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Senior Ani Pradeep practicing his solo for the Iowa All State Honor Band

Akash Pradeep, Feature Editor

September 21, 2020

Every year, music students look forward to All-State auditions. As more than 1,000 students from across the state of Iowa drive to audition at multiple schools. Most students had been preparing for these auditions for more than four months: practicing scales, etudes and solos.  The All-State band ...

The effects of COVID-19 on the film industry

Movies move from showing at theaters to showing at homes

Jonathan Chiles, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 21, 2020

Theaters all around the world were forced to close as COVID-19 took the world by storm. As they began to reopen, they faced a substantial problem: new films are not being released.   When quarantine first began, film production had to be put on pause to keep those involved safe. This caused many m...

One musical, two casts

Preparations have begun for “The Theory of Relativity,” PV’s first ever double casted show.

Elizabeth Pischke, Copy Editor

September 21, 2020

The beginning of the school year at Pleasant Valley is always filled with a variety of activities. This unprecedented year is no different; however, it has brought an interesting new change to the drama department. Every fall, PV Spartan Drama puts on three shows: a fall play, the musical and fal...

Conquering the “Bandemic”

Marching during a “Bandemic”-  Junior Gavin Pangan plays his clarinet during a socially-distanced rehearsal.

Ani Pradeep, News Editor

September 14, 2020

The Pleasant Valley Spartan Marching Band is one of the biggest highlights of the band program, especially for incoming freshmen. From playing at high energy football games to just having a good time with friends, the marching band season has always been a special experience for its members.  However, ...

“Wakanda Forever”: Chadwick Boseman’s legacy lives on

Boseman at the Deauville Film Festival in 2014.

Kelly Brewer, Social Media Manager

September 14, 2020

Chadwick Boseman was loved by many communities. He was an actor, writer, director and had a beautiful family.  Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” passed away on Aug. 28 after quietly fighting stage IV colon cancer for four years. Boseman was als...

REVIEW: Maturation and missed opportunities in Season 2 of “The Politician”

The show's promotional poster, featuring Bette Midler, Judith Light, and Ben Platt in the center.

Alyce Brown, Staff Contributor

June 26, 2020

After releasing its first season just this past fall, Ryan Murphy’s fantastical political satire “The Politician” is already back for its second season on Netflix. Progressing past the high school presidential race that the first season followed, the new episodes, set two years in the future, ...

The illusion of an A24 adolescence

Senior Amulya Pillutla ships for toilet paper amidst a global pandemic, showcasing her quirky activities.

Margaret Huang, Feature Editor

May 24, 2020

Lady Bird, Hot Summer Nights, The Spectacular Now, Eighth Grade — what do these all have in common? They are A24 produced coming-of-age movies depicting the most precarious stage of life: adolescence.  Coming-of-age films and other teen movies are not only confined to A24; the media is infamous ...

Battle of the streaming services

Senior Prakruti Pancholi uses Amazon Prime to stream her favorite TV shows.

Margaret Huang, Feature Editor

May 24, 2020

In the darkest of times, people can always turn to one thing: mindless entertainment. As people all over the country are confined to their own households, streaming services are a given — but there’s only one question left to ask: which one? Not everyone can afford to splurge on a variety of streaming ser...

REVIEW: The Last Dance: The nostalgic Jordan documentary

The cover of the 2020 documentary series on Hall-of-Famer Michael Jordan.

Brooke Goy, Copy Editor

May 18, 2020

The ten episode series on former NBA player and legend Michael Jordan has been a hit for sports fans struggling to fill their missing sports entertainment. Behind the scenes footage, game highlights and celebrity interviews are exciting features — especially for Chicago Bulls fans. Senior Jackson M...

REVIEW: Never Have I Ever: The other side of The Valley

Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix series “Never Have I Ever” premiered on April 27, 2020.

Margaret Huang, Feature Editor

May 9, 2020

The raunchy party game Never Have I Ever is best known for its role in revealing the most unsuspecting people’s most risque hidden sides. Befitting the divulging nature of the party game, Netflix’s new original series, created by Mindy Kaling, effortlessly delivers a refreshing take on the tried ...

The fight for the theatrical window: AMC vs Universal gone wrong

AMC Theaters has refused to release upcoming Universal films in response to Universal’s plan to release its future films in theaters and on digital platforms simultaneously.

Maggie Peterson, Business Manager

May 9, 2020

Due to the success of Trolls World Tour on digital platforms, Universal is considering a change to the current theatrical window. This could forever change the business of movie theaters around the world.  Last Tuesday the studio announced that in three weeks it had grossed nearly $100 million in r...

REVIEW: All-American sheds light on societal issues

The start of All-American on Netflix inspired by a true story.

Karleigh Nading, Opinion Editor

May 9, 2020

Inspired by a true story, All-American has risen to popularity after the second season of the series was released on Netflix on Mar. 17. It follows the life of Spencer James, a football star in a low income part of the Los Angeles area.  With the hopes of making a career out of football, All-American ...

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