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PV Bro Squad hosts 10th anniversary a cappella festival

PV Bro Squad hosts 10th anniversary a cappella festival

Ariela Alfonso, Zana Allajbegu, Curstine Guevarra, and Tara Healy

June 8, 2018


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Argine Safari, the choir teacher at Pascack Valley and 2017 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year’s, favorite memory with the Bro Squad took place in 2013 in Philadelphia for a choral competition. On a Saturday morning, they were heading down the streets of Philadelphia to get to their next desti...

June 2018 Valley Cup highlights

June 2018 Valley Cup highlights

Molly Heintze, Evan Mathai, and Ariela Alfonso

June 7, 2018


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    On Wednesday, June 6, PV hosted its fourth, and final, Valley Cup for the year. Students played "hungry hungry hippos," preformed dances, and competed in speedball. This year's Valley Cup was won by the seniors for their second consecutive year.   ...

Left and found

Left and found

Alysa Mehl, Photographer

May 31, 2018


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I was hanging out with my friend, Kaila, one day, and we started talking about our heritage. Since we are both adopted, neither one of us has much information about our background. She told me that a DNA test she took through 23andme.com gave her a lot of answers. I really wanted to learn more about myself, ...

AP Computer Science class to host ‘Game Day’

AP Computer Science class to host ‘Game Day’

May 29, 2018


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The AP Computer Science class will hold Game Day this Wednesday and Friday in Room 118 to benefit the Unlock Foundation. ...

Laurel or Yanny?

Laurel or Yanny?

Spencer Goldstein, Sports Writer

May 28, 2018


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A viral video seems to be the quickest way to achieve internet fame. It also seems like there is a new trending video every week. On Tuesday, May 15, a short video of an automated voice saying either “Laurel” or “Yanny” began trending on Twitter. Why was it trending? About half of the p...

Seeing the classroom through a different lens

Seeing the classroom through a different lens

Kelsey Hagen, Staff Writer

May 17, 2018


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Many PV seniors have the opportunity to see the classroom from a different viewpoint- as a teacher’s assistant. PV computer science teacher Nancy Ricca thinks teachers’ assistants benefit immensely by taking on this role in the classroom. “By helping other people, they [the teachers’ a...

A life-changing experience

A life-changing experience

Hailey Juillet, Staff Writer

May 16, 2018


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Ms. Angie DeLima laid in a hospital bed facing her husband, holding their newborn son, Thomas, on an August afternoon in 2011. After pausing for a moment, her husband finally popped the question: Do you want to move to Dubai? DeLima recalls being in a state of shock. But she agreed. DeLima, now ...

PV senior reflects on high school career

PV senior reflects on high school career

Shannon Donnelly, Staff Writer

May 14, 2018


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As we sat in class, less than two months away from graduation, my classmates that I have known since kindergarten were discussing roommates, jobs, and getting apartments. I began tearing up. I suddenly felt uneasy that I was in the same boat as them and did not want to accept the fact that I w...

Beyond the Surface

Beyond the Surface

Tara Healy, Staff Writer

May 14, 2018


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Editor's Note: The story was corrected from Ridgewood YMCA to the YMCA Synchro Stars in Ridgewood. The team also practices in the pools at YMCA Bergen County. In the beginning of her freshman year, current Pascack Valley junior, Sophie Altman, heard a rumor that there would be a synchronized swimmi...

“I marched to bear witness”

“I marched to bear witness”

Ally Botwinick, Staff Editor

May 13, 2018


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This past April, I took part in the International March of the Living. I, along with 15,000 other Jewish teens marched from Auschwitz to Birkenau, a walk that was an actual death march only 70 years ago. I marched to bear witness so that we will never ever forget the atrocities that took place during the Holo...

PV alumni raise money in memory of Shanon Pasternak

PV alumni raise money in memory of Shanon Pasternak

Kayla Barry, Managing Editor

May 1, 2018


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Editor’s Note: Please note that this story contains sensitive material about a student suicide. Graduation is a time full of goodbyes. Many students may never see or hear from people they went to high school with ever again. But for the Pascack Valley Class of 2016, they have come together once...

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