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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...

Where the High Line ends, the Spartan Shield begins

Where the High Line ends, the Spartan Shield begins

Abby Riley, Sports Editor

May 14, 2019

The Spartan Shield has been a staple at Pleasant Valley High School for decades, but its start had been lost in time--until now. All great things must start from the ground up, and the obstacles endured at its creation are often overlooked by the current generations. The story of Pleasant Valley Hi...

Learning through service: Students rally together to participate in flood relief efforts

Learning through service: Students rally together to participate in flood relief efforts

Sarah Danielson, Copy Editor

May 14, 2019

With the flooding of the Mississippi River reaching an all-time high in the Quad Cities, families and businesses affected by the Mississippi’s rising waters have been in desperate need of relief. So, in order to help provide some of this relief, many Pleasant Valley students took time out of their school day ...

Student survey looks to improve overall school environment

Student survey looks to improve overall school environment

Jeremy Ramsey, Sports Editor

May 14, 2019

With the school year coming to an end, the administration required students to participate in a survey during gym class last week. The survey looked at things concerning everyone's experience this year. This year is not unlike any before it though because students take a survey of this sort every...

Free time in college opens doors to new opportunities

Free time in college opens doors to new opportunities

Azariah Courtney, Editor in Chief

May 14, 2019

Although the types of activities students are involved in are subject to change throughout all of high school, one thing remains the same: the constant need to keep one’s schedule filled to the brim with extracurriculars. Especially at high achieving schools such as Pleasant Valley, students may feel e...

Davenport flooding continues to destroy local businesses and homes

Davenport flooding continues to destroy local businesses and homes

Trinity Malmen, Staff Contributor

May 14, 2019

People in the city of Davenport have watched as the water level of the Mississippi River has continued to rise over the past few weeks, flooding their local homes and businesses. The rising water was kept at bay by the use of temporary barriers and sandbags, lined up along the river. However, th...

How seniors affected freshmens’ years

How seniors affected freshmens’ years

Alyssa Paulson, Photo Manager

May 13, 2019

With the seniors graduating soon, it is the perfect time to look back at how they inspired and helped the freshman class throughout the course of the year. Freshman Erika Holmberg, a band student, was pleasantly surprised by how welcoming all the grades were. “Shreya Khurjekar has made me feel ve...

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