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The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

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The 2023 American Girl of the Year Kavi Sharma is the first Indian-American doll in the series, which has long been representative of various cultures and backgrounds.

American Girl of the Year 2023 brings representation to young South Asian girls

Shobini Iyer, EIC January 30, 2023

American Girl Dolls have long endured as a staple part of American youth culture, highlighting people from all walks of life through the lens of girlhood. From dolls set in colonial periods to characters...

A phone displays a TikTok ad for the brand Likewise, one example of a paid advertisement on social media targeted towards Gen Z.

Advertising To Gen Z: Are Social Media Ads Effective?

Megan McKnight, Copy Editor January 30, 2023

Numerous companies have shifted their marketing endeavors to capture the attention of Generation Z, and social media has become the most prominent tool used to cater to their interests. However, after...

Thea Lamberts debut novel and the first in the Mouthwatering series.

Local author spotlight: Thea Lambert

Katy Babcock, Copy Editor January 13, 2023

The Quad Cities is a center for up-and-coming art. Places like the Figge Museum or the Center for Living Arts are perfect examples of the masterful art created in what most of the country sees as a “flyover...

Student texting with her friends using genz slang.

Gen Z slang deepens generational divide

Quinn Russell, Design Manager January 12, 2023

New words are always being created faster than some adults can comprehend. Since Gen Z slang is not not a part of older generations’ vernacular, what exists is a growing divide between younger and older...

Following the arrest of Idaho slayings suspect, many begin to investigate  the past and present actions of the alleged killer.

The Irony of Idaho Murders

Maura Peters, Photo Manager January 12, 2023

With two days to spare in the year of 2022, almost two months after this tragic event,  the families of Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were finally able to receive closure....

Hate crime rates in the United States are decreasing from past years, but are still exceedingly high.

New insight on hate crime statistics in America

Maura Peters, Photo Manager January 12, 2023

In 2020, hate crimes reached a record high, totaling over 11,000 cases motivated because of ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability and gender identity. As 2022 comes to an end, the Federal...

Courtesy of PV Improv

PV Improv hosts first improv night of the year

Luci Patel, Innovation Manager January 11, 2023

Part of the PV Drama Club, PV Improv is improvisational theater that showcases spontaneous ensembles and is usually supposed to be performed for comedy purposes.    At PVHS, the club practices...

Queer people face life-threatening adversity when trying to enjoy the night life that straight people are able to enjoy.

Mass shooting reminds America that queer people are perpetually unsafe

Tommy Glennon, Copy Editor January 11, 2023

A gunman opened fire at a queer nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Nov. 19, killing five attendants and injuring an estimated 25 more. This news comes only six years after the last mass shooting...

Giving back to the community is a great way to spread Christmas cheer.

How an EVS Mobile Repair employee spread Christmas cheer as the Grinch

Rupika Jai Ganesh, Feature Editor January 10, 2023

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year. ” That’s the first line from the song of the same name by Andy Williams, one of the most popular Christmas songs.  Christmas is regarded as the...

ProjectNOW is a local organization that aims to reduce poverty in the community by assisting those in need.

ProjectNOW: A local organization that is working to provide safe and affordable housing to those in need

Rupika Jai Ganesh, Feature Editor January 10, 2023

Shelter has always been considered a basic necessity, yet for many, especially after the pandemic, having a home is a goal with unreachable steps.  Housing affordability in the United States has been...

Wrapping paper leftover from Christmas fills houses, waiting to be dumped into landfills.

The Environmental Crisis of Christmas

Lydia Sommer, PV Only Editor January 10, 2023

Picture this: two Titanic ships, or 5,000 of the heaviest blue whales to exist or 313 average-sized trains are placed in a landfill every week between Thanksgiving and New Years Day.  If you’re thinking...

Kushi Maridu has a part time job and regularly invests money.

The Importance for Teens To Invest

Atharv Neema, Business Manager January 10, 2023

Investing as a teenager can be a daunting task, but also an important one. With the right tools and knowledge, investing can provide a strong foundation for financial success in the future.  Time is...

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