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Nalini Oliver

Nalini Oliver , Assistant Arts and Culture Editor

A petri dish and many different types of bacteria are not things that the average high school student wants to spend their time around. But for Nalini Oliver, sophomore she cannot get enough of it. A smart girl holding a 4.0 grade point average, she hopes to go into the field of Microbiology as an adult. Whether it be in public health or science, Oliver is committed to a career only if bacteria is involved.

She found her love for microbiology in the ninth grade after spending countless hours in the lab working on her project for the International Science and Engineering Fair, also known as ISEF.

Oliver gets her first name Nalini, which means lotus or lily, from Indian culture. Her father and mother emigrated to the United States in the 1980s.

“Working with bacteria and finding out information about them, learning about the problems that they may cause and using that to help people, that is what I hope to do with my life.”

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Maddie Sand, junior,  participated in mock trial last year.

[Photo] Court is in session for freshman mock trial

October 9, 2017

Maddie Sand, junior, participated in mock trial last year.

Students voted on May 31 for the incoming ASB members of next year. With posters, t-shirts and catchy campaign slogans, the election was anything less than competitive.

The newest voices of the students

Nalini Oliver, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor
June 12, 2017

As the school year comes to a close, the newest round of seniors are leaving the Associated Student Body (ASB). With this comes a handful of dedicated juniors that have campaigned (and were elected) to...

Students finish off their final project for honors humanity by answering the question- “what is your purpose?” through various mediums of presentation. Through interacting with others to reflect their personal traits or get external input, or simply reflecting on their personal beliefs, students illustrated a diverse set of beliefs and projects. Pictured above: Beloved Ulinwa, senior, watches a project by one of the students that chose a multimedia presentation.

Finding a purpose

Nalini Oliver, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor
May 17, 2017

To finish off their final project of the school year, Honors Humanities students were able to exhibit their projects based on an agreed upon question that all students and adults alike may wonder- “what...

The bonds between the thespians is beneficial to them in all aspects of their lives. “Working and playing,” said Ares, “alongside like-minded actors, techs, and all-around performing arts lovers, feeds their creativity, encourages teamwork, and the support from their peers drives them to try new things.”

[Photo] Shining behind the scenes

April 26, 2017

The bonds between the thespians is beneficial to them in all aspects of their lives. “Working and playing,” said Ares, “alongside like-minded actors, techs, and all-around performing arts lovers,...

Model UN students had a final meeting on April 19, where they rewatched footage from the event and talked about their experience in the club. “I loved being able to sing Karaoke with other schools during the late evenings,” Eric Tran, senior, said “especially when the committees were over.”

[Photo] Delegates of the next generation

May 4, 2017

Model UN students had a final meeting on April 19, where they rewatched footage from the event and talked about their experience in the club. “I loved being able to sing Karaoke with other schools during...

While sophomores begin to move past one of the optional novels in their newest unit, “Round House” continues to spark controversy for students wishing they were given some warning over the content- if not for themselves, for the safety of other students. “Warnings are crucial and should be included for books that have mature themes,” Kaelyn Cahill, sophomore, said. “This includes themes such as rape, abuse, NSFW themes, strong explicit language, homophobia or anything that could harm a student’s mental health.”

Where to draw the line

Nalini Oliver, Staff Writer
May 9, 2017

While everyone may love (or hate) their required English class, there has always been a constant in curriculums and mandated activity from teachers- required reading. If students find themselves lucky...

As Shorts rehearsals are finishing up, one group of actors prepare for “If Hamlet had been a Reading”, directed by Linda Snyder senior. Since cast lists were posted on April 7, students have been preparing every day after school with their groups. “The rehearsal process has been really fun,” Kierra Kohen, freshman, said. “In rehearsal we run the short and do character work. To rehearse at home, I read my lines and solidify the blocking.”

Four plays for Shorts 18

Nalini Oliver, Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor
May 3, 2017

With one of the two final productions ending the school year, the newest student directed plays, “Shorts 18,” will hit center stage on May 4. With four diverse dramas, comedies, and everything in between,...

The school’s thespian troupe meeting during lunch while discussing future productions, the state thespian competition and the responses to their regular questionnaires. Both Linda Snyder, senior, and Deanna Plunkett, senior, were able to answer questions regarding future events involving the arts, along with discussing interesting plays or other artistic forms they urge other students to see. “Both Deanna and I run meetings every Thursday and organize all events happening in the department.” Linda Snyder, senior, said.

Part of the act

Nalini Oliver, People Editor
April 15, 2017

As the eldest group of thespians finish their senior year, a new round of students have been inducted into the long standing thespian troupe through a round of challenges, events and activities that encompass...

Mock Trial goes to state

Mock Trial goes to state

Nalini Oliver, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor
March 17, 2017

It's not hard to see that West Linn’s duel mock trial teams are a dedicated group of sophomores, juniors and seniors. And after their success at districts, they’re more confident than ever for the...

CNN has wrapped up its first season on its newest comedic documentary “United Shades of America” after seven episodes. The network plans to renew the show for a second season, and they have continued filming throughout last year, and will continue into 2017. While no details have been released, the show’s first episode will be released in late 2017.

Visiting the Other Side of America

Nalini Oliver, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor
March 15, 2017

It's no surprise that the United States can have serious conflict in both the political and social spheres over differing views, thoughts and beliefs. This has become more apparent than ever in the previous...

Pictured above: Elizabeth Warren at a rally in Auburn Massachusetts.  Photo by Tim Pierce via Flickr, cited under the Creative Commons License. As hearings continue for Trump’s cabinet, Democrats will continue vetting the picks and pushing back against the plethora of controversial choices in the coming weeks. With important cabinet members such as Secretary of Education and Treasury Secretary already decided, tensions continue to rise over what will be Republicans next step to secure Trump’s remaining positions.

Crossing Senate lines

Nalini Oliver
February 21, 2017

With a slew of controversial cabinet choices, strong words soon characterized the debate of allowing Jeff Sessions to become the Attorney General on Feb. 7. While reading the letter of Coretta Scott King,...

Chamber Orchestra welcomes sophomores as they prepare for unique challenges

Nalini Oliver
October 17, 2016

While many students associate a fresh school year with new schedules, a slew of textbooks and an already mounting workload from AP classes, a handful of sophomores put that aside for their first day as...

Setting the stage

Nalini Oliver
October 17, 2016

From fast paced and touching musicals, to shorts that leave the audience in fits of laughter, the always preoccupied theater program never fails to find ways to appeal to audiences and create a fresh approach...

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