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Information about the uncertainties of PV’s COVID-19 closure

Information about the uncertainties of PV’s COVID-19 closure

Alyce Brown, Staff Contributor

March 18, 2020

Pleasant Valley School District announced on Monday, March 16 that the district will be shut down until April 13 due to the current coronavirus pandemic. Following that announcement, there is still uncertainty around many facets of that decision.  With many schools in the nation switching to online classes, stu...

Fighting for animal rights: The vegan movement spreads

Fighting for animal rights: The vegan movement spreads

Carly Lundry, Editor in Chief

March 10, 2020

Veganism, the choice to abstain from eating or buying any animal products, is a trend reaching many animal rights and health activists on a wide scale and also at the local level. From Joaquin Phoenix to Miley Cyrus, celebrities have made an impact on a nationwide vegan movement.  The motive behin...

The face of Instagram: The intersection of social media, globalization, and beauty standards

The face of Instagram: The intersection of social media, globalization, and beauty standards

Margaret Huang, Feature Editor

March 9, 2020

When scrolling through social media feeds, it is hard to differentiate the inundation of models and influencers. As the age of social media coincides with rampant globalization, beauty standards have converged to form one unattainable, manipulated look. The New Yorker remarked, apps such as Facetune, Photoshop and social media filters have resulted in many women on social media flau...

How climate change challenges the production of popular foods

How climate change challenges the production of popular foods

Avery Welvaert, Copy Editor

March 9, 2020

Climate change is negatively impacting the regions where everyone’s favorite foods are able to grow. Rising temperatures and droughts due to climate change will affect the production of these foods, causing the prices to exponentially rise, until they eventually become extinct. Chocolate is one of...

Brain break: How the Junior High is getting their own form of recess

Brain break: How the Junior High is getting their own form of recess

Morgan Ramirez, Photo Manager

March 9, 2020

In the Pleasant Valley School District, the Junior High School is the only school that does not give the kids a chance to go outside during lunch. The administration decided that there was a need for change.   The need for a break during the school day is very important, especially for young ch...

What the alumni are doing now: Kade Coudron and esports

What the alumni are doing now: Kade Coudron and esports

Elise Johnson, Arts & Entertainment Editor

March 9, 2020

Many students already play video games just for fun, but imagine continuing that hobby past graduation into a collegiate team. This is exactly what 2018 graduate Kade Coudron partakes in. Kade Coudron has always desired to be at the top of his game with everything he could in life. Throughout high ...

The journey from Germany to Bettendorf

The journey from Germany to Bettendorf

Brooke Goy, Copy Editor

March 2, 2020

Junior Charlotte Koehle is an exchange student from Germany who moved to Iowa for the year in August of 2019. From the language barrier to adventurous vacations, she has gotten quite a taste of the American experience. Koehle is living with senior Brady Sexson and his family. The story behind the e...

USA developmental sled hockey team: How PV aide is shining a light on females in sports

USA developmental sled hockey team: How PV aide is shining a light on females in sports

Sunny Wolfe, Copy Editor

March 2, 2020

Pleasant Valley High School’s aide Erica Mitchell recently had the opportunity to lead her sled hockey team to Canada to compete, while also addressing gender inequality in sports.  Mitchell first started racing twenty-three years ago in Chicago. “I had tried out for the men’s Development t...

Breaking the stigma: School resource officer changes notions on police force

Breaking the stigma: School resource officer changes notions on police force

Karleigh Nading, Opinion Editor

March 2, 2020

Perceptions of police officers can often be poor and unpleasant. Those in blue have been equated to pigs in recent years. However, school resource officer (SRO) Deputy Jamey Fah has changed the outlook at PVHS.  Deputy Fah, the SRO at PVHS for almost two years, is respected by many students for hi...

Blurred: School tracking crosses the line between privacy and safety

Blurred: School tracking crosses the line between privacy and safety

Preksha Kedilaya, News Editor

March 2, 2020

National news regarding Inpixon, an indoor data tracking company, is raising a concern of privacy among students and parents. In at least 10 schools, Inpixon has installed radio frequency scanners that pull data from cell phones for tracking purposes. However, the motive behind the tracking is weary. T...

Tik Tok: Recent rise of users creates new dangerous challenges

Tik Tok: Recent rise of users creates new dangerous challenges

Cecilia Zavala, Overflow Section Editor

March 2, 2020

Renegade, cannibal and the skull-breaker. It’s no secret that any social media site will have dangerous challenges that some teenagers will eventually participate in. But one of these sites has made a name for itself. Tik Tok has been a growing platform amongst many teenagers. Many young teens a...

The purrfect match: Local shelter finds a new outlet for adoption

The purrfect match: Local shelter finds a new outlet for adoption

Ellie Scranton, Student Life Editor

February 26, 2020

Finding the perfect life partner can be a challenge. Luckily in today’s society there are a variety of different outlets to turn to. Many, like speed dating, have become popular among the single community, which has also caught the eye of local animal shelters. The Humane Society of Scott County hosted th...

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