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The Arrowhead OpEd section presents analysis and opinion on current issues and news. Editorials represent the views of a majority of The Arrowhead staff. Bylined articles are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the entire Arrowhead staff, the Snohomish High School student body and faculty or the Snohomish School District Board administration.

Please Stand

In the United States, citizens are blessed with a slew of civil liberties and freedoms that many people in the world can only dream of possessing, however it seems to be that as newer generations grow, the sense of pride and respect for our nation has declined. The other day, it was brought to my attention that a student did not even stand for the Pledge of Allegiance without religious reason. It was shocking. I present an open letter to all students who do not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance: READ STORY »

Waste Management

The management of waste in our country and even the world is a huge problem. Our environment will not be able to handle all of the waste and pollutants for much longer and not to mention, the impact that waste and landfills have on humans and animals. READ STORY »

Rape jokes are not funny

When we were younger, we were taught that yelling “fire” is more effective than yelling “rape.” We were taught “don’t leave your drink alone” instead of “don’t drug someone.” How about we teach “don’t rape” instead of “don’t get raped.” I always hear how awful our rape culture is. If it is so awful, why do I hear multiple people every day making jokes about rape? Maybe they are being hypocrites, or maybe they don’t understand what rape culture is. READ STORY »

More Stop Signs Necessary

SHS is for the most part a very safe place, however, there is one thing that stands out to me and also some of my fellow students. The safety of walking to school and walking home is very important to students who live near the school. There are not many stop signs around the school. There are street lights, but that doesn’t help much by the little streets and crosswalks. Two SHS students have been hit by cars this year. READ STORY »

GSA: A Place Where You Can Be You

The Gay/Straight Alliance is for everyone; you don’t have to be gay to join. It's a club to help prevent bullying the gay. A lot of gay people get bullied for being different, but really, they’re not different; they're just attracted to the same gender. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. READ STORY »

College isn't for everyone

College is not for everyone, plain and simple. I’m always hearing adults saying things like, “You have to go to college to be successful or to go anywhere in life,” and I feel like that isn’t true. I feel like a lot of kids are convinced they have to go to college because of years of people telling them that that is the only way to succeed in life. READ STORY »

Are Assemblies Beneficial?

Ever since Snohomish High School was founded in 1894, there has been an abundance of spirit that flows through the halls of SHS. These are primarily due to spirit and pep assemblies.

There is a question that is hiding in the back of our minds; are these assemblies actually useful to us, or are they detrimental to our education?

“My leadership class plans all of the assemblies as assignments,” says Vince Ivelia, SHS’ Activities Coordinator. READ STORY »

Is school spirit necessary?

Some schools have it, some schools don’t. Some students take pride in it, some don’t even think about it. We’re talking about school spirit. Pride and spirit for your school isn’t just for the “preppy” kids, or the cheerleaders or the athletes. Every student can benefit from taking pride in their school. READ STORY »

Real Impacts of Poaching

The foreign animals that you have come to love and learn more about since you were a child are going extinct due to poaching. Although poaching isn’t as big of a threat in North America as it is in Asia and Africa, the issue is not something that should be taken lightly. Hunting endangered species is illegal, but continues to occur because fur coats, horns, tusks, and organs are considered very valuable in some cultures and are sold over black markets. READ STORY »

Not Your Body, Not Your Decision

Schools everywhere have certain dress codes, telling you that you can't wear shorts or dresses above a certain length, and you can't show a certain amount of your shoulders or stomach. They do this so that your appearance won't be "distracting" to the staff, the other students, or to keep it "appropriate." But, in this society, why is it considered acceptable to shame students and make them feel less confident in an environment that they are supposed to feel safe in?  READ STORY »