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To skip or not to skip: where the consequences lie

To skip or not to skip: where the consequences lie

Natalie Murphy, News Editor

May 20, 2019

With Prom falling on a Saturday at the beginning of May, many wonder how seniors will spend the following Monday. The infamous senior skip day could be defined as a day off for the senior class, especially after the late hours of Prom. Some elect to participate while others feel strongly against ...

Iowa drops 13 spots in national ranking

Iowa drops 13 spots in national ranking

Trevor Glaum, Business Manager

May 20, 2019

U.S. News and World Report recently announced the list of the best states in America. The rankings are based on eight categories ranging from education to energy efficiency. Iowa was ranked as the number one state in 2018 but had the largest drop of any state this year. Currently ranked at numbe...

Why do the Oscars barr certain genres of film from the ceremony?

Why do the Oscars barr certain genres of film from the ceremony?

Trinity Malmen, Staff Contributor

May 20, 2019

After his compelling performance in the film Avengers: Endgame, thousands are petitioning for Robert Downey Jr. to receive an Oscar nomination for the 2020 Oscars. The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, is a ceremony that recognizes those with awards for artistic and technical merits in the film industry....

Which sandwich chain has the best subs?

Which sandwich chain has the best subs?

Brenner Stickney, Business Manager

May 20, 2019

There are many chain sandwich shops in the Quad Cities, but not all are created equal. With so many choices, students should know where they can get the best sandwiches. It would be unfair to compare every restaurant that sells any sandwich so this will be a comparison of Jimmy John’s, Subway, H...

Creating a mental and physical balance

Creating a mental and physical balance

Rishab Verma, Photo Manager

May 15, 2019

Each of the four years of high school has a specific purpose: to prepare students for adulthood. Whether that means preparing for further education or some other pursuit, the various facets of high school play a vital role in the future of students. The main medium of that preparation is the classroom. Rigorous c...

Dual credit opportunities limited for high-achieving students

Dual credit opportunities limited for high-achieving students

Trevor Glaum, Business Manager

May 13, 2019

Pleasant Valley High School is known for providing excellent education offering students with both the resources and opportunities to learn and prepare for life after high school.  One of those opportunities is taking dual credit classes offered through Scott Community College. Classes offered at ...

More women’s golf representation is needed

More women’s golf representation is needed

Lilly Parker, Copy Editor

May 6, 2019

Athletics have always been dominated by men, but in recent decades, women have been making significant strides towards equality in sports. By seeing an accurate representation of gender, religion, and race, the younger generations know their goals are achievable. For example, Michelle Obama is a stro...

Review: AJR’s new album, “Neotheatre”

Review: AJR’s new album, “Neotheatre”

Brenner Stickney, Business Manager

May 6, 2019

AJR, a popular indie pop band, released a new album on April 26th. The album is called “Neotheatre”, and it has a mix of many different types of songs. Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met are all brothers and created their band in 2005. They made their start by covering other bands, but in 2015 they releas...

Why the Mueller report is important

Why the Mueller report is important

Trevor Glaum, Business Manager

May 2, 2019

Special Counsel Robert Mueller released his final investigation report deeming President Trump to be innocent of all criminal activity. The report released his findings regarding the President and many of his associates. The biggest question was the obstruction charges and the lies told by many people ...

Summer sports: detrimental to students’ success

Summer sports: detrimental to students’ success

Abby Riley, Sports Editor

April 30, 2019

Iowa is the only remaining US state with summer sports and Iowa athletes are falling behind their peers because of it. This has been an Iowa tradition for years and unfortunately, its end is nowhere in sight. Of the 48 states that offer school-sanctioned baseball and softball, Iowa is the only state ...

Kicking schools into action: the need for self-defense

Kicking schools into action: the need for self-defense

Azariah Courtney, Editor in Chief

April 29, 2019

For a speech in a public speaking course offered at Pleasant Valley, students had to present a persuasive message to the audience. Senior Adrea Arthofer felt this was the perfect way to present her idea: a self-defense course implemented at the high school. Arthofer set her idea upon the massive amoun...

The dreaded waitlist: a necessary evil

The dreaded waitlist: a necessary evil

Shreya Khurjekar, Copy editor

April 29, 2019

Uncertainty is frustrating, especially when it concerns the college admissions process. After waiting months to hear back from your dream school, you are finally informed that your application has been placed on the waitlist. The admissions committee has finished reviewing your file but cann...

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