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Maddie Khaw

Maddie Khaw, Editor in Chief

Maddie is a senior at La Salle. She plays on the varsity soccer team and loves to read and write. She also likes to travel, hang out with friends and family, listen to music, and spend time with her dog, Stella.

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To celebrate Black History Month, posters were plastered to the walls and windows of La Salle.

La Salle Students of Color Reflect on the Significance of Black History Month

February 24, 2021

As February nears its end, The Falconer asked five students of color to reflect on Black History Month and what it means to them. Here are their responses.    

Mr. Andrew Yoshihara served in the position of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Support since the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

In the Wake of Mr. Andrew Yoshihara’s Departure, Students and Staff Reflect on His Impact

February 24, 2021

In the pre-pandemic era, senior Joshly Huitzil-Interian always skipped out on the cafeteria during lunchtime. While groups of students flooded the lunchroom, grabbing seats at long wooden tables, filling...

“I love [basketball] because it really pushes me and makes me stronger,” senior Addi Wedin said.

Next Level Seniors: Addi Wedin Perseveres Through Injuries, Committing To Play Basketball at Saint Mary’s College

February 10, 2021

Despite two ACL tears, countless hours of training, and many early mornings in the gym, senior Addi Wedin has never considered giving up on basketball.  Though some student athletes end up burning...

With the help of Design Thinking teacher Ms. Carie Coleman, the Black Student Union is creating pins and posters to celebrate Black History Month.

Through Celebrating Black Excellence, Appreciating Diversity, and Practicing Empathy, BSU Leads School in Commemorating Black History Month

February 3, 2021

Since 1976 when former President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month, February has been a time to celebrate and honor the contributions of Black Americans in politics, art, activism,...

After almost a year of distance learning, teachers and students will soon be returning to on-campus instruction.

As La Salle Gets Ready to Return to Campus, Teachers Share Their Thoughts

January 20, 2021

Throughout the last year, educators have managed unprecedented challenges.  Having switched abruptly to online instruction last spring and continuing into the new school year, they have worked to adjust...

Before the shift to distance learning in March of 2020, posters about COVID-19 prevention were displayed around the school.

La Salle Announces Plan to Shift to Hybrid Learning Model

January 13, 2021

After a digital conclusion to the 2019-20 academic year and almost a whole semester of distance learning this school year, Interim Principal Ms. Alanna O’Brien and President Mr. Andrew Kuffner announced...

“I just appreciate what I have a lot, and I think that’s what motivates me,” senior Joshly Huitzil-Interian said.

Student of the Week: Joshly Huitzil-Interian

January 6, 2021

For senior Joshly Huitzil-Interian, the pandemic has brought an intermixing of her home life with her school life. Huitzil-Interian said that while doing online classes at home, she also manages other...

According to the Williams Institute, Oregon has the second highest LGBTQ+ population per capita in the U.S., just behind the District of Columbia.

“Finding Myself”: Members of the LGBTQ+ Community Share Their Experiences at La Salle

December 16, 2020

For students at La Salle, COVID-19 has brought various changes and challenges, whether it be coping with the difficulties of digital learning, spending more time with family, or isolation from friends...

La Salle's equity team is a group of faculty and staff committed to advancing diversity and inclusion efforts at the school.

Climbing the “Mountain” of Equity Work, a Team of Staff Members Looks to Cultivate a More Inclusive Community

December 9, 2020

In recent years, La Salle has taken several strides towards improving diversity, equity, and inclusion at the school.  These advances include professional development around equity issues for all faculty...

Ms. Kathleen Coughran Seeks to Support Teachers and Create Avenues for Student Success As New Vice Principal of Academics

November 18, 2020

"Our number one priority is that people are happy and healthy," Ms. Coughran said. "If you’re not emotionally in it, there’s no way that you’re going to be successful academically.”

Throughout his presidency, Trump has made persistent efforts to misconstrue the truth and generate distrust in the system.

Trump’s False Claims Endanger Our Democracy

November 11, 2020

Democrat Joe Biden won the presidential election, and incumbent President Donald Trump lost. This is just a simple fact. It’s not an opinion, it’s not debatable, and it’s not a fraudulent result.  And...

“Chaos Seems to Be the New Norm”: Students and Staff React to an Inconclusive Election Day As Voters Anticipate Final Results

November 4, 2020

An unconventional year has brought with it an unconventional presidential election, as Americans still await voting results in several critical states, crossing fingers, biting nails, and scanning news...

As early voting surges throughout the country, students and staff share their thoughts on this year's presidential election.

