Pioneer Valley HS

November 15, 2017

Issue 61, Vol. 3

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Sports & Activities



 Wednesday, November 15

 FCA - lunch - Room 555

 Club Salsa Caliente - Lunch - Room 603

PV Trailblazers Club - L:unch - Room 211

GSA - lunch - Room 214

Freshman Krispy Kreme money due by 3 pm 


  Thursday, November 16

Center Stage - lunch - Room 202

FCCLA - lunch - Room 5313

GLO Club - lunch - 551/552

Health and Wellness Club - lunch - Room 605

UNICEF Club - lunch - Room 214


Friday, November 17

Krispy Kreme delivery

Survey: Low top Vs. High top Vans

Vans have been one of the biggest shoe brands besides Converse, Nike and Jordan brand.  Vans have been around since 1966. Vans has been mostly part of the Skater movement and has been created from the Van Brothers. The brother's names were Paul Van Doren, James Van Doren, Gordon C Lee, and Serge D'Elia opened the first Vans store under the name The Van Doren Rubber Company in Anaheim, California. One of the reason why Vans is famous is because of their term, Off the Wall. Off the wall was a saying that the skaters back in the mid 70's used to say when riding pools. They were coming Off the Wall! So, Vans' first official skateboarding shoe was on March 18th 1976 and had the Off the Wall newly created logo on it. The skaters were allowed to customize their shoes in any color. The original version of the Vans skateboard logo was designed in Costa Mesa, California in the 1970s by Mark Van Doren at the age of 13.  The son of then President- and co-owner James Van Doren, Mark designed the logo as a stencil to be spray painted on his skateboards.  Initially introduced for the heel tab on an early Vans’ skateboard shoe, the Style 95, this original Vans skateboard logo is an important part of Vans history." In 1988, Paul Van Doren and Gordon C Lee sold the Vans company to the banking firm McCown De Leeuw & Co. for US$74.4 million. In 1989, many manufacturers of counterfeit Vans shoes were apprehended by the US and Mexican officials and ordered to cease production. In 2004, Vans announced it would merge into North Carolina based VF Corporation.

Everyone Should be a Foreign Exchange Student

-Judith Seivert 

“The last year was the best year of my life. I experienced so many things, I grew up and I found friends who I will have for my whole life,” said Hanna Roedel, Junior in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Being a foreign exchange student is the best way for teenagers to become adults and it should be a requirement for everybody in high school. A foreign exchange student travels for at least 3 months without family or any acquaintances to a foreign country. You go to school, learn the language, meet new people and get to know another culture. During this time, you live together with a host family who takes care of you.  You are not allowed to receive visits from your family or friends back home. You also cannot visit your home during this time period. There are many programs from which you choose. They help you organize everything and support you with any problems you may have.

“It was the best decision I could have ever made! I spent 10 months in Australia and I can’t wait to visit my host family and friends again,” said Juliane Fuchs, Junior in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. “They are like my second family and I am so glad that I was able to meet them”.

Students who participate in a foreign program are more open than normal students. We get to know a different culture and we learn how to behave and respect people. We learn how to make friends by ourselves. In the beginning, a foreign exchange student has nobody with whom we can talk in our own language. We can’t wait for the skinniest or prettiest friend; we are in a position where we shouldn’t be picky. We learn to be open to make as many friends as possible without waiting for somebody to talk to them.

“In the beginning, I was a bit shy and I thought that more people would come to talk to me. But my school was so big that nobody knew that I am from Germany,” said Ronja Schuette, senior in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. “I had to go to the people and I got to know so many great students. Now, I don't have problems anymore to talk to strangers.”

After this year, your language skills improve a lot and you have a better chance at success in school or getting a good job. For the entire time in a different country, you hear another language and you try to speak it. After a short while, you understand almost everything, and you even begin to think and dream in a different language.

“I learned English at school for six years and I could speak and understand a lot. But I wanted to improve my language to be more confident in talking to other people. After a while, I could speak without thinking about every word or sentence and it was like my other language,” said Joana Waldmann, Junior in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Some may worry that you will be homesick because you miss your family and friends too much. You can’t see your acquaintances for a long time as an exchange student. However, you will be able to see your family after a couple of months.  It’s not a goodbye forever. Besides, with new technology you can see your family through FaceTime, Snapchat, Instagram or Skype. You can send text messages and you don’t have to wait for weeks until they get your letters.

“Missing my family and friends was a part of my exchange year, but I experienced so much, and I had so much fun with my new friends that I wasn’t really homesick. I could call them whenever I felt like seeing them with a video call,” said Nadja Jacobs, Senior in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. “During this time, you recognize how important family and friends are and when you will come back, the conjunction will be stronger within your family. And I also found who is my friend for real.”

Unfortunately, travelling to a foreign country all alone is a difficult thing for people to realize. Lots of people are just too scared or have no motivation to get to know the world to understand other cultures. Look into a local foreign exchange program. There is a world waiting outside your borders.

