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Avery Eldon

Avery Eldon, Staff Reporter

Avery is a junior at La Salle. In addition to serving as the club moderator for the Menstrual Advocacy Club, she is a part of the Service, Mental Health Awareness, Students Against Sexual Abuse, and Equity Alliance clubs. She is also a student ambassador. When she isn’t working, she is hanging out with friends, thrift shopping, or listening to music.

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La Salle’s weekly digital learning schedule is composed of four days of synchronous learning with Zoom meetings, and one completely asynchronous day on Wednesday of each week. “I feel like it’s kind of a nice break from Zooms,” freshman Kathleen Waldron said on having asynchronous Wednesdays. “It’s nice to have that day to catch up on work.”

Students and Staff Weigh In on the Ups and Downs of Digital Learning

December 9, 2020

Last March, the COVID-19 pandemic sent millions of students and educators across the world into online learning, which remains the dominant method of education months later.  With digital learning...

Ball looks up to WNBA player Diana Taurasi and American soccer player Megan Rapinoe.

Athlete of the Week: Allie Ball

December 9, 2020

For over a decade, sophomore Allie Ball has been playing soccer and softball, setting her up for success on the La Salle teams.  Last fall, Ball tried out for La Salle’s girls soccer team, making...

The r-word needs to be removed from our vocabulary.

It’s Time to Retire the R-Word

December 9, 2020

This article contains language that may be upsetting to some readers. “That’s so retar-” Stop. In 1961, “mental retardation” was introduced as a medical term for those diagnosed with developmental...

The students The Falconer spoke with said that they feel Halloween will be different this year. However, they also said that the holiday can still be celebrated if done in a safe manner.

Humans of La Salle: Students Share Their Plans for Halloween Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

October 28, 2020

With Halloween around the corner, and with new COVID-19 cases hitting record highs, many people are wondering how the holiday will differ from usual with pandemic guidelines in place. What about the...

Student of the Week: Peyton Stephens

October 14, 2020

As junior Peyton Stephens embarks on her second to last year at La Salle, she has continued to stay hopeful and busy during these unprecedented times by working out, baking, and getting involved in numerous...

Wearing a mask is not something you need to do for yourself, it is something you can do to protect someone else.

Wearing a Mask Should Not Be Political: It Is About Protecting Lives

October 7, 2020

One crisp day in January of 2020, I walked into my living room to see CNN News and my mother at the dining room table, with her eyes locked on the television screen. Reporters were saying something about...

Supporting local Black owned businesses helps support both the economy and the community. Below are some of my top picks around Portland.

Supporting Black-Owned Businesses: Six Restaurants In The Portland Area To Try

October 7, 2020

It is always a good time to support Portland’s Black community. There are tons of great Black-owned businesses threaded throughout the city. These six restaurants are some of my top picks — restaurants...

TikTok, a social media platform where users create and watch short videos, often popularizes songs through its ever-fluctuating trends.

Nine Songs You’ve Heard on TikTok That Need to Be Added to Your Playlist

September 23, 2020

The following article includes music containing explicit content. The popular video-sharing platform TikTok is well-known for its admired creators, weirdly funny videos, and relatable content, but should...

Sexual assault is not something we should be learning about for the first time during our freshman, sophomore and junior years of high school. We need to be discussing and preventing it at much younger ages. 

Sexual Assault Is a Real Issue That Deserves Our Attention

June 3, 2020

Sexual assault is not something we should be learning about for the first time during our freshman, sophomore and junior years of high school. We need to be discussing and preventing it at much younger...

Sexual assault is not something we should be learning about for the first time during our freshman, sophomore and junior years of high school. We need to be discussing and preventing it at much younger ages. 

Sexual Assault Is a Real Issue That Deserves Our Attention

June 3, 2020

This story contains content that could be upsetting to some readers. Every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, becoming a victim of unwanted sexual touching, attempted, or completed rape.  You...

These are some easy recipes that you can make with ingredients you likely already have in your home.

Five Easy Recipes to Make While At Home in Quarantine

April 15, 2020

Over the past few months, COVID-19 has been a frequent topic of discussion. Today, the outbreak continues to keep families quarantined inside of their homes, only allowing people to leave when absolutely...

Six Seniors Share Words of Wisdom to Underclassmen

Six Seniors Share Words of Wisdom to Underclassmen

March 4, 2020

Learning the ropes of high school can be a challenge as students are tasked with creating new friendships, adjusting to more rigorous curriculum, and finding their true identities. From a variety of...

