Spartan Shield

2018-2019 Staff

John Mendelin

Arts and Entertainment

Hello! My name is John Mendelin and I am one of the Arts and Entertainment editors for the Shield Online. This year, it is my goal to provide a platform for all student artists at Pleasant Valley to share their passion with our...

Alexander Haack

Arts and Entertainment Editor

My name is Alexander Haack, and I am the Arts and Entertainment Editor for the Spartan Shield Online. I am a senior and will be attending Iowa State University for Mechanical Engineering in the fall. I currently play snare in...

Caroline Carlson

Arts and Entertainment Editor

My name is Caroline Carlson and I am the section editor for the arts and entertainment for the Spartan Shield Online. I am on the Platinum dance team and I have been dancing on it since freshman year. I also dance on a competitive...

Brenner Stickney

Business Manager

My name is Brenner Stickney, and I am one of the business managers. I am senior and will be attending Iowa State University for Aerospace Engineering in the fall. I am in chamber choir and participate in set for theatre. You can fin...

Trevor Glaum

Business Manager

Hi!  My name is Trevor Glaum and I am one of the business managers of the Spartan Shield Online.  I am a senior at PV and I enjoy running Cross Country. Outside of school I play a variety of instruments.  I am an avid coffee consumer ...

Evin Ersan

Business Manager

My name is Evin Ersan and I am the Business Manager for the Spartan Shield. I’m sixteen years old and I’m currently a junior. Soccer is my favorite sport and I have been playing since I was five years old. I’ve also been...

Susan Anil

Business Manager

I will be serving as a Business Manager for the Spartan Shield this semester. I have a passion for collaborating with people at our school and in our community in order to achieve a common goal/ make a positive impact. I have ...

Annie Warner

Copy Editor

Hi! I’m Annie Warner, a copy editor for the Spartan Shield Online. Outside of school, I play and teach both violin and piano. I also participate in PVHS choir, as well as our jazz choir program. When I’m not making music, I ...

Jeanelle Cho

Copy Editor

Hello, my name is Jeanelle Cho, and I am one of the Copy Editors this semester. I am a senior and will be attending Syracuse University next year as an architecture major. Outside of the Spartan Shield, I enjoy playing the vio...

Lilly Parker

Copy Editor

My name is Lilly Parker and I am a Copy Editor for the Spartan Shield online. I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School, and in the past four years I have enjoyed activities ranging from singing in the choir, playing on the go...

Sarah Danielson

Copy Editor

Hello! My name is Sarah Danielson, and I am so excited to be a copy editor on the Spartan Shield this year. As an avid lover of grammar, I am ready to put my passion to use! I am involved in a number of extracurricular activities, ...

Shreya Khurjekar

Copy Editor

My name is Shreya Khurjekar and I am a Copy Editor for the Spartan Shield Online this semester. When I am not enthusiastically editing articles, I am probably playing my clarinet in either concert band, full orchestra, or jazz b...

Sujay Marisetty

Copy Editor

My name is Sujay Marisetty, and I am a senior at Pleasant Valley. As Copy Editor for the Spartan Shield, I am responsible for ensuring that the articles are easy to read and grammatically correct. After school, you will usually ...

Haleema Waheed

Copy Editor

My name is Haleema Waheed and I am a of the Copy Editors for the Spartan Shield. I have a passion for the arts and enjoy reading in my spare time as well. I have two brothers, one older and one younger. I look forward to my year...

Daniela Rybarczyk

Copy Editor

I am a Copy Editor for the Spartan Shield. When I’m not checking for grammar mistakes in articles, I love to have conversations about anything from football to Star Wars. After school hours, you can find me in the dance studio...

Brenna Morley

Copy Editor

My name is Brenna Morley, and I am a junior at Pleasant Valley High School. I am excited to be a copy editor for the Spartan Shield Online. I enjoy playing the clarinet in band and the piano in jazz band. Outside of school, I...

Ruth Davidson

Copy Editor

Hi, my name is Ruth Davidson and I am one of this year’s copy editors for the online Spartan Shield! I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of a newspaper that makes a difference in the world. I play the viola in two differe...

Ava Stigler

Editor-in-Chief

My name is Ava Stigler and I am the Editor-in-Chief for the Spartan Shield online alongside Gibson Yost. I enjoy keeping up with current news and politics, working at TJ Maxx, and running in my spare time. I have one brother who...

