The independent student media site of West Linn High School


The independent student media site of West Linn High School


The independent student media site of West Linn High School


From the balcony, the club fair can be seen buzzing with activity.

Hitting the clubs

Eli Ballestros and Finn Howell
September 21, 2022

A common part of most high school experiences is clubs. Whether they are created by teachers or students, clubs provide an opportunity for students to express themselves, make new friends, and learn new...

‘Parents should come to Curriculum Night to get to put a face with the name of their childs schedule and to get a sense of the teachers personality,’” Rowe said.

Supporting student independence

Eden Pepos, Staff Reporter
September 20, 2022

Curriculum Night is returning to the physical school building for the first time since 2019. As one of the most direct ways for parents to get a taste of what student life is like, Curriculum night is...

Are our tears writing our essays? Students are taught to appeal to the emotions of our admission officers, but perhaps it has gone too far.

Demarginalizing the college admissions essay

Karina Rower, Web Editor-in-Chief
September 14, 2022

*Names have been changed to protect students’ identities* “You know, you’re lucky you have something to write about in your essays,” Alex said. “I just don’t have anything to be discriminated...

After an assembly shown to Oregon City High School students back in early February, the investigation has been opened up to the public.

Are we being heard now?

Mallory Cooper, Lifestyle Editor
June 5, 2022

Feb. 22 in the Clackamas County Circuit Court an 18 year old senior under the pseudonym Jane Doe that attends Oregon City High School (OCHS) says allegedly that the school district affected her emotionally...

Mariam Hassan, senior, is crowned 2022 May Queen by former ASB president Averi Fels.

Trailblazer: May Day photos

Audrey Lippert, Print Editor-in-Chief
May 23, 2022

Robotics explains robotics

Lily Frazier, YouTube Editor
May 13, 2022

Team 7034 recently went to the FIRST World Championships in Houston, Texas. Lily Frazier interviews Leah Culbertson to find out what robotics is all about.

CTE Club field trip working with ecologist Laura Guderyahn in Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

Mary S. Young’s invasive species crisis

Kaelyn Jones, Staff Reporter
May 11, 2022

One of Oregon’s defining features is the dedication to its natural environment. This year, the Oregon Department of Forestry gave $725,000 to eight forest collaboratives across the state. These funds...

May Breakdown 2022

In this edition of the Breakdown, we learn about school schedules, new food options coming soon, our home baseball team, how to drive safely, and more.

Save us Gen Z, youre our only hope, a driver in a passing car said while going through the 10th and Blankenship intersection. The intersection has historically been home to past protests. In 2020, students congregated on the same sidewalk to protest police brutality.

Supreme Court draft elicits student-led protest

Karina Rower, Web Editor-in-Chief
May 8, 2022

For more information on the story behind the protest, click here to read a Q&A with the organizer of the May 7 protest.      

“I think every person with a uterus deserves the right to choose when and how they want to have children,” Shevlin said.

‘Empathy above all else’

Lillian Gottschling, Copy Editor-in-Chief
May 6, 2022

In lieu of the upcoming decision in the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Americans have been waiting in suspense to hear about the future of abortion rights in the U.S....

Library staff adds an “Biography & Memoir” section to their featured shelves, adding books with interest relevant to high schoolers.

Library updates its book selection

Helena Erdahl, Coverage Editor-in-Chief
May 5, 2022

Within a high school English curriculum, the focus is primarily on older books that could be seen as “classics” or older texts about important topics.  While older publications might be seen as...

The district acknowledges the parents concerns in the 2022 Comprehensive Sexuality Education Plan stating that, “Teachers provide the information from approved materials without adding their values and beliefs, plan and teach class activities that do not ask students to share values and beliefs or personal experiences and direct students to discuss individual questions with their families.”

Too little too late?

Eden Pepos, Staff Reporter
April 29, 2022

In a meeting on Monday April 25, at Meridian Creek Middle School, the West Linn-Wilsonville school district held a parent input session. They invited parents to have an open discussion about the 2022 sexuality...

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