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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

2023-2024 Fall Staff

Josephine Robinson
Editor in Chief

Josephine Robinson

Senior Josephine Robinson is the third generation of her family to attend La Salle.  She loves all of her classes and teachers but especially loves learning about history and journalism.  Josephine plays golf and is hoping to continue playing in college. Outside of school she also enjoys hobbies like hiking, fashion, and thrifting. Her advice to anyone who wants to thrift is to look for somethin...

Maddy Lafollette
Editor

Maddy Lafollette

Senior Maddy LaFollette has lived in Oregon her whole life. This will be Maddy’s second semester in Journalism, and she has also been an ambassador since her sophomore year. For elementary and middle school, she went to Holy Family. Her favorite class is science, and she hopes to study chemistry in college.  On the weekends, Maddy loves to hang out with her friends and family, bake sweet treats...

Seychelle Marks-Bienen
Editor

Seychelle Marks-Bienen

Senior Seychelle Marks-Bienen was born in Missoula, Montana, but moved to Southeast Portland at the age of two. She is a member of the girls varsity soccer team here at La Salle, and during the months when high school soccer is not in season, she spends most of her time playing soccer for her club team and working the front desk at Rose City Futsal. Having roots in both Oregon and Montana, she greatly enjoys the ...

Mackenzie Torres
Editor

Mackenzie Torres

Mackenzie Torres is a senior in her third semester as part of The Falconer. When she isn’t focusing on school, she spends time at the barn with her best friends and her horse. But when she just wants to stay home, Mackenzie bakes everything from cakes to cookies.  Mackenzie’s life is also very family-oriented. Whether it’s binge-watching Harry Potter for the millionth time or making s’mores...

Lucy Loeb
Editor

Lucy Loeb

Born in Pleasanton, CA, senior Lucy Loeb’s deep-rooted admiration for the Bay Area has led her to aspire to move back there someday. Lucy’s parents decided that La Salle would be the right fit for her, and although originally unconvinced, she eventually came to agree with them. For her first two years at La Salle, Lucy participated in the volleyball program. During the spring of her sophomore...

Cadence Wooden
Editor

Cadence Wooden

Senior Cadence Wooden is the third generation of her family to attend La Salle. She enjoys attending all of her classes and appreciates everything that her teachers help her with. Her all-time favorite class throughout her years in high school has been English. Cadence plays basketball for La Salle and outside of school as well. It’s a very large part of her life and she hopes that in the fu...

Clara Hudson
Editor

Clara Hudson

Clara Hudson is currently a senior at La Salle and has lived in Oregon for her whole life. Before La Salle, she attended El Puente Bilingual School and Alder Creek Middle School. She spends most of her time outside of school playing softball and basketball. But aside from sports, she loves to spend time outdoors hiking, going to the beach, and paddle boarding. Clara has three cats named Nala,...

Jasmine McIntosh
Editor

Jasmine McIntosh

Name: Jasmine Marie McIntosh - AKA Jaz Grade: Senior Aspirations: To become a well-versed world traveler, melomaniac, runner, and National Geographic photographer Favorite Thing About Journalism: The freedom to be creative, to share my photography and videography, and an avenue to invoke my First Amendment rights Favorite Things: My family, track and field, Lauryn Hill, sunsets, college...

John Pham
Editor

John Pham

John Pham has lived in Oregon his entire life and has been a part of The La Salle Falconer for the past three years. Having been suggested to sign up for Journalism by his freshman English teacher, he has since been made an editor for the Opinion section, and at one point even managed the Sports section despite having little interest in the subject. He looks forward to every Wednesday publishin...

Audrey Waters
Assistant Editor

Audrey Waters

Sophomore Audrey Waters lives in Milwaukie, only a short commute away from La Salle. With an unexpected change in her plans for high school she ended up at La Salle, after receiving a recommendation from a family friend.  She attended Hosford Middle School, where she was in a Chinese Immersion program. This year her favorite classes include Spanish and Honors Chemistry. Audrey also hopes to wor...

Finn Christensen-McElroy
Assistant Editor

Finn Christensen-McElroy

Sophomore Finn Christensen-McElroy moved to Oregon from California eight years ago, having grown up in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Although the rainy weather was a big adjustment at first, in her opinion the beautiful environment definitely makes up for it.  Finn swims year-round for David Douglas High School as a member of their club team, and is on the La Salle swim team as well. She’s ...

Harper Coleman
Assistant Editor

Harper Coleman

Harper Coleman is a sophomore who originally came to La Salle because of her older brother. She has lived in Portland for nearly her whole life, and before arriving at La Salle, she attended St. Agatha Catholic School from pre-K on. This is her first semester of journalism, and she is an active member of La Salle’s theater program as an actor and crew member. Harper loves the passionate envir...

Kayah Cieslak
Assistant Editor

Kayah Cieslak

Sophomore Kayah Cieslak has lived in Oregon all her life, living a majority of it in Northeast Portland and other households across the state. Other than helping out in The Falconer, she loves to read and write in her leisure time. Her favorite authors include Kurt Vonnegut and Franz Kafka, meanwhile her all-time prevailing favorite childhood book is “The Little Prince”. Her music taste spans va...

