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Flourish & Bots, this all-female robotics team created by Theresa Barber 6 years ago, has accomplished a multitude of achievements in the world of robotics.

Modifying the blueprint: All-female robotics team thrives despite the STEM mold to pursue passion and knowledge

Anna Thorne, Arts & Entertainment Editor May 5, 2021

With a high percentage of male dominance, it can be difficult for women to break into the science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields.  Despite a push from society for greater female...

Junior Vinay Joshi working on his business, AIOResailors through the software CyberAIO

Passion turned profit: Students turn hobbies into jobs

Paris Fietsam, Social Media Manager April 27, 2021

Pleasant Valley (PV) students have used their creativity to their advantage and to step away from traditional jobs. An increasing number of students have been turning their hobbies into businesses. For...

Ramya Subramaniam stands in front of the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She and fellow senior Owen Jones will be participating in Georgia Tech’s Grand Challenges Living and Learning Community.

Another round of applications: Prospective college students seek further opportunities at their new schools

Ramya Subramaniam, Student Life Editor April 27, 2021

As many seniors are wrapping up their college admissions processes, another set of applications could be a part of their future. Learning communities are an opportunity that students can take advantage...

Senior Jordan Mimms uses AP Classroom, a resource provided by the College Board organization, to study for her upcoming AP Physics 1 exam.

One month to go: Another round of AP exams during the pandemic

Ramya Subramaniam, Student Life Editor April 13, 2021

With Advanced Placement (AP) exams coming in less than a month, students are split on how they feel over this year’s testing formats.  Earlier this school year, College Board -- the company that...


Rachel Hart, Spanish teacher at PV, is one of many in the district feeling distraught and overwhelmed as she approaches the end of this challenging school year.

Hanging on by a thread: Students and teachers struggle to push through to the end of the year

Anna Thorne, Arts and Entertainment Editor April 13, 2021

Education, for both students and teachers, comes with its challenges. Assignments, projects, tests and various other activities require lots of work and motivation. When the world is incapacitated by a...

The PTA Reflections website makes it easy for students of all ages to access the program details.

District wide success in PTA Reflections program

Nathan Lokenvitz, Multimedia Manager April 6, 2021

The PTA Reflections is a program that allows grades pre-K through 12 to unleash their creativity and create a wide variety of original art in response to a student-selected theme.  The program was...

Plenty of Pleasant Valley Students struggle with juggling work and school.

A balancing act: The stress of managing school and work for teens

Alex Thorne, Business Manager April 5, 2021

The bell rings, school is done for the day at Pleasant Valley High School. Senior Morgan Rinker has to race to her car to beat traffic in order to make it to work on time.  But for Rinker, her day...

Muskan Basnet opening up her google classroom of missing assignments.

Senioritis: The last stretch of high school

Laci Roberts, Copy Editor April 1, 2021

The high school career for the class of 2021 in coming to an end. Seniors are experiencing their “lasts.” Last first day of practice. Last basketball game. Last prom. Last day of high school. But....

Aayusha Adhikari at the Camden Centre after being vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.

PV students hopeful to return to normalcy by getting vaccinated

Sid Sharma, Feature Editor March 31, 2021

The fight against COVID-19 has prompted many locals of the Quad Cities to get vaccinated. With the opening of the new vaccination site in Milan, Illinois, many PV students and their families have gotten...

While many chose to stay in the country for spring break, one big group of seniors went to Cancun, Mexico for break.

Was it safe to travel to other countries for spring break?

Paris Fietsam, Social Media Manager March 31, 2021

Since the beginning of COVID-19, spring break has been different than in the past. While many people plan huge trips way in advance, COVID-19 changed many people's plans. Some decided it was best to not...

Alyce Brown runs over the layout for the upcoming edition of “The Spartan Shield” with her staff before publication.

Meet the press: Alyce Brown wins Iowa Journalist of the Year

Ingrid Hofmann, Editor in Chief March 30, 2021

Long after the final bell rings, one can often find senior Alyce Brown in room 167 working on “The Spartan Shield.”  Brown’s hours of dedication to her publication cumulated into her being named...

Many seniors anticipate their college decisions this spring, delaying other processes like housing and finding roommates.

Delayed decisions: The wait for college decisions causes students to fall behind their peers

Muskan Basnet, Copy Editor March 30, 2021

As the school year comes to an end, most seniors are eager to graduate and move onto college in the fall. Many students already have made their college plan, but some are still waiting for their college...

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