The Talon

  • Random acts of kindness

    Random acts of kindness

    January 11, 2019

    A man sits alone at a cafe in Rochester. Freshman Isabella Olivares and her mom go up to sit with him and offer their company. Olivares thought that she was showing kindness by sitting with a lonely stranger, but this man’s words of kindness returned the favor and changed her life forever. Random acts of kindness can be found all around, whether it’s a small compliment...

    Encouraging notes posted on lockers at RHS. Photo by Holly McDonald.

  • Essential oils in classrooms

    Essential oils in classrooms

    Holly McDonald, Staff Writer

    January 7, 2019

    A calming scent of lavender fills the classroom air, leaving a pleasant smell. Freshman Evie Ansari takes a deep breath, inhaling the fresh scent of the room. Ansari enjoys having essential oils in classrooms, especially because it helps improve her learning experience by giving her focus. According to Ansari, teachers who diffuse essential oils in their classrooms can help...

    A diffuser is used in a classroom while students work. Photo by Holly McDonald

  • OPINION: The New Year is cliché and here’s why

    OPINION: The New Year is cliché and here’s why

    Alex Glaspie, Staff Writer

    January 7, 2019

    With Christmas comes the New Year, and with the New Year comes a million Instagram and Twitter posts captioned, “New Year, New Me.” Suburban mothers flood onto Facebook to speak on how they plan on being better mothers to their already spoiled children. Now here’s the thing, I don’t have a problem with the New Year. Even I appreciate yelling at the top of my lungs, ...

    Times Square in New York City on Jan. 1 of 2000. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

  • OPINION: New Year’s Resolutions Help You Reflect and Grow

    OPINION: New Year’s Resolutions Help You Reflect and Grow

    Mariam Hanna, Lifestyles & Entertainment Editor

    January 7, 2019

    Growing up, I have always made New Year’s resolutions. I remember sitting down with my parents and teachers and thinking about what I want to accomplish for the year to come. For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed planning everything to the smallest detail, and the best way to begin planning something is to make a list of goals. This plays a significant role in why...

    Photo taken by Ava Biordi.

  • The Big Christmas Debate

    The Big Christmas Debate

    Kate Breitschuh, Staff Writer

    December 21, 2018

    Rochester High School students were polled on their favorite traditions during the holidays. Which is better: peppermint candy canes or fruity candy canes? Fruit flavored candy canes and peppermint flavored candy canes are both very popular around the holidays and are consumed at large by younger kids. “[I prefer] fruity candy canes because I like fruity candy more,”...

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Holiday Traditions

Holiday Traditions

December 20, 2018

Every Christmas morning, sophomore Eliza Farrell and her family open presents before making the four hour drive to Petoskey,...

Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide

December 20, 2018

$20 & Under bath bomb- $7.95 from Lush candle- $24.50, but on sale often for 12.50 from Bath and Body Works ...

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The RVDT participates in community outreach events

The RVDT participates in community outreach events

December 18, 2018

It is a hot summer day, and senior and Rochester Varsity Dance Team (RVDT) captain Kaitlyn Arnold, is volunteering at the...

Body Language

Body Language

December 18, 2018

Body language is the way people’s  physical traits and actions convey information rather than their words. Kinetics is...

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Ski team prepares for its upcoming season

Ski team prepares for its upcoming season

December 21, 2018

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Ethiopia elects its 1st female president

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December 21, 2018

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