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Balancing Activities and School for Underclassmen

Balancing Activities and School for Underclassmen

Taylor English, Staff Contributor

September 17, 2019

A new wave of freshmen have entered high school. Many are already involved in activities and have plans to join the many clubs, sports and programs the high school offers. This balancing act is tricky, but luckily some seniors have figured out how to do it. One of the incoming freshmen is Nikhil Ramaj...

The push for extracurriculars: a stressful and slippery slope

The push for extracurriculars: a stressful and slippery slope

Alyce Brown, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 16, 2019

The pull of college has grown exponentially stronger. Students are joining extracurriculars simply because they would look good on college applications, slowly losing sight of their high school years in the pursuit of elite universities.  In a poll of a group of PVHS students, 81 percent of them said t...

PV procrastination puts students on top

PV procrastination puts students on top

Kate Stewart, Copy Editor

September 16, 2019

Pleasant Valley students experience the pressure from classes and extracurriculars daily; though many use organizations as a tool for success, others may be utilizing the surprising technique of procrastination.  Procrastination is often perceived as the most challenging hurdle between a student an...

Applying early: what is the best option?

Applying early: what is the best option?

Grace Halupnik, Multi Media Manager

September 16, 2019

Seniors who want to pursue post-secondary schooling in order to receive higher education must decide what course of action to take before application deadlines arise.  One course of action gaining popularity is the option of applying early. According to Inside Higher ED, “Between fall 2016 and fall 20...

Sneaker money

Sneaker money

Darsh Balani, Business Manager

September 10, 2019

While many high schoolers make money by working minimum wage jobs, some of them are able to make bank through sneaker resale, one of the fastest growing industries in past years, thanks to the internet.  The premise of sneaker resale is simple: buy limited-stock shoes and sell them to desiri...

PV via the world

PV via the world

Alyce Brown, Arts & Entertainment Editor

September 9, 2019

At the start of the school year, many foreign students arrive at Pleasant Valley High School and prepare for a new experience in the country.  Two of them, juniors Charlotte Koehle and Alejandra Martinez-Ugalde, recently arrived in the Quad Cities from Germany and Mexico. Traveling to a new country comes with new id...

PV’s summer scholars

PV’s summer scholars

Maya Johnson, Feature Editor

September 9, 2019

This past summer, many of PV’s upcoming seniors attended summer programs at universities around the country. Ranging from medical programs to leadership camps, Hannah Lederman, Clare Basala and Amulya Pillutla all found their experience at these camps to be life-changing.  With the looming stress of preparing for lif...

Pleasant Valley students pursue excellence in leadership and service with Civil Air Patrol

Pleasant Valley students pursue excellence in leadership and service with Civil Air Patrol

Maria Vaaler, Student Life Editor

September 9, 2019

While many high school students are spending their time outside of school kicking a ball around or getting coffee with friends, two PV students are piloting planes and practicing military-style leadership skills. As most high school students know, extracurricular activities and hobbies make the otherwi...

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...

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