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Olivia Aragon

Olivia Aragon, Staff Reporter

Olivia is a senior at La Salle. She participates in cross country, swimming, tennis, and speech and debate. She spends her free time watching crime shows, reading, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.

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The American flag should be flown with pride, but the Confederate flag should be seen for what it is: a racist symbol.

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

March 3, 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...

Taylor Swift's first album dropped in 2006, when she was just 16 years old. 15 years later, let's take a look at the history of her music career.

Taylor Swift’s Music Career at a Glance

February 17, 2021

Taylor Swift is undoubtedly one of the most noteworthy names in the music industry, with a long list of accomplishments that will lead her to go down in history as one of the most legendary music artists...

A sister record to Taylor Swift's

Taylor Swift’s Second Surprise Album “evermore” Further Showcases Her Songwriting and Exploration in a New Genre

December 16, 2020

On Dec. 10, Taylor Swift announced and dropped her second surprise this year, titled “evermore.” With this new album, Swift continues with her mythical and detailed storytelling, along with intertwining...

Netflix consists of an endless array of TV shows and movies to cure your boredom, especially during the pandemic.

5 Netflix Must-Sees You Might’ve Overlooked

December 9, 2020

Some of these movies contain content that might be upsetting to some viewers.  Over quarantine, Netflix has provided us with something to watch during our abundance of free time.  I’m sure you’ve...

Joining the track and field team has allowed senior Abby Sheets to compete with her friends and have an “overall good time,” she said.

Athlete of the Week: Abby Sheets

December 2, 2020

Senior Abby Sheets has been playing volleyball since her early elementary school years, helping her to build longstanding friendships along with teaching her valuable life skills that she will take into...

All 14 songs from Ariana Grande’s new album “Positions” have charted on the latest Billboard Hot 100.

Ariana Grande’s New Album “Positions” Combines More Mature Themes with Excellent Production

November 18, 2020

Even though I enjoy Ariana Grande's music, I've never really listened to any of her albums all the way through. So when she dropped her most recent album, “Positions,” I decided I was finally going...

This fall playlist includes 12 songs, with genres ranging from country to alternative.

From Country to Alternative, Olivia’s Fall Playlist

November 11, 2020

I always like to think of the fall season as a time of calmness, because there is just something about the leaves falling and the crisp cold air that makes one feel, for a moment, like it's going to be...

As the election draws nearer, voters again find themselves faced with a decision between two options, with no other realistic choices.

The Two-Party System Is Tearing Us Apart

October 28, 2020

As Americans look toward an election that is just days away, some people feel that they are forced into a lesser-of-two-evils situation, and I find myself inclined to agree with them. Some may argue...

Freshman McKenna Bright finds joy in training her horses, as she thinks it is a good way to take her mind off of school work.

Student of the Week: McKenna Bright

October 21, 2020

As freshman McKenna Bright attends her first year at La Salle, she is hoping that in the future she will be able to participate in things like school dances and sports games. Bright feels that although...

After President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett for the open Supreme Court seat, many argue that the seat should not be filled until after the upcoming election.

With the Election Approaching, Students Share Their Reactions to Trump’s Nomination for Supreme Court Justice

October 7, 2020

On Sept. 26, President Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee as Amy Coney Barrett. Just over a week before on Sept. 18, Justice Ruth Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87 due to complications of...

Taylor Swift's new album,

Taylor Swift’s New Album, “folklore,” Is a Welcomed Switch Up, Showcasing Her Talents and Maturity

September 30, 2020

On July 24, as I was sitting eating breakfast and scrolling through Instagram, I saw a new post from my favorite artist, Taylor Swift. To my excitement, I discovered Swift was dropping her new album, “folklore,”...

Tryouts for the dance team take place on Aug. 21-23.

Dance: From a Club to a Team at La Salle

June 5, 2019

You may notice the loud music playing after school in the cafeteria, the sound of the dance team hard at work. The dance team will be transitioning from a club to an official dance team and will be...

Outside of school, sophomore Madison Fahlman-Katler does CrossFit five to six times a week.

Student of The Week: Madison Fahlman-Katler

May 22, 2019

Sophomore Madison Fahlman-Katler participates in CrossFit and works at the law firm Callahan and Shears, all while maintaining an unweighted 4.02 GPA this semester. Her advanced courses are Honors English...

Taylor Swift's New Song “ME!” Takes Her Music in a Vastly Different Direction

Taylor Swift’s New Song “ME!” Takes Her Music in a Vastly Different Direction

May 15, 2019

On April 25 at 9:00 p.m., I got onto my iPad to listen to Taylor Swift’s new single “ME!” for her new upcoming album. To my surprise, it also featured Panic at the Disco!'s lead vocalist Brendon...

Students learning in a traditional public school classroom.

Oregon’s Education System Is Failing Its Youth and Its Future

May 1, 2019

In 2018, Oregon’s public education system was ranked 8th worst in the United States. This horrific fact serves as a call to action for us to improve Oregon’s largely defective public school system...

Junior Christine Bynum has been taking steps to help a bill pass in Oregon that would lower the voting age to 16. She will be speaking to lawmakers at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem next week.

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

March 13, 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...

Dealing with fame, falling in love, feeling free, and precious moments with those you love is what this playlist entails.

From Beyoncé to BANNERS, Here Are Ten Pop/Alternative Songs to Get You Through the Day

March 6, 2019

Throughout the day there are many experiences and emotions you go through, making each day different than the last. Here are ten pop/alternative songs full of living life and dealing with a broken heart...

Student of the Week: Helena Brinker

Student of the Week: Helena Brinker

February 20, 2019

Sophomore Helena Brinker is a student who not only thrives academically but peruses her passions. From studying to baking she is determined to produce quality work.  Brinker first got into baking in...

A social justice project by Gabe Rozzell created for La Salle's art program, representing falsely incarcerated people.

Did the Justice System Fail Cyntoia Brown?

January 23, 2019

In 2004, a 16-year-old girl named Cyntoia Brown was convicted of murdering a man, and sentenced to life in prison. At the time, this case caused tons of uproar and sparked many debates on how this incident...

“Dynasty,” a Hidden Gem You Might Have Missed

December 12, 2018

Drama filled shows are nothing new, but “Dynasty” is one that may have escaped your radar. On Oct. 11, 2017, a remake of the 1981 show “Dynasty” hit Netflix. “Dynasty” is filled with never...

The Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire in California burned a total of 250,285 acres.

News Recap: Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire Leave Behind a Trail of Destruction in California

December 12, 2018

Last month two fires, which are called the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire, consecutively hit California. The Camp Fire, which hit Northern California, was the most destructive and deadliest wildfire in California’s...

“The Haunting of Hill House”: A Netflix Show That is More Than a Horror Story

November 14, 2018

“The Haunting of Hill House” hit Netflix on October 12, bringing all the horror and mystery that people have been waiting for. This 10 episode series, which is a loose adaptation of the 1953 book by...

Celebrities and Politics: Should Taylor Swift Have Supported Democrats?

Celebrities and Politics: Should Taylor Swift Have Supported Democrats?

October 24, 2018

On Oct. 7, Taylor Swift made an Instagram post that took the media and the world by storm. For the first time in her career, she stated her political opinion on controversial issues. She also endorsed...

Athlete of the Week: Sophomore Victoria Azar

Athlete of the Week: Sophomore Victoria Azar

October 11, 2018

Victoria Azar is a sophomore at La Salle who is in the middle of her second year of cross country and is already one of the top runners on the team. According to La Salle's leaderboard for...

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