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Masking up in style

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

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

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
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...

Empty stadiums

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

Creativity in a crisis

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.
Self-isolated at home, one senior has made her entrepreneurial dreams into a reality.
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...

SchoolTubers

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

A safe place

Coping skills are provided in the mental health room for students to access.
The mental health room is there to help students, but there are still things that need to be done.
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 2020

Poetry Out Loud
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...

What are the counselors doing for you?

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.
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
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?
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...

A celebration of pride

Standing in front of at least 100 people, Susie Walters, senior, laughs as she starts her speech about inclusion to the present student body. Co-president of Gender Sexuality Alliance, Walters organized the walkout on Nov. 8 to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community at the school. “The purpose of this demonstration is to allow students to show solidarity with their LGBTQ+ peers and to peacefully address the culture of intolerance on the WLHS campus,” a press release published by GSA stated. Walters soon shared her own story and the message for the demonstration. “I want you to treat this day, and the rest of your life, like a pride celebration,” Walters said.
November 20, 2019

A look inside STEM education

Students participate in STEM-related activities at the camp hosted by TBD in October.
How Robotics works with STEM education to promote a different type of learning for students
November 14, 2019

Every early-release day, the robotics team, known as To Be Determined or TBD, hosts a STEM camp where elementary and middle schoolers have a chance to have a hands-on experience with STEM activities. Beth...

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