- Category: Opinion
- Written by Daniela Tierra, Reporter
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Some of us were there. The rest only heard about it through legend and whispered rumor. Photographs and video from the battle scattered, waiting for the rest of history to unfold. It was here at Stanwood High School, on May 13, 2015, that the battle began.
We had all heard about it; whispers in the hallways, cautious warnings from teachers. When a stampede of teenagers entered the commons, there were careful glances, nervous and anticipating chatter from every corner of the cafeteria.
Of course the cafeteria didn’t look like it normally would, the soon to be battlefield had already lined up their defenses. Close to a dozen staff members patrolled the room, watching for any sign of trouble.
It seemed clear enough; it wasn’t happening. No one would dare to start a food fight with the teachers circling them like hawks, perfectly aware of exactly what they intended to do.
Little did they know how wrong they were. Add a comment
- Category: Spartan Spotlight
- Written by Daniela Tierra, Reporter
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Students who are elected as ASB officers certainly have a very different experience than many in high school do. Most of the students have experience in leadership, are involved in many activities and are inspired to create a change within their school. These are the students determined to make a difference and change our school, no matter how big the obstacles are. Meet the leaders of our future!
Kaleb Patterson will be next year’s ASB vice president. “I ran because I believe that with the new revitalization of the ASB, we have a unique opportunity to do great things with our school,” Patterson says. As the new vice president, his goal is to elevate the level of school pride. In the future, he wants to go to Cornell University to study hospitality. Outside of school, he’s a competitor in Equestrian Vaulting and prides himself on being the top ranked junior vaulter in the United States. He describes himself as intuitive, goal-oriented, a leader, driven and ambitious.
Marlin Jones will be next year’s ASB Treasurer. “I ran for office because I believe that along with my fellow officers, I have the capacity to lead the student body in a positive, fresh direction,” Jones says. Jones wants to bring the student body together and become connected to work as one. He wants to go to a four year university studying either Business or Healthcare. In his spare time, he enjoys things like hanging out with friends and watching sports of any kind at the high school. One of the accomplishments he feels the most proud of is in FBLA, becoming a state officer and making it to the national level this summer in Chicago. He describes himself as spirited, outgoing, hardworking, determined, and passionate.
Clarissa Medina will be next year’s ASB secretary. “I ran for office because I believe that our school needs to shift its school spirit. I really wanted to be part of the change next year,” Medina says. In the next year she wants to help with organizing and planning school activities and more exciting events. In the future, she wants to attend either Western Washington University or University Of Washington to study to be a professor as well as travel as much as she can. Outside of school, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and painting. She describes herself as determined, outgoing, creative, loving and urban.
Riley Cunningham will be next year’s Public Relations representative, a new position to the ASB positions, replacing the previous ASB historian position. “I ran for office because I love our school, wanted to bring my ideas to the table and start now, uniting things at the high school next year,” Cunningham says. Cunningham wants to create a better experience at the high school; anything from bringing more school activities, to more assemblies, to improving communication between the school and the community. She wants to attend a four year college out of state, study abroad for a year, as well as complete graduate school. One of her accomplishments she’s most proud of is organizing the special needs formal dance. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, the violin, spending time with family and friends. Cunningham describes herself as spirited, motivated, involved, responsible, excited.
ASB president, Chad Beidas was unable to be reached for comment despite repeated attempts over the course of two weeks. Add a comment
- Category: Sports
- Written by Haley Strowbridge and Teddy Softcheck
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SHS senior Karsten Chaplik signed his letter of intent on May 11 and committed to play basketball at Central Washington University for the fall season of 2016.
Chaplik has been a part of the Stanwood boys basketball program for four years and has been a contributor to the track and field team as well.
Chaplik committed to CWU this spring, and officially signed his letter of intent on Monday, May 11, in front of friends, family and teammates.
“I’m really excited about getting the chance to play another four years of basketball, and I know I just need to keep working hard and play my heart out,” said Chaplik.
When asked why he chose CWU, Chaplik said that he loves the atmosphere there and immediately fell in love with the campus. He also said that his new teammates were a good group of guys, and he felt right at home playing with them.
“Although I’m really excited about moving on to this next step in my life, I’m also going to miss all of the coaches, my teammates, and all the memories we have made together here at SHS,” Chaplik explains. Add a comment
- Category: Sports
- Written by Haley Strowbridge, Reporter
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Being a high school athlete takes a lot of time and dedication, but for junior Madison Yerigan, she’s taking it to the next level.
Yerigan has been participating in track since the seventh grade. She is currently on the SHS track team as well as playing select soccer.
Suffering from a broken leg her freshman year, Yerigan was unable to compete in the track and field season, but that didn’t end her career. As a sophomore, she managed to come back and make it to state in three events.
Sophomore year, Yerigan broke the school record for high jump that had been in place for upwards of 20 years.
As of right now, Yerigan is ranked number one in the state for high jump, clearing an impressive 5’9” and is tied for 14th place in the country.
Yerigan’s personal records are 5’9” in high jump, 17’1” in long jump, 57.79 seconds in the 400 meter dash, 10’6” in pole vault, and 4:01 minutes in the 4X400 meter relay.
Her personal goals for the season include clearing 5’11” in high jump, 11’6” in pole vault, and in the open 400 meter dash, break 57 seconds, including making it to state in the 4X400 meter relay. Add a comment
- Category: Activities
- Written by Spectrum Staff
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May 1 was the debut of Stanwood Night Live (SNL), an SHS staff talent show that took place at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on campus.
The talent show was organized by class advisors Jason Femrite, Denise Eicher, Madeleine Newman, and Claudia Holum. The 15 acts ranged from singing, to juggling, to take-offs on popular SNL skits.
Freshman David Sigmon enjoyed seeing teachers in a different light.
"It was fun to see teachers with different personalities than they have in the classroom," Sigmon explained. "It was an interesting change from most events we have at SHS, and I would definitely go again," he added.
Counselor Paige Watson was one of 20 staff members that participated in SNL. She had fun rehearsing and getting to know staff members she hasn't been able to spend a lot of time with.
"I had a blast and would do it again," Watson said.
Approximately 300 people were in attendance, many of which were SHS students. According to students, the show was awesome and they hope that it happens again next year.
"It was really good and I would definitely go again," said freshman Saylor Anderson.
Freshman Courtney Score added, "The show was really fun and I hope they do it again next year."
Photos by Courtney Score, Brianna Sikel, Morgan Stein
- Category: Opinion
- Written by Kaitlyn Coberly, Reporter
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I recently came across a creepy crawly spider in my room. It was the biggest spider I have ever seen in my house before and I most definitely did not have the guts to go near it in fear that it would come after me with its lightning fast speed.
So I told my cat to go get it as I stood on my couch watching him. He didn’t do a very good job however because it then proceeded to venture on into my mom’s bedroom. It was around 12:30 at night and my mom was already asleep, or so I thought. Turns out she had woken up from my frantic whispers telling my cat to kill the spider. She ended up getting out of bed and killed it with a shoe.
I felt bad that I had woken my mom up because I was too scared to kill a spider. So this got me thinking. How can I and other arachnophobes, during the next encounter with a spider, kill it without waking someone up to do it for us?
According to Mental Health.com arachnophobia is one of the top 10 phobias around the world. In the Western part of the world alone, 55% of women and 18% of men are afraid of spiders.
Though the common house spider is not harmful to us we just have an urge to kill them. I hear a lot of people say that the only logical solution is to burn the house down but that is not the route I would take... Add a comment