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Valhalla

The student news site of Lake Stevens High School

Valhalla

The student news site of Lake Stevens High School

Valhalla

Opinion

Diversified Warriors: Marvel movie Black Panther’s cast stands before a crowd at a Comic-Con convention in San Diego. Their movie left an unprecedented footprint on the issue of diversity in not only Marvel but the movie industry as a whole. “Greater diversity in Marvel would make me more intrigued and interested in watching the movies. Since I am mixed with different races, it would be nice to see it in some of my favorite superhero movies,” senior Akilah Degrant said.

Marvel has minimal diversity, and they must lead the way for change, not profit

Lillian Carpenter, Viking Gallery Editor March 23, 2021

Superheroes are a special part of most kids’ childhoods. Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man are big names that largely decorate the backpacks and lunchboxes of any given elementary school cafeteria....

Real-life through television? 
Here we have the billboard for the premiere of the British show Skins, from left to right is Tony (Nicholas Hoult),  Michelle (April Pearson), and Chris (Joe Dempsie.) Skins later went on for another 7 seasons. Its an extremely dramatic show, theres a lot happening all at once, senior Abby Doleshel said.

Are shows like Skins and Euphoria appropriate for teens?

Emma Brouqua, Photographer March 22, 2021

In the film industry there are many shows that portray mature content. Teens doing hard drugs, partying, drinking, and having unsafe sex. Some examples of these shows include Euphoria, Skins, and Grand...

Viking carving wearing a mask. Photographer: Julie Henggeler

District prepares to shift towards hybrid learning during COVID

Mikayla Finnerty, Social Media Editor March 10, 2021

This school year has been a series of unknowns tossed into the air with no knowledge of when the other shoe will drop. Attending school and what that looks like during Covid-19 may change as vaccines roll...

Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Iowa, March 2019 (Pre-COVID-19). During the Primary Presidential election, in reference to the Crime Bill Biden said, “I havent always been right, I know we havent always done things the right way. But Ive always tried. Photo courtesy of CreativeCommons.

The danger of political complacency in a Biden-era Presidency

Hailey Cordell, Editor-in-Chief January 27, 2021

A moment of joy and relief can be felt all across the country as President Biden has officially taken office. After years of anger, pain, and marginalization of People of Color, women, and LGBTQ+ Americans,...

Fears women have that men dont

Fears women have that men don’t

Mikayla Finnerty, Social Media Editor January 25, 2021

She takes her car keys and firmly places them between her middle and ring finger. She looks around before taking the first steps to her car. It's routine, it's familiar. She's constantly looking behind...

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington DC.

White comfort and the whitewashing of Martin Luther King Jr.

Hailey Cordell, Editor-in-Chief January 18, 2021

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests that peaked in June 2020, which were sparked by the police killings of Black Americans, racial inequality is at the forefront of white Americans’ minds—as...

A new beginning: Since the beginning of the school year my life has been like a rollercoaster. Moving to a brand new school, making new friends was the beginning. Then the pandemic began. I moved  out of my dads house and am now living with my friend, working at a new job and living the life I have now.

This is me: So far so well

Blake Williams June 5, 2020

At the beginning of the school year being a senior is “the stuff” because as soon as you're done you're out of school and then moving on into your life, but this year wasn't even close to like because...

$uicideBoy$ in Seattle. Scrim, one of his many nicknames, is one half of the $B duo. The two have come a long way due to their Memphis style music and relatability.

What makes good music and/or artist?

Tanner Carr, Section Editor April 30, 2020

In music, there are many factors that connect people to it- the production, lyricism, flow, delivery, range, instruments and more. However with no true good or bad, what makes music enjoyable to people? ...

Express yourself! Junior Mikayla Finnerty’s unique way of expressing herself is basing her outfits on the jewelry she wears. Finnerty found this expression when her mom bought her a gold ring last year. “My style changes every day, and I try to step out of my comfort zone as much as I can, but I will always have my jewelry on. If I don’t have my rings, I’m not ready for the day. It helps as a confidence booster when I get up and get ready and have my outfit picked out with my rings to accent it.”

More than just the drip

Jake Kirkland , Section editor March 11, 2020

In Lake Stevens High School many students walk around the school with different colored hair. P listen to varieties of music, and people that have different religious beliefs. Not all people express themselves...

Vote! Seniors get their chance in 2020 as they turn 18 to make an impression on the presidential election. Many argue that their single vote doesn’t matter. Written in The New York Times,  “In the 2008 presidential election,” “The average voter had just one chance in 60 million of deciding the race. This argument is based on a highly questionable assumption: that there’s no reason for me to vote if doing so won’t decide the election.” Each vote makes a difference, even if that difference is small.

The epidemic of young non-voters

Selah DeLong, Photographer March 11, 2020

Headed to the polls? Graduation is just around the corner for seniors. With graduation comes senioritis, excitement, and enthusiasm for the future. At the same time, it brings many changes. Students are...

Movie weekend! Juniors Emma and Ashley Brouqua stand in front of The Edmonds Theater and look forward to watching “Parasite” by director Bong Joon Ho. It became a hot topic in the film industry and attracts a lot of young viewers. “This is a thriller of extraordinary cunning and emotional force. You will enjoy every second of it,” Brouqua twins said.

History-making “Parasite” wins the Best Picture

Kamila Almaz , Staff Reporter March 11, 2020

Oscar novelty! For the first time ever a foreign-language film won the Best Picture and became a hot topic in the film industry. “Parasite” celebrated victory after victory with four Oscar wins in...

A look into student stress and its effects

A look into student stress and its effects

Selah DeLong, Photographer January 28, 2020

Study Time!  Most (if not all) students would say that stress is a huge part of their high school career. Recently, stress has been shown to impact other areas, such as mental health, physical health,...