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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

For most Pleasant Valley seniors, college is right around the corner. Despite efforts from the high school to create a smooth transition for students through a class called Career College Readiness Seminar, many seem to show indifference towards the material. Is it time for students to start taking college applications more seriously?

The Next Steps

December 2, 2022

Senior Anagha Sudhindra celebrating outside of the  designated school breaks.

Lack of correspondence between school breaks and cultural celebrations

Maura Peters, Photo manager December 1, 2022

For hundreds of years, public schools have given students cumulative weeks of break to celebrate holidays with their families. Although public schools enroll students from a wide range of cultures and...

Owen Jones, PV class of 2021, Georgia Tech class of 2025

owen jones- campus captures

Pranav Suresh, Arts & Entertainment Editor November 21, 2022

Perennial sunshine and academic rigor, that is what Georgia Tech embodies.  Georgia Tech is a public university in Atlanta, Georgia, that in 2022 was No. 44 on the US National Universities list. That...

Kalen Bunch, PV class of 2021, UCLA Class of 2025

kalen bunch – campus captures

Pranav Suresh, Arts & Entertainment Editor November 21, 2022

Behind Hollywood and the sunny beaches of Los Angeles, an academic powerhouse broods on campus. Famous for its work-hard, play-hard mentality, the University of California-Los Angeles offers one of the...

Dilan Nair PVHS Class of 2020, Northwestern Class of 2024

Dilan Nair – Campus Captures

Atharv Neema, Business Manager November 17, 2022

Located in Evanston, IL, near downtown Chicago, Northwestern University is known for its prestigious programs, research facilities, traditions, and stunning campus.  Pleasant Valley High School alumni...

Olivia Rogers playing for her club volleyball team, Platform Elite one last time before moving on to her future, discovering new hobbies and interests. After a lifetime of volleyball, her moving on afterwards gives other athletes hope.

Moving on: there’s more to life than sports

Caity Burke, Social Media Manager November 15, 2022

After going to the same field to practice for years, growing up with the same people and having the same coach to motivate them, athletes build bonds with their sports. A sport becomes a staple in teens'...

 PVHS Alumni 22’ Current RICE University student 26’

Vinay Joshi – Campus Captures

Atharv Neema, Business Manager November 7, 2022

Located in the heart of Houston, Texas, Rice University is known for its exceptional academics, research facilities, opportunities and traditions through its residential colleges.  Rice is divided...

Students in Ms. Samuelson’s AP Literature class try to watch the final volleyball game on the Iowa PBS live stream but find themselves absorbed in the live chat instead.

Chaos in the chat: a faulty livestream highlights Gen Z humor

Gretchen Highberger, Copy Editor November 7, 2022

Gen Z notoriously posses a sense of humor other generations consider strange, stupid or innappropriate. Having grown up in a world of anonymous digital communication, today’s teenagers feel comfortable...

PVHS alum Aidan Kilstrom is attending and playing football at Harvard University

Ivy versus public: what operates the level of schools

Emma Vaaler, Photo Manager November 3, 2022

From trade schools to Ivy League universities, there are various options for students to pursue post-secondary education. There are many factors that students must consider when deciding on their perfect...

Everything That’s Radical’s 2021-2022 robot picking up scoring elements during a match.

Robotics interest explodes at PV

Isaiah Steele, Site Manager October 26, 2022

For the past decade, Pleasant Valley and Davenport West have been high school FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics powerhouses in the state of Iowa. Every year, under the guidance of Matt Stutenburg and...

The things that students are doing to get into school might not be the same things that employers are looking for.

Mismatch: what students train for and what they actually need

Isaiah Steele, Site Manager October 26, 2022

Every year, millions of students sign up for and take at least one AP test. Many take more than one.   High schoolers have the mentality that to get a good job, they have to go to a good college....

The Pleasant Valley Spartans are developing their skills, not only as scholars in the classroom, but as competitors over the chessboard after school.

Enthusiastic senior builds a competitive chess program at PV

Isaiah Steele, Site Manager October 26, 2022

In 2021, PV Senior Bala Shukla won a chess tournament in Davenport, Iowa to become the best player in the Quad Cities. Now, he is sharing his chess knowledge with his peers, motivated to build a strong...

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