The independent student media site of West Linn High School


The independent student media site of West Linn High School


The independent student media site of West Linn High School


COVID-19 has served as a turning point in academic loss among primary students.

Post-pandemic predicament

Claire Lenarduzzi, Staff Reporter
February 26, 2024

School closures and transitioning to online and hybrid learning have affected the social and educational outcomes for primary students. COVID-19 served as a starting point for immense academic loss for...

Our school has five Standard Response Protocols (SRPs) for different emergency situations: Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, and Shelter. 

Editorial: Standard Response Protocols need updating

Edie Himmer and Kaelyn Jones
February 23, 2024

Gun violence is an increasing concern in communities, with 346 school shootings in the U.S. last year. For students who are aware of these statistics, the anxiety concerning such threats lingers in day-to-day...

Taylor Swift has been subjected to criticism about carbon footprint among the general population.

Taylor Swift threatens lawsuit over flight tracker

M Davis, Current Events Editor
February 23, 2024

Some have been criticizing musical artist Taylor Swift's most recent legal action involving her private jet. In December of 2023, Swift’s legal team sent a cease and desist letter to Jack Sweeney, a...

Some have made the accusation that Ice Spice is an industry plant, meaning that she became successful from record labels using their money and connections to manufacture her fame.

Is Ice Spice a plant?

Isis Naija Gaston, also known by the stage name Ice Spice, has come into the public eye over the last year, and has started off 2024 with her first Grammy appearance after being nominated for Best New...

Through the 1990s, alternative rock was a male-dominated genre. However, Holes Love Through This proved to be a feminist triumph.

1990s alternative album “Live Through This” by Hole turns 30

Angelina Handris, Staff Reporter
February 22, 2024

Alternative rock was a male-dominated genre throughout the 1990s, with bands like Alice In Chains, Radiohead, and Pearl Jam leading the charts. Although female rock artists were certainly present at the...

Mary Hanks is the new school internship coordinator. Use the contact information below to see any possible internship opportunities.

Recently established internship coordinator helps students seek internships

Autumn Schmidlin, Photography Editor
February 21, 2024

Internships are positions of work that can allow people to gain knowledge or experience, sometimes without pay, to work toward either more training or to earn a certification. These internships can also...

Michelle Bonham and Alison Farrel, learning specialists, organize the schedules of the paraeducators to help them figure out who they are helping. The paraeducators will then report back to the administration.

‘We’re just there to help everybody’

Garrett Arendt, Student Life Editor
February 21, 2024

Paraeducators, previously known as Instructional Assistants (IA) are educators who primarily help students with learning and physical disabilities. To support students, they help navigate them around the...

Alaina Moore, senior, walks on to the court with family to join the ceremony. Moore has been on the varsity team for three years. “I’ve learned a lot about leadership, and especially just being there for those that you care about,” Moore said.

Womens basketball team wins on senior night 66—30

Edie Himmer, Copy Editor
February 20, 2024

On Feb. 16, the womens varsity basketball team had their senior night to recognize players before they graduate. Alaina Moore, shooting guard, is amongst the seniors of the team. Moore is looking back...

On Feb. 17, the wrestling team became Three Rivers League district champions with 419.5 points at Lakeridge High School.

Wrestling team becomes district champions with five individual winners

Joseph Murphy, Web Editor-in-Chief
February 19, 2024

The wrestling team has become the district champions. With a score of 419.5 points, the wrestling team placed first in team score as second place, the Oregon City Pioneers, scored 286 points. Held at...

During an improv night practice from December, Ava Neudeck, senior, practices with theater teacher Steve Beckingham.

Theater performers compete at the Thespian Regional Competition

Nicholas Hull, Staff Reporter
February 19, 2024

The school sent performers to the Thespian Regional Competition at Barlow High School on Saturday, Feb. 3. Among those performers, ten people in five different entries advanced to the state competition. Among...

The Speech and Debate team placed third in sweepstakes Linfield University on Feb. 7.

Speech and Debate team earns sweepstakes honors

Eden Pepos, Managing Editor
February 16, 2024

  Twice a week, students on the Speech and Debate team can be found practicing for their upcoming tournaments. Speech and Debate is an official Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) activity...

Despite that almost all college acceptance letters are sent via emails and online portals, many colleges also send physical copies of the letters.

Senior Column: College conundrums

Eden Pepos, Managing Editor
February 16, 2024

The senior scramble was apparent and I was not alone. During October, predominantly senior classes had a dozen seniors attempting to meet the early deadlines for college applications. The stress was on,...

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