Spartan Shield

2017-2018 Staff

Justin English

Staff Contributor

My name is Justin English and I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and a staff contributor for the Spartan Shield. Outside of school, I row for the Quad City Rowing association which takes up most of my time. Next year I...

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Veronica Henderson

Copy Editor

My name is Veronica Henderson, and I'm a senior at Pleasant Valley High School.  Aside from copy editing for the Spartan Shield, I play harp and bassoon in the Quad City Youth Symphony, participate in PVHS Astronomy Club, and vol...

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Avery Luepker

Social Media Manager

Hi, my name is Avery Luepker, I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. Even though this is only my first year here, I am heavily involved in music here and in the community. Being in Chamber Choir, Wind Symphony, Jazz Band...

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London Bicknell

Student Life Editor

My name is London Bicknell, and I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. I’m pleased to be the Student-Life editor for the Spartan Shield along with a few of my other activities this semester! Although I am in band and choir...

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Taylor Levy

Opinion Editor

My name is Taylor Levy, and I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. Besides being the Opinion Editor for the Spartan Shield, I’m a varsity cheerleader for wrestling and I also play tennis for the school. Outside of scho...

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Zac Ahlers

Copy Editor

My name is Zac Ahlers, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. Im a Copy Editor for the Spartan Shield. I am involved in the Wind Symphony band here at the high school. Outside of school I have a job at LeClaire Auto Service ...

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Ramya Kumar

Arts and Entertainment Editor

My name is Ramya Kumar, and I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. In addition to being the Arts and Entertainment editor for the Spartan Shield, I am the president Girls Learn International, an active volunteer at Trinity ...

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Mukul Nair

Photo Manager

My name is Mukul Nair and I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. Other than being the photo manager for the Spartan Shield, I am active in arts, sports and community service. I play tennis and cricket for the school team...

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Jacob Fuhrmeister

Staff Contributor

My name is Jacob Fuhrmeister. I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. Besides writing articles for the Spartan Shield as a staff contributor, I teach a sunday school class of pre-kindergarteners at Harvest Bible Chapel. In my ...

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Gretchen Strobbe

Copy Editor

My name is Gretchen Strobbe and I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. Along with being the copy editor for the Spartan Shield, I enjoy playing soccer for my club team and here at the high school. I also play the flute i...

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Rebecca Abdullah

Photo Manager

My name is Rebecca Abdullah, and I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. In addition to being a photo manager for the Spartan Shield Online, I am also the Business Manager for the Spartan Shield Magazine and PV Publicat...

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Kelsie Foltz

Staff Contributor

My name is Kelsie Foltz,  and I’m a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. Aside from being a staff contributor for the Spartan Shield, I am a very active person and participate in soccer and track both inside and outside o...

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Roshni Nair

Arts and Entertainment Editor

My name is Roshni Nair. I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and I am an Arts and Entertainment editor for the Spartan Shield. Outside of this, I participate in Indian classical dance. I am also involved in the school ...

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Cassie Huffman

Video Editor

My name is Cassie Huffman, and I’m a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. Along with being the video editor of the Spartan Shield, I am a page designer for the Pleasant Valley yearbook. I also play trumpet in the Pleasant Va...

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Isabella Holland

News Editor

My name is Isabella Holland, and I’m a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. Outside of being the news editor for the Spartan Shield, I work at Iowa Plastic Surgery, am Vice President of the Future Physicians of America Cl...

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Emma Horsfield

Business Manager

My name is Emma Horsfield, and I am a senior this year. Aside from being the Business Manager for the Spartan Shield Online, I am an Executive Member of Spartan Assembly, Co-President for National Honor Society, and the Co-Edito...

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Aman Manazir

Business Manager

My name is Aman Manazir, and I am a junior at Pleasant Valley High School. I am a business manager at the Spartan Shield. I play the Tenor Saxophone in the Band and Jazz Band, and Cello in the Youth Symphony Orchestra. I am also t...

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Ellie Spelhaug

Sports Editor

My name is Ellie Spelhaug! I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. I am the sports editor of the Spartan Shield, I participate in basketball, track, and softball, and I like to dedicate spare time to volunteering at the hum...

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Emma Elceser

Social Media Manager

Hi! I’m Emma Elceser! I am a senior this year and I will be attending the University of Iowa in the fall to major in therapeutic recreation and minor in psychology and spanish. I am one of the social media managers for the o...

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Ricardo Meyer

Feature Editor

My name is Ricardo Meyer. I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and the Feature Editor of the Spartan Shield Online. After Graduation I plan to attend either the University of Frankfurt or the University of Hamburg to maj...

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Trinity Shi

Video Editor

Hi my name is Trinity Shi and I'm a senior at PV. I’ll be working as a video editor for the Spartan Shield and am very excited to present PV with top quality videos. Besides that, I am also on the PVHS swim and dive team as ...

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Samantha Bladel

Social Media Manager

Hello! My name is Samantha Bladel and I am a senior at PV. This year I am one of the social media managers for the Spartan Shield. In my free time I like to read, play video games, and talk to my friends online. ...

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Haley Germain

Copy Editor

My name is Haley Germain and I am a senior! I am excited to be a copy editor for the Shield and I enjoy spending my time working with kids, being a part of Pleasant Valley’s student council, and leading the Stars Dance Team. M...

