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Thank You Seniors

Thank You Seniors

Sarah Crippes, Features Writer
June 6
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Yeah, I guess it’s kind of cool roaming the hallways without the seniors.  We are the top dogs--the big kids on campus now.   As exciting as it is to be seniors next year, it is bittersweet.  We would not be where we are without the class of 2016.  Your senior goodbye articles have thanked t...

Hip Hop is My Culture, But Rap is My Passion

Hip Hop is My Culture, But Rap is My Passion

Jane Michaelson and Casey Dudley
June 3
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When the weather turns above 10 degrees, Casey and I roll down the windows and turn up the bass. You might not have expected it, but rap music is our passion. From Nicki Minaj to Nelly, hip hop is an amazing way of life. In spite of some derogatory lyrics, rap has addressed a variety of issues--from rac...

An Open Letter to the Class of 2017

An Open Letter to the Class of 2017

AnaLiisa Olson, Features Writer
May 23
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To the Class of 2017: Holy crap! You guys are seniors next year, and that’s big--go you! Next year is going to be stressful and fun and blurry. It's going to feel like times moving 10 miles per hour one second, and then moving 110 miles per hour  the next. This is my letter to you guys, my guide...

Corgi Minnesota Day

Corgi Minnesota Day

Sarah Crippes and Elizabeth Bertie
May 16
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Queen Elizabeth II of England is often known for her charisma and devotion to Britain.  Her Corgi fascination, on the other hand, is a lesser known fact.  Multiple reports suggest that during her life, she has been the owner of over thirty Corgis. Queen Elizabeth isn’t the only avid Corgi ent...

Life: Explained by Game of Thrones

Life: Explained by Game of Thrones

Jane Michaelson, Features Editor
May 13
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SPOILER ALERT! If you’re only thinking of starting Game of Thrones now, turn back before it’s too late. Life sucks. I know that sounds a little cynical, but let me explain. As a teenager in high school, life seems short and gloomy, but in comparison to a Game of Thrones character, we have it ...

Target Transgender Controversy Provokes Change

Target Transgender Controversy Provokes Change

Kallie Buss, Features Writer
May 6
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On March 23, North Carolina passed a law--House Bill 2 or The Public Facilities & Security Act-- preventing transgender people from using the restroom in which they identify with, but instead the restroom of the sex that appears on their birth certificate. Not only that, but the bill also prohibi...

“Boo you whore.”

“Boo you whore.”

AnaLiisa Olson, Features Writer
May 4
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Slut. Whore. Skank. Hoe. What do those five words have in common? I’ll give you a hint: it’s not their sexual connotation, it’s not that they’re all one syllable--it’s the fact that these words aren't used to describe a  male. These words are derogatory terms aimed at females who are beli...

Don’t Fear Your Fears

Don’t Fear Your Fears

Jane Michaelson, Features Editor
April 27
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Your heart is racing, palms sticky with sweat. Your entire body is shaking, but no one around you can tell.  Your thoughts are racing faster than your heartbeat. As you gather the nerve to stand up, you wonder, ‘Why am I even doing this?’ Fear: one of the most common, and unexplainable emoti...

Recipe for Success on AP Tests

Recipe for Success on AP Tests

Sarah Crippes, Features Writer
April 26
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AP season: every student’s favorite time of the year.  The beginning of May is when students put their knowledge to the test, hoping their year of hard work in Advanced Placement courses will pay off.  Due to the tests’ significance and the potential thousands of dollars in college savings, stu...

The American Vitamin: Four Myths That Are Costing Us Billions

The American Vitamin: Four Myths That Are Costing Us Billions

Moti Begna, Features Writer
April 22
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A child wakes up in his bed with a nasty cough. The mom, hearing the child, rushes into the room to see what’s wrong. The mom asks, “Are you okay?” The child responds, “I don’t feel too well.” After examining the child for a solid ten seconds, the mom co...

Recreational Reading…What’s That?

Recreational Reading…What’s That?

Kallie Buss, Features Writer
April 20
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Reading seems to be a dying pastime…that is, when it comes to reading actual books. The reading rate of teenagers has drastically dropped in recent years, and it has some professionals concerned about the future. According to Charlotte Alter of Time Magazine, data gathered from a survey in 1984 st...

South Suburban Revival

South Suburban Revival

Jon Koenig, Special to The Talon
April 15
Filed under Features

It's Thursday morning at Apple Valley High School.  You walk down the halls and you see something strange:  about 40 kids are gathered in "The Pit," circled up, holding each other's hands with their heads bowed. You might wonder, "What in the world is going on down there?"  Well, that would be...

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