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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

2022-2023 Fall Staff

Megan Snyder
Editor in Chief

Megan Snyder

Megan is a senior who is a student ambassador, President of Earth Club, and a member of the varsity tennis team.  She is in her third semester of journalism and aims to show her passion for social justice through her illustrations and writing.  You can often find her playing tennis, listening to music, and spending lots of time with her friends.  Outside of school, Megan likes staying a...

Josephine Robinson
Editor in Chief

Josephine Robinson

Junior 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...

Maddie Burns
Editor

Maddie Burns

Maddie is a senior at La Salle. She is an ambassador, on student council, and is a part of the Earth club and Service club. In her free time Maddie enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, photography and spending time in nature.

Lucy MacNeela
Editor

Lucy MacNeela

Senior Lucy MacNeela has lived in Portland, Oregon her entire life and enjoys exploring different parts of the city.  Outside of school she enjoys trying new restaurants and coffee shops with friends and family and working part-time jobs after school and on the weekends. Lucy loves to go shopping and find new thrift stores around Portland. She has also recently taken up knitting, which her grandma i...

Maya Raphael
Editor

Maya Raphael

Maya is currently a senior at La Salle. She spends a large portion of her time learning about a myriad of social justice issues but takes a particular interest in racial justice, gender and sexuality visibility, and mental health advocacy. She is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid and safeTALK— educating her about mental health and addiction issues among adolescents.  In the future, she looks forward to majoring...

Lillian Paugh
Editor

Lillian Paugh

Northeast Portland, while a slight commute from La Salle, is where senior Lillian Paugh has lived her entire life.  The ability to walk less than a few blocks in each direction and run into things like food carts, vintage stores, and coffee shops, makes the area one that she loves to spend time in. In her free time, Lillian enjoys listening to all types of music, podcasts, and doing her laundry. S...

Avery Marks
Editor

Avery Marks

Avery Marks is a born and raised Oregonian, who would rather be drenched in rain than use an umbrella (with the exception of keeping books or food dry).  In her first year, Avery started the Falconer's longest running podcast, “Let’s Talk About Cult Classics,” which has since then reached its second season. Of the movies covered, one of her favorites is “Labyrinth,” despite its (very fe...

Mackenzie Torres
Assistant Editor

Mackenzie Torres

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

Lucy Loeb
Assistant Editor

Lucy Loeb

Born in Pleasanton, CA, junior Lucy Loeb’s deep-rooted admiration for the Bay Area has also inspired her college plans, as she hopes to attend college somewhere near her birthplace.    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...

Sofia Gonzalez
Assistant Editor

Sofia Gonzalez

Sofia is currently a junior 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.

Clare Daudelin
Assistant Editor

Clare Daudelin

Senior Clare Daudelin is a part of the National Honors Society, National Art Honors Society, and both the La Salle girls soccer and tennis teams. In her free time, you can find Clare listening to music, drinking coffee, or hanging out with friends.  Similarly, on the weekends she loves finding new coffee shops and music stores in the Portland area. Her favorite music genres are diverse, but he...

Ashley Hawkins
Assistant Editor

Ashley Hawkins

Ashley Hawkins is a senior at La Salle. She is a member of the girls golf team as well as a student ambassador. In her free time, she likes to spend time with friends, watch movies, and read. 

Jasmine McIntosh
Assistant Editor

Jasmine McIntosh

Jasmine McIntosh is a junior in her third semester of Journalism. She was first interested in journalism in fourth grade when she wrote a newspaper for her class every Friday. She interviewed classmates, had a student of the week, and even had a section dedicated to comics.  She continued writing the newspaper until middle school when she got too busy with sports and other extracurricular activit...

Rosie Walker
Staff Reporter

Rosie Walker

Sophomore Rosie Walker has lived in Portland, Oregon for her whole life.  Walker’s favorite colors are blue and green. She enjoys sunsets and fast food. In her free time, Walker likes hanging out with friends, listening to music, hiking, and watching movies. Walker enjoys soccer and basketball. Walker had a job as a camp counselor this past summer. She now wants a regular job at a clothing store,...

