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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
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
Opinions

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?
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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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School behind a screen: how one teacher has utilized a robot to teach her online students
Features

Michael VanDerSchaaf | December 17, 2020

Pleasant Valley Junior High School recently had two new students enter its hallways. These students are not like the other students that walk the halls: they are actually two robots at-home students can…

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A horrific history: Why the government must cease to honor the Confederacy
Opinions

Grace Pender | December 10, 2020

Members of the United States’ army and a bipartisan group of legislators are pushing legislation to rename military bases honoring Confederate leaders.

Currently, both the House and Senate versions…

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Fueling the flames of inequality: The sports world’s struggle with sexism
Sports

Elizabeth Pischke | December 9, 2020

Gender equality has been a struggle for a long time. Women’s suffrage was not granted until more than a century after America’s founding, and today, women make only 81 cents for every one dollar a…

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The virtues of simple living: Why millennials are engaging in the minimalist lifestyle
Features

Azzy Brown | December 4, 2020

“Love people, use things. The opposite never works,” stated Joshua Fields Millburn, owner and author of several books, dedicated to helping individuals find meaning in life through decluttering.

Recently,…

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Breaking boundaries: Life as a male dancer
Sports

Kelly Brewer | November 18, 2020

Graceful, an adjective often associated with women, might be the perfect word to describe dancers when they are in their element.

But one Pleasant Valley senior is breaking both boundaries and stereotypes…

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Let’s hear it for the girls: The value of women in politics
Opinions

Ingrid Hofmann | November 11, 2020

With 2020 marking the 100 year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, long should be the days where women’s rights are still a source of partisan polarization.

The monumental 19th Amendment…

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Pending chaos: Why the coming days for America will be frightening
Opinions

Elizabeth Pischke | November 4, 2020

Election day is upon us. The future of our country will be determined soon, but it does not matter what the outcome is: chaos is assured, and it is terrifying.

Tuesday it is not guaranteed the election…

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A wavering stance by the Democratic nominee has left voters with questions
Opinions

Sam McGrath | October 28, 2020

Is it acceptable for a politician to dodge a question regarding the structural change to an American institution? Former Vice President Joe Biden’s unsure and inconsistent stance on packing the Supreme…

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Avoiding hypocrisy: Why filling the Supreme Court seat should wait
Opinions

Elizabeth Pischke | October 7, 2020

Washington D.C. is a mess. Our bipartisan government always seems to be at war, and unfortunately, the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the search for her replacement has done nothing to help deliver peace.

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REVIEW: Never Have I Ever: The other side of The Valley
Arts & Entertainment

Margaret Huang | May 15, 2020

The raunchy party game Never Have I Ever is best known for its role in revealing the most unsuspecting people’s most risque hidden sides.

Befitting the divulging nature of the party game, Netflix’s…

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How PV plans to manage the remainder of the school year
Coronavirus

Carly Lundry | March 24, 2020

As public schools across the country temporarily close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pleasant Valley is not attempting a transition to online education as administration configures a new plan for the remainder…

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New anti-lynching act: A small, yet apologetic gesture to America’s greatest victims
Opinions

TJ Brown | March 11, 2020

The year is 2020, but somehow, anti-lynching legislation was passed in the House of Representatives just two weeks ago. If passed by the Senate and signed by President Donald Trump, it will have taken…

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