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Spartan Shield

2019-2020 Staff

Maddy Licea

Editor in Chief

Maddy Licea, captain of the Sparkles cheerleading team and member of Pleasant Valley’s successful tennis team, also spends her time modeling for the popular Moxie Design photography company to express her love of fashion. Li...

Carly Lundry

Assistant Editor in Chief

Carly Lundry is currently 17 years old and a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. When she is not dedicating her time to academics, Lundry enjoys swimming for our high school team and club. Lundry is also apart of the extremely ...

Grace Halupnik

Lead Editor

Grace Halupnik, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School, is highly involved in the school’s journalism program. It is her first year writing for the online newspaper, where she will serve as the multimedia manager and lead edi...

Darsh Balani

Business Manager

Darsh Balani is a Technical Site Manager for the Spartan Shield. He loves playing tennis and basketball in his off time. Darsh enjoys playing Minecraft when he doesn’t have band practice. His favorite NFL team is the Housto...

Morgan McCartney

Business Manager

Morgan McCartney loves music and dance. She has been dancing at Above the Barre Dance Academy since she was only 3 years old, and she is currently a member of PV’s very own Platinum Varsity dance team. She loves dancing because...

Sam Rothbardt

Social Media Manager

Sam Rothbardt is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. As both the social media manager of Spartan Shield Online and Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Spartan Shield Print Magazine, he is an integral part of the Spartan Shield. Aft...

Nate Martell

News Editor

Senior Nate Martell is an active member of Pleasant Valley High School. Along with being the news section editor with the online Spartan Shield, Nate is one of the senior captains this season on the state ranked boys swim team...

Maya Johnson

Feature Editor

Maya Johnson is a senior who will be the Spartan Shield Online’s Feature Editor this year. Maya is involved in numerous extra curricular activities, including cross country in the fall and soccer in the spring. Maya is also inv...

Jack Donahue

Opinion Editor

Jack Donahue is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and the opinion editor for the Spartan Shield Online, but he is also much more than that. Jack spends a lot of his time playing sports, and is very competitive in everythi...

Ava Sorgenfrey

Sports editor

Ava Sorgenfrey is a senior at PVHS and the current Sports Editor for the Online Spartan Shield. Not only a proud member of Spartan Nation, she is also a barista for Coffee Hound and enjoys spending time drinking coffee and hangin...

Alyce Brown

Arts and Entertainment Editor

Alyce Brown is the Arts and Entertainment section editor for the Spartan Shield Online. She’s  thrilled to be able to share news from the PV community and the world. In school, she enjoys French and English classes and hopes t...

Maria Vaaler

Student Life Editor

Maria Vaaler is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and has spent the last three years enjoying numerous activities. She is a member of the PV DrumLine, in which she plays the tenor drum, and involved in the Model UN club. ...

Caitlin Crome

P.V Editor

Senior Caitlin Crome is an involved individual in everything from athletics to community service. She has participated in track & field and platinum dance team all four years of high school and has called herself a dancer...

Sanjiv Iyer

Multimedia Manager

Senior Sanjiv Iyer is always keeping himself busy in and out of school. In school you might find Sanjiv playing tennis or in some of his favorite classes found in the science department. Sanjiv enjoys science greatly and is p...

Ian Wilger

Photo Project Manager

Ian Wilger is the sports editor of the Spartan Shield Online publication. As a senior here at Pleasant Valley, he plans on majoring in journalism at an undecided university. In his spare time, he plays football and golf and is ...

Eesha Lawande

Copy Editor

Eesha Lawande, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School, is a copy editor for the Spartan Shield online. She is known to be a very sarcastic, humorous and supportive individual. She values her friends and family deeply and enjoys sp...

Jackson Schou

Copy Editor

Jackson Schou, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School, is a copy editor for the Spartan Shield Online. At Pleasant Valley, Jackson participates in the Spartan Band Program where he is a percussionist. However, his passion for music ...

Kate Stewart

Copy Editor

Kate Stewart, 17, grew up in Muscatine, Iowa, and moved to Bettendorf in 8th grade. She has used her time here at Pleasant Valley High School to get involved in a variety of activities. She recently joined the cross country team, ...

Morgan Miller

Copy Editor

Morgan Miller is one of the Spartan Shield Online’s Copy Editors and is looking forward to writing for the Spartan Shield because she’s excited to gain real world experience, become a better writer, and learn more about cu...

Sakshi Lawande

Copy Editor

Sakshi Lawande is a senior at Pleasant Valley and she is a copy editor for the Spartan Shield online. She is known to be a supportive and caring person overall. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, playi...

Taylor English

Copy Editor

Taylor English is a Senior at Pleasant Valley who in addition to having been a diligent student throughout her time at Pleasant Valley, has also been involved in the band as an alto saxophone and spent much of her time rowing f...

Chris Cumberbatch

Photo Manager

Chris is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School who has just moved to the Quad CIty area after attending school at Langley High School in Washington D.C.. While Chris is tenacious with his studies at school, he also applies that...

Cienna Pangan

Photo Manager

Cienna Pangan was born October 28th, 2001, in Dallas, Texas. Although she was born in Texas, in 5th grade Cienna moved from Dallas to Bettendorf, Iowa, where she is currently a senior enrolled at Pleasant Valley High School. Sh...

Will Sharis

Photo Manager

One thing that any person could tell you about Will once you meet him is that he rows, a lot. But there is more to William than just his 2k, many awards and endurance. Will has three siblings, two older sisters and one older bro...

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