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Why should I care about the Space X launch?

Why should I care about the Space X launch?

Lilly Parker, Copy Editor

May 13, 2019

SpaceX, a private American aerospace manufacturer dedicated to creating new space technology with the end goal of finding planets sustainable for human life, launched an impressive spacecraft into orbit on May 4. The CEO, Elon Musk, created the modern space empire in 2002 and has been successful ...

Swiss billionaire pledges $1 billion to help save Earth from global warming

Swiss billionaire pledges $1 billion to help save Earth from global warming

Trinity Malmen, Staff Contributor

May 10, 2019

A Swiss billionaire has pledged to donate $1 billion over the next ten years to help with the efforts of saving the Earth from climate change. Hansjörg Wyss, a philanthropist and conservalist, was born in Switzerland and now lives in Wyoming. He founded Synthes, a medical device company. Wys...

Why should I care about the Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch?

Why should I care about the Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch?

Rishab Verma, Photo Manager

May 8, 2019

On April 11, private aerospace company SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy Rocket, along with its cargo, into space. After its initial development period, this was the first launch in which all parts of the Falcon Heavy system worked without malfunction. There had been one previous test of...

PV students design a future with architecture experience

PV students design a future with architecture experience

Jeanelle Cho, Copy Editor

May 7, 2019

In the Civil Engineering and Architecture class offered at PV, students recently had the chance to experience what the average architect does on a daily basis through creating their own set of working drawings for a residential structure. Civil Engineering and Architecture--or CEA--is a year long cours...

Why should I care about the southern border closing?

Why should I care about the southern border closing?

Rishab Verma, Photo Manager

May 6, 2019

In early April, President Donald Trump threatened to close the border with Mexico, taking the world by surprise. Such a large border closing would have lasting economic impacts for all parties involved. Donald Trump’s threat to shut down the border is in alignment with his campaign promises to ...

What you need to know about the latest ALICE drill

What you need to know about the latest ALICE drill

Lilly Parker, News Editor

May 1, 2019

Pleasant Valley High School, along with local law enforcement, held an ALICE drill during second period on April 26. ALICE is an acronym and tool which tells people the necessary safety precautions to take during a school shooting; it stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. PVHS makes a...

PV’s journalism program goes for the gold at spring competition

PV’s journalism program goes for the gold at spring competition

Bri Brauner, Social Media Manager

May 1, 2019

Over the course of the school year, many PV journalists have been hard at work writing for the Spartan Shield. Their hard work paid off this spring for the annual journalism contests, as many PV students went home with awards. There have been many journalism contests throughout the school year. PV has ...

Four seniors named IHSPA Scholars for outstanding work in journalism

Four seniors named IHSPA Scholars for outstanding work in journalism

Shreya Khurjekar, Copy Editor

May 1, 2019

Four Pleasant Valley seniors were named Iowa High School Press Association [IHSPA] Scholars last week. Only 27 of the state’s top journalism students were awarded this honor, including Pleasant Valley’s own Maya McClain, Haley Moore, Natalie Murphy, and Lily Williams. Williams, a subscriber t...

From sophomore to freshman: A 15-year-old PV student transitions to college

From sophomore to freshman: A 15-year-old PV student transitions to college

Hannah Lederman, Multimedia Manager

April 29, 2019

Many seniors are making final preparations for their post-secondary journey this fall, and Pleasant Valley sophomore Priyanka Srinivasan has decided to embark on that journey herself. As a 15-year-old, Srinivasan was accepted into Bucksbaum Academy, a program at the University of Iowa which allo...

From Paris to Bettendorf: the impact of the fire

From Paris to Bettendorf: the impact of the fire

Trinity Malmen, Staff Contributor

April 24, 2019

The world watched in silence as fire engulfed the infamous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France on Monday, April 15. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the most famous Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages. It was built in 1163, making it a 856 years old. Notre Dame has survived the Fr...

Why should I care about the first openly gay presidential candidate?

Why should I care about the first openly gay presidential candidate?

Lilly Parker, Copy Editor

April 22, 2019

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana is running for President in the 2020 Election. He has been gaining popularity on social media and news outlets for being the first openly gay candidate in American history. Born in 1982, Buttigieg is one of the younger candidates working to become ...

Questions arise about the destination of Coachella profits

Questions arise about the destination of Coachella profits

Trinity Malmen, Staff Contributor

April 22, 2019

People worldwide went to the famous festival, Coachella, in California on the weekends of April 12-14 and April 19-21. The 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was a music festival that featured several streaming artists. This year’s festivities included artists Billie Eilish, Tame Impala,...

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