Sword & Shield

2020-2021 Staff

Alexa Stephens

Alexa Stephens

Hello, This is my second year as advisor of the Sword & Shield.  I am so excited to work with such an amazing group of talented individuals!  I hope that we can provide you with up to date information that keeps you connected...

Marta Meinardi

Marta Meinardi

My name is Marta Meinardi and I am a senior and first-time staff writer in advanced journalism at UNI. I work in the sports section as well as contributing to P&G and love that journalism offers the flexibility to research a...

Radhika Trivedi

Radhika Trivedi

Hey y'all! I'm Radhika Trivedi, your P&G editor for this year. I am a senior in my third year of Journalism. I am super excited to be working with our amazing photographers and graphic designers to bring more creativity to...

Selina Gong

Selina Gong

I’m a junior in Photos and Graphics who loves drawing comics and taking photos. Being a part of P&G allows me to express my creativity while making people laugh with my short comics. I’ve learned so much about comic writ...

Renee Tran

Renee Tran

I'm a senior in my first year of advanced journalism, and I'm part of the photos and graphics section. I'm and artist and a graphic designer, and I love dogs! I've greatly enjoyed making short comics for the newspaper, along ...

Baran Ashtiani

Baran Ashtiani

Hey y'all! My name is Baran Ashtiani and I'm one of the Social Media Managers this year for Sword and Shield. This will be my third year in journalism. Last year, I was a part of photography and graphics, and I'm so excited to...

Carly Zhou

Carly Zhou

I am Carly Zhou, a senior news writer for the Sword & Shield. This is my third year as a staff writer. ...

Krutik Patel

Krutik Patel

I am a senior with 2 years of experience in journalism working in the news section. I love reading fantasy books and doing theatre. I enjoy Sword and Shield because I am able to write and learn about so many different topics a...

Heidi Jin

Heidi Jin

My name is Heidi Jin. I'm a senior. I've been in journalism since ninth grade and I've written for news, opinions, sports, and features. I'm currently a staff writer for the news section. My favorite topic is education, specifi...

Juliet Curtis

Juliet Curtis

Hi, I'm Juliet Curtis, a junior at UNI, and a news editor for the S&S. I love being a part of S&S because it pushes me to be more connected to UNI. I love getting the chance to explore so many aspects of our school community...

Michael Chen

Michael Chen

Hello, I am Michael Chen. I am a senior here at UHS and this is my first and last year in Advanced Journalism. As a staff writer for the Features section, I cover many local events pertaining to human interest and student activit...

Amitis Tajallaei

Amitis Tajallaei

Hi! I'm the Sports Copy Editor. This is my second year in Advanced Journalism and I was one of the sports writers last year. I am a senior and apart from journalism I am co-president of Philosophy Club and a part of JCL.

Camila Cerquera

Camila Cerquera

Grade: 12 Experience: First year of Journalism Section: Opinion I like to write about current political issues, as well as current neighborhood news that affects most people in our community. I've always liked to read the n...

Evan Choe

Evan Choe

Hi! I'm Evan and I am one of your opinion section editors for this year. I've been in journalism for the past two years and I can't wait to see what is in store this time around. Fun fact about me is that I love geography.

Ozhan Zarifi

Ozhan Zarifi

I'm a Senior who has been interested in Journalism for all four years of my high school experience. I've always loved writing for Opinion usually on world events such as politics and philosophy as well. The newspaper has always ...

Julie Sakamoto

Julie Sakamoto

Hi there! My name is Julie Sakamoto and I will be serving as your Business Manager this year. I am currently a senior, and this will be my third year on Journalism. I have been an Opinions Writer in the past. You can see me around...

Nikki Ghaemi

Nikki Ghaemi

Hello, my name is Nikki! I'm a senior and this is my second year on journalism. I write for the Opinion section, but I also love writing theatre critiques on Uni's Cappies team. I am an avid fan of music and chameleons. ...

Miriam Klaczynska

Miriam Klaczynska

Hi! I’m Miriam, a current senior at UHS, and this year’s Opinion Section Copy editor. I’ve been with S&S for 2 years, and I’m beyond excited for this following year. I adore literature and creative writing, and you...

Meera Hatangadi

Meera Hatangadi

Hi! My name is Meera and I am a junior at UHS. I have always had a passion for journalism, and I have been honing my skills in writing as a feature staff writer at Sword and Shield, by writing articles for LA Times HS Insider...

Kimia Javaherneshan

Kimia Javaherneshan

Hi! I'm Kimia, I'm a senior, and this is my first year in journalism where I'm a staff writer for the A&E section. My favorite topics to write about are music and movies, especially in the form of reviews or deep analysis in...

