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Not in the forecast this winter: snow days
Not in the forecast this winter: snow days
Mikaela Bennett, News Writer • March 14, 2023

In early 2022, the NJ Senate considered Bill 464, which would permit NJ schools to use virtual schooling in the event of a snow day. The bill was then passed by the Senate with a vote of 39-0 in March...

Belonging here: a reflection on RVs diversity initiatives
"Belonging here": a reflection on RV's diversity initiatives
The News Desk March 6, 2023

Almost 10 years ago, Rancocas Valley began a review of its policies and procedures to examine the impact of these practices on the increasingly-diverse...

The African American Studies course will move into its pilot year in 23-24
College Board adjusts AP African American Studies course in response to backlash from Florida
August Hobbs, Assistant Editor, News • March 1, 2023

The Florida Department of Education announced that Florida high schools would not be allowing the new AP African American Studies course offered...

Members of Ukraines National Guard patrolling in 2022
One year later: the continuing conflict in Ukraine
Emmanuel Cruzat, News Writer • February 24, 2023

Exactly one year ago today, on February 24, 2022, Russian forces staged a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. What was originally expected to be...

The girls wrestling at the NJSIAA Girls Region South Tournament on February 19
RV wrestles for a cause
Adrienne Austin, Sports Editor • March 1, 2023

The 2022-23 wrestling season at RV was filled with wins, accomplishments, big records and events that support the community.  The boys team has had a season record of 14-12, placing them in second...

LeBron James at the 2022 All-Star Weekend game
Despite star power, enthusiasm for NBA's All-Star weekend continues to wane
March 1, 2023

NBA’s All-Star Weekend is a fun and exciting tradition that has been ongoing for decades, and everybody would hate to see it go. However, there...

Red Devils basketball closes season with final victory at home against Lenape
Red Devils basketball closes season with final victory at home against Lenape
February 21, 2023

The Red Devils Varsity basketball game on February 11 between Rancocas Valley and Lenape proved to be an exciting and close game, ending 61-65...

Hurts and Mahomes will face off this Sunday
Hurts and Mahomes face off in first Black quarterback matchup in history
February 6, 2023

This Sunday, February 12, Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs will be the first two Black quarterbacks...

Elizabeth Friedman helped to crack codes during both World Wars
Women who changed the world: Elizabeth Smith Friedman
Shreya Darji, Arts & Culture Writer • March 23, 2023

Often referred to as the “Mother of cryptology” or “America’s first female cryptanalyst,” Elizabeth Smith Friedman (1892-1980) was a legendary figure in her field, helping to advance cryptology...

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the latest installment from Marvel, which is owned by Disney
Into the Marvelverse: "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" sets up the next generation of Marvel heroes
March 23, 2023

It was almost four years ago when audiences sat tensely in their seats, vision impaired by the tears as they watched their favorite actors' signatures...

Spoiler alert: Cocaine Bear is absolutely terrible
Spoiler alert: "Cocaine Bear" is absolutely terrible
March 20, 2023

“Cocaine Bear,” loosely based on the story of a bear that consumed a duffel bag of cocaine in a forest in Georgia in 1985, may be one of...

The Dance Team huddles before their January Reach for the Stars performance
RV Dance Team heads to Nationals
March 2, 2023

The Rancocas Valley Dance Team, a four-time National Champion team, is on its way to the Nationals Competition while celebrating their 24th anniversary...

For decades, school cafeterias have offered milk as the main beverage at lunch time
Intolerance beyond just lactose: how dietary racism shapes school lunches
March 20, 2023

The alarm rang in my ears as I struggled to rise from bed. I picked up my phone from under the pillow, and my eyes widened at the sight of the time displayed on the faded black background. It was 7:20,...

Images from the civil unrest in Haiti, courtesy of
The U.S. must stay out of Haitian affairs
March 14, 2023

In the wake of the assassination of former Haitian president Jovenel Moïse in July 2021, Haiti has been in complete economic turmoil and a state...

Quick complaining: daylight savings time should be here to stay
Quick complaining: daylight savings time should be here to stay
March 14, 2023

Scenes from the second Sunday in March could very well resemble  “Two Minutes of Hate” from George Orwell’s 1984 because citizens lose...

Student Press Freedom day is celebrated on February 23 to commemorate the anniversary of Tinker v. Des Moines
The importance of freedom: Happy Student Press Freedom Day
February 27, 2023

One day, students in St. Louis’ Hazelwood East High School's Journalism II class "wrote stories about their peers' experiences with teen pregnancy...

Meet the Staff

Theodore Rumberger is a first year Holly Spirit writer for the News Section. At RV, he is the co-founder of Student’s for Lemons and Membership VP of FBLA. Along with being a member of the Best Buddies,...

Mya Collins
Mya Collins
News Editor

Junior Mya Collins is a third-year News Editor for the Holly Spirit. She is involved in the instrumental music program and the soccer team, and she serves as Co-President of the Black Student Union. After...

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