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Microplastics are Being Found Where they don’t Belong

Tori Bryant, Staff Reporter May 30, 2024

Recent studies have detected a worrying increase in microplastics within the human body.   What are microplastics?   Microplastics are pieces of plastic five millimeters or less,...

Illustration: Madilyn Sotoamaya

SHS Drops Classes Citing Staff Shortage and Course Prioritization

Lillian Sotoamaya, Staff Reporter May 30, 2024

“We were biting off more than we could chew,” said SHS Principal Jake Tyrrell regarding the adjustment to the classes offered for the upcoming school year. As a result of these changes certain classes...

SHS’ Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy

Rebecca Pyun, Sports Editor May 29, 2024

Harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) is characterized by any intentional gesture whether it is electronic, verbal, or physical that is meant to harm another person. Steilacoom High School has a...

Current SHS Attendance Secretary Kris Tinsley and Sharon Larson embrace.

Larson to Retire after 30 Years in the District

Noelle Reger, Editor-in-Chief May 29, 2024

After over 30 years of working in the Steilacoom Historical School District, SHS office coordinator Sharon Larson is saying goodbye this year as she enters a well-earned, restful retirement.  Larson...

New Student Store coming Fall 2024

Changes Coming to SHS

Arianna Armiger, News Editor May 29, 2024

Murals Principal Jake Tyrrell explains the inspiration behind the addition of student-painted murals, stating “there are lots of white walls, but so many student ideas.” This idea started with filling...

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Susan Anderson, Rotary’s Student of the Year

Noelle Reger, Editor-in-Chief May 9, 2024

Senior Susan Anderson was recognized as Student of the Year by the Rotary Club of Lakewood, alongside several other students from Lakes High School, Clover Park High School and Harrison Preparatory School....


In-N-Out Is Coming to Washington State

Lillian Sotoamaya, Staff Reporter May 9, 2024

In-N-Out, the iconic California-based fast-food chain, is set to open its first location in Washington state in 2025. The new restaurant will be located in Ridgefield and will feature a drive-thru and...


May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

Issy Pancho, Misc. Editor May 9, 2024

The month of May is a time to reflect on and celebrate the role Asian American and Pacific Islanders have played and shared in our society. In 1977, New York representative Frank Horton introduced House...

Special Olympics Gold Medalist Kalissa Alenick heads to State for Swim

Special Olympics Gold Medalist Kalissa Alenick heads to State for Swim

McKenna Novak, Opinion Editor May 9, 2024

Training until dinner multiple days a week, sophomore Kalissa Alenick, has been practicing for the State Competition for three years. On April 20,, Alenick competed at the Regional Special Olympics Competition...

Above is a graph depicting the most popular colleges and universities for SHS seniors. Pierce college is the top choice for the campus location and price.

Where are your Peers Attending College?

Arianna Armiger, News Editor May 9, 2024

As graduation season approaches, decisions on where to go to college are being made for many high school seniors. Seventy-nine SHS seniors responded to a survey asking what college they plan to attend...

Mental Health Column: Dissociative Identity Disorder

Atlas Yerabek, Feature Editor May 9, 2024

DID is a disorder caused by severe childhood trauma. DID stands for Dissociative Identity Disorder, this is a mental health condition where the child's brain doesn't fully form one identity and can form...

Dill has been a friendly face around campus and continues to make an impact on his students and the school.

What a Thrill for Mr. Dill

Arianna Armiger, News Editor May 7, 2024

SHS English Teacher Mr. Micah Dill received the title of Teacher of the Year from the Lakewood Rotarians. The Lakewood Rotary Club asked administrators around the district to nominate a teacher from each...

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