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Some students have to fear for their life at school

For high risk students extra masks and personal hand sanitizer is a necessity.
November 23, 2020

8 out of 10 deaths due to COVID-19 are from people with pre-existing conditions. It is significantly more dangerous for high-risk students to go to school. The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges...

Why students choose Iowa State University and The University of Iowa

Two t-shirts and one life decision. Will Iowans choose the path of the Cyclone or follow the trail of the Hawkeye.
November 10, 2020

Besides being known for their rivalry in football, Iowa State University (ISU) and The University of Iowa (Iowa) are two of the most common universities that Iowa students choose to attend.  Each school...

College applications: High pressure and high cost

Application centers such as Common App are charging large amounts of money to submit college applications.
November 10, 2020

For many students, college applications are stressful. Writing multiple essays, submitting test scores and practicing for interviews increases the pressure on students. Although the pressure is high, the...

The fright lives on: How the PV Haunted House went virtual

Pleasant Valley High School’s annual haunted theatre was virtual this year due to COVID-19
November 3, 2020

Every Halloween season, Pleasant Valley’s drama department designs and hosts a haunted house as a fundraiser. Due to COVID-19, the group decided to go virtual to stay safe, while still raising money...

Decoration dilemma: the debate on when to prepare for the holidays

Spotify, as well as other music services, offers Christmas music year-round for whenever people want to listen to it.
November 3, 2020

Now that Halloween is over, some students are turning their attention to another major holiday looming ahead: Christmas. However, there is an ongoing debate about when people should do this. The opinions...

The cost of sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation affects student’s ability to concentrate and focus during class time, damaging their academic performance.
November 3, 2020

During the school year, sleep is often neglected or sacrificed for studying. However, a lack of sleep plays a detrimental role to a student’s academic performance in school. Not only that, but if a person...

Flu vs. COVID: What is the difference?

With the flu season quickly approaching, it’s important to be able to differentiate between the flu and COVID-19.
November 3, 2020

With flu season approaching, many people are fearful of the potential dynamic between the flu and COVID-19. What are the differences in symptoms and how should one know which one they have? According...

Cutthroat competition: The desire and impact of elite universities

The pressures of college applications are a heavy weight among many students' shoulders, causing severe ramifications which can manifest as physical and mental health issues.
November 3, 2020

Students around the nation are thrust into a world of cutthroat competition as they undergo the college admissions process to elite universities. This damaging culture remains prevalent, and almost encouraged,...

A Snapshot of 2020: Senior Pictures with COVID-19

Matt Umland, a local photographer that has delivered many senior photos amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
November 3, 2020

When a new school year starts, high school seniors all around America are faced with the phenomenon of senior pictures. These pictures are displayed in yearbooks and graduation parties, capturing the students...

Dungeons and Dragons captures student imaginations

Pleasant Valley students mask up and go outside to play Dungeons and Dragons during quarantine.
October 27, 2020

While lockdown may have made it difficult to connect with friends, some PV students used it as an opportunity to play Dungeons and Dragons, a fantasy roleplaying game built around collaborative storytelling. With...

Organization revitalization: How students can bring order to their studies

One method of organizing for school is by class. Students can sort emails and assignments this way, which may help prioritize tasks.
October 27, 2020

The switch to a hybrid schedule has left many students discontent with their school situation, as the schedule makes it challenging to keep track of classes and assignments. However, there are a few...

Gearing up: How PVHS plans to handle winter wear

Lockers have not been used in the 2020-2021 school year, yet...
October 20, 2020

Due to COVID-19 Pleasant Valley Junior High changed their rule on lockers. Previously students were unable to utilize their lockers. However, recently, they started allowing students to use their lockers...

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