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Men’s Fashion Takes a Back Seat at the Oscars

Oscar Awards

Leigh Rosenthal, Arts and Entertainment Writer

March 14, 2016

On February 28, 2016, the red carpet exploded with famous celebrities as they awaited the main event of the night: the 87th Academy Awards. Also known as ‘The Oscars,’ this award ceremony celebrates the brilliance of the film world, giving awards to winners of categories such as Best Actor/Actress and ...

Hamilton Revolutionizes Broadway

Hamilton Revolutionizes Broadway

Samantha Brandt, Arts and Entertainment Editor

March 11, 2016

To many, the words “Founding Fathers” seem to conjure up a stale image of powdered wigs and out-of-date speeches that drag on for way too long. So how does a hip-hop historical piece about the founding father best known for his place on the ten dollar bill become the biggest thing on Broadway? By b...

Harper Lee Dies at 89

FILE - This March 14, 1963 file photo shows Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel,

Alyssa Kremer, Arts & Entertainment Writer

March 2, 2016

Every new school year, each incoming freshman is assigned to read the famous book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Through many debates and discussions it's easy to see the book's significance and why it’s highly regarded in the world of literature. Harper Lee--author of To Kill a Mockingbird--died on February 19 at...

Exploring the World Through AVHS

AVHS French students celebrate Mardi Gras on February 9th.

Zynab Ahmed, Arts & Entertainment Writer

March 1, 2016

21% of people ages 5 to 17 speak a second language in the United States.  Compared to the 80% of students living in Europe, the gap is hard to miss. Bilingualism is spreading throughout Eurasia and is becoming acknowledged as an invaluable asset to students. Due to their historical and regional complexity...

Broadway 2016: At The Dance

Broadway 2016: At The Dance

Samantha Brandt, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 26, 2016

Apple Valley’s annual variety show is back with new twists and tricks -- it's like nothing you've ever seen before. Whether you’re a long time never-miss-a-show fan of Apple Valley productions, or just a student who enjoys getting out of class to see theater previews, Broadway 2016: At The Da...



Osob Abas, Arts and Entertainment Writer

February 22, 2016

Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, and Cate Blanchett  all have received either a statue for Best Actor or Best Actress. Other than having a phenomenal talent to shine under the spotlight they all share one common feature: their skin color. For the second year in a row, the Academy of...

Newsies Seizes The Stage

Newsies Seizes The Stage

Samantha Brandt, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 22, 2016

High above the city of New York, two boys stargaze. The streets below them are cruel and dangerous. Everyday they struggle to survive, living off the change they earn selling papers, begging for food, and sometimes even sleeping on the streets. Yet they find strength in their companionship with one an...

GSA: Gender and Sexuality Alliance

GSA: Gender and Sexuality Alliance

Rachel Stevens, Arts and Entertainment Writer

February 17, 2016

According to the LGBT Foundation’s Exceeding Expectations program, 95% of students hear the word ‘gay’ being used as an insult at school.  That means school can be a harmful environment for people who are different. This is why GSA, or Gender Sexuality Alliance, can be very beneficial. In the ...

The Most Talked About Series This Year

Avery's arrest for rape

MaKenna Farrington, Arts and Entertainment Writer

February 16, 2016

“Making A Murderer” ...why is everyone talking about Steven Avery? If you watched all ten episodes of the TV series you are probably left with more questions than answers. It’s a story that is frustrating, complicated, horrific, and has caused significant speculation and disgust. Avery,...

Making A Difference

Making A Difference

Alyssa Kremer, Arts and Entertainment Writer

February 15, 2016

When we look back on our middle school experiences, the memories aren't always so great. Odd fashion taste, braces glued to our teeth, and awkward social situations. But we didn't go through it alone; we all had people there to help us through it. The high schoolers we looked up to were none other than...

Back to the Past

Group photo from the gathering

Tasnia Iffat, Arts and Entertainment Writer

February 10, 2016

Although history has its ups and downs, many enjoy learning about it. In order to allow students to experience history on their own terms, the AP Euro teachers have a traditional activity for them. The AP Euro “Salon” is an exclusive event for all students in the class, where they have a chance...

The Iron Maidens are Stronger than Ever!

The Iron Maidens are Stronger than Ever!

Leigh Rosenthal, Arts & Entertainment Writer

February 4, 2016

After recently winning the remarkable Inspire award at the North Branch Competition--as well as the Second Inspire and Connect at Rochester--the Iron Maidens are definitely living up to their namesake. Created last year, the Iron Maidens joined the ranks of the three other successful robotics teams...

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