The Talon

Even Here, There’s Growth

Genevieve Olson at the AVHS graduation parade.

Genevieve Olson

June 16, 2020

I stood up from my seat, adjusted my skirt, gathered my notes, pushed in my chair, and approached the podium at the front of the room. I stared closely at my notes as I carefully placed them on the podium. I looked up at the class froze. I knew right then it was a losing battle. I was sitting in my ...

Finding Yourself In The Wilderness: A Story About Leadership & Self-Acceptance

Finding Yourself In The Wilderness: A Story About Leadership & Self-Acceptance

Genevieve Olson

May 12, 2020

Written: July 2019 Revised and edited: May  2020 I remember sitting in my freshman civics class hearing my teacher introduce us to this over-the-summer trip to Lake of the Woods titled “AV Convocation Wilderness Experience”. I remember thinking that anyone stupid enough to purposely live in t...

Turning Points: Don’t Underestimate The Mindset of a Ten Year Old

Turning Points: Don't Underestimate The Mindset of a Ten Year Old

Genevieve Olson

May 5, 2020

Written: May 2019 Revised and edited: April 2020 Hi. I’m Genevieve. Though I may be a seventeen-year-old girl in high school, I’d like to think that I’m a lot more than that. I value the art of storytelling and being vulnerable with others. Because I find so much value in my own story, (wh...

You Are Not Your Score: A Story About Resilience

You Are Not Your Score: A Story About Resilience

Genevieve Olson

April 27, 2020

Written: November 2019 Revised and edited: April 2020 I was 10 when I found discipline. I was 14 when I found independence. 15 when I found faith. 16 when I found perseverance. 17 when I found leadership. 18 when I found freedom. Some kids like to draw or color. Some like to pretend the ground is lava whil...

Persevering Even When It’s Hard

Persevering Even When It's Hard

Genevieve Olson

April 12, 2020

You know what I find hard to do sometimes? Breathe. You know?

New Years Resolutions: Why Falling Off The Wagon is Enviable

Genevieve Olson

January 27, 2020

This afternoon I was walking down the hall on my way to the lunchroom when I had a “philosophical moment.” Whenever I’m having a good, productive day and I’m feeling good about my decisions, I’ll give myself little “pep-talks” as a way to encourage my good behavior. I don’t know how ...

Dare to Try

Photo Credit: 2019 AVHS yearbook, Valley Images

Aaron Sesay

April 9, 2019

Photo credit: 2019 AVHS Yearbook, Valley Images The band director was standing boldly and attached to the music as he continued to conduct the piece. The song he had dreamed of teaching a band for decades but never tried in the past due to intimidation, was now a reality. The music created a magic...

Triple-A Award Steps to Success

Molly Moynihan (left) and Spencer Rolland (right) at Triple A MSHSL Banquet.

Aaron Sesay

December 18, 2018

2018 Triple-A Award Winners Reveal How They Became Successful High Schoolers In a Surprising Interview The Triple-A Award application is nearing its due date. Seniors that apply for this award across the state excel in the academics, arts, and athletics. Spencer Rolland and Molly Moynih...

Apple Valley Reacts to Stoneman Douglas

Hundreds of students gathered at AVHS and participated in a nation-walkout

Annie Nguyen, Writer

April 17, 2018

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s 2018 Valentine’s Day started similarly to Apple Valley High School’s. In Minnesota, members of the National Art Honor Society sold heart shaped pins at lunch, while their counterparts in Florida sold carnations in the cafeteria. The mornings in both cities cou...

Net Neutrality: The Fights for Its Return

Net Neutrality: The Fights for Its Return

Tai Henrichs, Writer

January 25, 2018

Introduction In the previous article, the historical background and importance of net neutrality were detailed.  But, of course, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) had already repealed Net Neutrality.  That does not mean plenty of people from activists, to state legislatures, to Congress are n...

Net Neutrality: Its History and Impact

Net Neutrality: Its History and Impact

Tai Henrichs, Writer

January 4, 2018

The Net Neutrality Repeal On December 14, 2017, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) voted to repeal rules ensuring the maintenance of Net Neutrality, a set of rules regulating ISPs (Internet Service Providers) that prohibited them from favoring some website or services over others. Previously,...

Giving Talent Away: The Answer to Fulfillment

Kenan Lumantas solos on the trombone at a Jazz Ensemble Concert.

Aaron Sesay, Writer

December 18, 2017

Here at Apple Valley High School, everyone has a talent. A talent is like a gift of ability. It is what you are good at. A talent can be excelling in a class like math or social studies, or having a skill like making music or running a mile in record-breaking time. We all have a talent, even if we do...

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