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Mrs. McDevitt returns after devastating biking accident

Mrs. McDevitt returns after devastating biking accident

Katharine Koehler, Staff Reporter
September 22, 2015
Filed under The People, Top Stories

On Oct. 31 of last year Julie McDevitt, science teacher, left school like any other day. She packed up her items, turned the lights off in her classroom and said goodbye to her coworkers for the weekend.  “This is my twentieth year [teaching],” McDevitt said. "Technically my nineteenth.” Out ...

Nathan Barinstein, former WLHS student, returns home after a year of french expeditions

Nathan Barinstein, former WLHS student, returns home after a year of french expeditions

Julia Mogen, Co-Arts and Culture Editor
September 20, 2015
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The minute after stepping off the plane in Cholet, France, Nathan Barinstein, former WLHS student, made a promise to himself; at no point within his year in France would he speak english. “I was really hard on myself,” Barinstein said, “but I wanted to [learn the language] to the maximum all year....

Hailey Niswanger, class of 2008, looks forward to a long career in Jazz music

Hailey Niswanger, class of 2008, looks forward to a long career in Jazz music

June 12, 2015
Filed under Arts and Culture, The People

Sometimes when Hailey Niswanger, class of 2008, is walking down the street, she hears a melody in her head. Quickly, she’ll pull out her phone and hum it into the microphone. Hours later, she will translate the notes onto the piano one by one until she has a full-length song, which she can then use...

Rebecca Cruze, Class of 2015, finds a spiritual awakening with a change of surroundings

Rebecca Cruze, Class of 2015, finds a spiritual awakening with a change of surroundings

Nicole Joerger, People Editor
June 3, 2015
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Aiming to interact with people who live in a vastly different environment than West Linn, Rebecca Cruze, Class of 2015, spent three months away from her suburban home to travel throughout Southeast Asia. Cruze traveled to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and visited over 10 cities. Never did she expect...

California girl at heart, Natalie Byrne, achieves her lifelong dream

California girl at heart, Natalie Byrne, achieves her lifelong dream

Nicole Joerger, People Editor
June 2, 2015
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Walking along the sandy beaches, laying poolside and playing her favorite sport are just some of the numerous activities Natalie Byrne, junior, looks forward to enjoying during her college years. With her lifelong goal of attending the University of Southern California, never did Byrne expect to attain...

Growing up with notes and keys makes its allegrezza exit

Growing up with notes and keys makes its allegrezza exit

Ji An, Staff Reporter
May 28, 2015
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With three older sisters who channeled their passions for music by majoring or teaching music, an older brother who is studying to be a film score composer and parents who are actively involved in music, it was inevitable that Rochelle Biancardi, senior, immersed herself into the art as well. “My...

ASB adviser, Annie Kaiser, calls students to serve their community

Madison Staten, Staff Reporter
May 27, 2015
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When adults think about high school students, the first words they use to describe them typically has nothing to do with volunteering or community service. Annie Kaiser, this year’s ASB adviser, is working to change this misconception and, with the help of ASB, has been implementing more community...

James Topping and Ty Szymanski, Class of 2014, adventure in Australia and Thailand

James Topping and Ty Szymanski, Class of 2014, adventure in Australia and Thailand

Julia Mogen, Entertainment Editor
May 13, 2015
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After leaving for Australia in Aug. 2014, James Topping and Ty Szymanski, Class of 2014, had few expectations about what was ahead of them. Despite being only 18, Topping and Szymanski found jobs as bartenders for the Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, in...

Skilled athlete makes way for future

Skilled athlete makes way for future

Dillon Stoneking, Staff Reporter
May 8, 2015
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Skilled senior wrestler, Timothy Harman, looks forward to his future after West Linn High School attending the Naval Academy Prep School. Although he intends to expand his career in the Navy, Harman plans to continue his passion in wrestling for the next four years in hopes to become a national champion. “He’s...

Sam Brown and Logan Bryck, seniors, win music scholarships

Sam Brown and Logan Bryck, seniors, win music scholarships

Isabel Jolley, Staff Reporter
May 1, 2015
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Rhythm and precision come together in a symphony when Sam Brown and Logan Bryck, seniors, follow their passion playing music. With the help of scholarships, they will be following that passion in college. Brown plays both the euphonium and the trombone and has accepted a scholarship of $4,000 to Oregon...

Two WLHS Freshmen girls claim seats in America’s First Youth Orchestra

Two WLHS Freshmen girls claim seats in America’s First Youth Orchestra

Ji An, Staff Reporter
March 20, 2015
Filed under The People, Uncategorized

While juggling academics, sports, and clubs, two freshman girls have dared and succeeded to excel in yet another extracurricular, music. Theresa Li, freshman, and Miki Nakai, freshman are both part of the Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra (PYCO), which is within the Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP)...

Moving forward

Moving forward

Isabel Jolley, Staff Reporter
March 20, 2015
Filed under The People, Top Stories

After three years of helping ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) participants, Julia Betts, ISEF mentor, has decided to move forward in her career. At West Linn High School, Betts helped mentor students throughout the ISEF process. “I also helped the fair director, Amy Schauer, to...

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