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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

Leila Assadi

Leila Assadi, Lead Editor

Leila Assadi is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and serves as the Lead Editor for the Spartan Shield. Throughout her four years of high school, Leila has participated in numerous extracurricular and academic activities, including National Honors Society, All-Academic sports teams, and a rigorous class schedule. Her favorite classes include AP Language and Composition, Humanities, and AP Spanish. Outside of the classroom, Leila immerses herself in school activities. She is an executive member of Spartan Assembly, a member of Ethics Bowl who competed at the national level at UNC in 2022, President of A Positive Place, Co-President of Environmental Club, Vice President of Students for Political Action and a member of Girls Learn International. Along with her clubs, Leila is a varsity soccer player, varsity bowler, and four year choir member. Hanging out with friends, listening to music, attending concerts, and thrifting occupy Leila’s free time. Leila enjoys writing and looks forward to working on the Spartan Shield this year. 



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Because of BTS’s vast global influence and popularity, concerns have arisen about the negative economic and musical impacts that could follow BTS’s military enlistments.

A future in crisis

Leila Assadi, Lead Editor
April 17, 2023
Though the government should protect its most vulnerable citizens, a proposed Iowa bill will allow children to enter dangerous fields like mining, demolition and meat packing.

A hidden workforce

Leila Assadi, Lead Editor
April 4, 2023
Despite many trends and aesthetics originated in Black and brown communities, mainstream media credits and centers western influencers and beauty standards.

Aesthetic privilege

Leila Assadi, Lead editor
March 27, 2023
An online art exhibit is displaying pieces created by Iranian artists, adding onto the already rich history that art has in relation to protests and social movements.

The art of social change

Leila Assadi, Lead Editor
February 28, 2023
When the media portrays a false narrative of the Middle East, it desensitizes the world to the region’s issues. The negative impacts are felt by the population in the Middle East and the global diaspora.

The danger of desensitization

Leila Assadi, Lead Editor
February 20, 2023
The OneLove Armbands, designed to be worn by seven captains during the World Cup to oppose discrimination, were banned by FIFA for including “political, offensive, or discriminatory messages.”

Why does FIFA fight protests?

Leila Assadi, Opinion Editor
December 6, 2022
Dutch was named honors journalisms best dog.

Top 9 Spartan Shield dogs

Leila Assadi, Opinion editor
November 18, 2022
A collage of the media covers of the top Korean dramas to watch right now.

Top 9 Korean Dramas

Leila Assadi, Opinion Editor
October 11, 2022
A sofreh aghd is decorated with glassware and hand-crafted art at an Iranian wedding. With their unique cultures and customs, Middle Eastern and North African people are anything but white.

Sometimes white, sometimes not

Leila Assadi, Opinion Editor
October 10, 2022
PV students protesting at abortion rights rally is an example of activism that is not performative, contrary to the modern definition of “woke.”

[Photo] The evolution of wokeness

Shobini Iyer, Co-Editor-In-Chief
October 10, 2022
The murder of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini sparks protests in Iran at a magnitude that has never been seen before. As these protests rattle Iran, discourse about Western disconnect erupts on social media.

A symbol of autonomy

Leila Assadi, Opinion Editor
September 26, 2022
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