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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Pleasant Valley High School - IA
In the wake of Buffalo shooting, semantics is more important than ever 
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Molly Rawat | May 27, 2022

On May 14, 2022, 10 Black people were shot and killed in a racially motivated attack at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., and several others were injured. This massacre was a hate crime and an act of domestic…

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MET with a pleasant surprise: Binary-breaking celebrity looks pave the way for accessible androgynous fashion
Arts & Entertainment

Caroline Sierk | May 25, 2022

Fashion can enable anyone to present their most authentic self. Style eras act as time capsules and time machines, reflecting the priorities and identities of people of the period. When 100 years from…

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New muppet makes headlines: “Sesame Street” shines spotlight on children with physical disabilities
Arts & Entertainment

Lauren Puthoff | May 18, 2022

Ever since “Sesame Street” premiered in 1969, it has taken the world by storm and become a staple television show in every household. This educational series has helped children learn new information…

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Ukrainian-American family shares beloved Easter tradition overseas, raising spirits and $6,000
Features

Caroline Sierk | May 9, 2022

Intricately-decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs, or “pysanky,” have inspired hope and warded off evil for generations, and this Easter season, their sanguine energy is necessary for Ukrainian morale more…

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Keeping the pride when straight and queer media converge
Arts & Entertainment

Caroline Sierk | May 4, 2022

Queer media has finally been given the space to thrive freely in American pop culture, and while its emergence has been cautious, its presence is trickling in impactfully. 

Social platforms have helped…

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Protecting their roots: CROWN Act gives hope to Black women
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Jayne Abraham | March 31, 2022

Black hair in all its forms is integral to Black culture. As Black women in America have embraced their hair and the various locs, braids and twists it can be molded into, representation of Black culture…

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Overcoming the odds: Local family battles Trisomy 18
Features

Natalie Richmiller | March 29, 2022

Families do not envision their newborn’s first year being spent in and out of hospitals. But that is reality for so many families each year–and it was a reality for Pleasant Valley’s Ward family when…

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Grunge and the cyclical nature of music
Arts & Entertainment

Keval Wagher | March 28, 2022

Grunge did not die with its icon Kurt Cobain. Rather, it lay dormant, waiting to connect with the next generation. 

Grunge was an alternative rock movement that started sometime in Seattle in the mid…

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Kanye West’s latest endeavor: How the Stem Player is changing the path of music
Arts & Entertainment

Ava Hahn | March 11, 2022

Kanye West is a musical and cultural icon, paving his own path when it comes to his career. His unique sense of style, music production and overall artistry have been the main reasons for his success,…

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Russia-Ukraine War hits close to home for local family
Features

Caroline Sierk | March 10, 2022

Two years ago, the world was plagued by a global pandemic that stole millions of lives, caused international economies to erupt and tore at the United States’ already delicate two-party system. Now,…

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“iPad Kids” and the future of early childhood development
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Makenna Leiby | March 3, 2022

When most people reminisce about their childhood, they remember bike rides, jumping rope and creating adventure games. The current generation of adolescents or “iPad kids” will have profoundly different…

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From TikTok to trial: Pleasant Valley sued over response to racist video
News

Allisa Pandit | February 2, 2022

By Allisa Pandit, with introduction and conclusion by Jayne Abraham

For most people, adolescence is defined by lack of consequence, leaving many young people to feel invincible, immortal even. Growing…

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A tribute to Betty White: Living through her legacy
Arts & Entertainment

Harper Clark | January 13, 2022

Just two weeks before her 100th birthday, Hollywood legend Betty White sadly passed away on Dec. 31, 2021. 

Coming out of nowhere, White’s death shocked the world. Just a few weeks prior in an interview,…

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Dark discrepancies of the U.S. dollar: How corporate America manipulates the lower class
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Brady Hunter | January 12, 2022

Modern-day American capitalism has outperformed pre-emergent societal expectations in the U.S. over the span of a decade with the help of one extrinsically driven motive: greed. 

On Friday, Dec. 10,…

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More than a shoebox: The Quad Cities gives back
Video

Alyse Zuiderveen | January 10, 2022

This story was originally published on Spartan Shield on January 4, 2022.

