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The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

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Undefeated yet empty: How PV’s student section neglects female athletics

Undefeated yet empty: How PV’s student section neglects female athletics

Jae Jepsen, Copy Editors March 21, 2023

When the PV women’s basketball team took the court at the state championship on March 3, they were met with an insubstantial crowd. Despite their remarkable record this season— the team went undefeated—...

After months of winter weather, spring break gives students a chance to reset before finishing off the rest of the school year. The warm weather, relaxation and break from their typical routine gives students physical and mental benefits.

Spring break offers much needed mental break

Sarah Abdullah, Social Media Manager March 7, 2023

Spring break is typically scheduled in March as a relief from the constant cycle students face of cramming in homework, juggling extracurriculars and preparing for exams. The timing is crucial as it breaks...

PV graduate Hannah Lederman recently transferred to New York University. She spent her first two years of college at the University of Iowa, and had the opportunity to do a semester abroad in Paris.

Hannah Lederman- Campus Capture

Sarah Abdullah, Social Media Manager February 28, 2023

The largest private university located in the heart of the Big Apple, New York University (NYU) is a highly regarded institution. The metropolitan location of the campus not only provides unmatched scenery,...

Noah Streeter, pictured on farthest to the right, at an SAE chartering ceremony. Streeter received the award, Order of the Phoenix for his outstanding commitment, loyalty and service for the SAE fraternity.

Noah Streeter – Campus Capture

Drake Hanson, Photo Manager February 28, 2023

Iowa State University of Science and Technology (ISU) is located in Ames, Iowa, 15 minutes north of Des Moines. ISU is the largest university in the state of Iowa, and its engineering school is ranked...

Pleasant Valley lifting room is always filled with students, from 6:30 to 3 o’clock. Future students are dreading the early bird lifting time, and wondering what it would be like if they take it away.

Early Bird lifting: Time to Reconsider?

Grace Sherman, Student Life Editor February 27, 2023

While participating in the weight lifting program at PV, students in their junior and senior year will either be enrolled into an early bird 6:30 AM or 7:30 AM class. Dreading the early morning, many participating...

PV graduate Ingrid Hofmann transferred to the University of Michigan in her sophomore year of college.

Ingrid Hofmann – Campus Capture

Shobini Iyer, Co-Editor in Chief February 15, 2023

Beyond its allure as a Big Ten school and its dubbed nickname as a Public Ivy, the University of Michigan truly boasts a thriving campus with flourishing opportunities and a diverse student body full of...

Students have to be aware of their attendance as the school is constantly reminding them of their missed days.

The harmful realities of perfect attendance

Brooklyn Gowan, PV Only Editor February 13, 2023

  The idea of perfect attendance is instilled in students from the beginning of their educational journey. However, the value society places on work and school has come to outweigh students’...

Catlett is the newest residence hall at the University of Iowa, housing 1,049 students and selected as many future Hawkeyes top choice.

Mixed emotions arise from University of Iowa’s housing changes

Grace Sherman, Student Life Editor February 6, 2023

As the school year draws to an end for PV seniors, figuring out their post-secondary plans, especially with college and housing, is a top concern. Future Hawkeyes at the University of Iowa are worried...

The cast of Antigone (directed by Jae Jepsen) gave a home performance at PV’s Speech Showcase Night.

PV Speech Team Qualifies Nine Events to State

Josh Thomas , Copy Editor January 31, 2023

Early in the morning on Jan. 21, the Pleasant Valley Speech team made the 80-minute journey to Monticello High School to compete in the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) Southeast Large Group...

As students prepare to apply to colleges there is a common misconception of what admissions committees want to see. Many believe that one must have several extracurriculars, leadership positions, hours of community service, and perfect statistics.

The myth of acceptance

Sarah Abdullah, Social Media Manager January 30, 2023

The college admissions system has evolved into a competition marked by applicants’ extensive lists of superfluous activities. These padded resumes consist of extracurriculars, leadership positions and...

Senior Raania Ahmad is studying for her dual enrollment classes in hopes of preparing herself well in college.

The stress of deciding between AP or dual enrollment

Libby Kamp , Sports Editor January 30, 2023

Every school year, high school students take the time to choose their future courses that will set up their education not only for that year, but beyond high school. Advanced Placement (AP) and dual enrollment...

 Seniors at Pleasant Valley High School are preparing to apply for scholarships from the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation.

Millions wasted: Students leave scholarship money unclaimed

Brooklyn Gowan, PV Only Editor January 30, 2023

In the United States, nearly $100 million of scholarship money goes unclaimed each year. Students choose not to apply for scholarships for a multitude of reasons, including personal finances, their future...

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