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A major plot twist discovered in Pleasant Valley upcoming Spartan Sleuth’s Murder Mystery

A major plot twist discovered in Pleasant Valley upcoming Spartan Sleuth’s Murder Mystery

Trinity Malmen, Staff Contributor

March 26, 2019


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Members of the Spartan Drama Department are preparing for the Spartan Sleuth’s Murder Mystery with a special twist resulting in a final performance on May 11 in the black box theater. As tradition follows, the Spartan Drama Department perform an improv mystery at the end of every year. The Spa...

This is spARTa: meet Gillian Geist

This is spARTa: meet Gillian Geist

Annie Warner, Copy Editor

March 25, 2019


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Gillian Geist is a Pleasant Valley senior busy creating art in numerous forms including drawing, painting, sculpting, sewing, and makeup.   Throughout her four years of high school, Geist has taken nearly every art class offered: Art 1, Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Painting, CG Design, Photography, an...

Drama department embraces LGBTQ relationships in upcoming show

Drama department embraces LGBTQ relationships in upcoming show

Jeremy Ramsey, Sports Editor

March 20, 2019


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The Pleasant Valley Drama Department is embracing the spirit of inclusion this year as they begin preparing for their spring show, "She Kills Monsters." The PV community has long been advocating towards eliminating erroneous stigmas and the PVHS drama department is hoping their choice for the school's...

A Symphony Day inspiration

A Symphony Day inspiration

Annie Warner, Copy Editor

March 19, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) performed for local elementary students in an event called “Symphony Day”. Since the 1980s, over 6,000 grade schoolers have listened to the YSO perform at the Adler Theater in Davenport. These elementary students come from over 30...

Leading Tones looking to triumph

Leading Tones looking to triumph

Shreya Khurjekar, Copy Editor

March 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

Pleasant Valley’s Leading Tones jazz choir is looking to secure a first-place finish at the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships on March 26 after a heartbreaking runner-up finish in 2018. Statewide vocal jazz competitions are relatively new to Iowa. The state hosted its first in 2007 when it was called...

PV students speaking out

PV students speaking out

Bri Brauner, Social Media Manager

March 6, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

When it comes to public speaking, most people tend to shy away from speaking in front of a crowd. Just the thought of speaking in front of a crowd brings the clammy hands and rapid heart beat; however, this isn't the case for the 15 students from PV who entered the speech competition. On Feb. 23 ...

PV violinist stuns audience with Vieuxtemps’ “Concerto No. 5 in A Minor”

PV violinist stuns audience with Vieuxtemps’ “Concerto No. 5 in A Minor”

Jeanelle Cho, Copy Editor

March 5, 2019


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In the dim lit theater, a young violinist in a teal gown emerged from the wings. As the violinist and the orchestra behind her started playing, the sounds of Henri Vieuxtemps’ “Concerto No. 5 in A Minor” filled Centennial Hall auditorium at Augustana College. The violinist was PV orchestra’s...

Fostering a sense of community in and outside the choral department

Fostering a sense of community in and outside the choral department

Natalie Murphy, News Editor

March 1, 2019


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On Feb. 20, PV hosted its annual choir tour. The Leading Tones high school jazz choir and Junior High Chorale Choir traveled to each elementary school with the goal of encouraging elementary school students to join choir. The choir tour performance started off with the Junior High Chamber Choral...

Adaptive music class provides unique learning experience to students with special needs

Adaptive music class provides unique learning experience to students with special needs

Jeanelle Cho, Copy Editor

February 27, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

9:30 a.m. on a Monday may not have much significance to many students. To most, it would just be another day back at school in second period. However, for a unique group of students, 9:30 a.m. on Monday brings a music class special enough to perk up even the sleepiest of singers. PV’s adaptive ...

Solo Fest or Solo Mess?

Solo Fest or Solo Mess?

Shreya Khurjekar, Copy Editor

February 27, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

After missing a considerable amount of school and consequently, band lessons, many Pleasant Valley musicians felt unprepared going into Solo Fest this past Tuesday. Every year, during late February, the Pleasant Valley band program hosts its local Solo Fest. Students prepare their solos for months...

This is spARTa: meet Christina Li

This is spARTa: meet Christina Li

Jeanelle Cho, Copy Editor

February 21, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Pleasant Valley High School is filled with a variety of talented and passionate artists and musicians who shine in their fields. One of these musicians is sophomore Christina Li. Playing the piano for nearly ten years and violin for six, Li can be described as a dedicated instrumentalist.  She is ...

Despite weather challenges, PV opens winter play

Despite weather challenges, PV opens winter play

Natalie Murphy, News Editor

February 20, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

On Friday, February 22, the Pleasant Valley Drama Department will open their winter play, Radium Girls. The show is under the direction of PV drama faculty member Christina Myatt and recounts the life of women in the 1940s who fell ill with radium poisoning.   Junior Grace Almgren will be playing the mai...

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