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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...

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...

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...

Robby Collman, Aspiring Entrepreneur, Discovers a Passion and Finds Profits

Robby Collman, Aspiring Entrepreneur, Discovers a Passion and Finds Profits

Maddie Khaw, Assistant Editor

October 23, 2019

When it comes to making money in high school, there are a few generic teenage jobs that come to mind. Some teenagers work at children’s camps, officiate youth athletic events, or are employed at restaurants or stores. Others have babysat the kids next door or mowed a neighbor’s lawn at one point ...

Student of the Week: Kamryn Houghton

Student of the Week: Kamryn Houghton

Dakota Canzano, Editor

October 23, 2019

Bubbly. Kind. Empathetic. These are three words that freshman Kamryn Houghton would use to describe herself. Last year, Houghton went to Cascade Heights Public Charter School. She said that transferring from Cascade Heights to La Salle was "a big shift.” At Houghton's old school, she wasn't...

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 ...

Student of the Week: Silas Petersen

Student of the Week: Silas Petersen

Maddie Khaw, Assistant Editor

October 16, 2019

Silas Petersen walked into the doors of La Salle on the first day of his freshman year without a single friend. Coming from Cascade Heights Public Charter School, Petersen found himself adjusting from an eighth grade class of 19 students to a ninth grade class of somewhere around 170. Now a senior, Pe...

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...

Bedroom Pop and Breakups: Katie Shannon Explores Her Passion for Songwriting

Bedroom Pop and Breakups: Katie Shannon Explores Her Passion for Songwriting

Dakota Canzano, Editor

October 2, 2019

The following article includes music containing explicit content. The sunlight is glimmering through the colored window panels and the warm scent of coffee is in the air as Katie Shannon approaches the microphone with a smile. This scene took place on July 24 at Just Bob cafe, a coffee shop on Alb...

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