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The origin countries of Bravo Garza(Top) and Meeks (Bottom) photo credit to Gabi Ragins

Immigrant students find America shocking

Gabi Ragins, Multimedia Manager September 21, 2023

While high school can be hard for incoming students, it can be harder for students who are both new to high school and to America. Students from many cultures have come together at PV to create an educational...

The Pleasant Valley High School machine and welding room used to instruct and teach about trades.

Boom of trades in new generation of workers

Alex Blunk, Classroom Manager September 20, 2023

As seniors across the nation look towards their futures, they have important decisions to make. The search to find the perfect fit for a future career is a stressful process that can take a lot of time...

Students struggle to balance their workload between completing school work and finishing college applications

College applications and schoolwork: sources of stress for high school seniors

Armaan Bhagwat, Photo Manager September 20, 2023

As seniors enter their last year of high school, they’re faced with the long haul of submitting college applications, completing school work and practicing their sports.  Seniors have dealt with...

Last year’s FRC robotics team competed in the world championships in Houston, Texas. Photo Credit to: Jason Franzenburg

Pleasant Valley robotics teams start a new chapter

Cole Halupnik, Copy Editor September 19, 2023

First Robotics released its First Tech Challenge (FTC) kickoff on September 9. This marks the start of a new robotics season, and Pleasant Valley’s teams are starting the process of creating a new robot.  The...

The college and career readiness course answers questions that students have about post secondary education and careers.

The importance of the college and career readiness course

Hannah McVey, Business Manager September 19, 2023

College and Career Readiness, also known as CCR, is a course that every student at Pleasant Valley is required to take. The objective of the class is to prepare students for their post-secondary life and...

The 2023 National Merit Semifinalists. From left to right, Nathan Musal, Jenna Boekhoff, Cole Halupnik, Tyler Nels, Achinteya Jayaram, Luke Eckman and Jack Cabay. Photo Credit: Pleasant Valley Facebook September 14, 2023

Pleasant Valley Presents 7 National Merit Semifinalists: A Celebration of Excellence

Timothy Ku, Business Manager September 19, 2023

Every year the National Merit Scholarship Corporation selects students from around 21,000 high schools and  from a pool of 1.3 million eligible high school applicants nationwide. Around 16,000 high schoolers...

College students and their new home.

Homesick college students find ways to cope with their new home

Cassi Paustian, Infographic Manager September 19, 2023

As college starts for students across the country, each and every one has new adjustments to make. The commitments made during senior year either were exciting or dreadful, but whatever the decision was,...

A class of students hard at work

School overcrowding: not enough teachers for students

Luke Eckman, Photo Manager September 12, 2023

Pleasant Valley High School’s enrollment has steadily increased for years. There are currently over 1,700 students enrolled at the high school for the 2023-2024 school year, a number never reached before.  However,...

 PV Ethics Bowl members conversing at the National High School Ethics Bowl competition at UNC Chapel Hill.

New leaders step up for the upcoming Ethics Bowl season

Armaan Bhagwat, Photo Manager September 12, 2023

Can PV’s Ethics Bowl team achieve the same success as seen in previous years? Every year, sports teams, clubs and other activities lose senior members due to graduation. Seniors pass down valuable...

The Everything Thats Radical and Deviation From The Norm teams showed their robots to potential future team members.

Freshmen find community at PVHS club fair

Troy Tomson, Site Manager September 11, 2023

The club fair is a great opportunity for many Freshmen who may not be involved in sports to learn specific skills, or perhaps just find people who share hobbies, allowing real friendships to be formed. From...

Pleasant Valley High School’s weight room.

Changes to advanced lifting spark mixed opinions

Justin Clemons, "Failed It" Anchor September 11, 2023

“73 percent of high school students regularly do not get a healthy amount of sleep,” (healthline). A majority of students are negatively affected by a lack of sleep. Many of these students included...

Junior Shivam Patel looks over his class’s curriculum to note the changes made to the late work and grading policy

Revamping grading and late work policies to improve student performance

Nikhil Namshamgari, Copy Editor September 11, 2023

During recent years, the percentage of students who are receiving lower grades are rising. A large majority of these students tend to turn in their work late, often facing a penalty and losing points for...

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