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The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

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Ian Kaffenberger, 2020 Pleasant Valley graduate, tragically passed away on Aug. 26, but is remembered by family and friends as a mentor and friend whose impact will live on for years to come.

Remembering a fallen Spartan: A tribute to Ian Kaffenberger

Kushi Maridu, Co-Editor-In-Chief September 27, 2022

2020 Pleasant Valley graduate Ian Kaffenberger meant many things to many people: a loving son, a dear brother, a best friend, a winning athlete, an adored mentor, a role model, and more. And when Ian’s...

NHI participants walk across the Augustana College campus to attend a mock legislative session.

Latino Youth Forging the Future

Katy Babcock, Copy Editor September 27, 2022

Latino people make up 19% of the United States population. Comprising nearly one-fifth of the nation's inhabitants, the prosperity of this ethnic group is essential to America's future.  The National...

PV’s Muslim Student Association ran a henna booth at Pleasant Valley Highschool’s homecoming carnival in order to collect proceeds for flood relief.

QC community raises awareness about Pakistan floods

Rupika Jai Ganesh, Feature Editor September 26, 2022

Since the start of monsoon season in June, over one-third of Pakistan has been submerged underwater, while the rest of the country faces substantial damages.  The 2022 Pakistan floods are the deadliest...

The National High School Ethics Bowl competition teaches high school students tto hink critically about deeply nuanced and timely issues.

Ethics Bowl teaches teens to find truth in today’s divisive world

Shobini Iyer, Co Editor-in-Chief September 26, 2022

Tipping at restaurants, consuming animal products, the suffering of wild animals— ethical dilemmas are everywhere. However, not everyone is equipped with the knowledge to dissect these issues head-on....

Generation Z reaction to tragic events

Gen Z’s inappropriate reactions to tragedy

Lydia Sommer, PV Only Editor September 20, 2022

A fish with music is not generally regarded as funny, but for Gen Z, odd jokes like such is what humors them. Known as being the internet-crazed, self-reliant, and critical generation, Gen Z has a peculiar...

Charles Budan at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the new Anne Frank exhibit at the Putnam Museum.

Quad Cities’ community honors Holocaust history

Katy Babcock, Copy Editor September 20, 2022

Almost a century ago, human history endured one of its most horrid tragedies: the Holocaust.  The year 2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Author Anne...

Pleasant Valley Student practicing welding

An increase in desire for trade schools

Quinn Russell, Design Manager September 19, 2022

Picking a profession after high school can be difficult. Institutions and parents are always pushing for their children to decide on a profession. College is one of the most expensive choices a person...

Five cities brewing is one of the many businesses that Mark Roemer part owns with his partner Brian Olsen to make them so successful.

Insight of Successful Businesses

Kira McAuliffe, Student Life Editor September 9, 2022

Businesses and restaurants have been booming all over the Quad Cities in the last couple of years. Some of these successful businesses have been developed by Mark Roemer and his business partners.  His...

Ryan Doyle and Grace Moore after Doyle’s Football Game.

Never Truly Away: Relationships in Today’s Society

Quinn Russell, Design Manager September 8, 2022

Relationships in today's society are completely different than what they were 20 years ago.  Many things factor into relationships and the advancements of technology have changed the ways people interact....

The iPod was a groundbreaking device of its time, but new technology has rendered it obsolete.

The death of the iPod: An end to the reign of musical monarchy

Anagha Sudhindra, Copy Editor May 25, 2022

Apple recently announced the “death” of the iPod, a nostalgic yet slightly outdated gadget acclaimed for its portable music. Apple will no longer manufacture this music-playing device, and it will...

Horses race at the Kentucky Derby.

The History of the Kentucky Derby and gambling

Carson Knebel, Student Life Editor May 24, 2022

It is difficult to name an American sporting event with more tradition and history than the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby is the oldest sporting event in America, debuting in 1875. Nicknamed “The...

Sorting and distributing goods at a food pantry.

Beast Philanthropy is more than clickbait

Ryan Vance, Business Manager May 24, 2022

YouTube has become a real job opportunity that can help creators live their dream lives. One successful YouTuber is using his earned money to make a difference in the lives of others. Jimmy Donaldson,...

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