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Lily Williams

Staff Contributor

My name is Lily Williams and I am a junior at Pleasant Valley High School. I am a staff contributor for the Spartan Shield. I swim for the high school but in my free time I enjoy reading, listening to music and hanging out with f...

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Claire Thomsen

Arts and Entertainment Editor

Hello! I’m Claire Thomsen, a senior here at Pleasant Valley High School. I have a passion for music, so being the Arts and Entertainment editor gives me the chance to showcase music as well as other forms of art! After high ...

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Caroline Sharis

Feature Editor

My name is Caroline Sharis and I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. I am excited to be the Feature Section Editor for the online newspaper. I enjoy rowing and playing the oboe in band. ...

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Kelsey Ruff

Social Media Manager

Hi! My name is Kelsey Ruff. I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and am a social media manager for the Online Spartan Shield. I also play volleyball and run track. I'm usually pretty busy but in my free time I like to r...

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Abby Davison

Copy Editor

Hi, I’m Abby Davison and I’m a senior this year at Pleasant Valley High School. In addition to being a copy editor for the Spartan Shield, I run cross country and I’m involved in band, church, and Girl Scouts. After high sch...

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Vishwajit Subramanian

Staff Contributor

My name is Vishwajit Subramanian and I'm a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. I'm involved in Robotics and Project Manager for team, 6093, Deviation from the Norm. I’m also the President of the Pleasant Valley Math Team. ...

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Tommy Sun

Business Manager

My name is Tommy Sun, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. I am a Business Manager for the Spartan Shield. I help funding the PV publications and keeping the programs running financially. I enjoy programming and playing t...

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Vivek Joshi

Copy Editor

My name is Vivek Joshi and I’m in my senior year at Pleasant Valley High School. I’m involved with Spartan Assembly, the Spartan Marching Band, Academic Bowl, and the tennis team. After high school, I plan to attend Emory ...

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Callum Revell

Copy Editor

My name is Callum Revell and I’m a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. I’m a copy editor for the Spartan Shield and help to make sure everyone’s article is grammatically and thematically right. Outside of school, I’m...

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Alexia Lara

Student Life Editor

Hi, I’m Alexia Lara. This year I am a senior and the student life editor for the Spartan Shield. I enjoy playing softball and I am lucky to be a part of Pleasant Valley Softball’s first state title. The next chapter in my l...

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Cami Hunter

Sports Editor

Hi! I’m Cami Hunter and I’m a senior this year! I'm super excited to be a Sports Editor for the Spartan Shield Online! I play basketball, am a member of chamber choir, and love cheering on all Spartan athletics as a member o...

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Collin Smith

Opinion Editor

Hey, I’m Collin Smith and I’m the opinion editor for this website. Beyond having lots of opinions, I enjoy walking my dog by the beach and playing frisbee.

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Cassidy Kilcoin

Video Editor

I’m Cassidy Kilcoin, currently a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and the video editor of the Spartan Shield website. When I’m not in class I am involved in numerous activities such as theatre, tennis, choir, and spa...

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Keshav Wagle

Co-Editor in Chief

I’m Keshav Wagle and I am Co-Editor in Chief of the Spartan Shield Online! Besides being co-editor, I am Secretary of Thespian Troupe #856, Drum Major of the Spartan Marching Band, Vice President of the Pleasant Valley Math Tea...

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Sydney Prochaska

Business Manager

Hi! My name is Sydney Prochaska and I am excited to be business manager! Besides being business manager, I am involved in cross country, tennis, and volunteer many places. I also enjoy playing with my dog and pet alpaca. After hi...

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Grace Parker

Staff Contributor

My name is Grace Parker, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. I am a staff contributor for the Spartan Shield for this semester. I’m usually working at either the gym or in the mall but when I do have free time I enjoy pla...

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Anna Banerjee

News Editor

I’m Anna Banerjee, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. I’m excited to be on staff this semester as the News Section Editor. When I’m not writing, I’m usually watching movies.

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Rory Donahue

Sports Editor

Hi! My name is Rory Donahue and I am a senior. I am one of the Sports Editors for the Spartan Shield. I play both basketball and soccer at PV and I am also a member of Social Committee. Outside of school I enjoy spending time...

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Hannah Gorsline

Photo Manager

My name is Hannah Gorsline and I am currently a senior at Pleasant Valley High School! Along with being a photo manager for the Spartan Shield, I am also involved in Chamber Choir and Social Committee. I love writing and spending tim...

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Sydney Cournoyer

Staff Contributor

My name is Sydney Cournoyer and I am currently a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. In addition to being a staff contributor to the Spartan Shield, I am involved in environmental club, astronomy club, choir, and drama. When no...

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Sarah Kayali

Photo Manager

My name is Sarah Kayali. I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. I'm really looking forward to being the Photo Manager for the Spartan Shield Online. After High School I plan to attend either Augustana College or University...

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Jenna Ruccolo

Co-Editor in Chief

My name is Jenna Ruccolo, and I am a senior this year at Pleasant Valley High School. In addition to being the Co-Editor in Chief of the Spartan Shield Online, I play high school and club soccer, volunteer, and am a member of t...

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