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Life: Explained by Game of Thrones

Life: Explained by Game of Thrones

Jane Michaelson, Features Editor

May 13, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

“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...

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