West Linn Amplifier

West Linn Amplifier The Amplifier is the official student-run newspaper of West Linn High School. It features writing and photography by high school students of all grade levels.

A print paper is published quarterly and stories are published regularly online at www.wlhsnow.com. Follow for all things West Linn!

The Amplifier has a 100-year long tradition of publishing a quarterly print edition newspaper each year. In order for us...
01/10/2020

The Amplifier has a 100-year long tradition of publishing a quarterly print edition newspaper each year. In order for us to be able to continue this tradition, we are in need of financial support. We would appreciate your help in continuing this century-long tradition. donations of any size are welcome, however when you contribute 15 dollars or more you will be sent a copy of each of our print editions for the 2019-2020 school year. Donate using the link or press the "Learn More" button on our page to visit our site and donate there.
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12/21/2018

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https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/12/08/creating-a-safe-space/Creating a safe spaceCounselors, administration work...
12/08/2017
Creating a safe space

https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/12/08/creating-a-safe-space/
Creating a safe space
Counselors, administration work to protect students from bullying

Twenty percent of American high school students have been bullied, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The same statistic says that 71 percent of young people have seen bullying happen within their school. The state of Oregon is no exception. Bully Police USA estimates t....

Who dat boy? Tyler, the Creator of courseThe critically acclaimed alternative rap legend held a concert to remember at t...
12/06/2017
Who dat boy? Tyler, the Creator of course

Who dat boy? Tyler, the Creator of course
The critically acclaimed alternative rap legend held a concert to remember at the Crystal Ballroom
https://wlhsnow.com/ent/2017/11/30/who-dat-boy-tyler-the-creator-of-course/

On the evening of Nov. 5, the curtains fell back revealing a rap legend. Tyler, the Creator greeted Portland with “Where This Flower Blooms,” the second track off of his beloved new LP “Flower Boy.” From there, he performed a plethora of fan favorites, both old and new, to the delight of the...

Chasing across the atlanticChase Atlantic, a band from down under, begins their tour with their new self-titled albumhtt...
12/05/2017
Chasing across the atlantic

Chasing across the atlantic
Chase Atlantic, a band from down under, begins their tour with their new self-titled album
https://wlhsnow.com/ent/2017/11/29/chasing-across-the-atlantic/

Bold and dark Australian alternative band Chase Atlantic, after releasing a multitude of extended play records (EPs), has finally dropped a 14 track self-titled album and is touring the United States this fall going into 2018. With a Portland, Ore. date on the Feb. 3, Chase Atlantic’s bringing the...

The fight against social mediaHow do school administrators regulate inappropriate texting and social media activity? by ...
12/04/2017

The fight against social media
How do school administrators regulate inappropriate texting and social media activity?
by Samuel Misa and Aleks Brooks, staff writers.

Big congratulations to our jazz band for taking first place at the Three Rivers League competition! Read more about it h...
11/28/2017
Setting the tone

Big congratulations to our jazz band for taking first place at the Three Rivers League competition! Read more about it here;
https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/11/17/setting-the-tone/

After graduating 11 seniors last year, returning Jazz Band members were ready to take time to incorporate new members and show them the ropes. A new outlook on their year formed, however, when the band finished first at the Three Rivers League Jazz Festival. “We are still getting used to each othe...

Students must work together to bring changeOpinion article by junior guest contributor, Dennis Tang. https://wlhsnow.com...
11/16/2017
Students must work together to bring change

Students must work together to bring change
Opinion article by junior guest contributor, Dennis Tang.
https://wlhsnow.com/opinions/2017/11/13/students-must-work-together-to-bring-change/

West Linn High School has once again has found itself dealing with a series of racially charged comments made by students in the hallways, bathroom stalls and on social media. The administration was quick to send out an email to parents to inform them of the situation, and teachers stopped class to…

Radical problemsThe case for revolutionary reformhttps://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/11/13/radical-problems/
11/16/2017
Radical problems

Radical problems
The case for revolutionary reform
https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/11/13/radical-problems/

It has been a surreal year. On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected president, against all odds. Since that moment, the fabric of American political reality has fallen away. It has been a year that shook every individual’s understanding of the world in a direct and deeply personal way. It is...

