Pulseras, like the one shown above, are being sold in the PVI cafeteria during lunches throughout the week of April 18-22 (Maria Grau/Panther Press)

‘Pulseras’ for a Cause

This week, April 18-22, the PVI Spanish Honor Society is selling pulseras (Spanish for “bracelets”) for five dollars in the cafeteria during lunch. The proceeds from these colorful, handcrafted bracelets go to the Pulsera Project, a nonprofit that provides support to a variety of charitable organizations.

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PREVIEW: ‘Emma!’ The Musical

‘Emma!,’ premiering Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, is a story that many describe as a musical version of the popular teen romance movie, ‘Clueless,’ about a girl named Cher who plays matchmaker at her school in trying to bring two of her teachers together.

PVI hopes to lay the groundwork for a future varsity field hockey team by forming a club squad next fall. (Margaret McConville/Panther Press).

PVI Forming a Field Hockey Club

Looking over past PVI fall sports schedules, you’ll find a number of popular student athlete programs, like soccer, football, and cross country. One that you won’t find? Field hockey.

A group of PVI students are trying to change that, led by sophomore Margaret McConville ‘18 who is working to establish a club team at PVI. This club will serve as the predecessor to an official team that will be formed once the school moves to Loudoun County in 2020.

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A NanoFab-ulous Field Trip

On March 11, PVI students enrolled in AP Physics had the opportunity to visit the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Students toured NanoFab, the nanotechnology fabrication branch of the institution, and attended talks given by high-level scientists at NIST on topics ranging from how to get into science as a career, to atomic clocks.

Photo courtesy of PVI Yearbook (Eileen Curren/Panther Press)

PVI Student Earns Perfect Score on AP Exam

PVI’s Landon Labuskes ‘17 has accomplished a feat shared by only twelve students in the world: a perfect score on the AP Calculus AB exam. Although an impressive accomplishment for anyone, Landon was a fourteen-year-old sophomore when he took the exam and received the perfect score.

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Baker’s Corner: Mom’s Coffee Cake

Don’t let the name “Coffee Cake” fool you, there is no coffee taste to it. It is a mix of snickerdoodle and sunshine. It is a tradition that has been passed down through generations of my mother’s family, and now I am passing it onto you. I hope you find as much comfort in it as I have.

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ACH: PVI Seniors Find Time to Pursue their Passions

The second semester of senior year can be a taxing time for students. At Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, many seniors are deeply involved in afterschool activities, whether they play a varsity sport, act in a PVI Players’ production or flaunt their school spirit in the “VI Man” student section. What their peers may not know is that many seniors also devote themselves to extracurricular passions outside of school while still keeping up with difficult course loads.

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PVI Seniors Prep for the Primary

On Tuesday, March 1, Virginia will hold its presidential primary, giving many PVI seniors the opportunity to vote for the first time. Despite many students expressing a general dissatisfaction with the pool of candidates, most seniors interviewed said they do intend to vote in the Virginia primary.

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PVI’s King Named McDonald’s All-American

PVI senior student and varsity basketball player, VJ King, has received a prestigious honor in the world of sports: a spot on the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Team. To be placed on the team, a student athlete must receive a nomination and out of the over eight hundred nominations, only twenty four players in the United States are selected for placement on either the East or West regional teams. King is the first athlete from PVI to receive this award.

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In Book or Movie, ‘The Martian’ Soars

Andy Weir’s debut novel, The Martian, began humbly as a serialized story on Weir’s personal website, but since then it has taken off astronomically (pun intended). Many who read the novel on the website requested that Weir put his story on Amazon, and he acquiesced, setting the novel at the lowest possible price. Then, as the book became extremely popular, climbing Amazon’s sci-fi charts, a publisher approached Weir, and soon, movie rights were purchased. Now, the film has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, a perfect end to the rags-to-riches story.