgado, Staff Reporter February 8, 2022

Roe v. Wade is a fundamental monument in womens’ reproductive rights in America, passed on Jan. 22, 1973, in a 7-2 vote by an all-male US Supreme Court. This decision protects a pregnant woman’s...