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Ji An

Ji An, Current Events Editor

For some high school students, any thought afforded to the future is devoted to their next meal, next paycheck, or next like on Instagram. But Ji Hyun An, sophomore, constantly considers how her actions as a high school student will affect her life as an adult. Not only the Current Events section editor of Amplifier, An is also taking AP Chemistry, AP Stats, and higher-level spanish and math classes. “I’m taking [the AP classes] because I want to get the best possible for myself in the future,” she said.

So far, the quest for a successful adult life hasn’t been easy for An, largely because of how she dealt with stress in her freshmen year. “Last year, I was struggling to find balance and I barely had any energy. I would procrastinate, and then get stressed out trying to get things done at the last minute. Finals were... not perfect, because I started studying for them the day before, and had multiple panic attacks. It was really scary,” An admitted. “Procrastination is such a terrible habit and I recommend anybody to break it. It's almost like an addiction; it gives you short happiness but once you snap out of it, you're so behind and have a lot to deal with.”   

Like many other students, An’s elective was the only class she found solace in.

“Journalism was the one class last year I actually enjoyed. It’s refreshing, like getting what you need to say out,” An said. “I chose it as an elective because I’ve always wanted to be a TV reporter. As a kid I would stand in front of the TV and pretend to be a weatherman.”

This year, An wants to do things differently, and her schedule reflects that. “It’s easier to focus and study when I’m more interested in the subjects,” An said. “I’ve definitely put too much on my plate. But if you want something, you have to work for it- it makes the goal more worthwhile.”

Concerning long term goals, An wants to find work not only in her own academic safe haven, but also create a safe haven for others.

“Maybe a humanitarian/journalist, I really love helping people,” An said.

Further, An started reading self-help books and watching Ted Talks on psychology over the summer. They focus on the benefits of having a growth, rather than fixed mindset. “Not because I have low self esteem,” An said. “I just like to improve myself and make sure I’m the person I want to be. I really hope I can do it.”

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Out With the Old, In With the New

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A concert to remember

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  Nurayam Shayzada, Kazakh exchange student, enjoys watching American T.V shows like “Friends” and “American Horror Story” in her free time. She is staying for a year with James and Jennifer Meagher, her host parents and their two adopted children from Kazakhstan to improve her English and learn independence.

We’re not in Kazakhstan anymore

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October 27, 2015

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Hailing from San Diego, Calif. Sean Keating, assistant principal, moved to Ore. this July to not only fill the empty vice principal position, but to share his love for learning and school.

From the San Diego Bay to Downtown Portland

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October 2, 2015

In July, Sean Keating, vice principal was officially hired as the new assistant principal after being interviewed multiple times by administrators, WLHS staff members and even a student. He was first interested...

Ann Bernert, OSU graduate, will take over the ISEF Coach position at WLHS this year. 
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A Returning Legend

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September 29, 2015

Ever since second grade when Bob Carlson, director of the Center of Research in Environmental Sciences and Technologies, came into Ann Bernert's second grade classroom to talk about magnets, she developed...

WLHS State finalists win awards at International Science and Engineering Fair competition

WLHS State finalists win awards at International Science and Engineering Fair competition

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June 2, 2015

Competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, four WLHS students, Daniel Tang, Nick Miller, Henry Li, seniors. and Krista Wurscher, junior, flew to Pittsburgh, Penn., May 10-15. Miller...

Rochelle Biancardi, senior, began playing the piano in second grade and percussion in sixth grade. Attending Brigham Young University after graduation, she plans to study physics and play in their symphony.

Growing up with notes and keys makes its allegrezza exit

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May 28, 2015

With three older sisters who channeled their passions for music by majoring or teaching music, an older brother who is studying to be a film score composer and parents who are actively involved in music,...

Lions dine on the street

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May 21, 2015

To celebrate seniors and bring classes together on wed. May 20 Pizza Schmizza and Dutch Bros will be served during lunch at Student Street. The prices vary depending on the food or drink. Hanna Lens,...

Former WLHS student Matt Rognlie, Class of 2006 grabs the attention of scholars and professors after bringing attention to a crucial oversight in a popular economics theory. Next year, he’ll graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and hopefully study at a research institute.

The comment is mightier than the sword

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May 8, 2015

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Robotics team placement paves way to international competition

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April 15, 2015

After winning second place and the Gracious Professionalism Award already this year, the Wilsonville Robotics team added the Creativity Award and advanced to the Pacific Northwest Championship at a regional...

Final preparations are discussed at the last MUN meeting before the conference. The busses left WLHS at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

West Linn Model UN club attending MUN Conference this weekend

Ji An, Staff Reporter
April 9, 2015

The Model United Nations club at WLHS began its activities to prepare for a mock UN conference this spring at the start of the year. Finally, this Thursday, the team will drive up to Eugene as delegates...

Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh brought in $67 million on its opening weekend. It has received high marks even from critics like Rotten Tomatoes.

Cinderella grows from a classic Disney animation into a sophisticated movie

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April 1, 2015

Although it topped the box office in its opening weekend, “Cinderella” was not a movie I was looking forward to. Its trailer portrayed the movie as a cheesy, sappy love story, without any significant...

Two WLHS Freshmen girls claim seats in America’s First Youth Orchestra

Two WLHS Freshmen girls claim seats in America’s First Youth Orchestra

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March 20, 2015

While juggling academics, sports, and clubs, two freshman girls have dared and succeeded to excel in yet another extracurricular, music. Theresa Li, freshman, and Miki Nakai, freshman are both part of...

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Take part in Community Service Day to represent “West Linn Strong”

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Albertsons in West Linn and Lake Oswego to be replaced with Haggen

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March 11, 2015

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Hikin’ like Harry

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December 15, 2014

From arid, dry deserts to mountainous high cliffs, the West Linn High School Hiking Club has tracked through all sorts of environments and weathers. Some people have joined to follow their love of hiking,...

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It’s going to get bloody tomorrow

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This year, some juniors and seniors are going to be saving lives and they swear to do it by blood, literally.  The Red Cross Blood Drive is coming to West Linn High on Oct. 22 and students can pre-register...

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