Spartan Shield

2020-2021 Staff

Ingrid Hofmann
Editor-in-Chief

Ingrid Hofmann

Ingrid Hofmann is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and serving as the Spartan Shield’s Editor-in-Chief this year. She is a involved student, participating in a multitude of extracurricular activities: varsity girls golf,...

Taze Wilson
Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Taze Wilson

Taze Wilson is the assistant editor-in-chief for the Spartan Shield. Next year, Taze hopes to attend NYU to study English and history with a minor in business and one day become a writer or actor. Taze participates in chamber ch...

Alex Thorne
Business Manager

Alex Thorne

Alex Thorne is currently a senior at Pleasant Valley and will serve as the Business Manager for the Spartan Shield. Alex has a twin sister, Anna, who is currently the Arts and Entertainment Editor for the Shield. Outside of jour...

Sam McGrath
Business Manager

Sam McGrath

Sam McGrath is currently a high school senior at Pleasant Valley High School and plans to major in business at Iowa State University. In his free time, Sam volunteers at St. John Vianney, enjoys playing in the Pleasant Valley ...

Kendall Jarvis
News Editor

Kendall Jarvis

Kendall Jarvis, senior, is the News Editor for the Spartan Shield. She is involved in dance after school and is a member of the National Honor Society. She also works at her mom’s office and volunteers for her church. Outside of her ...

Ani Pradeep
News Editor

Ani Pradeep

Ani Pradeep is currently a Senior in high school and plans to study medicine at an undecided college. While being very invested in his studies, Ani also expands his musical skills with his clarinet year round. He made the Iowa Al...

Sid Sharma
Feature Editor

Sid Sharma

Sid Sharma is a senior and Feature Editor of the Spartan Shield Online. Sid has been heavily involved in school activities that require public service, discussion and physical activity. He has been an active member of Spartan Ass...

Akash Pradeep
Feature Editor

Akash Pradeep

Akash Pradeep is currently a senior in high school and will serve as the Feature Editor for the Spartan Shield Online. Akash has an older sister who recently graduated college and a twin brother, Ani. Akash is a proud member of...

Alex Clemons
Sports Editor

Alex Clemons

Alex Clemons is a senior and the Sports Editor for the Spartan Shield. Other than his duties as the Sports Editor, he loves participating in and watching Pleasant Valley’s extracurricular activities. He is a varsity baseball player...

Michael VanDerSchaaf
Sports Editor

Michael VanDerSchaaf

Michael VanDerSchaaf is currently a senior at Pleasant Valley High School where he is a big part of Spartan pride. Michael is a big fan of sports, being a fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs. He also enjoys fishing, g...

Lauren Guinn
Opinion Editor

Lauren Guinn

Senior Lauren Guinn is the Opinion Editor for the Spartan Shield. When she's not busy with school, she is usually at her dance studio both teaching and dancing herself. In her free time, she is always listening to music, usua...

Jonathan Sulgrove
Opinion Editor

Jonathan Sulgrove

Pleasant Valley High School senior Jonathan Sulgrove holds the position of Opinion Editor for the Spartan Shield this year. Sulgrove loves all things technology. This is reflected by his big plans for college including double ma...

Anna Thorne
Arts and Entertainment Editor

Anna Thorne

Anna Thorne is currently a senior at Pleasant Valley and has a love for friends, family and all things summer. Other than her role as the Arts and Entertainment editor for the Spartan Shield, she enjoys her job as a nanny and s...

Jonathan Chiles
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Jonathan Chiles

Jonathan Chiles, a senior at PV, is recognized as an honors student who excels in swimming, as he is ranked in the top 50 swimmers of Iowa and was appointed as the 2019-20 captain of the PV Men’s Swimming team. He now works as ...

Ramya Subramaniam
Student Life Editor

Ramya Subramaniam

Senior Ramya Subramaniam is the Student Life Editor for the Spartan Shield. Ramya is a student council enthusiast and spends most of her time serving as an executive member on Spartan Assembly, the First Vice President on the...

Lily Barrett
Student Life Editor

Lily Barrett

Lily Barrett, 17, was born and raised in the Quad Cities. She is currently a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and the student life editor for The Spartan Shield. Her favorite school events to visit are baseball games and...

Matt Mickle
P.V. Only Editor

Matt Mickle

Matt Mickle is wrapping up his senior year at Pleasant Valley High School before packing up his things and heading to the University of Iowa where he plans to major in Business Marketing. Matt will finish up this semester serving...

