The La Salle Falconer

Olivia Galbraith

Olivia Galbraith, Editor

Olivia is a senior at La Salle. She is a co-captain of the dance team, and also dances at Pacific Dance Academy. In her free time, she loves to go thrifting, make jewelry, and play with her golden retriever named Buddy. 

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As we begin to return to  “normal life,” it is our responsibility to do things safely. Disregarding guidelines about COVID-19 — inside and outside of La Salle — is an abuse of privilege, and promotes an unsafe environment that forces people to stay isolated.

Wear Your Mask, Maintain a Six-Foot Distance, and Continue Taking This Pandemic Seriously

March 3, 2021

It’s been almost a full year since we went into lockdown and our lives became engulfed by the pandemic that has struck the nation — and the world — with physical, economic, and social loss. The...

While the character development and cinematography is exceptional, what makes this movie sing is the music and instrumentals. They’re mesmerizing and beautiful.

“La La Land”: A Cinematic Masterpiece About Love, Ambition, and Following Your Dreams

February 17, 2021

While the character development and cinematography is exceptional, what makes this movie sing is the music and instrumentals. They’re mesmerizing and beautiful.

“I used to play for fun, now I kind of want to make football my lifestyle,” sophomore Zachariah Frazier said. He hopes to continue playing in college, and play for the NFL someday.

Athlete of the Week: Zachariah Frazier

February 17, 2021

Sophomore Zachariah Frazier has been playing sports since he was a kid — basketball since he was in third grade, track and field since first grade, and football since second. The 100-meter sprint...

“I want the Portland community to be the best community it can,” junior Simon Abraha said. “I’m only one person… but, you know, progress is progress, whether it’s big steps or baby steps.”

Student of the Week: Simon Abraha

February 17, 2021

In the halls of La Salle, you may recognize junior Simon Abraha as the junior officer on Executive Council or public relations officer for the Black Student Union.  Outside of the brick walls, you...

McKenna's sophomore album incorporates relevant ideas about the many ways our world can be destructive.

Immerse Yourself in a Dystopian World of Indie Rock With Declan McKenna’s “Zeros”

February 3, 2021

Smack dab in the middle of a pandemic, fans of Declan McKenna were graced with the release of his second album: “Zeros.” Packed with alternative and indie sounds with hints of pop and rock, his lyrics...

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

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

The two vaccines in use have generated talk — of some concerns, some excitement, and some hopes for a future of pre-pandemic normalcy.

Students Weigh In on the Approved COVID-19 Vaccines

January 6, 2021

As they approach the end of a digital semester, students have been met with some hopeful news — the approval of two coronavirus vaccines. The vaccines, one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and the...

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

November 18, 2020

Being an educator runs in the family for Ms. Kathleen Coughran. Ms. Coughran, the new Vice Principal of Academics at La Salle, is one of four siblings who all work in education. She is entering her...

Many of the songs on Rex Orange County’s “Pony” relate to struggling with mental health and the effects it can have on a person.

Great Albums You May Have Missed: “Pony” Recounts Working Through Mentally Tough Times

November 4, 2020

The following article discusses music containing explicit content. 22-year-old London native Alex O’Connor, known as Rex Orange County, released his third album “Pony” on Oct. 25, 2019. I had...

“I still think that there will definitely be a lesson, a change of heart,

Fall Immersion Experiences Go Virtual This Year, Continuing the Trend of A Digital World

October 14, 2020

The excitement that arises as students wake up early with tired eyes, piling onto buses, and heading off to become immersed in a one-of-a-kind experience is momentous. For a lot of students, attending...

“I wouldn’t really say we had much of a plan,

Ian Simmons

September 30, 2020

Labor Day weekend led into a week like no other for senior Ian Simmons.  Simmons and his family went out of town for the holiday weekend, returning to their home in Eagle Creek on Monday, only to be...

In past years, Mr. Donnelly has volunteered his time through the National Guard to help with firefighting, though this year he was unable to.

Mr. Donnelly

September 30, 2020

For band and yearbook teacher Mr. John Donnelly, the Oregon wildfires weren’t the biggest threat that caused him to evacuate with his family in early September.  Mr. Donnelly evacuated with his family...

Ms. Kessler

September 29, 2020

Two hours. That’s all the time that Spanish teacher Ms. Karen Kessler had to pack up her belongings and evacuate her home.  “We didn’t get the slow, ‘be prepared, get ready,’” she said....

Across the state, scenes of smoke and ash clouded the skies, as a result of the wildfires that forced many people in the La Salle community to evacuate.

Shock, Stress, and Smoke Scatter the La Salle Community

September 29, 2020

40,000 people evacuated.  Over one million acres of land burned. The worst air quality of all major cities in the world in Portland. Oregon was ablaze.  Wildfires tore through multiple counties...

Until the day when classes can return to in-person learning, La Salle's campus remains quiet other than a few staff members working from classrooms and offices.

Students and Staff Share Their Reactions to the Online Start of This School Year

September 16, 2020

Students and staff kicked off the first day of classes through a screen this year. With muted microphones, an array of backgrounds behind classmates and teachers, and collaboration through Zoom breakout...

Two Essential Workers Share Their Experiences Working Through a Pandemic

June 3, 2020

Since the beginning of quarantine, essential workers across the nation have continued to work despite the potential risk of infection due to their contact with the public.  Across the globe, people...

Ms. Orr has been an educator for 36 years, and dedicated 20 of those years to La Salle.

