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Ella Litchfield continues her hardwork on creating the Pleasant Valley High School yearbook.

Yearbook woes: Ella Litchfield’s perseverance as yearbook editor-in-chief

Lauren Guinn, Opinion Editor May 25, 2021

Either during the summer or the beginning of next school year all returning PV students will line up to receive their beloved yearbooks from the previous school year. There is nothing like the feeling...

Many immigrant students face challenges that go unnoticed by others, which can lead to immense amounts of stress.

The struggles that go unnoticed: Life as an immigrant at PV

Kendall Jarvis, News Editor May 24, 2021

Immigrant students are faced with many challenges within and outside of school. At PV there are many immigrants who are living in America on many different types of immigrant visas. These students all...

Members of GLI have a meeting in Aimee Peters’ room on March 30, 2021.

How has GLI impacted PVHS?

Sid Sharma, Feature Editor May 24, 2021

Girls Learn International (GLI) is a club at PVHS in which students have meaningful discussions on humanitarian issues around the globe as well as hold fundraisers for charities around the world. GLI...

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, parking lots around restaurants are seen completely packed.

The vaccine: Are people finally going out again?

Paris Fietsam, Social Media Manager May 24, 2021

Since the introduction of and increased use of the COVID-19 vaccine, many people have felt a new sense of hope amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The vaccine is becoming increasingly available to the population,...

unior Cece Fierce and senior Ceely Patramanis pose in prom dresses and cheer uniforms.

The senior impact: Students reflect on the senior class as seniors get closer to graduation

Muskan Basnet, Copy Editor May 21, 2021

The end of the year signals the start of goodbyes for many PV students. As seniors graduate, younger students are left behind at school to continue the rest of the year without these upperclassmen.  The...

Spartan Assembly members volunteer at this year’s blood drive event.

NHS and Spartan Assembly persevere through challenging school year

Nathan Lokenvitz, Multimedia Manager May 12, 2021

Over the past year nearly everyone has been affected in some shape or form by the COVID-19 pandemic, including student government and leadership programs at PV such as Spartan Assembly and National Honor...

An empty student section, a view that was unfortunately a common scene this year.

The lost year: What did students miss out on this year?

Paris Fietsam, Social Media Manager May 12, 2021

This year has been full of unexpected and last minute decisions. PV students and administrators have gone months throughout the year without knowing what will be going on at school the next week. When...


Flourish & Bots, this all-female robotics team created by Theresa Barber 6 years ago, has accomplished a multitude of achievements in the world of robotics.

Modifying the blueprint: All-female robotics team thrives despite the STEM mold to pursue passion and knowledge

Anna Thorne, Arts & Entertainment Editor May 5, 2021

With a high percentage of male dominance, it can be difficult for women to break into the science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields.  Despite a push from society for greater female...

Junior Vinay Joshi working on his business, AIOResailors through the software CyberAIO

Passion turned profit: Students turn hobbies into jobs

Paris Fietsam, Social Media Manager April 27, 2021

Pleasant Valley (PV) students have used their creativity to their advantage and to step away from traditional jobs. An increasing number of students have been turning their hobbies into businesses. For...

Seniors Kole Sommer and Alex Melvin show off their silver medals after winning second place at the local trebuchet competition held at Bettendorf High School.

STEM successes: The real-world achievements of PVHS engineering students

Seth Clausen, Photo Manager April 27, 2021

Throughout high school, seniors Alex Melvin and Kole Sommer have aspired to study engineering at a top university. Starting freshman year, these two began their engineering journey with teacher Grant Housman....

Students have to make the decision to take AP or dual enrolment classes for college credit

Preparing for the future: AP classes versus dual credit courses

Laci Roberts, Copy Editor April 27, 2021

When looking to receive college credit in high school there are many options that a student can take, such as Advanced Placement (AP) classes or college classes. Each choice has a different impact on a...

Ramya Subramaniam stands in front of the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She and fellow senior Owen Jones will be participating in Georgia Tech’s Grand Challenges Living and Learning Community.

Another round of applications: Prospective college students seek further opportunities at their new schools

Ramya Subramaniam, Student Life Editor April 27, 2021

As many seniors are wrapping up their college admissions processes, another set of applications could be a part of their future. Learning communities are an opportunity that students can take advantage...

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