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Steve Davala, science teacher, has written five books since he began teaching in 2001.

Diving into a new adventure

A chemistry teacher's continued pursuit of a lifelong passion.
Lillian Gottschling, Copy Editor March 24, 2021

Two years ago, Steve Davala published the final novel in his “Soulkind” series, a project he began in 2001. Known by many as a chemistry teacher, Davala pursued his dreams of becoming an author. He...

Tanner Springs Assisted Living makes changes to protect residents, through mask wearing and other precautions.

Working amidst a pandemic

Lucy McCowen shares her experience as an essential worker during COVID-19
Helena Erdahl, Coverage Editor March 19, 2021

Recently, students have gotten the vaccine and for a variety of reasons. Some of these include health reasons, and, in some cases, being an essential worker. Lucy McCowen, senior, is an aide at Tanner...

Ella Notdurft loves making masks with fun patterns in all different styles and sizes to fit everybody.

Masking up in style

Lillian Gottschling, Copy Editor October 27, 2020

Quarantine has been a time in which many people have honed in on their skills as well as developed new ones. Ella Notdurft, senior, chose to start her own mask company, naming it Sun and Moon Masks.  Notdurft...

The laptop is open to the AP Human Geography videos that were made by College Board to help students study and review during this time

Student responses to AP class and exam changes due to COVID-19

Jiana Collins, Staff Reporter May 27, 2020

COVID-19 has caused schools to have to undergo serious changes with their curriculum, and advanced placement (AP) classes are no different. AP classes are college level courses and feature an exam from...

The West Linn High School football stadium stands empty due to the cancellation of spring sports during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Empty stadiums

The impact of the loss of sports due to COVID-19 on student-athletes
Audrey Lippert, Co-Current Events Editor May 23, 2020

Athletics are deeply ingrained in the American high school culture, so not being able to play and compete this year upended the goals of many students. “We wanted to win state, that was probably our...

Angelic Tosado, senior, models some of the necklaces she has made. Tosado created her jewelry business, Newmoon Jewelry, shortly after Oregon's shelter-in-place order was first issued.

Creativity in a crisis

Self-isolated at home, one senior has made her entrepreneurial dreams into a reality.
Kaleigh Henderson, Podcast Editor May 5, 2020

When faced with a shut-down school, shut-down social lives, and a practically shut-down country, students’ lives tend to, well, shut down. Some students take advantage of the extended period of...

West Linn students and staff go beyond their roles in the school and into the realm of YouTube.

SchoolTubers

Kaleigh Henderson, Podcast Manager February 26, 2020

There are 31 million different channels on YouTube, as of Jan. 31, 2020. In such a giant ocean of video and sound, it can be hard to grow your own presence on the global video-sharing website. But among...

Coping skills are provided in the mental health room for students to access.

A safe place

The mental health room is there to help students, but there are still things that need to be done.
Zoe Barnett, Co-Opinion Editor February 20, 2020

One in five teenagers suffer from a mental illness, and according to Teen Mental Health. That's 20% of our population. Teenagers experience a wide variety of mental disorders, ranging from ADHD, to anxiety,...

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud 2020

Kylie Zeman, Lily Frazier, and Kaleigh Henderson February 13, 2020

All sophomores memorized and performed two poems in their English classes in the past few months, and the best performance of each class moved up and performed at a school-wide competition. The winner...

In the Main Office, this is the Calm Room. Students can come here to take a break, pray, or do anything else they need to do to calm down. “We needed an additional space to help support students,” Annie Kaiser, student leadership advisor, said. Funds from the Class of 2019 helped purchase the paint and new furnishings for the room.

What are the counselors doing for you?

Morgan Johnson, Staff Reporter January 29, 2020

In the U.S., the rate of high school-aged youth considering and committing suicide continues to rise, according to Child Trends. There has been a 33% suicide increase for 15 to 19-year-old students since...

How do we want to be remembered?

A conversation with my dad about stealing planes and his proudest moments
Delaney Callaghan, Current Events editor January 28, 2020

In my second-ever StoryCorps, I sit down with my dad and talk about his proudest moments and how he wants to be remembered. If you skip to 0:40, you can hear my dads advice for what to do when you get...

Freshman Success Team: what is it?

Freshman Success Team: what is it?

Kelsey Murphy, Staff Reporter November 21, 2019

In these halls, there are 90 students that are part of a group called the Freshman Success Team. Now for the real question: what is it? The Freshman Success Team is a group of 90 students, all taught...

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