Ethan Stigler
P.V. Editor

Ethan Stigler

Ethan Stigler is the P.V. Editor for the Spartan Shield Online this fall. When he’s not writing for the Spartan Shield, he’s building robotics for FTC team 7196, bowling for the Pleasant Valley bowling team, or detailing cars...

Laci Roberts
Copy Editor

Laci Roberts

Laci Roberts is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and works as a copy editor for The Shield this year. Outside the classroom she loves riding horses, participating in the Pleasant Valley Theater Department and is a member of t...

Muskan Basnet
Copy Editor

Muskan Basnet

Senior Muskan Basnet is a Copy Editor for The Spartan Shield this semester. Outside of the The Shield, Muskan spends her time working at Dunn Brothers Coffee and participating in her extracurriculars. She is the co-president of huma...

Azzy Brown
Copy Editor

Azzy Brown

Senior Azzy Brown is a Copy Editor for The Spartan Shield this semester. Aside from her work on The Shield, Azzy spends her time working at Chick-Fil-A, jamming out on her alto sax in band, attending Astronomy Club on Thursdays, ge...

Elizabeth Pischke
Copy Editor

Elizabeth Pischke

Elizabeth Pischke is an involved senior at Pleasant Valley High school, and serves as a copy editor for the Spartan Shield.  At school, Pischke is a member of the Arts, participating in the school band playing the clarinet, and ...

Nathan VanUtrecht
Copy Editor

Nathan VanUtrecht

Nathan VanUtrecht is currently a senior at Pleasant Valley High School, where he is very active in after school activities. He is a member of the robotics team where he is the team leader, a member of the tennis team and the astr...

Grace Pender
Copy Editor

Grace Pender

Grace Pender is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School who is serving as a Copy Editor for the Spartan Shield. After high school, Pender plans to pursue a degree in Political Science on a Pre-Law track at Drake University. In h...

Nathan Lokenvitz
Multimedia Manager

Nathan Lokenvitz

Nathan Lokenvitz is currently a senior in high school and the Multimedia Manager for the Spartan Shield this year. Nathan is a proud member of the Spartan Band and plays the trombone. In addition to being a part of the band, Na...

Jonathan Glaum
Multimedia Manager

Jonathan Glaum

Senior Jonathan Glaum, the Spartan Shield’s online multimedia manager is dedicated to two worlds. Music and technology. He has devoted 6 years to trombone and 13 years to piano. When he is investing his time into his church, he pl...

Paris Fietsam
Social Media Manager

Paris Fietsam

Paris Fietsam is currently a senior at Pleasant Valley and is the Social Media Manager for The Spartan Shield. She is heavily involved in extracurriculars including Spartan Assembly, Girls Learn International, National Honor S...

Kelly Brewer
Social Media Manager

Kelly Brewer

Kelly Brewer, a senior at Pleasant Valley Highschool is the Social Media Manager for The Spartan Shield Online. Brewer moved around the country frequently as a child, but lastly from Kentucky with her family after her parents to...

Seth Clausen
Photo Manager

Seth Clausen

Senior Seth Clausen is one of two photo managers for the Spartan Shield. In addition to his duties for the Shield, he loves being outdoors, hanging out with friends and playing sports. Next year he will be playing baseball for...

Ella Litchfield
Photo Manager

Ella Litchfield

Senior Ella Litchfield is the Spartan Shield’s Photo Manager for this semester. Along with the Shield, Ella is a Spartan Assembly representative and a long-time member of the Girls Learning International Club. When she isn’t at schoo...

Corea Conner
Photo Manager

Corea Conner

My name is Corea Conner and I’m one of the photo managers for the Spartan Shield Online. I have 5 siblings: Jonathan (18), Jayden (15), Makayla (16), Brittney (29), and Steph (27). My favorite subject in school is history, a...

Addi Steele
Photo Manager

Addi Steele

Addi Steele is a senior who serves as a photo manager for the Spartan Shield. Addi is a very committed athlete and is very involved in multiple school activities. Steele has participated in cheer since freshman year as a member...

Beth Mooy
Infographic Manager

Beth Mooy

Senior Beth Mooy is the Infographic Manager for the Spartan Shield and is ready to make amazing infographics this semester. Mooy spends her time singing in Chamber Choir, cheering for the Spartans and driving to Kansas City to s...

Amelia Prescher
Infographic Manager

Amelia Prescher

Amelia Prescher is a Pleasant Valley High School senior with aspirations to pursue a career in the medical field and attending an out-of-state university. She is an active member of the Pleasant Valley Chamber Choir and consid...

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