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 Safety: Signs like the one above inform everyone that guns are not allowed on school campuses. Despite this, school shootings have become a devastatingly common occurrence. “Guns have evolved over the years. So should our gun laws,” activist Shane Claiborne said.

Stricter regulations needed for purchasing a firearm

Staff Editorial June 13, 2022

In the United States, 119 school shootings have occurred since 2018, launching children and teenagers to the front lines of gun violence. The Valhalla staff believes students have the right to a safe,...

Everett, WA - June 7, 2022: The Class of 2022 gather at Angel of the Winds Arena for their graduation ceremony. 592 seniors were awarded their high school diploma this year, including 16 students who maintained a 4.0 cumulative GPA.

Needed changes to graduation

Staff Editorial June 10, 2022

At Lake Stevens High School, we work to celebrate academics, arts, athletics, and activities - the four A’s. We celebrate academics at our awards nights, athletics via our state send-offs, records and...

Do you know your horoscope? People used to use astrology to predict their own future or an outcome of a problem, and people still use this astrology for this reason until this day. Students tend to look up their compatibility for relationships even though it may not line up with their relationship. “My best friend is an Aries and I am a Cancer and I guess Aries are my worst relationships, but I do see how we can bump heads from time to time,” senior Sinead McLoughlin said.

The ancient art of horoscopes

Lilianna Rodriguez, Opinion Section Editor May 25, 2022

Astrology has been around for 2,400 years, and people still use it in their daily lives by looking at their horoscopes or how the stars are aligned on their birthday or any other celebrations. Astrology...

Ignored patients: Medical gaslighting is an ongoing problem in our society, and it needs to be recognized. Affecting women, especially women of color, medical gaslighting is a dangerous act that can cause a patient harm and possibly even death. Medical gaslighting should not be overlooked,  sophomore Marrianna Shea said.

Doctors dismiss patients’ pain

MacKenzie Conniff, Social Media Editor May 23, 2022

Often affecting women, more specifically women of color (WOC), and plus-size people, medical gaslighting is a practice in which a doctor dismisses a patient's symptoms, excusing their pain. This practice...

YouTube sensation, Emma chamberlain flaunts the necklace of the Patalia royalty at the 2022 Met Gala. After disappearing from the Patiala treasury, the heirloom De Beers diamond wasnt spotted for another 34 years. Certain clothes and jewelry have a cultural significance which is often washed away when people wear them just for aesthetics. In this instance, that necklace had a lot of history and importance behind it. Especially considering that it was stolen from Indian royalty. It’s just wrong and disrespectful for her as an influencer to wear to an event that doesn’t benefit south Asians in any way or highlights them. She wore it for her own benefit which I believe is so disrespectful, junior Fernanda Chavez Hernandez said.

Lost diamonds found on the red carpet

Aimel Rai, Head Photographer May 20, 2022

The Met Gala is a display of extravagance, wealth and expensive exclusive fashion. The Met Gala was founded by Eleanor Lambert in 1948 as a fundraiser to fund the costume exhibit; however, the early years...

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...

A Total Success: One of the posters for the play, Clue, displays the main cast of the performance. It was executed well- from props and sets to its casting. “It’s pretty inspiring, I think, that people my age were able to accomplish something like this,” junior Bella Maxwell said.

An overall look at this year’s play: Clue

Emilie James, Photographer May 20, 2022

The Lake Stevens High School production of Clue this year was impressive to say the least. Clue is a murder mystery board game, movie, and play. To summarize, six people were selected to attend a dinner...

Door to belonging: U.S. Army office in Smokey Point, Marysville. Recruiting offices everywhere are always open for anyone interested. I just joined to do hitter stuff with the homies, senior future 75th Ranger Soren Joseph said.

Military career plan

Bodin Watkins and Brock Grose, Section Editor and Staff Reporter April 25, 2022

A military family is one of the strongest bonds you can make, from the battlefield to the office. You dedicate a lot of time and work to these people. Spending time with your colleagues while your family...

Motivation is Key: Motivation at the end of the year is hard, and doing anything to keep your mind on track is great. Jaidyn Foutch wrote in her planner to stay on track for the end of the year. The hardest part of the end of the year is trying to get all the work turned in and done the way you wanted without having your grade drop, junior Kayla Stewart said.

The challenges of maintaining motivation as the school year comes to an end

Madelynn Butler, Sports Section Editor April 25, 2022

With the end of the school year in sight, it has become hard to stay focused. School is starting to become a drag, and people are ready for summer to come. Classes are getting harder, colleges are reaching...

Inclusivity matters: GSA network reports that 67% of students feel unsafe in their school environment without LGBTQ+ curriculum, compared to the 43% of students with. California was among the first states that implemented mandatory LGBTQ+ curriculum, after the FAIR Education Act was passed in 2011. I think that we need LGBTQ+ school curriculums because theres so many uneducated people in the world who dont know what it is, sophomore Rory Berger said.

Teach students about LGBTQ+ topics

Addison Delgado , Staff Reporter April 25, 2022

LGBTQ+ students in school are under pressure and stress following Florida’s newest “Don’t Say Gay” bill, or new anti-transgender legislation in Texas, LGBTQ+ teens are being constantly targeted...

College dorm: Ben Stainbrook shares his well-decorated room with a roommate at Washington State University. Aside from expenses, Ive always looked forward to having my own living space to have on campus, EVCC student Autumn Haines said.

Living on or off campus in the Pacific Northwest

Cameron Haines, Staff Reporter April 25, 2022

Students who live on-campus are also surrounded by other college students, and when you move off-campus, that may or may not be the case. Staying in a dorm at college is one of the many highly anticipated...

Will NATO help: The organization discussed Russia’s actions in recent years. They will aid Ukraine how they can whilst avoiding a potential World War III. “Russia’s recent massive military build-up and destabilising activities in and around Ukraine have further escalated tensions and undermined security,” Brussels Summit Communiqué, Section 14 said.

NATO to be more involved in Ukraine

Emilie James, Photographer April 25, 2022

Vladimir Putin, current President of Russia, began the full invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022. Refugees and citizens of Ukraine have been posting their experiences on social media apps, including TikTok,...