Halle Ngo
Staff Reporter

Halle Ngo

Sophomore Halle Ngo enjoys playing soccer and has been playing for over nine years. She is the team captain of La Salle's JV girls soccer team and has been a part of it since her freshman year.  Halle attended Creative Science School for nine years and has always had a passion for sports. When she found out all of her friends were on a recreational soccer team, she decided to join and has never ...

Ruby Batcheller
Staff Reporter

Ruby Batcheller

Ruby Batcheller is a senior who transferred from Oregon City High School during her junior year. Some of her favorite classes at La Salle are Art, Statistics, and World Religions. Her favorite part of all of her classes is the teachers. This year Ruby is looking forward to going on Journey 85. She is also looking forward to seeing what she is capable of accomplishing within The Falconer media.  ...

Azlyn Kannow
Staff Reporter

Azlyn Kannow

Sophomore Azlyn Kannow, who was originally brought to La Salle by her older brother, began her role as a journalist this year.  Although she has been more interested in video games than writing throughout her life, she was brought to journalism to strengthen her writing skills. Alongside video games, she also enjoys doing art, with her favorite forms being digital drawing, painting, and sculpting...

Allison Ginter
Staff Reporter

Allison Ginter

Sophomore Allison Ginter has lived in Oregon her whole life and plays soccer for La Salle.  She went to Christ the King for middle school and came to La Salle with the majority of her class, but she has made new friends and enjoys hanging out with them outside of school.  This year her favorite subject is math. She is currently taking Algebra 2 and it is a subject that has always intereste...

Tyler Hutton
Staff Reporter

Tyler Hutton

Tyler Hutton is currently a senior who has lived in Portland for his whole life and loves the friendly community there. Coming from Franciscan Montessori Earth School, he has always had the intention of coming to La Salle because of his past family members who have been part of the Falcon family. He had always dreamed of being part of the art program at La Salle, but unfortunately hasn’t been abl...

Caitlin Keeler
Staff Reporter

Caitlin Keeler

Caitlin Keeler is a sophomore and new staff reporter this year for The Falconer. After living in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Texas, and Arizona, her family settled down in Portland, so starting high school here wasn’t an abnormal feat, as she has gotten used to and enjoys moving around.  Keeler is involved in the cheerleading squad, which started again this year, and is on the varsity swim team ...

Stefan Spielvogel
Staff Reporter

Stefan Spielvogel

Sophomore Stefan Spielvogel was born in Portland and has lived in the same house in North Portland for his entire life.  First introduced to writing by his awesome fourth through sixth grade teacher, it has been his passion ever since. When not writing, Stefan can be found reading history books, scrolling on YouTube, playing tennis, and hanging out with friends. Occasionally, he can also be found...

Trey Williams
Staff Reporter

Trey Williams

Sophomore Trey Williams moved to Oregon about eight years ago. He likes the weather but misses the heat and culture back in his hometown of Alaba, Ethiopia. Trey was attracted to La Salle by his friends and the education that the school offers.  He loves playing sports, mainly football and basketball. He plays football for La Salle and participates in competitive basketball outside of school, ...

Andrew Keller
Staff Reporter

Andrew Keller

Andrew Keller is a junior at La Salle. He has lived in the city of Portland his entire life, and loves the neighborhood that he lives in. He went to St. Ignatius for elementary and middle school, and was inspired to go to La Salle after shadowing an upperclassman for a day at the school. A big enjoyer of baseball, Andrew is on the varsity baseball team at La Salle and loves everything about the s...

Brett Lundgren
Staff Reporter

Brett Lundgren

Junior 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...

Hannah Whiteside
Staff Reporter

Hannah Whiteside

In her free time, senior Hannah Whiteside enjoys watching different types of movies, reading books, spending time at the beach, and traveling.  Hannah has lived in Happy Valley for most of her life, except she was born and spent the first few months of her life living in Bend. She likes traveling and has been to most of the fifty states. She has been to fun and random parts of the country becau...

Bella Buss
Staff Reporter

Bella Buss

Sophomore Bella Buss is in her first 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...

Lucas Pinaire
Staff Reporter

Lucas Pinaire

Senior Lucas Pinaire moved to Oregon when he was eight years old. He was born in Maryland but lived the majority of his life in Pennsylvania. Lucas is invested in art and has been in art classes all four of the years he has attended La Salle. This year, Lucas became a leader of the National Art Honors Society. Outside of La Salle, Lucas volunteers at a teen mental health crisis line and works...

