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Mia Kritzer

Mia Kritzer, Assistant Editor

Mia is a junior at La Salle. She volunteers for the Oregon Youthline and is the founder of the Students Against Sexual Abuse Club. She participates in student council, Service Club, and tennis. She is also a student ambassador. In her free time, she enjoys working out and going to concerts.

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Hozier’s talent showcased in his album is something that will be remembered for years beyond its debut.

Great Albums You May Have Missed: Hozier’s Self-Titled Debut Raised The Bar for Dark Indie

February 3, 2021

This article discusses explicit music that may not be suitable for some readers. If you had access to the internet in 2014, chances are good you stumbled upon Hozier’s breakout single — “Take...

Senior Charlotta Schreuder plays the viola because

Student of the Week: Charlotta Schreuder 

January 13, 2021

Senior Charlotta Schreuder has spent her high school career balancing an array of activities, from running, to art, to music.  Schreuder picked up running in the fifth grade when she joined a running...

Freshman Olivia Nelson has been playing softball since she was four, and has been playing basketball since she was six. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, “I wasn't able to play sports for the longest time, and I didn't realize how much I miss it.”

Olivia Nelson

January 6, 2021

Freshman Olivia Nelson’s goals for her high school experience are to meet new friends and prepare herself for her future. Nelson was among the many students who attended the Freshmen Connect Day,...

“Making real experiences with people is usually the best way to start a conversation, make friendships, and have connections,” freshman Reese Nachbur said. “That's something I've been missing.”

Reese Nachbur

January 6, 2021

Freshman Reese Nachbur began his freshman year with a clear objective — to make new friends at La Salle.  On Freshmen Connect Day, Nachbur’s favorite activity was playing a game of pickleball,...

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...

Junior Ryley Vickroy wants to pursue a career in special education.

Athlete of The Week: Ryley Vickroy

January 6, 2021

One of junior Ryley Vickroy’s most difficult experiences took place over a year ago when she shattered her middle finger playing softball.  This injury required Vickroy to have surgery and attend...

Teachers at La Salle have been grappling with the struggles of balancing parental responsibilities with instructing their own classes.

Good Days, Bad Days, and Too Much Screen Time: How Educators at La Salle are Juggling Parenting and Teaching During The Pandemic

December 16, 2020

The transition into digital learning has affected everyone — especially parents, as they have had to create new normals for their children, while also dealing with the uncertainty of the pandemic.  The...

“I just have an innate desire to learn, and no matter how hard the work is, I find that I’m always learning something,” junior Gabe El Youssef said.

Student of the Week: Gabe El Youssef

December 16, 2020

Junior Gabe El Youssef was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, which he calls the “best city in the world.”  When El Youssef was in second grade, attending St. Therese Catholic School, he heard...

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...

With the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court rapidly coming to an end, many Americans across the U.S. brace for impact as a new wave of conservative agenda would begin.

Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett Poses An Extreme Threat To The Land of the Free

October 21, 2020

Time is running out.  In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, President Donald Trump has selected Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be nominated as Ginsburg’s replacement.  Barrett...

Talking about the vice presidential debate, senior Sawyer Paugh said,

Students Share Takeaways From The Vice Presidential Debate

October 14, 2020

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, California Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence went head-to-head in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 2020 vice presidential debate.  In this debate, the candidates...

Junior Emma Olson has been a part of the La Salle art program for three years.

“I Want My Art To Reflect The Current Climate and Current Events”: How Junior Emma Olson Uses Her Creativity For Advocacy, Organization, and Self-Expression

October 14, 2020

Junior Emma Olson has been influenced by art her whole life. Since her early grade school days, Olson’s artistic mother, as well as many of her teachers, encouraged creativity. “Forever, I’ve...

“I started the Community Connections Club because I was feeling really isolated over quarantine and I really wanted to see friends but stay safe at the same time,” junior Natalie Fuchs said.

Student of the Week: Natalie Fuchs

September 30, 2020

Junior Natalie Fuchs has made the most of her high school experience by starting a club and becoming involved, even with the unexpected arrival of COVID-19.  Adjusting to quarantine was rough for Fuchs...

Though it was released in 2017, SZA's

Great Albums You May Have Missed: SZA’s “Ctrl” Captures the Feeling of Growing Up

September 16, 2020

New Jersey native R&B songstress SZA, born Solana Rowe, made her 2017 debut album worth the wait with a surreal collection of ballads that recount her experiences navigating the modern world. “Ctrl”...

If Kemp could give one piece of advice to underclassmen who are striving to play sports at a college level, it would be to

Next Level Seniors: Alexis Kemp Elevates Her Softball Career by Committing to Regis University

June 3, 2020

Senior Alexis Kemp has been playing softball for eleven years, and she has now committed to play at Regis University. She is a part of a select few seniors who have signed to play sports at the collegiate...

Junior Lucy Lawton plays soccer and runs track at La Salle.

Athlete of the Week: Lucy Lawton

April 29, 2020

Despite the challenges this year has brought for everyone surrounding the coronavirus, junior Lucy Lawton is not letting it break her stride.  Lawton has a 51:55 record for the 300 meter hurdles on...

