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Kendall Whiteside

Kendall Whiteside, Assistant Editor

Kendall is a junior at La Salle. She plays soccer on the girls varsity team and for the Eastside soccer club. She is also a manager for the football team. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, travel, and hang out with her friends.

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With Machine Gun Kelly's album, “Tickets to My Downfall,” the artist has switched genres, going from rap to pop-punk.

Albums You May Have Missed: Machine Gun Kelly Transitions to Pop-Punk with “Tickets To My Downfall”

February 17, 2021

The following article discusses music that contains explicit content. From rap to pop-punk, Machine Gun Kelly has made a drastic shift in his sound with his album, "Tickets To My Downfall." With over...

Outside of La Salle, senior Nic Boyd has played with various other club teams. “I switched around a bit because some teams only had their team for a couple of years,” he said. “I played for a couple [of] different club teams.”

Athlete of the Week: Nic Boyd

February 10, 2021

Having played basketball since he was six years old, senior Nic Boyd is hoping that this year the La Salle basketball team will advance to the semifinals, or even finals, despite having an unusual season...

“Performing CPR... can double or triple someone’s chance of survival,” senior Paige Martin said.

Senior Paige Martin Teaches How to Save Lives Through the Hands For Hearts Club

February 10, 2021

While cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a well-known skill, not everybody is adequately trained to perform it. In an attempt to change this, senior Paige Martin created the Hands for Hearts club. “I...

The consistent and proper use of pronouns can begin to create a more accepting world for those who identify with different genders than assigned at birth.

Pronouns: The First Step to Respect

February 3, 2021

He and she. These are the pronouns that have traditionally been used, no matter what someone felt inside. Two boxes, and everybody was categorized into those boxes based on their appearance, rather than...

While the Keeping the Faith Club only meets on Zoom once a month, senior Anthony Nguyen aims to post Bible reflections every Sunday.

Keeping the Faith Club Creates a Supportive Environment for Discussing Religion

January 13, 2021

With religious organizations like churches and youth groups being restricted due to COVID-19 regulations, many students don’t have a place where they can go for religious support. That is why seniors...

To prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus, we must wear masks, wash hands, and socially distance.

To Slow the Spread of COVID-19, We Need to Do Better

December 9, 2020

Walking into a store without a mask, attending parties, standing closer than six feet away from one another, or seeing our loved ones over the holidays – this was our reality a year ago. Now, it has...

Despite new and more rigorous COVID-19 guidelines in Oregon, the Card Writing Club is still connecting with the community.

To Connect With Others Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, Card Writing Club Gets Creative

December 2, 2020

With social distancing measures in place, senior Gretchen Pauli found it hard to connect with her community, and was motivated to create the Card Writing Club at La Salle.  “I feel like that is a...

Encouraged by his older brother, junior Brody Crowley has been playing football from a young age.

Athlete of the Week: Brody Crowley

November 18, 2020

Junior Brody Crowley, a running back and linebacker, has been playing football since a young age. “I started playing tackle football in first grade and I've been playing flag football since kindergarten,”...

The Mental Health Awareness Club Aims to Create a Safe Space for the La Salle Community

November 4, 2020

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, staying healthy not only physically but also mentally has been challenging for many, especially teenagers. As seniors Luke Herder and Cameron Nguyen endure mental health...

Aside from her participation in cross country, Hanley also swims and plays tennis on the La Salle teams.

Athlete of the Week: MaryEmma Hanley

November 4, 2020

Although junior MaryEmma Hanley had never been active in any sport like cross country before high school, with the support of her sister, alumni Brigid Hanley, she decided to try it out.  With the...

Whether you need to fill the silence on asynchronous learning days or you are just looking for something to do, podcasts are a great solution to this problem and there are so many options depending on your interests.

Eight Podcasts That Are Actually Entertaining

October 21, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are finding themselves with free time they don’t know how to fill. Although you might believe podcasts are intended for long commutes of travel or background...

At the welcome parade, students and staff members also collected school supplies for Lot Whitcomb. Director of Service Ms. Sarah Maher said that it

With a Virtual Mass and Car Parade, Welcome Week Was Full of New Traditions

September 30, 2020

With campus closed, classrooms empty, and Zoom sessions in place, this school year is nothing short of unconventional for students. Despite the obstacles that are posed when it comes to gathering in...

Sophomore Erin McGinnis runs four different events, but the 1500 meter dash is her favorite.

Athlete of the Week: Erin McGinnis

May 20, 2020

Sophomore Erin McGinnis has been running track since her freshman year for the varsity track team at La Salle. Her events include the 3000 meter, 1500 meter, and 800 meter dash, as well as the 4x400 relay.  McGinnis...

Senior Jackie Blakely verbally committed with Seattle Pacific Univeristy in June of her junior year.

Next Level Seniors: Jackie Blakely Commits to Seattle Pacific University to Continue Her Soccer Career

May 20, 2020

Senior Jackie Blakely has been playing soccer since she was eight years old. When she first began playing, she started in the position center back, and then gradually moved into the position she plays...

Despite the cancellation of spring sports, athletes have been keeping active by doing at-home exercises.