Hope, Dread, Worry, Engagement: Students and Staff Weigh In on the Election

October 28, 2020

While the majority of the student body is not of voting age, La Salle students from freshmen to seniors have been thinking, talking, listening, and reading about the upcoming presidential election and...

“I think that our country would be in a very different place if conversations around race and identity were normalized from a very young age,” Ms. Mounsey said.

New Director of Equity and Inclusion Ms. Kiah Johnson Mounsey Hopes to Normalize Conversations About Race and Identity, Puts Emphasis on the “Sanctity of Human Life”

October 7, 2020

Ms. Kiah Johnson Mounsey, who graduated from La Salle in 1999 and who was recently hired for the brand new Director of Equity and Inclusion position, didn’t talk about race much when she was younger.  No...

Senior Noa Taylor plays soccer for both La Salle and his club team Eastside Timbers. However, recently many practices have been cancelled or restructured due to COVID-19.

Athlete of the Week: Noa Taylor

October 7, 2020

Senior Noa Taylor plays soccer for both La Salle and his club team Eastside Timbers. However, recently many practices have been cancelled or restructured due to COVID-19.

One of the changes that emerged this summer was the edition of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page to La Salle's website.

A Widespread Petition, a Calendar Readjustment, and Ongoing Dialogue and Development: La Salle Responds to Calls to Equity and Social Justice Work

September 30, 2020

As students took part in the massive movement protesting racial injustice and police brutality that unfolded throughout the summer, and as these events and topics continue to swell as a point of dialogue...

Over the summer, many La Salle students participated in protests throughout the city.

Following George Floyd’s Death, Students Mobilize for a Summer of Protests, While Equity Work Continues at La Salle

September 16, 2020

The sights and sounds of Portland's summer were seen across the country: people crowding the streets in various areas of the city each evening, brandishing cardboard posters on sidewalk corners or marching...

As protests continue to grow throughout the country, some La Salle students have decided to take part to act against racism and police brutality.

Students and Staff Express “Rage” and “Sadness” Following the Killing of George Floyd, Encourage Others to Act Against Racism

June 3, 2020

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd last week, peaceful protests, civil unrest, police brutality, and looting have erupted throughout the nation. La Salle students are among those taking part...

Franny Bengtson, Grace Elkhal, Ashley Smith, and Lucas Wobig are this year's valedictorians and salutatorian.

Bengtson, Elkhal, Smith, and Wobig: This Year’s Valedictorians and Salutatorian Reflect on Their Time at La Salle

May 20, 2020

On Wednesday, May 6, four La Salle seniors got a surprise visit to their house from President and Principal Mr. Andrew Kuffner. When Mr. Kuffner showed up at their door, these four seniors found out...

Senior Lindsay Drango is committed to play basketball at Whitman College.

Next Level Seniors: Lindsay Drango Commits to Whitman College to Continue Her Basketball Career

May 13, 2020

Senior Lindsay Drango spent two years on the sidelines due to injuries, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her athletic dreams and committing to Whitman College in eastern Washington to play basketball...

During this time of quarantine, some students have taken to artistic activities, such as drawing or painting.

As Cabin Fever Settles In During Quarantine, Students Find Ways to Manage Boredom

April 22, 2020

With classes now being conducted entirely online, many students at La Salle are finding themselves with more time on their hands than usual. Without school and extracurricular activities to occupy the...

Thursday, March 12 was the last day that the Class of 2020 would be on campus as students, although at the time, digital learning had been announced for only the next two weeks of school. Just in case, a group of seniors held a 'fake graduation' in the courtyard after school.

Seniors Share Reactions to Their Time on Campus Ending Three Months Earlier Than Expected

April 15, 2020

Every spring, a wave hits seniors in high schools all around the country. When second semester rolls around, seniors can see the light at the end of the tunnel as each day brings them closer to graduation,...

“Thinking Pants” is hosted by seniors Liam Rinehart and James Kelley.

Thinking Pants Episode 2: Eleven Things to Do That Will Boost Your Spirits While Quarantined

April 1, 2020

Today’s episode of Thinking Pants was recorded remotely as a result of the coronavirus. To lighten the mood, hosts Liam Rinehart and James Kelley discuss things to do while stuck at home in quarantine....

Students and Staff Document Spring Break in Quarantine

April 1, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has shifted the lives of everyone in the La Salle community in many ways. During this unprecedented time, many aspects of high school life have been upturned — school, sports,...

On Thursday, March 12, students left campus for what would turn out to be many more weeks than expected.

