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An open letter to the class of 2020

An open letter to the class of 2020

Remy Gottschling, Coverage Editor

May 30, 2020

To fellow members of the class of 2020, Graduating is a big deal. No matter what our graduation looks like, when it takes place or who is there, it is a major accomplishment that everyone who walks across the stage has earned and should be extremely proud of. We have all put more than a decade’s w...

Should gyms open before parks?

Oppenlander Fields, a West Linn park, remains shutdown due to COVID-19.

Audrey Lippert, Co-Current Events Editor

May 30, 2020

It has been over three months since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown and as we enter phase one of reopening, some businesses are opening their doors for the first time in months. Some of these businesses include gyms and workout centers, but the question arises of should indoor workout places re...

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...

“Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak” shows the ins and outs of a virus

In the “Pandemic” docuseries, it mainly focuses on the doctors and scientists in very close proximity to the virus. The series is now streaming on Netflix.

Karina Rower, Co-Arts and Culture Editor

May 22, 2020

When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many unknowns. We didn’t know how our society and daily routines would be disrupted. We don’t know when our lives will return to normal. We don’t know how or when this pandemic will resolve. It is imperative to stay informed, and why not be aware ...

Why “The Clone Wars” should be your next “Star Wars” fix

Ethan Gill, Co-Opinions Editor

May 22, 2020

“Star Wars”, despite the name, has always been against war. Even at its most subtle, it’s not that subtle. While it’s easy to see the anti-war message in films like “Rogue One”, or “The Last Jedi”, there is no place where the anti-war message is more highlighted than in the animated series “...

Painted Earth

On a slow day, Trisha Statde works on an art piece to fill the time and keep her inventory stocked.

Megan Riehle, Arts and Culture Editor

May 7, 2020

Have you ever stumbled upon a painted rock in your neighborhood park? They’re called love rocks. They are meant to provide a spot of love and joy in a person's day when they find one. After finding a couple love rocks herself, an artist and mother of five by the name of Painted Earth on Facebook (o...

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-...

7 best reading spots

7 best reading spots

Megan Riehle, Arts and Culture Editor

May 4, 2020

While cases of COVID-19 continue to occur and the state of Oregon remains under orders to social distance, there’s a struggle to stay occupied as well as safe. These reading spots are ideal places to consider when leaving the house while sticking to social distancing guidelines.    ...

Stepping in

Face shields assembled by Jenni Tan and her family before being shipped to hospitals, nursing homes, and first responders around the country.

Audrey Lippert, Co-Current Events Editor

April 30, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 has presented many challenges across the globe, and the community is stepping in to lighten the load. West Linn residents of all ages are working together to curb the crisis and help medical and essential workers. Local families are using what they have to make face shields and m...

Online school just isn’t enough

Logan Winder, Co-Current Events Editor

April 28, 2020

On April 13, the Oregon Department of Education’s plan for distance learning was put into action. Known as “Distance Learning for All,” it requires all students to utilize Google Classroom and other such resources remotely to finish getting their credits for the year. Currently, it’s the bes...

Give distance learning a chance

Ethan Gill, Co-Opinions Editor

April 28, 2020

Everybody has a different preferred learning style. Some people learn best from lectures. Some people do best with reading textbooks. Some swear by flashcards and some will promise the effectiveness of mnemonics. There are plenty of ways to learn for the plenty types of people in the world. But a m...

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