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Beginning March of 2021, senior Nick Hammes will begin an apprenticeship at Eckhard Manufacturing in Eldridge, Iowa. Hammes plans to pursue welding as a career and bring attention to the trade as a viable career.

Forging his own future: Student pursues welding apprenticeship while in high school

Ingrid Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief March 2, 2021

While many Pleasant Valley (PV) students traditionally pursue four-year universities following high school graduation, senior Nick Hammes plans to forge his own future: a welding apprenticeship.  At...

Younger child observes the older woman as she works on her computer.

Job Shadows: Why students should take them seriously

Seth Clausen, Photo Manager March 2, 2021

Many students at PV have had the option to do a job shadow. This involves sitting in on a professional who works in the student’s job of interest which might later lead to a job of their dreams.  Students...

Seniors Reese Wendall and Anali Anderson drinking Starbucks and completing homework before class.

Caffeine crutch: The thriving coffee culture at PV

Laci Roberts, Copy Editor March 2, 2021

Most mornings, cars line up in front of coffee shops like Coffee Hound, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and Atomic so people can get their daily caffeine dose. This is especially popular among PV students, who ...

Emerson Peters stands hopeful in front of the Main Building at the University of Notre Dame during her prospective student visit.

College decisions: Rejection becomes redirection

Anna Thorne, Arts and Entertainment Editor February 23, 2021

Many college decisions have been coming out recently, lending a hand in the imminent disappointment of some students who may get rejected from their dream schools.  Teenagers spend a lot of their high...

Sarah Babka stands in front of the University of Michigan, beaming with excitement, during her college visit.

Final steps: How college visits impact student decisions

Ella Litchfield, Photo Manager February 23, 2021

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been changes made to the college application and decision process. Many students have had to virtually visit a school or interview over zoom for their applications.  The...

Spartan Assembly’s online committee meets on a Saturday morning to discuss their upcoming game night and adjustments to the virtual pen pal program.

Establishing an online community one email at a time

Ramya Subramaniam, Student Life Editor February 23, 2021

Since the beginning of the school year, approximately 10 percent of PV high schoolers have been learning from home, which has caused them to lose out on the feeling of camaraderie and socialization shared...

Gabby Mowbray and her roommate she found using the Iowa State class of 2025 Facebook group after meeting for the first time.

From DMs to the dorms: Finding roommates through social media

Lauren Guinn, Opinion Editor February 16, 2021

Most high school seniors are eager to leave high school and start the next chapter of their life. College is often the most popular path, especially at PV, but before seniors can leave there are still...

Taking a step back: Benefits of gap year

Beth Mooy, Infographic Manager February 14, 2021

It is common for high school graduates to continue their academics at a college or university in pursuit of a career. However, this is not the only path, although it often goes overlooked.  Despite...

Muskan Basnet working on homework while 100 percent online, weeks before switching to 100 percent in person learning.

Adjusting to the new 100% online model

Paris Fietsam, Social Media Manager January 28, 2021

On Jan. 29, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill that gave parents the option to choose between 100 percent in-person learning or virtual. In response to this, PV removed the hybrid option. PV has...

With COVID-19 regulations constantly evolving, students are left wondering what spring break will look like this March.

Safe spring break? The concern of travel amid COVID-19

Kendall Jarvis, News Editor January 28, 2021

Last March, countless spring break plans were altered due to concerns with the new and relatively unknown COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly one year later, spring break plans remain uncertain due to the same virus. This...

Srikanth Ganesh (bottom right) is also a member of the robotics team, making him even busier

Education and employment: A balancing act

Ethan Stigler, PV Only Editor January 11, 2021

Students working  part-time jobs outside of school is not uncommon. Jobs can benefit  teenagers immensely through providing the opportunity to learn skills and earn quick cash. Oftentimes, challenges...

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