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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 PV class of 2023 tosses their caps in celebration of a successful year.

Thank you class of 2023

Anagha Sudhindra, Copy Editor May 31, 2023

As we celebrate the special, monumental occasion:  graduation, it is hard to believe we are officially Pleasant Valley alumni. We grew up. We grew up anticipating the bell ending class for so many minutes,...

PV graduate Shobini Iyer exits the graduation ceremony after delivering her speech, High school is like writing a story.

The next chapter

Shobini Iyer, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 30, 2023

To the phenomenal Class of 2023, As I was sitting in my room writing this farewell, I went through many drafts to try and get it just right, struggling to appropriately capture the spirit of the extraordinary...

Though the May 15 incident is by far the worst, Junior Lynsey Stevenson has been isolated from her peers at numerous other choir events

‘I felt like I was just a shadow’: PV fails to meet expectation of inclusivity

Jae Jepsen, Editor in Chief May 30, 2023

What Happened? The Spring Choir Concert held on May 15 was a joyous event meant to celebrate PV Choirs’ successful year and honor graduating seniors. From beginning to end, this celebratory spirit...

Company loyalty has fallen by the wayside as loyalty to shareholders has taken over.

The Google layoffs: A turning point in the rise of corporatism

Josh Thomas, Copy Editor May 24, 2023

On Jan. 20, tech giant Google laid off over 12,000 workers. This year has seen massive layoffs from multiple companies, including Disney, Walmart and Amazon, which have also announced plans to cut 7,000,...

Red flag laws can be effective in lowering rates of gun violence.

The Potential Effect of Red Flag Laws on Violent Shootings

Josh Thomas, Copy Editor May 24, 2023

On Jan. 6, 2023, Richneck Elementary School teacher Abigail Zwerner was shot by one of her six-year-old students. Now, she’s suing the people who let it happen for $40 million. Although loose gun...

Disney has implemented a “Pride Nite” celebration as the latest push against Florida governor Ron DeSantis’ anti-LGBTQ policies.

Disney vs DeSantis: How a Florida governor went to war with Mickey Mouse

Josh Thomas, Copy Editor May 24, 2023

With his controversial policies and outlandish statements, Florida governor Ron DeSantis has made quite a long list of enemies, but nobody could have predicted that he would feud with Mickey Mouse himself. The...

New York City homelessness has been a problem for decades though never properly addressed.

The constant dehumanization of homeless

Alex Banerjee, News Editor May 23, 2023

“Pull yourself up by the bootstraps”, a statement that seems increasingly inapplicable to the majority of the new generation in wake of financial difficulties plaguing all, but for the “wastes of...

Living without papers in Florida will most likely lead to arrest after this bill goes into effect on July 1, 2023

DeSantis causes another mess

Kushi Maridu, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 23, 2023

Florida's recent passing of Senate Bill 1718, an anti-immigration bill, raises serious concerns about the future of Florida and the United States as a whole. The legislation is aimed at curbing illegal...

After a chemical spill contaminated the Philadelphia water supply, many citizens are fed up with the lack of a cohesive response from their government.

Chemical spills and the lenient officials

Megan McKnight, Copy Editor May 21, 2023

A resin manufacturing plant in Philadelphia accidentally spilled a massive amount of water-soluble latex into the Delaware river on Friday, March 24, concerning many officials with the possibility of water...

Just down the street from the PV High School is Bettendorf Christian Church, one of the Quad Citys largest Christian churches.

An anti-christian society

Drake Hanson, Photo Manager May 21, 2023

On the weekend of April 28, 2023, “SatanCon,” the largest Satanic gathering in history, took place in Boston, Massachusetts. The weekend-long event sold out and featured satanic rituals, entertainment,...

A high school senior wore a shirt that read I READ BANNED BOOKS to protest against Governor Kim Reynolds actions to ban certain books.

The importance of protesting

Kushi Maridu, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 19, 2023

On Sunday, April 30, 422 academically high achieving seniors across Iowa received the Iowa Governor’s Scholar Award from Governor Kim Reynolds. At this ceremony, one highschooler yelled out “Trans...

Actors Brendan Fraser and Hong Chau  tell a compelling story of grief and trauma, heightened by their strong relationship on screen.

REVIEW: “The whale” is a classic in the making

Arissa Khan, Opinion editor May 19, 2023

Obesity has always been a touchy subject for Hollywood. From misrepresentation to outright mockery, directors and actors alike have proven their inability to portray people with obesity with the respect...

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