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“This is America” Highlights Flaw in American Politics

Donald Glover, better known as “Childish Gambino,” has taken a break from his self-proclaimed retirement from music to release a single and music video entitled “This is America.” The video highlights many points of modern American culture, including dance trends and samples of prominent contemporary rappers. It also features the uglier parts of American culture,

Showcase article correction

The Pelladium wishes to correct a mistake in our February 27 Issue. Concert and select choir will not be a part of the showcase as reported in the Pelladium. PHS’s two show choirs, AcaPella and Bravo, will perform in the showcase with Jazz 1, Jazz 2, percussion ensembles, and band, orchestra, and choir solos and

Pella in Jazz Champs

Pella’s Jazz I traveled to Ames to compete in the annual All-State Jazz Championships on Thursday, April 5. At Jazz Champs, the band performed in the afternoon at 3:45 for the competition’s judges. Their afternoon performance determined whether or not the band would advance to the finale later that night. According to trumpet player Grayson

Pella Students take on All-State Jazz Band

Congratulations to sophomore Annaleigh Babcock, freshman Isaac Piersma, and senior Adam Start for making All-State Jazz Band! Reporter Jaedyn Witzenburg interviews Babcock and Piersma about their experience auditioning for all-state jazz band. Annaleigh Babcock: Q: What process did you have to go through to get nominated for all-state jazz band? A: We sent in pre-recorded

Foods 2 Students Help Cater for Dutch Masters

      Dutch Masters is a time to showcase show choirs from class 1A-3A schools.  Kathy Van Norden’s Foods 2 class has helped cater for Dutch Masters for the past two years and will continue to this year. Van Norden’s Foods 2 class consists of 18 seniors.       “It takes a lot

PHS Prepares for First Annual Showcase

Pella High’s choir, orchestra, Jazz 1, and Jazz 2 will host its first annual showcase. In the past, the choir department performed at Cabaret and the two jazz bands at Carnaby club. Now, the two are being combined. Principal Eric Nelson originally came up with the idea. ““It came about that being able to showcase

James and the Giant Peach Review

There was certainly a controversy when Speech teachers Suzanne Jones and Ashlee Whittington made the risky decision to tackle a musical instead of their traditional play. I’m not lying when I say that I was very nervous about how the musical was going to pan out. I am happy to say that their risk paid

The History Behind the 2018 AcaPella Show: “Revolution”

Last year, AcaPella brought a murder mystery to the stage with the show What Happened To Mr. Body? and things are no less heated this time around. This year’s show, entitled Revolution, takes the audience back to 1776 in the midst of the American struggle for independence. Inspired in part by the Broadway musical Hamilton,

Marching Dutch Drum Major Interview

The Marching Dutch performed their show “Pinball Wizard” at the homecoming game halftime. Saturday night they also hosted the Marching Dutch Invitational.Junior Levi Dugger is a drum major for the Pella marching band. Reporter Tessa Vander Molen interviewed Dugger about his role as drum major and the Marching Dutch’s show. Q: As a drum major,

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