Category: Features

Three week trip, 40 year friendship

Three week trip, 40 year friendship

“Through time we’ll each go our way, But still there’ll be ties that will stay,” former Naha exchange student Naoka Nakama sang to the Japanese Four class on September 29. “Like us!” Nakama said pointing between herself and Liz Behlke, the tall scarf-clad woman next to her. While most current Hale students would not recognize these lines as the opening […]

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Nathan Hale's pep band plays during half time as Hale's varsity girls play against Eastside Catholic on January 6th.

What about pep band?

by Milla Miller On the evening of one of the many Nathan Hale varsity basketball games, people are everywhere. Cheerleaders stand on the sidelines and security stands ready along either end of the gym. Front and center on one side of the bleachers sit about 30 students holding various wind instruments, from flutes to tubas, surrounded by yellow caution tape. […]

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Controversial Christmas Parties

Controversial Christmas Parties

by Elie Nowlis The winter season means cold weather, fires, a two-week break, and, for many people, Christmas. In the last couple days before vacation, teachers usually give up on teaching and decide to give students a break and let them throw parties in class. Although this may seem innocent, it can actually be very controversial. Holidays parties are something […]

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Counselors’ Chaotic Commencement

Eighty students pack into the Hale counseling office and turn in their schedule change request forms. Each student anticipates a long wait and the chance of being denied, or acquiring yet another useless gym credit when you’re forced to remain in racquet sports for the rest of the semester. During the first weeks of school, behind the red line in […]

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History teachers Tim Ames and Tony Renouard have chosen to keep their personal politics completely out of the classrooms.

Moral questions; teaching Trump

If there is one thing that both liberals and conservatives can agree on, it’s that the 2016 election will go down in history as one of the most polarizing in recent memory. From Hillary Clinton’s emails to Donald Trump’s sexual assault allegations, the controversies just keep coming. The question for Hale teachers: how do you take a balanced approach to […]

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Each homecoming, people make astonishing discoveries when they learn their peers are in a completely different grade than they originally thought. With freshman wearing red, sophomores in white, juniors in blue, and seniors in black and gold it is easy to group students by grade.

Clash of Classes

by Elie Nowlis Homecoming comes around every year, bringing with it spirit, creativity, and a lot of competition. There are as many philosophies on school spirit as there are spirit days, ranging from die hard Raiders to those who could care less. This brings up an important question. What exactly is school spirit? According to Ms. Ackerman, a student teacher […]

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A Sad Side to Fall

A Sad Side to Fall

by Elie Nowlis For most people, fall means beautiful leaves, sweater weather, and caramel apples. But for people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it is a very different experience. “Fall “f***ing sucks,” said sophomore Zach Bender-Kokx. Zach “started hating Halloween” in 6th grade. He felt unmotivated and down. “You wouldn’t even know why,” he said. Zach suffers from SAD and […]

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‘I’ll have the catpuccino’

‘I’ll have the catpuccino’

By Natalie Furtick Cats and coffee, who could ask for more? Seattle’s first cat cafe recently opened in Wallingford, and has generated a lot of buzz. According to a recent Seattle Times poll, nearly one in ten single women in the Seattle area live alone with at least one cat. This puts Seattle in second place for its population of […]

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Don’t birds fly south for the winter?

Don’t birds fly south for the winter?

Every day as you leave school you see them. Hundreds fly overhead, cawing at each other. Briefly, you wonder where they are going. A large murder of crows fly over Hale daily after school on their way to the UW Bothell campus. “They all like to roost at night at the University of Washington in Bothell,” said wildlife ecologist Loma […]

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The Importance of Self Love

The Importance of Self Love

Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered what was wrong with you? Maybe you’ve felt inadequate at parties or in a group of friends? Maybe you just don’t feel good. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a solution? Welcome to your journey towards self love, baby. Self love is so important. Once you can wholeheartedly heart yourself, […]

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