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Dance Try Outs

By News Editor Elyanna Calle–YjY1I2KZh51mUqEX4/edit

This year, the Timberline Blazer Dance Team is providing a new way to get involved and get prepared for tryouts. The application asks questions such as “Why do you want to be a member of the dance team?” Once completed, the applicant will be in touch with dance coach Colette Hudson. “I have people submitting [dance] videos for feedback, and I am staying in contact with them…I have been letting those who are interested know if they are on the right path to making the team. They [will] have more time and feedback to work on in-person tryout skills.” Zero experience is needed to try out, “I look for those that have potential” said Hudson.

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Friendly Neighborhood Hockey Player

By Staff Writer Jada Daniels

Josh Schmitz is a seventh grader at Saint Michael’s Parish Middle School and a young man with a unique hobby. From sun up to sun down he can be most easily found outside of his home, skating across the pavement and diligently practicing a form of street hockey with his very own goal and rollerblades. However, if you really need him, your only hope is that a car might drive by. It’s the only way he will stop momentarily and remove the shiny blue headphones that blast music to keep him focused. The recent outbreak of coronavirus has changed what being a hockey player looks like for Schmitz, but from his story there is inspiration to take and hope to gather for those kids who are recently experiencing similar forms of change in their own lives.

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By News Editor Elyanna Calle

Life has thrown everyone a curveball lately, but teachers arguably have dealt with the most change. Educators are trying to optimize learning in a world without traditional school, yet students rarely hear their point of view. 

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Overhyped or Worth the Hype? “Whipped Coffee”

By Staff Writer Jasmine Matchawate

I’ll be honest, I’ve always been more of a tea connoisseur, but an occasional cup of coffee here and there is always enjoyable. When my Instagram and TikTok feeds began flooding with this visually pleasing “whipped coffee”, it was my next mission to try this trendy beverage. 

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Performing during Quarantine

By Staff Writer Ethan Barber

Graphics by Nick Fore

State-wide quarantine has made quite a few changes to schooling over the past few months, from having to find alternative solutions for things as small as spirit week and as big as graduation, to the complete dependence on technology for instruction and working on schoolwork. While a class like history or a foreign language might have only a little trouble adjusting to this new way of learning, some other classes aren’t as fortunate. Among these classes include performing arts such as drama, choir, and sculpture, the teachers of which are finding it harder than ever to integrate integral aspects of their curriculum into online learning techniques like using Canvas or Zoom.

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Non-essential businesses staying in business

Writing and Graphics by Micky Flores-Nieves

As all are well aware, not all businesses during this harsh time are open for business. Businesses that are considered essential by the government are open including grocery stores, emergency services (hospitals, police stations, etc.), waste, and a lot more businesses listed on the Washington State Government official website. Now, some may wonder what are the “nonessential” businesses doing to stay in business? I work at Yelm Cinemas, a nonessential business at this time. I myself and many other employees were given the opportunity to work during this time doing curbside order and pickup of popcorn and candy at our location for the first time ever. My general manager Noah Aden had announced the occurrence of this event on the Yelm Cinemas Facebook page and the community response was astounding. Here is what some of my coworkers had to say about it.

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Front-line Workers

By News Editor Elyanna Calle

As most students deal with a whole new life of quarantine, isolation, and online school, a handful have found themselves at the front lines of this pandemic. COVID-19 has caused many employees to be deemed “essential workers,” and some of these jobs are held by Timberline students. 

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A New Normal

School has changed a lot. As soon as COVID-19 entered the Thurston county area all schools, including Timberline were shut down and it’s students sent home for the foreseeable future. Then the canvas notifications, google classroom reminders, Skyward notices started flooding the Timberline student bodies inboxes. The 2020 school year was going to be finished off… online. Online school has some refreshing aspects; for one, no more blaring 6 A.M. alarms. But mostly, online school was a brand new concept for almost all of Timberline. An uncharted territory for most students and staff. The Blazer wanted to see how the student body was faring so we reached out to a few students about their online experience. Comments closed