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New Director of Equity and Inclusion Ms. Kiah Johnson Mounsey Hopes to Normalize Conversations About Race and Identity, Puts Emphasis on the “Sanctity of Human Life”
Features

Maddie Khaw | October 8, 2020

Ms. Kiah Johnson Mounsey, who graduated from La Salle in 1999 and who was recently hired for the brand new Director of Equity and Inclusion position, didn’t talk about race much when she was younger. 

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First-Time Voters and Social Studies Teachers Prepare for a Pivotal Presidential Election
News

Carlie Weigel | October 8, 2020

2020 has been an historic year, one that will not be forgotten.

Almost 7.5 million coronavirus cases in the United States and over 200,000 lives lost. The repeated instances of injustice, which have…

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Art for Advocacy: Artists Use Their Talents to Support the BLM Movement
Features

Maya Smith | October 2, 2020

After the death of George Floyd, and as the Black Lives Matter movement grew throughout the country, La Salle alumni Natalie Sharp ‘20 and Mollie Kuffner ‘20 wondered how they could contribute in their…

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Shock, Stress, and Smoke Scatter the La Salle Community
News

Brooklyn Chillemi | October 1, 2020

40,000 people evacuated.

Over one million acres of land burned.

The worst air quality of all major cities in the world in Portland.

Oregon was ablaze.

Wildfires tore through multiple counties…

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A Widespread Petition, a Calendar Readjustment, and Ongoing Dialogue and Development: La Salle Responds to Calls to Equity and Social Justice Work
News

Maddie Khaw | October 1, 2020

As students took part in the massive movement protesting racial injustice and police brutality that unfolded throughout the summer, and as these events and topics continue to swell as a point of dialogue…

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Following George Floyd’s Death, Students Mobilize for a Summer of Protests, While Equity Work Continues at La Salle
News

Maddie Khaw | September 17, 2020

The sights and sounds of Portland’s summer were seen across the country: people crowding the streets in various areas of the city each evening, brandishing cardboard posters on sidewalk corners or marching…

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After a State Title and Seven Years of Helping Students, Counselor Mr. Seth Altshuler Departs From La Salle
Features

Carlie Weigel | May 28, 2020

After moving to four different countries alone and learning four different languages, all by the time he was 30, counselor Mr. Seth Altshuler said that he had finally developed trust in himself. Now, students,…

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Bengtson, Elkhal, Smith, and Wobig: This Year’s Valedictorians and Salutatorian Reflect on Their Time at La Salle
Features

Maddie Khaw | May 21, 2020

On Wednesday, May 6, four La Salle seniors got a surprise visit to their house from President and Principal Mr. Andrew Kuffner.

When Mr. Kuffner showed up at their door, these four seniors found out…

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Despite the Quarantine, La Salle Counselors Continue to Connect With Students
Coronavirus

Brooklyn Chillemi | May 1, 2020

The La Salle community has been away from school for more than six weeks while completing all communications and schoolwork online. This has created a learning environment where it can be difficult for…

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Despite Being Absent From Church, Catholics Learn to Cope With the Effects of the Coronavirus
Coronavirus

Carlie Weigel | April 23, 2020

In the month since Governor Kate Brown issued her ‘stay home’ order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, school campuses have remained closed, the doors of many small businesses have been kept locked,…

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A Look Into the Lives of Emergency Response Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Coronavirus

Carlie Weigel | April 16, 2020

With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, most people has been practicing social distancing by confining themselves to their own houses. Students have been able to continue learning remotely and many…

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Seniors Share Reactions to Their Time on Campus Ending Three Months Earlier Than Expected
Coronavirus

Maddie Khaw | April 16, 2020

Every spring, a wave hits seniors in high schools all around the country. When second semester rolls around, seniors can see the light at the end of the tunnel as each day brings them closer to graduation,…

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Students Express Difficulty Balancing Digital Learning
Coronavirus

Brooklyn Chillemi | April 9, 2020

When the Digital Learning Days (DLDs) were originally announced over the intercom at La Salle, senior Gili Kaptur Dejesus said she immediately thought, “I’m going to fail [my] senior year.”

“It…

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How Living With a COVID-19 Patient Has Changed My Perspective on Social Distancing
Coronavirus

Avery Rush | April 9, 2020

I woke up last Thursday morning, April 2, and walked downstairs to get some breakfast before starting my online classes. My mom shoved a thermometer in my face and said, “Your dad tested positive for…

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The COVID-19 Pandemic, Through the Eyes of Four Students
Coronavirus

Brooklyn Chillemi | April 2, 2020

Seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen: Every student at La Salle has been affected in some way by the coronavirus and the Digital Learning Days (DLDs) that La Salle has instituted due to the pandemic.

To…

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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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“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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