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Fitting the superhero phenotype

The strong and intense nature of superhero, Captain America painted on a wall.
January 14, 2021

When watching superheroes on the big screen, one may wonder, “how do superheroes look so strong?” Surprising is not all editing behind the scenes but the rigorous workouts actors put themselves through...

An unexpected victim of COVID-19: The Pleasant Valley Band Parent Association

The Fruit and Cheese sale is one of the largest fundraisers of the Pleasant Valley Band. On December 24th, 2020, the PVBPA organize another successful Fruit and Cheese event, showing their persistence despite difficult times.
December 25, 2020

The Pleasant Valley Band Parent Association is one of the largest booster clubs in the arts programs at PV and has an immense impact on the band. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the loss...

Staying connected: How PV’s choir is reaching out to nursing homes despite the pandemic

“Chamber Choir sticks to tradition by live-streaming a collection of carols to nursing homes. Through technology, PV’s Choir believes that the community can safely celebrate the upcoming holidays.”
December 16, 2020

Every year, Pleasant Valley’s Chamber Choir takes time out of their week to sing carols at different places during the holidays. But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic kept the choir out of hospices, hospitals...

The life of a female gamer: Overcoming sexism in the gaming community

Avid gamer Madison Brady logs onto her Xbox to play Overwatch. Despite sexist harassment from the gaming community, she continues to do what she loves.
November 25, 2020

As of 2020, women account for 48 percent of the people who have played a video game in the United States, yet only six-seven percent identify as hardcore gamers. If there is an even gender split between...

New year for concerts: Change in how band concerts are performed.

The PV Spartan combined jazz band performing their first concert of the year on Nov. 16, 2020 in the auditorium.
November 25, 2020

With marching band over, PV students typically transition into concert band until the end of the year, with students participating in three separate bands.  With the onset of COVID-19 this year, band...

The battle between digital effects and practical effects

Behind the scenes of the film The Spiderwick Chronicles where digital effects requiring blue screen technology was being used.
November 24, 2020

When the film industry was in its infancy, filmmakers either had to make their films down to earth and realistic or find creative ways to defy reality. At first, this meant using makeup, prosthetics,...

REVIEW: A man with a mission: “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

Ani Pradeep sitting down to watch Borat 2 on Oct 24.
November 4, 2020

Directed by Jason Woliner, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” was released on Amazon Prime Video on Oct. 23. With the returning character of Borat played by Sasha Baron Cohen, viewers could finally see what...

An All-State great: Sam McGrath makes All-State band four years in a row

Sam McGrath poses alongside friend Ben Curran at the All-State band festival at Iowa State on Nov. 24, 2019.
November 3, 2020

High-school musicians across the state of Iowa spend their falls practicing and perfecting musical pieces in preparation for All-State auditions. This ensemble is highly-selective, with only a handful...

Waiting on phase four: The Marvel Cinematic Universe announces its plans for 2021

It has been over a year since Spiderman: Far From Home came out in theaters, ending phase three of the MCU. Fans are in for a treat with the new phase four films. Expect a diverse and fresh new take on superhero films.
November 1, 2020

It’s been a long time since marvel fanatics have been able to binge-watch their favorite movies and ever since "Black Widow" debut movie was pushed back a year from its original release date and Falcon...

Spreading music through the pandemic: How COVID-19 has affected PV Choir

PV’s Chamber Choir records for their fall concert in the theater while socially distancing and taking other precautions.
October 27, 2020

With the unique year that COVID-19 has caused, something that has remained is the effect of music throughout the PV Choir program.  Students in the four choirs- Pleasant Valley Singers, Concert Choir,...

Reinvented concert band commences

The Wind Ensemble Band performs at its Winter Concert on Feb. 10, 2019 at PVHS. Due to COVID-19, the program has had to make changes to its structure to keep hybrid students safe and online students involved.
October 27, 2020

The conclusion of marching band season has always signified the start of concert band.However, with hybrid schedules and COVID guidelines, concert bands have looked drastically different compared to previous...

REVIEW: A love letter to Paris: “Emily in Paris”

One of the promotional posters for “Emily in Paris,” featuring protagonist Emily Cooper, portrayed by Lily Collins.
October 27, 2020

From Darren Starr, director the “Sex and the City” films and “90210” series, comes the latest addition to Netflix’s long list of mini-series: “Emily in Paris,” which released on Oct 2. With...

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