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Review: A return to glory “Spider-Man: No Way Home” exceeds high expectations (Spoiler-Free)
Arts & Entertainment

Mitchell Wood | December 22, 2021

After endless speculation and anticipation, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” finally swung into theaters on Friday, Dec. 17, setting a post-pandemic record and becoming the second highest opening-day earner…

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Is Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse the future of the Internet?
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Jayne Abraham | December 7, 2021

The metaverse is here – and it has been deemed dead upon arrival.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company’s rebrand to Meta on Oct. 28. After seemingly perpetual controversy regarding…

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Commodifying knowledge: How news sites are creating a hierarchy among Americans
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Jayne Abraham | December 1, 2021

Imagine you are doing research for a project. You find an article that appears informative, click the title and are immediately met with a paywall. You are frustrated, but you move on and perhaps find…

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Muppets making history: “Sesame Street” adds new cast member
Arts & Entertainment

Harper Clark | November 30, 2021

Ever since 1969, the popular children’s television show “Sesame Street” has been a staple in families’ homes. It has been a longtime favorite that has addressed many important current issues. Now,…

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From communities to courtrooms: The culture of victim-blaming
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Chloe Isbell | November 24, 2021

Oftentimes, our words begin innocently. But before we know it, and perhaps without malice, they develop into something far more hurtful and damaging.

Imagine a child who has just fallen after climbing…

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Nearly all-white jury in trial for Ahmaud Arbery exemplifies America’s broken justice system
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Shobini Iyer | November 22, 2021

Twenty-one months have passed since 25-year-old Black man Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot by three white men while being chased through a Georgia neighborhood.  

A panel of jurors for Arbery’s case…

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Breaking barriers: Jay-Z’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Arts & Entertainment

Jayne Abraham | November 15, 2021

Recognizing rap as an art form has been nothing short of an uphill battle, but rappers like Jay-Z provide hope that the genre will finally get the validation it deserves.

Jay-Z was recently inducted…

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The not-so-green green card application process
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Kushi Maridu | November 3, 2021

The United States of America has been dubbed the “land of opportunity” since its founding, causing many families to come to the US from all over the world in hopes of living the American Dream. However,…

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The importance of teaching children to love themselves
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Josie Olderog | October 29, 2021

Although beauty standards have seemed to become more inclusive in recent years, those that physically appear outside of the strict guidelines of society continue to be berated in more subtle ways. This…

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Vaccine mandates threaten to exacerbate US labor shortage
News

Jayne Abraham | October 28, 2021

As the world attempts to move to a post-COVID state, vaccine mandates are becoming popular across professions. On Sept. 2, as reported by AP News, President Joe Biden “ordered sweeping new federal vaccine…

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“My HAIRstory!” makes headway for Black culture
Arts & Entertainment

Jayne Abraham | October 21, 2021

Inspired by hairstyles from Cartoon Network’s hit animated television series “Craig of the Creek,” three-part hair tutorial series “My HAIRstory!” premiered on Oct. 1. 

The series is hosted…

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Forgotten: The missing people the headlines ignored
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Shobini Iyer | October 8, 2021

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are reported missing in the United States. But only certain demographics make their way into the headlines.

In light of the Gabby Petito case, this unbroken…

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The master of virality: How Lil Nas X became a superstar
Arts & Entertainment

Vinay Joshi | September 30, 2021

With an ensemble of chart-topping hits and hundreds of millions of streams in its first week alone, Lil Nas X’s debut album “Montero” proves that he deeply understands the secrets of Internet virality.

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The evolution of the coming-of-age genre in film
Arts & Entertainment

Shobini Iyer | September 24, 2021

Encapsulating the entire teenage experience is nothing short of a daunting task. 

The film industry has strived to capture the quintessential coming-of-age film for decades. Before the inception of…

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Addressing topics that transcend borders
Features

Shobini Iyer | September 20, 2021

In a world flooded with turmoil and uncertainty, young people can be easily overwhelmed. Amid the ongoing Afghan Refugee Crisis, it is now more vital than ever for teens to navigate issues on the other…

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Iowa House File 802 and the future of classroom discussion
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Jayne Abraham | September 14, 2021

Within the complex political landscape that America is today, there are few facets of life that politics does not touch. For many people, the birth of their perception of politics is at home.

But often…

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REVIEW: Flawed but Inspired, “Donda” is a Triumphant Return to Form for Kanye West
Music

Vinay Joshi | September 14, 2021

After an utterly chaotic rollout, Kanye West’s highly anticipated Donda, an album dedicated to the tragic death of his mother, has finally been released.

