A Guide for Your College Applications ft. Sydney Pyon

Conducted by Rachel Jason Are you a current junior or senior that is busy filling out your college applications, unaware of what colleges want to see? Or are you an underclassman, figuring out what you should be doing in preparation for college? This is the perfect article for you as it outlines whatto do and

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“Judas and the Black Messiah” Film Review

By Sam Bennett “Judas and the Black Messiah”, directed by Shaka King, follows FBI informant William O’Neal as he infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, a revolutionary group that set out to change the racial, social, and even economic status quos in America. For this reason, as well as their use of

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Cooking in Quarantine

By Kate Romanelli While in quarantine, many of us picked up hobbies that we’ve never done before. One of those hobbies was cooking. Over quarantine, I started to cook more and I really enjoyed it. I started by helping my dad make pasta and meatballs. We would also make the sauce too. Then, I started

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Music Festivals and Concerts Halted by COVID-19

By Justin Kang Wanting an outlet from the daily stress and isolation that life brings, Americans have flocked to music festivals and concerts in astounding numbers. Thousands of concertgoers could be packed into an arena at a time, which was the exact downfall of these largely intimate and social events. With the arrival of the

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Garnet Valley Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Joe Woods Reflects On The 20-21 Season Thus Far

By Ben Hoyt Coach Woods is an accomplished coach with no dispute. Multiple District 1 and PIAA state playoff appearances, District 1 champion, PIAA state championship runner up, and having just hit his 300th win on Febuary 9th, 2021 versus Lower Merion, he is at the top of his game. Even with the vast success

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What Has HERE Club Been Up To?

By Rachel Jason & Elizabeth Nguyen Hey, everyone! It’s Rachel Jason and Lizzy Nguyen with HERE, back again with a few updates!  ADMIN CHECK-IN  Shoutout to Garnet Valley’s administration for being so supportive of HERE Club’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity! This past week, HERE officers and Diversity Our Narrative (DON) officers met with

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Garnet Valley Polar Pop

On February 22nd, Garnet Valley Life Skills students will be kicking off the Polar Pop event by emailing their favorite teachers, challenging them to pop a water balloon over their heads. If they participate, Mrs. Wozniak will donate $5 to Special Olympics training efforts. Those who do not to participate can still donate $5 to

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Carl Schaller Prefers Four Digits

By Frank Long Standout Garnet Valley High School Basketball player Carl Schaller masks up and hits 1,000 points.  Carl Schaller has been a prolific Garnet Valley basketball player for four years now. As a freshman, he quickly took the program by storm, producing amazing performances at such an amateur point in his high school career. 

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Britney Spears and the #FreeBritney Movement

By Lila Troum Britney Spears is an early 2000s icon, whose prominent hits have made all of the throwback playlists. Starting her career at only age eleven, her parents have been heavily involved in her journey to stardom. Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, has been a part of her journey, though it’s debatable whether he was

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“The Life of Pablo”: Five Years Later

By Ryan Croke The Life of Pablo is the 7th studio album from Kanye West. It was released on February 14, 2016, but was updated and changed multiple times since release. It just had its 5th anniversary, so I thought it would be good to look back on the album and how well it has

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“The Song of Achilles” Book Review

By Kathryn Hutchinson The Song of Achilles is a story about the Greek hero Achilles and his companion Patroclus. The story is told through the view of Patroclus and stays consistent throughout. Patroclus was exiled from his kingdom after he killed a noble boy. He is sent to a nearby Kingdom called Philians where he

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Nationally Ranked Figure Skater Joseph Kang Tells His Story

Conducted by Humaam Said Joseph Kang, a senior at Garnet Valley High School, is a nationally recognized figure skater. Starting at 6 years old, Joe has moved up from the juvenile to the senior level of figure skating. Recently, Joe competed at “2020 Skate America” in Las Vegas, Nevada against Olympic gold medalist Nathan Chen

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“The Trial of the Chicago 7” Movie Review

By Sam Bennett Overview The Trial of the Chicago 7, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, is about the federal trial of not seven, as the name would suggest, but eight men following the Chicago riots of 1968 in protest of the ongoing conflict in Vietnam. The film boasts a star-studded cast of actors, with

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A Conversation with Sanjana Chadive, Editor-in-Chief of the Jaguar Journal

Conducted by Kevin Genthert For a time regarded as devastating, hurtful, and destructive for most activities and organizations, Sanjana Chadive has played a massive part in giving the Jaguar Journal one of its most successful years so far – in the middle of a pandemic. With no in-person meetings or ability to see each other

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Being a High School Sophomore During the Pandemic

By Lila Troum Saying that our lives have changed would be an understatement. Over the course of the past year, students around the country have been facing the same challenge that COVID proposes: how to deal with virtual/hybrid learning. As a sophomore, I look around at my fellow classmates, the upperclassmen, the freshmen, and I

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12 Garnet Valley Students Selected as National Merit Finalists

Please join me in congratulating the following students for being recognized as National Merit Finalists: Nathan Chen John Colavito Naomi Consiglio Kushagra Gupta Noelle Mink Andrew Murray Benjamin Nguyen Elizabeth Nguyen Sydney Pyon Sarah Rossi Ramsey Smith John Teng

Homies4Houseless: A Reflection

By Rachel Jason People across the nation, from various communities, joined together to fight against an injustice that our world struggles with—poverty, houselessness, and hunger. Homies4Houseless was a project created by two alumni of Garnet Valley, Victoria Husain and Macawi Thomas-EL. Myself and 25 other people from all backgrounds joined together on a Zoom call

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Scholastic Short Story Winners

Congratulations are in order! Fifteen Garnet Valley students have won awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest. A panel of teachers, writers, literary professionals, and University of Pennsylvania graduate students selected their  exceptional work from over 2,400 submissions submitted by peers in the Philadelphia region, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. Silver and Gold

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Recap of Super Bowl LV

By Ryan Croke The biggest television event of the year took place last weekend, and it did not disappoint–at least me, anyway. Super Bowl LV, held in Tampa, shocked most of the world, myself included, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blew the bricks off the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9. In a dominant performance from Tampa

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Case Closed!

