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The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

 Sam Bankman-Fried during his court case after posting a 250 million dollar bail.

Sam Bankman-Fried loses crypto company

Daniel Zietlow, Sports Editor January 12, 2023

Cryptocurrency began in 2009 with the release of Bitcoin. The digital currency has taken off with multiple other companies forming their own kind. The users can obtain cryptocurrency by “mining,” a...

Elon Musks tweets have drawn substantial attention since he bought Twitter in October.

A struggling Twitter: A tragedy or opportunity?

Isaiah Steele, Site manager January 11, 2023

It feels like it was only last week that Elon Musk became the majority shareholder and CEO of Twitter. But since then, a lot has happened within the company, after Musk acquired the company as a result...

The Libertarian party is now considered a major party in the state of Iowa.

Libertarian Party Gains in Iowa, Plans on Future Growth

Isaiah Steele, Site manager January 11, 2023

Following the midterm elections held this November, many assessments were made about the state of our nation and where it is headed politically. Although some predicted a “red wave” in the weeks leading...

Tech companies have aggressively laid workers off in recent months due to tougher economic conditions.

Tech Companies Lay workers Off Amid Downturn

Isaiah Steele, Site manager January 11, 2023

In a digital age that is setting fire to an explosion of innovation in STEM fields, it is easy for the average individual to assume that there must be plenty of room in the rocket to the moon. But in light...

303 Creative’s website contains a portfolio of all work done by the company. Many of these works are religious.

Religious freedom is once again being used to attack the queer community

Tommy Glennon, Copy Editor January 11, 2023

On Dec. 5, the Supreme Court heard 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, a case determining the right of businesses to discriminate on the grounds of the 1st Amendment’s right to free speech. At the center...

Amidst discussions for how to save the Earth’s climate, a recent scientific breakthrough may have posed the solution.

Nuclear fusion breakthrough sparks hope for addressing Earth’s climate

Daniel Marshall, Multimedia Manager January 10, 2023

In the midst of discussions following the issues of fossil fuels, a scientific breakthrough has posed an unexpected solution. The answer lies, near exclusively portrayed in movies and media, in  fusion...

A key aspect of Governor Reynoldss plan for Iowa in the upcoming legislative session involves school choice and postsecondary education.

Governor Reynolds outlines education agenda in condition of the state address

Jake Wilsted, Business Manager January 10, 2023

The gavel banged at 10 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2023 to signal the start of the new Iowa legislative session. This is the seventh consecutive year that Republicans have maintained control of the Iowa Senate, House,...

The Bettendorf Public Librarys Dinosaur Library card lies in front of some books as the library recently went fine-free.

A new chapter at the bettendorf public library: why and how they are going fine-free

Pranav Suresh, Arts & Entertainment Editor January 10, 2023

As the bells ring the new year in, everybody is set on new resolutions and self improvement; one's resolution may be to exercise more, to be more grateful or to read more books. With that last resolution,...

The advancement of artificial intelligence serves as both a benefit and a drawback for students and teachers alike.

Artificial intelligence: A double edged sword for students and teachers

Jake Wilsted, Business Manager January 10, 2023

Artificial intelligence (AI) has made great strides in recent years. Mainly tasked with making life simpler, artificial intelligence has ranged from mapping technology to handwriting recognition. As time...

Dylan Englebrecht prepares to vote in the 2020 election. He also attended the Republican caucus earlier in the election cycle.

Iowa poised to lose first-state status in 2024 Democratic primary

Gretchen Highberger, Copy Editor January 9, 2023

Since 1972, the Iowa caucuses have marked the start of a busy schedule of presidential primaries. However, the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee voted to approve President Joe...

Sports bars like Buffalo Wild Wings are known for their massive impact on the sports betting community.

The growth of sports books

Atharv Neema, Business Manager January 9, 2023

In the past year, there has been a significant increase in the number of sports betting apps available and used by consumers. This trend is attributed to many factors, including the legalization and regulation...

Senior Atharv Neema enjoys rides in his Tesla.

Amidst aggressive push for EVs, doubts arise about an all electric future

Sam Brown, Copy Editor January 9, 2023

In the past five years, electric vehicles (EVs) have dramatically changed the automotive industry in many ways. Increasing climate awareness, government tax credits for EVs and rapid battery innovation...

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