The Talon

We Are Apple Valley

Mrs. Taylor teaching an English class.

Kallie Buss, Features Editor

November 17, 2016

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”

Apple Valley Media Center's print resources on display

Sarah Crippes, Features Editor

November 16, 2016

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

Desks arranged in rows for testing

Claire Doty, Features Writer

November 9, 2016

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

Some of the most popular caffeine options for students.

Natalina Tekie, Features Writer

November 8, 2016

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 ...


Current entrance to AVHS.

Abby Loe, Features Writer

November 2, 2016

“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

 Roger Witherspoon helps his daughter, Gabrielle, 9, with her homework in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee is one of only a few states that has passed laws creating evaluations or contracts that put helping with homework or attending teacher conferences into writing. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Annie Nguyen, Features Writer

November 1, 2016

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

(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Alyssa Knapp, Features Writer

November 1, 2016

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...

The Science of Being Scared

Scientists believe that going wide-eyed was originally developed to alert others of a potential threat.

Henry Dikeman, Sports Writer

October 31, 2016

A jump scare in a horror film, getting called to the principal’s office, and skydiving from 10,000 feet are three very unique experiences united by one universal feeling: fear. Fear holds an interesting place as one of the very few emotions that we both pursue and avoid. Especially around Hallowee...

Thanks, but I’ll Pass

Is this little piece of paper worth the price?

Lauren Bernard, Features Assistant Editor

October 28, 2016

As the days are getting colder, many of us are rethinking our choice of not buying a parking pass and making the long journey from 145th street--more commonly known as Sophomore Road--every day. Some students say that $60 for a parking pass is too big of a bill to foot. Junior Kati Devitt says, ...

A Correct Educational System?

A Correct Educational System?

Zynab Ahmed, Features Writer

October 19, 2016

As the alarm blares in the morning and the sun aggressively pries open the eyes of poor restless students, we tend to automatically question the benefits of our schools. A specific high school structure will most likely make complete sense to one of its students, but the same cannot be said of a foreigner....

Let’s Taco-Bout the Bell

This file photo shows a Taco Bell restaurant in Richmond, Va.

Claire Doty, Features Writer

October 18, 2016

School is once again in full swing which means I'm eating a lot more Taco Bell. And according to my Twitter feed, a lot of you are too: about 60% of my followers said they eat at Taco Bell at least a few times a month. Less than 5 minutes away from Apple Valley High School, a 24-hour Taco Bell shi...

Just Clowning Around?

Scary clown sightings are spreading terror

Sarah Crippes, Features Editor

October 17, 2016

It is a dentist’s favorite time of the year: October. Millions of children worldwide will soon be eating pillowcases full of candy containing absolutely no nutritional value and--most frightening--enough sugar to rot their teeth. While many parents will fear this age-old reality later this month,...

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