The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

2022-2023 Staff

Jake Wilsted
Business Manager

Jake Wilsted

Jake Wilsted is currently a senior at Pleasant Valley high school and serves as the Business Manager of the Spartan Shield. Jake enjoys his involvement in several school clubs. He is the president of Students for Political Actio...

Atharv Neema
Business Manager

Atharv Neema

Atharv Neema is a senior at Pleasant Valley and serves as the business manager for the Spartan Shield. In school, Atharv is the Vice President of Future Business leaders of America, Co-founder of the Competitive Chess Club, and...

Oskar Barudin
News Editor

Oskar Barudin

Oskar Barudin is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and serves as the News Editor of the Spartan Shield. In his academic career at Pleasant Valley he has enjoyed the challenge of high level courses, with Government and Sp...

Rupika Jai Ganesh
Feature Editor

Rupika Jai Ganesh

Rupika Jai Ganesh is currently a junior at Pleasant Valley High School and serves as the Feature Editor for the Spartan Shield. Her favorite class in school is Spanish and her English course. Rupika is a member of PVHS’s student...

Daniel Zietlow
Sports Editor

Daniel Zietlow

Daniel Zietlow is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School participating in his first year on the spartan shield working as the Co-Sports Editor.  He has been in three sports throughout high school including Cross Country, Track ...

Karin Fowler
Sports Editor

Karin Fowler

Karin Fowler is a senior at Pleasant Valley and serves as co Sports Editor for the Spartan Shield. Throughout high school, Karin has participated in the school's volleyball team and was a part of the 2021 Championship team. She...

Leila Assadi
Opinion Editor

Leila Assadi

Leila Assadi is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. This is her first year working with the Spartan Shield, and she is excited to be a writer. Throughout her four years of high school, Leila has participated in numerous ex...

Pranav Suresh
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Pranav Suresh

Pranav Suresh is currently a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and is the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Spartan Shield. He is a four year member of the Pleasant Valley Boys Cross Country team and Pleasant Valley Track ...

Sam Brown
Copy Editor

Sam Brown

Sam is currently a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and serves as a copy editor for the Spartan Shield. Aside from journalism, Sam’s favorite classes are Spanish, Physics, and Economics. Outside of school Sam volunteer...

Tommy Glennon
Copy Editor

Tommy Glennon

Tommy Glennon is a Copy Editor for the Spartan Shield. As a first-year contributor, they are thrilled to be working with such a talented staff. A member of numerous extracurriculars, Tommy keeps busy by singing with the Chambe...

Katy Babcock
Copy Editor

Katy Babcock

Katy Babcock is a junior at Pleasant Valley and serves as a Copy Editor for the Spartan Shield. At PV, Katy is involved in A Positive Place, PV Pals, and Girls Learn International. Katy is a member of the girls swim team and enjo...

Sarah Chen
Copy Editor

Sarah Chen

Sarah Chen is currently a senior at Pleasant Valley and serves as a Copy Editor for the Spartan Shield. At the high school, Sarah is involved in clubs including A Positive Place, Environmental Club, and PV Pals. She also helps run...

Gretchen Highberger
Copy Editor

Gretchen Highberger

Gretchen Highberger is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and serves as a copy editor for the Spartan Shield. Most afternoons in the fall, she can be found at cross country practice. Since freshman year, she has been a m...

Daniel Marshall
Multimedia Manager

Daniel Marshall

Daniel Marshall is a member of the Pleasant Valley High School senior class. He has a passion for learning technology and ponders about how primitive our current devices will look in the next 100 years. At just 14 years old, he...

Caity Burke
Social Media Manager

Caity Burke

Caity Burke is a member of the 2023 class of Pleasant Valley, working as the Social Media Manager for the Spartan Shield. After school hours, you can find her working as a barista at Atomic Coffee Bar, or cheering on the sidelin...

Emma Vaaler
Photo Manager

Emma Vaaler

Emma Vaaler is a senior at Pleasant Valley and will be serving as the photo manager of the Spartan Shield this year. She is 17 years old, was a dancer for most of her life, and lived overseas for seven years in Finland and Russ...

Maura Peters
Photo Manager

Maura Peters

Maura Peters is a Senior at Pleasant Valley High School and serves as a Photo Manager of the Spartan Shield. In the fall, Maura plays on the Varsity Volleyball team that previously earned a state title in 2021. She also compete...

Isaiah Steele
Site Manager

Isaiah Steele

Isaiah Steele, the Spartan Shield Site Manager, is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. He competes in cross country for the Spartans, and codes for the Everything That’s Radical PV robotics team. He enjoys pursuing person...

Quinn Russell
Design Manager

Quinn Russell

Quinn Russell is currently a Senior at Pleasant Valley High School, and this is her first year participating in Spartan Shield. Her job within Spartan Shield is Design Manager. Quinn wants to be able to express her views on th...

Luci Patel
Innovation manager

Luci Patel

Luci Patel is currently a junior at Pleasant Valley High School and serves as the Copy Editor for the Spartan Shield. Her favorite classes in school are AP 2D Art, Economics, and PE. Luci is a member of PVHS’s student council, Sp...

Lydia Sommer
PV Only Editor

Lydia Sommer

Lydia Sommer is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. It is her first year working for the Spartan Shield and she serves as the PV Only Editor. While you may find her pursuing her passion in writing, you could also find Ly...

Kira McAuliffe

Kira McAuliffe

Kira McAuliffe is a Pleasant Valley Senior and serves as the Student Life Editor on the Spartan Shield. She keeps busy working as a barista at Cody Road Coffee and nannying kids after school. In her free time, she enjoys spend...

Kushi Maridu
Co-Editor-in-Chief

Kushi Maridu

Kushi Maridu, a former Site Manager for the Shield, is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and takes up the job of being a Co-Editor-in-Chief this year. He ran for the PV cross country team for all four of his years at th...

Shobini Iyer
Co-Editor-in-Chief

Shobini Iyer

Shobini Iyer is currently a senior at Pleasant Valley and serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Spartan Shield. Aside from Honors Journalism, Shobini’s favorite classes consist of AP Physics and AP Calculus. In addition to...

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