Counselor Ms. Nancy Orr Retires After “The Best 20 Years Ever”

May 20, 2020

Two decades ago, counselor Ms. Nancy Orr accepted a position at La Salle. Now, after 36 years of being an educator, and serving the La Salle community in many different ways for 20 of those years, Ms....

Niall Horan’s Album “Heartbreak Weather” Outlines Personal Growth Through the Storms of a Relationship

April 29, 2020

Singer and musician Niall Horan has come a long way since his appearance on The X Factor in 2010. In the past ten years, Horan has climbed charts and toured with the former band One Direction, and began...

Senior Abby Parra will be attending Grand Canyon University next fall with the goal of becoming a physical therapist.

Student of the Week: Abby Parra

April 29, 2020

Throughout her time at La Salle, senior Abby Parra has kept a busy lifestyle, having played multiple sports, managed AP classes, and immersed herself in various student life activities around the school. This...

Maintaining a balance between physical and mental activity is important while practicing social distancing.

Seven Ways to Keep Your Mind and Body Active While Self-Isolating

April 8, 2020

For many people in the La Salle community, this is the fourth week of practicing social distancing in quarantine.  Students are now in their third week of digital learning, but being stuck at home...

Assistant Editor Olivia Galbraith works from her backyard.

Behind the Scenes: How The Falconer Is Operating While La Salle Remains Closed

April 8, 2020

Assistant Editor Olivia Galbraith works from her backyard.

Sophomore Mac Baker has been involved with circus arts for three years and has performed internationally.

Sophomore Mac Baker Reaches New Heights in Her International Circus Arts Career

March 18, 2020

The summer before her eighth grade year, Mac Baker’s mom encouraged her to become more active and leave her house more often. After taking a circus class, her attention was hooked. Now a sophomore at...

Nicky Hounton, Olivia Fobi, and Amira Tripp-Folsom are all members of the BSU.

“Our Identities Are What Make Us Great”: Reflecting on Black History Month at La Salle

February 26, 2020

An announcement, a morning prayer, and a stand promoting black authors in the library. This was how La Salle acknowledged Black History Month in the school only a couple of years ago. The celebration of...

Sophomore Ella Gach plays JV basketball and is a member of the Black Student Union.

Student of the Week: Ella Gach

February 19, 2020

School. Basketball. Homework. Repeat. This isn’t an uncommon after-school routine for sophomore Ella Gach. At La Salle, she keeps busy as a member of the JV girls basketball team and the Black Student...

Students rehearse for the upcoming

The Third Annual “Night on Broadway” Returns to the Stage, Supporting Oregon’s LGBTQ+ Community

May 22, 2019

La Salle’s annual "Night on Broadway" returns to the stage this Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m. The event is being put together by the Equality Alliance and other students at La Salle, many of whom also...

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. Who is your celebrity crush? Let us know in the comments...

Allison Warta has been playing soccer since she was three years old.

Next Level Seniors: Allison Warta Commits to Regis University to Continue Her Soccer Career

May 8, 2019

Allison Warta has been playing soccer since she was three years old, and in the fall, she will be continuing her athletic career at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Warta verbally committed to...

Seniors Lenora Mathis and Brigid Hanley one year ago anticipating the opening of Café Justo.

Café Justo’s Growth in Its First Year of Business Sparks Popularity and New Additions

April 17, 2019

One year from its opening, La Salle’s student-led, fair-trade coffee shop, Café Justo, has gradually grown in sales and popularity, all the while expanding their initial menu and combating competition...

Haylie Gray has been dancing for ten years and is now a member of multiple dance teams.

Student of the Week: Haylie Gray

March 13, 2019

For freshman Haylie Gray, starting high school was an easy transition that brought new opportunities and challenges. During her time at La Salle, she has balanced Honors Geometry, being a member of...

Athlete of the Week: Mandy Sisul

Athlete of the Week: Mandy Sisul

February 28, 2019

Sophomore Mandy Sisul found her passion for basketball at a young age, when she started to play around five or six. Now in her second year on the varsity basketball team, Sisul plays as a shooting guard...

The 1980's is filled with a variety of sounds that are worth revisiting.

Ten Popular Songs From the 80’s to Add to Your Throwback Playlist

February 20, 2019

Throwback playlists — we all have one. Playlists composed of old favorite songs can be used in so many different scenarios. Whether it be car rides or music to listen to during homework, there’s...

A Look Back at 11 of This Year’s Freshmen Athletes on Fall Varsity Teams

A Look Back at 11 of This Year’s Freshmen Athletes on Fall Varsity Teams

January 23, 2019

With winter sports in full swing, it’s time to look back at the fall season and the athletes who made an impact on La Salle’s varsity teams. This year, there were many freshman athletes on La Salle’s...

7 Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Portland

7 Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Portland

January 23, 2019

Living in Portland, dreary and rainy days are a given. While diving into a good book, binge watching a series, or choosing to be productive around your house are all comfortable activities for when it’s...

Senior Ryan Bright using his iPad to study for AP Chemistry.

iPads Broaden the Way We Learn, But They Are Also a Huge Distraction

November 14, 2018

Writing an essay digitally, doing online research, giving a presentation with a digital aid, and turning in homework with the click of a button—the benefits of technology in classrooms are plenty. Having...

Sophomore Lauren Harrington Wins Bronze at International Taekwondo Competition, Taking the Next Step in Her Taekwondo Journey

Sophomore Lauren Harrington Wins Bronze at International Taekwondo Competition, Taking the Next Step in Her Taekwondo Journey

October 24, 2018

Lauren Harrington, a sophomore at La Salle, has been competing in taekwondo for multiple years, and recently placed third in her division at the World Taekwondo President’s Cup in Las Vegas. She also...

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