Sword & Shield

2020-2021 Staff

Alexa Stephens
Advisor

Alexa Stephens

Hello, This is my first 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...

Catherine Rha
Editor-in-Chief

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...

Evan Wolf
Managing Editor

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
Managing Editor

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 ...

Pranav Moudgalya
News Section Editor

Pranav Moudgalya

Hey! I'm Pranav, a junior here at UHS. I am this year's news editor and am so excited to be working with the Sword & Shield. I began journalism in my sophomore year and am excited to now serve on the editorial staff! I en...

Caitlyn Kim
News Section Editor

Caitlyn Kim

Hi! I'm Caitlyn and I'm currently a junior. I have been in journalism since freshman year and have been a part of the news section. I enjoy being a part of the Sword and Shield because you can write about topics that interest y...

Neha Bhardwaj
Opinion Section Editor

Neha Bhardwaj

I am a junior and an editor for the Opinion section. When I was a staff writer last year, I wrote about everything from education to climate change to technology. I loved the flexibility the Sword and Shield gave me in express...

Arush Mehrotra
Opinion Section Editor

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
Features Section Editor

Krishna Khawani

Hey! I'm Krishna and I'm a junior here at University High! I've been a part of the Sword and Shield for two years now, and I am one of the two features editors. I love writing satire and comedic articles, as well as highlights of...

Erin Jeon
Features Section Editor

Erin Jeon

Hi, I'm Erin. I'm a junior and one of the Features editors this year. I was previously the Features Copy editor, and I'm excited to continue working with the section this school year. Outside of Features content, I enjoy readin...

Katelin Williams
A & E Section Editor

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
A & E Section Editor

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...

Luke Curtis
Sports Section Editor

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
Sports Section Editor

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...

Kortney Maeda
P & G Section Editor

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
P & G Section Editor

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 ...

Nima Movahedi
Copy Editor

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
Copy Editor

Jax Armstrong

I'm currently in 11th grade; this is my second year in journalism. After previously writing for A&E and Opinion, I'm now serving as the copy editor of the opinion section. My favorite things to edit/write about are critical e...

Vincent Woo
Copy Editor

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
Copy Editor

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
Copy Editor

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
Social Media Manager

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...

Ellie Hanssler
Business Manager

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 ...

Marta Meinardi
Staff Writer

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...

Carly Zhou
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

Juliet Curtis

I'm a sophomore having just joined Journalism for my first year. Here in our News section, I love writing about all that UNI's students have accomplished. The newspaper gives us a chance to praise and acknowledge our fellow peers....

Michael Chen
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

Amitis Tajallaei

I am junior, I write for the sports section. I like writing about the connection of different aspects of society on sports. When I’m not writing, I like biking and reading. ...

Camila Cerquera
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

Evan Choe

Hi, my name is Evan and I'm a junior who's having a blast writing opinion articles for my first year in journalism. I see writing as an almost entirely different language than speech and its one I have a passion for and wish to cult...

Ozhan Zarifi
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

Julie Sakamoto

Hey everyone, I'm Julie! I am currently a Junior, and I write opinion articles for S&S. I typically was very apolitical during middle school, until I joined Model United Nations freshman year. Since then, I have been complet...

Nikki Ghaemi
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

Miriam Klaczynska

Hi! I'm Miriam, and I'm a Junior here at UHS. Prior to joining Sword & Shield, I haven't had any experience in journalism, though I've always loved writing. I'm a writer for Features, which I absolutely adore as I have a l...

Meera Hatangadi
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

Anabel Howery

Hi, I’m Anabel Howery and I’m currently a sophomore here at Uni! I work as a writer in Arts and Entertainment, and this is my first year in journalism. I’m grateful that I was able to get into advanced journalism as my first j...

Siara Gunawardhana
Staff Writer

Siara Gunawardhana

Hello! My name is Siara Gunawardhana and I am a sophomore. I took yearbook/journalism in 7th, 8th, and 9th grade and I am now a writer for Advanced Journalism. I write the Arts and Entertainment section in the Sword and Shield,...

Chaitanya Kotra
Staff Writer

Chaitanya Kotra

I’m in 11th grade, and this is my first year (second semester) with Advanced Journalism. During the first semester I worked with the P&G section, and learned a good amount of camera/photo work, which was enjoyable. As a...

Luke Liao
Staff Writer

Luke Liao

I’m a junior and write in the News section. I was in Beginning Journalism last year and this is my first year in Advancement Journalism. I enjoy writing for the News section in the Sword and Shield because I get to express my w...

Mohit Kosuru
Staff Writer

Mohit Kosuru

Hello, I am Mohit Kosuru and I write for the news section. I have been part of UNI’s journalism program for about 2.5 years. I enjoy writing for the news section because I like how straightforward it is, and it helps me bec...

Andrew Ke
Staff Writer

Andrew Ke

I am a sophomore in my first year writing for Sword & Shield. I write for the sports section because I have always enjoyed watching sports especially professional basketball. I enjoy the newspaper because it is a place where...

Kylash Chettiar
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

Kian Mahmoudi

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

Iris Dou
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

Yasna Rahmani

This is my first year in advanced Journalism as a junior writing for the feature section. This year I have explored a whole range of topics including the effects of the pandemic on our students, businesses, and our community a...

Sydney Gaw
Staff Writer

Sydney Gaw

I am a sophomore, and this is my first year taking advanced journalism. I have written for Features and A&E, and I really enjoy covering topics about social activism and student involvement in world issues! I love being a part ...

Sage Lamott
Staff Writer

Sage Lamott

My name is Sage Lamott and I'm a junior Staff Writer for the Arts and Entertainment section! I'm a theatre kid, artist and lead critic for Uni high's Cappies Critic team, a high school theatre critique group. I enjoy discussin...

Faraaz Aziz
Staff Writer

Faraaz Aziz

I am currently a junior and I am writing for the Arts and Entertainment section of the newspaper. This is my first year in advanced journalism, and last year I was part of beginning journalism. I love playing music and enjoy ...

Radhika Trivedi
Photographer/Graphic Artist

Radhika Trivedi

Hi! I am a junior in my first year of advanced journalism at Uni. This year, I am working as a photographer in the Photos and Graphic section of Sword and Shield. Thus far, the experience has been gratifying as I am able to explo...

Selina Gong
Photographer/Graphic Artist

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
Photographer/Graphic Artist

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
Photographer/Graphic Artist

Baran Ashtiani

Hi! I am a junior and this is my first year in advanced journalism. I'm in the photography and graphics section of Sword and Shield, and so far I've had a great experience. Journalism has been a great place to explore different intere...

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