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Students look forward to relaxing vacations over the extended winter break

Students look forward to relaxing vacations over the extended winter break

Cienna Pangan, Photo Manager

November 11, 2019

Winter break is an opportunity for many students to take time off from their busy school schedules and relax. While some students stay at home over break, others spend their holidays on faraway vacations.  Traveling over winter break is not a new trend for PV students, but in recent years, the sho...

Seasonal Affective Disorder: How to help mental health

Seasonal Affective Disorder: How to help mental health

Sam Rothbardt, Social Media Manager

November 11, 2019

The holiday season is known to be “the most wonderful time of the year”; however, for many it’s the exact opposite. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of seasonal depression that affects people of all ages. There are many factors that attribute to the disorder, such as weather, holi...

More than a number: High schools move toward abolishing class rank

More than a number: High schools move toward abolishing class rank

Maya Johnson, Feature Editor

November 11, 2019

Lately, the concept of class rank and naming a valedictorian of graduating high school classes is becoming less prevalent, especially in large communities with big public schools. Currently, Pleasant Valley and Geneseo High Schools are the only schools that have completely abolished class rank in the ...

The importance of building good credit early

The importance of building good credit early

Will Sharis, Photo Manager

November 11, 2019

By building good credit in their youth, adults will have better opportunities in most financial decisions like cars and houses when they finish their respected education. Any kid that watches television or videos with ads will probably have experienced advertisements by companies trying to sell t...

Thinking inside the box: how subscription services are taking over student’s lives

Thinking inside the box: how subscription services are taking over student’s lives

Morgan Miller, Copy Editor

November 11, 2019

To address the growing convenience and customization desires, subscription services, found in both retail and media markets are becoming increasingly sought-after. Media subscription services have been popular for much longer than their retail counterparts. These services consist of music and movie o...

A Sea of Seniors in Blue

A Sea of Seniors in Blue

Ava Sorgenfrey, Sports Editor

November 11, 2019

Each year, when basketball season rolls around, the senior class is presented with a right of passage: blue crew jerseys. The blue crew jerseys are unique to each senior who orders one. The seniors get to pick the name on the back of their jerseys and the number associated with it. Out of those chose...

The social stigma surrounding birth control

The social stigma surrounding birth control

Cienna Pangan, Photo Manager

November 4, 2019

Social stigmas control how people treat certain topics and how they’re viewed. While birth control is something many women need for their health, the discussion of this subject among teenagers remains taboo.  Birth control comes in many different forms, such as the pill, the intrauterine device (IU...

Trick or eat: Halloween tradition takes on new meaning

Trick or eat: Halloween tradition takes on new meaning

Grace Halupnik, Lead Editor

November 4, 2019

The early snow that swept the Quad Cities was enough to keep many children from trick or treating this Halloween. However, the cold could not weather some students whose minds were set on a bigger goal than just treats this fall. Spartans determined to fight hunger went door to door this Halloween in search ...

Student Council’s efforts are greatly rewarding the Hunger Drive

Student Council’s efforts are greatly rewarding the Hunger Drive

Darsh Balani, Business Manager

November 4, 2019

With the Student Hunger Drive underway, both the Spartan Student Council and teachers are coming up with many creative ways to raise cans.  Their fun and engaging events, such as their Powder Puff and Trivia Night events, attract the attention of many students, and thus their cans and money. “I li...

With big college ambitions come high costs: how seniors are affected by college applications

With big college ambitions come high costs: how seniors are affected by college applications

Morgan McCartney, Business Manager

November 4, 2019

As the early admissions deadline comes to a close, the push to apply for numerous colleges has become the new and expected trend for seniors across the country.  With 19.9 million students enrolled in college this fall (NCES), the class of 2020 is already finishing their daunting college application...

Chapter 70: Ryan Saddler Jr.

Chapter 70: Ryan Saddler Jr.

Darsh Balani, Business Manager

October 31, 2019

Meet Pleasant Valley Junior, Ryan Saddler Jr. Ryan Saddler Jr is a very involved, role model student in the class of 2022. As a very academically and activity motivated person, he participates in football, baseball, choir, and more. 

Chapter 66: Sharon Zenil

Chapter 66: Sharon Zenil

Ava Sorgenfrey, Sports Editor

October 28, 2019

Meet Pleasant Valley freshman, Sharon Zenil. In her free time and in art class Zenil enjoys drawing. She likes mainly likes to draw characters and enjoys making comics.

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