English teacher Mr. Gregory Larson said that when he was a high schooler he

English Teacher Mr. Larson Talks Literature, Technology, and Today’s Youth

April 8, 2020

Circa 2007, a young Mr. Gregory Larson was just like lots of other kids his age, seeking validation from peers and trying to discover his identity. Through his four years as a student at La Salle, Mr....

Lil Uzi Vert’s “Eternal Atake” sold 350,000 copies within its first week on the charts.

The Wait is Over: Lil Uzi Vert Amplifies His Dramatic Return With “Eternal Atake”

April 1, 2020

Disclaimer: The following article discusses music with explicit lyrics.  Lil Uzi Vert is back in the game, for now.  The release of his intergalactic sophomore album “Eternal Atake,” reignited...

Senior Alvina Hsiao has participated in ten La Salle theater productions since her freshman year.

Student of the Week: Alvina Hsiao

March 4, 2020

Senior Alvina Hsiao has certainly made the most of her time at La Salle, balancing AP Calculus, AP  English 4, AP Government, and AP Biology all this year.   For Hsiao, acting has been an outlet...

Many students at La Salle thrift as a way to express their own  fashion choices.

Thrifting: A Fashionable Solution to a Multitude of Issues

February 12, 2020

Finding the perfect T-shirt in the winding racks of your local thrift store can sometimes be a day-long process, which for some people is far too long to be out shopping. Despite this, thrift shopping...

After tearing her ACL twice, senior Lindsay Drango plans on furthering her basketball career in college.

Athlete of the Week: Lindsay Drango

February 5, 2020

Following the the girls basketball team’s state championship success of 2019, senior Lindsay Drango is keeping her eye on this year’s prize — another state title.  She discovered her passion...

In Tune: The Sounds of La Salle

January 22, 2020

Music is a huge part of most people's lives. Music allows us to express ourselves, become inspired, and changes our lives. We interviewed students and teachers at La Salle to see what their favorite music...

Sophmore Akhil Casper is motivated to do well in school because his friends push him to do his best.

Student of the Week: Akhil Casper

January 15, 2020

Soft spoken sophomore Akhil Casper adjusts his glasses, cracking a smile as he checks his PowerSchool. Studying for an average of four hours per night, Casper prides himself on maintaining a 4.2 GPA so...

“When I dance, I feel free, and being a part of something bigger than myself is one of the best feelings ever,” co-captain Aislinn McCarthy said.

Precision, Dedication, and Friendship: The Dance Team Grows as One

January 15, 2020

This year, La Salle dance has officially transitioned from being a club to something even greater, a team. After placing sixth in their most recent competition at Reynolds High School, the La Salle...

This February will be the second annual

La Salle Strives to be “Better Together” In the Month of February

January 15, 2020

With a special assembly on Jan. 24, the school community will be moving closer to the official launch of the second annual “Better Together” student fundraiser. In the past, the yearly fundraiser...

Over the course of the four years Ashley Smith has been at La Salle, she has taken 12 AP classes.

Student of the Week: Ashley Smith

December 18, 2019

Senior Ashley Smith is taking her victory lap. Last year, Smith finished second in state for track, and she is currently maintaining a 4.42 GPA and competing in volleyball and tennis.  Over her four...

21-year-old rapper, JuiceWrld passed away on Dec. 8, 2019.

Gone Too Soon: The Legacy of JuiceWrld

December 18, 2019

Chicago rapper Jared Higgins, known as “JuiceWrld,” first entered the SoundCloud scene in 2018 with his breakout single “Lucid Dreams.” He then released his first full-length album “Goodbye and...

The uniqueness of “Euphoria” stems from its savvy depiction of youth.

HBO’s “Euphoria” Dives Deep Into Turbulent Adolescence

December 18, 2019

Disclaimer: The following article discusses explicit material. The show reviewed is rated TV-MA. It presents an uncensored look at what teenage life can sometimes be like. The hit American drama series...

Your sleep can be affected by stress from your everyday life, impacting how you go throughout your day.

Tips For a Better Night’s Sleep

December 4, 2019

Disclaimer: Consult with a parent and/or doctor before trying sleep supplements.  Stressed and sleep deprived, I would go through the motions of my day half awake and I would find myself struggling...

Parents have been  cheating their children's futures through bribery and falsifying their ACT/SAT scores.

Leniency of Felicity Huffman Prison Sentence Reflects Entitlement and Privilege

October 30, 2019

On March 5th,  Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman awoke to several FBI agents surrounding her Los Angeles home.  Huffman was one of over 50 Division I college coaches, admissions counselors,...

If Aiden O'Brien could play on any national soccer team, he would play for Brazil because

Athlete of the Week: Aiden O’Brien

October 30, 2019

Sophomore Aiden O’Brien has been playing baseball and soccer for nearly all his life.  For most of O’Brien’s childhood, he played soccer for Southeast Soccer Club; however, today, he plays with...

When Erin McGinnis isn't running, she loves to bake, windsurf, ski and spend time with her cats.

Athlete of the Week: Erin McGinnis

September 18, 2019

Erin McGinnis, now a sophomore on the cross country team, was thrilled when she made varsity cross country and track her freshman year.  She fell in love with running after being encouraged by her...

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