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


Audrey Lippert

Audrey Lippert, Print Editor-in-Chief

Audrey Lippert is a senior at West Linn High School. This is her fourth year taking journalism, and Lippert most enjoys writing current events articles, opinion articles, and recording podcasts. Lippert’s goals for this year of journalism is to continue to learn how to write podcast scripts and use different types of technology to enhance her articles. Outside of school she enjoys playing guitar, hanging out with friends, baking, and watching movies with her dad.

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Shuris inspiring journey through grief and loss is the driving force behind Wakanda Forever.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ fills a void

December 1, 2022

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is miles away from what it was originally written to be, yet somehow is the most cohesive film released by Marvel Studios this year. Following the tragic death of Chadwick...

After not qualifying in 2018 the U.S. Mens National Team will play in the World Cup for the first time since 2014.

Predictions: World Cup

November 21, 2022

Every four years, the World Cup rolls around, bringing together the best soccer players in the world for roughly a month while fans across the world tune in to watch the spectacle. Legends, like Pele and...

As a model for combined success in womens and mens soccer, the Portland Thorns and Timbers foundation has been shaken by numerous revelations regarding an abuse scandal within the combined organization.

Amplifier continuation: Every rose has its thorn

November 7, 2022

The Yates report has upended women’s soccer and soccer in Portland. It is a full investigation by U.S. Soccer into misconduct and abuse throughout the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). This investigation...

When the football team scores a touchdown, the  pep band plays the fight song and one senior runs the flag up and down the track below the stands.

Five ways Homecoming is changing this year

September 29, 2022

1) Location For the first time in two years, the Homecoming dance will once again be held in the main gym after the conclusion of the Homecoming football game instead of on the tennis courts. 2) Attire The...


[Photo] Back on top

September 22, 2022

Spending a game on the bench will become a more common occurrence for student athletes under the districts new policy


September 16, 2022

In the busy daily life of a high school student, for some after school activities are a constant. Everyday, when the bell rings at 3:05 pm students file out of class and into locker rooms to prepare for...

For a more indepth conversation with Sky Gomes, listen to the newest episode of The West Linn Weekly Wakeup, available on all podcasting platforms.

ASB revisits past ideas with new perspective

September 2, 2022

Like every year, a fresh Associated Student Body (ASB) president is stepping into office, and along with shifting faces, a new advisor is now leading the class. Sky Gomes, senior, will be ASB President...

Carla Khoury, senior, is the first Deb to make the team since 2015.

15 years in the making

April 15, 2022

For the first time in seven years the Debutantes dance team, better known as the Debs, will be represented on the Oregon All-State dance team. The team was announced March 10, and Carla Khoury, senior,...

Positions album cover by Ariana Grande

Positions – Ariana Grande (Best Pop Vocal Album)

April 6, 2022

As a staple of pop music for the past decade, Ariana Grande has grown up in the headphones of millions of listeners. Her latest album “Positions”, showcases both her personal and professional growth,...

Courtesy of HBOMax

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power – Halsey (Best Alternative Music Album)

April 6, 2022

Halsey’s fourth studio album “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power” was released in 2021, and is her most consistently good album yet. It blends pop and alternative seamlessly, while tastefully incorporating...

As of Mar. 17, March Madness 2022 has kicked off. The wlhsNOW staff will be producing live updates, following each game result.

Live updates: March Madness

March 17, 2022

March Madness is back, and so is the endless flipping between google classroom tabs and score updates as students monitor games while simultaneously completing assignments. To streamline the process, the...

Live updates: Ukraine-Russia War

Live updates: Ukraine-Russia War

February 25, 2022

As of Mar. 7, the staff of has suspended producing live updates for the time being. Read more wlhsNOW Ukraine-Russia coverage here.  As the events of the current war between Russia and...

Kyiv the capital city of Ukraine has been under attack by Russian forces since late Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Russia invades Ukraine: What you need to know

February 24, 2022

Over the past 24 hours (Feb. 23 in the U.S. and Feb. 24 in Europe), Russia launched a full scale invasion on its southern neighbor, Ukraine. Russian forces numbering close to 200,000 individual soldiers...

The 2021 Dune film adaptation came out to glowing reviews, but its 1984 predecessor has a very different legacy.

[Photo] Dune: past and present

November 9, 2021

The 2021 "Dune" film adaptation came out to glowing reviews, but its 1984 predecessor has a very different legacy.

For the last three months the football stadium has been closed due to ongoing construction.

