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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 rate of inflation is a constant rise and fall. However recently, inflation has taken its upward trend, working against businesses.

Inflation on the rise: The fall of small businesses

Isa Burkhart, News Section Editor January 18, 2022

Inflation is the increase in the prices of goods and services over time, as defined by the Federal Reserve. For businesses, this can mean higher prices for less profit. What does this mean for small businesses:higher...

Guidelines from the CDC directly affect the education system and how it operates.

Confusing and ever-changing: CDC quarantine guidelines impact schools

Jillian Keppy, P.V. Only Editor January 12, 2022

As the two-year mark of the start of the pandemic approaches, Americans are beginning to wonder when, if ever, COVID-19 will become a virus of the past.  Cases are on the rise in the United States...

With the flu and COVID_19 hitting the US at the same time, people are wondering how to differentiate between the viruses.

The Twindemic: How the flu and coronavirus are becoming more prominent

Kushi Maridu, Site Manager January 11, 2022

This fall and winter have been plagued by the record-breaking cases of the flu and COVID-19. With a new coronavirus variant and the inefficacy of the flu vaccine, this “twindemic” seems unstoppable. COVID-19...

Ghislaine Maxwells residence after her arrest in 2020

Justice restored: Maxwell convicted of sexual crimes

Chloe Isbell, Photo Manager January 10, 2022

Sometimes, people get what they deserve, and bad things happen to bad people.  Ghislaine Maxwell, a former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, was convicted on Dec. 29, 2021, for sex trafficking of a minor,...

Seniors Lily Dumas and Alyse Zuiderveen meet with Iowa Legislators as they prepare to vote in the 2022 elections.

Policy, reform and elections: What 2022 brings for politics

Alyse Zuiderveen, Copy Editor January 10, 2022

In a world excited to spark political change, it seems that elections and elected officials are a constant topic of conversation. As a new year begins, it is important to evaluate what is to come for politics...

There are already cell towers that can manage 5G signals. All that’s left is to turn them on after the feud between the FAA and the carriers At&t and Verizon is over.

Waiting for 5G? Well, wait longer

Mukul Kulkarni, Copy Editor January 10, 2022

Despite increasing numbers of phone manufacturers incorporating 5G in their flagship phones and more people buying these phones in hopes of crazy-fast cellular connections, customers will still have to...

COVID-19 pills, alongside the vaccine shots, may soon be another form of treatment for the COVID-19 virus.

New COVID-19 treatment: Could people be taking pills instead of the vaccine?

Mukul Kulkarni, Copy Editor December 20, 2021

With the Omicron variant being the most transmissible COVID-19 variant yet, there is some good news in terms of treatment. Merck, a pharmaceutical company, and Pfizer each developed game-changer oral treatments...

Big pharma companies like Walmart got sued for fueling the opioid crisis

Big pharmaceutical companies get sued for indirectly supporting the opioid crisis

Kushi Maridu, Site Manager December 17, 2021

The opioid crisis has been plaguing the US for more than two decades. Different sources have always been blamed for this epidemic, however, the most recent accountability is held by big pharmaceutical...

Protesters advocate their opinions on abortion and Roe v. Wade’s moral composition at a 2009 March for Life protest during Obama’s presidency.

The overturn of Roe v. Wade: Why should I care?

Isa Burkhart, News Section Editor December 15, 2021

The historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case revolutionized the political rights and boundaries of living as a woman in the United States. Its principles provided pregnant women with the right to terminate...

Neuralink co-founder Elon Musk displays the companies brain interface technology.

Dystopia or Utopia? Elon Musk says Neuralink chips will be ready for humans in 2022

Mitchell Wood, Sports Editor December 14, 2021

While implanting technology directly to the human brain may sound straight out of science fiction, the chip Neuralink has been developing is nearly ready for its final stage.  The brain interface technology...

The Omicron variant threatens to be two times more transmissible than the Delta variant.

New COVID-19 variant: Omicron causes new cases to rise

Kushi Maridu, Site Manager December 8, 2021

Although COVID emerged in December 2019, the pandemic has been ongoing due to mutations that make the virus stronger. The Delta variant first emerged as a variant of concern in December 2020 and is the...

US President Joe Biden stands to speak at the opening ceremony for the UN COP26 Summit.

COP26 Summit: How much of it will stick?

Isa Burkhart, News Section Editor December 2, 2021

“The COP26 is over. Here’s a brief summary: Blah, blah, blah. The real work continues outside these halls. And we will never give up, ever,” said Greta Thunberg, 18-year-old environmental activist.  The...

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