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Heading into the roaring 20s with increased representation across the nation

Heading into the roaring 20s with increased representation across the nation

Kate Stewart, Copy Editor

January 14, 2020

Throughout the twenty-first century, there have been several advances made within aspects of society such as technology, science and education. However, within the last decade specifically, representation for a wide variety of groups of people has begun to be more prevalent  within the media.  On Oct. ...

2019 Spartan Year-in-Review

2019 Spartan Year-in-Review

Shield Staff

January 14, 2020

As 2019 comes to a close, the Spartans reflect on the many successes of the year. Pleasant Valley students have worked incredibly hard to achieve so many great accomplishments. Students have provided the following articles displaying Spartan excellence in news, sports, and arts & entertainment. F...

2019 in News

Morgan Miller, Copy Editor

January 14, 2020

2019 has provided a collection of memories for students to cherish. As students take a look back at this year’s wild ride, the transformation of this past year is recognized. The past year was undoubtedly one of extremes, beginning with one of the worst winters in history. After five late starts, seve...

2019 in Arts & Entertainment

Morgan McCartney, Business Manager

January 14, 2020

As 2019 comes to a close, the successes of Pleasant Valley’s Art and Entertainment programs makes this year one to remember. PV started the new year off with a bang. In early January, news of senior Annie Warner’s selection into the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensemble’s Concerto made...

2019 in Sports

Sam Rothbardt, Social Media Manager

January 14, 2020

In 2019, PV had many successful sports teams and historical moments. The Spartans trained for many hours to ensure they would keep fond memories of this season for years to come. Here are some of the most successful moments for PV sports from the past year.  The boy’s bowling team had their best ever...

Walking on thin ice

Walking on thin ice

Kate Stewart, Copy Editor

January 2, 2020

On Dec. 2, the island of Whakaari in New Zealand erupted into a fiery blaze, killing over 46 people. Those affected by the blaze had been visiting the island in order to observe the highly active volcano there. The tragic event is still affecting families across the world. But the spread of touri...

PV embraces school lunch debt reform

PV embraces school lunch debt reform

Carly Lundry, Editor in Chief

December 19, 2019

As some students arrive to the lunchroom anxious about which option to choose, others are wondering if they can afford to eat at all. School lunch debt is an ever-growing epidemic that is affecting thousands of worrisome children. One young girl decided to take it upon herself to help her classmates. Kat...

A walk to self-discovery

A walk to self-discovery

Sam Rothbardt, Social Media Manager

December 18, 2019

People discover themselves in different ways. Some people find themselves through activities they participate in, others through religion or by moving to a new place. But one former PV student took a more unique path to self-discovery by simply going on a walk. Ali Young, a 2015 PV graduate, made it her g...

Looking beyond disabilities: A teacher’s inclusive efforts receive recognition

Looking beyond disabilities: A teacher’s inclusive efforts receive recognition

Maddy Licea, Editor in Chief

December 15, 2019

A teacher's job is hard. While many realize that the task of taking care of and teaching adolescents day after day is unique to other professions, the hard work and critical attention that goes into the job often goes unnoticed. Gina Meadows, Special Education Teacher, was recently recognized for her ab...

Teens for Tomorrow: PV students make an impact through youth philanthropy

Teens for Tomorrow: PV students make an impact through youth philanthropy

Alyce Brown, Arts and Entertainment Editor

December 15, 2019

Many little kids dream of growing up to change the world. Too many high schoolers think that childhood aspiration requires a fancy degree or large amounts of power, but a group of Quad City teens is proving that notion wrong. Teens for Tomorrow, a youth philanthropy group, is creating waves of change ...

Wearing the crown of inclusion

Wearing the crown of inclusion

Caitlin Crome, P.V. Editor

December 12, 2019

There is no denying the pageant system has gotten a bad rap in the past decade. While many would say that some of this criticism is unfair, the organizations have made changes to help keep up with the times. From eliminating the swimsuit competition at the Miss America pageant, to creating a more i...

In the dog house: University shamed for live mascot treatment

In the dog house: University shamed for live mascot treatment

Caitlin Crome, P.V. Editor

December 9, 2019

“Lions and tigers and… bulldogs?” Several collegiate teams have recently found their colleges making headlines for their use of live animals as team mascots. University of Georgia (UGA) is one of many collegiate organizations that have received backlash from People for the Ethical Treatment of A...

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