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


Preston Weller

Preston Weller, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Preston Weller, junior, is in his second year of journalism. He enjoys his free time by walking, listening to, and playing music. This year he looks forward to writing reviews, opinions, and features. He also looks forward to gaining experience in journalism and having a better understanding of it.

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Ryan Vandenbrink and Janina Kraetschmer, seniors, high-five the other Amazing Race teams after their win in the finale.

The final Amazing Race report with Janina Kraetschmer and Ryan Vandenbrink

The Amazing Race is an event that involves multiple pairs of seniors competing in a variety of challenges to win $1000 for the charity of their choice. This year's winners were Janina Kraetschmer and Ryan...

West Linn’s case of “Senioritis”

Molly Lundstrom, Rachel Han, and Preston Weller
February 27, 2024

As the outside weather gets warmer and classes become less interesting for students, each to-do list continuously adds on and assignments can become a dread to finish. For high school students, “Senioritis”...

Some have made the accusation that Ice Spice is an industry plant, meaning that she became successful from record labels using their money and connections to manufacture her fame.

Is Ice Spice a plant?

Isis Naija Gaston, also known by the stage name Ice Spice, has come into the public eye over the last year, and has started off 2024 with her first Grammy appearance after being nominated for Best New...

College applications can be filled with questions, details, and goals.

College application season underway

As we approach the next college application deadline in January, counselors at the school, like Kami Vermillion, anticipate more and more seniors will begin to apply. “So far this year we’ve probably...

Falling back into choir

Falling back into choir

Preston Weller, Arts and Entertainment Editor
December 5, 2023

On the grind. Luci LaViolette, sophomore, and Aubrey Carter and Lucy Forest, juniors, practice songs during lunch to prepare for the choir concert. Some choir students practiced outside of class, alongside...

The mens soccer team is currently ranked 9th in state according to OSAA.

Fall sports progress and predictions

Edie Himmer, Finn Howell, and Preston Weller
October 24, 2023

With some fall sports starting playoffs in the near future, now may be a good time to recap their progress and look into their future. Web Editor-in-Chief Joseph Murphy joined the West Linn Weekly Wake...

Among other school changes, the new block schedule has come into effect this year.

Staying on schedule

With the start of the 2023-24 school year and new faces entering, we have a new schedule coming into effect this year. The West Linn-Wilsonville school board changed the amount of classes students have...

Kyle Rumrey explains a federalism debate project to his Advanced Placement (AP) Government during the third period.

New staff settling in

Preston Weller, Arts and Entertainment Editor
October 3, 2023

A new school year can bring new changes and new staff. One new staff member was Kyle Rumrey, a World History and AP Government teacher. “I'm really passionate and excited about teaching and about...

To give a complete overview of the season, wlhsNOW staff hosted a mens soccer media day, which included portraits in the photo studio and individual interviews with the players. Scroll below to see each player’s profile, which explains each players’ backstory and individual outlook on the season.

Getting to know the 2023 mens soccer team

Fourteen players from last year’s roster are returning. After finishing last year losing in the first round, the mens soccer team believes continuity is the key to success. Miles Miller, junior, is a...

Beatrice Gilroy was elected ASB president after being the ASB vice president last year.

A new lion leader

As students return from summer vacation, the Associated Student Body (ASB) is settling into a new groove. Newly elected president Beatrice Gilroy, senior, has been at work with the other members of ASB...

Fans attend a Mother Mother concert at a Portland venue.

Concert catastrophes

Preston Weller, Arts and Entertainment Editor
June 7, 2023

Since the decline of COVID-19 restrictions, concerts and music festivals have been on the rise. Live Nation, the current largest concert promotion company, has made a statement regarding the rise in concert...

Ticketmasters monopoly on concerts tickets has provided controversy since 2018.

Ticket disasters

Preston Weller, Arts and Entertainment Editor
May 12, 2023

Music is consumed in various ways, and one of the most popular ways to experience music by going to a concert. Ticketmaster sells over 10 million tickets a week, meaning anybody who has ever been to a...

One of the highlights of the May Day celebration is the maypole tradition that all freshman students are able to participate in.

Springing into May Day

Preston Weller, Arts and Entertainment Editor
April 19, 2023

For over a century, May Day has been an annual event for the West Linn community. Because of its history, alumni use this event as an opportunity to revisit their school and take interest in what has changed,...

Drakes best in years, but its still a loss

Drake’s best in years, but it’s still a loss

Preston Weller, Staff Reporter
December 2, 2022

Only four months after his last album, Drake fans were pleasantly surprised by the announcement of his new collaboration album with popular rapper 21 Savage. Over the years, 21 Savage has become one of...

Students heading to their buses after school, released at 3.

Five minutes less

Preston Weller, Staff Reporter
September 29, 2022

The school schedule has changed, with the day ending five minutes earlier. This also means lunch is five minutes shorter. Getting back to class in time after lunch is more difficult for some students,...

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