How is admin responding to reports of racism? Here's Principal Mills and Officer Halverson on graffiti found in school b...
11/06/2017
Mills addresses racist vandalism found in bathroom

How is admin responding to reports of racism? Here's Principal Mills and Officer Halverson on graffiti found in school bathroom.
https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/11/04/mills-addresses-racist-vandalism-found-in-bathroom/

Principal Kevin Mills addressed obscene graffiti on campus in a video on Oct. 27. The statement was broadcast to all students and an email was sent out to families. It came in response to at least two separate instances of racist language: a slur written on a toilet and a note left in the West...

Journalists win three trophies at Fall Press Day. https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/10/25/journalists-win-excellen...
10/30/2017
Journalists win “Excellence in Media” at Fall Press Day

Journalists win three trophies at Fall Press Day.
https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/10/25/journalists-win-excellence-in-media-at-fall-press-day/

Yearbook, broadcast and journalism students won three trophies at Fall Press Day on Wednesday. About 20 arrived outside the Performing Arts Center at 6 a.m. to take the bus down to University of Oregon. The Eugene college’s School of Journalism and Communication and the Northwest Scholastic Press ho...

https://wlhsnow.com/ent/2017/10/09/is-the-iphone-8-really-just-an-iphone-7s/Is the iPhone 8 really just an iPhone 7s?The...
10/16/2017
Is the iPhone 8 really just an iPhone 7s?

https://wlhsnow.com/ent/2017/10/09/is-the-iphone-8-really-just-an-iphone-7s/
Is the iPhone 8 really just an iPhone 7s?
The iPhone 8 may not be worth upgrading to.

Apple is back at it again with the new iPhones. What? iPhones? Plural? Yes, the multinational technology company released the highly anticipated iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and the iPhone X on its 10 anniversary, Oct. 12. Preceding the release of the smartphones, rumours saying the next iPhone would have a...

Making great strides to beat cancer in purplePeople join fundraiser to wage hope against pancreatic cancer.Photo story b...
10/16/2017
Making great strides to beat cancer in purple

Making great strides to beat cancer in purple
People join fundraiser to wage hope against pancreatic cancer.
Photo story by Sarah Heiden, WLHSnow Editor
https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/10/09/making-great-strides-to-beat-cancer-in-purple/

Ready, set, go! The 5k run/walk began at 9:30 a.m. Participants took off together across Portland. “It is important for people to attend these events because there are a lot of hardships in life and cancer can be a huge cause,” Alden Woodrum, junior, said, “And you should do whatever you can to help...

Court is in session for freshman mock trialhttps://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/10/09/court-is-in-session-for-freshma...
10/16/2017
Court is in session for freshman mock trial

Court is in session for freshman mock trial
https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/10/09/court-is-in-session-for-freshman-mock-trial/
Story by Matilda Milner, WLHSnow staff

This Monday, Matt Kellogg, social studies teacher, hosts the first freshman mock trial meeting in his room at lunch. He reports that whether or not there will be some form of tryout will be contingent on how many students decide to show up. Last year, the mock trial team placed first in state, seven...

Powder up against cancerThe third annual powder-puff tournament raises money for Breast Friends https://wlhsnow.com/curr...
10/02/2017
Powder up against cancer

Powder up against cancer
The third annual powder-puff tournament raises money for Breast Friends
https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/09/28/powder-up-against-cancer/

Early release days are usually spent out at lunch or at home relaxing. This year, however, many students chose to spend their Wednesday afternoon out on the football field either supporting or participating in the annual powder-puff football tournament. “This year has definitely been the most succes...

https://wlhsnow.com/top-stories/2017/09/25/i-hate-the-pledge-of-allegiance/I hate the Pledge of Allegiance Asking for bl...
09/25/2017
I hate the Pledge of Allegiance

https://wlhsnow.com/top-stories/2017/09/25/i-hate-the-pledge-of-allegiance/
I hate the Pledge of Allegiance
Asking for blind faith in the republic is dangerously un-American
Opinion by Philip Chan, Copy Editor

Every Friday morning, the teachers of Bolton Primary would line their kids up and lead them down the halls to the gym, where we’d have our school-wide assembly. Little content from those meetings remains clear in my memory. I do recall, however, how each assembly concluded. Some of the kids would ha...

