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Maya Smith

Maya Smith, Editor

Maya is a senior at La Salle. She is on the varsity tennis team. Outside of school, she loves listening to music, hanging out with friends and family, and trying new foods. She also has two pets: a dog named Lily and a cat named The Puff.  

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In preparation for competitions, student athletes are seen practicing around the campus.

As the Fall Sports Season Begins, Teams Convene On Campus to Train

March 3, 2021

After almost a year of sports practices and games being cancelled due to COVID-19, fall sports teams are getting underway with their first games, while other teams begin practicing together prior to...

Welcome to the conversational podcast, Spoon Hands, hosted by editors Paige Baines and Maya Smith.

Spoon Hands, Episode 5: Fun Fashion Frenzy

March 3, 2021

Where do you get your clothes from? And how much money do you end up spending on your wardrobe? In this episode of Spoon Hands, hosts Maya Smith and Paige Baines talk about why they choose to shop at second...

To help mix up regular boxed mac and cheese, try looking around your kitchen for ingredients that can easily be thrown in for some extra flavor.

How To Step Up Your Boxed Mac and Cheese Game

February 17, 2021

As you get ready to pour uncooked noodles into a pot of boiling water, you think to yourself, “Wait, didn’t I eat this two days ago?” Boxed mac and cheese is a go-to snack or meal for many people....

Welcome to the conversational podcast, Spoon Hands, hosted by editors Paige Baines and Maya Smith.

Spoon Hands, Episode 4: Wow, They’re Canadian?

February 17, 2021

In the fourth episode of Spoon Hands, hosts Maya Smith and Paige Baines reveal celebrities you might not have known were Canadian, along with fun facts and jokes about Canada.  To listen, visit La...

Welcome to the conversational podcast, Spoon Hands, hosted by editors Paige Baines and Maya Smith.

Spoon Hands, Episode 3: There’s Nothing To Be Afraid Of

February 3, 2021

Disclaimer: This episode contains stories discussing death and gore that may be frightening to some. In the third episode of Spoon Hands, hosts Maya Smith and Paige Baines discuss their greatest fears,...

Senior Vishal Casper works at Kumon as a tutor.

Student of the Week: Vishal Casper

January 20, 2021

All while recovering from a concussion, senior Vishal Casper has juggled the responsibilities of his job, schoolwork, college applications, and other activities including digital painting and building...

Welcome to the conversational podcast, Spoon Hands, hosted by editors Paige Baines and Maya Smith.

Spoon Hands, Episode 2: Twilight — You Either Love It or Hate It

January 13, 2021

In the second episode of Spoon Hands, hosts Maya Smith and Paige Baines discuss the Twilight Saga, including whether or not you should watch it, and what makes someone love it or hate it.  To listen,...

Kid Cudi recently released his seventh studio album, “Man On The Moon III: The Chosen,” completing the Man On The Moon trilogy.

Kid Cudi’s New Album “Man On The Moon III: The Chosen” Strongly Depicts That You Are Not Alone

December 16, 2020

The following review discusses music with explicit content. In the past, Scott Mescudi, commonly known by his stage name, Kid Cudi, has had a steady theme throughout most of his albums and songs, speaking...

Welcome to the conversational podcast, Spoon Hands, hosted by editors Paige Baines and Maya Smith.

Spoon Hands, Episode 1: Addicted to Dutch Bros

December 16, 2020

In the very first full episode of Spoon Hands, hosts Maya Smith and Paige Baines talk about the addictive nature of Dutch Bros Rebels and coffee. To listen, go to La Salle Falconer Podcasts on Spotify,...

Welcome to the conversational podcast, Spoon Hands, hosted by editors Paige Baines and Maya Smith.

The Falconer’s New Podcast: Spoon Hands

December 9, 2020

Get excited for the debut of The Falconer’s new podcast, Spoon Hands, hosted by editors Paige Baines and Maya Smith. To listen, go to La Salle Falconer Podcasts on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever...

10 songs from multiple genres that set mood for whatever you're doing during this fall season.

From Indie to Surf Rock, Maya’s Fall Playlist

November 11, 2020

The following article includes music containing explicit content. With the seasons and weather constantly changing, so do my playlists and the music I listen to. During this autumn season, and as...

Junior Kazuma Kato played baseball at La Salle during his freshman year. “They treated me as a legend and I [felt] so good,” he said.

