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


Brooke McKelvey

Brooke McKelvey , Co-Editor-in-Chief

Going from soccer practice, to softball practice and then finally home to practice her trumpet, Brooke McKelvey, senior, is definitely not a lazy person.

“I’ve been playing trumpet for six years,” McKelvey said. “I’ve been playing softball for nine years and soccer for 12 years.”

McKelvey plays in the symphonic band and will be playing in the pit orchestra for the school musical “Spamalot.” She has been a member of WLHSnow since her freshman year and is now a Co-Editor-in-Chief. She also went on a European tour this summer with students from the band here and at other schools.

“It was amazing,” McKelvey said. “I was in Europe with some of my best friends and I got to play my trumpet while I was there. My favorite country was Switzerland by far. We had a lot more free time while in Switzerland and it was really nice to see everything there. When we were in London and Venice it was so crazy that we didn’t get to relax. It was super nice to just go on beautiful hikes and walk around adorable little towns in Switzerland.”

McKelvey studies French in high school and hopes to continue studying it while in college.

“French is one of my favorite classes,” McKelvey said. “I want to major in French and environmental studies. Even though I am not pursuing a career in journalism, the skills I have learned in the past four years such as leadership and good writing.”

McKelvey hopes to return to Europe one day, preferably with a study abroad program with her college. Even though we only have her for one more year, McKelvey has been a huge part of WLHSnow and we are thrilled to have her on staff with us.

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Moments after being crowned queen and king, seniors Brady McDevitt and Matthew Lewis take a moment to appreciate their longtime friendship before continuing with May Day festivities.

[Photo] May Day takes to the skies

May 1, 2018

Moments after being crowned queen and king, seniors Brady McDevitt and Matthew Lewis take a moment to appreciate their longtime friendship before continuing with May Day festivities.

The 19th film in the franchise, “Avengers: Infinity War” is already the most successful after only one weekend in theaters.

[Photo] Breaking records

April 30, 2018

The 19th film in the franchise, “Avengers: Infinity War” is already the most successful after only one weekend in theaters.

Celebrating their win, the Quiz Bowl team bounces back in the final round against their opponent Torrey Pines High School, the team that beat them in the national competition last year.

Quiz Bowl team takes home national trophy

April 18, 2018

In a crowded room full of their competitors, the Quiz Bowl team faced off in their fourth round for the title of National Journalism Convention Quiz Bowl Champion. “It was quite nerve wracking,”...

At the Thespian State Festival, Thespian Troupe 1915 was well represented in a variety of categories. By the end of the weekend, seven awards were handed out to the Troupe along with many lasting memories.

Showing off

April 11, 2018

In their most recent appearance, Thespian Troupe 1915 gave it their all at the State Festival in Salem, Ore. April 5-7 coming out on top in many categories. This success was the product of over two...

On the opening night of Black Panther, theaters everywhere set out a large queuing system in order to keep up with the large amount of fans.

Speaking through the screen

February 20, 2018

Attracting a wide array of fans, from those wearing Marvel shirts to fans dressed in traditional attire similar to the characters in the film, Marvel’s “Black Panther” strikes home. Not only does...

At one of their Saturday ivy pulls, the Ecology Club works in their section of Mary S. Young to clear out invasive species.

Making an impact

February 14, 2018

After a few kickstarting attempts which left the club in limbo, the Ecology Club has finally found its rhythm. With around 20 members that meet on a weekly basis, they have been actively involved in the...

On her way to a career in photojournalism, Kendra Frankle, senior, won a Gold Key for her piece above titled All Comes Down. Frankle is one of 23 artists to have their art pieces recognized at the Northwest Scholastic Art Awards.

Bringing it home

February 7, 2018

  Recently, 23 artists were recognized with 47 Northwest Scholastic Art Awards. Out of those 23, eight won Gold Key awards, the highest award given out, and their pieces will advance to compete...

Leading the student section in cheers as the football team plays against South Medford, the cheerleaders are able to show off their game routines. This past weekend, however, the team made their transition to their competitive season with a second place finish at their league competition.

‘Tis the season

December 13, 2017

An integral part of every football and basketball season, the cheer team fails to go unnoticed when leading the student section in cheers and building excited energy. This past weekend, cheer transitioned...

With newer movies starting to take priority, “Murder on the Orient Express” falls into the midst of average movies currently in theaters.

[Photo] Is the book always better?

November 29, 2017

With newer movies starting to take priority, “Murder on the Orient Express” falls into the midst of average movies currently in theaters.

The top jazz band performs at the Three Rivers League Jazz Festival, where they took first place.

Setting the tone

November 17, 2017

After graduating 11 seniors last year, returning Jazz Band members were ready to take time to incorporate new members and show them the ropes. A new outlook on their year formed, however, when the band...