Although recording sessions for Donda began…

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Females with ADHD struggle to find diagnosis
Video

Anna Thorne | June 1, 2021

This story was originally published on Spartan Shield on May 26, 2021.

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The struggles that go unnoticed: Life as an immigrant at PV
Features

Kendall Jarvis | May 26, 2021

Immigrant students are faced with many challenges within and outside of school. At PV there are many immigrants who are living in America on many different types of immigrant visas. These students all…

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Eight thousand miles away
News

Ramya Subramaniam | May 24, 2021

The Ganges River in India lies silently as the ashes from COVID-19 victims float within it. Overwhelming smoke fills the air as hundreds of newly deceased corpses begin to burn. The entirety of India stares…

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Preventing progress: Students held back by Iowa bill banning inclusivity education
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Kendall Jarvis | May 3, 2021

Within two months of each other, legislators passed bills in the states of Iowa and Illinois. One advances students’ knowledge of America’s recent history, but the other blocks curriculum from students…

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The decline of democracy: How voter suppression harms the nation
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Muskan Basnet | April 30, 2021

The 2020 election caused significant turmoil and tension in America, with each party defending their beliefs on the validity of the election. Many Republicans believe election fraud led to President Joe…

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Battling adversity: Student exemplifies dedication despite a challenging condition
Features

Anna Thorne | April 23, 2021

Pleasant Valley runs based off of their expectations for students. Through athletics, academics, the arts and more, “total effort” is its motto. 

Junior Erika Holmberg has exemplified this quality,…

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Struggling for a diagnosis: The lack of information on ADHD in females
Features

Anna Thorne | April 7, 2021

Forgetfulness, inability to focus and lack of organization are qualities that surround the minds of females with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But often these characteristics go unnoticed…

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When women walk: Why the need to address sexual harassment is greater than ever
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Ingrid Hofmann | March 30, 2021

“Wear bright clothes,” “share your location with friends and family” and “call someone on your way home” are all instructions commonly shared with young women to protect themselves from men…

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Time for a new narrative: The need for greater representation in English curricula
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Ingrid Hofmann | March 11, 2021

William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck are among countless influential authors who have all written defining texts of the Western Canon, making them some of the most taught…

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Finding importance within community: Local teens aid a friend in recovering from tragedy
Features

Anna Thorne | March 10, 2021

Joad Wickham, 18-year-old senior at Edison, has experienced hardship unlike anything most teenagers have to think about. In an unexpected house fire, Wickham lost his parents, niece, two dogs, his house,…

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COVID’s latest victims: Asian American racism drastically rises
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Lauren Guinn | March 2, 2021

Despite society claiming it strives for inclusivity and acceptance of all, COVID-19 has revealed the prejudice and discrimination it has against Asian Americans which has been hidden from plain sight for…

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Villainizing the vulnerable: The media’s portrayal of struggling women
Arts & Entertainment

Ingrid Hofmann | February 25, 2021

In its latest installment of its series of standalone documentaries, The New York Times Presents sought to bring attention to the lack of autonomy that Britney Spears has had since her mental breakdown…

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Video

Azzy Brown | January 28, 2021

This story was originally published on Spartan Shield on January 15, 2021.

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Video

Corea Conner | January 21, 2021

This story was originally published on Spartan Shield on January 14, 2021.

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A tale of two Americas: The attack on Capitol Hill
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Jayne Abraham | January 20, 2021

With the end of 2020, a year filled with strife on many fronts, Americans were hopeful that 2021 would be the light at the end of this long, dark tunnel. However, a mere week into the new year, tens of…

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Insurrection needs correction: Holding the capitol rioters accountable
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Elizabeth Pischke | January 14, 2021

At merely six days old, 2021 had no trouble making room for itself in the history books. The day’s political events quickly turned south making for one of the darkest days in recent American history.

On…

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COVID-19 impact on small businesses around the Quad Cities
Video

Jonathan Sulgrove | January 12, 2021

This story was originally published on Spartan Shield on January 11, 2021.

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Antisemitic rhetoric on the rise
News

Ingrid Hofmann | January 5, 2021

Last week, Jewish families and individuals around the world gathered to celebrate Hanukkah. Despite this time being a sacred observance, anti-semitic hate crimes surged internationally. 

Throughout…

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