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The hidden benefits of Pleasant Valley’s marching band

The hidden benefits of Pleasant Valley’s marching band

Morgan McCartney, Business Manager

September 16, 2019

Even with a less than desirable amount of time to prepare, the Pleasant Valley Marching Band has successfully performed two half time shows in the first two weeks of school. However, what some may not know is that the Spartan Marching Band is vastly different than other high school marching bands.  W...

An inside look at the new Disney+ streaming service

An inside look at the new Disney+ streaming service

Morgan Miller, Copy Editor

September 10, 2019

Disney+, a new streaming service featuring Disney’s wide library of movies, shows and exclusive original content, will be released on Nov 12 in the US. Along with many other streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Apple TV, Disney+ is a platform of hundreds of exclusive movies an...

Stressing over upcoming All State auditions

Stressing over upcoming All State auditions

Jackson Schou, Copy Editor

September 9, 2019

Once the leaves change their colors and autumn has kicked off, musicians trying out for All State Ensembles start to feel the stress and pressure of their upcoming auditions. Auditioning for a position in the All State Band, Choir, or Orchestra is a process unlike any other state competition and oft...

Staying musical over the summer

Staying musical over the summer

Morgan McCartney, Business Manager

September 4, 2019

Over the summer, students have been kept busy with their numerous activities. Whether they were involved in cross country, football, tennis, or dance, activities also extend into the musical realm. Drama students Amy Oberheart and Anna Myatt fully immersed themselves in musical theater camps this summ...

Marvel’s Sticky Situation

Marvel’s Sticky Situation

Darsh Balani, Business Manager

September 4, 2019

One of the highest grossing Marvel movie sequels, The Spiderman series featuring beloved actor Tom Holland, may soon co me to an end because of a failure to get a new deal done with Sony.  Disney wanted to split profits 50/50 with Sony because the company was previously only receiving five perce...

Orchestra students luck out in second semester final

Orchestra students luck out in second semester final

Annie Warner, Copy Editor

May 21, 2019

For PVHS second semester orchestra students, it can be discouraging as they sit down to take their written final while the band and choir perform concerts in lieu of their final. Each branch of the music department--band, orchestra, and choir--fulfill the requirement of finals in different ways. As the...

Recap: PVHS Drama Awards Night

Recap: PVHS Drama Awards Night

Odin McDonald, Photo Manager

May 21, 2019

As the 2018-2019 school year comes to an end, the PVHS theater department held their annual Drama Awards Night on May 14. All students who participated in the theater productions and competitions throughout the year were invited to the ceremony. During Drama Awards Night, new thespians were inducte...

PV choir hosts its annual awards night

PV choir hosts its annual awards night

Alexander Haack, Arts and Entertainment Editor

May 20, 2019

The choirs of Pleasant Valley High School held their final performances of the 2019 school year on Monday, May 13. Before the concert, parents and students congregated in the cafeteria to celebrate the end of the year and have an awards banquet for the choir members. Awards were given out to ...

The International Thespian Festival will open with PV students on stage

The International Thespian Festival will open with PV students on stage

Natalie Murphy, News Editor

May 20, 2019

Two summers ago, the Pleasant Valley Theatre Department had the opportunity to take their fall 2016 musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, to the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska. This summer, the department will have an opportunity to perform in a new show. A l...

Review: Netflix’s “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

Review: Netflix’s “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

Trinity Malmen, Staff Contributor

May 20, 2019

The film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” released on Netflix on May 3, has grabbed people’s attention and has been the talk of social media. This movie is a biographical crime thriller that is told from the perspective of serial killer Ted Bundy’s ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Kend...

Dancing to the end

Dancing to the end

Jeanelle Cho, Copy Editor

May 20, 2019

As the end of the year approaches, dance studios from all around the Quad Cities have been busy preparing and performing their final recitals. PV senior Emma Tews performed with her fellow Belle Academy peers on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. This performance was extra special for Tews bec...

This is spARTa: meet Corinne Johnson

This is spARTa: meet Corinne Johnson

Jeanelle Cho, Copy Editor

May 20, 2019

Corrine Johnson is currently a freshman at PVHS. Although she is a part of the Social Committee and Model UN Club at the high school, she is also heavily involved with dance outside of school. Johnson, who has been dancing for 12 years, is currently taking ballet, pointe, jazz, and modern classes...

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