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We are all born with a genetic endowment, the biochemical blueprints of our DNA, that dictates who we are. However, this is not the end of the conversation of who we are meant to be. Rather, our environments constantly impact gene expression,...

 

Graduates show gratitude for those who ‘help paddle’

In reflecting success and accomplishment, the question arises, “How did it happen?” And from there: “Who helped it happen?” According to Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired), the answer to “who” should be miles long. In his...

 

Students find innovation, inspiration at Design EXPO

What has become a Lind-Ritzville High School Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Club tradition continued, as a group of students traveled Friday to Moscow, Idaho for the 25th University of Idaho (U of I) College of Engineering’s annua...

 

Selecting new LRHS student leaders - ASB elections to undergo proposed bylaw changes

With the end of a school year comes the beginning of new student leadership. As is customary each spring, Associated Student Body (ASB) elections will be held to replace current officers with new leaders. This spring’s ballot, given out May 1,...

 

Students engage in experiential learning on Florida trip

Experiential learning, made possible by engaging directly in the topics at hand instead of working in a traditional in-class environment, is arguably the most effective strategy for student growth....

 

LRHS seniors announce plans after graduation, provide advice for underclassmen

High school graduation is too often misinterpreted as a finish line. In reality, it does not symbolize an end, but rather a checkpoint. For many seniors, the checkpoint lies on the path toward higher education, leading to exciting potential for...

 

Keeping the ethics of volunteerism alive

It was the late, great Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” About a quarter of Americans consider the question in earnest and take action. The...

 

Running Start gains momentum with LRHS students

In search of new opportunity, many LRHS sophomores and juniors are planning on enrolling in Running Start in the fall. As defined by the United States Department of Education, “The term ‘dual enrollment’ refers to an arrangement where students...

 

Daring greatly: A SEAL’s advice to change the world

“If you want to change the world, slide down the obstacle headfirst,” wrote Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) in his book, “Make Your Bed”. The need to dare greatly is one of 10 lessons McRaven shares from his experiences during...

 

Students discover passion, careers in health science

From the time students begin their first day of preschool, they are faced with the infamously daunting question: what do you want to be when you grow up? Through the years, the answer changes hundreds of times. Exposure to new opportunities causes...

 

NHS inducts new members, embraces mentor leadership

When many people think of leadership, they defer to positional leadership from presidents, captains, and the like. However, a position of leadership is by no means required to empower others. In his book, The Mentor Leader, former NFL coach Tony...

 

Successful finish to Knowledge Bowl season

The Lind-Ritzville High School (LRHS) varsity Knowledge Bowl team competed in the regional tournament on Friday, Feb. 23, at Whitworth University, falling just short of qualifying for the state tournament. Teams from around the area competed in...

 

Searching for opportunities to be greater than yesterday

It was ancient Greek philosopher Socrates who said, “All I know is that I know nothing.” Centuries later, his sage wisdom about our lack of exposure to the world highlights a fundamental truth: by acknowledging how much we don’t know, we open...

 

Students compete, succeed at FBLA Regional Conference

Lind-Ritzville High School (LRHS) Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) chapter competed successfully at the Northeast FBLA Winter Regional Conference in Spokane on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Seventeen LRHS students joined the group of 5,000 students...

 

A SEAL’s guide to continually maintaining hope and inspiring others

When conditions are bleak, maintaining hope is not easy: never mind inspiring hope in other people. However, in his book, “Make Your Bed”, Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) cites spreading hope in the face of adversity as 1 of 10...

 

Interdependence of education and democracy

“The original purpose of U.S. education was to shape citizens who share a common ideal and have the knowledge, skills and inclination to uphold the tenets of democracy,” explained Anna Saavedra, policy researcher at the Research And Development (...

 

Mitigating the symptoms of senioritis

While apathy is a symptom of many diseases, laziness itself is not a diagnosable illness. Students suffering from senioritis would beg to differ. Senioritis is the supposed “disease” that afflicts high school seniors, whose symptoms include wanin...

 

Learning to find the motivation to “never ring the bell”

Clichés become clichés for a reason: they present ideas that remain important, time and time again. This is true for the famous axiom, never give up. In his book, Make Your Bed, Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) conveys to readers 10...

 

New flu vaccine could reduce future sick leave

It doesn’t take a scientist to know that the flu, which peaks during winter, is dangerous. From 2010 to October of 2017, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports as many as 710,000 hospitalizations and 56,000 deaths from influenza. Sim...

 

Remembering the top discoveries of 2017

2017 was a year of monumental discoveries. With potential to drastically change the future, these discoveries should be acknowledged as the bridges that will lead to new breakthroughs in the New Year. In February, the National Aeronautics and Space...

 

Small changes for personal growth in the New Year

A very wise man once said, “Discipline builds character.” In his book, “Make Your Bed,” Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) describes lessons in mental discipline that he learned in Basic Underwater Demolition SEALS (BUD/S)...

 

Foreign exchange students at Lind-Ritzville High School compare holiday traditions

As the six foreign exchange students at Lind-Ritzville High School are experiencing the holidays in America for the first time, different traditions from different cultures are joining together. The foreigners, Jasmin Vogt of Germany, Tilla...

 

Embracing advice from a Navy SEAL

Many people find sugar cookies to be a hallmark of the holiday season. Fewer people know that “sugar cookies” are also a punishment in Navy Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, in which trainees are commanded to jump into the ocean,...

 

Annual Food for Furry Friends Drive set for Dec. 16

The world will never be perfect. Rather than trying to make it perfect, small and continued efforts toward improvement can be made each day to help make the world just a little bit better than it was yesterday. There will always be hungry animals in...

 

Food drives slated for December, residents encouraged to donate

According to Feeding America, a national organization dedicated to mitigating starvation, 41 million people struggled with hunger in the United States last year. Of those 41 million, 13 million were children. In response to this statistic, the...

 

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