The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School
Amid National Staffing Shortage, La Salle’s Counseling Department Feels the Effects
News

Lillian Paugh | September 16, 2022

With schools across America being hit hard by the current national staffing and teacher shortage, La Salle’s counseling department is not immune, beginning the new school year with only two counselors…

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Car Break-Ins Around Campus Raise Concern Among Students
News

Megan Snyder | May 31, 2022

Junior soccer player Clare Daudelin immediately noticed something wrong when walking through the La Salle parking lot after school this past fall. The right front passenger window of her car was shattered,…

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Russian Transfer Student Lisa Safina Opens Up About Her Experiences Amid War in Ukraine
Features

Lillian Paugh | May 26, 2022

When sophomore Lisa Safina moved from Russia to the United States in September, it was a long-time dream come true. However, Russia’s attack on Ukraine in February and the subsequent war that has since…

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La Salle Community Reacts to the Supreme Court’s Leaked Plans to Overturn Roe v. Wade
News

Lillian Paugh | May 19, 2022

On Monday, May 2, for the first time in American history, a full 98-page draft opinion from the Supreme Court was leaked to the public, revealing their plan to overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion no…

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“Democracy Is on the Line”: Lasallians Respond As Conflict Rages On Between Russia and Ukraine
News

Lillian Paugh | April 29, 2022

Following the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, the conflict has continued to make major headlines across the globe, quickly becoming a massive topic of discussion.

Talk…

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Imperialism: America’s Double Standard
Opinions

Andrew Clair | April 25, 2022

The conflict in Ukraine has sparked conversations on a subject that has defined the modern age: imperialism.

While the annexation of neighboring territories brings to mind the most obvious forms of…

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Students React to Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Confirmation to the Supreme Court
News

Madeline Obuchowski | April 15, 2022

On Thursday, April 7, the Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the first Black woman Supreme Court Associate Justice. 

When Jackson joins the Court this October, she will be one of four…

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Sexism: A Call for Accountability
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Anna Waldron | April 4, 2022

This article contains explicit language and potentially triggering content related to sexual harassment. 

Many people may define the moment you begin to mature as a woman as the day you start high…

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The Pressing Houselessness Crisis in Portland
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Kathleen Waldron | March 21, 2022

Mobile homes are parked on streets until police forces remove them.

Roads are lined with tents.

People are holding signs in hope that someone might be generous enough to give them a dollar.

Despite…

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Celebrating Black Excellence and Influence Through Fashion
Arts & Entertainment

Lucy MacNeela | February 25, 2022

In a digital age of reposting and sharing, attributions and origins get lost in the shuffle. People often wrongly take credit and thus disregard the true creators. In many cases, Black culture is not given…

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Protection Turned Pollution: Disposable Masks and Their Environmental Impact
News

Lillian Paugh | February 22, 2022

On a park bench, the side of the highway, and even the parking lot of your high school, there is sure to be a disposable mask or two laying on the ground — soggy, dirty, and forgotten — waiting to…

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Glitter, Glamor, and Extravagance: The Influence of “Euphoria” on Gen Z Fashion
Arts & Entertainment

Lucy MacNeela | February 17, 2022

Who cares about dress codes or overdressing when you go to Euphoria High? To the main characters of HBO’s hit show “Euphoria,” the hallway is a runway. 

After an extremely successful first season,…

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The War on Education: Why Historical Literacy is Vital to Democracy
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Andrew Clair | February 15, 2022

Critical race theory is an intellectual movement of legal scholars that challenges mainstream ideas surrounding race and justice. As a whole, CRT posits that race is a socially constructed category that…

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Creating a Body Positivity Movement That Is Actually Positive Starts With Eliminating Fatphobia
Opinions

Avery Rush | February 15, 2022

This article discusses eating disorders and disordered eating habits.

What has turned into a body-positivity movement fighting for better treatment of each and every kind of body originally started…

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It’s Time To End the Stigma Around Male Sexual Assault Victims
Opinions

Avery Eldon | February 4, 2022

The following article contains description of sexual assault and rape. 

There is a myth that has grown significantly over the years: that those who identify as male do not experience sexual assault…

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“Don’t Look Up” Brings Up A Crisis We Aren’t Doing Enough About
Arts & Entertainment

Maddie Burns | January 25, 2022

On Dec. 5, 2021, Netflix released the original movie “Don’t Look Up” featuring A-list celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Rob Morgan, and Timothee Chalamet….

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La Salle Student Athletes React to New COVID-19 Requirements for Athletics
Sports

Brooks Coleman | January 24, 2022

Many students have probably noticed a wave of cancellations across winter sports at La Salle. 10 games have been canceled so far between the girls and boys basketball teams, along with numerous practices.

