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PV grad finds career success in video games

PV grad finds career success in video games

Brenner Stickney, Business Manager

March 22, 2019


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2012 Pleasant Valley graduate Tyler Latham has performed in front of millions of people and has found national fame by his thousands of loyal fans. But few from PV even know of him or what he does. Latham, who also goes by "Skadoodle" is an e-sports professional,which means he plays video games competiti...

Teaching Styles: Trying to find what is most beneficial for students

Teaching Styles: Trying to find what is most beneficial for students

Hannah Lederman, Multimedia Manager

March 18, 2019


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Over the years, students and teachers have evolved through changing teaching and learning practices. This has caused many teachers to adapt their methods in order to reach the students’ understanding in the best way. Many of these changes come from the life experiences teachers have gone throug...

Course opportunities aid in college preparation

Course opportunities aid in college preparation

Hannah Lederman, Multimedia Manager

March 7, 2019


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As students begin to choose their course load for the upcoming year, questions arise as to which courses will create the easiest transition into their college experience. With Pleasant Valley’s array of Advanced Placement and college credit courses, there are many option students can use to bene...

A student’s web of lies

A student’s web of lies

Rece Vining, Staff contributor

March 5, 2019


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A startling trend has emerged in recent years: as the internet has increased in popularity, students have found new and more effective ways to cheat. According to a 2011 survey completed by the International Center for Academic Integrity, out of 70,000 American high school students 64% confessed to cheating...

Bottoms up

Bottoms up

Roger Pavey Jr., Staff contributor

March 5, 2019


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The over-consumption of alcohol by teens is a common highlight of high school parties. This can be defined as binge drinking. According to research conducted by The Recovery Village, 90% of teenage consumption of alcohol is done through binge drinking at parties or other social events due to the overabundance...

Caffeine craze

Caffeine craze

Roger Pavey Jr., Staff contributor

March 5, 2019


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Most teens today are self-proclaimed night owls. Students are staying up late, whether it is due to homework, watching Netflix, social media, social events, extracurriculars or racing thoughts. The next morning, they struggle to get out of bed and rely on caffeine for an extra jolt of energy. For some,...

High school haze

High school haze

Lily Williams, Staff contributor

March 5, 2019


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In 2017 Monitoring the Future reported the decline in teen drug use, holding steady at the lowest levels in over two decades. Down to an average of 11.35% of users in high school, still drugs continue to be a pressure directed towards today’s youth. Once teen drug addiction begins, children are...

E-cig enslavement

E-cig enslavement

Lily Williams, Staff contributor

March 5, 2019


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Data released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services in 2015 proved teens are drinking and smoking less than previous generations. The newest addiction hitting Generation Z is vaping, as teens across America vape in class, hallways, restrooms, and sporting events. The multi-million dollar...

Unplugging the addiction

Unplugging the addiction

Grace Halupnik, Staff contributor

March 5, 2019


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Do you spend a lot of time thinking about social media or planning to use social media? Do you feel an increasing urge to use your device? Do you use social media to forget about personal problems? Do you often try to reduce your use of technology without success? Do you feel more restless or troubled...

Age of addiction

Age of addiction

Natalie Murphy, Staff contributor

March 5, 2019


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Generation Z is influenced and exposed to the temptations of society, a frequent use of said temptations can lead to a path to addiction. Surrounded by technology, spending hours at a time zoned into a small screen is not odd for most students. The yearn for technology places tensions on relationships,...

Two PV students advance to state pageants

Two PV students advance to state pageants

Alexander Haack, Arts and Entertainment Editor

March 5, 2019


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Every year the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program hosts pageants to select the next Miss Iowa and Miss Iowa Outstanding Teen. Extraordinarily, this year, Pleasant Valley has students competing for each of these titles: senior Mariah Martinez for Miss Iowa and junior Caitlin Crome for Outstanding Teen. ...

A sold out Seussical Jr. provides a stage for young actors with special needs

A sold out Seussical Jr. provides a stage for young actors with special needs

Sarah Danielson, Copy Editor

March 1, 2019


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Every seat of Augustana’s Brunner Theater was filled on the opening weekend of Feb. 22 for a highly anticipated production that was to be different than the everyday play. The stage was empty, save for a single red-and-white-striped hat sitting on the ground.   The show was Seussical Jr. and its stars wer...

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