Kristopher Zulueta

Kristopher Zulueta

Heyyyy, my name's Kristopher Zulueta and I am a senior, this is my first year in advanced journalism and I will always remember this experience. I am in the arts and entertainment section because literally everything I write and...

Anabel Howery

Anabel Howery

Hello! I’m Anabel and I’m the copy editor for Features this year. I’m currently a junior and am part of the tennis team here at UNI. Some of my hobbies are writing and drawing, and I also love playing games in my free time.

Siara Gunawardhana

Siara Gunawardhana

Hey! I am one of the moderator's for the podcast committee. I am currently a junior, and I am taking Advanced Journalism. At uni, I am also a part of JCL and Junior Council. I can't wait to see what the year will bring!

Chaitanya Kotra

Chaitanya Kotra

Hi, I’m Chaitanya Kotra! I’m a senior and one of the sports section editors this year. I’m looking forward to getting involved with yet another aspect of journalism, and helping promote the excitement surrounding sports...

Luke Liao

Luke Liao

Hi, my name is Luke Liao and I am the copy editor for the Arts and Entertainment section. This is my third year in journalism and I am excited to bring my interest in film, music, and art to the Sword and Shield.

Mohit Kosuru

Mohit Kosuru

Hello, my name is Mohit Kosuru and this is my second year in Advanced Journalism. As a senior, I am excited to be a copy editor for the News section and all the freedom that comes with journalism.

Andrew Ke

Andrew Ke

My name is Andrew Ke and I am a junior and the Sports Section Editor for Sword & Shield. This is my second year apart of the newspaper (I was a staff writer for the sports section last year) and I enjoy contributing to it.

Kylash Chettiar

Kylash Chettiar

Hi, my name is Kylash Chettiar. I am a junior at University High School and a sports writer for the UHS: Sword And Shield. I was first introduced to journalism when I switched into this class as an extra elective; I honestly h...

Tania Azhang

Tania Azhang

I'm a senior, and I write for the Arts and Entertainment Section. My articles concentrate on how the media industry is reflecting popular and political culture, the portrayal of minorities in media, and analyses of the differe...

Baani Sabharwal

Baani Sabharwal

Hi, my name is Baani and I am a junior at Uni! I’ve done journalism for 2 years now and write in the opinion section. I joined journalism and became an opinion writer to voice my ideas and contribute directly to public debate....

Ariane Ochoa

Ariane Ochoa

Hello there! My name is Ariane Ochoa, I'm a senior, and this is my first year writing for Sword and Shield! I recently realized that I wanted to pursue journalism in the future and I wanted to take this class to get some experi...

Kian Mahmoudi

Kian Mahmoudi

Grade 12 | No journalism experience | Opinion | Love tech...

Iris Dou

Iris Dou

I’m Iris, I’m a sophomore. This is my first year in advanced journalism and I currently write for opinion. I originally wrote for news during first semester. ...

Christina Yue

Christina Yue

Hello! My name is Christina, and I’m currently a junior here at University High School. Writing for our features section has been a wonderful experience this year; I have absolutely loved the diversification of perspectives...

Yasna Rahmani

Yasna Rahmani

Hello, my name is Yasna and I am senior editing for the features section of S&S. I have been in journalism for 2 years now and will be starting my 3rd this year. Some of my hobbies include biking and journaling. I am very...

Sydney Gaw

Sydney Gaw

Hello! I'm Sydney Gaw, and I am currently a staff writer for the Sports section. I am a junior, and this is my second year on the Sword and Shield. I love writing human interest stories, especially ones that cover local sports...

Sage Lamott

Sage Lamott

Hello! My name is Sage Lamott, I'm a senior and one of your podcast hosts for Sword and Shield this year! I've been involved in journalism for 2 years now, serving as a writer for arts and entertainment my first year. I'm involved...

Faraaz Aziz

Faraaz Aziz

Hi, my name is Faraaz and I am the section editor for Arts and Entertainment. Last year I wrote for the A&E section, and I love to feature the talented artists of uni.

Ellie Hanssler

Ellie Hanssler

Hi! My name is Ellie Hanssler, and I am a senior serving as the Business Manager for The Sword and Shield! This is my third year in Advanced Journalism, as I have previously served as a Sports Writer and Sports Editor by sophomore and ...

Nima Movahedi

Nima Movahedi

Hello There! Going into Uni, I knew that I wanted to express myself in some way: Sword & Shield became that platform. To my surprise, this organization became much more than another elective, but rather a community in which...