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“Everyone Experiences It Differently”: Student Athletes Share Their Experiences With Concussions
Sports

Erin Moran | January 19, 2022

A risk of participating in any sport or physical activity is injury. Concussions can be very serious injuries due to the complexity of the brain, which also means the recovery and experiences of athletes…

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How Decentralizing the Energy Sector Can Combat Climate Change
Opinions

Elsie Buczkowski | January 18, 2022

Despite the empty promises of governments and corporations the world over, the power sector is still expected to emit record-breaking levels of CO2.

After all of the attention on the issue and the massive…

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La Salle Clarifies Its Protocols in Reaction to the Omicron Variant, Striving To Continue In-Person Learning
News

Brooklyn Chillemi | January 18, 2022

As the omicron variant of the coronavirus ripples through the globe, nine high schools in the Portland area have closed in-person learning thus far, citing student and teacher illnesses, as well as staffing…

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Health Starts at the Source: Why We Must Support Local Farms
Opinions

Megan Snyder | January 10, 2022

When I was a child, one of my favorite experiences was traveling up the familiar winding gravel road to see the animals at my local farm.

My family has been buying farm shares since I was one year…

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STEM Should Not Be a Boy’s Club. Let’s Stop Treating It Like One
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Isabella Simonutti | January 7, 2022

Though a myriad of women enter STEM with a staunch passion, many find themselves leaving with a disinterest, or even hate for the subjects surrounding science, technology, engineering, and math. 

This…

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How Social Media Contributes to America’s Partisan Problem
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Brooks Coleman | December 14, 2021

Since the dawn of civilization, people have disagreed on how a country should be governed. Throughout U.S. history, two major parties have emerged as America’s dominant political parties: the Democrats…

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Under Chinese Rule: Uyghurs in China Face Brutal Conditions Under the Chinese Government
Opinions

Eldon Nichols | December 3, 2021

Uyghurs, a Muslim minority group mainly located in China, are currently being held against their will in internment camps operated by the Chinese government. Though the Chinese government claims that these…

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The Effects of Climate Change Are Catastrophic, and We Need Real Action From World Leaders
Opinions

Lillian Paugh | November 22, 2021

Our time to act against the catastrophic effects of climate change is running out.

Saving our planet has been shelved by world leaders who have let their desire for profit take priority over utilizing…

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It’s Time To Come to Terms With the Needs of Half the Population
Opinions

Clare Daudelin | November 5, 2021

We need to end the stigma around periods, period.

It’s normal, it’s healthy, and it’s also inevitable. 

Speaking from personal experience, there’s seldom feelings that compare to that of the…

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Following Newberg Ban, Students and Staff React to Displays of Pride and BLM Symbols on Campus
News

John Pham | November 5, 2021

A one-hour drive from La Salle, the Newberg School Board recently banned staff from displaying Black Lives Matter signs and Pride flags in their classrooms, alarming and angering some of Newberg’s staff…

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Why the Misunderstanding of “Tax the Rich” Is a Problem
Opinions

Anna Waldron | September 30, 2021

When progressive Democrats use the term “tax the rich,” it is to target the top 2% of America’s wealthiest, nothing else.

A common misconception around taxing the rich is that taxes would increase…

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BSU and World Religions Students Host Prayer Service to Memorialize Victims of Police Brutality
Features

Mallory Middendorff | May 27, 2021

After months of planning, a prayer service will take place in the academic courtyard to remember and pray for men and women who were killed at the hands of police in 2020.

The Cross Project prayer service…

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Celebrating Triumphs and Recognizing History: What Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Means to La Salle Students
Features

Maddie Khaw | May 21, 2021

Many kids want to grow up to pursue a variety of unequivocally “cool” jobs, such as doctors, veterinarians, or astronauts. Young children often have large-scale aspirations, with the sentence “When…

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Racism is Still Rampant and You Still Need to Call It Out
Opinions

Avery Eldon | May 10, 2021

After last year’s explosive outroar among millions of people, from young children to senior citizens, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the killing of George Floyd, there has been…

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The Voices Behind a Day of Silence
Features

Mary Loeb | April 29, 2021

On Friday, April 23, sophomore Chloe Beck navigated the hallways of La Salle, attended all three classes on their schedule, and gathered with friends for lunch as usual. But on this Friday, Beck did this…

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For La Salle Students, Derek Chauvin Verdict Is Seen as a Step Closer to Justice
Derek Chauvin Verdict

Maddie Khaw | April 22, 2021

Sophomore Allie Ball was in her last class of the day when she heard that the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who killed George Floyd last May, had reached a verdict.

