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Week One is Done

September 21, 2020

Week one of school 2020. What a week. Our entire community is learning. Routines, technology, requirements, precautions, schedules. Week one was certainly an exhausting week for everyone. But it...

Even Here, There’s Growth

Genevieve Olson at the AVHS graduation parade.
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....

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

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

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

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

You Are Not Your Score: A Story About Resilience

You Are Not Your Score: A Story About Resilience
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...

Persevering Even When It’s Hard

Persevering Even When It's Hard
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

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,...

Dare to Try

Photo Credit: 2019 AVHS yearbook, Valley Images
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...

Triple-A Award Steps to Success

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

Racial Bias Within United States Criminal Justice (Part Three: Reducing Racial Bias during Jury Selection – A Solution)

April 19, 2018

Reducing Racial Bias in Jury Selection: A Solution To start with, the process of gathering information on potential jurors ought to be expanded.  This would eliminate the need to use stereotypes as...

Apple Valley Reacts to Stoneman Douglas

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

Net Neutrality: The Fights for Its Return

Net Neutrality: The Fights for Its Return
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....

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