Sofia Gonzalez
Assistant Editor

Sofia Gonzalez

Sofia is currently a senior at La Salle. She is a student ambassador and part of the girls tennis and soccer teams. In her free time, Sofia enjoys listening to music, reading, and baking. She also loves shopping and hanging out with friends.

Rita Tran
Assistant Editor

Rita Tran

Rita Tran is returning to her second year in Journalism as a junior due to the fulfillment she finds while writing and sharing stories. Not only does she enjoy writing, she enjoys a wide variety of activities including hanging out with friends, cooking, going on picnics, thrifting, drinking chai, and sleeping.  At La Salle, she is a part of the tennis and swim teams, as well as a large number ...

Brooks Coleman
Assistant Editor

Brooks Coleman

Brooks Coleman is a senior at La Salle. He has lived in the Sellwood-Moreland area of Portland his entire life. Prior to attending La Salle, Brooks attended St. Agatha Catholic School from preschool through eighth grade. La Salle had always been near the top of Brooks’ list of potential high schools, but he cemented his choice after an amazing shadow day during his eighth grade year. Brooks...

Kathleen Waldron
Assistant Editor

Kathleen Waldron

Kathleen Waldron is currently a senior. Throughout the course of her life she has attended only two schools and has lived in the city of Portland since she was born. Despite her love for her hometown, she dreams of the day when she can be independent and live in a bigger city like Chicago or New York City. Kathleen loves to listen to music and is particularly a large fan of Lauryn Hill, The Internet, Rihanna...

Bronson Shenson-Collins
Staff Reporter

Bronson Shenson-Collins

Junior Bronson Shenson-Collins has lived in Oregon his whole life. Before attending La Salle, he went to St. Agatha Catholic School from preschool all the way to eighth grade. Bronson plays baseball for La Salle and has been playing baseball for as long as he can remember. In his free time he enjoys golfing with friends. His favorite golf course at the moment is Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon Cit...

Emma Washburn
Staff Reporter

Emma Washburn

Sophomore Emma Washburn has never taken Journalism before, but is excited for the new experience.  She loves to write and hang out with her family in her free time, as well as golf with her dad every week.  Never having golfed before, Emma joined La Salle’s golf team last spring. She loves the game and can’t wait to excel so she can, one day, beat her dad. Although she goes to schoo...

Ashley Kamhoot
Staff Reporter

Ashley Kamhoot

Sophomore Ashley Kamhoot has lived in Oregon, and near the Portland area her whole life, but also resides with her dad in Vancouver, Washington.  She loves the outdoor opportunities the Pacific NorthWest offers, like whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, mountain bike riding, snowshoeing, and skiing. She loves to do these activities with her family, which includes her ten year old English lab, Stella.�...

Eli Batcheller
Staff Reporter

Eli Batcheller

Eli Batcheller is currently a sophomore. Eli lived in Oregon City for 16 years, until moving to Oak Grove over this summer.  His favorite classes include World history, Chemistry, and Spanish. His favorite part of all of his classes are his friends around him.  He originally chose to go to La Salle because of his older sister, and because of the quality of education. When he got to La Salle,...

Izzy Sulloway Ferreras
Staff Reporter

Izzy Sulloway Ferreras

Senior Izzy Sulloway Ferreras enjoys crafting, reading, and baking. She is fond of watching old 80’s movies while making chocolate chip cookies and collecting old records from thrift shops or from her relatives.  The arts have been a huge part of her life as she started ballet when she was three, joined her children’s choir at seven, preferred movies with music, and could always be found in he...

Torin Fisher
Staff Reporter

Torin Fisher

Junior Torin Fisher is the first of his family to attend La Salle. Apart from journalism, he enjoys playing baseball for La Salle’s team.  Torin’s current favorite hobbies are skiing, golfing, and attending Oregon Duck football games. Torin Enjoys La Salle because he feels included no matter where he goes or what he is doing. During break you will most likely find Torin in the Athletic ...

Sam Upkes
Staff Reporter

Sam Upkes

Junior Sam Upkes was born in Washington but has lived in Oregon since he was born. He enjoys fall sports and is excited for the school year. Sam transferred this year from Oregon City High School. He first learned about La Salle from his friend, and things just fell into place from there.  You can find Sam on a football field or on a golf course partaking in sports. Sam hopes to make the mos...

Lucas Hungerford
Staff Reporter

Lucas Hungerford

Senior Lucas Hungerford has lived in Oregon his entire life.  Aside from The Falconer, he is a member of the golf team at La Salle, and also enjoys listening to music and playing the guitar in his free time. Lucas is a big sports fan, and his favorite teams are the Oregon Ducks and Los Angeles Chargers. During his time at La Salle, Lucas has most enjoyed playing on sports teams, meeting new peo...

Olivia Hungerford
Staff Reporter

Olivia Hungerford

Senior Olivia Hungerford has lived in Oregon for her entire life. After attending Happy Valley Elementary and Middle School, she was drawn to La Salle by the challenging academic environment and focus on college preparation.  During school, Olivia’s favorite subjects are art and English. When she’s not in class, she is a competitive dancer, and spends most of her days in the studio. After high sc...