Ball…

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Women Shouldn’t Have To Live in Fear: It’s Time To Stand Up and Support Them
Opinions

Dakota Canzano | April 22, 2021

Heart racing, pepper spray clenched between the knuckles of my hands, and the rapid pacing of my eyes checking my surroundings as I speed walk to my car in the parking lot before it gets too dark. As I…

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From Flair to Functionality, Staff and Students Share How They Choose Their Masks
Features

Ryan Cechini | April 12, 2021

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing masks in public and group settings has become an everyday practice. At La Salle, masks are required at all times with the exception of when seated…

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The Violence in Myanmar Reflects the Decline of Democracy Everywhere
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Maddie Khaw | April 1, 2021

In Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country bordering China, India, and Thailand, violence has dominated the streets after a military coup on Feb. 1, as soldiers continue to clash with peaceful protesters in…

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Students React to Atlanta Spa Shootings and Share Experiences With Anti-Asian Racism
News

Mary Loeb | April 1, 2021

On March 16, a white gunman opened fire on three massage parlors in and around Atlanta, Georgia, killing eight people in total, seven of whom were women and six of whom were of Asian descent. 

In the…

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Teenage Girls Reflect on the Reality of Sexism and Gender Inequality
Features

Carlie Weigel | April 1, 2021

After Women’s History Month was designated a national celebration for the first time in 1987, March has since become a time to recognize and appreciate the contributions women have made in bending the…

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In Second Year of Partnering With Sparrow Project, La Salle Helps Family Through a Time of Need
Features

Carlie Weigel | March 18, 2021

Wesley Culbreth was just an ordinary three-year-old who loved to play with stuffed dinosaur toys and anything having to do with Pokémon.

While he still loves these things, in the years since, Wesley…

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Working Students Reflect on Their Roles Keeping Communities Running Through the Pandemic
Features

Mary Loeb | March 11, 2021

Four to five days each week, senior Izzy Sprando layers a face shield over her mask, snaps on latex gloves, and dons a name tag in preparation for her shift at The Forum at Town Center, an assisted living…

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The Confederate Flag Is a Racist Symbol. Let’s Not Pretend It’s Anything Different.
Opinions

Olivia Aragon | March 5, 2021

On Dec. 20, 1860, the South seceded from the Union, creating what would soon be known as the Confederacy. After this secession, the Civil War began on April 12, 1861, when the Confederates attacked Union…

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In the Wake of Mr. Andrew Yoshihara’s Departure, Students and Staff Reflect on His Impact
Features

Maddie Khaw | February 26, 2021

In the pre-pandemic era, senior Joshly Huitzil-Interian always skipped out on the cafeteria during lunchtime.

While groups of students flooded the lunchroom, grabbing seats at long wooden tables, filling…

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“A Step Towards Getting Back to Teaching”: La Salle Staff Receive First Doses of Coronavirus Vaccine
News

Mary Loeb | February 18, 2021

As La Salle prepares to shift into hybrid learning beginning next week, the opportunity to receive the coronavirus vaccine has offered many teachers and staff members a sense of comfort.

According to…

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The Sights of the Black Lives Matter Movement Throughout Portland
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Carlie Weigel | February 11, 2021

After the killing of George Floyd last May, which for many Americans prompted outrage, anguish, and an even greater desire for racial justice, Portland became a hotspot for Black Lives Matter protests….

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“It Feels Good that Hard Work Pays Off”: La Salle Artists Earn 92 Awards for Their Talents
Features

Brooklyn Chillemi | February 8, 2021

La Salle artists took home 92 awards in the Oregon Art Region’s 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing competition. With five Gold Keys, 47 Silver Keys, and 38 honorable mentions in the art category, “I…

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Through Celebrating Black Excellence, Appreciating Diversity, and Practicing Empathy, BSU Leads School in Commemorating Black History Month
Features

Carlie Weigel | February 4, 2021

Since 1976 when former President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month, February has been a time to celebrate and honor the contributions of Black Americans in politics, art, activism,…

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As La Salle Gets Ready to Return to Campus, Teachers Share Their Thoughts
News

Maddie Khaw | January 21, 2021

Throughout the last year, educators have managed unprecedented challenges. 

Having switched abruptly to online instruction last spring and continuing into the new school year, they have worked to adjust…

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San Miguel Scholars Program Nurtures “More Rich and Vibrant Community” at La Salle
Features

Mary Loeb | January 14, 2021

In the late 1600s, St. John Baptist de La Salle, an affluent priest living in Reims, France, abandoned his personal wealth and title to devote his life to educating others. At the time, education was a…

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La Salle Community Reacts to Violent Invasion at the United States Capitol
News

Carlie Weigel | January 7, 2021

As members of Congress gathered to count electoral votes and officially certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on Wednesday, Jan. 6, a large and violent mob descended upon the grounds of the United…

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Students Weigh In on the Approved COVID-19 Vaccines
News

Olivia Galbraith | January 7, 2021

As they approach the end of a digital semester, students have been met with some hopeful news — the approval of two coronavirus vaccines.

The vaccines, one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and the…

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