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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...

Apple Valley Affirmation

Apple Valley Affirmation

Sarah Crippes, Features Writer
February 11, 2016
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High school can be great: a time to find yourself, make life-long friends, and prepare you for your future.  However, that doesn't mean the journey is easy. Here are some pieces of advice from Apple Valley High School students to help make your own journey just a little easier...

Standardized Redundancy: The Failure of American Testing?

Standardized Redundancy: The Failure of American Testing?

Henry Dikeman, Features Writer
February 5, 2016
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Test time! These words are, often as not, met by groans in classrooms across America. And, if you’re a student, you’ve most likely heard those dreaded words quite recently. Testing rates have shot up in the past couple decades, over a 40% increase just since 2000. This so-called testing ep...

Culture Craze at AVHS

Culture Craze at AVHS

Halima Badri, Features Writer
February 2, 2016
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“Victory at last!” exclaimed Nyla Reath, president of AVID Leadership and a four-year AVID member, as she finally gets the rice cooker to work. As she and other members of AVID Leadership made the final touches on the decorations of the AVID dinner, the moment everyone had been waiting for had finally...

Virtual Reality is No Longer Virtual

Virtual Reality is No Longer Virtual

Kevin Cranmer, Features Writer
January 28, 2016
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Stepping through a portal and flying around in an epic spaceship battle had seemed to be an impossible, even out of this world experience. It wasn't until those working on the Oculus Rift first showed some of their work that consumers began to realize how close we are to virtual reality. Now in the n...

A Winter Story

A Winter Story

Moti Begna, Features Writer
January 27, 2016
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Six stories, one question: what's your winter story?

It’s All A Conspiracy

It’s All A Conspiracy

Jane Michaelson, Features Editor
January 25, 2016
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In 1947, a strange object was seen flying across the sky above Roswell, New Mexico. It filled the night sky with a sharp white light and then disappeared. A few farmers found mangled metal strewn across their fields and took the debris to the local authorities. The government immediately stated that the met...

I Love You a Latte

I Love You a Latte

Sarah Crippes, Features Writer
January 20, 2016
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You love her.  She is always there for you when you need her most. She is your best friend. She can keep you company on your late night procrastination, early morning meeting, or even Sunday lunch date.   You are in love with a cup of coffee. Recent studies on America’s obsessive love affai...

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