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Chapter 75: Katie Larsen

Chapter 75: Katie Larsen

Taylor English, Copy Editor

January 15, 2020

Meet Pleasant Valley freshman, Katie Larsen. School and gymnastics take up a lot of Larsen’s time, especially with her driving time to gymnastics, but when she has some free time she likes to relax and spend it with her friends.

How high school students have been spending their time after college applications

How high school students have been spending their time after college applications

Amulya Pillutla, Staff Contributer

January 14, 2020

For seniors, their first semester has been filled with studying for difficult classes, submitting college applications, and piecing together future life plans. Whether the applications were for dream schools or safety schools, the applications have been elaborate and tedious. The applications have taken a l...

Maintaining New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year

Maintaining New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year

Morgan Miller, Copy Editor

December 19, 2019

An average of eight percent of people keep their New Year’s resolutions. Usually, these resolutions consist of  dramatic, unsustainable life changes that shock individuals’ lifestyle and are unsustainable. Here are some tips to help choose, plan and maintain New Year’s resolutions for the upc...

How to fly through the airport: Holiday Edition

How to fly through the airport: Holiday Edition

Nate Martell, News Editor

December 17, 2019

As the holiday season rounds the corner, Americans are expected to set record-breaking numbers when it comes to air travel with nearly seven million people flying. The airport environment is unique. There are thousands of travelers in airports all across the nation rushing to reach their destination...

Christmas in the East Village: bringing the community together through holiday traditions

Christmas in the East Village: bringing the community together through holiday traditions

Eesha Lawande, Copy Editor

December 16, 2019

Cups of hot chocolate, trays of holiday treats and houses decorated with Christmas lights indicate one thing: the holiday season is officially here. With its arrival, communities are beginning to celebrate in a traditional manner.  However, one local location provides a unique type of celebratio...

Chapter 74: Alexa Schneider

Chapter 74: Alexa Schneider

Sakshi Lawande, Copy Editor

December 13, 2019

Meet Pleasant Valley freshman, Alexa Schneider. As a student at PV, she participates with the choir. After winning the Choral Student Award in eighth grade, Schneider gained hope that hard work results in great success. Currently, she is a part of the Concert Choir, where she is able to display her passion for singing everyday.

Top 10 gift ideas for Parents

Top 10 gift ideas for Parents

Chris Cumberbatch, Photo Manager

December 13, 2019

Christmas is coming soon and the gift-giving season will be here with it. As shoppers browse the internet and meander around the aisles of our favorite retail stores, they often engage in this perpetual cycle of placing items into the cart, thinking about them, and then ultimately removing them. So, g...

The donation cart: how to reduce food wastage

The donation cart: how to reduce food wastage

Darsh Balani, Technical Site Manager

December 10, 2019

With over 1500 students eating lunch at school every day, food wastage increases at a high rate because many students are not actively trying to reduce their own wastage. Because of Dietary Guidelines for Americans, students are required to take a side of a fruit or vegetable. If a student buys a l...

As opportunities rise for Pleasant Valley scholarship options, student application numbers drop

As opportunities rise for Pleasant Valley scholarship options, student application numbers drop

Kate Stewart, Copy Editor

December 9, 2019

Though PV offered a record number of over 50 scholarships last year, Pleasant Valley students did not utilize this opportunity to apply for more scholarships. While students across the US are able to apply for both scholarships within their school and national scholarships offered by various resou...

Iowa vs. Illinois: the academic deficit

Iowa vs. Illinois: the academic deficit

Alyce Brown, Arts and Entertainment Editor

December 9, 2019

The neighboring states of Iowa and Illinois have always been competitive, especially when it comes to academic performance.  Recently, this has become an area of particular concern as students in struggling Illinois districts are falling alarmingly behind their Iowan peers. According to the gove...

Students in the Quad Cities area dispute over immigration forum

Students in the Quad Cities area dispute over immigration forum

Cienna Pangan, Photo Manager

December 9, 2019

A forum discussing immigration was held by local Republicans on Monday Dec. 2 in Bettendorf, IA. The forum was intended to discuss policy change and honor “angel parents”, or parents whose children died due to the involvement of an illegal immigrant.  However, this event did not go as planned. D...

The social stigma surrounding therapy: why the “crazy” ones seeking help are the most sane

The social stigma surrounding therapy: why the “crazy” ones seeking help are the most sane

Kate Stewart, Copy Editor

November 26, 2019

As mental health issues continue to develop at an exponential rate, students experience several detriments. With suicide sitting at the third leading cause of death for those aged 10-24, the prevalence of mental illness in today’s youth is a growing concern. But, the conversation surrounding these t...

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