Monthly Archives: October 2015

Persinger revels in arts and outdoors during free time

(Originally from the October issue of TFF, published Oct 12, 2015.)

by Lauren Killgrove – Staff Reporter

Jolai Persinger is a relatively new science teacher and cross country coach who started last year. She teaches Robotics and Integrated Sciences 1-2.

Persinger has many interests, such as hiking and cooking. Her favorite place to hike is Wallace Falls, and she often likes to go with a group of friends. Persinger also enjoys running, as why she became a cross country coach.

As she is the cross country coach, Persinger does enjoy running and athletic activities. Persinger has done a variety of different activities, such as running a half marathon, done a mile swim, and a 56 mile bike ride. “Whenever I’m ready for it.” Persinger said.

Outside of hiking and running, Persinger also enjoys cooking. She enjoys making food with pumpkin or any other types of squash and mimicking a variety of food. Persinger has made pizza and ravioli.

Those are only a few of the types of dishes she has made. Though Persinger enjoys the activity, she plans to only keep her cooking as a hobby.

Another one of Persinger’s interests is reading. “I try to every night, just to detach myself from my phone, or the T.V. or lights.” Persinger says when describing her reading habits. Persinger enjoys sci-fi and fantasy books, mainly science types of books, with Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You as one of her favorites.

Persinger is currently working on her Masters in S.T.E.M. Integration. S.T.E.M. represents Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. When finished with her Masters, she will continue teaching and will help teaching with the classroom and keeping 21st century skills relevant in the classroom.

Fear the Walking Dead debuts

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Photo by screencrush.com

(Originally from the October issue of TFF, published Oct 12, 2015.)

by Cory OwsenOpinion Editor

Most Walking Dead fans were skeptical when they heard a spinoff was in the works, however, the first few episodes of Fear The Walking Dead (FTWD) have garnered a mostly positive critical response. Created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy), the show is centered on a family that lives in LA during the very start of the zombie apocalypse, a few weeks before the beginning of the events in the Walking Dead, but with no crossover characters.

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UW Comparative students mimic Walker’s “For my People”

(Originally from the October issue of TFF, published Oct 12, 2015.)

by Melanie BellStudent Life Editor

To kick off the 2015-2016 school year, Debora Gianola had her students of her UW Comparative Literature class write a poem similar to that of “For my People” by Margaret Walker. Her poem explores what it is like to grow up as a black woman and how she saw the oppressed black community around her.

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William Kelly involved in community

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Photo by William Kelly

(Originally from the October issue of TFF, published Oct 12, 2015.)

by Keanu DavisStaff Reporter

William Kelly grew up in an Asian-American household. His mother is from Cebu, a small part of the Philippines, while his father was born here in the United States.  At home, he speaks binisaya, one of the many languages spoken in the Philippines. Ever since the age of 14, he has actively been involved in the community. He joined the environmental club junior year which has taught him to do everything he can for his surroundings. This year, he became a part of the Youth Advisory Board, a group connected to congress. For the past 6 months, he’s dedicated his mind, body, and soul along with blood, sweat, and tears to the city of Kent. To him, serving Kent is more than just a job – it’s a way of life.

Elizabeth Frye compares culture in America to that of Japan

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Photo by Kalani Martin – Photo Editor

(Originally from the October issue of TFF, published Oct 12, 2015.)

by Katelyn GriffithStaff Reporter

Sophomore Elizabeth Frye has spent most of her life living on an army base in Japan. “Living in Japan is actually not much different than living in America.” Frye said.

Frye has lived in a stricter environment compared to most. There are some differences culture wise. “It’s a lot more diverse.” Frye said.

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GOP debates entertain rather than inform

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Photo by theonion.com

(Originally from the October issue of TFF, published Oct 12, 2015.)

by Benjamin Huff – Staff Reporter

The Republican Presidential debates perform very much like a circus show; both have ring leaders, various attractions, and a whole bunch of money on the line. Media outlets like CNN, and Fox News, have succeeded in seizing the eyes of the general public; Fox alone generated a record breaking 24 million viewers and created a 3.2 million event related tweets, according to research done by Ad-Week.

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How to combat inflated college costs

(Originally from the October issue of TFF, published Oct 12, 2015.)

by Gabi TedeschiCopy Editor

It is an unsettling paradox: College fees are skyrocketing far beyond the rate of inflation with the average cost per year exceeding 15,000 dollars. Student debt now amasses to more than a trillion dollars, and yet, a college education is almost mandatory in today’s job climate.

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Key Club trick-or-treats for UNICEF

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Photo by hoosickfallscsd.org

(Originally from the October issue of TFF, published Oct 12, 2015.)

by Lauren Killgrove – Staff Reporter

Key Club is going to do their own version of trick or treating. Instead of candy, they will be trick-or-treating for UNICEF. “The trick-or-treating for UNICEF is basically instead of asking people for candy on Halloween, we ask people for spare change that we have.” Aaron Carino, key club’s event planner said. “All that money will go to UNICEF, which basically is eliminating a disease called MNT.”

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Interact Club holds fundraisers for women of Guatemala

(Originally from the October issue of TFF, published Oct 12, 2015.)

by Daniel BellStaff Reporter

The Interact Club will be holding a fundraiser for the women of Guatemala. The women in Guatemala are not educated and instead told to raise a family instead.

Interact Club is getting involved with this international fundraiser.

“We’re trying to raise money for women in Guatemala because most women don’t get pass the sixth grade. They are so committed to school that they ride there bikes for hours just to get there and they pay for school,” Junior Ethan Walker said.

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