Home games away from home

September 22, 2021

As a result of ongoing construction, athletes will not be playing fall sports games in their home stadium. The football stadium, which was officially closed on June 1, is receiving upgrades, including...

Just one minute and maybe a little more. One Minute Rants, a new podcast available wherever you get them, dives into a wide range of topics and opinions presented by our own staff, but only for one minute.

One Minute Rants

June 13, 2021

On this week's episode of One Minute Rants, opinions editor Logan Winder gives his opinion on meteorologists and their predictions. In light of the extreme weather conditions our staff and school have...

Just one minute and maybe a little more. One Minute Rants, a new podcast available wherever you get them, dives into a wide range of topics and opinions presented by our own staff, but only for one minute.

One Minute Rants

June 6, 2021

One minute to rant about a topic of your choosing. How would you spend it? Our staff is answering that question through One Minute Rants, the newest podcast on our platform, with topics ranging from the...

At the first JV 2 womens soccer game of the season, small groups of spectators lined the hillside watching the athletes play.

Returning to the field

March 10, 2021

 It’s been nearly a year since the basketball and dance teams got sent home from their respective state championships, and sports, as we knew them, were shut down. Now with the number of COVID-19 cases...

After months of distance learning, West Linn students remain divided over whether they want to return, according to a recent Instagram poll posted by @wlhsnow. In Wilsonville, however, the issue is much less divisive according to Kinsley Dart, a sophomore at Wilsonville High School. Here everyone wants to go back, theres always going to be a handful of people who dont want to go back just because they are not a fan of school or they instead prefer online school, but I would say 90% of people are ready to be back, Dart said.

Parking lot protest: signs and flags oppose in-person learning

January 11, 2021

A protest appeared over the weekend in front of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District’s district office. On Jan. 10, 600 flags were planted in the ground alongside hand-painted signs advocating...

The West Linn Weekly Wake Up 2020 year in review episode explores the most exciting and influential events of 2020. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

2020: A year in review

December 31, 2020

To wrap up 2020, podcast and blogs editor Audrey Lippert and web editor Karina Rower break down the year, month by month, listing important events that took place in each of them. Though the COVID-19 pandemic...

Ballot drop boxes in Oregon closed at 8 pm on Nov. 3.

Race for the Oval Office

November 4, 2020

Podcast and blogs editor Audrey Lippert and web editor Karina Rower give an update on local and national races amidst the 2020 Election. They will be discussing the Democrats chance to overturn the senate...

The eerie short novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle was released in 1962 to critical acclaim and is still a cherished classic today.

‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’

October 27, 2020

With Halloween fast approaching, there is nothing better than a bone chilling tale to get you in that fall spirit. ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ was the final book written by acclaimed author...

Students across all grade levels started school virtually this year using zoom and google classroom.

Trading pencils for keyboards

October 26, 2020

Unconventional has become the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. The start of school was no exception, with students and teachers having  to navigate a completely new way of learning.    Since...

All West Linn-Wilsonville primary schools have been online for the past two months due to COVID-19 concerns.

The primary plan

October 2, 2020

A new set of metrics was released by Governor Kate Brown on Jul. 28, in an attempt to get our youngest students back in school. Kindergarten through third grade students in private schools went back to...

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes lives up its monumental expectations in a spectacular way.

‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’

September 23, 2020

Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy has forever changed the face of the teen genre. The trilogy introduced science fiction and dystopian books to a much larger audience by making them more interesting...

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

Should gyms open before parks?

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...

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

Empty stadiums

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...

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

Stepping in

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...

Early 90s in Oregon City

December 11, 2019

My mom Kim Lippert on growing up across the river, playing sports and high school adventures. From soccer tournaments and softball practices (5:33) to a big 1984 Buick Skylark fondly nicknamed Turd (6:01),...

In 2017, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, leaving death and destruction in its wake.

Increased funding for hurricane relief could save thousands of lives

October 20, 2019

Hurricane Dorian is the latest of five Category 5 hurricanes to form in the Atlantic Ocean and make landfall in the past four years. Its predecessors, Hurricanes Matthew, Irma, Maria, and Michael have...

The floodlights illuminated the stadium on opening night, where the Lions would go on to beat McMinnville.

Girls soccer kicks off season with 7-0 win

October 14, 2019

7-0 and 0-2 are the scores of the first two games of the season for the West Linn Lions girls soccer team. The Lions beat the McMinnville Grizzlies by a score of 7-0 to kick off the season  at home,...

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