Vashon Island High School April 2, 2009
20120 Vashon Highway SW
Vashon Island, WA 98070 Volume X, Issue 9
Vashon High School's Newspaper
Japanese exchange students visit VHS
and stayed with families.
See what Bush has Several students that went on
been up to on page 7 the trip hosted the same student
they stayed with last year. This
special opportunity has helped
create an even stronger bond
between the two cities separated
by thousands of miles.
Senior Alyssa Sibbers hosted
Aika Mori, whom she stayed
with last year.
“When I was in Japan, I was
completely out of my element.
I’ve seen her life and she’s seen
mine now,” Sibbers said.
With so much enthusiasm, all
Newspapers vs. of the students’ energy bounced
online news? off one another.
debated on page 11 “There are lots of outgoing
personalities. It’s fun sitting on
the bus just kind of eavesdrop-
Photo Courtesy of Clint Amstrup
ping on what everyone is talking
Students from Vashon’s Japanese sister school Himeji Minami High School stayed on Vashon Island with about,” said Williams.
high school families for nine days. The group consisted of four boys and 12 girls.
Differences between cul-
By Sophie Pawlowski way from Himeji Minami High worked at Himeji Minami for tures are inevitable. American
N&F Editor School, Vashon High School’s only one year. food is a major change for
sister school, in Himeji, Japan. The sister schools trade off students coming from Japan.
A group of 16 excited and The four boys and 12 girls every year sending students to For instance, a small coffee at
awed Japanese students arrived that came to Vashon were ac- the other school. Last year a Starbucks is equivalent to their
on Vashon on Monday, March companied by two of their number of students in Japanese large size.
23 and stayed until the first of English teachers, who speak the II and III went to Japan with see Japanese students
April. They traveled all the language excellently. They have their teacher Maren Williams, on page 2
Who is this French
man? Find out on page 8
NWSA raises political awareness among youth
By Molly Crosby
National Week of Student
Action (NWSA) is an annual
week, April 13-17, dedicated
to increasing student awareness
about a specific global issue put
on by Amnesty International.
Last year, NWSA was centered
around “countering terror with
justice” in Guantanamo Bay
This year, VHS’s Amnes-
ty/Interact club has chosen
to focus on the crisis in the
Democratic Republic of the
Congo, currently the site of one
Index of the world’s worst ongoing
humanitarian crises suffering
N&F 1-3 from extreme violence, mass
population displacements, and
N&F Decaf 4-5 widespread rape. Since 1998, Photo Courtesy of www.gomafilmproject.org
war in the country has claimed UN peace keeping soldiers from India are helping to deter violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Foolishness 6-9 five million lives; approximate- where. Rape has become a weapon in this war torn country.
ly 1,500 people die each day. per pound. Day,” where facts will be writ- lunch on Wednesday, April 15,
Op-Ed 10-11 Sexual violence has become Each day of the week is ten on sidewalks around the an informational table will be
tool for war, and women are planned to convey a different school to increase awareness set up with petitions and letters
A&E 12-13 raped and abused by passing aspect of the disaster, though of the issues of women’s abuse for students to sign and send to
soldiers. Additionally, violence the two main issues the club and mining. On Tuesday, April Congressman Jim McDermott
Sports 14-15 has broken out over the Congo’s hopes to bring to light are sex- 14, posters will be hung with and Secretary of State Hillary
natural resource coltan, used in ual violence and horrific mining more facts and pictures to put Clinton. On Thursday, April 16,
BPB 16 many electronic devices, cur- conditions in the Congo. an image to the catastrophe in See NWSA informs
rently worth more than $400 Monday, April 13, is “Chalk the African country. During students on page 2