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Dakota Canzano

Dakota Canzano, Editor

Dakota is a senior at La Salle. She is the Executive President and is heavily involved in many aspects of student life. Outside of school, she enjoys thrifting, video editing, singing, watching movies, and adventuring.

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As we begin to return to  “normal life,” it is our responsibility to do things safely. Disregarding guidelines about COVID-19 — inside and outside of La Salle — is an abuse of privilege, and promotes an unsafe environment that forces people to stay isolated.

Wear Your Mask, Maintain a Six-Foot Distance, and Continue Taking This Pandemic Seriously

March 3, 2021

It’s been almost a full year since we went into lockdown and our lives became engulfed by the pandemic that has struck the nation — and the world — with physical, economic, and social loss. The...

Let’s Talk About Cult Classics, Episode 10: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

March 3, 2021

On this week's episode of “Let’s Talk About Cult Classics,” hosts Brooklyn Chillemi, Avery Marks, and special guest Dakota Canzano rave about the adventures of Ferris in “Ferris Bueller's Day Off.” To...

While the character development and cinematography is exceptional, what makes this movie sing is the music and instrumentals. They’re mesmerizing and beautiful.

“La La Land”: A Cinematic Masterpiece About Love, Ambition, and Following Your Dreams

February 17, 2021

The following article contains spoilers from the movie “La La Land.” Cotton-candy painted skies and lamp posts that illuminate the sidewalks at midnight set the scene of the shimmering city of Los...

Let’s Talk About Cult Classics, Episode 8: “Sixteen Candles”

February 17, 2021

In this week's episode of “Let’s Talk About Cult Classics,” hosts Brooklyn Chillemi, Avery Marks, and special guest Dakota Canzano share their thoughts on an unforgettable movie where a birthday...

After not playing high school football for a year due to the guidelines that were set in place, “we are pretty excited that we are finally going to have a season,” senior James Menor said.

New Regulations and Ready To Play: The La Salle Football Team Prepares for Their Upcoming Season

February 10, 2021

On Monday, Feb. 8, the football team had their first official practice on the field. At this point in time, their season was still uncertain. Two days later, on Feb. 10, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced...

Let’s Talk About Cult Classics, Episode 6: “The Goonies”

February 3, 2021

This week on “Let’s Talk About Cult Classics,” hosts Brooklyn Chillemi and Avery Marks are joined by special guest Dakota Canzano, and they dive into an iconic movie filmed right in La Salle's home...

For freshman Natalia Gonzalez, her goal is to make the girls varsity soccer team at La Salle.

Athlete of the Week: Natalia Gonzalez

January 13, 2021

Since kindergarten, freshman Natalia Gonzalez has developed a passion for soccer, one that she plans to pursue at the high school level alongside her twin sister Sofia Gonzalez. Gonzalez and her sister...

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, freshman Keri Glad feels that she has grown closer to her family, because “they are really the only people I can see right now.”

Keri Glad

January 6, 2021

Freshman Keri Glad doesn’t only have hopes of returning to in-person school this year — she also has dreams of getting a scholarship for water polo to Pepperdine University or UCLA.  Glad attended...

Freshman Violet Sheehan is more of a visual learner, which has made it difficult for her not to be in the classroom. Because of this, she has appreciated the time her teachers have given her for questions after class.

Violet Sheehan

January 6, 2021

Freshman Violet Sheehan dove into art at the age of three and has been creating it ever since. Sheehan is excited to be a part of the art program this year at La Salle. Her mother attended Oregon State...

Freshman Milan Cieslak is inspired by his father. “He’s been through a lot and I really look up to him,” Cieslak said. “I really want to be like the person he is, really kind and caring.”

Milan Cieslak

January 6, 2021

Coming from Franciscan Montessori Earth School to La Salle, freshman Milan Cieslak aspires to make his parents proud while at La Salle.  “It’s definitely a very big change for me, and I really...

Ellison has two siblings: Maddie Hansen ‘19 and Braeden Hansen ‘21. However, his mom, who works as a firefighter, is his biggest influence and inspiration.

