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Mallory Middendorff

Mallory Middendorff, Editor

Mallory is a senior at La Salle. She enjoys participating in Spirit Club and Volunteer Club. In her free time, Mallory enjoys hanging out with friends, road tripping to the beach, and working at her part-time job.

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My time at La Salle has taught me the importance of reaching out to those around you.

High School Doesn’t Have To Be the Best Four Years of Your Life

February 10, 2021

I remember my first day of high school like it was yesterday. My brother was a junior and we were driving to school when he played “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt. I was confused why he would play...

After high school, sophomore Allison Weber wishes to pursue a career as a physical therapist.

Athlete of the Week: Allison Weber

January 20, 2021

It was just another Saturday afternoon on the soccer field for sophomore Allison Weber when she fell to the ground in excruciating pain. Just seconds before the game had ended on Apr. 20, 2019, Weber tore...

No one has the power to tell others what they can and can’t wear.

Stop Defining Clothing As Masculine and Feminine

January 13, 2021

Pink is known as a “feminine” color, while blue is seen as “masculine.” And dresses are equated to women, while suits are supposedly for men. It’s time to ask ourselves, “Why?” Gender...

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have used music as an escape from reality.

The Top 8 Songs From My Pandemic Playlist

December 9, 2020

Throughout the pandemic, music has been an escape from reality for me — something to distract myself with when I feel overwhelmed and stressed.  At the beginning of April, I made a playlist with...

Traveling during a global pandemic wasn’t easy, caused a bit of anxiety, and was not how I imagined my experience touring colleges.

Seat Belts On, Tray Tables Up, and Masks Secured: My Experience Traveling During a Pandemic

November 4, 2020

Finding the motivation to do schoolwork, attend virtual college visits, and work on my Common App had been getting more and more difficult. I was tired of staring at my computer screen for the majority...

Junior Amanda Rivera’s favorite memory from the volleyball season was playing at Liberty High School with her team during the state tournament.

Athlete of the Week: Amanda Rivera

September 16, 2020

This year will mark junior Amanda Rivera’s ninth year playing volleyball. While OSAA has postponed this year’s volleyball season until the winter, she has continued to train throughout quarantine and...

Senior Nina Timmen is committed to play volleyball at Baker University.

Next Level Seniors: Nina Timmen Chooses to Continue Her Decade Long Volleyball Career at Baker University

May 27, 2020

For senior Nina Timmen, volleyball has been a major part of her life since she was young. She began playing in third grade on her elementary school's team, but had been surrounded by the sport for years...

Taking two electives per semester has allowed freshman Stella Rask to make new friends and adjust to high school easier.

Student of the Week: Stella Rask

May 13, 2020

Art has been a part of freshman Stella Rask’s life since she was a young girl, and she has always been inspired by her uncle, since he is a designer. When she was younger, Rask’s love for art started...

Within the first ten days of its release, “Tiger King” had already reached over 30 million views.

Tiger King: The Enticing Netflix Exposé of Private Zoos and Exotic Animal Captivity

April 22, 2020

During this time of self-isolation and quarantine, people continue to look for different ways to stay busy. Some people have been constantly trying to fill the time of being stuck at home by baking, reading,...

With the outbreak of COVID-19, everything I’ve become accustomed to over the course of this last year has changed drastically.

What It’s Like Being an Essential Worker During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 15, 2020

On Monday, March 23, when Governor Kate Brown issued the ‘stay at home’ order, my initial concern was the amount of time we would be away from school. What I didn’t think about was how this might...

Humans of La Salle: Students Share Their Favorite Electives

February 19, 2020

We asked students to tell us about their favorite electives at La Salle. Check out this video to see what they said!

In-N-Out Burger originated in California, and now has restaurants in six states across the United States.

Our Verdict On In-N-Out Burger: It’s Overhyped

January 8, 2020

In-N-Out Burger quickly became a large fast food chain with people from all over visiting their restaurants and posting on social media about their meals, but is the food really worth all the hype? The...

Faculty from La Salle listen to the many student speakers at the Heroic Vow assembly.

La Salle Community Honors Educator of the Year and the Senior Class at Heroic Vow Assembly

November 13, 2019

Students and staff attended the Heroic Vow Assembly and recognized Lasallian Educator of the Year, Larry Swanson. The senior class also received Heroic Vow medals.

On Wednesday, October 23, the JV2 soccer team hosted their first ever official junior night to celebrate Ian Simmons.

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

October 30, 2019

Students ran from the stands, lining up behind the 20 yard line, to watch junior Ian Simmons shoot a penalty kick in his last home soccer game. Yelling and cheering, the students awaited the kick. Simmons...

La Salle Welcomes a New Generation of Staff Members

La Salle Welcomes a New Generation of Staff Members

October 2, 2019

The 2019-2020 school year has brought four new members to the La Salle staff, and has led to new roles for two people already working at La Salle. The Falconer sat down with each of these people in an...

