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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...

Celebrities Draw Attention to Texas Death Row Inmate Rodney Reed

Celebrities Draw Attention to Texas Death Row Inmate Rodney Reed

Avery Eldon, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2019

The clock is ticking for 51-year-old Rodney Reed as he faces the death penalty for the 1996 murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites, with whom he said he was involved in a secret affair. He is scheduled for execution in Texas on Nov. 20.  With several new testimonies emerging in this case, some people across the country hope for R...

Religion Teacher Uses His Passion as a Writer to Inspire Others

Religion Teacher Uses His Passion as a Writer to Inspire Others

Kendall Whiteside, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2019

Mr. Tom McLaughlin has been a religious studies teacher for 13 years. Throughout those years, he has not only been an educator and coach for the La Salle football team, but he is a writer as well. He has self-published two books with hopes “to share [his] thoughts and make a difference in the world....

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...

“You Can’t Take It with You” Gets Ready to Bring Laughter to La Salle

“You Can’t Take It with You” Gets Ready to Bring Laughter to La Salle

Mandy Sisul, Staff Reporter

November 6, 2019

“You Can’t Take It with You” is La Salle’s fall production that gives an exclusive look into craziness and chaos of the Vanderhof family. Written by George Kaufman and Moss Hart, this play brings a new perspective about acceptance and love within a family, while proving that nobody in the world...

La Salle Students and Staff Welcome Guests at Open House

La Salle Students and Staff Welcome Guests at Open House

Reilly Smith, Staff Photographer

November 6, 2019

On Sunday, La Salle students and faculty welcomed guests to the school, offering tours, answering questions, and showcasing different aspects of the school. Here are some photos from the day:

Café Justo Continues Under New Student Leadership

Café Justo Continues Under New Student Leadership

Maggie Rasch, Editor

October 30, 2019

Walking down the main hall, students can smell warm coffee lingering in the air from the student run coffee shop, Café Justo.  The original purpose of Café Justo was to draw attention to the problems surrounding poverty and immigration, while supporting farmers with livable wages. It was propo...

The Montana Immersion: A Glimpse Into a Forgotten Corner of American Life

The Montana Immersion: A Glimpse Into a Forgotten Corner of American Life

Luke Thompson, Staff Reporter

October 30, 2019

On Saturday, Oct. 19, a group of 13 La Salle seniors landed at PDX. They had returned from a week spent at De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning, Montana, helping with the needs of nearly 80 students and their teachers in a very impoverished area of the Blackfeet Reservation. De La Salle Blackfeet is an elementary schoo...

Oregon Students Lobby Successfully for Excused Mental Health Days

Oregon Students Lobby Successfully for Excused Mental Health Days

Mary Loeb, Staff Reporter

October 23, 2019

Starting this school year, Oregon students are legally allowed to take excused mental health days thanks to a new bill proposed by a group of recent Sherwood High School graduates, who hoped the bill would reduce stigma around mental health. The bill became law earlier this year and amends the list o...

Here’s the Scoop: The New Frozen Yogurt Machine

Here’s the Scoop: The New Frozen Yogurt Machine

Carlie Weigel, Assistant Editor

October 16, 2019

Since appearing at the start of the school year, the new frozen yogurt machine in the cafeteria has been striking the curiosity of La Salle’s staff and students with its mouth-watering flavors and vibrantly colored toppings. The new addition to the cafeteria was introduced via Garrett Wisbaum, who ...

La Salle Hosts Annual Believe Benefit Dinner, Grossing $283,000

La Salle Hosts Annual Believe Benefit Dinner, Grossing $283,000

Reilly Smith and Julia Tran

October 9, 2019

On Saturday, Oct. 5, La Salle hosted the annual Believe Benefit Dinner, bringing in gross proceeds of $283,000. This includes $121,000 for scholarships for financial assistance, as well as $69,000 to support construction of the Saalfeld Athletic Center. See below for The Falconer's video coverage of the event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MEl...

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