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Stories from La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School
Sophomore Mac Baker Reaches New Heights in Her International Circus Arts Career
Features

Olivia Galbraith | March 19, 2020

The summer before her eighth grade year, Mac Baker’s mom encouraged her to become more active and leave her house more often. After taking a circus class, her attention was hooked. Now a sophomore at…

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Girls Basketball Season Ends Early, Leaving Them No Shot at a State Title
Coronavirus

Carlie Weigel | March 19, 2020

It was on the day of the girls varsity basketball team’s semifinal game that they learned that what they had been working for all season — a consecutive state title — had been taken away from them,…

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La Salle Hopes to “Stay Realistic, but Stay Positive” While Shifting to Online Classes Until April 28
Coronavirus

Carlie Weigel | March 19, 2020

When Principal and President Mr. Andrew Kuffner announced on Thursday, March 12 that La Salle would take preventive measures against the coronavirus by closing campus and switching to digital learning,…

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Self-Hatred, Autism, and Discrimination: How I Left My Feeling of Inferiority at the Door
Opinions

Andrew Clair | March 12, 2020

A cold September gust of wind stretched across the asphalt landscape, slapping against my face and worsening the bubbling anxiety already growing in the pit of my stomach. Pensively walking towards the…

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Editorial: Before Time Runs Out, We Must Take Action Against the Coronavirus
Coronavirus

The Editorial Board | March 12, 2020

Wash your hands. Avoid touching your face. Cover when you cough. Stay home if you’re sick.

At this point, these reminders of cautionary counsel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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“Welcome to Portland”: A Look Into the Lives of Three of Portland’s Homeless
Features

Maddie Khaw | March 5, 2020

This article includes explicit language and content that might be upsetting to some readers.

We’ve all seen it — tents lining the sidewalks, garbage bags and shopping carts on street corners, and…

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“The Most Painful Thing in the World”: Senior Emily Niebergall’s Journey Through Grief
Features

Maddie Khaw | February 27, 2020

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 was just a typical night for senior Emily Niebergall. A junior at the time, she received an incoming FaceTime call from her mother, Katie Niebergall. Besides her mom appearing…

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“Our Identities Are What Make Us Great”: Reflecting on Black History Month at La Salle
Features

Olivia Galbraith | February 27, 2020

An announcement, a morning prayer, and a stand promoting black authors in the library. This was how La Salle acknowledged Black History Month in the school only a couple of years ago. The celebration of…

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How the Pacific Crest Trail Taught Me the Value of Suffering
Opinions

Andrew Clair | February 20, 2020

I recoiled from the thrust of an insect bite I had never seen before, tears welling up in my eye and beginning to roll down my cheek. Skin only millimeters from the whites of my left eye began to swell…

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Not da Vinci but Devine: Taking On the Career He Once Dreamed of as a Child
Features

Dakota Canzano | February 13, 2020

For the students at La Salle who know Mr. Brian Devine, they know him as the Vice Principal of Student Life. But, that’s not the only title that he holds.

He is also an artist.

“I’ve been an…

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Impeachment as Seen Through the Eyes of Students at La Salle
Impeachment, At Home

Maddie Khaw | February 7, 2020

Tensions between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been growing since September — and never have those tensions been better represented than at Trump’s State of the Union address…

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La Salle Partners With Sparrow Project to Support Eight Year Old Through Medical Challenges
Features

Carlie Weigel | January 27, 2020

With a radiant smile that is on his face more often than not, Taran Dodge battles not only one life hindering condition, but four: quadripalegic cerebral palsy, short bowel syndrome, auditory neuropathy,…

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Varsity Athletes Have Proven Themselves Enough
Opinions

Mandy Sisul | January 16, 2020

Extreme fatigue. Overuse injuries. Constant soreness. Feeling overwhelmed.

Playing a sport in high school while trying to balance school work and a social life is incredibly challenging.

For…

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As Climate Crisis Worsens, La Salle Curriculum Lags Behind
News

Maddie Khaw | January 16, 2020

“Our future > your fortune,” read a sign held by junior Isa Sale at a climate change inaction protest in downtown Portland in September 2019.

Sale’s sign was one among hundreds of others in…

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Stepping Up: Community Needs to Help Fill Gap Created By New SNAP Rules
Opinions

Mary Loeb | January 9, 2020

Over the past year, the Trump Administration proposed three rules that would tighten restrictions for those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and ultimately cut millions…

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The Slump: How Annie Hoang Faces Depression Through Filmmaking
Features

Dakota Canzano | January 9, 2020

The following article contains a short film with explicit content. 

