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


Rachel Han

Rachel Han, Print Editor-in-Chief

Rachel Han, junior, is the Print Editor-in-Chief for wlhsNOW. She has found a passion in writing about opinion pieces and designing graphics. Aside from journalism, Han loves to learn about biomedical sciences. She is one of the founders of the Biology Career Club, where students can explore the different careers that branch under biology. Han’s other interests include listening to music, playing video games, and reading.

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Breaking a record of that stood for over a decade, Hayden Williams-Downing holds the schools newest record for a womens javelin throw.

Hayden Williams-Downing is ahead of the field in womens javelin

Rachel Han, Print Editor-in-Chief
March 14, 2024

During the ice breaker meet on March 13, Hayden Williams-Downing, junior, won and broke the school record for womens varsity javelin at Wilsonville High School to start off the 2024 track season. Out of...

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”...

Priscilla dives into the fame and complications of Priscilla and Elvis Presleys relationship.

Review: ‘Priscilla’

Rachel Han, Print Editor-in-Chief
January 5, 2024

The age gap between Elvis Presley, the ‘king of rock and roll,’ and his wife Priscilla Presley is not unheard of. With the release of “Priscilla” on Oct. 27, the film highlights the relationship...

Edustaff signs are located along the premise of the school to advertise for substitute teachers.

Searching for substitutes

Rachel Han, Print Editor-in-Chief
October 12, 2023

COVID-19 stripped school districts from in-person interactions and elements of learning, but there is another overlooked issue: a shortage of substitute teachers. This is occurring throughout multiple...

Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab perform once a quarter during the band concerts.

All that jazz

Rachel Han, Print Editor-in-Chief
September 29, 2023

With a history of winning 36 out of the 37 league title competitions, West Linn High School’s jazz band enters multiple competitions throughout the school year. Typically in November, the jazz bands...

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...

Students created signs before the protest to display their message.

Students speak volumes on gun control

Rachel Han, Opinions Editor
May 22, 2023

Through protests, students are able to involve themselves by speaking out with ideas, spreading awareness, and sharing their experiences. On March 27, there was a student walkout following the events of...

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are administered every May, allowing students to showcase their knowledge from AP courses.

The downsides of Advanced Placement exams

Rachel Han, Opinions Editor
May 2, 2023

As May begins, a dreadful event keeps some high school students on edge: Advanced Placement (AP) exams. This year’s testing session lasts throughout May 1—12. AP classes are created by the College...

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District ISEF competition took place on Feb. 28, displaying boards that present different projects.

Getting ISEF down to a science

Rachel Han, Opinions Editor
April 21, 2023

Expanding small curiosities into bigger in-depth ideas and creations, the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) allows for showcases on scientific discoveries. ISEF creates a broad range of...

Protesters have been vocalizing their opinions about the Willow Project.

Wither the Willow Project

Rachel Han, Opinions Editor
April 7, 2023

Providing both economic opportunities and intense environmental impacts, the Willow Project is expected to commence in Alaska. Being the largest proposed oil drilling in the U.S., it is estimated that...

Drivers beware. I-205 is under construction for future changes. Upcoming tolls will redirect drivers away from the interstate, driving them onto local roads. “Theyre fixing one problem and creating another,” Todd Jones said.

I-205 is taking its toll

Rachel Han, Opinions Editor
February 28, 2023

As of late 2024, tolls will be implemented on Interstate 205 (I-205). According to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), tolls are expected to be placed near the Tualatin and Abernethy bridges....

Between the stressors of school and social life, the concept of adding more change to students lives is one that requires thought and preparation.


Rachel Han, Staff Reporter
February 9, 2023

The addition of two periods into students’ schedules in the upcoming school year is beneficial. This includes a "house class" period and an elective class. Students have the opportunity to choose an...

Two protesters associated with the organization Just Stop Oil poured two cans of soup on Vincent Van Goghs painting, Sunflowers.

Vandalism on Van Gogh

Rachel Han, Staff Reporter
November 30, 2022

Shock filled London’s National Gallery as two cans of tomato soup were thrown on Vincent Van Gogh’s painting ‘Sunflowers’ (1888) as a form of protest. On Oct. 14, two protesters, Phoebe Plummer...

October Breakdown 2022

In this edition of The Breakdown, Molly Lundstrom and Rachel Han discuss the successful start to the girls' soccer season, introduce four wlhsNOW staff reporters who discuss their stories found on wlhsNOW,...

There are flags mounted on the walls of each classroom, allowing students to recite the pledge if they choose to.

To say or to sit?

Rachel Han, Staff Reporter
September 19, 2022

For the first time in years, the Pledge of Allegiance is entering students' weekly routines. Along with the school’s ‘Live Roar’ broadcast, students have the opportunity to recite the pledge every...

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