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18 changes in 18 years: the aftermath of 9/11

18 changes in 18 years: the aftermath of 9/11

Maya Johnson, Feature Editor

September 16, 2019

18 years ago, the world as many Americans know it, was changed forever. The terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 created a new era in American culture and is a day that will not soon be forgotten by all who experienced it. The four hijacked plane crashes caused the destruction of the World Trade ...

Returning to PV: from student to teacher

Returning to PV: from student to teacher

Carly Lundry, News Editor

September 16, 2019

Pleasant Valley graduates have returned to their alma mater as staff members and shared the most influential changes since their time as students. The biggest physical change teachers reflected on is the expansion of the building. The new addition has provided more classrooms and space.  Emily Jo...

The nostalgia effect

The nostalgia effect

Sanjiv Iyer, Photo Manager

September 15, 2019

Minecraft has recently surged in popularity, making a strong comeback for the first time since 2015. Its sudden spike inevitably brings up the question: Why is it popular again? Society has a way of making trends come and go, but none fluctuate as drastically as pop culture. In this era of technol...

PV teacher brings culture to the classroom by traveling the world

PV teacher brings culture to the classroom by traveling the world

Eesha Lawande, Copy Editor

September 9, 2019

Stephanie Risius has a passion for traveling that led her to visit 10 countries over the summer and brought her touring total to 42 countries and six continents. But Risius travels for reasons beyond pure enjoyment. Risius said she learns something different from each country she visits. Whether i...

Running with Carl for 25 years

Running with Carl for 25 years

Ava Sorgenfrey, Sports Editor

September 9, 2019

The Run with Carl is an annual road race the Girls’ Cross Country team participated in on September 2 at Middle Park in Bettendorf, Iowa. This year was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the race. Each year the Girls’ Cross Country team takes part in the Run with Carl, a race created as a memorial for...

Home away from home: Los Lomas, Peru

Home away from home: Los Lomas, Peru

Jack Donahue, Opinion Editor

September 8, 2019

The Summer of 2019 for some PVHS students was spent completing multiple mission trips to Las Lomas, Peru to help kids in need.  PVHS worked with Voices 4 Peru, an organization with a goal, as Stephanie Risius puts it,  “to help kids in a marginalized community recieve an education and provide...

Brightest PV minds excite at Industrial Tech Expo

Brightest PV minds excite at Industrial Tech Expo

Lilly Parker, Copy Editor

May 21, 2019

Pleasant Valley’s Civil Engineering and Architecture and Intro to Engineering and Design classes received numerous awards on May 10 at the State Industrial Tech Exposition in South Polk, Iowa. There were two different categories that PV competed in at this event: Architectural Design, in which stud...

Exploring Big Blue World: A robotics team provides opportunities for all students

Exploring Big Blue World: A robotics team provides opportunities for all students

Sarah Danielson, Copy Editor

May 20, 2019

The Pleasant Valley School Board recognized senior Alton Barber last week regarding his impressive achievement this past fall. In October of 2018, Barber won the Hoover Uncommon Student Award, which was awarded to him for his original project entitled “Big Blue World.” To put it simply, the Big Blue World is a robotics program; however, thi...

Thank you teachers: from the Class of 2019

Thank you teachers: from the Class of 2019

Bri Brauner, Social Media Manager

May 20, 2019

Dear Teachers, These last four years of high school would have not been made possible without any of you. So we, as a class, would like to thank you for everything you've done for us, students. To start, we would like to thank you for always being available before and after school to help us with...

An unknown opportunity: PV’s greenhouses experience neglect

An unknown opportunity: PV’s greenhouses experience neglect

Annie Warner, Copy Editor

May 19, 2019

One of the most unique facilities at Pleasant Valley High School is ironically one of the least known and used. Attached to the south side of the school is a full-sized greenhouse, accompanied by a smaller one on the second floor facing the west. The second-floor greenhouse was built as part of the original bu...

Tasty new options in the Quad Cities

Tasty new options in the Quad Cities

Nathan Wong, Opinion Editor

May 15, 2019

To serve the ever-expanding population, lots of new restaurants are coming to the Quad City area. Portillo’s, the Chicago-based restaurant known for its Italian beef and hot dogs, has been a long-awaited arrival for many Quad City residents. Senior Justin Sehlin gave his opinion on the new resta...

Creativity in Honors English

Creativity in Honors English

Alyssa Paulson, Photo Manager

May 14, 2019

Students in Don Fry’s freshman Honors English class have just completed their Romeo and Juliet projects. Students were required to take a more creative approach to these projects and many students had a final project they are very proud of. Fry rarely assigns projects, so when he does, he enjoys adding a...

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