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West Linn Teacher Elected to Office

Caden Kesselring, Broadcast Editor In Chief March 1, 2021

After the 2020 local elections came, a former City Councilor Jules Walters won the position of Mayor of West Linn, leaving an open interim spot until the next election in may for the City Council.  Long...

The first socially distanced presidential debate for the 2020 election with President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Photo courtesy of Adam Schultz under Creative Commons license.

Cast your vote

Sydney McCrone, Current Events Editor October 28, 2020

With the presidential election closing in, Americans have less time to make decisions and cast their ballots. Many active voters believe that this election is the most important in decades and that voting...

A student takes a picture for their social media page, posting it for their followers to see.

Connection at a Cost: How the technology industry is working against users

"The Social Dilemma" explains how mental illness, addiction, and manipulation are the three key components of Silicon Valley.
Karina Rower, Web Editor October 27, 2020

TW: suicide Social media has become the cornerstone of life for most teens. Amidst the pandemic, students have taken to social media for multiple reasons: self-expression, communication with peers,...

Presidential Race 2020

Caden Kesselring, Breakdown Staff April 24, 2020

On the set of

The irony of ‘Richard Jewell’

A look into how Hollywood portrays women working in media
Paige Rodriguez, Photo Editor February 27, 2020

Clint Eastwood and Warner Brothers are under fire for the defamation of the deceased journalist, Kathy Scruggs, in Eastwood's newest film. On Dec. 13, 2019, "Richard Jewell" hit the big screen. The movie...

Payton Hobart, portrayed by Ben Platt, listening to questions in the presidental debate.

Netflix’s newest original series shows darkest side of high school politics

Karina Rower, Staff Reporter October 30, 2019

“The Politician is a comedy about moxie, ambition, and getting what you want at all costs. But for those who struggle with their mental health, some elements may be disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.”     This...

Bright neon lights advertise products at the House of Vapes in Oregon City.

The vaping ban is a necessity

Logan Winder, Co-Opinions Editor October 3, 2019

On Sept. 11, the Trump administration announced that a ban on E-cigarettes was in the works. This announcement was met with many different reactions, some positive and some negative. Though the ban may...

JSA club members debate about how much, if at all, the government should pay for citizens' medical bills.

JSA optimistic for new year

Helena Erdahl, Staff Reporter September 26, 2019

For students interested in having a discussion about political aspects of the school, Junior State of America is an essential club to check out.  So far in the school year, JSA has 12 students...

Signs resting against their legs, students sit down for a mid-protest break, following the daunting walk up the hill. Met with mixed reactions from drivers and pedestrians, students spread their messages on the hot-button issue, hoping to gain local support.

Climate strike draws over four million students worldwide

The recent climate strike drew students from over 185 countries to bring awareness to climate change
Delaney Callaghan, Current Events Editor September 21, 2019

Last Friday, September 20th, an estimated four million people showed up to events held in over 185 countries in a mass strike to bring attention to climate change. Organized by Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old...

HOT TOPIC. Helena Erdahl, freshman, clutches a homemade sign while chanting along with fellow students.

Striking for the future

Climate protests reach West Linn City Hall.
Lillian Gottschling, Staff Reporter September 21, 2019

At the first football game of the season, students, parents, and staff alike wait in line at the Chick-fil-A food truck.

Historically problematic Chick-fil-A comes to West Linn

Paige Rodriguez, Arts and Culture Editor September 18, 2019

Football games are a cultural staple for high schools. Hundreds of students gather to hang with friends, cheer on their team, and of course, get a bite to eat. On Sept. 6, Chick-fil-A was served at...

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