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When encouragement became a shove: the accidental pressure of the “Girls in STEM” movement

The recent push for more women in STEM has put many girls in an uncomfortable position.

Alyce Brown, Staff Contributor

June 19, 2020

There need to be more girls in STEM fields, there’s no question. But the assumption that the deficit comes from lack of encouragement fails to consider one thing: simple disinterest. Women in STEM are seen as heros, which many are, but the lack of any intense recognition being extended to women i...

KWQC athlete of the week: Erin Vincel

Senior Erin Vincel poses for a picture during her senior photo session.

Morgan Ramirez, Photo Manager

May 26, 2020

Every week, local news channel KWQC does Spotlight Athlete of the Week. Five to six athletes are nominated by their coaches and put into a poll for the community to vote. This week sports newscaster Joey Donia decided to have all athletes in the poll be cheerleaders.   Pleasant Valley’s own Erin Vincel was nomi...

Ambitious student achieves dream of earning FFA degree

 Cole Claussen earned his Iowa FFA Degree by taking Agricultural Classes at North Scott High School.

Maggie Peterson, Business Manager

May 25, 2020

High school for many can be four years of discovering one's interests and new classes which will prepare them for life. For one PV student, they have been working all of high school to set themselves up for success.  Cole Claussen, a senior at PV, has been taking classes at North Scott for the last th...

Healthcare Heroes: America gives thanks to those on the front line

 Senior Melaney Pendleton will be furthering her education to become a nurse and is overwhelmed by the support healthcare workers are receiving.

Cecilia Zavala, Overflow Section Editor

May 18, 2020

It is not a secret that during this time, the weight of the world is being carried on the backs of essential workers, especially first respondents and those in the health field. While they are hard at work fighting this pandemic, businesses around the country are showing their appreciation.  Krispy...

(Virtual) hugs for heroes and hearts for healthcare workers honor all on the front lines

Senior Cecilia Zavala and her younger sister participate in the Hearts for Healthcare workers campaign.

Sunny Wolfe, Copy Editor

May 18, 2020

During this trying time, people are coming together everywhere to express gratitude for all essential workers and heroes, whether that be nurses, doctors, grocery store employees or many more. KWQC created “Hugs for Heroes,” a way to virtually thank these heroes for all they have done. People c...

Bringing families together by keeping people apart

Senior Nick Kamp and his family work on the garden of their house to kill time during the quarantine.

Elise Johnson, Arts & Entertainment Editor

May 18, 2020

With quarantine pushing people to distance, ironically, families are getting closer together. The COVID-19 pandemic has recently taken over the nation, with many states completely closed and others on stay-at-home orders. With these unfortunate events, however, families are stuck at home together...

Seniors going out with a bang

Seniors (left to right) Maya Johnson, Regan Denny, Ellie Scranton, and Jenna Aller stand in front of their senior night car parade put on by teammates.

Regan Denny, P.V. Editor

May 18, 2020

The best time of any high schooler’s career is the end of their senior year, when they get to finish off their Spring sports, graduate and be celebrated for all of their accomplishments over the last four years. The 2020 graduates however, had a very unique end to their senior year. School was transf...

Teachers try to balance school and home life

Students are now being taught online through zoom calls or google hangouts.

Ilah Perez-Johnson, Sports Editor

May 12, 2020

Many students tend to forget that some teachers are also parents. This time is very stressful for them to be there for their students if they have questions, to make sure the material is prepared for assignments and to make sure to get grades in on time. All of that while simultaneously being a parent i...

#MeToo: Tik Tok encourages users to paint the pain

Senior Claire Isbell shares her story about her sexual assault that took place in the summer of 2019 and encourages women to support other women.

Cecilia Zavala, Overflow Section Editor

May 11, 2020

Every nine minutes Child Protective Services (CPS) finds evidence for a claim of sexual assault. Females are four times more likely to be the victims of sexual abuse and rape, making 82 percent of all victims female. The #MeToo movement is aimed at helping young women and girls who fall victim to all forms of sexual assault. Founded in 2006 by Taran...

Adopted at 18: Facebook trend honors seniors

Senior Katie Garner holds a basket of popcorn that she received from a parent through the “Adopt a Senior” Facebook page.

Morgan Ramirez, Photo Manager

May 4, 2020

Senior year is a special year for all and something we look forward to from the start of high school. The year 2020 sounded like the perfect time to graduate until COVID-19 took it all away.  Despite these tough times, parents around the community put something together to honor those who lost th...

Netflix and Instagram create new series about mental health in young adults

 Sophomore Bella Vondracek logging onto Netflix to watch the new series “Wanna Talk About It” that talks about mental health in young adults.

Cecilia Zavala, Overflow Section Editor

April 28, 2020

Staying six feet apart and only leaving the house when necessary are just some of the CDC’s regulations to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19. With this new “norm,” young adults' mental health may be at risk. Recently, the popular apps Netflix and Instagram have joined forces to release ...

A community that stands together grows together

Morgan Turner’s son watching his birthday parade that’s full of firefighters, his daycare teachers and members of the LeClaire community.

Cecilia Zavala, Overflow Section Editor

April 20, 2020

With the uncertain times the world is being presented with, it’s heart-warming to see the ways communities are coming together to prove one point--we truly are all in this together.  Social distancing parties in the parking lots, birthday parties on the growing app Zoom, birthday parades and t...

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