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School Lunch Review

Wide variety options counter balances with the quality of the food
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Yuta Raqueno
Junior Shalvi Dutt bought this slice of cheese pizza. The cheese pizza is a decent option for students when the other options aren’t suitable. “I can easily choose pizza when I don’t feel like eating the other food,” Shalvi said.

Eating food is essential to keeping us alive; our overall performance can vary depending on what we eat. Studies show that “A well-balanced breakfast is [a] key to starting your day off right”, but a meaningful lunch can also affect your daily performance. Due to the closed campus nature of LSHS, the students either have to bring lunch from home or buy school lunch. Students can’t leave campus, and there are no food stores nearby, so the options available for school lunch play a big role in what students can eat. I sometimes eat school lunch but most of the time I prefer home lunch since many of the foods are “junk food”.
LSHS provides a wide variety of daily food choices from the Pizza Line, Deli Line, Cafe Line, and the Rotating Hot-To-Go Line. Students also can order various snacks and drinks from the Cove. The menu changes monthly, even though the only aspect that changed from the previous month’s menu is the Tuesday dish for the Rotating Hot-To-Go Line, where they added a Crunchy Chicken option.

Students can access the monthly menu such as this November 2023 LSHS menu from the school website. (Yuta Raqueno)

I usually bring and eat home lunch, but when I want extra food, I buy school lunches that are not greasy and unhealthy. From the Cafe Line, my favorite dish is the enchilada soup which comes with chips that are a bit too salty but tasty compared to the other food. Since I believe bread would be a better fit, I wish there was an option where we could pick between bread or chips.
Junior Shalvi Dutt’s favorite dish is anything with chicken and potato. She normally eats school lunch because she is “staying with a hosting family,” Dutt said. Her favorite school lunch is the Chicken Tenders from the Rotating Hot-To-Go Line on Thursdays. She normally sticks with the Hot-To-Go Line throughout the week, but on Wednesdays, she switches it up to the cheese pizza. I see many people change from the Deli Line to the Pizza Line on Wednesdays.

The Wednesday option for the Hot-To-Go Line is Nacho Chips with Cheese Sauce and Taco Meat, which I like since we can modify it with extra beans, corn, lettuce and many more toppings.
The LSHS offers a large spectrum of foods with many options good or unhealthy, but plenty of the students use it daily as they have no other option other than bringing lunches from home. This is because people such as Dutt prefer food that tastes good such as pizza and fried chicken sacrificing a little nutritional value.
There are lunches that some students like me tend to avoid these foods since they are unhealthy while there are other students who prefer to eat them since they taste good. In a school consisting of more than 2,000 students, the wide variety of food that they offer fulfills the demands and preferences of their large number of students.

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Yuta Raqueno, Photographer
Senior Yuta Raqueno is acquiring the skill of journalism in a class at Lake Stevens High School. Yuta amid his free time extends to soccer, piano which he said he is pretty good at, video games with his friends, and occasionally reading. In school, math and physics are his favorite subjects. After high school, Yuta plans to attend college, preferably in Washington. He would like to major in science, pondering the thought of neuroscience or Aerospace Engineering. Yuta not too long ago lived in Japan. There he played for a club soccer team but since he moved to Washington, he plays on a recreational team due to moving here too late in the season. He says his motivations for working hard are, “Nothing happens without hard work.” Yuta hopes to contribute good topics with unique info and a different perspective in the school Paper. Yuta would say his biggest fear is dying because nobody knows for sure. It is the true unknown. If he could change one thing about himself he states his environment. He moved to Washington his senior year of high school and had to say goodbye to all his friends. But he is making the most of what the United States offers and looks to make many more friends in the future.

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