• Letter from the Editor: College Must-Haves
    by Emma Dougherty
    So, most of us seniors are headed off to college at the end of the summer. None of us have been there before, so it is helpful to get a few pointers from those who have gone through the experience before us. One thing to start thinking about soon is what you need to bring to college. Obviously, dorms are small, so you don’t want to bring too much. But, being far from home and short on money means that you need to have all the things you need.

    ·         A power strip: chances are you will not have enough outlets in your room, or they will not be in the most convenient places. A power strip will allow you to charge your phone, use your laptop, and have a lamp on all at the same time!

    ·         A microwave: even if you are on the dining plan, sometimes you may not feel like walking anywhere, or might need a midnight snack. You should be able to conveniently make some cup a noodles or a bag of popcorn.

    ·         Twin extra-long sized sheets: most dorms take this size sheets, and they are important, obviously, unless you want to sleep right on a gross mattress.

    ·         Bathrobe: probably you will be sharing a bathroom. A bathrobe is easy to put on as you finish your shower.

    ·         Shower shoes: have a pair of flip flops if you have a communal shower. You don’t want to catch anyone’s foot fungus.

    ·         Air freshener: Who knows who had your dorm before you, or what went on in there during the summer. Some Febreze may be a good investment.

    ·         Full length mirror: It is, of course, very important to see you whole look put together. If you only have a small mirror, your shirt and pants might not match and you wouldn’t even know it!

    ·         Laundry hamper: you will probably need to carry your clothes somewhere to wash them. Also, a basket will keep dirty clothes from being all over your room (maybe).


    Leviathan by  Scott Westerfeld
    Review by Lydia Kautsky

    Walking into a library without any idea of what genre book you want to check out can be daunting.  Many people would rather leave than wade through shelves upon shelves of books to find that one gleaming gem.  Well, next time you go to the library, don’t feel downtrodden.  Just look up the author Scott Westerfeld, and check out his newest series, The Leviathan Trilogy. 

    Set in a world where bests are pitted against machines, Westerfeld retells the story of World War II through the eyes of two young people, Alex and Deryn.  Deryn is a girl, masquerading as a boy, in order to join the British Air Services. She wants to serve her country, but really she just loves the feeling of being in the open sky. The British, being Darwinists, harness the power of animals. The giant sky beast, Leviathan, explores the complex theories of evolution, while setting a perfect stage for danger and adventure.  When Alex’s parents, the duke and duchess of Austria, are murdered, he is forced to run for his life.  Being the heir to the Austrian throne, he must go into hiding, while the Clankers battle the Darwinists, because both sides want him dead.   This enthralling tale of survival, teamwork, and friendship is a must read for any fantasy lover or history buff.  So log onto the library website, or go to the THS library, and place Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld on hold today!
    Article by Josh Monson

    Time is a tricky thing. Seemingly capricious, time flows through our fingers when we wish it would slow but grinds to a halt when all we want is for time to move faster. Time remains in the eye of the beholder and for one observer, time may pass quickly, while for another it seems to move in slow motion. In the overarching scheme of things, four years at a high school may seem like a long time, but in reality is but a small sliver of our lives. Our job, then, is to make these four years at Tumwater High School really count. The time will slip-by whether we want it to or not, for time stops for no one. The only way to hold onto time is in the fragments of our memories. A school dance, the first day of class, a hard test, a first kiss. All of these seemingly unrelated events are bound together by the imperfect recollections of our minds, and sewn into a quilt that represents the high school experience. If you keep to yourself, and don’t explore the opportunities afforded to you through the high school experience, then your quilt will be small and entwined with regret. But, by being involved and making memories, the quilt will be laced with good experiences and be large enough to keep you warm throughout the rest of your life.

                    As a freshman, I decided to follow the former path, one where I kept to myself and was too afraid to be involved. Shyness and fear of public speaking prevented me from gathering those fragments of time, and my memories of the first two years of high school pale in comparison with my last two years. Junior year I got involved with sports, and debate. These events opened my eyes to the companionship and activities that I had missed out on my first two years. Although I regretted the first two years, I decided to truly live during the little time I have left. As a result, my quilt is only half-empty. The other half is filled with memories of friends made and time shared, because what little time we have is best spent with others.

                    Ultimately, the decision of how to utilize your time falls only on your shoulders. Time is the most precious commodity in the world, because no amount of money will ever buy you any more time so how you spend it truly matters. Time forges ahead boldly into the future and never looks back. The question is, will you?