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The Power of Music

The Power of Music

Nicole Zamlout, Staff Writer
May 23, 2017
Filed under PV Life, Showcase

Halley Jewett stands on the sprawling stage, heart beating rapidly in her chest. All around her eyes stare, gazing in anticipation. She shivers, but then an image of her grandmother's wrinkled but smiling face flashes in her mind. She smiles widely, opens her mouth, and begins to sing “Peace” by O...

From rap battles to viral superstardom

From rap battles to viral superstardom

Sofia Hassan, Staff Writer
May 22, 2017
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Fourth graders' Tyler DiLorenzo and Rita Kochakian laugh at what the other says, spitting out lyric after lyric, battling each other. DiLorenzo never thought that his childhood hobby would one day become a talent that would gain him hundreds of fans on social media. PV senior, DiLorenzo, began ...

Students practice mindfulness to reduce stress and increase attention

Students practice mindfulness to reduce stress and increase attention

Rachel Powell, Staff Writer
May 21, 2017
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Ding! The high-pitched whine of the chime echoes throughout the silent classroom. Students sit, eyes closed, minds emptying. Once the room is quiet again, the Tibetan Singing Bowl hums across the still air. PV Student Assistance Coordinator Mrs. Christie Rossig promotes mindfulness meditati...

From textiles to teaching

From textiles to teaching

Emma Palamidis, Staff Writer
May 17, 2017
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Ms. Annette Molino sits in the audience as she watches her bridal show put on by the Louisiana State University Fashion Committee. She had spent countless hours with them creating the show and with it finished, she is proud of what they accomplished. Now, Molino is the interior design and clothing...

A world connected by Spanish

A world connected by Spanish

Olivia Jones, Staff Writer
May 16, 2017
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Take a look at a Pascack Valley Spanish student’s Twitter account on a Tuesday night. Chances are, a dozen tweets will be tagged #spanstuchat— as will posts from teachers and students all over the world. This is the first year that Pascack Valley Honors and CP Spanish 1 teacher Ms. Elena Spathis has...

Bringing light to the valley

Bringing light to the valley

Hailey Juliet, Staff Writer
May 15, 2017
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PV sophomores sit in the front of the class, watching the documentary, "Tricked." It shows the lives of different sex trafficking victims and their struggles to get out of their situations. They remember watching the same documentary last year. These sophomores, Bianca Belmonte and Allison McGuire,...

Walking to remember

Walking to remember

Julia Ganbarg, Staff Writer
May 12, 2017
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Joanna Connors cannot stand cancer. So instead she walks. On Oct. 8, 2014, the unimaginable happened. Joanna Connor’s mother Lisa passed away from a rare form of leukemia known as Myelodysplastic Syndrome, or Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Since her mom was diagnosed on Oct. 18, 2013, the Connors family h...

Smitten with Britain

Smitten with Britain

Jaiden Price, Staff Writer
May 10, 2017
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Chips. Cheese galaxy. Chocolate biscuits.   These are just a few of the things Bethany and Adam Giblin miss after their move from England, two and a half years ago. PV senior Bethany and her brother PV sophomore Adam moved across the Atlantic Ocean from Cambridge, England to River Vale on Oct. ...

Two for one special

Two for one special

Allison Botwinick, Staff Writer
May 9, 2017
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When the period ends, all of Pascack Valley files into the hallway—except for the American Studies students. For them, class is only halfway over. Juniors at PV have the option of taking two double-subject classes: American Studies, in which they study both history and literature, and Physics an...

Five ways to cope with stress

Five ways to cope with stress

Olivia Stabile, Staff Writer
May 2, 2017
Filed under Opinion, PV Life, Showcase

You’re a high school student, bound with responsibilities that must be dealt with. You have homework to complete, essays to write, tests to take, family to spend time with, and a social life to tend to. Of course, there are other things in your life that need to be taken care of; all of it being easier...

A filmmaker in the making

A filmmaker in the making

Sofia Hassan, Staff Writer
April 21, 2017
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Shane Flanagan remembers when he was a 10-year-old boy opening his mother’s Macbook for the first time. He started recording videos using the computer’s webcam while exploring iMovie. This is where his love for filming and editing videos began.   Flanagan, now a PV senior, interns at Lookalike Productions in E...

Au revoir France, hello America!

Au revoir France, hello America!

Rachel Cohen, Staff Writer
April 18, 2017
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On Aug. 18, 2015, Liam Sandt and his family travelled 4,000 miles from France, stopped for a nine hour layover in Iceland, and finally touched ground in the United States. Liam Sandt, a PV sophomore, lived in France for the majority of his life. He lived in a town northwest of Paris which was about a f...

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