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2018-2019
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Pleasant Valley High School
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Pleasant Valley High School
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2018-2019
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Stories from Pleasant Valley High School
The science behind spoilers
Opinions

Sarah Danielson | May 24, 2019

From movies to books, spoilers have been occurring in society for years. However, with the recent release of “Avengers: Endgame,” students at Pleasant Valley have heard this term more than ever.

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2019 Love Awards promotes female empowerment and unity
News

Sarah Danielson | May 16, 2019

When Jasmine Babers was 15 years old, she started a nonprofit magazine that had one main message: every girl has a story.

After seeing how a friend was callously bullied by her classmates, Babers knew…

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From sophomore to freshman: A 15-year-old PV student transitions to college
Features

Hannah Lederman | May 15, 2019

Many seniors are making final preparations for their post-secondary journey this fall, and Pleasant Valley sophomore Priyanka Srinivasan has decided to embark on that journey herself.

As a 15-year-old,…

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Elementary students say “hola” to a new after school program
News

Kaitlyn Ryan | May 15, 2019

This year, Cody Elementary School began implementing a language program after school. The participants will begin learning a foreign language long before their peers, giving them an advantage in the future….

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Serving up some “love”: PV junior uses tennis to help individuals living with autism
Features

Sarah Danielson | May 9, 2019

Although April is Autism Awareness month, a student at Pleasant Valley High School is making a year-round commitment to help those living with Autism.

ACEing Autism is a national organization with one…

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Separated no more: The Spelhaug sisters will reunite as Cyclones
Sports

Natalie Murphy | April 29, 2019

For Pleasant Valley athletics, last year brought with it the end of an era.

With a combined eight years of tri-sport varsity play, Ellie and Carli Spelhaug competed in their last games together, seemingly…

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Culture over Coffee, Episode 33: Coaching styles in question
Audio

Jeremy Ramsey | April 19, 2019

Welcome to Culture over Coffee, the Spartan Shield’s podcast where we talk about pop culture, new trends, and other news outside of the PV school district over a cup of coffee.

Episode #3: Spartan…

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School nurses and librarians: necessary, not optional
Opinions

Sarah Danielson | April 1, 2019

A bill that would eliminate the requirement for Iowa schools to hire full-time nurses and librarians was introduced in the Iowa Legislator by Iowa Senate Republicans at the end of February.

Although…

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PV violinist stuns audience with Vieuxtemps’ “Concerto No. 5 in A Minor”
Arts & Entertainment

Jeanelle Cho | March 25, 2019

In the dim lit theater, a young violinist in a teal gown emerged from the wings.

As the violinist and the orchestra behind her started playing, the sounds of Henri Vieuxtemps’ “Concerto No. 5 in…

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Freshmen triplets are turning heads in varsity sports
Sports

Nathan Wong | March 6, 2019

On teams traditionally dominated by upperclassmen, freshmen triplets Jake, Ryan and Sydney Dolphin have already worked their way up the ladder of their respective sports to become varsity athletes.

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Muddying the waters: Drake Relays dilutes the prestige of “Iowa’s finest athletes”
Opinions

Abby Riley | March 4, 2019

The Drake Relays is one of the most prestigious track and field events in the country. Iowa’s finest track athletes dedicate countless hours to their training in the hopes that they will one day be invited…

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Spreading warmth: The QC community bands together on the coldest days in 26 years
News

Sarah Danielson | February 25, 2019

When life-threatening cold weather made its way through the Quad Cities, many in the area without homes found warmth and hospitality when local volunteers banded together as a community.

When January’s…

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Missing their chance: Restrictions force Platinum Dance Team to sit out on Nationals
News

Hannah Lederman | February 14, 2019

As winter sports come to a close, the Platinum Dance Team finished their award-winning season on a high note by claiming second place in both jazz and pom at the 2019 State Championship, losing the first…

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PV teachers embrace social media
Features

Kaitlyn Ryan | February 12, 2019

Social media has become increasingly popular and prevalent in the daily lives of teens. With society constantly innovating, this technology is now working its way into education.

There is an important…

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Leaving Iowa behind: PV students embrace the opportunity to travel abroad
Features

Lilly Parker | February 12, 2019

Opportunities seem endless in the hallways of Pleasant Valley High School, but those who have studied abroad say one of the most fascinating and unique opportunities available to PV students are school…

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Spartan drama brings show to rehabilitating prisoners
News

Susan Anil | January 14, 2019

The Spartan drama department is taking its show on the road in order to perform at One Eighty, an organization that supports rehabilitating prisoners and those in crisis or poverty. 

The Lion, the…

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Students are taking over, and teachers approve
Features

Maya McClain | January 10, 2019

Historically, teacher-led classrooms have been the status quo. Students have spent their school days listening to teachers lecture at them class period after class period. However, a recent fad has begun…

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Time to change the rankings
Showcase

Carli Spelhaug | January 2, 2019

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) is in charge of making all rankings and pairings for all girls’ sports in the state of Iowa. The way they come up with these rankings is not the best…

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Video

Jimmy Guest | November 28, 2018

This story was originally published on Spartan Shield on November 13, 2018.

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Living in limbo: A family’s struggle with LGBTQ rights
Features

Christy Bishop | November 8, 2018

Times seem uncertain for those who identify as a part of the LGBTQ community.

With two attempts to ban transgender people from the military and a proposition to reverse recognition and rights of them,…

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Locals participate in #MilesforMollie
News

Haley Moore | October 26, 2018

People all across the state of Iowa came together on August 26, 2018 to celebrate the life of 19-year old Mollie Tibbetts and her passion for running. To show support for Mollie and her family, runners…

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PV’s NRA grant stirs controversy
News

Lily Williams | October 15, 2018

The NRA awarded more than .3 million in grants to U.S. schools and youth programs from 2010 to 2016. While that number has shocked countless citizens, local residents were more surprised to find out Pleasant…

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