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Recreational Reading…What’s That?

Recreational Reading…What’s That?

Kallie Buss, Features Writer

April 20, 2016


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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, 2016


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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...

Parking Lot Panic

Parking Lot Panic

Josh Daggett, Special to The Talon

April 13, 2016


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2:20.  The final bell rings.  School is over. 2:21.  Students file out of the building. 2:22.  A few lucky cars escape. 2:23-2:40+.  Chaos.   Frustrated, impatient, immature high school students struggle to get out of the lot.  Cars going every way, cutting each other off and...

After 22 Years: A Tribute to Steve Degenaar

After 22 Years: A Tribute to Steve Degenaar

Jane Michaelson, Features Editor

March 18, 2016


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For the last 17 years, Steve Degenaar has been principal of Apple Valley High School. But he is also so much more than that.  He is a student of District 196, a teacher, a father, and an incredible role model to us all.  Since 1961, Mr. Degenaar has picked up his book bag every morning and influe...

Stressed and Depressed

Stressed and Depressed
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AnaLiisa Olson, Features Writer

March 17, 2016


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I am being treated for a generalized anxiety disorder. This is what it’s like; one second you’re feeling fine, happy and carefree; and then it hits you, an overwhelming feeling of dread--like something really bad is going to happen. Your heart’s now beating so fast it feels as if it's going...

Ghosting: Escaping the Uncomfortable

Ghosting: Escaping the Uncomfortable

Moti Begna, Features Writer

March 11, 2016


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“He came to my house one night, and I pretended I wasn’t there,” 36-year-old Jenny Mollen disclosed her story in a New York Times article, in which she ignored a man she had been seeing, saying it was because of an incident in her family. While there was an incident...it was months prior. According to Mollen, “If you disappear com...

Celebrate International Women’s Day

Celebrate International Women’s Day

Jane Michaelson, Features Editor

March 8, 2016


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Tuesday, March 8th--to many of us--is just the last day to freak out before finals, but across the world, people are celebrating: March 8th is International Women’s Day.  According to their website, International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of...

The Five Most Common Myths About E-Cigarettes

The Five Most Common Myths About E-Cigarettes

Henry Dikeman, Features Writer

March 2, 2016


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Since the invention of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, there’s been no lack of murky information spread about their use. The devices, which use a vaporizer and a heating source to emit a nicotine vapor, have been embraced quickly by many Americans, often without a second thought about how safe t...

Snack Shack: The New School Store

Snack Shack: The New School Store

Halima Badri, Features Writer

February 29, 2016


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Your stomach is growling. It’s after school again and you have nothing to eat. The gate to the cafeteria just closed, which means the vending machines aren’t in reach. At this point, you have no way of getting food. This situation is eerily familiar for students who spend time after school at AVHS....

America’s Big Problem

America’s Big Problem

Kevin Cranmer, Features Writer

February 28, 2016


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In 1990, every one of America’s 50 states had an obesity level under 15%. Now, each state has surpassed that and nearly half are almost hitting 30%. So what happened within the past two decades that caused such a large increase in our obesity levels? Marion Nestle, chair of the Nutrition Depart...

How to College

How to College

Claire Doty, Features Writer

February 26, 2016


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College. For some, that word inspires excitement, a sense of freedom, and independence. College is the first time most adolescents are living on their own and making the majority of decisions for themselves: it can seem like a whole new world. It's new friends! It's watching a whole season of Bre...

Made by History

Made by History

Moti Begna, Features Writer

February 16, 2016


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With each passing year, it seems that America can’t get enough of the holidays. From the nationally recognized stuff-your-face Thanksgiving holiday, to the lesser known, yet comedically telling, National Burger day, we obviously love to celebrate anything, and everything. The month of February is not an exception ei...

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