January 2023 newsletter
January 2023 newsletter
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January 2023
We enter 2023 with anticipation and excitement as we collectively celebrate the new year and the continued growth of our Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP).
We are so excited about the addition of our remote worksite hub on campus this year. Thanks to a grant from the Cristo Rey Network, the remote space is outfitted with eight workstations, ergonomic chairs, noise-canceling headphones, secure storage units, and, of course, snacks! This space makes it possible for partners to provide students with meaningful work opportunities in situations where it is not possible to host them in person in the workplace. It is clear that remote work is here to stay, and, we are glad to be at the forefront of exposing students to this new employment landscape.
In addition, we are thrilled to announce the kick-off of the Operation 100% Employment Taskforce whose goal is to secure jobs for every one of our students for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year. Over 30 experienced Portland business leaders have graciously agreed to volunteer their time and efforts to help us achieve this ambitious goal. Taskforce members are connected to the school in various wayssome are current CWSP partners, others serve on our Board or Ambassador Board, some are long-time contributors, while others are new to our mission. We can’t thank them enough for their commitment to our goal.
Aiyana Ashley
CWSP Director of Operations
Community 101 Students Award Two Grants
The eight students in this year’s Community 101 class culminated their semester’s work on January 10 by awarding $2,500 grants to two nonprofit beneficiariesPath Home and Portland Rescue Mission. An Oregon Community Foundation program with major support from the PGE Foundation and additional support from the Joseph E. Weston Foundation, Community 101 gives students the opportunity to run their own mini-foundation.
The students brainstormed different community issues, ultimately choosing homelessness as their focus; developed a mission statement; and then researched many local nonprofits that address the problem. They solicited grant applications from 10 organizations and, after intense discernment, eventually selected Path Home and Portland Rescue Mission for the unique approaches they take in serving Portland’s homeless population. 
Led by teacher Anne Warrington, the students prepared and presented a formal award ceremony honoring their selected organizations and presenting oversized checks to appreciative representatives from the two organizations. Monica Lopez Hernandez ‘24 explained in the ceremony that Path Home was selected because “giving someone support to be able to get up and change their life bit by bit does more than providing a roof for a night.” As stated by Daniela Santiago-Hernandez ‘24 about Portland Rescue Mission, “its application demonstrated the core values by which our class is built uponwe fight to make a better Portland.”
After the ceremony, Diana Ku Peraza ‘24 shared, “This class meant a lot to me. We had to research a lot of organizations, and I learned about what groups of people are struggling and how we can help them.” Raphael Calderon ‘24 added, “I thank Ms. Warrington for her guidance and the opportunity to help our community.”
DLSNC Students and Alums Honored with Skanner Foundation Scholarship Awards
DLSNC was well represented at the Skanner Foundation’s 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast in which the Foundation’s annual scholarship awards were presented. Two current DLSNC seniors and seven DLSNC alumni were part of a total of 34 students recognized at the well-attended event. The scholarship recipients are students who, “in the spirit of Dr. King, plan to pursue educational goals that will serve their communities.” 
This year’s DLSNC Skanner scholarship recipients are: Mohamed Bullo ‘22 (Boston College); My’Zhane Fesser ‘19 (Tuskegee University); Jessica Isibor ‘18 (University of Louisville School of Medicine); Kalkidan Ketema ‘20 (Portland State University); Elliana McKinney ‘23; Imani McRae ‘22 (Howard University); Faiire Platt ‘20 (University of Oregon); Coco Quaye ‘21 (Tulane University); and Evelyn Velez ‘23.
Tournament Action for Knight Basketball Teams
Over winter break our men's and women's basketball teams played in some very competitive tournaments. The Lady Knights participated in the Westside Christian Queens of the Court Tournament in Tigard. Our Lady Knights competed with excellence to make a 3-0 sweep against Knappa (71-40), Harrisburg (61-40), and Regis (52-45) and won the tournament. The team created great momentum for heading into the regular season and should be considered a force to be reckoned with. We are beyond proud of what they have accomplished thus far.
Our men's team flew to Las Vegas to play in the Tarkanian Classic Basketball Tournament during the week before Christmas. For the first game, the Knights went against the Faith Lutheran Crusaders (NV) winning 85-59. In the following match-up, they battled with Maranatha High School (CA) going back and forth until the end and pulling away with the win 63-57. Next up, they played Mother Teresa Catholic Academy (Canada) in the semi-finals (47-69) which was a tough loss for the Knights. They bounced back quickly with a nail-biting game against the Clovis East Timberwolves (CA), trading points back and forth and coming out victorious with a win (69-66) for third place. 
Knight Nation basketball is in full swing, and our teams are representing De La Salle North Catholic proudly. We encourage you to come on out to support DLSNC basketball this season! Click here for the home game schedule.
--Demetrius Rhodes, Athletics Director
Annual Alumni Breakfast Returns!
In mid-December, we were delighted to reintroduce a longtime tradition of welcoming alumni back to campus for a fellowship breakfast. More than 50 DLSNC graduates from nearly every one of the 18 graduating classes enjoyed waffles, bacon, and fruit while catching up with classmates, faculty, and staff. Many alums volunteered throughout the day to present to current students about their college and adult life experiences post-DLSNC.

