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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...

To Drink Or Not To Drink: Do We Make Healthy Lunch Drink Options?

To Drink Or Not To Drink: Do We Make Healthy Lunch Drink Options?

Halima Badri, Features Writer
January 12, 2016
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Do you want Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or obesity? If you answered "yes" to any of those options, drink sugary beverages. Although the previous statement is harsh, it’s alarmingly true. And it’s not like we haven't received any warning. A recent statement released by the USDA states that we ...

Strong Start For Apple Valley’s New DECA Chapter

Strong Start For Apple Valley’s New DECA Chapter

Henry Dikeman, Features Writer
January 12, 2016
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After four years of inactivity, and with the approval of Principal Steve Degenaar, advisors have brought back the AVHS DECA club.

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Want to Make $1000 Per Hour?

Want to Make $1000 Per Hour?

Kevin Cranmer, Features Writer
January 6, 2016
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As high schoolers our job options can make us what--10, 15 dollars an hour? There's a way that we can be making much more. Instead of working for money to pay for college, we can work to lower the price. Just looking for and filling out scholarship applications can save thousands on college tuition. ...

Star Wars: The Energy Wars

Star Wars: The Energy Wars

Moti Begna, Features Writer
January 4, 2016
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December 17th, 2015, saw the resurrection of a gigantic franchise. Millions of geeks, nerds, and cosplayers in herds stampeded towards their nearest movie theater to catch Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In accordance with all its hype, the reviews were fantastic. Not only did the critics love all of the action-p...

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Jane Michaelson, Features Editor
December 23, 2015
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The holidays are a time of giving, family, and love. Or more specifically, giving all your patience, dealing with your annoying family, and loving that moment when they leave you alone. But in truth, the holidays hold a special place in all of our hearts. For students: there’s no school. For teachers:...

Students or Animals?

Students or Animals?

Ashley Flake, Features Writer
December 18, 2015
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In the zoo, lions are led into a caged area for feeding in order to minimize disruption. In a similar way, students at Apple Valley High School are prodded into the cafeteria at lunchtime, where they are locked in the lunchroom for 30 minutes in preparation for their own feeding. However, as much...

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