The student news site of Lake Stevens High School


The student news site of Lake Stevens High School


The student news site of Lake Stevens High School



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...

Spirit Senator! LSHS Senior Senator Michael Colonna considers new spirit days to implement before this years spring break. Colonna worked with members of his Leadership class to create new spirit days.”They should be coming from the audience and the people, Colonna said.

Spirit Week at LSHS

Jose Vega, Staff Reporter March 17, 2022

As Spring Break continues to get closer by the day,  one can only hope for another spirit week. Since COVID students haven't participated in spirit weeks as much.  Historically, spirit days have been...

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...

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...

Temporarily Closed: These signs can be seen around the campus on closed bathroom doors. Many students felt mislead when first reading temporarily closed, under the impression that the closure was for maintenance or an issue that wouldnt keep the bathrooms closed for the whole school year.

Bathrooms Remain Closed Effectively Preventing Devious Licks

Cameron Haines, Staff Reporter March 16, 2022

Not too long into the school year, bathrooms around our campus were closed due to students stealing school property as a trend on social media. The initial closure upset many students, as going to the...

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...

LSSD Direction: As of July 2021, Dr. Ken Collins has become the superintendent of LSSD. Collins has been pushing against systemic issues by addressing transgender discrimination, adding SACo and focusing on in-person schooling. Im glad to see that we are able to grow more and incite change in our district, junior SACo member Josie Odegaard said.

New leadership at the district level

Conan Rinehardt, News Editor February 8, 2022

This school year has brought a few new additions to the Lake Stevens School District’s school board. John Boerger, a member of the LSSD board of directors, retired and Dr. Nina Kim Hansen replaced him...

Last Resort: The Lake Stevens School District settles on a base plan in case of another emergency shutdown. Students voiced their thoughts and opinions regarding changes they want to see. “I’ve noticed huge gaps this year in the skills students who worked well at home over the past two years and those who didn’t, so I’ve got one level of students that is right on track… and then another level of students who is very behind,” Kelly Guilfoil said.

LSHS plans for the future of distance learning

Faith Hill, Head Photographer February 8, 2022

The Lake Stevens High School distance learning shutdown produced mixed reactions among students and staff. Some loved it, some hated it, but despite this it showed the Lake Stevens School District that...

A report by the Washington State Department of Health states that 91 COVID-19 outbreaks and 1,519 COVID cases occurred in Snohomish County K-12 schools between Aug. 1 and Nov. 31, 2021. According to data from the Washington Department of Health, 60.2% of people aged 16-17 have been fully vaccinated, while 51.8% of people aged 12-15 have been fully vaccinated. My sister’s like college and stuff went online for a few weeks, so [going online] it’s not like out of the picture. I don’t think we would go full year, but I feel like temporarily would probably be pretty likely, junior Jake Loucado said.

COVID-19 causes massive teacher shortages

Bryce Clark, Opinion Section Editor February 8, 2022

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is causing schools to have major difficulties with in-person learning, as many students and staff are having to quarantine as a result. The major factor that affects...

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