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


Daria Ruediger, Staff Reporter

Towering an impressive height of 6’2, it takes little effort to imagine Daria Ruediger, sophomore, dominating the basketball court. As a forward and center for the Varsity basketball team, Ruediger has been scoring big on the court since freshman year.

“I play basketball because it takes everything away. If I’m mad at something I channel the energy towards my game and everything disappears,” Ruediger said. She plans on taking her love for the sport  and translating it into a scholarship. With letters of interest already coming in, she is well on her way to making that dream a reality.

When she isn't perfecting her skills on the court, Ruediger is busy taking care of her family's farm. With horses to feed and turn-out to pasture, her free time is virtually nonexistent.

“I love all the animals. It’s a breeding facility and every year we have babies and that’s always fun. Watching the foals grow up and seeing the amazing talents they have is awesome,” Ruediger said. Her animal-centered upbringing has encouraged her to pursue becoming a veterinarian in the future.

In the meantime, Ruediger is exploring her love of writing through Amplifier. From covering the latest in sports, to the philanthropic efforts of her fellow students, or reviewing a school play, she’s excited that she has found an outlet for her passion.

Whether it be basketball or her potential career, Ruediger is nowhere near ready to just sit back and wait for it to happen, and she plans on working to make sure every one of her goals is accomplished.

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Steve Schramm, math teacher, instructs his second period Advanced Algebra class.  Schramm will be transferring to Wilsonville High School this fall in order to be closer to his family.


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Payton Pritchard, junior,  weaves through South Eugene defense during the 2015 play offs. Pritchard was recently named the Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year.

Payton Pritchard named Gatorade Oregon Player of the Year

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Every day at 7 a.m  when most students at West Linn High School are just getting out of bed, Payton Pritchard, junior, is already up and working on his strength, endurance, ball handling and shooting...

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Tomorrow, two students from West Linn High School, Taylor Enders and Anthony Mathis, seniors,  will join the best basketball players from Oregon to face off against the best from Washington. The Annual...

New bell, new sound, new objectives

April 17, 2015

As students poured into the school after Spring Break, many of them immediately noticed a change when the first bell rang. Instead of the simple bell that rang twice, it had been replaced. This one rang...

Caesar Review

March 20, 2015

From the 70’s style to the stellar acting, WLHS production of Julius Caesar, was a success. This year’s production of Caesar was staged with a twist. The original play was set in Rome and the first...

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Polar Bear Plunge features freezing water and crazy energy

March 13, 2015

One sunny day on Feb. 28, thousands gathered on Broughton Beach along the Columbia River to raise money for Special Olympics Oregon by charging into an icy river. Ashlyn Miller-Sanders, junior, and her...

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No plans yet to reschedule Sadie Hawkins Dance

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Taylor, senior, plays forward  for the West Linn Lions. She scored ten points against Tigard leading the lions to a 45-35 win.

West Linn Hot Shot

February 24, 2015

Basketball is her life. Taylor Enders, senior, on the Girls Varsity Basketball Team recently announced her commitment to Utah State University. She hopes that this opportunity leads her to grow in her...

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