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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Pleasant Valley High School - IA
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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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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Step by step: Olympian spreads her wisdom to make young athletes greater
Sports

Lena Ahrens | March 10, 2020

A two-time olympian and three-time olympic gold medalist can provide a lot of insight, wisdom and advice to athletes training to be something greater. It’s not everyday that anyone gets to meet an athlete…

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Blurred: School tracking crosses the line between privacy and safety
News

Preksha Kedilaya | March 9, 2020

National news regarding Inpixon, an indoor data tracking company, is raising a concern of privacy among students and parents. In at least 10 schools, Inpixon has installed radio frequency scanners that…

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How the coronavirus erased $6 trillion dollars
Coronavirus

Rece Vining | March 5, 2020

Fear of the coronavirus’ potential economic impact was the main cause of a global stock market correction last week, in which the Dow Jones lost 12% of its value in the largest single-week drop since…

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USA developmental sled hockey team: How PV aide is shining a light on females in sports
Sports

Sunny Wolfe | March 3, 2020

Pleasant Valley High School’s aide Erica Mitchell recently had the opportunity to lead her sled hockey team to Canada to compete, while also addressing gender inequality in sports. 

Mitchell first…

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Helicopter parents are thriving with new tracking technology
Features

Regan Denny | February 27, 2020

In a new age of technology, there are ways to do just about everything online or with a device. It’s now possible to open a phone with Face ID, talk to anyone from around the globe and even ask a question…

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Knight in shining armor visits the Quad Cities
Features

Cecilia Zavala | February 19, 2020

Once upon a time, a knight in shining armor wanted to bring joy and happiness to everyone and give them their night to shine. That knight in shining armor is Tim Tebow and his foundation. 

Every year…

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Insta Funds: Students turn to social media for entrepreneurship
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Preksha Kedilaya | February 10, 2020

At first thought, a typical high school part-time job sounds like the epitome of a dreary minimum wage job that is rarely thought provoking. Recently at PVHS, students are finding a creative outlet that…

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Making a splash: PVJH swim team celebrates new inclusiveness
Sports

Lena Ahrens | February 5, 2020

Pleasant Valley Junior High’s swim team has 74 participants. There have been many participants that have swum for PVJH, but it is not very often that people see anyone with disabilities on the team….

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Voices of the Valley, Episode #12: “Tuning In” to the Positive Effects of Music
Audio

Kate Stewart | January 15, 2020

In this podcast, seniors Kate Stewart and Cienna Pangan discuss the positive impact music can have on a student’s life.

The idea of music providing a unique therapy for students is becoming increasingly…

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Hardworking and caring: SRO Deputy Fah strives for more than safety
Video

Nate Martell | January 14, 2020

This story was originally published on Spartan Shield on January 12, 2020.

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Students in the Quad Cities area dispute over immigration forum
News

Cienna Pangan | January 9, 2020

A forum discussing immigration was held by local Republicans on Monday Dec. 2 in Bettendorf, IA. The forum was intended to discuss policy change and honor “angel parents”, or parents whose children…

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Quad City organization shines light on making new traditions
Video

Sakshi Lawande | January 9, 2020

This story was originally published on Spartan Shield on January 6, 2020.

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Grabbing attention: social media’s platform for women aids in social justice
Opinions

Grace Halupnik | December 26, 2019

Despite the leap the 2010s brought for women’s rights, all it takes is one slap to make a woman feel like she is still a second-class citizen.

Alex Bozarjian was reporting at the Enmarket Savannah…

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Reward culture: How a Student Hunger Drive epidemic will lead to an unfulfilling future
Opinions

Carly Lundry | December 20, 2019

PV’s Spartan Assembly broke the news on Nov. 5 that the school had earned first place in this year’s Hunger Drive. Though this was no small achievement, many of these donations would have been absent…

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Demonizing Ink: Why the tattoo taboo is a restriction of freedom of expression
Opinions

Maria Vaaler | December 19, 2019

Getting inked is a form of permanent personal expression like no other and with it comes its fair share of controversy. But as the number of American adults with tattoos inches closer and closer to 50…

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REVIEW: Murder and faith at the forefront of Scorsese’s newest film, “The Irishman”
Arts & Entertainment

Jackson Schou | December 17, 2019

Based off of the true story and novel “I Heard You Paint Houses,” Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” is a compelling narrative centered around family, sacrifice, and revenge, as Philly truck driver…

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The presidency is for sale
Opinions

Maddy Licea | December 16, 2019

The United States democracy was founded to ensure the government would be representative of its constitutes. Democrats being able to buy their way into the election defeats the purpose of democracy and…

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The breakdown on the cut down: A shortage of Christmas trees creates high prices this season
News

Ava Sorgenfrey | December 11, 2019

In recent years, there has been a shortage of real Christmas trees, leaving problems for consumers and retailers.

With the holiday season around the corner, many set out to buy their Christmas trees….

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Wielding women empowerment by welding: Local John Deere employee finds national recognition with a nontraditional career
Features

Maya Johnson | December 10, 2019

In a field traditionally dominated by male workers, it could be easy for women welders to go unappreciated and unrecognized. One woman, however, is proving how hard work and determination can come together…

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Why is your AK-47 in my lecture?
Opinions

Maddy Licea | December 4, 2019

The latest ALICE drill was an admission that the government has failed to protect students, prioritizing an AK-47 over a student’s life.

On Nov. 1, PV reserved 30 minutes of its schedule to present…

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