By Frank Long The Super Bowl is hands down the most watched sporting event in America. The 99.9 million people who tuned in to watch the game last Sunday night were blessed by what seemed to be the greatest match up between NFL quarterbacks in Super Bowl history. Tom Brady at 43 years old and

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Let’s Get Spiritual: Crystals!

By Brooke Lovelace In today’s world, sometimes you need a little extra mojo in order to make it through the day. Spirits have been running low and bad days seem to be piling up in 2021, but is there a potential solution? Let’s talk about crystals! Getting right into the basics, crystals are symbolic tokens

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A Candid Interview with Nathan Chen

Conducted by Justin Kang and Ryan Nagengast In a time of schooling, summer programs, and extracurricular activities being postponed, Garnet Valley senior Nathan Chen has made the most of his resources. Highly accomplished in computer science for his age, Nathan spends hours a day honing his skills through competitions and other methods. Luckily for him,

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How to Watch the Marvel Movies in Preparation for Phase Four (By Chronology and Release Date)

By Robert Gamble As the release of the highly anticipated Black Widow film lies just around the corner (May 7th, 2021), the dawn of a new Marvel Cinematic era is fast approaching with Phase Four. Since the very first time Tony Stark uttered those famous words, “I am Iron Man,” back in 2008, the world

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Life as a Junior in School

By: Alec Eskin This school year has been none like any other, especially for the upperclassmen like myself. Even since COVID-19 shut down school in March last year, no aspect of life has been the same. School has been virtual, asynchronous, synchronous, hybrid, you name it the form of schooling has change in a lot

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Should College Board Have Shortened AP Exams?

By Nimisha Mikkineni The 2020-2021 school year has been challenging for students, teachers, and administrators alike. As a result of the COVID-19 induced pandemic, most schools have been forced to go online. With that, the prominent question is: Have students been learning as well online? Many students have been struggling with online learning, due to

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Everything You Need to Know About Super Bowl LV

By Ryan Croke Every year, the National Football League hosts the largest television event in the United States in the first week of February: the Super Bowl. The NFL championship draws millions upon millions of fans every year, and it is a gold mine for revenue. The amount of people that watch the big game

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The Pandemic in a Playlist

By Lila Troum From March 13, 2020 to…now, we’ve been under quarantine, stuck in a pandemic. This really isn’t news to anybody, though it’s still something difficult to grasp. As of writing this, it’s been almost 11 months since this began, which feels crazy. I’m sure out of the quarantine boredom, most students have dipped

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“Soul” Movie Review

By Kevin Genthert Soul is a movie about someone who has lived what he thinks is a disappointing life, and just as things are going his way, he dies and is forced to relive his failures. He goes on a journey with the underlying themes of trying to find out the purpose of life. I

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#Homies4houseless

A group of PA students have been collaborating with Project Home, a nationally recognized non-profit based in Philadelphia, with the goal of raising $10,000 in 3 days. All funds will be used to help supply blankets, food, water, and other necessary resources to homeless communities in Philadelphia. Fundraising ends Thursday, February 4th, at 11:59 pm.

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Is the Playstation 5 Worth It?

By Ryan Hassell Back in November, I was lucky enough to secure a Playstation 5. The console is a vast improvement over its predecessor, and here are a few reasons why: Loading Times The loading times on the PS5 are almost instant. The Last of Us Remastered’s loading times on the PS5 compared to the

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PSATs: The Pandemic Edition

By Justin Kang As students around the world geared up to take the renowned standardized test known as the PSAT back in October, Garnet Valley had pushed the testing date to January 26th, 2021. All benefits the same as the exam administered in October, students were sent a form to sign up for the optional

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“Holding Up the Universe” Review

By Brooke Lovelace Jennifer Niven keeps readers on the edge of their seats in her novel Holding Up the Universe. Libby Strout, formerly declared world’s fattest teen, re-enters the world of highschool after being house-bound for three years. She soon meets Jack Masseline and their worlds collide like never imagined. Jack is your basic popular

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Garnet Valley eSports Takes 4th Place At PlayVS Nationals

By Benjamin Nguyen On January 15th, three members of the Fortnite team—Eric Feng, Utkarsh Ambati, and Sahil Saleem—competed at the final arena of their season. Fortnite, a popular battle royale with a seemingly infinite amount of ways to outgun and outbuild your opponents, had attracted a similar volume of competition to compete in the PlayVS

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Ben Simmons: Offensive Retrospective

By Sam Bennett In 2016, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Ben Simmons from LSU to be their point guard of the future. Based on how he looked in year one, this looked like a slam dunk for the franchise. He was a dominant slasher, amazing playmaker, and force on the defensive end who was able to

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GVHS Annual Blood Drive to be Held at Concordville Inn

Message from Kaitlyn Henning: February is quickly approaching, which means that the Student Council will be having our annual GVHS Blood Drive on February 17th (2-7 PM) at The Concordville Inn! My name is Kaitlyn Henning and I have been working with Maya Langin and Julianna Keller along with the GVHS Student Council to organize

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driver’s license Analysis: What makes it so popular?

