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


Paige Rodriguez

Paige Rodriguez, Arts and Culture Editor

Speaking up for herself and others has never been an issue for Paige Rodriguez, senior. Now, she’s decided to add writing to the mix.

“I love the idea of telling real stories and using writing as a platform for current issues,” Rodriguez said. “It’s important to be educated about our world today.”

She became interested in journalistic writing after attending the “March for our Lives”, a protest in support of stronger gun regulations last year in downtown Portland.

“It was completely new to me, at first I was resistant to just telling a story without inserting my opinion, but I ended up really enjoying it. I realized I could combine two things I really love: writing and discussing important issues,” Rodriguez said.

Along with taking part in March for our Lives, Rodriguez has participated in several school walkouts as well as a meeting at Town Hall in Salem to discuss gun control.

“Current political issues are important to me,” Rodriguez said. “I’m always trying to make sure I’m supporting good causes and participating in events that vocalize issues that have been suppressed or ignored.”

As an aspiring journalist, she’s not only excited about covering stories at West Linn High School, but also becoming a columnist on the teen page of the Clackamas Times. She’ll be writing monthly content and hopes to use this opportunity to connect with local teens.

“Writing for the Clackamas Times will be a very new experience for me, but it’s exciting,” Rodriguez said. “I’m so lucky to start my exploration of journalism and I can’t wait to see where it takes me."

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The irony of ‘Richard Jewell’

Paige Rodriguez, Photo Editor
February 27, 2020

Clint Eastwood and Warner Brothers are under fire for the defamation of the deceased journalist, Kathy Scruggs, in Eastwood's newest film. On Dec. 13, 2019, "Richard Jewell" hit the big screen. The movie...

The goal of the food drive competition was to collect 100 boxes of cans as a whole school.

[Photo] Will the canned food drive actually help?

December 11, 2019

The goal of the food drive competition was to collect 100 boxes of cans as a whole school.

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Three reasons ‘Euphoria’ was the show of the summer

Paige Rodriguez, Arts and Culture Editor
October 12, 2019

As we settle into the fall season and daylight savings draws near, we reminisce about the great things that happened this summer. So how could we do that without mentioning the new HBO hit show, "Euphoria?"...

At the first football game of the season, students, parents, and staff alike wait in line at the Chick-fil-A food truck.

Historically problematic Chick-fil-A comes to West Linn

Paige Rodriguez, Arts and Culture Editor
September 18, 2019

Football games are a cultural staple for high schools. Hundreds of students gather to hang with friends, cheer on their team, and of course, get a bite to eat. On Sept. 6, Chick-fil-A was served at...

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Conceptual Physics can be Phun

Zoe Barnett and Paige Rodriguez
May 17, 2019

When conceptual physics is cut, a decision has to be made about where the students who already forecasted for conceptual physics will go. Not having much time for preparation, students who forecast for...

The Church of Latter-day Saints beehive group and advisors remove plastic wrapping from bars of soap to be sent to young women in foreign countries.

How West Linn is helping young women around the world

Paige Rodriguez, Blogs Editor
February 3, 2019

In West Linn, it’s easy to live in a bubble. In a small town filled with wealth and privilege, it seems simpler to just to forget about the outside world. However, the young women at The Church of Jesus...

What it means to be a leader

Paige Rodriguez, Blog Editor
February 2, 2019

Grace Rodriguez, a co-head captain for the district dancer middle school dance team talks about what dance means to her, and what being a captain is all about. StoryCorps is a non-profit challenging...

Teaching consent at West Linn

Paige Rodriguez , Staff Reporter
December 27, 2018

In the West Linn School District, many students will not learn about consent in the academic setting. The highly important subject will not be taught until 10th grade in Wellness 2, a class many students...

Meet the newest addition to our librarian staff: Megan Dobson

Meet the newest addition to our librarian staff: Megan Dobson

Paige Rodriguez, Staff Reporter
November 14, 2018

When tubing with her daughter for the first time, Megan Dobson ran to the front of the boat to answer the call asking her to accept the position of teacher-librarian. “I said, ‘This is hilarious,’”...

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