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The La Salle Falconer

The student news site of La Salle Catholic College Preparatory.

The La Salle Falconer

The student news site of La Salle Catholic College Preparatory.

The La Salle Falconer

The first thing math teacher Mr. Swanson does every morning is “read my Bible, pray, and drink coffee,” he said.

How a Calling Led Mr. Swanson to 43 Years of Teaching

Isabella Simonutti, Staff Reporter December 1, 2021

Mr. Larry Swanson, co-chair of the math department and math teacher at La Salle, says teaching is what he is called to do. When it came time to choose a career path, he felt that when he was 20 that he...

The OSAA recently decided to only consider freshmen, sophomores, and juniors when evaluating enrollment numbers, excluding seniors from this count.

The Rumors Aren’t True: La Salle Will Remain in the 5A Classification

Mariah Moore, Staff Reporter November 10, 2021

Every four years, the Oregon School Activities Association reevaluates each Oregon high school and the state of their enrollment, as well as the states of their athletic programs. They sometimes make small...

“We live in a time that is so politically charged and so polarized that sometimes it’s important to just step back and think about this is not politics, this is about human beings,” Mr. Dreisbach said.

Following Newberg Ban, Students and Staff React to Displays of Pride and BLM Symbols on Campus

John Pham and Lillian Paugh November 3, 2021

A one-hour drive from La Salle, the Newberg School Board recently banned staff from displaying Black Lives Matter signs and Pride flags in their classrooms, alarming and angering some of Newberg’s staff...

While the American flag may represent freedom for some, many suffer under an oppressive caste system.

Castes: Racism Through a Different Lens

Maya Raphael, Staff Reporter November 3, 2021

Caste. Think about this word.  It is commonly attributed to India, and solely India — an enticing, beautiful country plagued with a rigid pecking order determined by citizens' innate and uncontrollable...

Mr. John Donnelly has been volunteering at Providence Portland Medical Center since August as part of a larger group of National Guard soldiers who were called to help in hospitals during the pandemic.

Absent From the Classroom, Mr. Donnelly Serves in Local Hospitals as Part of the National Guard

Mary Loeb, Editor in Chief October 20, 2021

For the past nine years that Mr. John Donnelly has worked at La Salle, he has generally started the school year the same way. Beginning in September, he returns to the classroom to direct the band department...

“If you have a vaccine, then you can really prevent the majority of that infection,” said Dr. Dawn Nolt.

Infectious Disease Doctor Dawn Nolt Breaks Down COVID-19 Myths

Anna Waldron, Staff Reporter October 20, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine has been an ongoing political and medical discussion since before it existed. While vaccines for 16-year-olds and above have been available since April, according to La Salle administration,...

“When you become a part of the… ecosystem that is this place it feels, for me at least, like another home,” senior Ella Bright said when discussing her love for La Salle’s STEAM Team.

How La Salle’s STEAM Team Has Become a Sanctuary of Community, Creativity, and Acceptance

Isabella Simonutti and Megan Snyder October 20, 2021

New to La Salle this year, the STEAM Team is dedicated to helping students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, art, and math grow in their talents, while also giving them the...

Seniors Natalie Caldillo-Ruelas, Victoria Roman-Arrieta, and Jaqui Cacho Barrera reflected on what Hispanic Heritage Month meant to them.

“We’re Just Trying to Show We’re Here”: Members of the Unidos Club Reflect on Hispanic Heritage Month

Erin Moran, Staff Reporter October 20, 2021

The 60.6 million Latinos in the United States make up the nation's largest racial or ethnic group.  To recognize this group, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated nationally from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15...

Advanced art students are eager to promote the art program this year at La Salle.

Get To Know the AP Art Students Leading La Salle’s National Art Honors Society

Elsie Buczkowski, Staff Reporter October 6, 2021

La Salle is home to a group of dedicated artists, with some student artists participating in the art community at La Salle by taking AP Art as well as participating in National Art Honors Society (NAHS).  Students...

When Ms. Cha was announced as Educator of the Year, students from her advanced art classes came running down the hallway with cheers.

Helping Students Become “Their Best Artistic Selves,” Ms. Cha Asokan Earns Lasallian Educator of the Year Award

Mary Loeb and Brooklyn Chillemi September 22, 2021

Growing up, art teacher Ms. Cha Asokan remembers feeling embarrassed that she was one of the only Indian kids attending her elementary school. “My mom was a phenomenal chef,” said Ms. Cha, as she...

As they assumed their positions at La Salle, each new staff member shared a collection of personal experiences and goals for this school year with The Falconer.

Nine New Staff Members Join the La Salle Community

Mary Loeb, Editor in Chief September 15, 2021

This fall, La Salle has welcomed a diverse crew of nine new staff members, including four counselors, a front office assistant, two teachers, a new director of community and student leadership, and an...

This year’s valedictorians are Otso Barron, Paige Martin, and David Jensen, and the salutatorians are Nathan Henry, Sam Luft, Ryan Rosumny, and Ben Scott-Lewis.

La Salle’s 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorians: Seven Seniors Reflect on High School and Look to the Future

As an academic year unlike any of its predecessors draws to a close, seven La Salle students have been named valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2021.  Despite the abnormality of this...

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