The Garfield Messenger

Celebrating Black Excellence

Benjamin Thomas

February 3, 2020

"We’re very reactionary. We go from reacting to one tragedy to the next, and we rarely have time to create visions for ourselves and where we want to go. The Black future is an opportunity for people to engage in a conversation about what tomorrow looks like in an ideal world."

Festivities and Fails

Devon Ling-Efird and Grace Chinowsky

January 8, 2020

Wintertime is a season full of tradition and culture, whether it be a time to celebrate your faith or spend time with family and friends. In this years’ Messenger Holiday Page, we reached out to the Garfield student body to capture the traditions that are not always represented. Unfortunatel...

Jazz Up Jackson Street

Matt Lord

November 27, 2019

On October 10th, student and alumni musicians of Garfield High School and Washington Middle School came together at Seattle City Hall to engage with the community in a benefit concert named Jazz Up Jackson Street. Over $45,000 were raised to go towards making Central District school music programs more...

Ark Lodge Cinemas

By Caroline Ashby

Molly Chapin

November 27, 2019

With your first steps off the streets of Columbia City and into Ark Lodge Cinemas, you will be engulfed by the smell of perfectly buttery popcorn, and the sense that there’s something special about this theater. The old historical building that houses the cinema, which has been a staple of the Columbia...

Noises Off

Noises Off

Khassim Diakhate

November 27, 2019

Every fall, the Garfield theater department puts on a play for the community, and this year's show, Noises Off, has been entertaining audiences with its compelling plot and hilarious gags. This year is excitingly different, with this being the first show with Isiah Anderson as the new theater director....

Open to Expression

By Wynsome Burke

Izzy Lamola and Ben Thomas

November 26, 2019

Drag spent decades relegated to the underground, but in our post-RuPaul and more queer-friendly world, drag has hit the mainstream. The side effect? Losing touch with the culture that makes Seattle’s drag scene unique. “The performers that ended up on RuPaul’s Drag Race from Seattle are all very...

The Soup Scoop

The Soup Scoop

Tova Gaster

November 26, 2019

RANCHO BRAVO Pozole is a Mexican soup which comes in red and green varieties. Both versions feature a hearty broth with stewed hominy and chunks of pork or chicken. I got Rancho Bravo’s pozole rojo, which came bright red and steaming with a side of corn tortillas. The heartiness and heat of pozo...

Student Submissions

November 1, 2019

Killer Clowns At School By Tyshawna Slack '23 One day in sixth grade, I was playing outside with my classmates and all of a sudden, we heard the blaring sound of rusty chainsaws. We continued to play but then we looked towards the school and you wouldn’t believe what we saw. We saw three clow...

Meet Hollis Hovey

Meet Hollis Hovey

Molly Chapin

June 25, 2019

For Garfield junior Hollis Hovey, being in the spotlight was never the goal. Nonetheless, his music has skyrocketed him to success. Hovey, who didn’t start making his own music until just last year, now has upwards of 10,300 monthly listeners on Spotify, under the artist name Silloh. Having released...


Nicole Wang

April 25, 2019

Build an armor around your heart, Cause even in the best days, There will always be a darkness lingering in the shadows. Don’t get your hopes up. The higher they are, The quicker and harder they fall. Don’t let your emotions take over your logic, Your past actions may never be outlived D...

All About US

Jaya Duckworth

April 23, 2019

When the trailer for Jordan Peele’s Us was released last December, the song “I got 5 on it” was tainted forever. The ominous remix of this classic song in the trailer is a perfect example of what the movie does best: seamlessly blends pop culture with hair-raising suspense and a warped sense of reality...

They’ve Got the Beat

Mena Bova

April 23, 2019

If you walk into Room 118, you’ll be transported into a mini-world within Garfield. In one corner, students listen to music and analyze the lyrics; in another, students huddle together over computers, taking their headphones off just long enough to discuss a possible change before turning their attenti...

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