Next Survey: Self-Driving Cars

How do you feel about self-driving cars?

Take this week's survey and let our readers know!

Vegetarian vs. Meat Eater

-Marika Whaley

For 2.3 million years humans have relied on meat as their main source of nutrients, but today the rise of vegetarianism has people wondering what exactly we should be eating. Some claim, “Eat veggies!” while others voice the benefits of a meat based diet. Perhaps the answer lies not in this side or that but instead, in balance.

One of the most famous misconceptions about the term vegetarian is the many other forms in which it presents itself, some of which are as follows: vegan, pescatarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, ovo-vegetarian, and lacto-vegetarian; all of which have different restrictions and categories. Today, “the vegetarian” is defined by the Vegetarian Society as “someone who lives on a diet of grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, fungi, algae, yeast and/or some other non-animal-based foods with, or without, dairy products, honey and/or eggs.”

But Vanessa Anguiano, junior, said she couldn't become a vegetarian because she enjoys the flavor of meat and the nutrition it has. She also feels eating meat is great for someone who is working out and doing body building.

In fact, the first recognized legacy for the promotion of vegetarianism came from the Greek philosopher Pythagoras (580 B.C.E.) who taught of souls and reincarnation. He believed that souls resided in both animal and human lives, and eating them corrupted the soul and prevented union with a higher form of reality. He also believed eating meat caused humans to wage war with one another, a concept that influenced the work of the Greek philosopher Plato (428 B.C.E.)

A former vegetarian Brita Vicente, senior, said, “It was hard having to make my own food, and I had to eat veggie burgers,” but she enjoyed the overall experience.

Vegetarianism isn't exactly a new thing, and actually isn't as popular as many might think. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture(USDA) only 3.3% of the U.S. adult population are vegetarian and only 4% of the youth population have diverted to a meatless diet. As the rise in cancer and disease rates continue to grow it has scientists looking to our diets for explanation, and the results to which are quite stunning and sadly unknown to many.

Various studies have linked processed and red meat to the increase in risk of many cancers including but not limited to breast, lung, pancreas, stomach, esophagus and prostate; while also raising the risk to developing diseases such as diabetes and high cholesterol. The non-profit organization, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, noted that meat contains animal protein, saturated fat, and, in some cases, carcinogenic compounds such as heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) that are believed to increase cancer risk.

While many might argue that meat harms health, causes deforestation and promotes animal cruelty; others beg to differ, claiming that producing crops causes many of the same environmental concerns and contains many of its own health issues including vitamin B12 and D deficiency, low bone density, and insufficient levels of omega-3 fatty acids, all of which if left untreated can have threatening effects on one's life.

Today the world's population is around 7.6 billion and is estimated to be around 11.2 billion people by 2100. The ocean covers 70% of the Earth Surface and land makes up 30% but 11% of that land is used for Agriculture. A report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says 26 percent of the earth's terrestrial surface is used for livestock grazing causing a decrease in forests and natural habitat. Both crop farming and animal farming cause a lasting effect on the environment which will only continue to get worse as population rate increases; however, the future perspective on diet may hold out to some promising solutions.

A Switzerland Company Essento, for example, is trying to incorporate a bug based diet into the focus of both Western and Northern standards of eating, claiming it cost less, provide nutrients and reduce the need to clear more land for farming. Their main course on the menu, mealworms. But they are not the only ones, other companies are finding it healthier and cost efficient to add ground bug protein to health snacks and protein shakes.

“I have tried fried crickets from the Philippines and it was good,” said Jaezel Garcellano, senior. But she can't imagine eating worms for lunch. “I’ll eat gummy worms but that's it.”

It may not be your wish to begin the bug diet but as for eating right, balance is always key. So instead of the regular high cholesterol dinner, swap out red meat for white such as chicken, turkey and fish that tend to be leaner and beneficial to the daily diet. It's also important to remember the nutrients obtained from vegetables and fruits are also key components of a healthy diet; perhaps with those thoughts we can all eat a bit healthier and live a lot longer.


* Questions: That correlate with the Vegetarian Survey taken by 30 students at PVHS

  1. Are you a vegetarian?

  2. If meat caused cancer and diabetes would you become a vegetarian?

  3. Would you date someone who is a Vegetarian?

  4. Does a vegetarian eat no meat or some meat?


Living for the future,

We take in one day as if it were a second.

However, it's this time of year where we bask

in all of the beauties that life provides for us.


Gratuity for life itself;

It is the very soul of our existence.

The complex structure of our minds

and the capabilities of them

Are so easily overlooked.


It is time to recognize

The wonders of this world.

The planet we call home.

Floating within the untouched,

Never ending pits of space.


It is time for our loved ones as they

Overfill our hearts with joy.

They are the sun, soil, and water

That helped us bloom to who we are today.


It's the small moments in life that make living worthwhile.


-Alexis Dagar