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


Helena Erdahl

Helena Erdahl, Coverage Editor-in-Chief

Helena Erdahl, senior, is the Coverage Editor-in-Chief of wlhsNOW, and has been learning and writing about journalism since freshman year. She loves writing, and is always trying to learn more about journalism. She loves writing features, and when she's not in journalism, she likes reading and playing softball.

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Grace Boyer (left), sophomore, and Brooke Thomsen (right), sophomore, take center stage with the rest of their dance team on September 8th’s football game.

The dance team prepares for the upcoming season

October 6, 2022

As the dance team heads into the coming fall season, they have various goals to accomplish. The team wants to succeed with a majority of the team underclassmen, and new coaches, but they feel ready. Below...

Library staff adds an “Biography & Memoir” section to their featured shelves, adding books with interest relevant to high schoolers.

Library updates its book selection

May 5, 2022

Within a high school English curriculum, the focus is primarily on older books that could be seen as “classics” or older texts about important topics.  While older publications might be seen as...

Sour album by Olivia Rodrigo

Sour – Olivia Rodrigo (Album of the Year)

April 6, 2022

Olivia Rodrigo, a rising actor and singer, released her highly anticipated debut album, “Sour” in May of 2021. This album’s story is fascinating, as it gained popularity because it was successful...

Evermore album by Taylor Swift

Evermore – Taylor Swift (Album of the Year)

April 6, 2022

Taylor Swift released “evermore” in December 2020, only six months after the release of its sister album “folklore”. Both of these albums share a nostalgia for a calmer existence, with mellow vocals...

AS mask mandate lifts, community members express their concerns.

Students and teachers express concerns as Ore. prepares to lift the mask mandate

March 2, 2022

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, masks have been a contentious issue. At the start of the pandemic, masks were in short supply and in high demand. Throughout the last two years, masks became...

NATO is a military alliance that started in 1949 created in order to protect these countries against the Soviet Union.

NATO: What is it and why does it matter?

February 28, 2022

Within the past months, tensions have escalated between Russia and Ukraine partially due to Ukraine's efforts to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and other issues among the countries....

Grover and Lin are analyzing their findings, zooming in on the diatoms related to the Willamette River algae blooms last year.

Discovering interests: ISEF project about the Willamette River

December 10, 2021

The International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is a way for students to discover new interests and a way to give curious people new opportunities and experiences. For some, ISEF is an inspiration...

After a year online, Trevor Menne is excited to make in-person connections with students and staff alike.

New year, new principal

September 20, 2021
“Just having the chance to lead it's really an honor,” -Trevor Menne
Tanner Springs Assisted Living makes changes to protect residents, through mask wearing and other precautions.

Working amidst a pandemic

March 19, 2021

Recently, students have gotten the vaccine and for a variety of reasons. Some of these include health reasons, and, in some cases, being an essential worker. Lucy McCowen, senior, is an aide at Tanner...

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
 by Maya Angelou and Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds. Photo by Helena Erdahl

Seven must-reads this February to honor Black History Month

February 26, 2021

During Black History Month, it is an especially important time to learn more about black history, stories, and accomplishments that are often overlooked. These books are great recommendations to learn...

Spooky book recommendations to get you into the Halloween spirit

Spooky book recommendations to get you into the Halloween spirit

October 29, 2020

"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley In a series of letters to his sister, Robert Walton, the captain of a ship going to the North Pole, he recounts his journey when traveling. He meets Victor Frankenstein,...

An average day of distant learning teaching from a primary school classroom.

How does distance learning look for younger students?

September 26, 2020

In the age of online learning, there have been questions of whether or not the new system is a sufficient replacement for in-person school. While conversations typically center around high school or college...

Stacie Erdahl – Her experience with parenting

December 19, 2019

Stacie Erdahl describes what it's like being a mom, and the childhood memories of her kids that come with it. StoryCorps is a non-profit challenging people to capture their families’ histories. If...

Climate activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez protests during a march in New York City.

Unappreciated young climate activists

December 18, 2019

Greta Thunberg has taken the national stage in the past few years, and was recently named the 2019 TIME Person of the Year. But there are numerous other young activists that are promoting the protection...

West Linn protesters gather while Nikki Rudnick, senior, talks about her fears on climate change.

Update on climate strike: How has it helped?

December 13, 2019

 A protest on Sept. 20, 2019, was supposed to have a large impact, with thousands of protesters in Portland and millions around the world. So how has the climate strike helped? Globally, over 99 countries...

JSA club members debate about how much, if at all, the government should pay for citizens medical bills.

JSA optimistic for new year

September 26, 2019

For students interested in having a discussion about political aspects of the school, Junior State of America is an essential club to check out.  So far in the school year, JSA has 12 students...

Students lead the first United Club meeting of the school year on Sept. 18.

[Photo] By the students, for the students

September 27, 2019

Students lead the first United Club meeting of the school year on Sept. 18.

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