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Falconer wins 29 awards

La Salle’s student news publication and website, The Falconer, has won 29 awards - including the second consecutive "Best in category" award for a news website - in the Oregon Journalism Education Association’s annual Student Media Olympics competition.
 
The entries were judged by media advisers and college media faculty from across the nation, said journalism and English teacher Miles Kane, the paper's faculty adviser.
 
In addition to the Student Media Olympics awards, Carlie Weigel '21 and Maddie Khaw '21 were recognized with a Best of School Newspapers Online Story of the Year award for an article about homelessness. Their story was one of only 24 pieces selected for the honor from more than 20,000 submissions to the School Newspapers Online publishing platform.

La Salle winners in the Student Media Olympics include:

GENERAL FEATURE

Best in category: Maddie Khaw and Carlie Weigel — Welcome to Portland: A Look Into the Lives of Three of Portland’s Homeless

Superior: Brooklyn Chillemi — The COVID-19 Pandemic, Through the Eyes of Four Students

Excellent: Carlie Weigel — La Salle Partners With Sparrow Project to Support Eight Year Old Through Medical Challenges

IN-DEPTH NEWS ANALYSIS

Best in category: Maddie Khaw — As Climate Crisis Worsens, La Salle Curriculum Lags Behind

Superior: Olivia Galbraith — Our Identities Are What Make Us Great”: Reflecting on Black History Month at La Salle

Superior: Carlie Weigel and Maddie Khaw — La Salle Hopes to “Stay Realistic, but Stay Positive” While Shifting to Online Classes Until April 28

PERSONALITY PROFILE FEATURE

Superior: Maya Smith — Persevering Through Difficulty, Student Activist Amira Tripp Folsom Strives to Make a Difference in Her Community

Excellent: Dakota Canzano — As Educator of the Year, Mr. Larry Swanson Leaves a Lasting Impact, While Loving What He Does

SPORTS NEWS

Best in category: Carlie Weigel and Maddie Khaw — Girls Basketball Season Ends Early, Leaving Them No Shot at a State Title

Superior: Carlie Weigel, Maddie Khaw, Dakota Canzano — After Falling Short in the Playoffs For Several Years, the Boys Varsity Soccer Team Finds Redemption

Excellent: Carlie Weigel and Maddie Khaw — La Salle Swim Takes First Place Finish at Districts, 10 Swimmers Advance to State

SPORTS FEATURE

Superior: Carlie Weigel — Declining Participation Creates Fear for the Future of High School Football

Honorable mention: Mallory Middendorff — Junior Ian Simmons Celebrates Being the Only Junior on the JV2 Boys Soccer Team

EDITORIAL

Best in category: The editorial board — Student Press Freedom Matters

Superior: The editorial board — A Time to Be Thankful

Superior: The editorial board — Before Time Runs Out, We Must Take Action Against the Coronavirus

PERSONAL COLUMN

Honorable mention: Andrew Clair — How the Pacific Crest Trail Taught Me the Value of Suffering

Honorable mention: Andrew Clair — How Confidence, Hope, and Taking Risks Leads to Success

Honorable mention: Andrew Clair — Self-Hatred, Autism, and Discrimination: How I Left My Feeling of Inferiority at the Door

REVIEW

Superior: Mia Kritzer — HBO’s “Euphoria” Dives Deep Into Turbulent Adolescence

Excellent: Luke Thompson — Star Wars Episode IX Is a Disappointment, but Enjoyable Nonetheless

NEWS PHOTO

Excellent: Reilly Smith

HUMAN INTEREST/FEATURE PHOTO

Superior: Reilly Smith

Superior: Reilly Smith

Excellent: Reilly Smith

SPORTS REACTION PHOTO

Best in category: Reilly Smith

PHOTO STORY/SLIDESHOW

Best in category: Reilly Smith — COVID-19 Leaves Portland Desolate
 
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