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Taking the first steps of change

Temple Emanuel, a synagogue in Davenport, Iowa, hires a police officer to be present at all events and services.

Sam Rothbardt, Social Media Manager

November 4, 2019

Hate entered the doors of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2018. One year later, anti-Semitism continues to spread. But the state of Iowa is spreading a different message.  The governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, signed a proclamation that made Oct. 27, 2019 “Anti-Semitism Awar...

The prevalence of the internet fifty years after creation

Senior Cole Huber opens a book to read, but is presented with many things to do on the internet.

Ava Sorgenfrey, Sports Editor

November 4, 2019

The internet was born 50 years ago and now it is being regularly used by society. Usually when people think about the internet they don’t think about where it originated from. They most likely don’t even think about how often they use it. Whether it is thought about or not, the internet is used ...

Evolution of sports: sidewalk surfing to supersport

 Nick Bruinsma performs one of his self-taught skills on his scooter.

Sakshi Lawande, Copy Editor

November 4, 2019

After spending years taking on activities looked upon as “indecent hobbies,” one Pleasant Valley student took his years of practice and passion to create a new value for sports.   Outstanding athlete and senior Nick Bruinsma found his love for skateboarding in sixth grade. He would get together...

Seeing the glass half full

Cada Vogt (left) posing in a picture with Haley Humes (right) at the Will Kohn Memorial run in August of 2018.

Maddy Licea, Editor in Chief

November 4, 2019

No one has the power to choose the cards dealt to them at birth–only what they decide to do with them after. One Pleasant Valley senior recognizes firsthand how the disabilities one is born with do not have to overpower their true abilities. Born without a left ear, and continuing to have hea...

PV’s trap team: shooting for recognition

Grace Theilen uses her skills during practice with head coach John Ager.

Eesha Lawande, Copy Editor

November 4, 2019

Pleasant Valley is known for the opportunities it provides its students, allowing them to interact and build relationships. A unique team that many do not know about is Pleasant Valley’s Trap Team. The trap team began its first season in 2014, as a result of local students’ urge to bring their p...

Pleasant Valley’s new award draws attention to dedication of Ian Spangenberg and other teachers

Ian Spangenberg teaches a lesson to his AP Physics II students.

Taylor English, Staff Contributor

October 30, 2019

Pleasant Valley is known by many for its teaching excellence and recently received an award recognizing the quality of the school’s advanced placement (AP) teachers, including Ian Spangenberg. The award, known as the AP District Honor Roll, was given to the school based on the performance of the AP...

A drive to end hunger: How a local program found national success

Members of Pleasant Valley's Spartan Assembly enthusiastically collect donations for the Student Hunger Drive during a home football game on Aug. 30.

Sam Rothbardt, Social Media Manager

October 23, 2019

As the saying goes, sometimes the littlest things end up making the biggest difference. Such is the case for one local man's once small idea. For years in the Quad Cities, Pete Pohlmann was a household name. As the former owner of the area’s largest car dealership, Pohlmann was known as a succes...

King of Iowa: Unintentional act of kindness touches local PV family

Will Kohn, the first patient in the new University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, never failed to keep a smile on his face, even during treatment.

Caitlin Crome, Social Media Manager

October 22, 2019

While just 60 miles separate Pleasant Valley students from the University of Iowa, the generosity of Iowa native Carson King has been felt much closer to home. What started as a plea for enough money to purchase a case of beer turned into a multi-million dollar fundraiser, inspiring a nation of people to give to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. The Kohn fam...

Shady Knoll takes the poll

Seniors Eesha Lawande and Preksha Kedilaya enjoy their morning at the Shady Knoll farm.

Sakshi Lawande, Copy Editor

October 21, 2019

Floods of pumpkin-spice orders at coffee shops, loaded shelves of Halloween supplies, closets full of sweaters and large fields of pumpkins point to one thing: autumn is here. Although the season brings various activities to the community, the seasonal events allow adults to embrace their inner chi...

Preparing for the inevitable end of mankind: Why this obsession is growing

Senior Jack Meyers prepares himself for the apocalypse by stocking up on essentials, such as water and foods high in carbohydrates.

Morgan McCartney, Business Manager

October 16, 2019

Whether people believe there will be a zombie apocalypse, another world war, or a global pandemic, the number of doomsday bunkers being built is steadily climbing. Theorists around the globe have been predicting earth’s death date since the very first millennium. Although Earth has stood the test of time, people continue to go to extreme measures to prepare themselves for...

Putting a new spin on an old game: PV students create all-inclusive football team

Pleasant Valley’s IFL comes together to participate in their weekly Saturday night game.

Sakshi Lawande, Copy Editor

October 14, 2019

Traditionally football is a sport for the strongest and toughest guys. But one group of PV students is striving to challenge these norms through the creation of a new league of football open to anyone, regardless of ability. Pleasant Valley High School is notorious for the wide range of opportunities it...

Changing the course of history: 100 years after the 19th Amendment

Alumni Lily Williams proudly displays her poster atop the Department of Justice sign, hoping to get a better view of the speakers at the Women’s March in Washington D.C. Williams is an avid supporter of women’s rights, including the right to vote.

Grace Halupnik, Multimedia Manager

October 14, 2019

Throughout history, the amendments of the Constitution paint the story of America’s progression and revision as a country. The 19th is no different, encompassing the reappraisal of women’s rights and roles in society.  This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendme...

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