Gibson Yost

Editor-in-Chief

My name is Gibson Yost and I am one of the Editor-in-Chiefs for the Spartan Shield online. I am a senior and I have been a cheerleader for 4 years and a Sparkles cheerleader for 3 years. My passion is cheerleading and I love spreading...

Sheridan Culp

Editor-in-Chief

Hi my name is Sheridan Culp and I’m the co editor-and-chief of the Spartan Shield online! I’m a senior here at Pleasant Valley, and a proud member of the girls soccer varsity team! I also enjoy volunteering at the habitat for...

Ada Duncan

Feature Editor

My name is Ada Duncan and I am the Feature Editor for the Spartan Shield online. My step mom and dad are both teachers here at Pleasant Valley and I have been going here my whole life. I have also been in gymnastics for 13 years...

Natalie Murphy

News Editor

Hello! I’m a senior at PVHS this year. Some of my favorite things to do are help lead Spartan Assembly and our NHS chapter, sing in the Leading Tones Jazz choir, and spending time at Camp Shalom during the summer. I also am co...

Caroline Christophersen

News Editor

As the Shield’s News Editor I’ll be bringing the essential stories from around the world to Spartan Nation! Returning to PV after an exchange year in France I hope to bring some global perspective and keep you best informed. Aft...

Danielle Nauman

News Editor

My name is Danielle Nauman and I am the News Editor for the Spartan Shield online. I have a younger brother and enjoy spending time with my family and my cat, Estelle. I also participate on our school’s swim team and love getting...

Noah Streeter

News Editor

As one of your news section editors for the online Spartan Shield I am excited to be apart of another team that will bring you the latest news, whether out in our community or the world.  I’ve always been interested in keepi...

Nathan Wong

Opinion Editor

My name is Nathan Wong, and I am the opinion section editor for the Spartan Shield Online. I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. I am a captain of the PV tennis team and a Spartan leader of the Spartan Marching Band. I...

Divya Vashisht

Opinion Editor

My name is Divya Vashisht, and I will be the opinion editor of the Spartan Shield this year! Because I enjoy seeing how others view world issues differently, I am very excited for this position. In school, I love participating...

Rosemary Jones

Opinion Editor

My name is Rosemary Jones. I am the Opinion Editor of the Spartan Shield website. I enjoy swimming when I find the time. I also love reading, and writing about amazing topics either of fiction or about the awesome world and the...

Rishab Verma

Photo Manager

My name is Rishab Verma. I am a senior this year and am already getting a little sad that graduation is nearing. Pleasant Valley is my favorite place on this planet and I cannot begin to imagine what life will be like when I leave....

Odin McDonald

Photo Manager

Hey! I'm Odin McDonald, one of the photo mangers for the Spartan Shield Online. I am very excited to be able to create content for all readers and listeners to experience. After school, I participate in many aspects of theater,...

Alyssa Paulson

Photo Manager

Hello my name is Alyssa Paulson and I am a photo manager here at the spartan shield online. In my free time I enjoy playing the bass, piano, and participating on the golf team. Next year I play to peruse architecture at K-sta...

Katie Bullock

Photo Manager

My name is Katie Bullock and I am stoked to be your photo manager this year! I have always loved writing, so having the opportunity to share news stories via images will provide the perfect challenge for me. In my free time, you mi...

Maya McClain

Photo Manager

My name is Maya McClain, I’m one of the Photography Managers. I enjoy spending my free time taking pictures in and out of school. You can usually find me on the field or court taking pictures at school football, volleyball,...

Alana Woolison

Photo Manager

My name is Alana Woolison and I am one of the photo managers for the Spartan Shield. I love being outdoors and have a cat named Chase. I have an older brother and a younger sister. Some of my favorite things to do include painting,...

Shashank Inampudi

Photo Manager

Hello! I’m the photo manager for this year’s Spartan Shield. I’m in charge of making sure all the articles you see have relevant and well placed photos. In my free time, I run long distance, play tennis, and compete in FTC...

Bri Brauner

Social Media Manager

My name is Bri Brauner and I am the social media manager for the Spartan Shield Online. I am a Senior and the past four years I have been apart of the basketball and track & field teams. In my free time enjoy watching mov...