Junior Kazuma Kato Perseveres Through the Challenges of Attending La Salle From the Other Side of the World

November 4, 2020

Kazuma Kato had big plans for this school year. His flight ticket was purchased, his enrollment at La Salle sealed. He was ready to pack his bags, when suddenly a worldwide pandemic struck, leaving him...

To stay organized with his school work, sophomore Bobby Brotherton writes down all his assignments and completes them based on how much time they will take.

Student of the Week: Bobby Brotherton

October 7, 2020

Many people know sophomore Bobby Brotherton for his enthusiasm about energy drinks. “I average about two-and-a-half, three a week, except for [this] last week,” he said. “I hardly got any sleep…...

Supporting local Black owned businesses helps support both the economy and the community.

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

October 7, 2020

Supporting local Black owned businesses helps support both the economy and the community.

Alumni Mollie Kuffner, Natalie Sharp, and Annie Hoang created the organization Art for Advocacy, so they could speak up and raise money for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Art for Advocacy: Artists Use Their Talents to Support the BLM Movement

September 30, 2020

After the death of George Floyd, and as the Black Lives Matter movement grew throughout the country, La Salle alumni Natalie Sharp ‘20 and Mollie Kuffner ‘20 wondered how they could contribute in their...


Chalmers favorite part about La Salle is the community. 

“When I look back on La Salle I think I’m gonna think about the community the most,” she said.

Student of the Week: Bella Chalmers

September 16, 2020

Chalmers favorite part about La Salle is the community. “When I look back on La Salle I think I’m gonna think about the community the most,” she said.

When Sean MacNeela is not playing baseball for La Salle, he trains with Logan Ice and plays for the Baseball Factory.

Athlete of the Week: Sean MacNeela

June 3, 2020

Senior Sean MacNeela has been playing baseball since he was five years old. He started playing because his dad wanted to coach, but he has continued playing because of his love for the game.  MacNeela...

20 new and old songs that will set the mood for whatever your intentions for summer are.

Maya’s Ultimate Summer Playlist

June 2, 2020

The following article includes music containing explicit content. With school coming to an end and the warm weather just beginning, people start to shift into their summer mindset, which is different...

Ms. Poteet recommends the book “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,

Nine Staff Members Recommend a Book to Read While Social Distancing

April 15, 2020

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the United States, along with other countries around the globe, has turned to social distancing as a strategy to flatten the curve of infection. For many people,...

Mr. Voge said that

Mr. Voge

April 15, 2020

Science and computer programming teacher Mr. Kyle Voge suggests his “all-time” favorite book, “Contact” by Carl Sagan. Mr. Voge is a very big fan of Carl Sagan. “This [book] is his only work...

Though Ms. Maher had been sticking to nonfiction biographies prior to the coronavirus outbreak, she finds that

Ms. Maher

April 15, 2020

Before this pandemic, Director of Service and Dean of Women Ms. Sarah Maher was reading a lot of female autobiographies, but she said that all the different news about COVID-19 has been making it hard...

Ms. Poteet recommends the book “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,

Ms. Poteet

April 15, 2020

Ms. Ann Poteet, La Salle’s librarian, recommends “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.  She described this book as engaging, eye-opening, and hopeful. “It...

Mr. Devine said that even though

Mr. Devine

April 15, 2020

Vice Principal of Student Life Mr. Brian Devine suggests the book “Into The Wild” by John Krakauer. He described this non-fiction biography as chilling, absorbing, and thought-provoking. He chose...

The book

Ms. Cha Asokan

April 15, 2020

Art teacher Ms. Cha Asokan recommends the magical realism novel “Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World” by Haruki Murakami.  Ms. Cha has read this book many times, and each time she does,...

Ms. Mendez listened to the audiobook version of

Ms. Mendez

April 15, 2020

Counselor Ms. Maritza Mendes recommends the autobiography “My (Underground) American Dream” by Julissa Arce. Three words Ms. Mendez used to describe this book was “enlightening, courageous, and powerful.” “Julissa...

Ms. Spanjer

Ms. Spanjer

April 15, 2020

Social Studies teacher Ms. Mallory Spanjer recommends a book, "Animal Dreams" by Barbara Kingsolver, which she feels is “a perfect mix of environmental, social justice, [and] current fiction.”  Ms....

Mr. Roth called “Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Mr. Roth

April 15, 2020

Science teacher Mr. Eric Roth suggests “Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage,” the story of Ernest Shackleton's failed expedition to Antarctica.  This non-fiction adventure book is described...

One part of

Mr. Fitzsimmons

April 15, 2020

French teacher Mr. Cameron Fitzsimmons suggests “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a fiction book that he describes as “gentle, funny, and wise.” He first read this book in English...

