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Maria Vaaler
Maria Vaaler is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and has spent the last three years enjoying numerous activities. She is a member of the PV DrumLine, in which she plays the tenor drum, and involved in the Model UN club. She also participates in weight lifting and track. On top of these activities, she is a very driven student and plans to attend the Naval Academy, with a focus in the health field, or the ROTC. Before moving back to the U.S, Maria lived in Russia and Finland along with her Mom, Dad, and sister Emma. She is excited to start her senior year and is looking forward to being the student life editor of the online Spartan Shield. 


Maria Vaaler, Student Life Editor

Jan 14, 2020
Voices of the Valley, Episode #14: Dietary Restrictions in High School (Story)
Dec 19, 2019
A bittersweet end to an era: Generations of Star Wars fans anticipate culmination of the saga (Story)
Dec 16, 2019
Demonizing Ink: Why the tattoo taboo is a restriction of freedom of expression (Story)
Dec 09, 2019
Calling upon the everyday heroes: the power of unrecognized kindness (Story/Media)
Dec 05, 2019
QUIZ: Can you survive the arctic tundra of an Iowa winter? (Story/Media)
Nov 25, 2019
Friendsgiving: When blood is no longer thicker than water (Story)
Nov 18, 2019
A crime against love: The rise in hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community (Story)
Nov 08, 2019
Hats off to Olivia: PV community rallies behind one of its own (Story/Media)
Oct 29, 2019
Marvel’s leading ladies: the long overdue role models for young girls everywhere (Story/Media)
Oct 24, 2019
Drama department tackles bullying through performance of “Carrie: The Musical” (Story)
Oct 24, 2019
The Shield Shows You: How to make pumpkin pancakes (Story/Media)
Oct 24, 2019
Freshmen tackle the challenges of a varsity sport (Story)
Oct 21, 2019
You feel how you eat: how eating habits impact mental health (Story)
Oct 15, 2019
Making women register for the draft: a symbolic but necessary step towards gender equality (Story)
Sep 30, 2019
A four-year college degree isn’t the only path to success (Story)
Sep 23, 2019
The lure of studying away from home (Story/Media)
Sep 16, 2019
America’s inability to balance the arts and athletics is an injustice to students (Story/Media)
Sep 09, 2019
Pleasant Valley students pursue excellence in leadership and service with Civil Air Patrol (Story)
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Maria Vaaler