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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Teaching Podcasting

EDUCATION Teaching Podcasting: A Curriculum Guide for Educators- reprinted from NPR November 15, 201812:06 AM ET Whether you’re leading your class or advising an extracurricular group, we hope this guide will make the podcasting process easier. Below, you’ll find a breakdown of the process and a series of sample lesson plans to ensure that students

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Earth Day Contest

Scholastic Journalism and Earth Day Rachel Weisbrot, Earth Day Network|January 1, 2020 April 22, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. As student journalists and photographers, you have a special role in this upcoming day. By writing or making media about environmental issues that

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Take A Break!

By Nathan Chen We’ve all done it.  It’s 7:03 p.m. and you start some assigned reading. You think optimistically, “I’ll finish this reading by 8 p.m! An hour is surely enough.” Maybe you even get ahead of yourself and think about a 10 p.m. bedtime. But, the next time you check the time is when

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Powderpuff Recap

By Amy Townend The powderpuff game was full of triumphs and sacrifice. The night began with a flurry of photographs with every angle being taken. Barksdale was wandering around taking snapshots of the action at the Moe. The seniors were decked out in garnet jerseys and the juniors wore white proudly. The seniors had the

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Winter Sports are Underway!

By: Alec Eskin November 18th marked the start of the winter sports season. All of the fall sports teams have wrapped up their season, all of whom had outstanding years. The winter sports are boys and girls indoor track, boys and girls basketball, and wrestling. The girls track team came off a really good season

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Winter Sports Are Snowing In…

By Amy Townend As fall sports begin to finish up their seasons or continue into championships, the winter sports are being brought in with chilly temperatures and new spirits. These winter sports include basketball, wrestling, indoor track, swimming/diving, and cheerleading. Girls Basketball is coached by John Woods, Mike Krautzel, and Dan McManus. The team became

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Boys Scouts

Boy Scouts can be a fun, challenging, and very rewarding experience. In Boy Scouts, teens can learn skills that will help them later in life, such as communication, how to be a good citizen, and how to administer first aid. Scouts learn these skills through merit badges, where they learn about a subject, and complete

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Homecoming 2019

Garnet Valley’s 54th annual homecoming began right off the bat as the students of GVHS partook in spirit week: dressing in USA day, Pj day, Hawaiian day, Class shirts. The traditions began on Friday afternoon, with the senior homecoming court were escorted in golf carts with their dads, waving to everybody. Then began the floats

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STEM Club

In STEM club, teams of students work together in various competitions that are driven by science, technology, engineering, and math. Students get the chance to create inventions with their peers that will better their schools and communities. The club meets once a cycle during lunch and learn, on F-days. Students may join by contacting Holly

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Girls Soccer

Girls Soccer– Kathryn Toohey, Caroline Amen Soccer went 9-7-2 this year and qualified for district playoffs as the #20 seed. Our practice schedule is 3-5 everyday after school with the exception of games. We meet on either the top field, the stadium turf, or the back turf field at the school. People can join by

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Tennis

The girls’ tennis season starts in the second week of August and ends in the first week of October with practices or matches every day right after school at the tennis courts. The tennis season just ended, with the team having a final record of 8-3 and became a top contender in the central league.

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Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a club that explores many different aspects of science and competes against teams from across the country. The club meets every F day during the second half of lunch and learn and after school on Wednesdays and Fridays. We go to several competitions throughout the year at different schools, including Juniata and

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Chess Club

Chess Club Humaam Said Matthew Smolens Chess Club is a fun meeting of chess enthusiasts who enjoy playing against each other. Matches are casual, with the occasional banter mixed with the chess. We have people with a variety of skill levels playing every week so don’t be afraid to join! We meet every “D” day

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Football Team 2019

The football team is currently 8-1 this season. We practice Monday-Thursday and play our games on Friday nights. We also have a film session on Saturday mornings after games. We meet right after school and usually practice on the turf or the softball field depending on other sporting events. Students interested in joining next year’s

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Youth and Government Club

Youth and Government Club President: Morgan Dempsey Vice President: Atreya Ghosh Secretary: Robbie Gamble Treasurer: Evan Allen Youth and Government is a national competition that has students in each state create and operate a model government for 4 days. These model governments give students a first-hand experience voting, debating for and against bills, and presenting

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Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate The Speech & Debate Team competes in both debates and speech events at a monthly tournament. We meet every F day in Mr. Yohannan’s room and after school on Thursdays. Anyone can join at anytime during the year! Speech & Debate is a fun, exhilarating club and helps to improve public speaking

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Pretzels?