High school can be rough.

There are many ups and downs that can occur between the start of freshman year and the end of senior…

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Tips for an Environmentally-Friendly Holiday Season
Opinions

Mary Loeb | December 12, 2019

For most, the holiday season represents a joyful time for celebrating with friends and family or practicing old traditions, like baking favorite dishes or adorning homes with cheery lights and wintry decorations….

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After Falling Short in the Playoffs For Several Years, the Boys Varsity Soccer Team Finds Redemption
Sports

Carlie Weigel | November 20, 2019

In 2016, the La Salle boys soccer team lost in the semifinals in penalty kicks against Wilsonville, which advanced to earn second place in state.

In 2017, the Falcons lost in penalty kicks in the semifinals…

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Declining Participation Creates Fear for the Future of High School Football
Sports

Carlie Weigel | November 18, 2019

High school football is in crisis mode. 

Nationwide, football participation is the lowest it’s been in 20 years. This fall season, it faced a decline of 582 players in the state of Oregon. At La Salle…

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Oregon Students Lobby Successfully for Excused Mental Health Days
News

Mary Loeb | October 24, 2019

Starting this school year, Oregon students are legally allowed to take excused mental health days thanks to a new bill proposed by a group of recent Sherwood High School graduates, who hoped the bill would…

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Bedroom Pop and Breakups: Katie Shannon Explores Her Passion for Songwriting
Features

Dakota Canzano | October 4, 2019

The following article includes music containing explicit content.

The sunlight is glimmering through the colored window panels and the warm scent of coffee is in the air as Katie Shannon approaches…

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La Salle Makes Plans for the Saalfeld Athletic Center, a Major Campus Upgrade
News

Carlie Weigel | September 26, 2019

After years of envisioning a brand new space for La Salle’s fans, students, and athletes, the school administration is moving forward with plans to eventually complete a $5 million renovation of the…

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Sophomore Jacob Waterman Becomes First La Salle Athlete to Kneel During National Anthem, Inspiring Others to Join Him
Showcase

Maggie Rasch | September 18, 2019

At last Friday’s football game in Crescent City, California against Del Norte, Jacob Waterman, a sophomore, knelt during the national anthem to bring attention to racial inequality in the United States,…

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La Salle Students Should Be Able to Opt Out of Going to School Mass
Opinions

Nick Slugg | May 29, 2019

With daily prayer, religious studies classes, and the occasional liturgy, La Salle has a prominent Catholic presence. Despite this, according to Ms. Katie Allen, the Admissions Director, approximately…

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Senior Lura Price Considers Dance a Lifelong Endeavor
Features

Peyton Hedges | May 22, 2019

At five years old, senior Lura Price eagerly walked into her very first ballet class. Like many kids, her mom had signed her up for dance lessons, and the day had finally come. Price twirled and stood…

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Sex Ed 101: La Salle Strives to Strike a Balance Between Scientific and Religious Education Around Birth Control and Sexuality
Features

Maddie Khaw | May 20, 2019

Beginning to navigate romantic relationships is a large part of the transition into maturity that adolescents experience throughout their teenage years. As adolescents start to explore this new, uncharted…

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Next Level Seniors: Alyson Miura Chooses USC, Continuing Her 13 Year Long Basketball Career
Sports

Emily Hawkins | May 16, 2019

Playing basketball has been an important part of Alyson Miura’s life for a long time, beginning when she was five years old, and now she will be moving on to compete at the collegiate level.

Miura…

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Café Justo’s Growth in Its First Year of Business Sparks Popularity and New Additions
Features

Olivia Galbraith | May 9, 2019

One year from its opening, La Salle’s student-led, fair-trade coffee shop, Café Justo, has gradually grown in sales and popularity, all the while expanding their initial menu and combating competition…

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Senior Macauley Callahan, Oregon Zoo Volunteer and Aspiring Veterinarian, Gains Experience and Discovers a Career Path
Features

Samantha Kar | May 4, 2019

Khaki bottoms, a watch, a name badge, close-toed shoes, and a ZooTeens shirt… this has been senior Macauley Callahan’s uniform for the past four summers as a volunteer at the Oregon Zoo through the…

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Next Level Seniors: Brigid Hanley Commits to Run Track & Field and Cross Country at the University of Arizona
Sports

Emily Hawkins | May 1, 2019

Brigid Hanley began her competitive running career freshman year of high school and has broken a school record along the way. Now, just three and a half years later, she has committed to run for the Division…

