Pioneer Valley HS

October 18, 2017

Issue 43, Vol. 3

Sports: 

         
Wed    18-Oct    11:30    G Golf League Finals @ Chalk Mtn
            
Thurs    19-Oct    4/5/6    FR/JV/V Vball @ Atascadero           
Thurs    19-Oct    4:30    B W Polo vs Righetti (Novice)           
Thurs    19-Oct    3:30    G V Tennis @ Righetti           
Thurs    19-Oct    3:30    G JV Tennis vs Righetti           
Thurs    19-Oct    5:00    FR Fball vs Paso Robles
            
Fri    20-Oct    4:00    JV Fball vs Cabrillo           
Fri    20-Oct    7:00    V Fball vs Cabrillo           
Fri    20-Oct    TBD    Xcountry @ Clovis Invite
            
Sat    21-Oct    TBD    JV Leageu Wpolo Tournament @ PVHS

Sports & Activities

Activities:

Wednesday, October 18

 FCA - lunch - Room 555

GLO Club - lunch - Room 551/552

Club Salsa Caliente - Lunch - Room 603

Homecoming skit dress rehearsal - 6 pm - gym

 

 Thursday, October 19

Center Stage - lunch - Room 202

FCCLA - lunch - Room 5313

Health and Wellness Club - lunch - Room 605

Homecoming Queen Practice - 6 pm - Room 508

 

 Friday, October 20

Homecoming Rally Schedule - 4th period - gym

 

Saturday, October 21

Homecoming Dance - 8 pm - 10:30 pm - gym

Homecoming Dresses

-Selen Arechiga & Jacklyn Cruz

Homecoming is this weekend and many people are doing so much to prepare for the night. Whether it’s getting your dance moves perfect, or finding people to go with, homecoming is something many prepare for ahead of time. Especially when it comes to the outfits for the dance. Here are some panthers and their HOCO dresses:

"For homecoming I'm going on a party bus and we're planning on going to San Luis Obispo so we'll probably eat at Firestone. My date is my best friend and love. The color we're going with is hunter green." -Tulip (12) 

"I'm so excited for homecoming! At first, I was stuck between this dress and another one, but I eventually decided on this one. My dress is short and light yellow with a bedazzled top." -Valeria Knol (10)

"For homecoming, I'm going to get something to eat with my date and a group of people. I don’t know if I'm getting my hair done, really, I just want to put it up but I guess I got to do something with it. My dress is short and gold and it has a bunch of sparkles everywhere because I love sparkly stuff so it's really sparkly. I got it in Los Angeles." -Charlize Placencia (9)

"For homecoming, I'm going to be wearing a short puffy dress. I've done burgundy and black, so this year I'm going to go with gray. It's strapless and has jewels on it." Kassandra Mendoza (11)

"I'm very excited for homecoming. Me and my boyfriend and our friends are going out to eat, we're still debating where to go. My dress is black, skin tight, and velvet. My dress was around 30 bucks, I got it at a store in San Luis Obispo." -Savanah Flores (11)

Review: The Wonderful World Over a Rainbow

-Marika Whaley

No two songs have ever been merged so beautifully as in Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s medley “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/ What a Wonderful World” when the song was first released in 1990. The relaxing Hawaiian melody and heartfelt lyrics sweep away even the largest of troubles.

 

    Originally adapted from Louis Armstrong’s 1967 song “What a Wonderful World” and 1939 song by Judy Garland, “Over the Rainbow” in the movie The Wizard of Oz, Kamakawiwo’ole transformed the simple instrumental beat into one solely his own. The medley was first recorded in 1998 by Big Boy Records and in 1993 by Mountain Apple Company; by 2004 reached #12 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Tracks and ever since been a well-known song featured in many movies and television shows such as Charmed, 50 First Dates, and Meet Joe Black, just to name a few.

 

The song soothes and deepens. Using only a Ukulele and his voice Kamakawiwo’ole speaks the language of the soul, body and mind which reaches every mood whether it be happy or sad. The three-and-a-half-minute song retains a stillness in its tone that can be heard like the gentle ocean waves that move just enough to sway but not overpower. It’s the perfect balance and a taste of Hawaiian paradise.

 

“He has a really nice voice, it's relaxing,” said Eduardo Ruiz, senior and Band member and “he plays the ukulele well.”

 

    With the combination of two original songs being rolled into such an inspiring melodic masterpiece it's even more surprising that the lyrics would hold such powerful meaning as well, but yet they do. The beauty felt in the feeling of being up so high “somewhere over the rainbow” in a place where worries soar over the things that once puzzled or troubled you with sights that stem only from “dreams that you dreamed of once in a lullaby,” where you ponder the journey of freedom. Yet as the song continues it goes to show that the awes of life not only lay in what rests beyond but also what wonder can be found in the moments of the present. Is it to “see trees of green” or “see skies of blue” that makes life so precious? Or maybe it the “people [and time] passing by?” Perhaps the song questions whether it is all the moments that together make up this “wonderful world.”

 

 Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s 1990 medley “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/ What a Wonderful World” presents a piece of art that has the power to influence and shape, as the words flow off such a gifted tongue in a harmonious tune which we can all understand.

 

Today in 2017 and looking back at such an influential song, it is awe-inspiring to see that Kamakawiwo lives on in his work.

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JV Tennis Hosts Atascadero

-Jose Perez

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Volleyball Senior Night, AKA Brenda's Night

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It is unbelievable being the only senior on the team. Like mentioned before, I never thought I would become the only senior. I thought I would share this day with many of my former teammates. I am more than happy for the teammates I have. They are all hard workers who pursue to improve on their skills. Each in everyone has something to offer to the team. Without one of them the team wouldn't be the team we are today. I taken by surprise when I walked into the gym. It was filled with balloons, posters, and many other decorations. I received so much support from all of my teammates, coaches, team managers, teachers, friends, my best friend Elizabeth, but most importantly my family. Throughout my whole volleyball career I went through many hardships as well as accomplishments but in the end they all paid off. There were times where I would focus too much on my mistakes but there was always someone there to bring me back up. They were there to lend a shoulder and offer me their advice. I am so thankful for everyone who attended and those who sent their best wishes through the phone. -Brenda Linares 

-Zander Moreno