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Sam Dearborn

Sam Dearborn, Videographer/Photographer

When he’s not practicing on the lacrosse field, Sam Dearborn, junior is pursuing his passion in film.

Dearborn’s admiration for film began at a young age when his father, Chris would make home videos of him and his older brother Michael.

He also grew up watching his uncle, who is in charge of visual effects at CBS. The inspiration from those he looks up to led to Dearborn to creating videos with his friends; practicing his directing, writing, video and editing skills. It is also the reason he joined Amplifier,

“I joined because of the great people, and to use it as a showcase for my filmmaking,” Dearborn said. Since he joined during his sophomore year, Dearborn has been able to create videos ranging from the lacrosse state championship to breast cancer awareness.  “Not only has this class helped me with my film skills, I have also improved my writing skills, making me a triple threat,” he said.

Dearborn’s other passion is lacrosse, which he has been playing since sixth grade. “It started out as a fun activity with my friends,” he said, “but as I got into high school I became more serious and wanted to continue playing.”

He hopes to continue with film for the rest of his life and already has his sights set on  different film schools. “Over the summer I attended a summer film academy at Chapman University and I am also interested in Loyola Marymount and New York University for schools, I hope to someday make movies with my older brother.”

It can be hard balancing lacrosse, Amplifier, school and film, but for Dearborn, pursuing his passions is worth it.

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WL vs. Wilsonville Basketball

Sam Dearborn, Videographer
December 18, 2015

No Shave November

Sam Dearborn and Jack Free
December 8, 2015

We asked West Linn what they really thought No Shave November was really about.

West Linn Football defeats David Douglas 49-14 (Video)

Sam Dearborn, Videographer/Photographer
September 16, 2015

West Linn repeats as Boys Lacrosse State Champions in convincing fashion with a victory over rival Lakeridge, 6-10

Sam Dearborn, Videographer/Photographer
June 8, 2015

See the video above. Saturday night was the night that every West Linn Lacrosse player had been waiting for all year. The state championship game would yet again be a rematch of the previous two state...

West Linn Defeats Bend in a thrilling Quarter-Final matchup

Sam Dearborn, Videographer/Photographer
June 2, 2015

See video above

Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and Max (Tom Hardy), fire their weapons at incoming War Boys in their new film Mad Max: Fury Road.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” stuns with massive scale and intense action

Sam Dearborn, Videographer/Photographer
June 1, 2015

“Mad Max: Fury Road” is the fourth installment in director George Miller’s epic apocalypse series and “Fury Road” certainly aids Miller’s prestigious reputation. Beginning hectically with a...

West Linn disassembles Tigard in Quarter-Final playoff game

Sam Dearborn, Photographer/Videographer
May 29, 2015

See video above.

Standardized testing is neither balanced or smart

Sam Dearborn, Videographer/Photographer
May 4, 2015

Standardized. One word I hate more than any other. A word that encompasses conformity, and generality. I find myself sitting in an English 11 class, a place where I'm supposed to be learning about life...

West Linn topples rival Lakeridge in a thrilling rematch of the State Championship

Sam Dearborn, Videographer/Photographer
April 27, 2015

See video above. About half-way through the regular season, Thursday night was long awaited. Coined by many to be the best rivalry in the state, West Linn met Lakeridge for the first time this year,...

West Linn defeats Oregon Episcopal School in the Fritz Hayes Classic

Sam Dearborn, Videographer/Photographer
April 13, 2015

The West Linn Lions lacrosse team faced off Saturday night against out of league opponent OES in the Fritz Hayes Classic. See video above

Lions Lose Home Opener to Talented Out of State Competition

Sam Dearborn, Videographer/Photographer
April 7, 2015

The West Linn Lions boys lacrosse team fell monday night to Corner Canyon (UT) in a tight game. See video

Dear Dougy Podcast offers guidance to grieving teens

Sam Dearborn, Videographer/Photographer
March 2, 2015

The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families is an organization whose mission is to provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can...

Lakeridge stuns West Linn in last second upset

Sam Dearborn, Reporter/Videographer
February 6, 2015

Tuesday night the West Linn Lions played their second in-league game against the Lakeridge Pacers, planning to extend their in-league winning streak. The Lions last played the Pacers at home and beat them...

“Interstellar” ventures into the unknown and inspires awe

“Interstellar” ventures into the unknown and inspires awe

Sam Dearborn, Videographer/Photographer
November 21, 2014

Directed by Christopher Nolan, “Interstellar” is a gorgeously directed and shot mixture of personal sacrifice and theoretical physics that leaves its viewer breathless. Nolan fans and movie fanatics...

Payton Pritchard commits to University of Oklahoma for basketball

Sam Dearborn, Videographer
November 18, 2014

Check out this video to watch junior Payton Pritchard commit to the University of Oklahoma to play basketball.

“Gone Girl” is a fantastic film that forwards modern day issues of media and gender roles making for a gripping journey with twists and turns all along the way.