Vanessa Su
Staff Reporter

Vanessa Su

Sophomore Vanessa Su was born and raised in Portland, OR. She lived with her grandparents for the first half of her life before moving to a house that was just one mile away.  Having multiple family members who had attended La Salle previously, including her brother who was part of the class of 2022, Vanessa felt that it was a rite of passage to go to La Salle as well.  Vanessa went to Chri...

Abraham Scales
Staff Reporter

Abraham Scales

Sophomore Abraham Scales has spent most of his life moving around throughout Oregon, living in seven different homes. He loves the lush and cold environment of Oregon, enjoying the rainy days it brings with it. You can usually find Abraham outside on the weekends, kayaking, swimming, running, hiking, and even spelunking. While he likes the darker days of Oregon, Abraham takes advantage of the sun...

Finn Miller
Staff Reporter

Finn Miller

Sophomore Finn Miller was born and raised in Portland. He enjoys the city because of his friends and the accessibility to the outdoors it offers.  Before La Salle, he attended two middle schools. For sixth and half of seventh grade he attended Sellwood Middle School, but then transferred to Holy Family halfway through seventh grade. His favorite class at La Salle so far has been English with ...

Quentin Strange
Staff Reporter

Quentin Strange

Senior Quentin Strange was born and raised in Portland, OR and lives in the Sellwood- Moreland area.  He attended Sellwood Middle School before coming to La Salle, which he was drawn to due to the success his older brother had before him, as well as the strong soccer team and academics La Salle offers. Quentin is a four year member of the boys varsity soccer team and is one of three captains on the team ...

Dayanara Day
Staff Reporter

Dayanara Day

Sophomore Dayanara Day has lived in Oregon her whole life and loves the cool chill of the fall weather. Dayanara attended La Salle because of the influence her cousins, who are alumni, have made on her. She is currently taking Honors English II as well as Journalism, which feeds her passion for writing.  After high school, she plans on attending college and studying Forensic Science, as she has always had ...

Cadence Wooden
Staff Reporter

Cadence Wooden

Junior 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...

Seleste Maldonado Ruiz
Staff Reporter

Seleste Maldonado Ruiz

Senior Seleste Maldonado Ruiz enjoys spending time with her family, whether it’s going on family trips or just simply having a family movie night. She also enjoys long walks on the beach. In her free time, she likes to do her own nails, a hobby she picked up in middle school, as well as cleaning and reorganizing her room. She likes spending time with her friends and babysitting.  After high sc...

Lilah Ruud
Staff Reporter

Lilah Ruud

Lilah is a sophomore and is in her first semester of journalism. She is an ambassador, peer tutor, and member of the STEAM team.  Outside of  school, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, drawing, reading, and listening to music.

Rita Tran
Staff Reporter

Rita Tran

Sophomore Rita Tran has always lived in Portland. She came to La Salle from St. Rose of Lima School, hoping to join the design team, which she is now a part of. So far, her favorite classes have been Math, English, and French, as she feels that she can express herself in those classes. The teachers have also been super supportive in all her subjects, making her like school.  At La Salle, Rita is...

Clara Hudson
Staff Reporter

Clara Hudson

Clara Hudson is currently a junior 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,...

Haley Golden
Staff Reporter

Haley Golden

Haley is a senior that enjoys her job at Jamba Juice, paddle boarding, thrift shopping, and hanging out with friends. She also loves camping and beach trips with family, although her favorite place to visit is Elk Lake.  Her passions include music, poetry, and art. These are often expressed in her art class and writing in English class.  She plans to go to college at Oregon State University and ...

Olivia Burtram
Staff Reporter

Olivia Burtram

Olivia is a senior and is in her first semester of journalism. She is an ambassador and a member of the golf team. Outside of school you can find her in the outdoors enjoying nature and spending time with her family and friends.  After high school, she hopes to attend college to study and become a physical therapist....

Brooks Coleman
Staff Reporter

Brooks Coleman

Brooks is a junior at La Salle. He plays forward for the JV boys soccer team. When not at school, Brooks loves listening to music, watching sports, and hanging out with friends.

Kathleen Waldron
Staff Reporter

Kathleen Waldron

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

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