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Fun things to do over the break

December 17, 2013
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Winter break is almost here.  That means snowy weather, hot chocolate and sleeping in. For most of us we are trying to find some warmth, some of us end up staying home enjoying time with our families during the holidays. Some of us end up bored during the holiday break. For fun things to do around the...

Student Speak Out on the Cold Winter

Student Speak Out on the Cold Winter

Colin Squires, Opinion Editor
December 10, 2013
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What do you think of this cold weather? “I think it’s freezy frosty. I don’t like wearing big coats but my mom makes me wear them so I don’t get sick.” Alex Wells, sophomore. “I snowboard sometimes but I still don’t like the cold. You get used to it but it is just not fun to be fre...

Is the pressure in school too much?

Is the pressure in school too much?

Nicole Joerger, Staff Writer
December 2, 2013
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With the stress of tests, homework and studying, some students believe that the only way to relieve the pressure is to buy and use ADHD pills. They use the ADHD pills in the belief that it will enhance their focus enabling them to study for hours on end. Today even extremely intelligent students are...

Safe driving in icy conditions requires planning beforehand

Safe driving in icy conditions requires planning beforehand

Camille Collier, Current Events Editor
November 13, 2013
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Sliding, skidding and spinning out are three amplified risks in winter weather— especially in West Linn, where hills present an added safety challenge.  By being a defensive driver and taking some basic precautions, you can increase your safety and the safety of those around you. On “black ice,”...

Teacher uses adversity to prepare students for life

Madison Staten, Staff writer
November 13, 2013
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Let’s set the scene: Multiple classes of grade school children spend time, resources, and love putting together pumpkin displays at both Three Rivers Charter and Bolton Primary School this past October. Flash forward to Oct. 28 when vandals destroyed all 60 pumpkins carved at both schools. According...

Christmas and Black Friday ads start way too early

Madeline Marshall, Staff writer
November 12, 2013
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It’s been less than two weeks since Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving is still 2 weeks away and we are already being bombarded with Black Friday and Christmas ads. When you walk into a store such as Fred Meyer or Target, you already see fake trees and lights. Then there’s “Jingle Bells” playing...

Are WLHS students too old to trick-or-treat?

Madeline Marshall, The People editor
October 29, 2013
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Every year millions of children around the country dress up in costumes and walk around the neighborhoods of America to trick-or-treat and receive free candy. The question arises: are high school students too old to trick-or-treat? “I think it is fine for kids in high school to go trick or treating....

Colleges Demand Extra Circular Activity

Kyle Cannelos
October 28, 2013
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  Oregon colleges, and colleges across the nation are looking at test scores, an individual’s academic curriculum and an insight resume. But, college acceptance rates are also decreasing according to the New York Times due to specialized jobs and advancements in technology. Oregon State...

Tumblr isn’t your average blogging website

Tumblr isn’t your average blogging website

Meredith Bowers
October 23, 2013
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When you think of online youth subculture you often imagine a mindless waste of time. It is mostly true of places such as Facebook and Twitter, social networks where the most popular things to do are look at other peoples’ posts, like pages, play games and search hashtags. Although you can also waste...

Queer terms need to be understood by the general public

Queer terms need to be understood by the general public

Meredith Bowers
October 22, 2013
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With National Coming Out Day celebrated last Friday, it is important to understand what people can come out as. Most people know the basic terms: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. But there is a real acronym that contains terms that need to be understood by everyone if they wish to be for (or against...

Students Speak Out on Parking Lots

Henry Craft
October 4, 2013
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What do you think of the new senior parking lot? Pope McHenry, senior: “I don’t like the new senior parking lot, because the entrance is right across from where the buses leave. We have to compete with the buses to get out after school. I also don’t like that they did all that work adding...

Media’s impact on teenagers today

Jamie Sullivan
June 14, 2013
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How long can you be disconnected from your Iphone, Ipod, or other smartphone device? Studies showed that most students can’t be away from their phone for more than 24 hours. Why do we devote so much time and energy reading, scrolling, and watching random peoples lives play out in front of us? That ...

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