David Fincher’s dark and gritty style shines in “Gone Girl”

Sam Dearborn, Videographer/Photographer
November 4, 2014

Directed by David Fincher (“Social Network,” “Fight Club”) and based upon the bestseller written by Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl” is a story of the secrets of a modern marriage. On the day of...

West Linn Boys Soccer falls to Central Catholic 1-0

Sam Dearborn, Videographer/Photographer
September 22, 2014

Lions (2-3) squared off against the Central Catholic Rams (4-1) in a pre-season non league game. Their last game was a loss against the Wilsonville Wildcats (2-3). The game was controlled by the Lions,...

Josh Winicki, mathematics teacher, discusses his reasons for leaving WLHS and taking a position at WWHS. He estimates that he will take leave by the end of the month.

[Photo] Josh Winicki, mathematics teacher, takes leave of WLHS after a year of service

Camille Collier, Editor-In-Chief
September 11, 2014

Josh Winicki, mathematics teacher, discusses his reasons for leaving WLHS and taking a position at WWHS. He estimates that he will take leave by the end of the month.

West Linn High School closed campus rumor determined false

Sam Dearborn, Reporter/Videographer
September 4, 2014

RUMOR: West Linn High School has become a closed campus. Many students noticed, to their surprise, that a section of their student handbooks deemed WLHS a “closed campus.” The rumor spread from...

West Linn Varsity Lacrosse takes revenge on Lakeridge in a 13-9 State Championship Victory

Sam Dearborn, Reporter/Videographer
June 9, 2014

See video in description. The West Linn Lions (21-1) faced off for the final time this season against the Lakeridge Pacers (18-6). This was the second time in two years the these two teams had met up for...

West Linn Varsity Lacrosse Stuns Jesuit in Last-Second 9-8 Playoff Win

Sam Dearborn, Reporter/Videographer
June 5, 2014

See video in description. Trailing 8-7 against Jesuit (17-3) with just over one minute to play in Wednesday's first OHSLA state West Linn (20-1) scored two goals fifteen seconds within each other to...

West Linn Varsity Lacrosse Beats Sunset Apollo’s Earning a Second Consecutive Trip to the Semi-Finals

Sam Dearborn, Reporter/Videographer
June 2, 2014

See video in description. The West Linn Lions (18-1) took down the Sunset Apollos (10-11) friday night. West Linn had faced Sunset once earlier in the season, winning (8-4). The Lions started slow, finishing...

West Linn Varsity Girls Lacrosse has Sunset’s number… again

Sam Dearborn
May 28, 2014

In a rematch of last season’s semi-finals, the semi-finals in which the Lions prevailed, the West Linn Lions Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team (16-1) faced the Sunset Apollos (12-2). West Linn controlled the...

West Linn Varsity Lacrosse Routes Westivew in Second Round 12-1 Win

Sam Dearborn, Reporter/Videographer
May 28, 2014

See video in the description. As the first round of the OHSLA Playoffs passed, West Linn (17-1) found itself with a bye and a second round match up against Westview (10-9). The Lions started off slow...

West Linn Varsity Baseball beats archrival Lake Oswego to secure TRL Championship

Sam Dearborn, Reporter/Videographer
May 16, 2014

At Brown field on Monday, the West Linn Lions (13-11) took on the visiting Lake Oswego Lakers (16-8). This was the first of three meetings between the two rivals. The game started with the Lakers scoring...

West Linn Varsity Lacrosse Topples Lakeridge in 6-5 Win

Sam Dearborn, Reporter/Videographer
May 7, 2014

See video recap in the article. West Linn played their arch rivals Tuesday night at West Linn High School.  Right off the bat there were two quick goals, Lakeridge looked fierce, but counterattacking...

Lions captains Ryan Klose, Sophmore, and Ryan Bowers, Senoir, meet the Clackamas captains

[Photo] West Linn Varsity Lacrosse Picks Clackamas Apart in a Dominant 20-4 Win

Sam Dearborn, Reporter/Videographer
May 1, 2014

Lion's captain's Ryan Klose, Sophmore, and Ryan Bowers, Senoir, meet the Clackamas captain's

West Linn Varsity Lacrosse outlasts Lakeridge in a nail-biter

Sam Dearborn, Reporter/Videographer
April 29, 2014

A rematch of last year’s state championship took place Friday night at Lakeridge High School. West Linn (10-1) took on Oregon lacrosse powerhouse, Lakeridge (10-4). These two teams have a fierce rivalry,...

Lions Boys Lacrosse takes down Lincoln 10-7

Sam Dearborn, Reporter/Videographer
April 4, 2014

The West Linn Lions Varsity Lacrosse team (4-0) took down Oregon lacrosse goliath Lincoln (0-2) on Wednesday.  Fueled by Juniors, John Duffy, Ben Paris and Locke Rohan, all D1 bound players, the Cardinals...

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