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As Climate Crisis Worsens, La Salle Curriculum Lags Behind

As Climate Crisis Worsens, La Salle Curriculum Lags Behind

Maddie Khaw, Assistant Editor

January 15, 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 the midst of the thousands of activists that day. Other signs said “no place like home” and “ma...

Peace, Quiet, and Caffeine: The Best Study Spots in Portland

Peace, Quiet, and Caffeine: The Best Study Spots in Portland

Ava Whalon, Staff Reporter

January 15, 2020

With finals just around the corner, stress levels are high and sleep schedules are weak. Taking time to decompress, study, and grab a good cup of coffee can help all students prepare for the busy weeks ahead. Luckily, Portland is full of cozy coffee shops and aesthetically pleasing cafes to help students...

Humans of La Salle: Teacher Fashion

Humans of La Salle: Teacher Fashion

Carlie Weigel, Assistant Editor

January 7, 2020

Teachers can have good style, too. Here’s an inside look at the fashion choices made by several teachers at La Salle, not only these days, but also when they were younger. 

The Headlines That Made the Decade

The Headlines That Made the Decade

Maddie Khaw, Assistant Editor

December 18, 2019

With 2019 drawing to its conclusion, we’ve come to the end of another decade. It was an era defined by pop cultural trends like the ice bucket challenge, Pokémon Go, and fidget spinners. We’ve made it through the 2016 clown sightings, the “what color is the dress?” disputes, and the entirety of 2012 w...

Breaking the Stigma: Four Seniors Aim to Change the Conversation on Periods

Breaking the Stigma: Four Seniors Aim to Change the Conversation on Periods

Avery Eldon, Staff Reporter

December 11, 2019

Every person who menstruates has an embarrassing story, a time when they have started their period at an inconvenient time, like in the middle of class. You quickly reach into your backpack, dig through your papers and pens until you find a pad or tampon, quickly shove it up your sleeve, and then hur...

Students and Staff Explore Immigration Processes Firsthand on the Arizona Border Immersion

Students and Staff Explore Immigration Processes Firsthand on the Arizona Border Immersion

Ava Whalon, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2019

In the early hours of Sunday, Nov. 10, 11 members of the La Salle community boarded a flight to Tucson, Arizona, which would serve as a window into the complex issue of border security and immigration across the U.S./Mexico border. They returned five days later, on Friday, Nov. 15. On the first fu...

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

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

Carlie Weigel and Maddie Khaw

November 19, 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 for the second year in a row, this time to Woodburn, which went on to claim the state titl...

Declining Participation Creates Fear for the Future of High School Football

Declining Participation Creates Fear for the Future of High School Football

Carlie Weigel, Assistant Editor

November 13, 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 alone, the team was composed of only 51 players this year, compared to 88 players just four years a...

Persevering Through Difficulty, Student Activist Amira Tripp Folsom Strives to Make a Difference in Her Community

Persevering Through Difficulty, Student Activist Amira Tripp Folsom Strives to Make a Difference in Her Community

Maya Smith, Editor

November 13, 2019

Navigating through high school and finding where you fit in is a challenge many people face. However, it can be especially difficult if, as a freshman, you come in already feeling like an outsider. Over the course of senior Amira Tripp Folsom’s three plus years, La Salle has been a whirlwind of exp...

As Educator of the Year, Mr. Larry Swanson Leaves a Lasting Impact, While Loving What He Does

As Educator of the Year, Mr. Larry Swanson Leaves a Lasting Impact, While Loving What He Does

Dakota Canzano, Editor

November 12, 2019

When Mr. Larry Swanson was 20 and finishing his sophomore year in college, he decided engineering wasn’t for him. He didn’t know what he wanted to do with the rest of his vocational life, so he turned to his pastor. “You know you’re a teacher,” the pastor said.  Mr. Swanson listen...

Competitive Water Skier Johnny Maitland Aims To Return To Nationals

Competitive Water Skier Johnny Maitland Aims To Return To Nationals

Murphy Schuster and Carlie Weigel

October 30, 2019

While managing a busy schedule made up of not only basketball, soccer, and academics, sophomore Johnny Maitland is also a competitive water skier who made it to the 2018 national championships. Maitland started water skiing competitively nearly ten years ago, after his dad encouraged him to begin competing....

Junior Ian Simmons Celebrates Being the Only Junior on the JV2 Boys Soccer Team

Junior Ian Simmons Celebrates Being the Only Junior on the JV2 Boys Soccer Team

Mallory Middendorff, Assistant Editor

October 30, 2019

Students ran from the stands, lining up behind the 20 yard line, to watch junior Ian Simmons shoot a penalty kick in his last home soccer game. Yelling and cheering, the students awaited the kick. Simmons missed the shot, but that did not stop the cheers from the fans, as they were just happy to supp...

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