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8th grade student Zach Zuiderveen looks at the official 9/11 Memorial & Museum Website after learning about it in Mrs. Hall’s class.

Twenty years later: The importance of remembering 9/11 and recognizing its relevance

Alyse Zuiderveen, Copy Editor September 20, 2021

When the first of two planes hit the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, Americans were left in shock as their sense of security changed forever.  As the day continued, the world would watch the devastating...

PV Alumni Abby Olderog works delicately on her craft, allowing the clay to shape itself into her palms. This forming of the clay is only one step in her lengthy process that will end with a unique ceramic piece.

2020 Graduated artist turned small business owner: Ahbi Artwork

Josie Olderog, Feature Editor September 20, 2021

2020 PV graduate Abby Olderog delicately tints her final mug in a hazel coat of glaze, almost completing her new commissioned collection. She still must place it in her kiln for hours, in hopes that it...

Due to the lack of response after a reported rape allegation from last year, students gathered outside of the University of Iowa’s Fiji fraternity house to protest.

Silent no more: Alleged sexual assault at Fiji fraternity house prompts action among young women

Harper Clark, Student Life Editor September 20, 2021

The first few weeks of college, a time meant for exploration and adventure, mean something different for most young women: learning to adapt to the new dangers of living independently.  On Aug. 23,...

Pleasant Valley students and teachers are committed to increasing the awareness of global issues in young people.

Addressing topics that transcend borders

Shobini Iyer, Opinion Editor September 9, 2021

In a world flooded with turmoil and uncertainty, young people can be easily overwhelmed. Amid the ongoing Afghan Refugee Crisis, it is now more vital than ever for teens to navigate issues on the other...

Junior Claire Horsfield struggles to understand why there is a disparity between the stigmas surrounding various mental illnesses.

A variation in viewpoint: How different mental disorders are stigmatized more than others

Muskan Basnet, Copy Editor May 24, 2021

There has always been a stigma surrounding mental illnesses, regardless of what type it is. Society has demonized people with mental illness, and this has created a multitude of issues for people who are...

The number game: How to recycle properly

Ramya Subramaniam, Student Life Editor May 24, 2021

As the world becomes more educated on the topic of climate change, people are becoming more conscious of their recycling habits. But their increased efforts to save the environment may not always be doing...

Teachers can have fear when talking about controversial subjects in the classroom.

Controversy in school: Teachers feel limited in discussions

Laci Roberts, Copy Editor May 23, 2021

Throughout our district, controversial subjects are constantly brought up in discussions. While students choose to participate in conversations regarding their beliefs, teachers feel held back by the prospect...

Seniors Sidney Mudd and Rachel Wanke with sophomore Christian Malli selling their shirts on Fridays

Working together to create a business: PV Threads

Paris Fietsam, Social Media Manager May 20, 2021

For years, the world has been full of misconceptions surrounding those with special needs. Many believe they cannot work or be independent. However, Pleasant Valley strives to highlight all the flaws in...

New age spirituality has had a lasting effect on young people and pop culture.

Period of enlightenment: The phenomenon of new age spirituality

Ella Litchfield May 16, 2021

The pink scorpio moon flies high in the sky as many young people get ready for a cycle of new cleansing. Muhan Basnet prepares her crystals, smudge sticks as well as herself to be cleansed and begin a...

A Positive Place has given students a voice in diversifying PV.

Giving students a voice: What has A Positive Place accomplished this school year?

Sid Sharma, Feature Editor May 10, 2021

A Positive Place is a club led by teachers and students at PVHS that is dedicated to diversifying the school and improving the school’s social environment to treat people of all backgrounds with respect. George...

Janene Murphy works at her computer to create a bingo game, which can involve both her in person and online students.

Teacher appreciation week: How students are showing their love for the staff

Beth Mooy, Infographic Manager May 7, 2021

Teacher appreciation week is from Monday, May 3 to Friday, May 7. Students have planned various ways to show their appreciation for teachers.  The 2020-2021 school year has proven the amount of dedication...

Nathan Lokenvitz, a PV senior, student studies for his AP test through the AP classroom.

Hybrid schedule screwed AP classes: AP test scores will be affected

Alex Clemons, Sports Editor April 30, 2021

The hybrid schedule has caused AP classes to fall behind in their curriculum, causing some classes to have to rush through content. AP tests are coming up, starting during the first week of May. Some classes...

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