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American Choral Directors Association selects PV students

American Choral Directors Association selects PV students

Anton Dahm, Copy Editor

March 9, 2020

The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) has selected 21 Pleasant Valley choir students to attend the association’s regional conference in Milwaukee on March 4 through March 7. The students work with other singers from around the Midwest to develop their music skills. ACDA also provides constructive...

Jazz group makes it to state championship for 12th year in a row

Jazz group makes it to state championship for 12th year in a row

TJ Brown, Copy Editor

March 2, 2020

The PV Leading Tones are one of the most talented musical groups at Pleasant Valley. After an incredible year, they are heading back home to Des Moines. The 16-person jazz group’s video submission stood out to judges, who selected them to sing in the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships for the 12th consecu...

Redefining male fashion

Redefining male fashion

Avery Welvaert, Copy Editor

March 2, 2020

Strong, tough and emotionless: society’s traditional definition of a man. With these standards, men are expected to dress in a way that reflects these characteristics. However, masculinity expectations and dress code have subtly faded out with the start of the 21st century. Men in the fashion industry have kicked down...

The representation of diversity on the walls of PV

The representation of diversity on the walls of PV

Brooke Goy, Copy Editor

February 24, 2020

Art is everywhere; it can be found in homes, on the outsides of buildings- even in nature. The reason art has held out for centuries on end is because it is integral to human life and creativity. The presence of art in schools is essential to the success of students. The constant achievement at PV...

REVIEW: An unintentional portrait of Gen Z romance

REVIEW: An unintentional portrait of Gen Z romance

Margaret Huang, Feature Editor

February 24, 2020

Unexpected reunions with childhood friends are usually a pleasant surprise, but for Lara Jean Covey in “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” her encounter is the last thing she needs. Just in time for Valentine’s day, Netflix released “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” the lon...

The magic of Disney meets the talent of PV choirs

The magic of Disney meets the talent of PV choirs

Maggie Peterson, Business Manager

February 18, 2020

Combining classic Disney music and the PV choral program is guaranteed for a night of fun and entertainment. Last Tuesday, Pleasant Valley hosted its annual District Choral Festival. The choirs were made up of a variety of different groups. They ranged all the way from sixth graders to twelfth graders....

REVIEW: Surfacing the flaws of modern education in ‘Excellent Sheep’

REVIEW: Surfacing the flaws of modern education in ‘Excellent Sheep’

Carly Lundry, Editor in Chief

February 18, 2020

The book, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite, was written by a former Ivy League professor and displayed the commonly ignored imperfections of today’s educational institutions. William Deresiewicz was an English professor at Yale University when he began noticing things amongs...

REVIEW: Inside the Presidency: ‘Decision Points’ by President George W. Bush

REVIEW: Inside the Presidency: ‘Decision Points’ by President George W. Bush

Rece Vining, Lead Editor

February 18, 2020

Asking someone about the Presidency of George W. Bush generally elicits one of two responses. The most common reactions are either something along the lines of “Which Bush was that?”-in reference to his father, President George H.W. Bush-or commentary on the War on Terror, the most enduring issue...

Ninety two years of under-representation in the film industry

Ninety two years of under-representation in the film industry

Maggie Peterson, Business Manager

February 12, 2020

The Oscars are Hollywood’s biggest night. Actors, actresses, directors, screenwriters, producers and more of Hollywood’s brightest are nominated based on movies from 2019. But what happens if some of the most critically successful directors of the year aren’t even nominated? 2019 was a breakt...

SEIBA honor band accepts 17 students from PVHS to perform

SEIBA honor band accepts 17 students from PVHS to perform

Elise Johnson, Art and Entertainment Editor

February 9, 2020

Now that the All-State auditions are over, the time has come for the Southeast Iowa Band Association (SEIBA) honor band to take place. To perform in the SEIBA honor band is a coveted accomplishment to have. This year, 16 musicians from PVHS have been accepted into the SEIBA honor band, and one musician...

The voice of autism: Students perform a one-act show

The voice of autism: Students perform a one-act show

Morgan Ramirez, Photo Manager

February 7, 2020

The PVHS Drama Department has put on six shows this school year. Many of their shows impact their audience and have them leaving thinking about the message the cast was trying to portray. One play in specific gave people more insight about autism. Senior Grace Almgren has been a part of the Drama...

Billie Eilish: setting an example for success

Billie Eilish: setting an example for success

Regan Denny, PV Only Editor

February 3, 2020

The Grammys are a glorious celebration of red carpets, ball gowns and performances by successful artists of the past, present and future, including Billie Eilish. Over the weekend, the 62 annual Grammys, hosted by Alicia Keys, was held in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Eilish, at the young age...

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