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Spartan Shield Staff wins Iowa News Team of the Year at the IHSPA Fall Journalism Conference

Spartan Shield Staff wins Iowa News Team of the Year at the IHSPA Fall Journalism Conference

Morgan Miller, Copy Editor

November 4, 2019

On Oct. 24, Pleasant Valley’s Spartan Shield and Valenian yearbook staff traveled to Iowa City for the annual IHSPA Fall Journalism Conference. Once they arrived at the University of Iowa’s Memorial Union, an opening assembly started with the keynote speaker, Seung Min Kim, a White House corresp...

PV ranked top school district in Iowa

PV ranked top school district in Iowa

Nate Martell, News Editor

November 4, 2019

Pleasant Valley Community School District (PVCSD) has consistently been known to be one of the top school districts in the state. As of this year,  Pleasant Valley is able to boast the title of “Best School District in Iowa” according to Niche and MSN. PVCSD consists of seven schools. The high sc...

Why Should I Care About the California Wildfires?

Why Should I Care About the California Wildfires?

Kate Stewart, Copy Editor

November 4, 2019

As the plethora of wildfires in California continue to spread, concern about how long it will take to control each fire continues to grow. As of now, the Kincade fire has engulfed 74,000 acres of land in the state of California. The fire is spreading rapidly, with only 15 percent of it under control. Though the Kincade fire is of great concern to California residents at this deva...

Arming teachers state-wide: The next potential step to prevent school shootings

Arming teachers state-wide: The next potential step to prevent school shootings

Morgan McCartney, Business Manager

October 21, 2019

As school shootings become a constant in today’s society, many school districts across the country are taking charge by allowing their teachers to conceal and carry guns. In the last 19 years, the threat of an active shooter has become more realistic as the number of school shootings increases....

Illinois goes green: legalization of marijuana hopes to boost state revenue

Illinois goes green: legalization of marijuana hopes to boost state revenue

Nate Martell, News Editor

October 21, 2019

The Illinois legislature passed a bill allowing for the recreational sale and use of marijuana in May of 2019. This law will go into effect on January 1, 2020 and has stirred up much controversy in Illinois and surrounding states.  Illinois has become the eleventh state to legalize marijuana. This is due in part t...

Breaking records and stereotypes: How female Olympians are inspiring today’s youth

Breaking records and stereotypes: How female Olympians are inspiring today’s youth

Maya Johnson, Feature Editor

October 21, 2019

The title of the most decorated athlete at the World Championships is no longer a tie. On September 28, Allyson Felix broke her tie with Usain Bolt for the most gold medals at a World Championship in Doha, Qatar.  After winning the first mixed gender 4x400 meter relay, Felix earned her twelfth gold medal...

Warning: Warren is here to stay

Warning: Warren is here to stay

Maddy Licea, Editor in Chief

October 21, 2019

After a strong performance at the LGBTQ forum and October debate, Elizabeth Warren established her campaign for the Democratic Presidential candidacy. CNN and the Washington Post hosted the 3rd quarter Democratic presidential debate which held twelve candidates on stage. Vice President Joe Biden was as...

Booming Bettendorf boutiques: how specialty retailers are competing with online shopping

Booming Bettendorf boutiques: how specialty retailers are competing with online shopping

Morgan Miller, Copy Editor

October 21, 2019

Bettendorf retail is booming by appealing to teens with new specialty stores like the Bettplex and Spartan Square, drawing them away from online shopping.  The Commerce Department released a report last February showing the total market share from online US retail sales, which was higher than other ...

Leakage of the new tower: the effects brought to the classroom and students

Leakage of the new tower: the effects brought to the classroom and students

Eesha Lawande, Copy Editor

October 17, 2019

On Tuesday morning multiple classrooms in the new tower were not in use due to the severe leaking from the ceilings of the building. Students and staff were surprised to witness this kind of damage in the newest addition as it was just opened less than a year ago. Although there are not many clas...

The opioid crisis threatens midwest

The opioid crisis threatens midwest

Kate Stewart, Copy Editor

October 16, 2019

Though the opioid crisis is far from new news, the rate at which it has begun to spread has been a shock to many. Sweeping the nation, the midwest has experienced opioid-related mortality rates that more than double every three years in several states. With deaths in the US related to opioid use now at a higher number than deaths related to...

How cover ups led to financial turmoil

How cover ups led to financial turmoil

Maddy Licea, Editor in Chief

October 15, 2019

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asked the National Rifle Association if it was broke after it ran a $10.8 million deficit in its past fiscal year. The NRA has consistently been at the center of controversy. However, the lobbyist group’s latest issues could result in more consequences. Wh...

The Alarming Mystery: What happened to the bells

The Alarming Mystery: What happened to the bells

Darsh Balani, Business Manager

October 11, 2019

The bells are up and working after one and a half days of not functioning.  During these twelve periods of silence, students were left with no indicator of when class ended other than the time on the clocks. “We only knew when the period ended by constantly checking the time or when we could hear...

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