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Thank You

Thank You

Claire Hoffa, News Writer

May 24, 2016


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Dear AVHS— Thank you. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for pushing me harder than I thought possible. Thank you for giving me opportunities that will last a lifetime, relationships that changed my life, and a place to call home for four amazing years. When looking back at my four years...

Finally Distinguished

Finally Distinguished

Celia Nguyen, News Writer

May 23, 2016


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Apple Valley’s very own student newspaper--The Talon--has received the honor of becoming a Distinguished Site...and it’s not even been a year! A Distinguished Site is a recognition given out by the organization Student Newspapers Online (SNO). It gives a news staff six standards to meet over the course of a single school year.   ...

Survival 101: AVHS

Survival 101: AVHS

Megan Navratil, News Writer

May 17, 2016


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High school can be terrifying to many young students. Nightmares about embarrassment, bullying horror stories, and rumors about the teachers have made almost every incoming freshman wonder what their next four years will hold. That was the case for AVHS freshmen Tia Ahmed--her first impression of...

#avprom16

#avprom16

Sophia Moschkau, News Editor

May 11, 2016


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If you don't live under a rock, you know that last weekend AVHS held its 2016 prom at International Market Square. It's an event that gets many students, staff, and parents alike excited each year. For the guys attending, the day may have began with putting on a tux at 4:00; for many girls, the day...

Civics Students Tackle the Real World

Civics Students Tackle the Real World

Ivan Calixto, News Writer

May 2, 2016


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On April 27, all ninth grade civics students took part in a budget simulation activity at the Royal Cliff banquet facility, sponsored by Wings Financial. Students engaged in real-life financial scenarios such as making mortgage and rent payments, paying child support, police/health care costs, and o...

U.S. News Names Top High Schools

U.S. News Names Top High Schools

Kayla Kirtz, News Writer

April 29, 2016


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For 40 years, Apple Valley High School has upheld a tradition of excellence. With the Triple-A philosophy in mind, the student body has grown to be one that excels in all things arts, athletics, and academics. But just how excellent is AVHS really? Well, according to US News and World Report:  ...

Islamophobic Groups Rapidly Increase

Islamophobic Groups Rapidly Increase

Celia Nguyen, News Writer

April 29, 2016


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For a country that strives for its freedom and democracy, there sure has been quite a target put on the backs of Muslims in the U.S. Ever since the terrorist  attacks orchestrated from ISIS, there has been a heavy amount of discrimination against those who practice Islam. Recently a teen was escorted off a plane fo...

“Taking the L”

“Taking the L”

Claire Hoffa, News Writer

April 27, 2016


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“It’s fine, I’m just going to take the L on this test.” Although some adults may not understand this phrase, it is becoming increasingly popular throughout the classrooms of Apple Valley High School. I would venture to say every high school student at AVHS has heard it before; I may even go ...

Happy Earth Day 2016

Happy Earth Day 2016

Sophia Moschkau, News Editor

April 22, 2016


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Homework. Prom. AP tests. Finals. Graduation. Summer. For many students at AVHS, Earth Day is not at the forefront of their minds. Trash and energy efficient bulbs probably don’t occupy a large percentage of thoughts in an average student’s day. However, for a man like Mark O’Brien, it’...

Reality Check

Reality Check

Claire Hoffa and Kayla Kirtz

March 29, 2016


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Have you ever wanted to trek through the Amazon Rainforest, explore the Slovakian Caves, or travel to Barcelona, Spain? For free? Immediately? All in one day? Well, with new technology and a little bit of cardboard, “around the world in one day” can become a reality. Google Cardboard transforms...

AP Stats (Not the Class)

AP Stats (Not the Class)

Ivan Calixto, News Writer

March 14, 2016


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That time of the year is approaching again! No, not prom, (though check out Sophia's article if you need advice for that)--the nerve wracking, stress inducing, hand numbing experience, also known as AP testing season. Tuesday, March 8, marked the closing of the sign-up window for students who’ve ...

Fabricating the Future

Fabricating the Future

Annemarie Roggow, Special to The Talon

March 11, 2016


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Creative. Inventive.  Innovative. Installed just this year, the Fabrication Lab (or "Fab Lab," for short) is one of the newest additions to Apple Valley High School.  A grant from the U.S Department of Labor made the lab possible. Currently, the lab is run by four advisors: Mr. Lynch, Mr. Blaine, Mr....

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