By Lila Troum Olivia Rodrigo is a 17-year-old actress and singer who, on January 8th, released her newest song driver’s license. This song instantly gained popularity, quickly becoming number one on Apple’s Top 100 playlist within days of the song’s release, as well as breaking Spotify’s record for most streams in one day. As of

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“Women and Power” Review

By Kathryn Hutchinson Mary Beard is a 66 year old author and professor at The University of Cambridge. On November 17, 2017 she published a nonfiction book called “Women and Power”. The book is 91 pages long and goes in-depth regarding the reality of women throughout history.  She begins all the way back in the

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Menstrual Products to Be Placed in All Garnet Valley High School Bathrooms

84% have either issued class time or known someone who has missed class time because they did not have access to period products. Girl Up!’s biggest initiative this year was to get administration’s approval to install dispensers in all the girl’s bathrooms. Although an expensive endeavor, the club was drawn to this cause after reviewing

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Garnet Valley Class of 2022 College Planning Presentation

Linked here is the Class of 2022 college planning presentation You can look at the table of contents to find the section you’re interested in: Table of Contents: 0:01 – Welcome/Introduction 4:36 – Upcoming College Planning Presentations 10:20 – Covid-19 Impact on College Admissions 16:03 – SATs and Test-Optional 31:10 – College Planning Timeline Overview 33:12

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Garnet Valley FBLA Members Earn 41 Awards at Regional Level

Message from Laura Rossiello: Kelly and I are thrilled to share that our GV FBLA members earned 41 regional awards last night at our virtual regional meeting.  We had 16 first place awards and 32 students qualified for states!  See the list below.  Please congratulate these students if you have them in class.  Thank you

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What Did You Say?

By Kushagra Gupta Buttoning my jacket and clearing my throat, I took a deep breath and began, “Good morning, honorable chair and fellow delegates, the People’s Republic of China strongly believes…” The speech was interrupted when a couple of delegates nearby started giggling. I looked up at the Model United Nations committee. Everyone was staring

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Local Students Nathan Chen & Elizabeth Nguyen Named Candidates In U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Nathan Chen and Elizabeth Nguyen, graduating seniors at Garnet Valley High School, have been named two of more than 4,500 candidates in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2021. Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

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Ranking Taylor Swift’s Albums

By Lila Troum Best known for her iconic pop music and prominence throughout the decade, Taylor Swift is a household name. Over the last fifteen years, she’s released nine albums and she’s undeniably changed the music industry and has paved the way for many current musicians today. One of the questions that Swifties everywhere debate:

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The Lessons We’ve Learned in High School

By Sanjana Chadive & Kevin Genthert High school. We laugh, we cry, and we learn. As the second semester of our senior year rapidly approaches, the two of us can’t help but reflect on some of the most important lessons we’ve learned over the last four years. Although the list is seemingly endless, here are

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Garnet Valley High School to Hold Quill & Scroll Honor Society Induction

If you are a senior, junior, or sophomore with a 3.0 or above and at least one full year in yearbook, literary magazine, or newspaper: Congratulations, you have been chosen to join the Quill and Scroll National Journalism Honor Society. Quill and Scroll was organized April 10, 1926, by a group of high school advisers

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Organizing Yourself in 2021

By Lila Troum Along with the new year come the difficulties and lessons learned from the past year and the rushing thoughts of, “how can I positively change this year?” When it comes to the new year and new change, resolutions are easily conjured up, but they are not usually stuck with. Even though the

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What’s It Like Halfway Through the School Year in the Virtual/Hybrid Learning Model?

By Kate Romanelli As you may know, this school year has not been like any other. Usually, we are able to go to school on a bus with a lot of people and do in-class work together. This year has been very different though. Since the pandemic began, most of us have been learning remotely.

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NFL Divisional Round Rundown

By Sam Bennett Saturday Kickoffs Rams at Packers (-6.5) O/U: 45.5 The divisional round of the playoffs begin with the lowest projected score of the week. Let’s begin with Green Bay, who won the final 6 games of the season in order to clinch the top seed in the NFC, giving them their first round

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Wonder Woman 1984 (Non-Spoiler) Review

By Sam Bennett The second installment of DC’s Wonder Woman series arrived on Christmas to HBO Max and theaters nationwide to very mixed reviews. And this review will be no different. This movie certainly had its good moments, but those were marred by the poor parts. Whereas the original 2017 Wonder Woman movie had a

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Are Midterms a Thing of the Past?

By Madison Carr Due to hybrid learning, many schools have decided to not require midterms. In its place, some teachers have chosen alternative tests, quizzes, projects, or chose to assign nothing. While discussing their decision, one teacher explained, “Online learning is hard enough as it is, we don’t need to add more work for the

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Garnet Valley High School to Hold College Planning Presentation for Class of 2022

On Wednesday, January 13th, Mr. Michael Saladdino, GVHS’s college counselor, will host a Zoom session at 7:00 pm for current 11th graders and their parents discussing college applications. Here, he will detail what juniors’ top priorities and the impact of COVID-19 on the college process. The presentation will be recorded and posted. Please contact salladm@garnetvalley.org

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Garnet Valley Cheerleading to Host Clothing & Home Goods Donation Drive

On January 18th (MLK Day), 2021, the Garnet Valley Cheerleading Team will hold a clothing and home goods drive from 12-3 PM at Garnet Valley High School by the gym/cafe entrance. Dropoff is contact free and all clothes must be in fairly good condition to be donated. Below are lists of items that will and

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Judy Yocum’s 10 Favorite Things

Fresh Flowers  A flower is pretty on the outside but even more beautiful on the inside. I love flowers because they remind me of happy times. Flowers come out in the spring after a cold winter to remind us of the beauty of nature. People give flowers to others on special occasions to represent love.

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Garnet Valley Mini-THON Duck Donuts Fundraiser

From the Garnet Valley High School Mini-THON Committee: Garnet Valley Mini-THON is partnering with Duck Donuts for a donut fundraiser! We will be selling Quack Cards for $20 and we will make a $5 profit for every card sold. The cards are redeemable for a dozen donuts and they do not expire. The cards are

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Sydney Pyon’s 10 Favorite Things

Sydney Pyon loves a world that is full of quality time with others, decadent food, and scenic places. She is a 17 year old that lives in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, and wishes for nothing more than to live in the moment amongst a bustling world that surrounds her. As she has entered her senior year

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Britney Myhand’s 10 Favorite Things

I come from materialistic things & constantly trying to prove a point. I look back on those brief moments, but sometimes they surprise me with the occasional “1 year ago today”. It wasn’t until I moved from my hometown that I realized that I didn’t know who I genuinely was besides the constant need to

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Maitreyi Naikwadi’s 10 Favorite Things

