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PV’s student leaders plan for another successful year

PV’s student leaders plan for another successful year

Natalie Murphy, News editor

May 20, 2019

The new 2019-2020 Spartan Assembly welcomed its new members for their first meeting on Tuesday, May 22 to begin discussion of the activities for the fall. The fall is full of numerous events put on by Spartan Assembly. Activities range from the open house before school, to the kick off assembly, to...

PV seniors recognized at Salute to Academics and Achievements ceremony

PV seniors recognized at Salute to Academics and Achievements ceremony

Shreya Khurjekar, copy editor

May 20, 2019

14 Pleasant Valley seniors were honored at the QC Times Salute to Academics and Achievements on Wednesday, May 15. Every year, the QC Times Newspaper hosts a Salute to Academics and Achievements ceremony. This event honors seniors attending high schools in eastern Iowa and western Illinois for their...

What the future holds: Class of 2019 anticipates college in the fall

What the future holds: Class of 2019 anticipates college in the fall

Jeremy Ramsey, Sports Editor

May 20, 2019

With seniors taking their finals this week, it is time for a lot of goodbyes. Although it is the end of high school, it is not the end of formal education for many of them. Many soon to be graduates will be moving on to college after graduating here at PVHS. The senior class has a lot of mixed emotions...

From graduation parties to recitals: how seniors celebrate

From graduation parties to recitals: how seniors celebrate

Annie Warner, Copy Editor

May 20, 2019

For many seniors, one last undertaking looms towards the end of their final year in high school: planning a graduation party. For some, a senior recital in lieu of a graduation party provides a more enjoyable celebration to honor their years in school. A graduation party offers the opportunity to...

PV student spreads his wings

PV student spreads his wings

Rishab Verma, Photo manager

May 20, 2019

As the school year’s end nears, many students are planning what their summer will hold. Whether it is travel, summer camps, or even a job, there are many popular options to choose from. One PV student, however, will take to the skies. Rian O’Hanlon is a senior who has developed a unique passion o...

After 3 years, Affarka is crowned Mr. PV

After 3 years, Affarka is crowned Mr. PV

Varun Vedula, Feature Editor

May 19, 2019

The annual Mr. PV competition, held in PV's theater on May 9th, had 8 contestants competing for the honor of being crowned "Mr. PV." This year, the effects of this competition went beyond someone gaining the title Mr. PV. The money earned from the competition was donated to the Ward family. During...

Chapter 66: Emily Arndt

Chapter 66: Emily Arndt

Alyssa Paulson, Photo manager

May 16, 2019

Emily Arndt is a senior this year. While she has enjoyed her time at high school, she found that she flourished the most at the Davenport Junior Theatre. The Junior Theatre doesn’t just produce plays; they also offer theatre classes, which is how Arndt started at the Theatre. “They really set...

Explaining the most watched fashion event of the year: the Met Gala

Explaining the most watched fashion event of the year: the Met Gala

Trinity Malmen, Staff contributor

May 16, 2019

The biggest fashion event of the year, the Met Gala, was held on Monday, May 6 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. An exclusive list of celebrities from the areas of fashion, film, music, and art attended this event, uniting for this night. This event has been traditionally held...

Prom trends

Prom trends

Alyssa Paulson, Photo manager

May 14, 2019

As always, everyone looked stunning at prom. This year, there were some clear trends many students followed when it came to outfit choices. One very popular style for girl prom dresses were plain--but elegant--one colored dresses with little beading. Many of these dresses came in the form of satin...

Exchange students reflect on their year at PV

Exchange students reflect on their year at PV

Kaitlyn Ryan, Student life editor

May 14, 2019

As the last day of school approaches, so does the last day exchange students will study in America. Multiple international students have spent the school year in Bettendorf, and now they are reflecting on their time abroad. Tessa Brinkhof, a student from Switzerland, and Martha Tabea, a student from...

Chapter 65: Kaitlyn Weeks

Chapter 65: Kaitlyn Weeks

Varun Vedula, Feature Editor

May 14, 2019

Junior Kaitlyn Weeks is an animal-loving, family-oriented student whose past experiences have shown can show just how difficult life can be for everyone. Pets have always been a huge part of Weeks’ life. Weeks finds joy in taking care of her pets and providing them with her affection. She has a pug ...

Prom at a fraction of the cost

Prom at a fraction of the cost

Shreya Khujerkar, Copy editor

May 6, 2019

While prom leaves high schoolers digging deep into their wallets, several PV students found ways to make the most of their prom experience at a fraction of the cost.   A handful of students opt out of attending prom, claiming it is too expensive; however, many others believe prom is a quintessen...

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