Congratulations to Anna Blair, Shannon Culloo, Nicholas Metz, Gwyneth Thomas and Mary Viceconte on being honored as a Commended National Merit Student in the 2016-2017 competition for The National Merit Scholarship Program.  The staff and students join me in recognition of this very special achievement.
I am proud to announce that two  Smoke Signal writers have recently been awarded with Best of SNO recognition for specific articles.
Congratulations to both Robyn Roznitsky and Jamie Ryu for receiving the honor for "Bringing healthy soccer to underprivileged areas" and "Why I don't stand for the pledge", respectively.
Best of SNO is a website that features the best online student journalism pieces from all over the world.  SNO, or School Newspapers Online, is the company that The Smoke Signal uses to run our site.  Over 2,000 other student newspapers around the globe also use this company as well, so it is an honor when one of our pieces is chosen to be featured on Best of SNO.  If you would like to see other articles that have been given this honor in the past, make sure to check out our awards page on the Smoke Signal tab. 

PVHS Environmental Club Awarded BCUA Grant

Pascack Valley High School is pleased to announce that its Environmental Club recently received a grant award from the Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA). The grant, part of the BCUA Environmental Awareness Challenge Grant Program, will be used to install reusable water bottle refill stations throughout the high school to encourage plastic bottle re-usage and conservation. The grant was presented to Environmental Club executive board members along with club advisors and PV science teachers Ms. Kristen Lindstrom and Mrs. Michela Piccoline at a ceremony held at Bergen Community College on Friday, October 7. Julianna Xhaferi, Cassidy Smith, Belle Muggeo, Naria Zuluaga, and Rachel McCambridge.

Congratulations to our AP Scholars:
Ariana Aguero, Kyle Comito, Shannon Culloo, Valery Berenshtein, Jodie Hoffman, Jamie Minervini, Kanako Muratomi, Mary Kate Viceconte, Nicholas Metz, Matthew O'Donnell, Christian Philip, Emilio Quevedo, Jacob Ricco, Eva Rosini, Alyssa Saladino, Brian Sumereau, Gwyneth Thomas, Matthew Urrea and Olivia Wang.
About 100 student journalists from all over the country listen to a brief presentation by someone with an interesting backstory, have  a   Q&A session with the person, and then have about 90 minutes to write a feature story about it.  The stories are judged that night by a nationwide panel of experts.