2000s pop music I don’t care who you are, but we as a society can not surpass the absolute unit of a decade that was 2000s pop. I have a Spotify playlist titled ‘Trashy 2000s Pop, Because You’re Not Above This’. Although I do like older music, 2000s was the rise (and fall) of some

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Yashas Anapindi’s 10 Favorite Things

Life as a high school student can be stressful, especially with college applications and decisions around the corner. Sometimes I like to remind myself of the things I adore to lift my spirits up. Road Trips In the last 5 years, I’ve been on several road trips with my family. They are some of the

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Claire Yocum’s 10 Favorite Things

My favorite things are those that have stuck with me through my whole life. Whether I am feeling sad, happy or anything in between, the items on this list have been there through those moments. My favorite things have made my life better. From places to foods, below are ten things I could not live

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Nick Long’s 10 Favorite Things

Eagles Win The Philadelphia Eagles are my family’s religion so when they win it always brings holiday cheer.  Football Practice Being on the same field everyday with all of my friends just having fun is one of my most sacred memories. Bonfires Ultimate combination of arson, nature, and friendship. What is there not to like

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Ben Nguyen’s 10 Favorite Things

Hi! I’m a senior at Garnet Valley High School, taking a break from writing college essays to talk about my favorite things. I’m not that good of a writer, but I hope my earnestness can help prop it up a little bit. All the articles I see on the site are politicians, actors, writers, singers

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John Colavito’s 10 Favorite Things

Hi everyone, my name is John Colavito. I am a Garnet Valley Senior who runs Cross Country and Track, is the president of Finance Club, and creator of Triathlon Club. Skiing Sending cliffs, especially 2. Mountain Biking Without getting hurt, of course 3. My girlfriend Kayleigh Saboja 4. Netflix Specifically, BoJack Horseman 5. Guitar Through

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Lauren Murphy’s 10 Favorite Things

My name is Lauren Murphy and these are my top ten favorite things. For the most part, the things on this list are my favorites because they are things that have been in my life for years. Traditions, movies, pets–things that bring me joy through memory.  Hercules I don’t really know why I like this

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Natalie Suda’s 10 Favorite Things

My name is Natalie Suda and I am currently a senior at Garnet Valley High School. Although this year has overall been tough, I think it was great to focus on my favorite things. These things mentioned are from some of my passions as well as the little things that bring me joy. Singing in

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Krati Dixit’s 10 Favorite Things

My name is Krati Dixit and am currently a senior. I moved to the United States recently in November 2019. Until then, I was living in India. I am pretty much an introvert. I am really organized and love cleaning and keeping things in order.  Music  Listening to music makes me feel calm. Music helps

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Elizabeth Rawa’s 10 Favorite Things

I’m as one might say….special. From aesthetically pleasing objects to meaningful human interactions, “My Favorite Things” are in no particular order. Some are broad and universally applicable (see #1) whereas others are very specific and niche (see #2).  Coffee You either love it or hate it. I love it. The warm, fragrant nutty aroma is

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Sage Klingensmith’s 10 Favorite Things

Belly laughs with my family Being around my family brings me joy, even though sometimes I do get irritated. We always share so many laughs together.  2. My friends Hanging out with friends allows me to be myself and be spontaneous. 3. Working Going to work makes me feel better about myself and allows me

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Lauren Bendo’s 10 Favorite Things

My favorite things are very random and vary from food to memories and more. The common theme in these things is that they bring me joy and I have positive memories and feelings associated with them. These things are what I look forward to and what I use as motivation to get through the hard

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Sophie Latella’s 10 Favorite Things

My name is Sophie Latella and I am an 18 year old senior in high school. I was born on 10/10/2002 to my mom, dad, and brother Jack. I have played soccer since I was five years old and I enjoy traveling the world and learning about new cultures. I plan on studying either business

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Brandon Gorski’s 10 Favorite Things

A lot of different things make me happy. Whether it be material possessions or people, there are a lot of things that I derive joy from. Therefore, there are also a lot of things I treasure closely to my heart as they have truly grown on me. As such, a lot of items on this

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Joshua Xavier’s 10 Favorite Things

 Interests are what make up a person’s personality; without them, a person would be a blank slate. Experiences are another factor in creating a person’s personality; without them, people would be unable to find things they are interested in. Examples of interests could be sports, music, cooking, etc. I have a lot of interests, such

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Kathryn Wright’s 10 Favorite Things

As the holiday season approaches, I find that it is important to reflect on the things we are all grateful for. So, I decided to curate a list of my ten favorite things below. This exercise helped brighten my mood and showed me all of the reasons why I love my life. I suggest trying

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Lizzy Nguyen’s 10 Favorite Things

Hi, it’s Lizzy Nguyen. I’m a girl of many faces. You might know me as the pit captain in the marching band or the Treasurer of HERE Club. Alternatively, I might be to you the girl who balances everything but doesn’t sleep, the girl who says “You come here often?” as if it were a

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Rachel Jason’s 10 Favorite Things

Hello, my name is Rachel Jason. I like edamame, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and one day I hope to become a journalist and write about injustices in this world. This year has been very hard, not just for me, but for a lot of people. However, I wouldn’t trade this experience

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Julia Cwiertniewicz’s 10 Favorite Things

Julia Cwiertniewicz, 17, is a senior at Garnet Valley High School. She will be providing us a list of her top ten favorite things: the things she admires, the things that make her feel happy; the things that give her joy and make her feel relaxed. Julia’s list serves as an inspiration to others, as

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Shivananth Ilayanambi’s 10 Favorite Things

Tennis I really love to play tennis and have played it since I was in elementary school. I play for the high school team and try to play it with my friends when I can find the time to. 2. Gaming I like to game as it brings out my competitive side and enjoy doing

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HERE Club Perspectives Campaign #1 Recap

By Elizabeth Nguyen This past week, Garnet Valley’s Humanity in Ethnicity, Race, and Equality (HERE) Club launched its long awaited Perspectives Campaign for the 2020-21 school year. A remarkable 58 people came to participate, with some faculty and club founders Tori Husain and Wendy Lam joining the discussion as well. Although the event lasted much

