ACH: Band, Strings Ensemble Not Afraid to Have Fun

It’s been a busy year for Paul VI Catholic High School’s music program. In addition to a Star Wars-inspired winter concert and a strings ensemble performance at the Volunteer Fairfax Awards Gala in April, the program looks forward to entertaining runners in the Army 10-miler race in October.

The 2015-2016 PVI Options Class. Front row: L-RMcKenna Loftus, Connor Andahl, Caroline Tacogue, Elizabeth Eisenburg, Emma Erhardt, Shaylyn Smith, Skye Marsili. Back row: Anthony DeNoyior, Tommy Ngo, Emily Duffy, Olivia Baker, Allie Makoutz, Tyler O’Hara, Zach Fowler.

A Proud Partnership for PVI Options and Mason LIFE

In 1998, four families came up with an idea that would signify a paramount shift in special education at PVI and beyond. Recognizing a need for inclusive secondary education for students with intellectual disabilities, several families came together to form what would eventually become the Options program at PVI.

Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

SAT 2.0: What to Expect

In March, College Board launched the updated version of the SAT, making several changes to the traditional standardized test high school students have come to know. The first wave of PVI students have taken this new test and have reported back to Panther Press on what this updated version is like.


For PVI Seniors, ‘Decision Day’ Nears

May 1st, the infamous final deadline for college decisions, is quickly approaching. For some seniors, this comes as immense relief. After months and months of applications, writing essays, alumni interviews, and campus tours, the wait will be over and their futures will be decided for the next few years. For those who have not yet made their decision, or are struggling to decide between two top contenders, these next few days will be stressful and frustrating. And as for the lucky few who applied early decision and heard back in December, they will get to sit back and watch their friends suffer in relative sympathy.

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.


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.


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.


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.