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‘The Mandalorian’ season two: The best of its kind

Season two of Disney's
Danielle Braune, Staff Writer January 12, 2021

WOW. Where do I even begin with this season? Our boy, Mando, sets out to return Baby Yoda (who was finally given a name this season: Grogu) to its kind, other Force-users called Jedi, and a series of...

Coverage during COVID-19: How reporters adjusted to the pandemic

Our reporters had to follow COVID-19 protocols in order to cover football games this season.
BJ McGrane, Sports Editor December 18, 2020

Everyone sees the finished product on Friday night. The constant live tweeting, the videos from the sidelines, and of course the weekly game stories. But few quite understand how much work goes into...

TikTok: Interact or Distract?

Pascack Valley freshman Allison Varghese shares how she uses TikTok, a social media platform, for more than entertainment. Varghese discusses how TikTok has educated her on topics such as school subjects and self defense.
Allison Varghese, Staff Writer December 3, 2020

Being a teen who is a part of Gen-Z, the generation who uses the internet and phones to connect more than ever before, I find myself virtually connecting with others to discuss topics ranging from global...

PV students must resist ‘pandemic fatigue’

Contributed by Morgan Jones
Morgan Jones, Staff Writer November 23, 2020

Life is different than ever before, forcing Pascack Valley students to adjust to new school schedules and protocols. While I was excited to start my sophomore year of high school, I didn’t realize...

‘Secret Society of Second Born Royals’: A cliche and tedious film

The movie
Danielle Braune, Staff Writer November 10, 2020

The crown, the kingdom, the throne — who receives all of this power in a monarchy? The oldest child of a royal bloodline, of course. We all know the stories of the eldest son or daughter gaining the...

First time voters reflect on upcoming election

First time voters reflect on upcoming election
Abby Shapiro, Staff Editor October 30, 2020

A handful of Pascack Valley seniors have cast their ballots for the upcoming presidential election. U.S. citizens must be 18 years old in order to vote, and being that ballets are due on November 3, only...

What’s in a Name?

A PV student wears an Indian headdress during a football game in the 1963 yearbook. A group of staff writers created a package looking into the history behind PV's mascot and the use of Native American imagery.
Ellie Kim, Editor in Chief October 20, 2020
This is the first article in a series we are calling “What’s in a Name?,” which explores the history behind our mascot and the use of Native American imagery and nicknames. This serves as an intro to the package and explains our nearly year-long exploration of our school's mascot, the Indians.

‘Fangirl’: Another masterpiece for young adults

'Fangirl': Another masterpiece for young adults
Minche Kim, Staff Writer June 9, 2020

In only 427 pages, Rainbow Rowell succeeds in conveying a complicated story of an everyday college freshman. While other authors prefer eye-catching characters to go along with their dramatic plots, Rowell,...

‘It was a key to her livelihood’

Norma Torres Mendoza grew up in the United States as an undocumented immigrant from Mexico and went on to become a D.A.C.A. recipient. She shared her struggles and experiences though a virtual interview with students of the AP Spanish class.
Olivia Jones, Isabella Tjan, and Mel Brentall June 8, 2020

Following the abrupt leave from school on March 13 per New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s orders, our AP Spanish class — like every other class — was forced to adapt to a new digital learning environment....

‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ season seven trumps the sequel trilogy

The TV series,
Danielle Braune, Staff Writer June 3, 2020

The first episode of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” aired on Cartoon Network on Oct. 3, 2008. It aired for six years before Disney purchased Lucasfilm and cancelled it before it could get its final, seventh...

The arrest of CNN journalists is an affront to the First Amendment

Omar Jimenez, a CNN journalist, and his crew were arrested Friday morning while covering the Minneapolis protests. Editor in Chief Rachel Cohen sees this as a violation of reporters' First Amendment rights.
Rachel Cohen, Editor in Chief May 29, 2020

As a journalist, I stand with Omar Jimenez.  Jimenez, a CNN correspondent, was arrested by state police on live television early Friday morning at a site of protests in Minneapolis, despite identifying...

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