Features

In depth: Space Station project

Talon staff writer Julia Carle sat down with science teacher Nancy Cripe in September 2012 to discuss what Minnehaha Academy students will do in their International Space Station (ISS) experiment, which will be conducted in Spring 2013. How would you define the ISS program at Minnehaha? The Minnehaha ISS program …

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Vayda finds “a new look” on life

After years of bullying, sophomore finally has a place to shine The bell had just rung as students flooded out of the classrooms into the crowd of hundreds at a suburban public middle school. It was the middle of her eighth grade year, when sophomore Amelia Vayda was knocked to …

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Reading in high school

Reading: lots of interest, little time “It’s different than when you’re in the city, when you’re driving around and there are [always] lights overhead,” began senior English teacher Kristofor Sauer. “[But] on car trips, especially out in the middle of nowhere, I would wait and wait and wait for a …

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Gossip’s grip

Recovery from the Burn Book: The addiction to gossip can no longer prevail  The halls of the high school are littered with pages from Regina George’s Burn Book. The bell rings, class doors open, pouring students into the hallway. They bend down, pick up the pages…and explode. The cat-fight of the …

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Holes in our hearts

When a parent dies, students struggle to cope while friends look for ways to provide support “It felt like getting stabbed in the side. Or breaking an arm that never quite heals.” This is how one Minnehaha student, who wished to remain anonymous described the feeling of losing a parent. …

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Facing climate change

Scientists agree on climate change, so why doesn’t America? “Ninety-seven percent of all climate scientists agree that the evidence is overwhelming that there is a human component to global climate change,” meteorologist Paul Huttner said. When 97 percent of a group of specialized scientists agree, they’re probably right. Why then, …

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Fact Check: Does “Minnehaha” really mean “laughing waters”?

Does this age old word really mean what we think it does? The question:  Does ‘Minnehaha’ really mean ‘laughing waters’? The explanation: If you’ve ever ventured down River Road towards Minnehaha Park, you’ve seen the large statue of Hiawatha standing to represent the Ojibwe warrior portrayed in Longfellow’s poem: “Song …

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Physics First

Scientific actions and reactions Minnehaha adopts a new science curriculum, teaching physics as a foundation for other courses As freshmen enter high school they already have a lot to worry about: upperclassmen, new teachers, a new working environment and new expectations. So why should freshmen would have to worry about …

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Taking Sides on Marriage

  Minnesota’s proposed marriage amendment sparks heated debates; analysis of votes shows demographic splits There it was on your ballot. Minnesota Amendment number one: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage in …

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Technology in school

Minnehaha invests to become a school for the 21st century AP Chemistry students start their homework, AP U.S. History students take notes on a lecture, and down the hall, Latin teacher Johanna Beck writes on the board. But the homework’s done online, the notes with an iPad, and the board …

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