Jax Armstrong

Jax Armstrong

My name is Jax, I'm a section editor for opinion, and this is my 3rd year in journalism. I've spent the past three years writing/editing for opinion section, though I briefly wrote for A&E. Some of my hobbies are going to...

Vincent Woo

Vincent Woo

I'm a senior who's in his third year with the Sword and Shield News section, and second in its editorial staff. I enjoy writing about local topics, especially government due to our ability to provide exclusive, unique coverage on s...

Claire Choi

Claire Choi

Hey! I’m Claire and I like pineapple on pizza, A24 movies, and the Notes app. I’m a senior and Features Copy editor this year. Since joining Beginning Journalism my sophomore year, I have enjoyed writing satire and comedy a...

Elaine Zhou

Elaine Zhou

Hey! My name is Elaine, and I'm currently a senior. I joined the Sword & Shield as a staff writer for Features in my junior year, and now I'm the A&E copy editor. I've always been a curious person, trying to understand the w...

Ashley Omiya

Ashley Omiya

I'm in 12th grade and have been in journalism for the past 2 years. As social media manager I'm in charge of updating the instagram and facebook account with new articles and school wide information. I really love collaborating with...

Kortney Maeda

Kortney Maeda

Hi! My name is Kortney Maeda, and I'm one of the Photos and Graphics editors this year. I've always loved photography and joined the Sword & Shield my sophomore year as a staff photographer. Being a photographer has been t...

Claire Ke

Claire Ke

My name is Claire and I'm currently a senior. I've been in journalism since sophomore year as a photographer, social media manager, and this year as photos and graphics editor. My hobbies include baking and photography and I love ...

Pranav Moudgalya

Pranav Moudgalya

Hey! I’m Pranav, one of this year’s Managing Editors. I’ve been in journalism for three years and am very excited to take journalism at Uni to new heights. Whether building a community in class or printing a high quality...

Caitlyn Kim

Caitlyn Kim

Hi! I'm Caitlyn, one of this year's news editors. I have been a part of journalism for the past four years and am so excited to work with writers to create engaging and relevant articles for the UHS community to read!

Luke Curtis

Luke Curtis

As a senior, I have now had two years of journalism experience (including this year). I run the sports section as an editor along with my friends Kiel Messinger and Nima Movahedi. The political atmosphere and sporting analyses...

Kiel Messinger

Kiel Messinger

Hey! I'm Kiel and I am a senior who has been in advanced journalism for three years. I have been a sports writer and sports editor, and I enjoy writing about basketball and football. I enjoy being a part of Sword & Shield as i...

Neha Bhardwaj

Neha Bhardwaj

Hey, everyone! I'm Neha, one of your managing editors. I have been a part of the Sword and Shield for three years, and I love the way that this publication allows students to have a voice and create a community on campus. When...

Arush Mehrotra

Arush Mehrotra

My name is Arush Mehrotra and I am a senior. I have been involved with journalism for the past two years and am currently serving as the Opinion Editor for the Sword & Shield. I love journalism as I believe it provides a co...

Krishna Khawani

Krishna Khawani

Hi! I'm Krishna and I'm one of the Features Editors for this year! I've been a part of S&S for three years now, and this is my second as an editor. I'm so excited to help bring features back to life this year!

Erin Jeon

Erin Jeon

Hi, I'm Erin and I'm the editor-in-chief of the Sword & Shield this year. This is my third year with S&S, and I spent my last two years with the Features section. Some of my favorite things are puzzles and Taylor Swift....

Katelin Williams

Katelin Williams

I am a senior and the Arts & Entertainment section editor. I have been on the Sword and Shield editorial staff since I was a sophomore, and my time on the newspaper has inspired me to study journalism abroad at Oxford when I w...

Daniel Hong

Daniel Hong

I am currently a senior and have been a part of the A&E section for the past two years. Although reviews of new forms of media such as movies and games have allowed me to express more personal opinions, my favorite topics to w...

Evan Wolf

Evan Wolf

My name is Evan Wolf and I am a senior here at UHS. I have been involved in the Sword and Shield throughout high school, first as a contributing writer in my freshman and sophomore years, through my involvement in Beginning Jour...

Caden Chow

Caden Chow

Hi! I'm Caden Chow, a senior who has had 3 years of advanced journalism experience including this year. In my sophomore year, I was an A&E staff writer. In my junior year, I become one of the A&E section editors, and now I ...

Catherine Rha

Catherine Rha

Hello Uni! I'm Catherine, and I am honored to serve as Sword & Shield's Editor-In-Chief for the 2020-2021 school year. I've been involved in journalism for all four years of my high school career, and some of my favorite memories...

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