Masking up in style

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

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 hoped that, by making her own masks, she would combat issues that she had been facing. Some ...

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

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 College Board at the end of the year. However, these exams have had to be altered because of sc...

Empty stadiums

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

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 biggest goal as a team but also it’s just getting close to everyone over the course of the season a...

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.

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 self-isolation by sleeping in until noon, spending excessive amounts of time on their phones, binge-...


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

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 those 31 million, that hasn't been a problem for these two channels, run by students and facult...

A safe place

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

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, to depression and other mental disorders.  Inside the walls of classrooms, there is littl...

Poetry Out Loud 2020

Poetry Out Loud

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 of the contest, Anna Olson, will perform at the state competition on Mar. 13.

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.

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 2009. Out of every 100,000 high school students, ten committed suicide in 2016. More than a quarter...

How do we want to be remembered?

How do we want to be remembered?

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 caught stealing a plane. StoryCorps is a non-profit challenging people to capture their families...

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 by the same three teachers: Jenifer Howe, Conor Greaney, and Amanda Dowd. The general idea is to h...

A look inside STEM education

Students participate in STEM-related activities at the camp hosted by TBD in October.

Delaney Callaghan, Current Events Editor

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 Landsem, junior, is one of the organizers of these events.  “For these, we have around five different ...

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