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An Xbox pro series controller and Astro headphones that are a part of how relationships are formed through a screen.

Video games: The bond created through screens

Alex Clemons, Sports Editor April 15, 2021

Video games strengthen bonds between friends and forge new relationships between gamers. Video games are a way to evolve relationships, especially when meeting in-person is not an option.  There are...


Pleasant Valley Leading Tones after they received fifth place at Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships.

Pleasant Valley jazz success: Leading tones received 5th place at state competition

Laci Roberts, Copy Editor April 14, 2021

Pleasant Valley jazz group Leading Tones competed at the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships on March 30th, 2021 and received 5th place. Many hours of hard work were put in for this group to compete at this...

The cast of the murder mystery gets into character for their photos while participating in an activity that gives them skills and experiences unlike any other.

Finding joy within the arts: Students reflect on their involvement in the arts

Beth Mooy, Infographic Manager April 6, 2021

With this past March being theater month, students are very thankful for everything their involvement of the arts has taught them. PV students across the board participate in various art forms, such...

Sarah McVey poses in Millenium Park on a night off during the Joffrey Summer Intensive.

Spinning into the spotlight: The story of a local ballerina

Ramya Subramaniam, Student Life Editor April 6, 2021

There is a single spotlight on stage as the orchestra slowly begins to play their first line. Voices are quieting down as the lights are dimming.  Behind the curtains, PV senior Sarah McVey waits for...

Rarible is an online marketplace where users can buy, sell, and trade NFTs.

NFTs open up new opportunities for many

Nathan Lokenvitz, Multimedia Manager March 30, 2021

Being an artist comes with a lot of creative perks, but one of the major hardships of being an independent artist is determining a steady stream of income.  One of the newer ways that has allowed freelance...

Netflix premieres new film,

REVIEW: “I Care A Lot” blurs the line between good and evil

Ella Litchfield, Photo Manager March 23, 2021

As a second wave to the director's thriller productions, comes “I Care A Lot.” This film, inspired by many “legal” yet immoral acts in America, intoxicates an unsuspecting audience as it divulges...

Wandavision is a part of Disney’s streaming service and adaptation to the entertainment industry.

Disney goes online: Streaming services attract subscribers in quarantine

Ella Litchfield, Photo Manager March 2, 2021

Entertainment consumption has been monopolized by streaming services. Quarantine has increased this global obsession and forced larger corporations, like Disney, to move online. New platforms appeal to...

 Lola Johannsen, PV senior, shows off two products of a talent she will continue to pursue.

Resisting the societal mold: Students pursue careers in art

Anna Thorne, Arts & Entertainment Editor March 2, 2021

The starving artist trope -- struggling in a big city, but enchanted by their work -- is commonly told to many aspiring artists, deterring them from considering the subject as a viable career option. Within...

Sia’s movie, Music, received criticism since the movie announcement.

REVIEW: “Music”: When spreading awareness becomes encouraging ignorance

Paris Fietsam, Social Media Manager March 2, 2021

In the US, every 1 in 54 children have autism. However, they are very rarely represented in the media. Sia, famous singer, song writer, actress and director is facing a lot of backlash for her new movie...

The Mandalorian is a popular TV show that releases one episode per week.

A T.V. debate: Weekly episodes vs. whole season

Nathan Lokenvitz, Multimedia Manager March 2, 2021

For years television producers have debated how to release their new content on streaming platforms. Would they release the whole new season at once, or would they drag it out and drop one new episode...

2020-2021 Artists

2020-2021 Artists

February 26, 2021
Pleasant Valley High School is home to some amazingly talented artists. This column is dedicated to celebrating and honoring some of those artists.
Alex Medenciy holding her bobble head she created with her 3D Art and Design One classes.

Sculpting the future: The growth of 3D art at PV

Laci Roberts, Copy Editor February 23, 2021

While PV boasts several art classes, one of the many that has risen in popularity among students is 3D Art and Design One. For many students, this class is an opportunity to enter the ceramics world as...

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