Anthony Nguyen says he wants to keep a positive mindset this year to help stay on top of his schoolwork.

Student of the Week: Anthony Nguyen

September 25, 2019

Junior Anthony Nguyen has worked the past two years to find the perfect way to manage great grades, participate in student council, volunteer at Legacy Hospital, and be an altar server at his church.  Nguyen...

Eleven transfer students are walking the hallways of La Salle this school year.

11 Transfer Students Join the La Salle Community

September 18, 2019

La Salle has welcomed 11 new transfer students this year into the sophomore and junior classes. These students have come from many different states including Washington, Florida, and Hawaii. The Falconer...

The United States averages about one mass shooting per day.

Stricter Gun Control Laws Would Be a Step in the Right Direction to Ensure Safety for Our Country

June 5, 2019

Keeping the victims and their families in our “thoughts and prayers” is not enough anymore. We need to stand up to the problem that the United States faces every day. While mental illness is to blame...

Humans of La Salle: People Share Their Celebrity Crush

Humans of La Salle: People Share Their Celebrity Crush

May 22, 2019

We asked students and staff of La Salle who their celebrity crush is, and compiled their responses into a video. https://youtu.be/-cNgR4EwzL8 Who is your celebrity crush? Let us know in the comments...

Humans of La Salle: Students and Staff Share Their Current Favorite Songs

Humans of La Salle: Students and Staff Share Their Current Favorite Songs

May 15, 2019

We asked students and staff at La Salle to share their current favorite song, and compiled their responses into a video.  https://youtu.be/5Q1w7CG_7Ec Here is the playlist made by your peers. (Disclaimer:...

Sophomore Izzy Sprando has begun a shoe painting business.

Sophomore Izzy Sprando Combines Art With Entrepreneurship Through Painting Old Shoes

May 8, 2019

Throughout her life, sophomore Izzy Sprando has always been very artistic. A little less than a year ago, she put her talents to the test and started a small business in which she paints intricate designs...

Student of the Week: Celina Massaad

Student of the Week: Celina Massaad

April 10, 2019

Sophomore Celina Massaad has found the perfect way to balance her schoolwork, student council, extracurriculars, and social life while maintaining a 4.024 GPA so far this semester. Massaad is currently...

In addition to playing soccer, sophomore Gabby Warta also runs for the varsity track and field team.

Athlete of the Week: Gabby Warta

April 3, 2019

Ever since she was three years old, sophomore Gabby Warta has spent many hours on the soccer field. Warta fell in love with the sport at a young age and has continued to play consistently since then,...

From very intimate songs like “ghostin” to her pop hit “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored,” with this album Grande showed the world that nothing can stop her from shining.

Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” Celebrates Self Growth While Topping Charts

February 28, 2019

Dropping an album earlier this month on Friday, Feb. 8, just six months after her last, Ariana Grande’s album “thank u, next” may be her best one yet. Grande has taken the time to find herself...

In a Civic Enterprises survey on high school dropouts, four out of five students wished there were more real-world learning opportunities. Teens should be educated on subjects such as how to pay taxes and manage money, instead of a circle's circumference.

More Than Just Academics: Why Schools Should Prepare Students for Life After High School

January 23, 2019

Most of the curriculum taught in high schools focuses only on academic information, and rarely gives students opportunities to learn new life skills. The classes are there to prepare students for college...

Bird Box, the New Netflix Original That Lives Up to Expectations

Bird Box, the New Netflix Original That Lives Up to Expectations

January 23, 2019

This movie review contains some spoilers. The 2018 screen adaptation of Josh Melerman’s novel “Bird Box” was released on Netflix on December 13, 2018 reaching 45 million member households in its...

The girls went on a preseason team bonding trip to Lincoln Beach, Oregon.

Preseason Preview: Girls Basketball Looks to Return to Gill

November 28, 2018

As basketball season starts up again, the varsity girls are ready to fight and hoping to make another appearance at state this year. This year’s team consists of nine players: four seniors, two juniors,...

Mr. Banks and Josie Oleson began their relationship at La Salle. Here they are pictured at their senior prom.

At La Salle, Mr. Banks Found Inspiration, Friendship, and the Love of His Life

November 28, 2018

On the first day during first period of freshman year at La Salle in 2008, Noah Banks and Josie Oleson met. They quickly became close friends, but Mr. Banks wanted to be more than just that. He planned...

Five Seniors Reflect on Their High School Experiences and What the Future May Hold for Them

Five Seniors Reflect on Their High School Experiences and What the Future May Hold for Them

October 24, 2018

With graduation only seven and a half months away, the senior class is trying to savor their last few memories of high school and begin to plan for the future. These students have spent the last three...

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