Katerina Misa

Katerina is the Editor-in-Chief of the Talon and a senior staff writer.

JJ after retirement

“No make-up, no rush, no hour one” “The minute I retired, the list was in my head, and I don’t know where it came from,” said former Minnehaha English teacher, Janet Johnson. Johnson explained that this list of “things she has to do to justify her existence as a retired …

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Page family stem lab opens

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Page Family Stem Lab was held on Tues., Nov. 3. Faculty and students gathered to watch Greg and Cindy Page officially open the lab in which students can further their learning in the sciences for many years to come. “It was great to see …

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I.S.S. team stays positive after Falcon 9 explodes

  The I.S.S. team reflects on their journey after the destruction of their experiment in the launch explosion “I was in Switzerland. It was the afternoon of the launch,” said science teacher and one of last year’s International Space Station (I.S.S.) mentors Nancy Cripe. “We got back to the hotel …

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New teachers: Seth Johnson, english

English teacher Seth Johnson did not always know that he would find his passion in teaching kids how to write an article or helping them study the words of Christopher McCandless. Growing up, Johnson had two things in mind that he wanted to be. The first was a surgeon, so …

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Dan Hauge

Retiring after 33 years at middle school Sixteen years ago, Middle School math and science teacher Dan Hauge partnered his son with a girl for their math competition, Math Masters. “They started going out as sophomores and after a year I told my wife that they would get married,” said …

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An Examination of Sins and Virtues: Hope

In the well known Greek myth of “Pandora’s Box,” Pandora, the first woman created by the gods, was given a box by Zeus along with instructions never to open it. Naturally being extremely curious, Pandora unlocked the box and peeked inside. Out of the box flew all of the hardships …

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Music and lyrics

Musical theory and lyricism reveals why some tunes are memorable and others are not Why is it that our generation is constantly hearing that our music is bad or maybe not even music at all? Why are people still listening to the music from decades ago, but get tired of …

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New facilities, new opportunities

Long-awaited renovations to the science department are planned to take place in 2015, improving labs for current classes in addition to opening up the possibility for new courses Maybe you’ve heard the murmurs about building a lab just for ISS or the uproars about a tree coming down, but does anyone …

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Screens vs. sleep: a bedtime battle

Are electronics the new monster under the bed? Why do they keep you from falling asleep? Brush teeth, climb into bed, turn off the lights…turn on the phone. Sound familiar? How about feeling tired in the morning? For many people, using their electronic devices is a major part of their …

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The question of summer

Learning loss raises questions about year-round schooling Everybody hold your breath, year-round education is slowly becoming more popular in America. Should we get rid of the cherished idea of summer vacation to be replaced by more time sitting at a desk? Year-round schools in other countries have an average of …

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