The next step

The next step

November 8, 2017

Causing the whole crowd to join him in song, Tanner White, senior, sings “Free Fallin’” in memory of Tom Petty. White was just one participant of this month’s karaoke performers.

Karaoke Fridays make their monthly debut

October 6, 2017

Starting out as a fun lunch activity, Karaoke Fridays has made itself a tradition. On the first Friday of every month, students and staff alike gather around the senior couches to hear those who signed...

Team Let Them Sleep gathers in a huddle before their first powder-puff game. LTS later went on to win the tournament for the third year in a row.

Powder up against cancer

September 28, 2017

Early release days are usually spent out at lunch or at home relaxing. This year, however, many students chose to spend their Wednesday afternoon out on the football field either supporting or participating...

Awaiting the rest of his cast members, Matthew Lewis, senior, reads through his lines before the musical’s daily rehearsal. This year’s musical “Spamalot,” will premiere Nov. 2 in the Performing Arts Center.

Theater’s quest

September 19, 2017

Instead of slowly easing into new classes and activities, the drama department wasted no time before diving into this year’s fall musical: “Spamalot.” “Spamalot” is a comedic spinoff of the 1975...

Waiting patiently for the 6:37 a.m. sunrise Tuesday morning, seniors lay out their blankets and meet up with their friends.

Senior sunrise?

September 6, 2017

Opposed to the usual last minute scramble that occurs when a morning alarm goes off, Tuesday morning was a different story. Seniors made sure to set their alarms an hour earlier in order to uphold one...

Waiting for familiar faces to walk by at lunch, freshmen look for comfort at Student Street during their first week of school.

The lay of the land

August 31, 2017

Walking into an unknown building surrounded by unfamiliar faces and a head full of rumors can be overwhelming. The upperclassmen seem worlds away and college even further than that. Contrary to popular...

Pleasantly surprising fans, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has found success as it takes the top spot in box offices.

[Photo] Changing the universe

May 19, 2017

Pleasantly surprising fans, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has found success as it takes the top spot in box offices.

Cars line the street in front of the school as students struggle to find available parking. With numbers still rising, spots will continue to be scarce for years to come.

Looking to expand

May 5, 2017

As enrollment numbers increase and the hallways slowly fill up, the ever increasing amount of students is slowly becoming visible to the public eye. Lack of classroom space has now transferred to the parking...

Members of the speech and debate team, Cynthia Medhaug-Aversano, junior, and Haydn Maust, freshman, run through their arguments during a speech and debate meeting. Although they didn’t advance to the state competition, three of their teammates did.

Arguing their way to the top

April 28, 2017

Everyone has an opinion about global topics such as nuclear power, free speech, housing and ethical issues. For speech and debate, three members recently took their opinions to the state competition and...

Fulfilling the prerequisite checklist before takeoff, Tech Lab members gather around as they learn how to fly a drone. The Tech Lab meets Wednesdays after school in the library alcove in order to experiment with the latest advancements in the technology industry.

Living two realities

April 20, 2017

Having free time no longer means taking out a Nintendo DS and battling animated characters. Instead, technology companies have taken it upon themselves to bring video games to life with virtual reality....

A warning posted to sports fans that dogs are not allowed in certain athletic areas around West Linn. In Eugene, Ore., a ban has been put in place increasing the repercussions of having a dog in their downtown area.

Best friends left behind

April 18, 2017

A day filled with back-to-back tests and afternoon activities is typical for teenagers, and it can be comforting to come home to a loving pet. In many people’s lives, a pet is the equivalent of a sibling,...

One of the many brackets busted by the latest March Madness game. Students have spent the past week watching their bracket change for better and for worse.

Bracket or bust

March 24, 2017

Mounting on the already present stress of tests before spring break, students have growing concern about something else - their NCAA March Madness bracket. Whether it’s to test their luck or compete...

Ranked the number one movie in America, “Logan” is dominating box offices everywhere.

The last hero

March 14, 2017

For almost two decades “X-Men” movies have been making their way onto the big screen, fulfilling expectations that come with a generic superhero movie. With their final film “Logan,” however, 20th...

Photo Courtesy of Brady McDevitt
Cast members Zebe Loun, senior, and Brady McDevitt, junior, run through one of their final rehearsals of the spring play, The Provoked Wife. The play premieres this Friday and continues through next week.

Theater never rests

March 1, 2017

Understanding Shakespeare in English class is a challenge for many people, but the theater department is taking it one step further with their upcoming performance of “The Provoked Wife,” a play written...

Photo by Rameen Ali
In the fall production of The Addams Family, Matthew Snyder, sophomore, plays the role of Gomez Addams. The Addams Family is one of the many productions Snyder has been involved in.