Every Thursday at Garnet Valley high school they hold pretzel and hot dog pretzel day that raises money for the special needs program. This helps the special needs kids develop people skills and it is their favorite day of the week because they have something that they can be in charge of. While walking around

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Football Friday

Hello GVHS Community, As you may have heard, our friends and neighbors in the Ridley School District have recently been dealing with an outbreak of mumps, affecting about a dozen individuals, in their high school community. As you know, we are scheduled to play Ridley High School in our last regular season game tomorrow night,

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Digital Citizenship

Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week October 14 -18                                                                                                                                                                                     IGarnet Valley is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week to raise awareness of the importance of teaching digital citizenship to students of all ages.  We are inviting students, educators, and parents to take time during Digital Citizenship Week to explore what it means to be good citizens in a digital world. 

GVHS Homecoming Court

By Sebastian Morales-Reyes Homecoming is coming up- and fast. This year’s homecoming court includes a wide variety of seniors from an abundance of clubs and sports teams. There are 20 young men and women vying for the coveted titles of Homecoming Queen or King. Congratulations to the following people for representing the Class of 2020:

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Science Olympiad State Results

This past Saturday, the Science Olympiad team had an intense competition at Juanita College. The team overall was very successful and attained a variety of accomplishments, taking the 8th spot out of 36 total teams. For the competition, the leaders of the GV Science Olympiad team this year were Jadan Law, Michael Koch, Vishesh Patel,

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NHD Award Winners

This past week, a handful of students were recognized with awards and achievement at the National History Day competition which took place at Chester County Historical Center. These student achievements are as follows: Elizabeth Chen received 2nd place for her insightful Individual Paper for “Famines and Agricultural Advances in Europe During the Modern Period”. Elizabeth’s

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Gold Key Award

It is a pleasure to highlight that Sophia Smith, senior at Garnet Valley, received the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key award this past March. Sophia had the opportunity to attend an awards ceremony in Philadelphia on March 30th to recognize a short story she had previously written in her fall AP Literature class.

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Hi-Q National Championship!

It is exciting to announce that on Friday, April 5th, quite a few members from Garnet Valley High School’s Hi-Q team will be competing in the national championship through attending a video conference at DCIU. To all teachers and faculty, please excuse these students from class that day; they are responsible for any missed or

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Spring Fashion

Spring is here! And the big question on everyone’s mind is … what to wear? After consulting numerous Pinterest boards, Instagram hashtags, and PopSugar articles, we’ve compiled a convenient list for all your spring fashion needs! Bucket Hats! Sure they aren’t the prettiest things to look at but they sure do the job. Pull out

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GV Wrestling Update

By: Alec Eskin Over the course of the GV wrestling season, it has been really exciting for the wrestlers, coaches and fans. Over this past week, three wrestlers from Garnet Valley qualified for States. Sophomore Colton Deery was in the 285 pound weight class, finished 8th in the State, and medaled as well. Deery is

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STEM Club

By: Shasi Vadlamudi STEM club has been making huge developments in their project and you really need to know about it. It affects all Garnet Valley students who use a car and plan on having one of their own in the future. Here’s a quick rundown on what it is and why it can drastically

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Biology Olympiad Results

It is exciting to announce that after taking the Biology Olympiad exam, a couple of Garnet Valley high school students made it into the semi-finals. The students listed below scored in the top 10% of all students taking this test in the United States, so please make sure to congratulate them on their great success

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Chemistry Olympiad

Tomorrow is an exciting day, as multiple students from Garnet Valley High School are taking the national Chemistry Olympiad during the first period block. Each student will be given at maximum 110 minutes in order to complete the exam, but some may need to stay into second period in order to have the time to

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