Spartan Journalists Win Big!

Spartan Journalists Win Big!

PVHS Student newspaper, The Spartan Shield, and yearbook, the Valerian, took first place from this year's Iowa High School Press Association!  For a full list of awards, look below!

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Newspaper (Class B): 

All Iowa News Team of the Year (second year in a row)

Yearbook Awards (Class A): 

First Place Yearbook of the Year (for the first time ever)

  • Cover: Second place to Hannah Lederman and Ella Litchfield
  • Theme: Second Place to Hannah Lederman and Ella Litchfield
  • Advertising or Vanity Ads: First, Second, Third place all to PV Shield staff
  • Total Package Design: First Place to Hannah Lederman and Ella Litchfield
  • Design of Spring Events: Honorable Mention to Kaitlyn Robinson, Honorable Mention to Allisa Pandit, Honorable Mention to Caitlin Crome, Second Place to Alyce Brown, First Place to Hannah Lederman
  • Design of Portrait Pages: Honorable Mention to Ella Litchfield
  • Design of Opening, Closing, and Division Spreads: Honorable Mention to Aayusha Adhikari, Third Place to Ella Litchfield, Second Place to Hannah Lederman
  • Design of Fall Events: (Category Sweep!) Honorable Mention to Caitlin Crome, Third Place to Abby Shamrell, Second Place to Callista Hawbaker, First Place to Preksha Kedilaya
  • Design of Infographics: Honorable Mention to Hannah Lederman, Third Place to Hannah Lederman, Second Place to Hannah Lederman
  • Feature Photo: First Place to Alyce Brown
  • Sports Action Photo: Honorable Mention to Addie Even, Third Place to Jimmy Feeney, Second Place to Grace Halupnik
  • Personality Profile: Third Place to Ingrid Hoffman
  • Sports Story: Honorable Mention to Callista Hawbaker
  • Student Life Story: Honorable Mention to Kaitlyn Robinson, Honorable Mention to Abby Shamrell, Third Place to Ingrid Hoffman, Third Place to Ella Litchfield, Second Place to Preksha Kedilaya

In the Spring, Individual newspaper awards were given.  Pleasant Valley did very well!   Here are the winners!

Maria Vaaler was named 1st place Writer of the Year in the state.

Grace Halupnik, Sam Rothbardt, Hannah Lederman, and Caitlin Crome were each named IHSPA Scholars, an incredible honor that was awarded to only 19 seniors in the state.

FIRST PLACE INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

  • Maddy Licea for her work with advertising
  • Roger Pavey, for his "Gen Z" cover
  • Caitlin Crome, for her in-depth news story, "King of Iowa"
  • Grace Halupnik & Caitlin Crome, one for their multimedia piece and one for their podcast, "Tap on that"
  • Preksha Kedilaya for her photo slideshow on district choral fest
  • Margaret Huang for her review, "An unintentional portrait of Gen Z romance"
  • Sakshi & Eesha Lawande for their video story, "QC organization shines light on making new tradition"

Second Place individual awards:

  • Maddy Licea and Carly Lundry, for their opinion piece "Why is your AK-47 in my lecture?"
  • Grace Halupnik, for her Valentine's Day back cover
  • Caitlin Crome, for her feature story, "Promise heard Nationwide: How one organization is changing the discussion on school shooting"
  • Maria Vaaler, Sakshi & Eesha Lawande for their multimedia piece, "Carrie: The Musical"
  • Sakshi Lawande, for her sports multimedia feature "From JV to State Champ"
  • Sam Rothbardt and Grace Halupnik, for their cover story, "New Century, Same Story"
  • Jimmy Feeney for his photo slideshow on girls' basketball
  • Nate Martell for his photo story on girls' swimming
  • Taylor English & Will Sharis for their video story, "Road to the Olympics"

Third Place individual awards:

  • Maya Johnson, for her feature story "Wielding women empowerment by welding"
  • Sakshi Lawander, for her feature "Filled with Philanthropy"
  • Roger Pavey for his 2010s cover story design
  • Grace Halupnik, for her new story, "Hungry for More"
  • Sam Rothbardt for his personality profile, "A walk to self-discovery"
  • Alyce Brown for her review, "The candy-colored satire of 'The Politician'"
  • Nate Martell and Jackson Schou for their video story over Deputy Fah