The independent student media site of West Linn High School

wlhsNOW

The independent student media site of West Linn High School

wlhsNOW

The independent student media site of West Linn High School

wlhsNOW

Karina Rower

Karina Rower, Web Editor-in-Chief

When she's not writing for wlhsNOW.com and the Amplifier, Karina Rower, senior, enjoys following her passion for fashion by leading FIDM Fashion Club meetings and volunteering with local charities that make clothes accessible, such as Abby's Closet and William Temple House. In addition to Rower's job as co-editor-in-chief, she also co-hosts podcasts periodically with her fellow staffers.  Follow her social media platforms to learn more about her interests and other academic endeavors.

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After not qualifying in 2018 the U.S. Mens National Team will play in the World Cup for the first time since 2014.

[Photo] Predictions: World Cup

November 21, 2022

After not qualifying in 2018 the U.S. Men's National Team will play in the World Cup for the first time since 2014.

When the football team scores a touchdown, the  pep band plays the fight song and one senior runs the flag up and down the track below the stands.

Five ways Homecoming is changing this year

September 29, 2022

1) Location For the first time in two years, the Homecoming dance will once again be held in the main gym after the conclusion of the Homecoming football game instead of on the tennis courts. 2) Attire The...

“It really shows who’s behind you and really loves you” Earl Ingle, Senior

[Photo] Coming home to Homecoming

September 28, 2022

“It really shows who’s behind you and really loves you” Earl Ingle, Senior

Working as a club to create a rangoli art piece, the affinity club participates in various cultural traditions.

[Photo] Affinity Club

September 21, 2022

Working as a club to create a rangoli art piece, the affinity club participates in various cultural traditions.

Are our tears writing our essays? Students are taught to appeal to the emotions of our admission officers, but perhaps it has gone too far.

Demarginalizing the college admissions essay

September 14, 2022

*Names have been changed to protect students’ identities* “You know, you’re lucky you have something to write about in your essays,” Alex said. “I just don’t have anything to be discriminated...

For a more indepth conversation with Sky Gomes, listen to the newest episode of The West Linn Weekly Wakeup, available on all podcasting platforms.

[Photo] ASB revisits past ideas with new perspective

September 2, 2022

For a more indepth conversation with Sky Gomes, listen to the newest episode of The West Linn Weekly Wakeup, available on all podcasting platforms.

Aubrey Patterson leads ensemble group Fresh Pitch in a medley of Queen songs for a choir concert on June 6.

Amplifier continuation: Crescendoing to confidence

June 7, 2022

AP: What were some of the most memorable moments of our festival season? So like January, until now. TW: Whoa. [laughs] KR: I mean, state was obviously very memorable.  AP: For me, it's bringing...

Call Me If You Get Lost album cover by Tyler the Creator

Call Me If You Get Lost – Tyler, The Creator (Best Rap Album)

April 6, 2022

Tyler Okonma, known under the sobriquet Tyler, the Creator, released his sixth album “Call Me If You Get Lost” on June 25, 2021. With songs running up to nine minutes in length, this album has been...

Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish

Happier Than Ever – Billie Eilish (Album of the Year)

April 6, 2022

“Happier Than Ever” parallels Eilish’s debut album in its message, but moves in a new direction sonically. Combining synth beats and traditional jazz rhythms creates a sound that’s genuine, unique,...

Live updates: Ukraine-Russia War

Live updates: Ukraine-Russia War

February 25, 2022

As of Mar. 7, the staff of wlhsNOW.com has suspended producing live updates for the time being. Read more wlhsNOW Ukraine-Russia coverage here.  As the events of the current war between Russia and...

Rue and Jules became an item in the first season, becoming loved by fans as the season progressed. Season two is anticipated for a multitude of reasons, but the relationship between Rue and Jules is universally loved by the Euphoria fanbase.

Predictions: Euphoria season two

January 7, 2022

Warning: The following article contains mentions of sexual assault and drug abuse, as well as spoilers for the first season of “Euphoria”.  In 2021, HBO's "Euphoria" was made known for an amalgamation...

Just one minute and maybe a little more. One Minute Rants, a new podcast available wherever you get them, dives into a wide range of topics and opinions presented by our own staff, but only for one minute.

[Photo] One Minute Rants

June 6, 2021

Just one minute and maybe a little more. One Minute Rants, a new podcast available wherever you get them, dives into a wide range of topics and opinions presented by our own staff, but only for one minute.

Billie Eilish performs songs from her album, “Don’t Smile At Me” on a stop of her “1 by 1” tour in Portland, Ore. on Oct. 23, 2018.

The queen of ‘anti-pop’ accepts her crown

April 1, 2021

At 19 years old, Billie Eilish has won six Grammys, performed three tours, directed three music videos, released an EP and an album along with multiple hit singles. Eilish has done more than the average...

The empty high school that is to be filled at half capacity with students in Cohort A, this upcoming Monday.

[Photo] How has COVID-19 affected students’ mental health?

March 14, 2021

The empty high school that is to be filled at half capacity with students in Cohort A, this upcoming Monday.

Being a sustainable consumer is a difficult position to take on in the world of fast fashion, and it can be easy to be performative and not up front about your shopping habits.

A sustainable choice: Evading ‘fast fashion’ in support of our planet

March 4, 2021

When discussing climate change, often the fashion market’s severe impact on the planet goes unmentioned. Fashion is one of the foremost polluting industries in the world. We often forget this because...

The West Linn Weekly Wake Up 2020 year in review episode explores the most exciting and influential events of 2020. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

2020: A year in review

December 31, 2020

To wrap up 2020, podcast and blogs editor Audrey Lippert and web editor Karina Rower break down the year, month by month, listing important events that took place in each of them. Though the COVID-19 pandemic...

Ballot drop boxes in Oregon closed at 8 pm on Nov. 3.

Race for the Oval Office

November 4, 2020

Podcast and blogs editor Audrey Lippert and web editor Karina Rower give an update on local and national races amidst the 2020 Election. They will be discussing the Democrats chance to overturn the senate...

A student takes a picture for their social media page, posting it for their followers to see.

Connection at a Cost: How the technology industry is working against users

October 27, 2020

TW: suicide Social media has become the cornerstone of life for most teens. Amidst the pandemic, students have taken to social media for multiple reasons: self-expression, communication with peers,...

In the “Pandemic” docuseries, it mainly focuses on the doctors and scientists in very close proximity to the virus. The series is now streaming on Netflix.

“Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak” shows the ins and outs of a virus

May 22, 2020

When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many unknowns. We didn’t know how our society and daily routines would be disrupted. We don’t know when our lives will return to normal. We don’t...

In the counseling office, you can find the pamphlets made by the Feminist Club. It includes  information involving legal rights, consent, and resources.

Finding the change: new resources for stopping sexual harassment

March 9, 2020

In today’s world, it is important to reflect on the way people can come together to solve problems. The Feminist Club has become a club that supports and advocates for the benefit of the student body....

Payton Hobart, portrayed by Ben Platt, listening to questions in the presidental debate.

Netflix’s newest original series shows darkest side of high school politics

October 30, 2019

“The Politician is a comedy about moxie, ambition, and getting what you want at all costs. But for those who struggle with their mental health, some elements may be disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.”     This...

School dances evolving for “century of pride”

October 10, 2019

School dances are considered a quintessential high school experience, and are conforming to new trends as the years go on. This year, the Associated Student Body (ASB), is taking old traditions and revamping...

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