Here are a couple of responses from attendees to the question, “What wisdom do you have to impart to today’s Knights?”  
Maleka Blake ‘10, a library assistant for Multnomah County Library who was attending her first alumni event, shared, “Go easy on yourself when you’re trying to figure out what you want out of life in terms of your own personal growth and career. Take time to figure out who you are.”
Felix Songolo ‘18 who is in his final semester at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service offered, “When I was (a student) here, I feel like I was always thinking too far ahead. But life is lived in the moment, so focus on the people and opportunities around you right now and don’t take those for granted."
Knight Nation Spotlight Profile
This month we spotlight Luci Hidalgo, Counselor for all DLSNC freshmen and juniors. Luci, who grew up in Hood River and is of Mexican descent, is a recent graduate of PSU’s Masters program in Social Work. She supports DLSNC students with emotional, social, and academic challenges.
What do you like most about your job?
The thing I really enjoy about being a counselor is seeing that epiphany moment for students when they see their own potential. A lot of students don’t have a support system; sometimes it’s just one person in their corner. Once they are successful in getting their grade up in a specific subject or they get into an internship and then it all finally clicks for them THAT is the most meaningful part of my job.
What makes you the perfect person for this job?
I will say first and foremost the fact that I look like the students. I know how much representation matters.
Because of an upbringing with substance abuse in my family, I knew I wanted to do something working with youth and families. Initially, I thought I would do that through the criminal justice system. I had the opportunity to work at a detention center for a year and quickly realized that wasn’t the type of support I wanted to provide. Social work was a passion of mine, and I wanted to give back to my community. I know how sparse it is to find a person of color within social work and therapy. I like using my bilingual skills to better assist Latinx families within these systems because they are super confusing.
I tell my students all the time, if there’s anything I can pass on to you from my own experiences, I’m more than happy to do that. I don’t want them to struggle the way that I did.

What was your first job?
My first job was as a legal assistant for an immigration law firm which I did for four months. I realized that wasn’t the type of help I wanted to provide; it just wasn’t my field. My next job was as a youth outreach worker. That’s where it really solidified for me that I definitely wanted to work with youth and families long-term.
Click here for more about Luci.
Question of the Month
Continuing our feature on the rich academic offerings at DLSNC, this month we visit Ms. Huffman's multi-grade Computer Science class. Ms. Huffman, who fills DLSNC’s newly-created STEAM Director position, also teaches three other STEAM electives: Engineering Applications, Engineering Design & Analysis, and Robotics.

Here's a question the comp sci students recently tackled:
There is an error in the code pictured below. Can you find the error and fix it?
Hint: If the code is not corrected, the image produced is a shark.
Click For Answer
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