The Talon

A Love Letter To Theater

A Love Letter To Theater

Samantha Brandt, Arts & Entertainment Editor

May 26, 2016

What could be said to convince you to sacrifice twenty hours of your free time every week? How about more than that? Thirty? Forty? It seems like a ridiculous idea - those precious hours of after school time are the only thing keeping some of us sane. Yet, many students give up that time and enjoy do...

Danceworks 2016

Be sure to see Danceworks 2016!

Micaela Garcia, Arts & Entertainment Writer

May 20, 2016

The music blasts a melody--the dancers mimic the rhythm with their bodies, moving each part in sync to create a masterpiece of twists and turns. Their heartbeats become the beat of the song. The room is dark. Different colored lights pierce the blackness and illuminate the stage. Smoke drifts across ...

Student R&B Band Draws a Crowd

The R&B band rocks out in the courtyard after school.

Bill Blatzheim, Special to The Talon

May 19, 2016

Did you hear those funky sounds coming from the front entrance after school on Thursday? Those were brought to you by the Apple Valley High R&B Band, a performing arts ensemble in its second year that combines forces of both the instrumental and vocal music programs. The idea for an R&B band...

Nostalgia: How A Generation Turned To The Past

The essence of the past is just a filter away

Samantha Brandt, Arts & Entertainment Editor

May 19, 2016

Nostalgia. That warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you watch an old movie from your childhood, or hear your favorite song from 2010. It’s a love of ‘the good old days.’ The concept of nostalgia is nothing new, but its emergence as part of mainstream culture seems almost paradoxical. Why is a young gen...

Iron Maidens on Top of the World

The ladies of the Iron Maidens celebrating their victory as robotic world champions

Leigh Rosenthal, Arts & Entertainment Writer

May 12, 2016

Between April 27-30, the ladies of the acclaimed Iron Maidens made the trip to St. Louis, taking part in the World Championship for robotics and winning the awe-inspiring Connect Award. This victory is astounding, with the Iron Maidens being created only one year ago. With the team almost making it ...

EaglEye Excellence

EaglEye Crew

Rachel Stevens, Arts & Entertainment Writer

April 29, 2016

If you attend Apple Valley High School you’ve probably seen at least one episode of EaglEye, the school’s news show. What you may not know is that our school’s show has won many awards -- and that they recently won three out of seventeen categories at the regional awards ceremony. On April 10...

Of Girls And Games

Should an image like this be considered out of the ordinary?

Samantha Brandt, Arts & Entertainment Editor

April 28, 2016

It’s an exciting time to be a gamer: We’re living in a golden age of technology, E-sports (professional competitive gaming) are quickly gaining fame, but most importantly, the female demographic is growing. This is more than just a pleasant statistic--it’s a major shift that’s changing the gam...

17 Apple Valley High School Musicians Named “All-State”

Mr. Scalise rehearses with band students after school.

Bill Blatzheim, Special to The Talon

April 26, 2016

On behalf of the instrumental and vocal music departments at Apple Valley High School, we are proud to announce that the Minnesota Music Educators’ Association (MMEA) has named seventeen AVHS musicians to “All-State” ensembles for 2016-17. Students submit recordings through a rigorous process ...

Tech-Crew: Behind-the-Scenes Heroes

A former techie sent the crew a care package with new pillowcases for the cushions they use in the catwalks during this year's broadway

Leigh Rosenthal, Arts & Entertainment Writer

April 25, 2016

Ever since Apple Valley High School opened up its doors in 1976, the arts department has become a thriving aspect of our daily school lives. From the band program, to the choir program, to every art and dance program in between, the art department has grown and excelled into the successful, creative f...

Celebrating the Speech Team

AVHS speech team after their state tournament

Samantha Brandt, Arts & Entertainment Editor

April 21, 2016

In the last few weeks, our decorated speech team attended section and state tournaments. As always, our talented students took home many victories and awards. Like other Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) competitions, teams aim to win their way through several location-based ranks. The f...

Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

Osob Abas, Arts & Entertainment Writer

April 20, 2016

Every year there are least 600,000 different books published in the U.S. alone. Thousands of writers from Harper Lee to J.K Rowling have published great books. As readers we are blessed with new books every year to fulfill our interests. With so many books out there, it’s sometimes hard to know where...

YouTube: The Good, The Bad, and The Viral

YouTube: The Good, The Bad, and The Viral

Samantha Brandt and Osob Abas

March 18, 2016

YouTube, the world's third largest site. Held within its realms are millions of videos - and every hour, three hundred more hours-worth are added on. The site's popularity reflects how useful it is: Looking for music? YouTube's got you. Want to see some top ten lists?  Got you. Blooper reels? Movie...

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