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Stories from Pleasant Valley High School
Marvel’s leading ladies: the long overdue role models for young girls everywhere
Arts & Entertainment

Maria Vaaler | November 13, 2019

Blockbuster films have been predominantly led by male heroes for decades, but as Marvel actresses dominate the box office and call for an all-female Marvel movie, this lengthy era of male dominance in…

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Hats off to Olivia: PV community rallies behind one of its own
News

Maria Vaaler | November 12, 2019

The Pleasant Valley School District is no stranger to coming together to support members of the community facing immense hardships. And the recent cancer diagnosis of high school English teacher Tracy…

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Light of hope: Addressing the foster care system through local adoption day
News

Caitlin Crome | November 12, 2019

On any given day, almost half a million American children are in foster care hoping for the day they will see a brighter future and the local Scott County District Court is working to ensure every kid…

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If he can do it, why can’t she…
Opinions

Maddy Licea | November 11, 2019

Congresswoman Katie Hill stepped down from Congress on Nov. 1 after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a member of her staff and pornographic images were released by her soon to be ex husband.

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The social stigma surrounding birth control
Features

Cienna Pangan | November 7, 2019

Social stigmas control how people treat certain topics and how they’re viewed. While birth control is something many women need for their health, the discussion of this subject among teenagers remains…

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Taking the first steps of change
News

Sam Rothbardt | November 5, 2019

Hate entered the doors of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2018. One year later, anti-Semitism continues to spread.

But the state of Iowa is spreading a different message.

The…

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Road to the Olympics
Video

Taylor English | November 1, 2019

This story was originally published on Spartan Shield on October 24, 2019.

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Senior band show provides students with leadership opportunities
Video

Kate Stewart | October 30, 2019

This story was originally published on Spartan Shield on October 25, 2019.

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Breaking records and stereotypes: How female Olympians are inspiring today’s youth
Sports

Maya Johnson | October 24, 2019

The title of the most decorated athlete at the World Championships is no longer a tie. On September 28, Allyson Felix broke her tie with Usain Bolt for the most gold medals at a World Championship in Doha,…

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A drive to end hunger: How a local program found national success
Features

Sam Rothbardt | October 24, 2019

As the saying goes, sometimes the littlest things end up making the biggest difference. Such is the case for one local man’s once small idea.

For years in the Quad Cities, Pete Pohlmann was a household…

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King of Iowa: Unintentional act of kindness touches local PV family
News

Caitlin Crome | October 23, 2019

While just 60 miles separate Pleasant Valley students from the University of Iowa, the generosity of Iowa native Carson King has been felt much closer to home.

What started as a plea for enough money…

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From Bettendorf to Broadway: PV alum earns success in theater
Features

Cienna Pangan | October 15, 2019

Pleasant Valley alum, Samantha Pauly, has gained significant recognition for her theater work, from her title role in “Evita” in London, to her Chicago performance as Katherine Howard in “Six”,…

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Pinning the patriarchy: PV female wrestler dominates the competition
Sports

Maya Johnson | October 14, 2019

In a sport traditionally dominated by men, one female PV student is taking the wrestling world by storm.

Champion of the first ever girls’ state tournament in Iowa, Chloe Clemons just moved to the…

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Striving for success and inclusivity: Special Olympics benefits PV students
Features

Alyce Brown | October 8, 2019

Pleasant Valley’s varsity teams typically garner plenty of attention, but the district’s Special Olympics athletes are now claiming some of that attention for themselves.

The school’s team is…

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An unexpected victory: PV student named Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen
Features

Carly Lundry | October 8, 2019

After being involved in the performing arts for well over a decade, one PV student took her years of training, a tiny nudge and a giant leap of faith to compete for a cause and a crown.

Decorated dancer…

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Unmanned: Why one family blames a lack of fire staff for the death of their son
News

Leea Tarpein | October 3, 2019

Eleven minutes: the amount of time it might take an average person to shower, or pick out an outfit or jog a mile. For one local family, however, 11 minutes on the night of July 31 felt like a lifetime–and…

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Promise heard Nationwide: How one organization is changing the discussion of school shootings
Features

Caitlin Crome | October 2, 2019

Heading back to school with fresh sneakers, state-of-the-art folders and a new backpack has taken on a different meaning this school year as many began classes with the thought of one of the worst epidemics…

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Leaps of change: Midwest dancer takes on New York fashion week for a cause
Arts & Entertainment

Grace Halupnik | September 25, 2019

For many performers, aspirations of performing on stage during a large-scale event are nothing more than dreams. For one dancer, however, this dream became a reality.  But her dance was for a greater…

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Pleasant Valley students pursue excellence in leadership and service with Civil Air Patrol
Features

Maria Vaaler | September 18, 2019

While many high school students are spending their time outside of school kicking a ball around or getting coffee with friends, two PV students are piloting planes and practicing military-style leadership…

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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 8, 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

Jake plays tennis, Ryan plays both baseball and basketball, and Sydney plays basketball.

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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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