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.

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.

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.

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.

ACH: Paul VI Student Trailblazes a New Program

Hannah Fulop, a senior at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, is the first student to take advantage of the school’s new Directed Independent Study (DIS) program. Under the guidance of science teachers Michael Potter and Eileen Liberti, Fulop is culturing and growing fruit fly cells without instructions and using lab procedures she’s designed herself.

PVI’s Got Options

The past few weeks have been exciting for PVI’s Options program, from dancing the night away at the Special Olympics dance to playing their hearts out at the Under the Lights Soccer tournament on Monday night, Oct. 19. The Panther athletes had a lot of support from their classmates as fellow PVI students cheered them on all week.

EDITORIAL: PVI Student Reflects on Cultural Exchange, Invites Others to Follow

When you think of the nation of Japan, the first thing that probably comes to mind for you is “sushi.” When I think of Japan, the first thing that comes to my mind is the phrase “daisuki,” or 大好き which means love. The reason that my exposure and first thoughts of a culture are so different is because I had the opportunity to participate in a program called High School Diplomats (HSD).