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



School at home: Senior Jasmine Boggs works on homework for online classes through EVCC. The rise of COVID had many students and staff members worried about schools going back online. ”Students mental health would not be good if classes went back online,” Jasmine Boggs said.

COVID-19 may cause some public schools to go back online

Peyton Ruthruff, Photographer February 7, 2022

The number of students at Lake Stevens High School who have been absent due to either being exposed to COVID-19 or having COVID-19, has increased significantly in the past couple of weeks. There have...

Communication Breakdown: Students watch police and students from behind the front office doors on Dec. 10. Students had confusion about lunchtime and being let back into the building on Friday. Id say it started out very positive, but then it went downhill, junior Elliot Page said.

LSHS students walkout over concerns of sexual assault

Addison Delgado, Staff Reporter January 21, 2022

Friday, Dec. 10 Lake Stevens WA-LSHS students organized and conducted a walkout during second period. The walkout was dedicated as a protest against school reponses to sexual misconduct, after allegations...

Opposing opinions of the Rittenhouse Trial sparked division all across America. Some say the defendant Kyle Rittenhouse took necessary action to defend his life, while others say he wrongfully shot two victims and injured another. This case paints a bigger picture of problems in America such as white privilege, gun control, and the system of incarceration.

Rittenhouse trial causes uproar of political divide

Josie Bitnes, Staff Reporter (she/her) December 17, 2021

The recent trial State of Wisconsin Circuit Court Kenosha County State of Wisconsin Plaintiff vs. Kyle H. Rittenhouse has sparked a further division in America. Rittenhouse was on trial after he fatally...

Without the schools organization, seniors Shelby Farler, Kaylee Galvan, Kaylie Human, and Mckenzie McLeod, take on homecoming and have a small dance of their own!

Students host personal events as a substitute for Homecoming

Victoria Hyatt, Photography November 19, 2021

Class of 2022 has had a rough high school career. From arriving at the high school in sophomore year to being sent home three months prior to the end of the school year due to COVID. They spent their junior...

Absence of the arts: Students work hard to learn the principles of photography. After the retirement of the previous photography teacher, the program transitioned from five to three classes. Its another transition in a year or two full of transitions, current photography teacher Jody Cain said.

LSHS will see an unfortunate end to its photography program

Aimel Rai, Head Photographer November 12, 2021

Photography has been a class at LSHS for over a decade; however, it will no longer be offered next year. Due to the retirement of the previous photography teacher, Elizabeth Granillo, the school could...

Counseling Center: Check in with the receptionist at the large window into the office where the counselor offices are in the hallway. The office was designed to be visible and accessible for every student. “We’re more visible now, being in this hallway, and there’s that window...Being more visible, I think it helps,” mental health support specialist Jennifer Hudson said.

Lake Stevens High School provides mental health resources to students

Penelope Zickefoose, Photographer November 10, 2021

People may be surprised to learn that one in every five teens experiences a mental illness. As a result, it’s important to offer effective mental health support in high schools. It’s hard to ask for...

There are nearly 5 million people in Washington alone that are fully vaccinated! The number of people fully vaccinated rapidly increased in a span of only a month and a half, by around 1,204,885, according to Our World Data as of October 25, 2021. The current number of vaccinations has reached approximately 4.8 million. Yet, its too soon to tell how COVID-19 will effect Holiday gatherings, says Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIAID.

COVID-19’s Delta variant’s impact on holidays unclear

Emilie James, Photographer November 10, 2021

  Now that the vaccine has been distributed to millions across the country, according to Our World Data (see graph) if we will need to celebrate holidays differently this year. I’ve asked some...

Lights! Camera! Action! The All Together Now cast rehearses their Act 1 finale: Seize the Day! The cast is performing All Together Now as a part of MTIs program. “It’s just a feel-good and you just get to see people have fun on stage, and you have fun just watching it, so I think it’s just simply entertainment,” junior Teigun Pesce said.

Drama Club is back in person and performing All Together Now!

Madison Peralta, Photographer November 9, 2021

The theater is finally back open! The fall musical revue, All Together Now, which is based on a program called Music Theatre International (MTI) who designed the show as a fundraiser for local theaters...

Gender dysphoria: A study conducted by Cedars-Sinai in which adult transgender individuals were surveyed found that most transgender individuals experienced gender dysphoria in their developmental years. Lake Stevens School District Policy 5590 aims to make transgender youth comfortable and safe at school. “Its probably going to ruffle some feathers and cause some waves in our community, and I would say that based on the response to our last policy five years ago, I think our district is ready for this,” counselor Angelia Riebli said.

Lake Stevens School Board passes Gender-Inclusive Schools policy

Hailey Cordell, Editor-in-Chief November 4, 2021

Lake Stevens, WA Aug. 25 2021- Lake Stevens School Board adopted Policy no. 5590, Gender-Inclusive Schools. Policy 5590 maintains a focus on using correct terms, properly respecting transgender students’...

When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free. -Former U.S. President Barack Obama

Washington’s pride won’t subside

Lillian Carpenter, Viking Gallery Editor June 4, 2021

One hot summer night in 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar that was a safe haven for the time’s LGBT+ community located in New York City. At the time, these sorts of raids were common in...

No masks? People shop at Nordstroms without a mask. Only in the month of March, it would have been abnormal to see an individual in public without wearing a mask. It definitely feels weird to see people not wearing masks because it has become such a normal thing in society. It took me some time to get used to seeing people without masks on in public, senior Kerrah Conner said.

Vaccination Updates

Elizabeth Fritzler, Photographer June 3, 2021

The first COVID-19 vaccine was distributed on Dec. 14, 2020 to health care worker Sandra Lindsay. This shot “made her the first American to receive the coronavirus vaccine outside a clinical trial”....

Seniors Plans after Graduation: Senior McKenna Michaelson plans on attending Washington State in the fall to pursue a major in Business Management and Marketing, and a minor in Human Resources. Michaelson  has dreamt of going to Washington State since she was two years old. ¨I have always wanted to be a Coug, When I found out that I had gotten accepted I was so happy and excited for the future,¨ Michealson stated.

Class of 2021 starts to take on the world after high school

Joelle Stever, Staff Reporter June 3, 2021

June 7, 2021 Lake Stevens High School seniors will be graduating and expanding their wings. Everyone in the Class of 2021, has their own direction in which they are going. Some students decided to go to...

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