Grant Ellison

January 6, 2021

6-foot-3 freshman and athlete Grant Ellison said that he has some big aspirations for his time in high school, so he doesn’t have a lot of free time, with his schedule mostly filled with sports and school. The...

With this school year being entirely virtual so far for La Salle students, The Falconer interviewed six freshmen from a variety of middle schools and wrote individual profiles on how they are adjusting to high school.

“I’m Just Along for the Ride, We’ll See How It Goes”: How Freshmen Are Adjusting to Their First Year of High School… Online

January 6, 2021

The Falconer spoke with six freshmen in order to get to know them and how they are adjusting to digital learning for their first year of high school.  From speech and debate to sports teams, and from...

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Coleman said that he’s learned to “appreciate school for what it is, which is a way to learn as well as a way to connect with your friends and meet people.” 

Student of the Week: Brooks Coleman

December 2, 2020

He sits. He relaxes. He turns on the television, eyes glued to the screen. Brooks Coleman has been watching sports on TV since he was five years old. “My life is a lot of sports,” Coleman said.  Coleman...

“Among Us” is a game of teamwork and betrayal. You must either collaborate with other crewmates to catch the imposter, or sneak around as the imposter to kill other crewmates.

In a Game Filled With Suspense and Mystery, Watch Out for the Impostor “Among Us”

November 18, 2020

Suspense, thrill, and excitement rushed through my mind as I opened the mobile game “Among Us” for the first time. I was hooked instantly. As soon as I opened the app, I was welcomed by eerie and...

Growth From Quarantine: Students Reflect On What They’ve Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic

November 18, 2020

You can hear your own footsteps in the hallways now — louder than before, lone and abrupt.  Before, the halls of La Salle were full of chatter, with giggles among friends, loudly shouted questions...

This year for Día de Los Muertos, the Unidos en Poder Club put up an altar at the front of the school.

Una Familia De Fuerte: Unidos En Poder Club Celebrates Their Culture

November 11, 2020

This year for Día de Los Muertos, the Unidos en Poder Club put up an altar at the front of the school.

In addition to theater, Wooden has another creative outlet — singing. She is a part of the Youth Music Project, where she performed with her friends at a Portland Trail Blazers Game.

Student of the Week: Cadence Wooden

November 11, 2020

Athletic, outgoing, and creative — these are three words freshman Cadence Wooden would use to describe herself.  Wooden attended Christ the King for elementary school and St. John The Apostle for...

On Oct. 28, La Salle students released an online showcase featuring a variety of artwork and performances.

“Artists Aiding Artists”: Three Juniors Organize a Showcase to Support Homeless Youth

November 4, 2020

Despite the challenges that the coronavirus has presented, juniors Emma Olson, Brooklyn Chillemi, and Hannah Reddick decided to put on an online showcase for performers, musicians, and artists who wanted...

Out of approximately 1.5 million juniors who take the PSAT every year, roughly 16,000 students are recognized for their outstanding scores.

Seniors Otso Barron and Timothy Crimmins Named National Merit Semifinalists, Scoring in the Top One Percent of Junior PSAT Takers

October 28, 2020

When entering high school, you are greeted with new friends, new classes, new experiences, new obstacles, and new challenges. For some students, one of those challenges can be entering the world of standardized...

The La Salle theater department will be the first to perform the new adaptation of

La Salle’s Actors Get Ready to Hit the Stage With a New COVID-19 Adaptation of “The Giver”

October 21, 2020

This fall, La Salle actors have been rehearsing a new adaptation of "The Giver" that has been developed for digital performance by James Rhys, in collaboration with the La Salle theater department and...

“I still think that there will definitely be a lesson, a change of heart,

Fall Immersion Experiences Go Virtual This Year, Continuing the Trend of A Digital World

October 14, 2020

The excitement that arises as students wake up early with tired eyes, piling onto buses, and heading off to become immersed in a one-of-a-kind experience is momentous. For a lot of students, attending...

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