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Cell Phone Policy: It Never Changed

Cell Phone Policy: It Never Changed

Natalina Tekie, Features Writer
November 29, 2016
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Funny how an electronic device can easily drive us from learning and have us completely absorbed in another world. We hear a buzz or see a light come on and our focus instantly turns to our cell phones, and we forget about the world around us. Students have been getting distracted easily from their learnin...

Cyborgs Among Us

Cyborgs Among Us

Claire Doty, Features Writer
November 29, 2016
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When my sister Haven stumbles out of bed most mornings, the first thing she does is head to the bathroom to pop in her contact lenses. Immediately, her vision improves--she can see details clearly. Many mornings my sister joins the ranks of people known as augmented humans:  people who use technology to ...

What Thanksgiving Looked Like in Culturally Diverse Homes

What Thanksgiving Looked Like in Culturally Diverse Homes

Annie Nguyen, Features Writer
November 29, 2016
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"Hand me the gravy boat please and eat your potatoes politely so we can get to the pumpkin pie. Let’s wait until Grandpa falls asleep before we start the board games." Thanksgiving, or “Turkey Day,” was celebrated by millions in homes all across America last Thursday, and Apple Valley was no ex...

Boredom Busters: Road Trip Edition

Boredom Busters: Road Trip Edition

Alyssa Knapp, Features Writer
November 23, 2016
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We all know what road trips can be like: extremely boring and unbearably long. If sleeping, eating or sitting in awkward silence isn’t up your alley, here are some fun games that you can play with the whole family to pass the time! 1. The License Plate Game This could possibly be the most pop...

90 Years of Tradition

90 Years of Tradition

Lauren Bernard, Features Assistant Editor
November 22, 2016
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November 27th, 1924: a day that started a tradition for many American families. Extravagant balloons and floats put smiles on faces and joy in the hearts of young ones, and those young at heart.  In light of its 90th anniversary, let’s take a look back at the beginning. The first ever Macy’s Thanksg...

We Are Apple Valley

We Are Apple Valley

Kallie Buss, Features Editor
November 17, 2016
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Approximately 1,900 students walk the halls of Apple Valley High School everyday. With a student body that large, it’s hard to truly know everyone. This is especially true for a vibrant classroom nestled in a corner of the building, home to a group of students you may not know. Apple Valley’s s...

“Don’t you forget about me”

“Don’t you forget about me”

Sarah Crippes, Features Editor
November 16, 2016
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In the 1985 iconic movie “The Breakfast Club,” the library is the common ground where five high school students glean a deeper understanding of each other. While Apple Valley’s Media Center may not unite all social cliques in common defiance of the enemy authority or provide these life lessons t...

15 Things You Learn in High School

15 Things You Learn in High School

Claire Doty, Features Writer
November 9, 2016
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High school can be a rough place. Apple Valley students spend 7+ hours at school every weekday from September to June-- that’s a lot of learning. But while knowing that the  mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell is a vital life lesson, let’s turn to Apple Valley students to find out, aside fro...

Finding a Better Caffeine

Finding a Better Caffeine

Natalina Tekie, Features Writer
November 8, 2016
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Coffee: a warm delicious alternative to hating everybody every morning forever. Coffee: the solution to everything. AVHS student Alyssa Kremer says, “Coffee is an easy way to get fake energy and beats the taste of healthy foods. Caribou is right around the corner as well so it makes it easy to just ...

Intra-What?

Intra-What?

Abby Loe, Features Writer
November 2, 2016
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“Eastview. All the smart people go there.”  “No, Apple Valley. The best athletes go to school there.”  “No, dumby, Eastview." And then a kerfuffle ensues, teachers rein in the unruly students, and finally order is restored. This scene is one rather familiar to Apple Valley stude...

Home is Homework

Home is Homework

Annie Nguyen, Features Writer
November 1, 2016
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My weekday consists of an anarchic cycle of rushed mornings, before-school activities, school, after-school activities, homework, then back to bed. Balancing studies with extracurriculars is thought of as significant, but there’s another undermining challenge for students: maintaining family relationship...

Freshmen and Fresh Technology

Freshmen and Fresh Technology

Alyssa Knapp, Features Writer
November 1, 2016
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Technology usage is climbing by the second. Out of the many new things happening at AVHS this year, the one-to-one computing program--also known as 1:1--is perhaps the most extensive. All ninth grade students have an iPad Mini to use both in and out of school for educational purposes, thereby lea...

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