Gabbi Johnson

Gabbi Johnson is a senior and writes for The Talon newspaper. She enjoys to dance, read and write. As well as taking dance classes and performing, she also teaches classes for younger students. Her favorite genres to read are fantasy and fiction.

New teachers: Jennifer Tillman, social studies

“I’m pleasantly surprised by how many [Minnehaha] students actually do their homework,” said the new social studies teacher Jennifer Tillman. Transitioning into life at Minnehaha Academy has been enjoyable for Tillman in the first month of school. She feels welcomed and accepted by the staff and students alike. After attending …

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Mary Carlson: the final walk

“I never had a break,”said health teacher Mary Carlson as she reflected on her early days at Minnehaha Academy. Her first nine years of teaching and coaching usually involved ten or more hours a day at school. The Title IX Amendment sent Carlson and Minnehaha head first into girls’ sports. …

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Saying good-bye to Ms. Van Pilsum

One day during advisory, social studies teacher Elizabeth Van Pilsum, (known to her students as “VP”), projected a photo of the beautiful Dominican Republic and told her advisory, “I’m moving here.” At first the girls assumed it was a joke, maybe wishful thinking. But soon, they realized their beloved advisor …

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Mixed feelings about testing

As high school students across America wait impatiently for their ACT and SAT test results, they know in the back of their mind that retaking the test is always an option. They are told test scores are an important factor in a colleges’ acceptance decisions but are not the only …

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Shaping minds, changing lives

Reading children’s books is worth more than just entertainment, as children learn and grow through simple children’s tales When you talk about influencing people you’re much better off influencing children to be positive members of society than adults,” said David Adler, the author of the Cam Jansen Mystery series. “Because …

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Looking back on Title IX

 Coach, health teacher looks back on forty years of female athletics beginning with Title IX In 1975, only a few years after girls’ basketball became an official sport at Minnehaha Academy, the girls won the school’s first Tri-metro Championship. But even in this proud moment, as the president got up …

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Little free libraries

Sharing the love of reading in the neighborhood and around the world “Take a book. Return a book.” It’s that simple. Book lovers in more than 70 countries have created their libraries in their front yards, in front of their stores, and in schools to share their love of reading …

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Netflix and Amazon Prime rivalry

The way we watch movies is changing; tech companies are wrestling for your dollars. By Gabbi Johnson.

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When it’s really about giving

Some turn to charitable gifts to spread the Christmas spirit As the holidays roll around people are all faced with the question, “What am I going to buy for people?” There are always the usual clothes, food, gift cards and little trinkets. Then once the gifts have been exchanged, you …

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Gray, Indiana welcomes conversation about the difficult subjects of life

Minnehaha’s cast of Jim Leonard’s Anatomy of Gray goes back to the 1800s in Gary, Indiana to deal with issues of faith, hope and death. After her father’s funeral, June Muldoon asks God to send a doctor to her small town to prevent further deaths. After the doctor’s surprising arrival, …

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