On this day in 1919, West Linn High School opened its doors.  HAPPY 98th BIRTHDAY WLHS❤️❤️❤️
09/22/2017

On this day in 1919, West Linn High School opened its doors. HAPPY 98th BIRTHDAY WLHS❤️❤️❤️

https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/09/19/theaters-quest/Theater’s questDrama prepares for the debut of their fall m...
09/19/2017
Theater’s quest

https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/09/19/theaters-quest/
Theater’s quest
Drama prepares for the debut of their fall musical

Instead of slowly easing into new classes and activities, the drama department wasted no time before diving into this year’s fall musical: “Spamalot.” “Spamalot” is a comedic spinoff of the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” following the tale of King Arthur and other knights of the round…

https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/09/12/enjoying-the-eclipse/Enjoying the EclipseStaff members traveled across the...
09/14/2017
Enjoying the eclipse

https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/09/12/enjoying-the-eclipse/
Enjoying the Eclipse
Staff members traveled across the state to view rare celestial phenomena
Story by Philip Chan, Copy Editor

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Senior sunrise?An annual tradition takes an unexpected twistStory by Brooke McKelvey,Co-Editor-in-Chief https://wlhsnow....
09/07/2017
Senior sunrise?

Senior sunrise?
An annual tradition takes an unexpected twist
Story by Brooke McKelvey,Co-Editor-in-Chief
https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/09/06/senior-sunrise/

Opposed to the usual last minute scramble that occurs when a morning alarm goes off, Tuesday morning was a different story. Seniors made sure to set their alarms an hour earlier in order to uphold one of the many senior traditions: Senior Sunrise. “It was fun to get together with everyone,” Magoo Al...

https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/08/31/where-are-our-vending-machines/Where are our vending machines?Student Stre...
09/02/2017
Where are our vending machines?

https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/08/31/where-are-our-vending-machines/
Where are our vending machines?
Student Street's vending machines have been replaced with trash cans. Replacements are on the way.

Students have recently noted a strange absence at the school. The hallways have been totally bereft of vending machines. The ever-reliable snack dispensers vanished over the summer. Hungry students need not fear, however. New machines are on the way. “The food services are going to take over vending...

The lay of the landFreshmen prepare for their next stephttps://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/08/31/the-lay-of-the-land...
09/01/2017
The lay of the land

The lay of the land
Freshmen prepare for their next step
https://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/08/31/the-lay-of-the-land/

Walking into an unknown building surrounded by unfamiliar faces and a head full of rumors can be overwhelming. The upperclassmen seem worlds away and college even further than that. Contrary to popular belief, however, upperclassmen are there to help and show incoming students the way. “I was nervou...

False patriotismhttps://wlhsnow.com/top-stories/2017/08/29/false-patriotism/
08/31/2017
False patriotism

False patriotism
https://wlhsnow.com/top-stories/2017/08/29/false-patriotism/

Fascism in America will come embroidered with the colors of the flag. It will come gilded with the seal of our nation and decorated by the champions of our government. Its supporters will prop it up with quotes from our past, and its perpetrators will lend it strength by arguing the historical prece...

https://wlhsnow.com/ent/2017/08/29/static-spider-man/'Spider-Man: Homecoming’ fails to deliver dynamic lead
08/30/2017
Static Spider-Man

https://wlhsnow.com/ent/2017/08/29/static-spider-man/
'Spider-Man: Homecoming’ fails to deliver dynamic lead

Amazing. Spectacular. Sensational. There’s no shortage of words to describe Marvel Comic’s web-slinging teen, Peter Parker. The latest Spidey flick, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” with Tom Holland, scored high with critics and audiences. However, I have a problem with the film’s structure and Peter Parker...

http://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/04/27/who-do-you-want-your-favorite-team-to-take/Who do you want your favorite te...
05/22/2017
Who do you want your favorite team to take?

http://wlhsnow.com/current-events/2017/04/27/who-do-you-want-your-favorite-team-to-take/
Who do you want your favorite team to take?
At 5:00 (Pacific Time) One college star will have his dreams come true and hear his named called as the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. With no real consistency among mock drafts, no one will really know who’s going to be picked until the commissioner walks up to the stage.

For the last 81 years, the NFL Draft has been a widely celebrated event in which some of the top players in the ranks of college football go through one last step in their “coming of age” process and find out where they will be playing their first few years of professional football. And the...

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wlhsNOW is the student-run multimedia journalism program of West Linn High School, located in West Linn, Oregon at 5464 West A St. Made up of students from all different backgrounds and grade levels, wlhsNOW combines Yearbook, Amplifier, Broadcasting and the LIVE team, with the shared objective of preparing students for the real world by teaching leadership, communication, and business skills. Our staffs join together to form the brand that is wlhsNOW, and our goal is to cover all stories as professionally, efficiently and accurately as possible. Follow for all things West Linn!

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