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Mr. Callahan receiving the news he was just awarded the ESP of the Year last December
Mr. Thomas Callahan wins the NJDOE Educational Services Professional of the Year Award
Mya Collins, News Editor • January 12, 2023

Mr. Thomas Callahan III was selected as the New Jersey Department of Education Educational Services Professional of the 2022-23 year for his notable work as a counselor within RV’s Personalized Readiness...

Madame Pope with Principal Martin, Superintendent Heilig and Mrs. Matozzo, RVs Director of Curriculum and Instruction
"The kind of teacher who makes you want to explore": Madame Pope awarded RV Teacher of the Year
Isaiah Dupree, Managing Editor • December 21, 2022

French teacher, French National Honor Society Advisor, French club advisor and 1:1 World Instruction Facilitator Kimberly Pope was recently named...

Musks takeover has drawn criticism and ire from within the company and beyond
Elon Musk's bumpy Twitter takeover
Jacob Berr, News Writer • December 21, 2022

Elon Musk has made controversial changes to Twitter’s content moderation since he took over the platform on October 27. Musk is a self-declared...

The Friendship Gate in Chinatown at Arch and 10th Street, blocks from the proposed arena
Sixers proposed arena draws protests from Chinatown residents
Kathleen DeJesus, Arts & Culture Writer • February 1, 2023

Over the holidays protests erupted throughout Chinatown against the 76ers proposed arena. On Christmas day in December, a plethora of Chinatown residents took to the streets in protest against the 76er’s...

Joel Embiid fights for a rebound against the Pistons on January 10
Courtside with Aaron: Breaking news! The Sixers are a great [regular season] team!
January 25, 2023

Courtside with Aaron is a regular column featuring the perspective of Sports Editor Aaron Rigby.   What else is new? The Philadelphia...

Jalen Hurts following the Eagles victory last night
Dallas Goedert and the Eagles to New York: "Get out of our way"
January 22, 2023

The Philadelphia Inquirer had an article this morning all about how Eagles TE Dallas Goedert's stiff-arming of Giants CB Adoree’ Jackson in...

Buffalo Bills Damar Hamlin is examined after his collapse on the field against Cincinnati on January 2
Damar Hamlin recovers from the "game of [his] life"
January 10, 2023

The Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills were set to face off against each other on Monday, January 2, in what was meant to be a heavily anticipated...

No date for love day? No problem
No date for love day? No problem
Rebecca Walter, Arts & Culture Writer • February 1, 2023

Every Valentine’s Day, I and everyone else is bombarded with the same content: lovesick couples on romantic picnics or having dinner in nice restaurants. If you don’t have a partner (or have no interest...

Top five classic rom-coms to warm your heart on Valentines Day
Top five classic rom-coms to warm your heart on Valentine's Day
February 1, 2023

It’s Valentine's Day season, which means it is the time of the year to indulge in chocolate and watch the best rom coms with your significant...

Scenes from Matilda from the Broadway run
"Matilda the Musical" is light-hearted and lovely in its portrayal of the classic story
February 1, 2023

By now, we all know the story of the young girl whose parents resented her, who was too smart for her age, and had magical powers: “Matilda.”...

Top five love songs for Valentines Day
Top five love songs for Valentine's Day
February 1, 2023

Personally, I have heard the same ten love songs on repeat right around this time. These songs always either talk about a breakup and how they...

The new RV grading scale better matches grading scales around the country
The grading scale: a retrospective
February 1, 2023

This school year marked the start of something: a new way of grading. In the RV Family Summer Letter 2022, Superintendent Heilig named the transition from a seven-point grading scale to a ten-point grading...

Pit bulls have gotten a bad rap throughout the last century
The pit bull bias
January 5, 2023

Pit bulls, just like so many dogs, have been unfairly labeled as a dangerous breed. Their reputation often misleads people into believing that...

Just Stop Oil protestors after throwing soup on Van Goghs Sunflowers piece in October
The "Just Stop Oil" protests are doing more harm than good
January 5, 2023

I’m sure by now you have seen at least one protest for the movement “Just Stop Oil.”  Most famously, they smeared cake on the “Mona...

Casual representation: absent but implicit
Casual representation: absent but implicit
December 21, 2022

Representation in the media has long been out of date and thus continues to be ineffective in normalizing minority cultures and lifestyles. The...

Meet the Staff
Jacob Berr
Jacob Berr
News Writer

Jacob Berr is a sophomore Holly Spirit writer for the News Section. Jacob is a member of the RVTV crew as well as writing about current events. When Jacob graduates, he wishes to go to college and become...

Hailey Figueroa
Hailey Figueroa
Opinions Writer

Hailey Figueroa is new to the Holly Spirit staff and writes for the opinions section. Hailey is also in the Environmental Club, RV Helping Animals Club, RVRHS Students for Lemons Club, and the No Hate...

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