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Ryan Hickey’s 10 Favorite Things

Student, athlete and life long learner are words I would use to describe myself. Waking up every morning and learning, studying, exercising and building my social life are things that shape who I am. The ups and downs of life do fatigue me, and there are many things that I enjoy doing in my free

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Ashika Kumar’s 10 Favorite Things

The Office  The office is one of my favorite shows because it never fails to put me in a better mood after watching it. I love the entire cast and the characters they play, and I love the humor of the show. I like rewatching some of the funniest episodes just to have a laugh

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I Believe in a Legacy

In his first podcast, Jonathon Timmons highlights the importance of leaving a legacy by illustrating a memory of his late father: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-1ked96dIE8RLotkOtwwLE4eKSxSHXcN/view?usp=sharing

Anish Suresh’s 10 Favorite Things

My name is Anish Suresh and I am a senior at Garnet Valley High School. In light of recent events, here are 10 of my favorite things that have helped me through the quarantine. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia This is one of the very first shows, back when it was on Netflix, that I

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Karina Shihadeh’s 10 Favorite Things

These are 10 of the favorite things in Karina Shihadeh’s life. Karina is 17 years old living in Southeast Pennsylvania. She is a senior in high school planning to attend a 4 year college to study pre-medicine in hopes of becoming an Anesthesiologist. Her hobbies include reading, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.

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North Pocono High School Science Oympiad Invitational Results

On December 12, the Garnet Valley Science Olympiad team competed at the North Pocono High School Invitational. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the team competed virtually against 60 other schools. These competitors spanned from the PA-NY-NJ tri-state area to all the way across the country in California. Despite matching up against some of the best

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Kevin Smith’s 10 Favorite Things

My name is Kevin Smith and I am a senior at Garnet Valley High School. This is a list of ten of my favorite things. This will include a great variety of things, from songs, to movies, to all sorts of possible sources of happiness. I love sports (both watching and playing them), movies, songs,

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Lauren Block’s 10 Favorite Things

Lauren Block is a senior at Garnet Valley High School, and will be beginning college at Mount Holyoke in the fall. She works on multiple projects and campaigns, and is the chair of political action for the NAACP Media youth branch.  My Dog My dog is a German Shepard named Roxy. She had darker coloring

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From Students to State Champions: The Story of the GVHS Overwatch Team

By Benjamin Nguyen Made by company Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch takes inspiration from MOBA games like League of Legends and FPS games like Quake to create a unique “hero shooter.” As part of a team of six, players can choose up to 31 different heroes which each have their unique abilities and strengths. Set in a

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Joshua Kerry’s 10 Favorite Things

I’m a pretty happy person. Especially after making this list, I realized little things make me smile the most. Most things that make me happy aren’t that deep and feel very light-hearted. Making this list was not very difficult and I could probably make a list of a hundred things that make me happy. I

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Lindsey Chapman’s 10 Favorite Things

I have a lot of interests, so I guess that’s why my list has a big variety. This has definitely been a tough year for everyone, so it’s good to remind ourselves that there are still so many things I enjoy. This list was a strong reminder of all the good things that I still

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Garnet Valley High School Music Department to Hold Virtual Concert

Message from GVHS’s band conductor and head of the music department, Dr. Steve Selfridge: On behalf of our music department, I would like to invite you to tune in at 7pm tonight for our GVHS Music Department Virtual Concert on YouTube.  The 25-minute program will feature the talents of our Band, Chorus, Orchestra, and Jazz Band. 

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Five Garnet Valley Students Selected to Participate in PMEA District 12 Band

The Garnet Valley High School Music Department is pleased to announce that five exceptional students have been chosen to take part in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 12 Band: Sathvik Chadive (11) – Trumpet Logan Craley (10) – Trumpet Nicholas Crothamel (11) – Trumpet Gregory Lederer (11) – Trumpet Amos Zou (11) –

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Lucas Torregrossa’s 10 Favorite Things

Lucas Torregrossa is a senior at Garnet Valley High School. He works at Smoothie King with a few of his friends. He plans on attending American University in the fall to study public relations and strategic communication. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as the occasional alone time.   Long Drives in

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GVPAA Performs “Our World Stopped”

By Rose DiPaolo The GV Drama club set the stage on Friday, December 4th, for a socially distanced, partially virtual, and fully enjoyable performance. The play, “Our World Stopped”, was written by the club’s director, Heather Arters, and contributed to by the entire Drama Club.  Students shared their stories about dealing with quarantine and the

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I Believe in Reaching Out for Help

In his first podcast, Michael Ricciardi praises his parents for helping him cope with his OCD: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1r5hAZK1Nn6KrUUS1mdK7IWBs1bTjLxCh/view?usp=sharing

HERE Club to Hold Perspective Campaign

By Madison Carr Next Tuesday, 12/22, HERE Club will be holding a Perspective Campaign Event. It will be held on Zoom 1:30-2:37 during the entire Learn. A Zoom link will be sent out to all Garnet Valley High School students. The event is meant to create an open conversation about differing opinions and to find

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I Believe You Should Help Others

In her first podcast, Natalie (9th grade) tells listeners about the time she donated to a women’s charity for her Bat Mitzvah project: Link: https://anchor.fm/natalie904/episodes/I-Believe-Podcast-emrkq9/a-a3ttsrs

“The Woman Warrior” Book Review

By Humaam Said The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts is a book written by Chinese-American author Maxine Hong Kingston. The autobiography documents the five stories that Kingston narrates to preach a message about empowerment. However, this sharply contrasts with her Chinese upbringing to relate the last message about freedom to the audience.

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GVHS Club Spotlight: December Feature

Organized by Robbie Gamble The GVHS Statement of Vision maintains, “It is the vision of Garnet Valley Board of Education to create a premier school district which offers quality programs and instruction to students of all aspirations and abilities.”  Under this philosophy, all high school students are encouraged to explore their interests and passions in

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Kicking Off the Speech & Debate Season!

