The Talon

‘Tis the Season to Be More Economical

December 16, 2008

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With the current economy looking bleaker than ever, many students are adjusting to the need for frugality. While saving Box Top pieces has not yet become a growing trend, many families are trying to keep their spending habits in check. These are just a few effective and simple ways to save money. Coupons One of the first ste...

Schoolwide Effort Must Be Made to Reduce Unnecessary Stress for Students

November 25, 2008

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The pressure that high school students experience is overwhelming and must be dealt with today. Parents, teachers and society as a whole can contribute to creating a less stressful environment within the school, but students themselves must also make efforts to manage their own stress. Studies have shown that strong intra-school...

Stress Worsening for Students

November 25, 2008

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It’s the word that parents accept, teachers seem to ignore, colleges love to deal out and students dread—stress. While past generations of students worried about that midterm or occasional research paper, many teenagers today are finding it difficult to escape from the ever-impending academic stress that has become an accepted...

McCain: A Leader with Concrete Experience

Daniel Son-Bell, Staff Writer

October 17, 2008

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In Los Altos, most people are too caught up in Barack Obama’s speeches to bother reading John McCain’s credentials. If they did, they would see that McCain’s résumé includes decades of experience and a lifetime of dedication to his country. Obama, on the other hand, has spent the majority of his “career” campaigning...

Obama: Genuine Change American Needs

MichaeL Cramer, Staff Writer

October 17, 2008

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While many students cannot vote yet, the future of their lives will be deeply affected no matter who the president is. The United States cannot afford to suffer any more at the hands of poor leadership, especially during the current economic crisis. We need a president who truly represents the country’s needs and interests...

Decision ’08

October 17, 2008

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Perfection Takes its Toll

Hallie Keenan, Business Manager

May 2, 2008

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You’re walking through the quad when you suddenly see the perfect color—not the perfect color for your purse or nail polish, but the perfect color for your tan. You see a person who can pull off that strapless dress because they have the perfect shade of skin. Today’s opinion has shifted slightly on what is physically...

Teens Look Beyond Just Appearances

Katherine Robertson, Features Editor

May 2, 2008

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Admit it. Every single person has had those moments in front of the mirror where they furrow their brows, roll their eyes and throw their hands up with frustration with what they see looking back. For centuries, teenagers—both boys and girl—have struggled with the issue of body image and an everlasting and often all-consu...

Dirty Little Secret: Rampant Underage Partying

Paul Winterbotham, Senior Writer

March 25, 2008

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The high school party is stereotyped by movies like “American Pie,” “Superbad,” and “She’s All That.” Hollywood shows red cups all over the place, teenagers barking off balconies and everyone being completely wasted, but how accurate is this? The picture that Hollywood paints in nothing like what takes place i...

When Alcohol Becomes a Problem

Nadya Agrawal and Courtney Moulds

March 25, 2008

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Often times in high school, people who like to drink excessively every weekend are called “alcoholics.” However, alcoholism is really when the body becomes dependent on alcohol— true alcoholics drink several times per day. Alcoholism is a much more serious problem than drinking for fun, according to Alcoholics Anony...

Secret Cheating Methods Exposed

Scott Stephens, Staff Writer

March 4, 2008

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Cheating takes forms from petty to radical. Cheat sheets, communication, answer keys and many more methods are sometimes utilized by students if they forget to study or want an edge. The more innovative are presented here. Out of Control Bladder Some students find the bathroom to be a fairly safe haven to cheat in while a test...

Elite: Honors Students Cheat at Alarming Rates

Shefali Luthra, Staff Writer

March 4, 2008

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Students and teachers agree that cheating is rampant. However, research done by The Talon shows that the elite honors and AP students at our school are cheating at much greater rates than many teachers would expect. An anonymous female sophomore, who admits to cheating in the majority of her classes, agrees that cheating is more common in a...

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