Mr. Yoshihara is in charge of diversity, equity, and inclusion support and is an assistant varsity boys basketball coach.

Mr. Yoshihara is “Bustin’ Barriers” Both Inside and Outside of the La Salle Community

March 4, 2020

When looking at La Salle’s staff members, it’s easy to notice that not many are people of color. According to Ms. Lisa Daniels, La Salle’s Director of Communications, “of La Salle’s 90 regularly...

Art teacher Ms. Cha Asokan feels the Memory Project is popular among students because

NAHS Students Create Portraits for Children in Malaysia

February 19, 2020

La Salle student art is going to children in Malaysia. These pieces are a part of the Memory Project, created by students who are involved in the National Art Honors Society. The Memory Project strives...

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...

Different sounds in a songs background music results in a more intriguing and memorable experience, compared to repetitive, popular songs.

Eight Songs Featuring Intriguing Background Music

February 12, 2020

The following article includes music and videos containing explicit content. There are many factors that go into creating great songs, but the factor that makes music particularly stand out to me is...

Through her volunteer work with multiple non-profits, Mott has grown to become a service oriented person.

Student of the Week: Mary Grace Mott

February 5, 2020

Along with a course load of eight classes, four of them being Honors or AP courses, junior Mary Grace Mott participates heavily in the La Salle community through clubs and student trips.  Mott has...

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

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

Start studying for finals earlier to reduce your overall stress, and increase your readiness for exams.

Studying 101: How to Survive Dead Week and Finals

January 15, 2020

With finals almost here, students, including myself, are beginning to frantically get ready for their upcoming tests. For me, this time of year is highly anxiety inducing and stressful, if I don’t take...

Humans of La Salle: Holiday Break Plans

December 20, 2019

The Falconer asked students about their plans for holiday break. Check out this video to see what they said. Be sure to let us know what your plans are in the comments!

Junior Elliot Hansen hopes to pursue a future career in science and engineering.

Student of the Week: Elliot Hansen

December 4, 2019

Junior Elliot Hansen enjoys the challenges of the courses he takes, while also participating in club and school swim teams. Hansen is taking three AP classes and one honors class: AP Calculus AB, AP...

Earlier this school year, senior Amira Tripp Folsom worked to register many students as voters.

Persevering Through Difficulty, Student Activist Amira Tripp Folsom Strives to Make a Difference in Her Community

November 13, 2019

Navigating through high school and finding where you fit in is a challenge many people face. However, it can be especially difficult if, as a freshman, you come in already feeling like an outsider. Over...

On Sept. 2, people gathered downtown to protest climate change inaction.

The Planet Is Dying, and We Must Take Action Now

November 6, 2019

On Sept. 2, people gathered downtown to protest climate change inaction.

Sophomore Gracelyn Rael enjoys Art Foundations with Ms. Cha.

Student Art Spotlight: Gracelyn Rael

October 23, 2019

Sophomore Gracelyn Rael enjoys Art Foundations with Ms. Cha.

“I believe our earth, our only home, is in danger. Climate change isn’t just a threat to wildlife. It’s a threat to us, too.” sophomore Hannah Reddick said.

Students Protest Climate Change Inaction

September 25, 2019

“I believe our earth, our only home, is in danger. Climate change isn’t just a threat to wildlife. It’s a threat to us, too.” sophomore Hannah Reddick said.

Maya's Mellow Rainy Day Playlist

Maya’s Mellow Rainy Day Playlist

September 18, 2019

With the rainy season just around the corner, Oregonians are getting ready for the cozy and laid back time spent inside during the showers of a rainy day. Rainy days are perfect for cuddling up with...

Sophomore Lukas Werner created an app to help confused students figure out their schedules.

Lukas Werner Takes On Confusion of Class Schedules, Creating an App Specifically for La Salle

September 11, 2019

With La Salle’s class schedule being different practically every day, it can sometimes be difficult to know where you’re supposed to be and when. Sophomore Lukas Werner noticed this as an incoming...

Meet your new members of the editorial board: Maya Smith, Maggie Rasch, Dakota Canzano, Mallory Middendorff, Carlie Weigel, and Maddie Khaw.

A Letter From The Editors

September 11, 2019

Dear readers of The La Salle Falconer, Welcome to La Salle’s student-run news publication. We are your editors, Dakota Canzano, Maggie Rasch, and Maya Smith. We’re looking forward to another successful...

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