By Robbie Gamble On Friday, December 4th, the Garnet Valley High School Speech & Debate team celebrated an incredible success at their inaugural in-house tournament! There were around fifty total participants—including competitors, judges, and spectators—in attendance at the event. Since the quarantine began, nearly all schools in the region have shut down their Speech &

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A Look at Spotify Wrapped 2020

By Justin Kang One thing Spotify users hold over Apple Music users is “Wrapped”, a personalized experience that provides insights on your music over the year. Typically released sometime in early December, Spotify Wrapped has become an annual event for members of the internet to compare each other’s tastes in music, and throw themselves back

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NFL Week 13 Rundown

By Sam Bennett The thirteenth week in this insane NFL season is yet another with high stakes for every team vying for playoff contention, as well as those seeking a high pick in this year’s coming draft. With Thursday night’s game cancelled, here’s a (slightly extensive) rundown of what to expect this week in the

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GVPAA To Perform “Our World Stopped”

By Madison Carr This Friday, December 4th, GVPAA will be performing their fall show, Our World Stopped, live outside Pennington School. The play includes dances, songs, and monologues about experiences during the COVID-19 quarantine. There will also be an online stream of the show available for purchase at 6:00 pm Friday, December 11th and 6:00 pm

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Garnet Valley Seniors Reflect Upon Their Final Football Season

By Kevin Genthert and Humaam Said In a year of ups and downs, many people looked to sports as their saving grace. The coronavirus outbreak truly became real in a lot of peoples’ minds on the night mainstream sports were shut down. School sports were also cancelled shortly thereafter. As athletes, we Jaguars were devastated

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I Believe Everyone Should Feel Welcome

In her first podcast, Paige Yoskin recalls befriending a Mexican transfer student in 1st grade: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-fnsh8-f3100f?utm_campaign=i_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=i_share

I Believe Everything Happens for a Reason

In her first podcast, Jamie Dwyer looks back on the first time she failed in middle school and how she now believes that everything happens for a reason: https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-jryam-f302dd

Thanksgiving Food Tier List

By Elizabeth Nguyen Hi, loves! It’s Lizzy, back again in time for Thanksgiving, and today’s discussion will be about my Thanksgiving food preferences. Here’s a tier list of classic Thanksgiving foods and my personal justification for each tier’s contents. Disclaimer: As a Vietnamese teenager, the majority of food at the Thanksgivings I attend isn’t what

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I Believe in Brown Eyes

In her first podcast, Rachel Jason (11th grade) delves into the effects of internalized caucasian beauty standards on POCs and a memory/book that influenced who she is today. You can listen to it on Anchor or Spotify: Anchor: https://anchor.fm/rachel-jason/episodes/I-believe-Podcast-emrp8b/a-a3u254i Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2opc5oGLKeqh9saKz1bI4b?si=nbwOf01ETbyuARQkiIaYzA

Chipotle Fundraiser to Occur on December 5th

Garnet Valley Girl Up! will be holding a fundraiser at Chipotle on December 5th from 5-9 PM. All of the proceeds will be donated to the United Nations Girl Up! Foundation. This foundation advocates for girls around the world, raises awareness on the various issues they face, and gathers funds to help them. We would

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New November Music Releases

By Justin Kang It is safe to say that November was no ordinary month for the music industry. Let us take a closer look at three of the hottest album and song releases given to us in the past thirty days.  Ariana Grande has made waves on the music scene for years and did not

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Introducing Stem For a Good Cause

Interested in or struggling with STEM subjects? Then STEM For a Good Cause is for you! STEM For A Good Cause is an online tutoring program that educates students of all ages in math, chemistry, physics, and coding. One can receive free 30-minute, 1-on-1 virtual sessions with student tutors who possess a great amount of

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My Pleasure: A Story of Working as an Employee For Chick-Fil-A

By Benjamin Nguyen Chicken sandwiches, creamy milkshakes, red-shirted employees welcoming guests in with a smile and a kind greeting. This is Chick-Fil-A at its core (even though its fries are really good too)! Initially a mall outlet in Georgia and now a country-wide franchise, Chick-Fil-A is an enduring bastion of Southern hospitality in fast food

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Introducing Model UN!

By Katie Hutchinson Model UN, or Model United Nations, is a club that revolves around—you guessed it—United Nations. The purpose of the club is to simulate what a real Model UN conference or discussion would look like. Students take on the role of different countries and compete in committees in the UN such as NATO,

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Working During the Pandemic

By Kevin Genthert The pandemic has brought with it many changes in the daily “normal” everyone knew before March. As the viral infection swept across the country, people were affected in many different ways, including a record high in American unemployment. As people lost their jobs or got laid off, national attention was brought to

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“Second Chance Summer” Book Review

By Madison Carr Morgan Matson’s novel, Second Chance Summer, is an award-winning book that follows a young girl as she returns to her childhood vacation spot in the Poconos. Taylor Edwards, the protagonist, struggles with running away when things get particularly tough for her family. Her father is sick, so they decide to have one

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Best News Websites For High School Students

In times like these, accurate information is more important than ever before. Here are some websites high schoolers and educators can use to learn more about developments in current events: CNN 10 Hosted by Carl Azuz, CNN 10 is a 10-minute news show that airs daily on CNN.com. According to the website, “The show’s priority

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“Red Queen” Book Review

By Nimisha Mikkineni Victoria Aveyard’s masterpiece, The Red Queen, is a best-selling novel that follows an unusual world and an even more unusual girl.  Mare Barrow, the protagonist, struggles in a world where people are separated by the color of their blood. There are the Reds, who are essentially regular humans, and there are the

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Why Did Some GVHS Students Stick With Virtual Learning?