Embracing the stage

February 14, 2017

Looking out to an audience filled room from under glaring spotlights is a daunting task. For Matthew Snyder, sophomore, however, this is a dream come true. Snyder has over a decade of singing and dancing...

An overwhelming amount of snow piles up around West Linn.

Unwanted extra snow

January 12, 2017

Predictions of light snow were thrown out the window when inches of ice and snow lined the streets Dec. 14. Cars and buses were stuck, and those lucky enough to be driving experienced a commute time that...

Robotics teams show students the final product of coding by working with their robots in the library during lunch.

Learning the basics

January 5, 2017

Whether students were ready to design a videogame, or simply wanted to understand their computer a little better, the Hour of Code opened its doors to students with a wide range of skill levels. “We...

Following the release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” J.K. Rowling scores big with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Which came out Nov. 18.

The legacy continues

November 29, 2016

Starting off as a textbook used by Harry Potter, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is now the ninth film set in the wizarding world. Although J.K. Rowling is finished writing about Harry Potter,...

Instead of spending her spare time watching movies and going shopping, Hannah Burk, sophomore, trains guide dogs. She has worked with Guide Dogs for the Blind for the past four and a half years and plans to continue with her work for the next two and a half years. Photo courtesy of Hannah Burk.

Giving the gift of sight

November 14, 2016

After a long day at school, teenagers are ready to get home, sit on the couch and rest. However, for Hannah Burk, sophomore, there is someone else she has to take care of before she can zone out for the...

“Luke Cage” follows Marvel’s first black superhero as he fights for equality on the streets of Harlem. “Luke Cage” is just one example of Marvel’s success with TV and the cinema.

Fighting for what matters

October 17, 2016

What started with some shootings between cops and citizens has now made its way into the lives of celebrities and athletes. The “Black Lives Matter” campaign has been sweeping the nation. Not only...

“The Addams Family” is this year’s fall musical, and the cast is already underway with rehearsals. Opening night will be Nov. 3 in the Performing Arts Center.

Families are never “normal”

September 21, 2016

With musicals such as “Oklahoma!,” “The Music Man” and “The Sound of Music,” WLHS is looking to continue its tradition of performing musicals that stole the Broadway stage with a production...

Breaking away from stereotypical superhero movies, “Captain America: Civil War” continues Marvel’s film success. Rather than fighting aliens and monsters, “Civil War” focuses on the rising tension between each character.

Marvel puts a fresh twist on superhero movies

May 20, 2016

  There are always two sides to a story, and the right side may not always be a clear choice. Franchises zero in on this conflict to fuel large movie productions, with the latest being “Captain...

Picking up an instrument for the first time, Emma Harris, junior, learns the basics of playing the trumpet and reading music. Harris is a participant of unified band and will play with concert band two at their cadet band festival on April 21.

[Photo] Building unity through music

April 11, 2016

Picking up an instrument for the first time, Emma Harris, junior, learns the basics of playing the trumpet and reading music. Harris is a participant of unified band and will play with concert band two...

Students support their high school softball team by wearing new West Linn bracelets. The WLHS softball team is selling bracelets as a fundraiser for their upcoming season.

Softball team looking for student support

November 17, 2015

With a new coach and a new season right around the corner, the WLHS softball team is starting their season earlier than ever. Introducing head coach Monica Sorenson, batting coach Carlene Morgan and pitching...

In preparation for the music department’s annual fundraiser, D’Angelo Wilson, Jon Udell and Melina Mullin, sophomores, rehearse their song for the spaghetti feed. The spaghetti feed will be Thursday Oct. 29 in the new and old commons.

Fourth annual music and arts spaghetti feed fundraiser coming up

October 29, 2015

Eating spaghetti surrounded by friends, family and music has become a tradition for the music department of West Linn High School. For the past three years, the music department has put on its largest...

The 2015-2016 St. Olaf College Symphony Orchestra stuns the audience during their performance. This world famous orchestra performed at West Linn high school on Oct. 16.

A concert to remember

October 29, 2015

Travelling to China or Europe is nothing new for the St. Olaf College Symphony Orchestra and now, over 50 years since their very first tour, the St. Olaf’s Symphony Orchestra can be found almost anywhere...

Playing the bongos during the first unified band lesson, Emma Harris, junior, learns the basics of playing music. Harris is a participant of the unified band that meets on Thursdays after school.

Music education extends beyond band students

October 20, 2015

From unified soccer to unified basketball, West Linn High School has worked to expand the range of opportunities outside the classroom for students with special needs. Kevin Egan, band director, and Julie...

The sequel to “The Maze Runner,” “Maze Runner: Scorch Trials,” was released Sept. 18. It follows Thomas and his friends as they try to figure out their next move in their battle against the Flare as well as Janson.