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Why I’m Taking a Month off Social Media
Opinions

Nehemiah Jackson | April 19, 2019

As my junior year came to a close and with summer on the horizon, the last few weeks of school dragged along; during finals week, I found myself overwhelmed and stressed, but also excited, thinking about…

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Sophomore Anthony Nguyen Collaborates With Madison High School Students to Create Clothing Brand
Features

Ryan Cechini | April 19, 2019

Sophomore Anthony Nguyen has teamed up with Madison High School seniors Andy Tran, Gus Harquail, and Nguyen’s cousin, Duy Bui, to create their very own clothing brand: Bonjo.

The group of guys came…

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La Salle Junior Christine Bynum Takes a Stand to Lower the Oregon Voting Age
News

Olivia Aragon | March 19, 2019

Nearly fifty years ago, many argued that anyone eligible to be drafted in the Vietnam War should be allowed to vote. In July of 1971 President Richard Nixon signed the 26th Amendment that lowered the voting…

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No. 5 Varsity Girls Basketball Team Takes Home the State Championship Title
Sports

Emily Hawkins | March 19, 2019

The varsity girls basketball team had one goal this year: return to Gill Coliseum for a chance to play for a state championship title.

They did that, and more.

On Saturday, March 9, the #5 girls…

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La Salle Administration Sees Nose Piercing Decision Process As Model for the Future
News

Samantha Kar | March 5, 2019

A student committee of five La Salle students has worked with the La Salle administration to make a new change to the dress code that now permits a single, small stud nose piercing.

Mr. Brian Devine,…

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Senior Madi Nichols Concludes Her Successful Swim Career at La Salle Despite a Rare Blood Clot Sophomore Year
Sports

Samantha Kar | February 20, 2019

To ring in 2017, Madi Nichols watched the ball drop on a hospital TV screen with a cup of Martinelli’s sparkling cider in her left hand, because she couldn’t pick it up with her dominant right hand….

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After Going Viral in a Video With Pharrell Williams, Maggie Rogers’ Album “Heard It in a Past Life” Mixes Smash Hits With Sincerity
Arts & Entertainment

Samantha Kar | February 10, 2019

It all started with a March 2016 YouTube video, which now has over 3.3 million views, where Pharrell Williams was left stunned and had “zero notes” for Maggie Rogers’ song “Alaska.”

Now, the…

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More Than Just Academics: Why Schools Should Prepare Students for Life After High School
Opinions

Mallory Middendorff | February 5, 2019

Most of the curriculum taught in high schools focuses only on academic information, and rarely gives students opportunities to learn new life skills. The classes are there to prepare students for college…

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Junior Alison Paguio Balances Being a Student and Songwriter
Features

Anna McClow | January 28, 2019

Within the last year, junior Alison Paguio has recently taken up the hobby of songwriting. She has created songs based on moments in her life that are unique to her, and that typical artists do not usually…

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New Affinity Groups Emerge at La Salle: Black Student Union, Unidos en Poder, and Asian/Pacific Islander Club
Features

Maya Smith | January 26, 2019

Working towards spreading awareness, diversity, and comfort for all students throughout La Salle, three new affinity groups have been active this school year: the Black Student Union, Unidos en Poder club,…

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HippieFlip: La Salle Alums Pursue a Different Path to SoundCloud Success
Arts & Entertainment

Alex Vogt | January 25, 2019

“One thing you should know about HippieFlip is that we’re huge Blazers fans.” This started off an interview with La Salle graduates and members of the class of 2017, Quentin Carlson and Kyle Wright,…

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Concussions: The Misunderstanding and Lack of Recognition in High School
Opinions

Jessica Loboy | January 24, 2019

A few months ago, I experienced a serious hit to the head while scrimmaging during a basketball open gym. Fast forward to a week later: I continued to have extreme headaches and dizziness after the blow….

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“Story to Light”: Faith and Media Seniors Produce Podcast Series
Arts & Entertainment

Peyton Hedges | January 10, 2019

High school students are well aware that learning a new unit in class or reading an assigned book will almost always be accompanied by an essay, project, or test. For La Salle students, this is the routine…

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iPads Broaden the Way We Learn, But They Are Also a Huge Distraction
Opinions

Olivia Galbraith | December 21, 2018

Writing an essay digitally, doing online research, giving a presentation with a digital aid, and turning in homework with the click of a button—the benefits of technology in classrooms are plenty.

Having…

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