By Madison Carr Garnet Valley has started a hybrid schedule, where half of the students attend school in-person every other day. However, some students have decided to stay fully virtual. Recently, I talked to three different students to gain some insight regarding why they didn’t go back to school. Why did you choose to stay

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Trick-or-Treating in a Pandemic

By Benjamin Slomich Every October 31st, we all go out with our friends dressed in costumes and go from door to door saying trick or treat, hoping to come across one of the houses that give out extra-large candy bars. But remember, it’s 2020—a very unpredictable year.  We all know that when you go out

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Where Were You on 9/11?

By Ryan Hassell Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, so I decided to ask some of my relatives* where they were during them and what it was like afterwards. Where were you on 9/11/2001? Mom: “I was at work at SAP America, Newtown Square. We had break rooms and there

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GVHS Senior Voices Thoughts on Hybrid Model

By Humaam Said* On October 19th, Garnet Valley starts its hybrid model. While many oppose going back into schools, it’s important to realize that schools play an important role in fostering the growth of students. In person schooling benefits students through more attentive educational instruction and social development. It’s no surprise that our education has

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Is “Snow Day” a Thing of the Past?

By Kate Romanelli What are snow days? We have snow days when it snows too much & we get off from school. They are super fun and exciting. You get to sit inside and watch Netflix as you drink hot chocolate. You can go sledding in your yard if you have a hill. You could build

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The Ultimate List of Clubs & Activities at Garnet Valley High School

If you are interested in any of the clubs/activities listed, don’t hesitate to contact the advisor(s)! CLUB NAME ADVISOR CLUB NAME ADVISOR ANIME CLUB Kamann-Mellus FUTURE MEDICAL & SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS Frost ANNENBERG HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM TEAM Bish GERMAN CLUB Jones ARCHERY Houtz GIRL UP Selfridge ART CLUB Owens GLOBAL AWARENESS CLUB King ART MURALS

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GVPAA To Host Spooktacular

By Kathryn Hutchinson This Saturday, October 17, from 4:30 – 8:30 pm, the Garnet Valley Performing Arts Association is hosting a Spooktacular event. Located at Garnet Valley High School, come and enjoy a Trunk-or-Treat, performances, raffles, and more fun activities! As always, social distancing and masks are required at the event. All guides, performers, and

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Garnet Valley School District Outstanding Visual Arts Community 2020

The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) is proud to recognize Garnet Valley School District for their outstanding commitment to visual arts education with the endorsement Outstanding Visual Arts Community 2020. PAEA empowers its members to transform their practices, students, colleagues, and communities to build a strong art education culture and citizenry. Districts receiving this endorsement

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The Show Must Go On: GVPAA Updates

We are performing a Spooktacular on October 17 at the back parking lot of the high school. This event features a socially distanced trunk or treat designed by set and tech crew and performances by the GVPAA drama club, GVHS dance team, and the GVHS drumline. Signups for guests are full, but we will be doing an

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Ready Player One: The Start of a New Esports Year

By Benjamin Nguyen During these trying times (especially last spring and summer) where going outside for sports became difficult, videogames were a way for me to compete with others in a team environment from the comfort of my own home; when the school year finally began, I was immediately excited at the prospect of our

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Garnet Valley School District to Go Forth With Hybrid Learning

By Ekjot Khurana After holding lots of meetings and making tough decisions, Garnet Valley School District has finally announced reopening its physical buildings! Starting in late September  a select number of special education students will be brought in. Throughout the end of September and beginning of October the grades will start coming in on a

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How Splendid is “A Thousand Splendid Suns”?

By Shivananth Ilayanambi Spanning decades, Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns follows the story of two women as they navigate their lives in Afghanistan under Soviet, Taliban, and finally, no rule. Mariam is the daughter of a rich businessman and his housemaid. She was born out of wedlock after her father slept with one of

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TOP 5 HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES NEAR GARNET VALLEY 2020

By Madison Carr Garnet Valley is one of the best areas for Halloween celebrations. Whether you like fall fun or haunted houses, there is something for everyone. These are top activities that are open for the 2020 season. Masks are required at all events. 5. Linvilla Orchards Linvilla Orchards is a staple in Garnet Valley

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Everything You Need to Know About “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”

By Ryan Hassell While running through lush, picturesque fields, a slow, calming melody begins to play as a pearly white horse mane catches my wandering eye. Creeping my way to the horse, a swift breeze rustles the tall grass I’m hiding in, revealing my position to the unsuspecting steed. As soon as he spots me,

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Growing Up With Six Siblings…

By Humaam Said After two to three months, teachers can match face-to-name for all of their students; For my parents, 23 exhausting years of childcare isn’t enough to instantly remember any of their seven children’s names… According to Statistica, the average family size from 1960-2019 changed from 3.67 to 3.14 persons. Being quite far from

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Boo Meringues? No way!

By Elizabeth Nguyen INTRODUCTION: Hi! In my time baking, I’ve come across a wide variety of baked goods. Although some recipes are harder than others, this French meringue recipe strikes me as one of my favorite things to make. I adore these because, unlike a decadently rich chocolate cake, their crisp texture and subtle sweetness

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Introducing Environmental Club!

Environmental Club is an outdoor and nature-focused club that works on multiple projects in the community. We provide students with opportunities to spend time outdoors while helping better the Garnet Valley community. Club members get to participate in hands-on activities while also earning community service hours. Some of our notable projects include a nature trail,

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Three Classic Mario Games Coming to Nintendo Switch

By Anirudh Jandhayala The Switch is Nintendo’s most recent console and has received immense popularity for its usage of joycons, its portability, and its vast library of games. Recently, Nintendo has announced that they are bringing three revered Mario games to the Nintendo Switch: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. These

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High School Dual Enrollment: What is It?

