Emily Topping
Ever since Emily Topping, senior, was young she hoped to make a difference on american culture. With her unique outlook on life, strong work ethic and dedication to journalism, she is sure to achieve her goal.

Unlike most students on the staff, Topping started out writing for the Amplifier after being recommended by Ann Breyne, her freshman English teacher. Not only did she start out as a reporter on the staff, skipping the mandatory introductory class, but she also earned the title as The People Editor.

“After Ann read some of my writing and found out about my wish to become a broadcast journalist, she insisted I join the school newspaper my sophomore year,” Topping said. “I decided to join, thinking it would be a good way to start my future career.”

She has grown to love the fast pace of the class and enjoys how she is able to focus her energy on a task she is passionate about. After almost three years on the staff, Topping was announced the co-editor-in-chief for her senior year.

Not only does Topping channel her energy into journalistic writing, but also into numerous other activities. These include acting, creative writing and all forms of visual art. She hopes these will help to shape her future.

“I began going to acting workshops my sophomore year, and I still attend them every monday after school,” Topping said. These workshops focus on scene studies and creating showcases to perform.

“My focus used to be towards acting, but has now changed to film and writing,” Topping said. To pursue her love of writing, Topping has an intention of writing a small piece everyday. She tends to write about her thoughts, opinions or interesting things that happen.

Topping also draws, paints and/or takes photos weekly.

“My dad used to be super involved with art and kind of pushed me to stick with it,” Topping said, “We’d draw pictures together all the time when I was younger.” She is still taking art classes, but over her high school career wasn’t able to take as many as she would have liked.

Topping has changed her focus from acting to broadcast journalism and now towards filming. In an ideal world she hopes to film/create documentaries to combine her love of journalism and film. Whatever Topping ends up pursuing, she is sure to meet her purpose of making an impact on the world around her.

“Whether it’s directly or by simply creating something helpful, I hope to make a difference.”

Emily Topping, Co-editor-in-chief

Jun 03, 2016
Amplifier 2016 Senior Edition (Story)
Jun 02, 2016
Chemistry teacher Steve Davala set to release second book (Story)
Jun 02, 2016
11.22.63 brings the mystery of a century back to life (Story)
Dec 03, 2015
Why prayers aren’t enough for San Bernardino: the scope of mass shootings in the USA (Story)
Oct 08, 2015
December looks like one to remember (Story)
Sep 29, 2015
WLHS Administration releases statement following charges pressed against teacher Jonathan Peachey (Story)
Sep 24, 2015
West Linn’s “Survivor” has been permanently cancelled (Story)
Jun 12, 2015
West Linn Farmer’s Market moves to Sundays (Story)
Jun 12, 2015
Sasquatch delivers an incredible weekend (Story)
May 04, 2015
“Andromeda Sun” raises money for its sophomore album at the Youth Music Project in Willamette (Story)
Dec 17, 2014
“Home for the Holidays or Bust” (Story)
Dec 16, 2014
Green Machines (Story)
Dec 09, 2014
“Oklahoma” impresses on the high school stage (Story)
Nov 12, 2014
Intelligent Design (Story)
Nov 04, 2014
Ebola in Oregon: what’s the risk? (Story)
Oct 07, 2014
“Life 101” prepares students for life beyond graduation (Story)
Sep 30, 2014
Mark Horak (Story)
Sep 23, 2014
Annie Kaiser returns to her roots as Leadership Director (Story)
Sep 22, 2014
The magic of “the Giver” fails to translate to the big screen (Story)
Sep 10, 2014
Bumbershoot 2014 was a weekend to remember (Story)
Jun 10, 2014
Peddling for a Purpose (Story)
Jun 09, 2014
Vigils are held tonight to honor West Linn car crash victims (Story)
May 14, 2014
West Linn Junior Mock Trial team places 7th in the nation (Story)
Apr 28, 2014
West Linn students look forward to Outdoor School (Story)
Feb 28, 2014
May Court princes and princess announced (Story)
Feb 26, 2014
“An Enemy of the People” cast prepares for its debut (Story)
Feb 18, 2014
Spirit Squad supports West Linn’s fan base (Story)
Jan 31, 2014
A month abroad in Oregon creates countless memories (Story)
Jan 30, 2014
“Her” is destined to become a classic (Story)
Dec 16, 2013
Cailin Guerins, senior, gains experience in the classroom through West Linn’s Primary Tutor Program (Story)
Nov 19, 2013
The United Brony Club continues to enjoy their passion, despite outside criticism (Story)
Nov 15, 2013
The Debutantes dominate weekend dance competition (Story)
Nov 05, 2013
Young musicians prove their talent in the Portland Youth Philharmonic (Story)
Oct 28, 2013
Hannah Matthiessen: finding success in front of and behind the camera (Story)
Oct 14, 2013
Line-up for December to Remember Announced (Story)
Oct 08, 2013
Co-Ed Soccer offers sports and fun to high-schoolers. (Story)
Sep 23, 2013
New Changes Made to Early Release Schedule (Story)
The independent student media site of West Linn High School
Emily Topping