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The Rise of Chicken in American Fast Food

The Rise of Chicken in American Fast Food

Will Sharis, Photo Manager

September 9, 2019

The popularity of the chicken sandwich has been growing locally and nationally to a point where the iconic hamburger is being challenged. With the rise of fast food during the late 20th century, the hamburger has become synonymous with the industry that feeds America on a daily basis. However, the mo...

Drug use in PV

Drug use in PV

Kate Stewart, Copy Editor

September 4, 2019

Pleasant Valley High School is a high achieving school; there is no way around it. However, these students are exposed to drugs on a daily basis, with the availability of drugs becoming more prevalent than previously thought. Though the school often receives the stereotype as being the “rich kid scho...

New changes in positions and leadership roles at the high school

New changes in positions and leadership roles at the high school

Azariah Courtney, Editor-in-Chief

May 21, 2019

Following the 2018-2019 school year, many changes will occur at the  Pleasant Valley School District. There will be several staff members exiting the district and many new faces arriving in the fall of 2019. Three new counselors will be joining the Pleasant Valley staff next year in addition to new...

PV District facing discrimination suit

PV District facing discrimination suit

Abby Riley, Sports Editor

May 21, 2019

The Pleasant Valley School District has always claimed to be “committed to excellence,” but one parent is begging to differ. When Bettendorf resident Jeffery Bittner’s son, who has autism, was denied open enrollment, he took legal action and has continued to advocate for his son’s rights...

How Alabama’s abortion laws affect Iowa

How Alabama’s abortion laws affect Iowa

Kaitlyn Ryan, Student Life Editor

May 20, 2019

Recent controversies regarding Alabama’s new abortion law has sparked the abortion debate once again. The passing of the law has many implications for both Iowa and America. Before attempting to understand the most current abortion policies, one must examine previous related legislation. More rest...

Engineering students take first place in the Trebuchet Egg Throw Competition

Engineering students take first place in the Trebuchet Egg Throw Competition

Odin McDonald, Photo Manager

May 20, 2019

Anton Dahm and Peyton Weisbeck, juniors at PVHS, took first place in the 2019 Trebuchet Egg Throw Competition on Apr. 18. Through the Engineering Problems course offered at the high school, Dahm and Weisbeck designed, built and tested their own trebuchet, a type of catapult which uses a swinging a...

Leveling the playing field: the SAT Adversity Score

Leveling the playing field: the SAT Adversity Score

Rishab Verma, Photo Manager

May 20, 2019

Each year, the journey to college and beyond requires students to take numerous steps in preparation. Among them is taking standardized tests like the SAT, but the College Board’s newest change to the exam has caused major upset and concern among students and educational professionals. The SAT, lik...

Concerns of safety in local synagogues

Concerns of safety in local synagogues

Natalie Murphy, News Editor

May 20, 2019

The end of the Jewish celebration, Passover, is usually celebrated among members of the Jewish community, but on April 27, the last day of Passover, the community experienced pain instead of the festivities as another shooting occurred at a California synagogue. The effects of such anti semitic violence is...

School board names Darren Erickson as new PVHS principal

School board names Darren Erickson as new PVHS principal

Trinity Malmen, Staff Contributor

May 19, 2019

The Pleasant Valley School Board meeting announced its approval of the appointment of current associate principal, Darren Erickson, as Pleasant Valley High School principal for the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, May 13. The position opened in the spring of 2019 when Mike Zimmer, the current pr...

In response to anti-vaxxer movement, many bans form against those without vaccinations

In response to anti-vaxxer movement, many bans form against those without vaccinations

Trinity Malmen, Staff Contributor

May 19, 2019

A sudden increase in the anti-vaccine movement has moved businesses and countries to create consequences to those without vaccinations. The main belief of those who choose not to vaccinate their children is under the false claim that vaccines cause autism. There have been multiple studies that have...

Responsibility of recycling not taken seriously

Responsibility of recycling not taken seriously

Trevor Glaum, Business Manager

May 16, 2019

Every day, hundreds of bottles, cans, and paper goods are thrown into the recycling bins found in the classrooms and hallways of Pleasant Valley High School. In an effort to protect the planet, Pleasant Valley claims to support recycling and caring for the earth. PV has recycle bins located in the lunchroom...

Quick rundown: Who’s running in 2020?

Quick rundown: Who’s running in 2020?

Rishab Verma, Photo Manager

May 14, 2019

The 2020 presidential elections are about a year and a half away, and many candidates are starting to announce their bid for the top office in the country. The 2016 election was one of the most memorable ones in history. After eight years of living under a Democratic president, the Republican par...

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