La Salle Hopes to “Stay Realistic, but Stay Positive” While Shifting to Online Classes Until April 28

March 18, 2020

When Principal and President Mr. Andrew Kuffner announced on Thursday, March 12 that La Salle would take preventive measures against the coronavirus by closing campus and switching to digital learning,...

The girls varsity basketball team’s season was cut short on Thursday, March 12, after OSAA cancelled the entire state tournament.

Girls Basketball Season Ends Early, Leaving Them No Shot at a State Title

March 18, 2020

It was on the day of the girls varsity basketball team’s semifinal game that they learned that what they had been working for all season — a consecutive state title — had been taken away from them,...

The Falconer’s Debut Podcast: “Thinking Pants”

March 11, 2020

The Falconer is excited to introduce its first podcast — a series called “Thinking Pants” hosted by guest contributors Liam Rinehart and James Kelley, who are both seniors.  During their time...

In January 2019, an estimated 15,876 people in Oregon were experiencing homelessness.

“Welcome to Portland”: A Look Into the Lives of Three of Portland’s Homeless

March 4, 2020

This article includes explicit language and content that might be upsetting to some readers. We’ve all seen it — tents lining the sidewalks, garbage bags and shopping carts on street corners, and...

Senior Emily Niebergall's life was turned upside down with the passing of her mother, Katie, in January 2019.

“The Most Painful Thing in the World”: Senior Emily Niebergall’s Journey Through Grief

February 26, 2020

Updated on May 19, 2020. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 was just a typical night for senior Emily Niebergall. A junior at the time, she received an incoming FaceTime call from her mother, Katie Niebergall....

Both the boys and girls swim team emerged as champions at the district meet.

La Salle Swim Takes First Place Finish at Districts, 10 Swimmers Advance to State

February 19, 2020

On Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15, the girls and boys swim teams competed for district titles at the NWOC District meet at Parkrose High School. Both teams finished in first place, with freshman...

Today, Feb. 5, 2020, the Senate voted to acquit President Trump of both articles of impeachment.

Impeachment as Seen Through the Eyes of Students at La Salle

February 5, 2020

Tensions between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been growing since September — and never have those tensions been better represented than at Trump’s State of the Union address...

When writing an essay, most students probably don't really think about whether to use the Oxford comma — but they should.

The Oxford Comma Should Be Considered a Standard, Not a Preference

February 5, 2020

Surrounding an appositive phrase, coming before and after a nonessential clause, and placed before the conjunction in a compound sentence — these are all grammatically correct placements of commas.  However,...

Junior Isa Sale, along with several other La Salle students, participated in the climate strike on Sept. 20, 2019.

As Climate Crisis Worsens, La Salle Curriculum Lags Behind

January 15, 2020

“Our future > your fortune,” read a sign held by junior Isa Sale at a climate change inaction protest in downtown Portland in September 2019. Sale’s sign was one among hundreds of others in...

As 2019 comes to a close, The Falconer took a look back at headlines from the past decade.

The Headlines That Made the Decade

December 18, 2019

With 2019 drawing to its conclusion, we’ve come to the end of another decade. It was an era defined by pop cultural trends like the ice bucket challenge, Pokémon Go, and fidget spinners. We’ve made...

The House voted to impeach President Trump for his dealings with Ukraine, making him the third US president in history to be impeached.

Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Impeachment Process — and How Students and Staff are Feeling

December 18, 2019

Spurred by the now notorious whistleblower complaint filed in August and declassified in September, President Donald Trump’s impeachment process is now nearing its conclusion, with the House of Representatives...

Having adept public speaking skills is an invaluable asset to possess when entering life beyond high school.

In-Class Presentations Teach Students Valuable Skills and Should Not Be Abolished

December 11, 2019

Some high schoolers around the nation are advocating for the elimination of in-class presentations. They argue that students with anxiety disorders should not be forced to do anything that could potentially...

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

From Wednesday, Nov. 20 to Sunday, Nov. 24, nine members of The Falconer staff traveled with journalism adviser Mr. Miles Kane to Washington, D.C. for this fall’s National High School Journalism Convention. On...

After Falling Short in the Playoffs For Several Years, the Boys Varsity Soccer Team Finds Redemption

November 19, 2019

In 2016, the La Salle boys soccer team lost in the semifinals in penalty kicks against Wilsonville, which advanced to earn second place in state. In 2017, the Falcons lost in penalty kicks in the semifinals...

Simmons was surprised by how many people went to the game to support him.

Junior Ian Simmons Celebrates Being the Only Junior on the JV2 Boys Soccer Team

October 30, 2019

Simmons was surprised by how many people went to the game to support him.

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