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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

The state of Iowa threatens the rights of transgender individuals.

Gender reaffirming ban legislation threatens LGBTQ+ rights

Sumika Thapa, Feature Editor May 24, 2023

In the past year, the rights of the LGBTQ+ community have faced numerous attacks from GOP politicians, with the passing of the "Don't say gay" law. These laws and numerous accounts of discrimination force...

The debt ceiling could cause irreverisble damage if not addressed by June 1.

Shield sheds light: The debt ceiling

Kushi Maridu, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2023

A severe debt ceiling crisis in the United States threatens to unleash a cascade of destructive consequences if left unattended. The debt ceiling is a mechanism used by the Congress that  authorizes borrowing...

As the United States gets closer and closer to a default, the government is making little progress in finding a reasonable solution.

US debt crisis leaves the government scrambling for solutions

Megan McKnight, Copy Editor May 20, 2023

The US government is springing into action to prevent the country from going into default, which is the US asking forgiveness on its debt, the equivalent of a regular person filing for bankruptcy. If a...

The world is on the edge of its seat as Finland joins the famed NATO pact. Many fear provoking Russia, while others see this as an important step forward on lessening Russias grip on the western world.

Shield Sheds Light: Finland joins NATO

Arissa Khan, Opinion Editor May 19, 2023

Despite minimal news coverage in the last few months, conflict between Ukraine and Russia has yet to reach a stand still. The newest development in the war has been Finland’s approval into the longstanding...

 New York will be switching up their public school reading program to a phonics-based system in hopes of improving reading comprehension for younger students

A 180-degree shift: New York plans on implementing phonics into English studies

Libby Kamp, Sports Editor May 18, 2023

Learning how to read is a vital skill that is taught at a young age for most people. After children start speaking around 12 to 18 months, they begin to read from ages six to eight. Reading not only serves...

A massive dust storm on an Illinois highway caused a pile up of over 70 cars, resulting in 37 serious injuries and seven deaths.

Dust storms wreak havoc in Illinois

Megan McKnight, Copy Editor May 18, 2023

Many Midwesterners are still reeling from the effects of a massive dust storm that hit parts of Illinois on May 1, resulting in a 72 car pile up. Seven people involved in the crash passed away, and 37...

Members of the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) have gone on strike after contract negotiations failed to yield the changes they desired.

WGA strike has ‘striking’ impacts

Jae Jepsen, Copy Editor May 18, 2023

After decades of unfair pay, members of the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) have walked out of the writer’s room and into the picket lines, finally taking a stand against the unfair conditions they...

Dom Lemon and Tucker Carlson have both been fired on the same day, in an event that seems almost planned.

Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon: The two most prominent pundits sacked on the same day

Alex Banerjee, News Editor May 14, 2023

Within 24 hours, both of the biggest political pundits in the US were fired from their respective media companies. On April 23, 2023 Tucker Carlson and Dom Lemon were fired from Fox news and CNN, leaving...

The popular artificial sweetener erythritol has been linked to health problems such as heart attacks and strokes, leading some to question the benefits of sweeteners compared to sugar.

Popular ‘keto-friendly’ artificial sweetener linked to increased risk of health problems

Megan McKnight, Copy Editor May 11, 2023

A new study published in February revealed that consuming large amounts of the artificial sweetener erythritol can lead to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. The sweetener, popularly used...

Future Physicians of America aims to promote high school students entering healthcare professions, including nursing.

Tone deaf attitudes contribute to nurse shortages

Shobini Iyer, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 10, 2023

Making up the largest sector of the health workforce, there are over 4.2 million registered nurses in the United States who are crucial to improving the nation’s health outcomes and closing gaps in access...

From a third story view over Front Street Brewery building, the streets fill up and continue to rise everyday.

How the Quad Cities have braced a dreadful flood season

Grace Sherman and Ike Swanson May 7, 2023

The flooding in the Quad Cities is nothing new, but this year is on track to be the worst flooding since 2019. As the floods persist, local businesses and students fight back to protect their community....

A wall of sandbags keeps the water out of a home in the Pleasant Valley district.

More than a sport: PV student-athletes join together to combat local flooding

Ike Swanson, Business Manager May 7, 2023

As the largest flood since 2019 affects the local Quad Cities community, PV students are joining together and volunteering their time to help protect their peers' homes.  Though the Quad Cities are...

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