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


Garrett Arendt

Garrett Arendt, Student Life Editor

In addition to being the student life section editor, Garrett Arendt, sophomore, likes to play sports, video games, and hang out with friends. Journalism has been something he has been interested in since he entered high school, and he enjoys writing student life and arts and entertainment articles. Later in life, he hopes that these skills will provide him assistance with getting into a good college and a good job.

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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...

Participants in Youth Career Fair rearrange wires in a test outlet at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center booth.

The Northwest Youth Career Fair celebrates its 20th anniversary

Garrett Arendt, Student Life Editor
April 5, 2024

The Northwest Youth Career Fair is a yearly event hosted in Oregon that displays numerous jobs and careers to juniors and seniors who may not know what they want to do after high school. This event was...

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...

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...

George Kovchegov greets his wrestling coaches during senior night ahead of the match against the Oregon City Pioneers.

The Wrestling team wins 60—18 on senior night

Garrett Arendt, Student Life Editor
February 5, 2024

To commemorate seniors on sports teams at the school, the last varsity home game is dedicated to the seniors. On Feb. 2, located in the main gym, was the wrestling team’s senior night against the Oregon...

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...

Unified basketball is open for anyone that wants to join.

Shooting for unity

Garrett Arendt, Student Life Editor
December 15, 2023

Unified Basketball is a team dedicated to giving students with disabilities the opportunity to play basketball. Unified basketball consists of two types of players, the Unified athletes and the partner...

All grades participated in cheer competitions and contests in the school-wide assembly.

School puts on school-wide homecoming assembly

Garrett Arendt, Student Life Editor
October 5, 2023

High school life can be full of traditions, and West Linn is no different. Homecoming celebrations are typically about football and royalty, but also about the community. This year’s Homecoming was kicked...

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...

The Speech and Debate club has 20—25 people. The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday in A201.

Speaking on speech and debate

Garrett Arendt, Staff Reporter
May 19, 2023

Almost a century ago, a public speaking league was formed to motivate high school students to partake in speech and debate. Speech and debate is a competitive sport that combines public speaking with fact-based...

‘Take the chance to be a child again’

‘Take the chance to be a child again’

Garrett Arendt, Staff Reporter
May 5, 2023

Outdoor school is an academic program where sixth graders spend a week outside, learning about nature, plants, animals, water, and soil. High school students are able to become student leaders and mentor...

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