By Brandon Gorski Want to get college credits before you even finish high school? Well, you can do exactly that by taking courses at Delaware County Community College & Community College of Philadelphia. Both colleges allow you to take courses online or in person (depending on the subject) across your core or elective classes. Many

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Central League Postpones Fall Sports

Just one week ago, PIAA announced its plans to go ahead with contact and/or close quarters sports, such as football, soccer, field hockey, and cross country. The PIAA Board of Directors voted 25-5 in favor of continuing fall sports, defying the recommendation of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf after meeting with him on August 14. In

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Garnet Valley Marching Band’s Quarantunes

By Elizabeth Nguyen Garnet Valley Marching Band is kicking off this fall season with their show “Quarantunes”, featuring three different songs including “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Mic Drop”, and “Holiday”. More importantly, GVMB is starting and continuing their program with detailed safety protocols against COVID-19. My name is Lizzy Nguyen, section leader of the front

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Ben’s Declassified e-School Survival Guide

By Ben Nguyen This guide is designed to keep you (and me) in shape during e-School at GVHS, which (if you have a really bad work ethic like me) will save your grades throughout the school year. Some of these tips may seem a little outlandish at first, but following these will help maintain the

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Managing Time Under Online/Blended Learning

By Benjamin Nguyen Honestly, I’m not proud to say that I wasn’t a good student during online learning this last year. I slacked off on my assignments, rarely attended Zoom calls or teacher hours, and failed to make the most out of many learning opportunities presented. With the 2020-2021 school year upon us and the

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Is “Battle Royale” Worth the Read?

After they read the very first page, readers will refuse to put down Koushin Takami’s masterpiece, Battle Royale. The dystopia follows a junior high school class whose members are driven to fight each other to the death in a program organized by the Republic of Greater Asia, a totalitarian Japanese government. Although completed in 1996,

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SchoolJournalism Announces Winners of Annual First Amendment PSA Contest

SchoolJournalism is pleased to announce winners of the fourth annual First Amendment PSA Contest! While claiming that selecting winners was not an easy task, the organization noted that despite the current state of the world today, it received more entries than ever before. Entries had to follow several contest guidelines which included, but were not

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Should College Board Have Continued With AP Exams?

On April 3rd, College Board released official details regarding Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Typically, each exam is around 2.5-3 hours long and tests a student’s knowledge on a certain college-level subject. If one scores high enough, he/she can receive college credit and save money on tuition. Responding to the Coronavirus pandemic, College Board developed 45

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GV Student Council Recognized Once Again

Earlier this month, the Garnet Valley High School Student Council was recognized by the National Association of Student Councils (NatStuCo) at the highest level of excellence. To meet the requirements for the National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements such as a written

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Democratic Primaries Results – March 10th

By John Teng Democratic Primaries were recently held last Tuesday, March 10, in the states of Mississippi, Missouri, Michigian, North Dakota, Idaho, and Washington. In a somewhat unexpected twist of events, Joe Biden swept through the day with 4 complete victories, clinching complete wins in Missouri, Michigan, Mississippi, and Idaho. Biden also came through leading

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GVPAA Hosts Very First Sensory Awareness Performance

By Katie Donaghy On Wednesday December 19th, the Garnet Valley Drama Club hosted their first sensory awareness performance. Kids ranging in all ages from Philly High Schoolers to our own Garnet Valley Elementary students were invited to have lunch and watch a performance of Seussical the Musical. All the kids that attended this performance were

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Get Ready Middle Schoolers!

By Robert Gamble The Garnet Valley High School Speech & Debate team is opening its doors to the Middle School! Starting March 19th, the GVMS Speech & Debate team will have the opportunity to attend our High School’s Thursday after-school meetings, which will be run by our high school members. This will be an extraordinary

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GVPAA To Host First-Ever Character Breakfast

By Arianna D’Italia GVPAA will be presenting the first-ever character breakfast on Saturday, February 29. The event will take place from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Hosted by cast, crew, and staff of the Garnet Valley Drama Club, the character breakfast is a fun opportunity for children to enjoy Seuss-themed activities. There will be face

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Garnet Valley Speech and Debate Club Wins Big at Districts!

 By Robert Gamble Looking back, I recall a moment I experienced at Districts Debate 2018/2019. I remember the bus ride our debate team took last year to the competition. Garnet Valley High school, represented by only two Public Forum (2v2) teams and one Parliamentary (3v3) team, was barely able to fill the spots in order

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Speech & Debate: Regular Season Recap

By Robert Gamble The 2019-2020 season of the Speech & Debate team is a testament to what hard work and a resilient community of individuals can achieve.  Built on the premise of facilitating the speaking and debating skills of America’s young voices, the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) was founded in 1925 by Bruno

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“East of Eden” is Truly John Steinbeck’s Magnum Opus

Recreating the stories of Genesis through two interweaving families, East of Eden has captured the hearts of its readers since its publication in 1952. The first family, the Hamiltons, is led by the self-educated Irishman, Samuel Hamilton. Samuel and his wife, Liza, raise nine children in the Salinas Valley of California. Although never wealthy, the

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Winners of Scholastic Writing Contest

Congratulations are in order! Multiple Garnet Valley AP and creative writing students have won awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest. A panel of teachers, writers, literary professionals, and University of Pennsylvania graduate students selected their  exceptional work from over 1,100 submissions submitted by peers in the Philadelphia region, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and

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Sports, Science, and Shakespeare: Garnet Valley Secures a Second Hi-Q Win

By Ben Nguyen The Garnet Valley Hi-Q team (pictured below) crushed their competition last Friday at their second meet of the year, earning 75 points against rival schools Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast High School and Springfield High School; their score in this meet of the quiz-bowl competition broke the existing all-time record for most points scored

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“Yummy” Song Review

Almost five years after the release of his acclaimed album Purpose, Canadian musician Justin Bieber dropped a new, albeit underwhelming, track: “Yummy”. Bieber’s excessive use of autotune and redundant trap-beats fails to make “Yummy” stand out from most songs on the Billboard Hot 100. Not to mention, the pointless lyrics make the song almost unbearable;

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42 Garnet Valley Students Advance To FBLA State Competition

Congratulations to the following students who qualified for FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) State Leadership Competition, which will be held in early April: Event Place First name Last name Accounting II 1 Christopher Smargiassi Business Ethics 1 Rachel, Kristin, Christine Appelbaum, Deaver, Palmer Business Law 1 Srikar Mandava Economics 1 Nathan Chen Emerging Business

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