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Spartan Shield

The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

Twitter has recently been under fire for its permanent suspension of Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.

No, Twitter did not single out Marjorie Taylor Greene

Vinay Joshi, Business Manager January 11, 2022

Today, it seems that Twitter cannot act without being scrutinized for doing too much or too little. Look no further than their handling of COVID-19 misinformation. On Jan. 2, the social media giant...

With the new year in full swing, many people are striving to accomplish year-long goals and resolutions.

Right idea, poor execution: The faults in making new year’s resolutions

Erika Holmberg, Copy Editor January 10, 2022

With a new year comes a fresh start and, inevitably, so do resolutions. Countless people utilize the new year to accomplish major goals or different lifestyles, but the lack of execution often leads to...

The shady side of TikTok looms large over its 1 billion monthly users.

Hook, line and sinker: TikTok purposefully uses unethical tactics to exploit users

Mitchell Wood, Sports Editor January 10, 2022

TikTok became the most popular website in the world in 2021, dethroning Google. The social media giant surpassed one billion active monthly users in 2021. The app’s quick rise to world prominence has...

Elizabeth Holmes, founder of dissolved health technology company Theranos encapsulates the toxic Silicon Valley startup culture that encourages entrepreneurs to go to extreme lengths for success.

The ugly truth of Silicon Valley startup culture

Shobini Iyer, Opinon Editor January 10, 2022

The mentality that “If you give it all, you will make it” has long been deeply rooted in Silicon Valley, a hub for technological innovation and one of the wealthiest regions in the world. And the truth...

Senior Rithvik Vanga japes by throwing 
a paper airplane in study hall.

Japing: A new form of social protest

Salar Cheema, Staff Contributor January 6, 2022

Each year, students in the United States undergo immense stress during their senior year due to college applications, scholarship deadlines and increased academic demands. To prevent these looming threats...

After two failed attempts, Canada has successfully passed legislation to ban conversion therapy.

Third time’s a charm: Gay conversion therapy is now banned nationally in Canada

Harper Clark, Student Life Editor December 28, 2021

After two failed attempts, history is being made as Canada bans conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is any attempt that targets the LGBTQ+ commuminty to change gender identity, gender expression...

Founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange is set to be extradited to the United States to face trial.

Julian Assange’s extradition does not bode well for the future of journalistic freedom

Shobini Iyer, Opinion Editor December 27, 2021

Julian Assange, co-founder of the website Wikileaks, has been a person of interest in the US since 2010, when his platform published thousands of highly classified documents uncovering everything from...

Thirty-seven million Americans live in poverty.

America perpetuates poverty

Alyssa Smith, Social Media Manager December 20, 2021

America needs someone to do the dirty work. America needs someone to buy the day-old bread. America needs someone to test drugs on. America needs the working poor. America needs poverty and they don't...

An aerial view of Mayfield, Kentucky on December 12 following a destructive tornado.

Dark discrepancies of the U.S. dollar: How corporate America manipulates the lower class

Brady Hunter, Multimedia Manager December 20, 2021

Modern-day American capitalism has outperformed pre-emergent societal expectations in the U.S. over the span of a decade with the help of one extrinsically driven motive: greed.  On Friday, Dec. 10,...

PVHS principal Darren Erickson addresses students during a town hall meeting in October.

Addressing the abhorrent: Recognizing the root issue of disrespect in our schools

Alyse Zuiderveen, Copy Editor December 20, 2021

Every school year, students fill out a Conditions for Learning Survey administered by the state of Iowa in an effort to improve various elements of education. In October of 2021, PV received their results,...

Elon Musk wins TIME Person of the Year in 2021.

Well-deserved recognition: Elon Musk is named Time’s Person of the Year

Kushi Maridu, Site Manager December 15, 2021

Elon Musk, the world’s wealthiest man with a net worth of $250 billion, was named Time Magazine's 2021 Person of the Year on Dec 13. Musk’s influence on modern technology is undeniable. He inspires...

School shootings in America have become more and more frequent, but it is an issue people should continue to care about.

Putting gun violence on the backburner has fatal consequences

Shobini Iyer, Opinion Editor December 15, 2021

A tragedy that once again sent the country into a shock, the events that unfolded at Oxford High School on Nov. 30 reminded the country that the issue of school shootings in the United States is one that...

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