The Spring Teams That Never Got to Compete: Athletes Reflect on a Lost Season

May 13, 2020

As the announcement rang over the intercom speakers, echoing throughout the academic hallways, all of the students at La Salle sat in their fourth period classes. On that Thursday, March 12, La Salle...

“My favorite thing about high school is having more freedom and being able to develop and mature with more responsibilities,” junior Sam Robles said. 

Student of the Week: Sam Robles

April 22, 2020

Ever since Sam Robles was seven years old, he has been passionate about soccer. As of junior year, he is a member of the Eastside Timbers club team and plans on continuing to play soccer throughout...

Georges' bond with her fellow teammates holds strong despite the challenges she has faced in her life.

Athlete of the Week: Sarah Georges

April 15, 2020

Junior Sarah Georges has been representing La Salle’s varsity track team since freshman year. From a sprained ankle to the USATF Junior Olympics, Georges has overcome many obstacles and accomplished...

The state competition takes place this weekend on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14. Abby Baines, Alex Vogt, and Wade Nichols are the three members on the team that will be competing.

From Slopestyle to Halfpipe, the Snowboarding Team Is on Their Way to State

March 11, 2020

Though some people mistake this team for a club, the snowboarding team is a group of a dozen teammates who compete frequently, just like other sports teams at La Salle. Practices occur whenever they...

Musical theater music is often overlooked by people who are not involved in theater.

Ten Musical Theater Songs That Will Get You Singing and Dancing in No Time

January 22, 2020

The following article includes songs containing explicit content. For many people, musical theater is a way to express themselves. Sometimes the music is looked over because it is not as popular as...

For students who struggle with anxiety, class presentations only add to the stress.

In-Class Presentations Should Be Abolished

December 11, 2019

The following article includes tweets containing explicit content. For many high school students, in-class presentations are just a part of the curriculum for most classes. The usual sweaty hands and...

Senior Mackenzie Widmer is enrolled in four AP classes and one Honors class, all while maintaining a 4.119 GPA.

Student of the Week: Mackenzie Widmer

December 11, 2019

Senior Mackenzie Widmer is taking four AP classes and one honors class, including AP Government and Economics, AP Calculus AB, AP English IV, AP Chemistry, and Honors Spanish IV. Widmer has a schedule...

On Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 22, The Falconer staff and adviser Mr. Miles Kane walked more than 35,000 steps while touring the different museums, memorials, and monuments.

The Falconer Takes on Washington, D.C.

December 4, 2019

On Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 22, The Falconer staff and adviser Mr. Miles Kane walked more than 35,000 steps while touring the different museums, memorials, and monuments.

Religion teacher Mr. Mac has self-published two books, and he is looking forward to writing more.

Religion Teacher Uses His Passion as a Writer to Inspire Others

November 13, 2019

Mr. Tom McLaughlin has been a religious studies teacher for 13 years. Throughout those years, he has not only been an educator and coach for the La Salle football team, but he is a writer as well. He has...

“I have been in the hospital countless times,

Athlete of the Week: Katelyn Bell

November 6, 2019

Junior Katelyn Bell has defied the odds by tackling many challenges pertaining to her health, and making second team all league during her first year back from taking time off.  Bell has been playing...

Executive council members pose for a photo after a Wednesday meeting.

Executive Council’s New Leaders for the 2019-2020 School Year

October 2, 2019

At La Salle, students have the privilege to vote in electing our student body executives. There are eight positions that are filled with new faces each school year: Officer of Faith, Officer of Community,...

Prior to this year, cell phone use was permitted in many classes.

New Technology Policies Spark Conversations and Mixed Feelings

September 11, 2019

With the start of a new school year, La Salle’s administration has made the decision to stringently enforce a pre-existing cell phone use policy, which in recent years has been applied leniently throughout...

Junior Ann Marie Bottita began the Falcons for Life club at the beginning of this school year.

Junior Ann Marie Bottita Uses Falcons for Life Club to Represent “People Whose Voices Aren’t Being Able to Be Heard”

May 29, 2019

Junior Ann Marie Bottita has overcome many obstacles by forming a club for a topic that is sometimes hard to talk about, but that she feels is an important issue that needs to be addressed. By running...

Choate, who is an attacking midfielder, has been playing soccer since she was three years old.

Next Level Seniors: Maggie Choate Chooses to Continue Her Soccer Career at George Fox University

May 29, 2019

One of La Salle’s varsity soccer players, Maggie Choate, has been playing soccer since she was three years old. But she isn’t anywhere close to fulfilling all of the goals she has for her career...

Ellen Dierckes is a sophomore who plays the oboe, and is on the varsity soccer and tennis teams.

Student of The Week: Ellen Dierckes

May 1, 2019

Sophomore Ellen Dierckes has mastered playing two varsity sports, taking multiple honors classes, and playing the oboe, all while maintaining a 4.10 GPA so far this semester. Dierckes is currently in...

Ten 80’s Movies to Binge Watch on a Friday Night

Ten 80’s Movies to Binge Watch on a Friday Night

March 13, 2019

Many films in recent years seem to lack the originality that movies from past decades had, which often makes them feel boring and predictable. Obvious examples include "The Notebook," "Scream," and "Titanic":...

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