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Praise Perez.

Carlin Bills

April 20, 2018


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As soon as you step into room 236, a vibrant yet comforting energy envelopes you. Colorful student posters, the ones with admirable yet meager attempts at art, line the wall and students can always be heard passionately singing along to a Shakira song. This unique environment is typical of a class taught...

A Robotics Rampage

A Robotics Rampage

Carlin Bills

March 23, 2018


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Ten-year-olds often spend their time playing tag at recess or trying to learn their multiplication tables. However, when Garfield sophomore Hazel Pearson was ten she was learning Scratch, a beginning programming language that is the same basic code students learn in the Intro to Computer Science class...

Special Ed @ Garfield

Special Ed @ Garfield

Carlin Bills and Abby Cooper-Drake

January 29, 2018


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“She loves bracelets. She has an obsession with bracelets - she’ll put them on her nose or balance them on her head.” Senior Josie Barker said of her younger sister, Therese. This year is the first time they’ve gone to the same school together, and Barker said they used to hang out a lot, often...

Break on a Budget

Break on a Budget

Abby Cooper-Drake

January 10, 2018


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Can Teachers Hang?

Can Teachers Hang?

January 9, 2018


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Often seen scribbling sigma functions on the whiteboard, furiously typing on a keyboard, or grading papers with a red pen in hand; like students, Garfield teachers are plagued with the daily stresses of school and homework. However, when not confined between the dull, beige walls, sitting upon creaky...

Making Garfield classes more trauma-friendly.

Making Garfield classes more trauma-friendly.

Abby Cooper-Drake

December 6, 2017


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“I feel like my lungs are closing, like I’m in this tight space, and I start to sweat and shake.” It sounds like one of those night- mares you get during finals week, the kind that you can’t forget even when you wake up. But for senior Jane Smith (name changed for privacy), this was ...

Masculinity in Hip-Hop: Taking the Mask off

Masculinity in Hip-Hop: Taking the Mask off

Patrick Walsh and Susana Davidson. Art by Ana Matsubara

October 25, 2017


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In 2017, with new projects like Tyler, the Creator’s “Flower Boy,” Brockhampton’s “Saturation II,” and countless others, music has grown as a communication of identity. Artists have stopped adhering to the classic masculine mold of the traditional hip hop artist and have introduc...

Paths to Success

Paths to Success

Claire Boudour

May 10, 2017


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As the year comes to an end, Garfield’s senior class is rapidly approaching their graduation day. The end of their high school careers marks the beginning of a totally new life, which, for may students, involves college. “About seventy percent of our twelfth grade students move on after graduation...

From Another Mother

Delphi Drake-Mudede

May 10, 2017


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Adoption, an increasingly available option for people who are unable to conceive, prefer to adopt, or are single, can lead to identity dilemmas among adopted youth. This type of obstacle is especially common among people who are internationally or transracially adopted. The United States is currently...

Seattle’s Fight for Ethnic Studies

Sydney Santos

April 7, 2017


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A diverse group of students, teachers, and parents attended the Seattle Public School board meeting on March 15th to advocate for a district-wide integration of non-Eurocentric curriculums, particularly in history departments. These curriculums, better known as ethnic studies, aim to provide an education...

Upstander of the issue

Quinn Sullivan

April 7, 2017


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An Upstander is someone who acts to make positive change. Sophomore Chardonnay Beaver is an active leader at Garfield and involved in her own programs to make a difference. Here is what Chardonnay has to say and a few among many reasons that she is an Upstander: What leadership roles do you hold in...

No More Peace

Delphi Drake-Mudede

April 7, 2017


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Dozens of protesters gathered in the rain as The Umoja PEACE center faced eviction, and the long-time Central District icon was boarded up by contractors. The center is an institution devoted to empowering Seattle’s black population. Omari Tahir-Garrett has been a Central District resident for over...

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