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The independent student media site of West Linn High School


The independent student media site of West Linn High School


Edie Himmer

Edie Himmer, Copy Editor

Edie Himmer, junior, is wlhsNOW’s copy editor, and has been a part of the program for about two years. She has recently joined the West Linn Weekly Wakeup team and has become passionate about podcasting. She spends her time outside of class playing piano, walking her dog, or playing crossword puzzles online.

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May Court seniors rehearse the princess bows for the ceremony.

2024 May Day preview

Despite the fact that half of the senior princesses who applied would be voted in, Chiara Arendt and Myrtle Guarisco made the cut for the 2024 May Court.  May Day is an annual school ceremony which...

Ryan Vandenbrink and Janina Kraetschmer, seniors, high-five the other Amazing Race teams after their win in the finale.

The final Amazing Race report with Janina Kraetschmer and Ryan Vandenbrink

The Amazing Race is an event that involves multiple pairs of seniors competing in a variety of challenges to win $1000 for the charity of their choice. This year's winners were Janina Kraetschmer and Ryan...

Game, set, and match. Corbin Atchley, sophomore, high fives Sanam Sidhu, freshman, after a rally with other club members. “I just joined [the club],” Sidhu said. “[I heard about it] on Instagram, they always post about it, I’ve been wanting to come. My parents used to play [net sports] too and they taught us, and then I learned from my brother.”

New club casts a wider net

Edie Himmer, Copy Editor
March 19, 2024

Net Sports is the name of a new school club, created after the start of the second semester by Anwesha Chowdhury and Sarah Yuk, sophomores, and Grayson Zhang, freshman. The club focuses on sports such...

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...

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...

College applications can be filled with questions, details, and goals.

College application season underway

As we approach the next college application deadline in January, counselors at the school, like Kami Vermillion, anticipate more and more seniors will begin to apply. “So far this year we’ve probably...

The mens soccer team is currently ranked 9th in state according to OSAA.

Fall sports progress and predictions

Edie Himmer, Finn Howell, and Preston Weller
October 24, 2023

With some fall sports starting playoffs in the near future, now may be a good time to recap their progress and look into their future. Web Editor-in-Chief Joseph Murphy joined the West Linn Weekly Wake...

For the first time ever, West Linn High School is offering an astronomy class.

[Photo] Astronomy class aiming for the stars

Joseph Murphy, Web Editor-in-Chief
October 5, 2023

For the first time ever, West Linn High School is offering an astronomy class.

Spanish classes at the school use the four-point grading scale to measure students level.

Both sides of the scale

Edie Himmer, Copy Editor
October 4, 2023

  At the beginning of the school year, some students may have questions about how they will be graded in each of their classes. Grading practices have changed over time, depending on what teachers...

Among other school changes, the new block schedule has come into effect this year.

Staying on schedule

With the start of the 2023-24 school year and new faces entering, we have a new schedule coming into effect this year. The West Linn-Wilsonville school board changed the amount of classes students have...

To give a complete overview of the season, wlhsNOW staff hosted a mens soccer media day, which included portraits in the photo studio and individual interviews with the players. Scroll below to see each player’s profile, which explains each players’ backstory and individual outlook on the season.

Getting to know the 2023 mens soccer team

Fourteen players from last year’s roster are returning. After finishing last year losing in the first round, the mens soccer team believes continuity is the key to success. Miles Miller, junior, is a...

Beatrice Gilroy was elected ASB president after being the ASB vice president last year.

A new lion leader

As students return from summer vacation, the Associated Student Body (ASB) is settling into a new groove. Newly elected president Beatrice Gilroy, senior, has been at work with the other members of ASB...

Left to right:  Emme Staten, Beatrice Gilroy,  Josie Pothast, and Marin Jones, juniors, share a laugh. Each ran for different positions on ASB.

Future lion leaders

Edie Himmer, Design Editor
May 25, 2023

New leadership roles are opening up on the Associated Student Body (ASB) team, specifically for incoming seniors. ASB will be transitioning to a new style of organization within the team, involving the...

The new tardy policy looks to fix unexcused class absences and tardies.

‘Every class matters’ policy now in place

Edie Himmer, Design Editor
May 3, 2023

“Lunch detention” is a phrase that piqued the interest of several students when the announcement released The school administration has implemented a new tardy policy involving lunch detentions for...

MEChA meets in D204 during lunch, where Melissa Reyes, junior, discusses an upcoming event with fellow members.

MEChA in the city: club plans Cinco de Mayo with City of West Linn

Edie Himmer, Design Editor
April 25, 2023

On an early—release day in September 2022, students gathered on the football field to listen to music and try catered tacos and dance lessons, all part of an event put together by the MEChA club. Movimiento...

Counselors help students adjust their schedules and plan for their futures.

Four tips for four years in high school

Edie Himmer, Design Editor
April 14, 2023

Thoughtfully choosing your classes can help you be more successful after high school, whether in higher education or a career. If you don’t have a plan yet, there’s plenty of opportunities to take...

ISEF projects sit under lights. In the 2023-2024 school year, ISEF will be offered as a year-long science credit.

Planning accordingly

Edie Himmer, Design Editor
April 5, 2023

Excitement over new classes and a new schedule has hallways buzzing. The 2023-2024 school year will look different for students and teachers, with the new eight-period schedule and the addition of a ‘house’...

Projecting Portland. Displayed in the World Trade Center, this art piece projects shapes of Portland onto the wall around it. The title of the piece is, “A Lamp to Read Seuss By,” by Richard Miner. It took nearly 200 hours to create. Each piece of the lamp shade has an image from Portland. Bridges, animals, bikes, and more can all be seen rotating around. “Each of the polygons is irregular and unique,” Miner said. “Theres only one way they will tie together to make the ball shape.”

Light at the end of the tunnel

Edie Himmer, Design Editor
February 23, 2023

Powered by the Willamette Light Brigade, the Portland Winter Light Festival (PDXWLF) took place across a few main areas throughout downtown Portland. From Feb. 3-11, Pioneer Courthouse Square, the...

Bookshelf at the library displaying past yearbooks and other nonfiction.

A reason to bookmark this season

Edie Himmer, Staff Reporter
December 8, 2022

Changing leaves and cooler temperatures create an atmosphere for settling down with a good book. Whether the choice is something spooky like a Stephen King novel, a cozy romance, or a fantasy, it can make...

2020 was a pivotal time not only for students involved in U.S. politics, but also young people who were not previously interested.

Too young to vote?

Edie Himmer, Staff Reporter
November 17, 2022

*Names have been changed to protect students’ identities.* Race for Oregon governor The recent election for Oregon governor has urged students with an interest in politics and social issues to reflect...

October Breakdown 2022

In this edition of The Breakdown, Molly Lundstrom and Rachel Han discuss the successful start to the girls' soccer season, introduce four wlhsNOW staff reporters who discuss their stories found on wlhsNOW,...

Students filling their trays at the fruit cart in the cafeteria. These carts are available everyday during lunch.

‘We don’t want you to go hungry’

Edie Himmer, Staff Reporter
September 27, 2022

During the height of COVID-19, Oregon schools were given grants in order to serve meals for free. Starting in the 2022-2023 school year, these grants are no longer being handed out. Lunch is now $3.75,...

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