Posted December 20th, 2016
There is always a lot to celebrate in Pleasant Valley and on December 6, 2016, PVHS celebrated a season of successes! As the students and staff do three times a year, they gathered to honor academic, extracurricular, and athletic achievements. Check out the list below, along with pictures and video! Congratulations, Spartans!
Directors: Bill Myatt, Francis Dunbar
Congratulations to the cast, crew and pit of Sweeney Todd on a phenomenal performance in Cedar Falls to close The Iowa Thespian Festival! The show has been selected as one of six shows from across the country to be performed at the International Thespian Festival in June. The students and staff were treated to a scene from the show, which started with the untimely death of the man himself, Principal Mike Zimmer.
Other Theatre Recognition goes to
– Maaz Ahmed who has been elected to the Iowa State Thespian Board.
– Megan Maloney, Cassie Berta, Lauren Carroll, London Bicknell (twice) for placing in the top 3 various Individual Events and qualifying for competition at The International Thespian Festival in June.
– PV’s three Improve Teams, who swept the Improve category at the Iowa Thespian Festival!
3rd Place Team = The Select Button
National Merit Semi-Finalists: (Scored in the top 1% of the more than 1.5 million students participating in the 2014 PSAT exam).
Margarita Rasgado Lopez
National Merit Commended: (Scored in the top 5% of the more than 1.5 million students participating in the 2014 PSAT exam).
Instructors: Aimee Peters and Devin Hanson
Festival of Trees High School Art Exhibit
Jordan Keyes has been awarded first place in 3D Art
Carly O’Toole has been awarded 1st place in Drawing
Lauren Brewer has been awarded 2nd place in Drawing
*All 3 students are in AP Studio Art, Jordan is also in Ceramics.
SPARTAN ASSEMBLY – HUNGER DRIVE
Advisor: Tracy Lux
Together, Pleasant Valley raised a total of 35,327 lbs district-wide. That calculates to 25.56 pounds per student.
Advisor: Jamie Homb
Congratulations on their strong showing at the Princeton University Math Competition! Our team was one of 80 invited from the best schools across the country, based on how well students did on a national Math test. Math Team Members who competed are Captain, Sam Lederman, Isaac Sears, Aadil Manazir, Aman Manazir, Shashank Inampudi, Darsh Balani, Vishwajit Subramanian and Aditya Desai.
Advisor: Maureen Dyer
Iowa High School Press Association’s Annual Conference
Sam Lundry—1st place newswriting
Abi Paravasthuramesh—2nd place newswriting
Alyssa Farrell—current Editor in Chief of the yearbook to accept the 4th place yearbook in the state of Iowa from last year
We successfully aired a one-hour live news broadcast to over 4,000 viewers on election night. It’s the first of its kind from any local high school. It was produced by Sam Lundry, anchored by Jarrin Flores (editor in chief of the online news site) and Kinsey Paulson (editor in chief of the Spartan Shield newsmagazine), and ALL technical was done by Alex McLean.
Choir Directors: Mr. Rob Williams, Mrs. Meg Byrne and Mrs. Catherine Lyon
Band Directors: Mr. Drew Anderson, Mrs. Tara Daurer, Mr. Brian Gartner and Mr. Robert Medd
Orchestra Director: Mr. Robert Swinney
Opus Honor Choir
These musicians represent the top 1.5% of all Iowa musicians and performed in the 600 member choir, 280 member band, and 200 member orchestra on November 19 at Iowa State University.
Shreya Khurjekar Matthew Nelson
**Ian and Maureen are only the 2nd and 3rd four-year All-State Band musicians in school history!
Ruth Davidson – Viola
Daniela Rybarczyk – Viola
Veronica Henderson – Harp
Annie Warner – Violin I
Sophia Xiao – Violin I
Congratulations to the following students who were accepted to the SEISTA (South East Iowa String Teachers Association)
High School Honor Orchestra Festival:
Jeanella Cho – violin I
Dan Kim – violin I
Kiran Marla – violin II
Keshav Wagle – cello
Emily Preston Cello
Alyssa Paulson – Bass
Coaches Katie Rokusek & Brittany Kissel
State Team Competition
2nd Place – Class 6 Jazz
3rd Place – Class 13 Pom
Bowling Coach: David Wheeler
Coach Andy Ward & Assistant Coach Niki Palmer
State Qualifier: Michael Showers
Coach Rusty VanWetzinga, Assistant Coaches Eric Royer, Ryan Arnold, Jason Vice, Ron Litchfield & Joe Youngbauer
Coach Amber Hall & Assistant Coach Kalie Pillow
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Coach Erik Belby & Assistant Coach Nick Sacco
– State Runner Up
– MAC Champions
– District Champions
– Pleasant Valley All-Time Record for Top 7 Total Time over 5000 meters
– IATC At-Large Coach of the Year – Erik Belby
Nicholas Yanek – All-State
1st Team All-Conference
1st Team QC Times All-Metro
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Coach Jane Wheeler & Assistant Coaches Josh Hoffman and Melissa Martinez
– 3rd in the MAC and District Runner
– 10th Place at State
Coach Dave Kissack & Assistant Coaches Caitlin Schaeffer & Bethany Hovland
– 2nd Place in the MAC
– Regional Champions
– 13th Place at State
– MAC Coach of the Year – Dave Kissack
– Regional Coaching Staff of the Year – Dave Kissack, Caitlin Schaeffer, & Bethany Hovland
Claire Park – 1st Place – Diving
Aviana Zahara– 4th place – 100 Backstroke
Aviana Zahara, Emily Goodman, Perapa Chotiprasidhi, Lauren Groenenboom – 4th Place – 400 Medley Relay
1st Team All-Conference
Diving – Claire Park, Trinity Shi
200 Medley Relay – Aviana Zahara, Emily Goodman, Perapa Chotiprasidhi, Lauren Groenenboom
500 Freestyle – Emily Goodman
100 Backstroke – Aviana Zahara & Perapa Chotiprasidhi
400 Freestyle Relay – Maggie Burke, Ali Staver, Christy Bishop, Libby Staver