What the Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Means for America
By Isaac Escovedo, Editor-in-Chief
Normally the death of an 87-year-old civil servant is cause for remorse and remembrance on both sides of the aisle, but 2020 is not a normal year, and the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has set the political wheels in motion at a furious pace.
Justice Ginsburg, who died last Friday, was a feminist icon, a cancer survivor, and often considered the most progressive voice on the United States Supreme Court. According to CBS News, her death marks the sixteenth time in our nation’s history that a Supreme Court seat has been left vacant before election day during an election year. While justices are supposed to be impartial, they generally lean liberal or conservative, and because Supreme Court Justices serve as long as they choose, by clinching a nomination this year, President Donald Trump could tip the balance in favor of Conservative policy for the next several decades. So what’s stopping him? Legally, nothing. The Senate must confirm Trump’s nominee by a simple majority of 51 votes, and because the Senate is majority Republican, the writing is on the wall. However, even though there is nothing legally stopping Trump from nominating a new Supreme Court Justice, for him to do so would be to admit to massive hypocrisy...Read More
Staff paints over senior rock
By Savannah Butcher, Reporter
Since the senior rock was put on the VHS campus in 1988, layers of student history have piled over each other, every tag competing for space and a voice. Recently the administration has stepped in and covered up writing deemed inappropriate, which has students wondering- what are the rules of the rock?
Office Manager Jackie Merrill, a graduate of the class of 1988, remembers when her father’s company, Kimco Realty, put the rock on the campus.
“Classes would compete when it first got placed in our outfield. Everyday someone would be painting, it was like a tag war.” Merrill said.
When the rock was placed on school property kids were encouraged to paint it, in an effort to minimize vandalism. At first it wasn’t only for seniors, and created competition between ...Read More
ASB creatively takes on the new year
By Marina-Rae Gill, Reporter
Over the years, Vashon ASB has encouraged school spirit through dress-up days, morning announcements, pep assemblies, and other school-wide events. Never before however, has our student government had to inspire school spirit and class community entirely online. Faced with a new challenge, Vashon’s ASB members are not short on creativity, and have discovered new ways to keep their student body connected and in high spirits.
Despite the absence of students at school, senior student body co-president Zach Van Dusen and the rest of the ASB team have been working hard to keep up school spirit and community.
“We are trying to figure out how to communicate best, [with] lots of online meetings, and lots of texting between each other,” Van Dusen said. “ … none of our normal events are happening, so we have to completely re-jigger the system, and change and brainstorm completely new ideas. It’s a fun new task.”
During a normal school year, students would start their day with an informative and comical announcement delivered by ASB students. This year however, this feature has been...Read More