Emmett Strackany
Staff Reporter

Emmett Strackany

Emmett Strackany is a freshman student who was born in Oregon and has lived there his entire life. He loves all seasons here, but his favorite is probably fall. After previously attending Franciscan Montessori Earth School (FMES) for middle school, Emmett came to La Salle with nearly everyone else from his class. He greatly loves FMES and hopes to revisit every chance he gets.  At La Salle he lov...

Julianne Rast
Staff Reporter

Julianne Rast

Julianne Rast, a 10th grader, has moved five times in her life: from Las Vegas, Nevada, to two different houses in Richland, her grandparents house, and her house now outside of Gladstone.  Julianne is a third generation student here at La Salle and is following in her family's legacy. After graduating from Saint John the Baptist in downtown Milwaukie she was ready for high school. Julianne juggles ...

Riley Witter
Staff Reporter

Riley Witter

Junior Riley Witter moved to Oregon 10 years ago from Wisconsin, and since has moved four times all within the Portland area.  Whenever he catches some time for himself, he ends up spending it learning more about game development and hanging out with his three-legged dog, Bangchee. With reading and writing always being something that surrounded him, he hopes to write thoughtful pieces and learn...

Jonah Ward
Staff Reporter

Jonah Ward

Sophomore Jonah Ward moved from his home state of California to Oregon at the age of 11, and he enjoys the experience of a smaller city. Jonah’s free time, which comes scarce, is devoted to working on his cars, fishing, and playing the cello.  Jonah also has a passion for art, as he loves drawing and listening to music — mostly old country and classic rock. Jonah will also occasionally pl...

Sunny Super
Staff Reporter

Sunny Super

Sunny Super is currently in 10th grade. She has lived in Oregon her entire life, moving only a couple of times, and she loves the community and weather here.  Sunny came to La Salle following in her brother’s footsteps, but also because when she shadowed at the high school she fell in love with the community. Another contributing factor to Sunny’s enrollment at La Salle was the fact that she atten...

Emma Smith
Staff Reporter

Emma Smith

Sophomore Emma Smith loves running, sleepovers with friends, and summers out on the trails with her family.  Emma has been doing cross country and track since she was in elementary school. She loves being with all the people and the sport itself. She was excited to finally be on a high school sports team and to be running again with all of her teammates.  Emma loves the outdoors and backpacks,...

Zayna Elkhal
Staff Reporter

Zayna Elkhal

Freshman Zayna Elkhal’s family is originally from Syria, and she loves snowboarding, dark chocolate, reading, and writing. Before the sixth grade Elkhal despised reading and writing. She would always just stare at the book and pretend to read it during reading time. It wasn’t until the sixth grade during Covid-19 she was so bored, that she got into reading.  All it took was one good boo...

Meklit Wondwossen
Staff Reporter

Meklit Wondwossen

Meklit Wondwossen is currently a sophomore and has been raised in Portland, Oregon for her entire life. Despite living in Oregon her whole life, she longs to go off to college in California, in an attempt to escape the gloomy weather. Meklit’s parents decided that La Salle would be a great fit for her. Unconvinced at first, she agreed after watching a La Salle girls basketball game.  Parti...

Darcy Boss
Staff Reporter

Darcy Boss

Darcy Boss has always lived in Oregon. She really enjoys the weather, as the rain is very calming and comforting to her.   Darcy attended Ogden Middle School then went to Oregon City High School for her freshman year and transferred to La Salle her sophomore year. Darcy decided to transfer because she wanted a smaller environment and a better education.  At La Salle, Darcy’s favorite subject i...

Gwen Brown
Staff Reporter

Gwen Brown

Junior Gwen Brown has lived in Portland her entire life. Growing up in Sellwood, Gwen went to Sellwood Middle School and then to Cleveland High School, however after a year and a half Gwen transferred to La Salle and found her place in Journalism. When not in school Gwen enjoys spending time with her friends, often running around town or thrifting. Besides that Gwen enjoys hanging out with her pets,...

Brett Lundgren
Staff Reporter

Brett Lundgren

Senior Brett Lundgren attended St. Ignatius prior to La Salle. On his weekends, Brett enjoys playing and watching sports. His favorite teams are the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas City Chiefs.  During the summer of 2022, Brett was a part of the La Salle France trip and it was a really immersive and fun experience for him. In the future, he hopes to return to France again and learn more about the cultur...

Bella Buss
Staff Reporter

Bella Buss

Junior Bella Buss is in her third semester of journalism. She is a part of the girls tennis team and enjoys playing music and spending time with family outside of school.  Before coming to La Salle, Bella went to a small art school in downtown Portland, and to say the transition wasn’t easy would be an understatement. She struggled to find her footing, but now, in her second year at La Salle...

Greta Dazer
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Greta Dazer

Greta Dazer is a current sophomore who came to La Salle from Mt. Tabor Middle school in Portland, Oregon where she has lived her whole life. Planning to move out of Portland the summer before freshman year, Greta chose La Salle as her top option for school since it’s close to the designated area her family was looking to move to. Although the move did not happen, Greta still decided to stick wit...

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