“Maze Runner” sequel exceeds expectations

October 6, 2015

Following in the footsteps of the “The Maze Runner’s” world success, “Maze Runner: Scorch Trials” impresses viewers. The 2014 release of “The Maze Runner” ended up with a rating of 6.8 on...

West Linn takes on Europe

West Linn takes on Europe

September 22, 2015

With only a river between her and the Eiffel Tower, Mary Klick, Spanish teacher, can’t help but think how lucky she is. Plans for the summer trip to France had originally been made for Erin O’Malley,...

Rudy Hughes, Class of 2015, plays his last season for WLHS as a defensive back and wide receiver. Hughes was chosen to play in the Les Schwab Bowl, Oregon’s All Star Football Game on June 20 at the Hillsboro Stadium.

Rudy Hughes, Class of 2015, selected to play in the Les Schwab Bowl

June 8, 2015

Rivalries and friendships will be put aside during the 68th annual Les Schwab Bowl. High school seniors from around the state have been chosen to participate in Oregon’s All Star Football Game in the...

Gabe McCoy, a past WLHS student, Jack Draney, junior, and Ian Mathes, junior, play the roles of cowboys in the final scene of “Bounty Boys”. Connor Fitzpatrick, junior, and Hope Gilbert, senior, win $1,000 with their silent film “Bounty Boys”. Connor and Gilbert will move on to the International Film Festival June 3 at the Hollywood Theater in Portland.

Film II assignment pays off

June 2, 2015

Connor Fitzpatrick, junior, and Hope Gilbert, senior, entered their silent film “Bounty Boys” in the Pacific Northwest Regional Youth Silent Film Festival and took first receiving a $1,000 prize. Fitzpatrick...

Math students were recognized at an induction on May 19

May 21, 2015

For only the second year, West Linn is holding an induction ceremony for Math Honors Society. Math teachers Tina Burdick and Lindsay Harris planned and organized this event and agree it was a beneficial...

Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer, works in the office and out on the streets to keep his city clean of crime. Netflix released “Marvel’s Daredevil” April 10 and plans to release the second season next year.

Marvel’s TV success transitions to Netflix

May 13, 2015

Marvel Cinematic Universe has extended its reach from the big screen to home screens. Due to the success of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” MCU released “Marvel’s...

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” was released May 1. The movie takes place after the events in the first “Avengers”  and follows the team as they fight their newest enemy Ultron.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” won’t disappoint franchise fans

May 6, 2015

Following 2012’s “Avengers” which brought in $80.8 million on its opening night, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” comes in second place with $84.46 million next to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows...

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District hired Wilsonville High School Principal, Dr. Aaron Downs, as the new Assistant Superintendent. Dr. Jane Stickney, who held the job for 45 years, will retire at the end of the school year. 
After working in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District for 16 years, Downs is looking forward to starting his new position. Downs previously worked as a West Linn High School coach, teacher and assistant principal before going to Wilsonville. 
The search for a new principal at Wilsonville will begin immediately.

Dr. Aaron Downs named Assistant Superintendent

April 27, 2015

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District hired Wilsonville High School Principal, Dr. Aaron Downs, as the new Assistant Superintendent. Dr. Jane Stickney, who held the job for 45 years, will retire at...

Model United Nations participants prepare for a conference held in Eugene, April 9-11. Students represented either Sierre Leone or Australia in topics that are currently having an effect on the countries’ citizens.

Model UN Represents at Eugene Conference

April 24, 2015

Human trafficking, refugees, torture and punishment of citizens were only some of the topics addressed at the Model United Nations Conference held in Eugene from April 9-11. West Linn High School students...

Sophie Passerini, senior, won a silver medal through the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her photo “Through the Looking Glass.”

National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Announced

April 9, 2015

With more than $250,000 in scholarship money at stake, Emma Waibel and Sophie Passerini, seniors, won recognition for their photography in National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Waibel won a gold...

Sixth graders at Trickle Creek Outdoor School learn about animals in the Northwest. High school counselors practiced their teaching skills.

Rosemont Outdoor School comes to an end

April 8, 2015

Juniors and seniors put their responsibilities to the test during a week of being Outdoor School counselors for Rosemont Ridge Middle School. From March 15 to March 19, sixth graders at Rosemont either...

Lauren Griffith, freshman, plays “Romanze” from Mozart’s Third Horn Concerto. She participated in the Solo and Ensemble competition at WLHS on March 7.

Music takes center stage at solo and ensemble

March 11, 2015

With eight WLHS students and one WLHS ensemble taking spots as district champions, and 31 students advancing to state, Solo and Ensemble was a success once more. On March 7, WLHS was home to the Solo and...

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