- Category: Activities
- Written by Bri Smith
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What kind of nerd are you? Do you have a book or a TV show that you just adore? The Nerd’s Association for Geeks and Otakus (N.A.G.O) is a club where you can love it all! N.A.G.O is where self-proclaimed nerds go to not only enjoy their own fandoms, but to learn and recognize others and feel like they belong.
Catie McCammond, one of the leaders of N.A.G.O’s houses, summarizes what N.A.G.O is about.
“N.A.G.O is a place where anyone can come and fangirl or fanboy over any fandom,” Catie McCammond, head of the Gryffindor house, said. “It is a safe place to let your inner or outer geek out.”Add a comment
- Category: Activities
- Written by Kaitlyn Coberly
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Are you interested in flowers? If so, Horticulture Club would be great for you!
If you are planning to be a florist or work at a nursery, this will help you gain experience and help prepare you for those kinds of jobs. Putting together floral designs, learning to identify different kinds of plants, and selling plants are just some of the activities you do in this club.
Kelsey Schoen, a member of Horticulture Club, says her favorite part is, “Getting to go on trips and meeting new people."
In order to be in this club there are some prerequisites. You will need to have taken Agriculture and have been in FFA.
There will be competitions on a Friday and Saturday once every month, says Schoen.
These competitions are split up into two sections; the floriculture contest and the nursery landscape contest. The Floriculture contests consist of tests, plant identification, problem solving, practicums and a team activity. While doing the practicums each student in a group of five picks one of the following; job interview, sales over the phone, floral design, making a dish garden, and media selling. The practicums for nursery landscape are verbal customer assistance, written customer assistance, and potting or propagating. In a group of five people two will do verbal, one will do written, and two will do plotting or propagating.
While in the club you will practice these skills to prepare you for the contests.
The first meeting of Horticulture Club was on Thursday, September 19 from 2:30 to 3:30. Meetings are held in Mr. Hougen's room, #599.
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- Category: Sports
- Written by Haley Strowbridge
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Here at Stanwood High School, sports make up a big part of the school's atmosphere. Student athletes not only become friends with their teammates, but in some seasons, they’re as close as family.
As every sports season comes to an end, on every home match and or meet, the junior athletes put on a senior night to honor, as well as respect the senior class to show their thankfulness for the past seasons they were a part of.
Malina Gracia, a junior on the swim team, talked about their yearly tradition and said, “At the senior meet, we give our senior swimmers flowers and balloons and the juniors make and give a present to them as well.” Senior night can be emotional, Malina said, “And [they] always chant SHS and pray before [their] final league meet with the seniors.”
Leading up to the end of the season, some sports teams have pre and post game rituals and or traditions. Chad Niven, senior captain of the football team, talked about their pre-game ritual, “A bunch of the guys usually go to Miyako’s, the teriyaki place downtown, to eat a few hours before the game.” When asked what his favorite team memory was, he said, “Probably when the team was at football camp and at night we were messing around with Ballard’s team, blasting music. A lot of fun.”Add a comment
- Category: News
- Written by Robin Blackwood
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As Stanwood High School students left their classrooms on Wednesday, September 10, a strange announcement could be heard echoing throughout the campus, “You need Jesus! You don’t need education, you need religion!”
Students gathered in absolute shock and watched the spectacle.
Three individuals, according to administrators, stood outside the stadium parking lot holding signs quoting verses and/or religious statements. One of the protestors had a microphone and preached to the students, telling them that they are sinners and needed God or they were going to hell. Senior Owen Reinecke witnessed the spectacle.
“I walked out of my sixth period and heard people talking and saw this dude yelling,” says Reinecke. “He was saying to not listen to our teachers, and that evolution is a lie. They were trying to hand out pamphlets to us and kids were getting in their face and yelling at them. He was saying that we were going to hell if we didn’t repent our sins. It was crazy.”
There was a large mob of kids watching and trying to figure out what was happening, which disrupted traffic in and out of the school. Administrators and security officers monitored the situation carefully until two police cars came as back-up.
Principal Christine Del Pozo says that these individuals have a right to be on the sidewalk or street and do this. But they can't cause a disruption like they did. The individuals were verbally told by police that they were criminally ‘no trespassed’ and the police said that they will send them an office notice of this fact as well.
Students seemed to react negatively to the protests.
Jonathen Bernard, a Stanwood High School senior, had a direct confrontation with one of the radicals. “I was walking to my car, ignoring the protestors when one of them came up to me offering me a book,” explains Bernard. “I said no thank you and she said that I needed Jesus. Again, I told her no and walked away.”
Many students, in a seemingly upset state, yelled, “Hail Satan!” to the protestors.
One student got a large group of kids, at one point, to start chanting, “Shrek! Shrek! Shrek!” in reference to a popular youtube video comparing Shrek to God.
It is unclear from what religious group these protesters came from, and why they felt the need to protest at Stanwood High School at all. But it seems that whatever positive result they were hoping to gain failed as most of the students who witnessed the event felt negatively about it.Add a comment
- Category: News
- Written by Daniela Tierra, Reporter
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If you’ve seen any major news lately, chances are you’ve seen the word “ISIS” bolded across the headlines.
Perhaps you’ve heard it mentioned in discussion, even in the classroom.
What is ISIS?
- Category: Opinion
- Written by Robin Blackwood and Neda Zakarauskaite
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With the next school year coming up around the corner, new freshmen will be coming into Stanwood High School for the first time. For these incoming freshman, we offer advice and tips about dealing with restrooms, fashion choices and even school work. We all had to learn these things, so why not be in on it from the start?
Robin: The restrooms at the high school are notoriously awful. There are stalls with broken or non-existent locks and awkwardly short doors, with usually disgusting toilets to boot. To survive the bathrooms, there are a few tips you’ve got to know.Add a comment