The Talon

Handwritten Letters Bring Holiday Cheer

By Meaghan Whitehorn, Staff Writer

December 14, 2007

With the winter holidays right around the corner, do teen these days really have the time, and more importantly, the will to send out handwritten cards to celebrate the holidays or wish a happy new year? Feeling the crunch...

Consider Making Unique Gifts Instead of Purchasing Them

By Claire Bedard, Senior Writer

December 14, 2007

No matter how hard it was to pick out that brand new video game (along with that intoxicating smell of shrink wrap), purchasing a gift from a store just doesn’t mean as much as making a special gift for a special someone. ...

Poor Intentions Cannot Justify Good Actions, Generous Deeds

By Sandra Song, Staff Writer

December 14, 2007

Usually, students need to be offered incentives to do good things and even though they are perfectly capable of giving without taking things in return, many are unwilling to do so. Many students see altruistic efforts as ben...

Advisory Period Needs to Be Condensed

By Nicole Schreiber, Staff Writer

December 14, 2007

Every Tuesday for half an hour, freshmen are required to attend their assigned advisory class, with the purpose of becoming more connected with the new high school environment. During this period, students have discussions...

GSA Should Play a More Active Role

By Shefali Luthra, Staff Writer

December 14, 2007

When someone mentions club meetings, the first thought that race through a student’s head include excited chatter and a room crowded with cheerful, enthusiastic students. Rarely do students imagine an almost silent room, with jus...

Taylorvision

By Taylor Freret, Editor-in-Chief

December 14, 2007

There are many things that send students wandering aimlessly about: the search for the true meaning of life, a trip to the “bathroom” during class, the sound of the fire alarm ringing throughout the school. The aimlessness ...

The Reality of Online Gaming

By Dieter Joubert, Business Manager

December 14, 2007

Every day students can be found after school practicing their social skills and interacting with their friends. Yet a different world exists for some students, a world where skills are measured through bars that fill up as ph...

School Needs to Do the D.A.N.C.E

By Hallie Keenan, Business Manager

November 21, 2007

Why do our dances have such huge gaps of time between them? It seems like there are a handful of activities trying to distract many students from what they want to do. Homecoming is a blast because everyone who attends is in the ...

Excessive Use of Plastic Water Bottles Overwhelming Landfills

By Brain Walz, Staff Writer

November 21, 2007

With a plethora of sources for water, students mistakenly resort to buying an individual plastic water bottle daily and not recycling it, which has negative effects both on the school and the world. A lack of recycling and a huge ...

Gossip Does Not Fill a Brain Like Current Events

By Stephanie Baer, Content Editor

November 21, 2007

Many teens stop at a nearby coffee shop before going to school. Students rush in and out of the crowded store without even a glance at the newsstand. Then they drive to the school listening to their iPods instead of checking the m...

New Operating Systems Revive a High-Tech Debate

By Ava Foudeh, Staff Writer

November 21, 2007

With the release of Apple’s Leopard operating system following quickly on the heels of Microsoft Windows’ Vista, tensions between the two companies have never been higher. But on which side of the age-old debate should st...

Taylorvision

By Taylor Freret, Editor-in-Chief

November 21, 2007

In fifth grade, my math teacher gave the class a quiz about writing checks. She issued each student an unused check, and then we had to fill in all the blanks. Unfortunately, I didn’t pass the quiz; I was the one fifth grader...

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