Dominique Hlavac

Minnehaha’s AP Policy

As AP testing season approaches full swing, students are gearing up for the big test. But why does Minnehaha require all AP students to participate? Vice principal and academic dean Mike DiNardo clarifies Minnehaha’s AP policy. Why does Minnahaha have an open AP enrollment policy? “There’s a lot of research that shows …

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Valentine’s Day: Ask the pros

Seniors and relationship experts Aaron Williams and Nate Angulo answer the tough relationship questions Robert, sophomore: Hey guys, I asked this girl out the other day, and she said yes! I was planning on taking her to a movie. What movie do you recommend? Aaron: Perfect. For your date night, …

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So how did you meet?

Minnehaha faculty reminisce about how their relationships began Katherine Myers (English): “We were really good friends. We did everything together. Then my best friend Sue told me one day: ‘I think you really like him.’ That night on the phone, I said, ‘Sue says we like each other. What do …

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Friday the 13th

Superstition surrounding Friday the 13th may not be justified Friggatriskaidekaphobia. This jumble of letters may sound like gibberish, but in fact it describes the fear of Friday the 13th. The human mind can certainly convince itself of improbable things, but does this phobia have some form of justification? Aside from …

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Fact Check: Does the flu shot actually work?

Can you really trust your health to a vaccination? The question:  Is the flu vaccine really effective at preventing the flu? The explanation:  Coughing, sneezing, throwing up and tissue box after tissue box; it’s mid-February and we’re now nearing the end of the 2013 flu season. Many students at Minnehaha …

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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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Students win awards at state convention

Minnehaha journalism students are awarded for their achievements at the state journalism convention Minnehaha journalism students on the Talon staff, the Antler staff and in the beginning journalism class attended the Minnesota State Journalism Convention at the University of Minnesota on Oct. 9 along with 500 other students from schools …

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Fact Check: Why do we celebrate Halloween?

So where did Halloween come from? Your house is decked out in spider webs, the grim reaper is standing on your front lawn holding a bowl of candy and your mom just turned into a witch… it must be Halloween again. If you haven’t noticed, retail stores across the country …

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Fact check: can T.V. really rot your brain?

Can T.V. rot your brain? The Accusation:  Watching television will ‘rot’ your brain. The Case: “Don’t you know that television rots your brain?! Turn that thing off and go outside!”. Ahh the statement that so many of us as teenagers have heard from our parents just as we were starting …

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Fact Check: Coffee and short stature

Can coffee really stunt your growth?   The Accusation: Coffee will stunt your growth The Case: I bet you’ve heard someone say to you that drinking coffee, as someone who is still growing, will stunt your growth. How did this mentality come about you ask? First we have to start …

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