Mary Gach, vice president of the Black Student Union, has worked towards spreading equity and inclusion for all students throughout her time at La Salle.

Mary Gach

March 4, 2020

Participating in both track and volleyball throughout her four years at La Salle, senior Mary Gach has learned from each of these programs. Her largest takeaway, she said, is to “never be outworked,...

Kyra Sanchez has been a part of student council for three years, and currently serves on the executive council as the Officer of Community.

Kyra Sanchez

March 4, 2020

Participating in many extracurriculars, senior Kyra Sanchez has been involved in student council, CommuniCare club (a club designed for teens to be involved in community work and volunteerism), theater,...

Liam Rinehart ended his high school soccer career winning the 5A state championship game with his team.

Liam Rinehart

March 4, 2020

On everyone’s first day of high school, many students might feel overwhelmed, and maybe even lost and alone. It can be difficult to start at a new school with new classmates, new teachers, and a new...

Luke Wild has performed in three musicals at his time at La Salle, and is set to perform in his fourth production as Monsieur Thénardier in the upcoming musical, Les Misérables.

Luke Wild

March 4, 2020

While being involved in the school musicals over his past four years, senior Luke Wild said he has learned the value of doing something you really love without caring about what others think. “[Theater]...

Silas Petersen was voted onto homecoming court and became the first Lasallian Star during his senior year.

Silas Petersen

March 4, 2020

After attending La Salle for the past four years, senior Silas Petersen has two large pieces of advice he has taken away from high school: prioritize what makes you happy, and know your strengths and weaknesses.  Over...

Hatte Hamilton is the Co-President of the Climate Control Club. Hamilton, as well as the other members of the club, believe it is important to incorporate sustainable living at La Salle.

Hatte Hamilton

March 4, 2020

Learning to balance her schoolwork, social life, and competitive sport, horseback riding, Hatte Hamilton has had to develop diligent organizational skills to have a balanced lifestyle.  “It’s a...

A total of 103 awards were given to La Salle students as part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

15 La Salle Students Win Gold Key Awards, Advance to National Competition

February 12, 2020

La Salle offers a variety of different levels of art classes, all taught by Ms. Cha Asokan. Recently, 15 of her students received Gold Key awards from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Each...

While balancing guitar, raising llamas, and participating in the climate club Sydney Lefranc also swims with La Salle's Varsity swim team.

Athlete of the Week: Sydney Lefranc

February 12, 2020

Five years ago, freshman Sidney Lefranc took on swimming to keep her active after being born with extra bones in her foot, making her unable to run. Since then, swimming has become a community where Lefranc...

Humans of La Salle: Favorite Disney Movie

January 15, 2020

The Falconer asked La Salle students what their favorite Disney movie is, and why. We got a variety of answers, displayed in this video.

Banning books stops readers from learning about the different topics that many experience in real life.

Four Banned Books That Provide Important Life Perspectives

January 8, 2020

Sparking conversations, breaking stigmas, and exploring complex topics are all things “banned books” consistently do. Books that have been banned share one thing in common — they have offended...

Seniors Alison Paguio, Abby Baines, Annie Hoang, and Amira Tripp Folsom are working towards normalizing the discussion of menstruation in the La Salle community.

Breaking the Stigma: Four Seniors Aim to Change the Conversation on Periods

December 11, 2019

Every person who menstruates has an embarrassing story, a time when they have started their period at an inconvenient time, like in the middle of class. You quickly reach into your backpack, dig through...

A poster addressing gender roles in health teacher Ms. Caitlin Hudson's classroom.

Gender Roles: The Harmful Labels Put on Children

December 4, 2019

Over the years, gender roles have become forced upon many generations. An invisible net that creates limitations is cast upon children. Young boys and girls, even straight from the womb, are thrown into...

Several celebrities, including Rihanna, have publicly expressed their support for Rodney Reed.

Celebrities Draw Attention to Texas Death Row Inmate Rodney Reed

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...

About 110,000 Oregon immigrants are considered undocumented.

Should Portland Stay A Sanctuary City?

October 23, 2019

Almost three years ago, Donald Trump officially made the order to slash funding for sanctuary cities, which provide protections for undocumented immigrants. Soon enough panic erupted around the country....

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