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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

No Cultural Awareness Assembly

The end of each school year traditionally brings powerful cultural performances, with emotional cheers from a captivated audience to accompany them. But for senior Ashley Babkirk, her last months of high school will not include the unique send-off that is the Cultural Awareness assembly. “It would have been my last time representing the Filipino culture at my school,” said Babkirk. “I was excited to make more memories with my group and have a fun time performing.” Babkirk had spent several weeks putting together a Tinikling, or Filipino folk dance, routine with a group before schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Comments closed

Instagram Trends Review

By Staff Writer Hannah Kudlich

In the midst of quarantine one of the only ways we are able to connect with our peers is through social media, and that burning need for connection teens have has led to an abundance of new trends. Some of these trends are admittedly really sweet and wholesome like tagging people to share their favorite moment from the sport they played, having girls share a picture where they feel beautiful, or sharing your favorite music in a 30 day challenge. They are fun things to do that can not only help you remember the good times while being confined in your house, but also help you keep a social connection with people you can not see at the moment.

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At Home Prom Tutorial

By A&E Editor Sarah Horlacher

Graphics by Ian Teodoro

In light of news about school being cancelled for the rest of the school year, that unfortunately also means the cancellation of big school events including prom. This news is terribly disappointing for those who looked forward to the event prophesied of by Disney Channel high schoolers for generations. And although it is indeed tragic to miss out on the memories that could have been made this past weekend, on the bright side, it was pretty expensive. So to celebrate saving money, and also not miss out on prom, here’s a step by step tutorial, on how to throw Prom at home!

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Balancing Running Start (Q&A)

While the first semester has ended for Timberline students, Running Start students experience a new beginning with the commencement of their winter quarter. Running Start students are Timberline students who take a varying amount of college classes at South Puget Sound Community College from full to part time. The Blazer checks in on two Running start Students- senior Randy Thach, and junior Natalie Ngyuen as they head into a new quarter. Comments closed