This spring has been a busy season for West Linn High School students. by: FILE PHOTO - Students from West Linn High School have been competing a lot lately - and winning.

On top of classwork, athletics and preparing for finals, many students have represented their school in local and far-flung competitions in the following areas.


Three student projects from West Linn High School made it to the finals of the Pacific Northwest Regional Finals at the International Youth Silent Film Festival. The films were submitted by Parker Elliott, Adeline Xu, Austin Fitzpatrick, Aleks Bell and Kyle Sandoval.

The festival’s goal is to encourage local communities to recognize and support young filmmakers. All finalists’ work was showcased May 19 to 21 at the Hollywood Theater in Portland. Winners from the Pacific Northwest Regional Screening will be showcased at the June 4 international screening, also at the Hollywood Theater, where film professionals will view and judge the silent films.


WLHS music students competed recently in the OSAA State Solo Championships. The State Solo Contest encompasses all levels of high school, from 1A to 6A. Eighteen West Linn students performed. Here are their results:

State champion: Luke Harju, trumpet.

Second place: Caroline Glausi, flute; Sarah Schultz, alto saxaphone; Daniel Tang, violin; Eaton Lin, viola.

Third place: Logan Bryck, French horn; Sam Brown, euphonium.

Fourth place: Rochelle Biancardi, mallet percussion; Austin Stofiel, bass viol; Conor Egan, trumpet.

Sixth place: Henry Li, tenor saxaphone; Parker Wright, orchestral snare drum.

Seventh place: Eric Tran, bass viol.

The following students also competed and received 10th place or higher: Charlena Kea, clarinet; Dhruva Chatterjee, clarinet; Evan Clow, trumpet; Lauren Hansen, soprano voice; Nathaniel Colman, tenor voice.


Seven WLHS students attended the NSPA/JEA National Journalism Convention in San Diego. More than 4,000 students from the nation’s top high school journalism programs attended the conference, where students had the chance to compete in writing, design and photography competitions. In West Linn’s first time competing at the national level, five of seven students were recognized with awards:

Micaela Goldschmidt: Superior yearbook layout

Emily Topping: Excellent newspaper feature writing

Julia Mogen: Honorable mention in newspaper review writing

Isabel Jolley: Honorable mention in yearbook sports writing

Jack Draney: Honorable mention in yearbook copy/captions

Andrea Casad, competing in yearbook sports photography, and Andrea Russell, competing in first-year publication photography, rounded out the WLHS team.


Six WLHS students joined 1,700 students from more than 70 countries, regions and territories at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2014, held in Los Angeles the week of May 12. Two West Linn students received honorable mention for their science projects:

Jennifer Cramer, for her project “The VP (Ventriculoperitoneal) Shunt Circuit.”

Talia Lichtenberg, for her project titled “Alzheimer’s Disease Distribution in the Northwest in Relation to Microclimates.”

The other students competing from West Linn were Shana Feltham, Melanie Martinsen, Nicholas Miller and Milo Webster.

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