Angela Pandit

Social Media Manager

My name is Angela Pandit and I am the Social Media Manager for Spartan Shield Online. I love to be involved in our school and community through various clubs and activities such as The Student Hunger Drive, GLI, and Model United...

Ashlee Kwak

Social Media Manager

Hi my name is Ashlee Kwak and I am in charge of the Spartan Shield’s social media this year! I’m very excited to get more involved with the student body and help keep them informed throughout the school year. In my free tim...

Abby Riley

Sports Editor

Hello, my name is Abby Riley. I am a senior at Pleasant Valley and co-editor of the sports section of the Spartan Shield Online. The past four years I have been a member of the varsity cross country and track & field teams. Wh...

Jeremy Ramsey

Sports Editor

Hello, my name is Jeremy Ramsey and I am one of the Sports Editors this semester. I am currently a senior and plan on attending Iowa State next year to study environmental science. I have a job at Hyvee, where I work 2-4 days...

Carli Spelhaug

Sports Editor

My name is Carli Spelhaug and I’m the sports editor for the Spartan Shield Online. I play three sports: softball, basketball, and track. My favorite sport, which I plan to play at the collegiate level, is softball. I have three...

Cole Hanson

Sports Editor

I was selected to be the sports editor for the Spartan Shield and I couldn't be more honored. I run Cross Country, I play dek hockey and I have played just about every sport as a kid. I love hunting, hiking, and being out in nature...

Trinity Malmen

Staff Contributor

Hello, my name is Trinity Malmen.  I am a senior at Pleasant Valley High School, and a staff contributor of the Spartan Shield Online.  Outside of Spartan Shield Online, I am captain of the Shining Stars Dance Team. I have been a...

Hope Sickels

Staff Contributor

I’m Hope Sickels, a part of the 2019 class. I’m a Staff Contributor for the Spartan Shield Online this year. I've attended PV since kindergarten and wouldn’t have had it any other way. Once high school started I was apart...

Joel Kachappilly

Staff Contributor

My name is Joel Kachappilly, I'm a Staff Contributor for the Spartan Shield Online, and I am a senior at PV. I am the oldest of two in my family. I love to participate in extracurriculars and have fun with my friends. I play JV...

Christy Bishop

Staff Contributor

Hello! I am a staff contributor this year on the Spartan Shield. I am passionate about the arts and swimming and am excited to share this interest by spreading news and awareness. When I am not in pool or art rooms you can fi...

Jimmy Guest

Student Life

Hello! I am this year’s student life editor! I am here to represent your voice, in any form that may be. Although at first glance I may seem like a goofball, I’m ready to work hard in order to ensure I represent you all i...

Kaitlyn Ryan

Student Life Editor

Hello! I am the Student Life section editor. One of my primary activities is band. My main (and best) instrument is clarinet, but I attempt to play alto saxophone in jazz band. I serve as the treasurer for our Model United Nations cl...

Abbey Hancock

Student Life Editor

My name is Abbey Hancock and I am a part of the class of 2019. I am the Student Life section Editor for the Spartan Shield online. I was a part of the Platinum dance team my freshman and sophomore year and have danced at Studio...

Haley Moore

Video Editor

My name is Haley Moore and I am the video editor for the Spartan Shield Online. I enjoy making videos and expressing my creativity through editing and special effects. I have a lot of respect for video editors, for it takes lots...

Hannah Lederman

Multimedia Manager

Hello! I am Hannah Lederman, the video editor for the Spartan Shield. Along with this online newspaper, I play many roles in PV’s activities. I am the Co-Captain for Pleasant Valley Platinum Dance team, a class representative fo...

Varun Vedula

Feature Section Editor

Hello! I am the Feature Editor of the Spartan Shield Online. Some of my favorite things to do include a participating heavily in robotics and singing in the Leading Tones Jazz Choir. I am also am the president of Astronomy Club...

Laurin Baker

Editor-In-Chief

Hi! My name is Laurin Baker and I am the Editor-In-Chief for the Spartan Shield Online!! I love spending time with my family and friends, participating in Track and Field, volunteering at Cafe on Vine, and traveling. I am looki...

Azariah Courtney

Editor in Chief

Hi, I’m Azariah Courtney and I am the Editor in Chief of the Spartan Shield Online! This year will exciting to read my peers’ work, and write my own, to better our PV community. I’m involved in swimming and am part of the ...

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