The Spartan Shield is the news publication of Huntington Park High School and is produced by all journalism students, ranging from beginner to advanced.
Mr. Nelson Ta has been the adviser of the program since 2018. Besides journalism, he also teaches English 11, AP Language and Composition, and AVID courses.
Brianna Andrade is the Senior Co-Editor-in-Chief of Spartan Shield. During her free time, she plays chess, watches tv shows/movies, and listens to music. She founded the LGBTQ+ Club during her junior year. Her goal for the near future is to almost complete her 2 years of community college by next year. One day, she hopes to be a statistician.
Jesica Ramirez is a current junior and a Co-Editor-In-Chief of Spartan Shield. She enjoys watching shows/movies, listening to music/podcasts, and performing. She is ASB Secretary and Treasurer, also a colorguard member for Huntington Park High School’s Band. This year, she hopes to maintain academic excellence, while doing multiple activities, and can’t wait to perform as a tall flag for LAUSD Honor Marching Band. She hopes to major in Public Policy.
Tyscen Taulawakeiaho is currently a senior and the Culture-Editor of Spartan Shield. He enjoys writing, acting, drawing, and spending time with friends. Apart from being in journalism, Tyscen is a long time member of Huntington Park High School’s Drama Club. He hopes to be an artist of all trades in the future.
Melissa Pedace is currently a senior and the Opinion editor for Spartan Shield. She enjoys drawing, reading, and spending time with her friends. Aside from journalism, Melissa is one of the Captains for volleyball. When she attends college, she wants to major in Forensic Psychology.
Denise Perez is currently a senior the Boy’s-Sports-Editor of Spartan Shield. She enjoys running Cross Country and SRLA. She is also on the Huntington Park High School Varsity Softball team. Her favorite baseball team is the Dodgers. She hopes to become a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Last year, she founded the American Sign Language Club and has been president for two years consecutively.
Adrian Castillo is currently a senior and the News-Editor of Spartan Shield. He likes to read, write, and explore the Los Angeles area. Botanical Gardens are some of his favorite places to be. One goal he hopes to achieve is becoming a writer. As a hobby, he learns and plays card games.
Yeretzi Gutierrez is a senior Girl’s Sports-Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, playing volleyball, and spending time with her friends. She hopes to attend a 4 year university to major in nursing science. She hopes to create good and interesting content to keep students informed about school information.
Misela Gonzalez is a junior who’s the Feature’s-Editor and Co-Director of Spartan Shield. She enjoys running, listening to music, and making baked goods. SOme artists she currently enjoys are Weezer, Jaden, and Mac Miller. She has accomplished two marathons, 4 half-marathons, and other races when running with SRLA. She hopes to travel around the world after high school and study food science or visual arts.
Marlene Orozco is currently a senior and the Broadcast Director of Spartan Shield. She enjoys playing soccer and running. In the future, she hopes to go to UC Irvine and get a degree in Criminology. Marlene has been part of the Girl’s Soccer team for 4 years now and ran one L.A. Marathon with SRLA.
Arely Vega is currently a senior and a Staff Writer of Spartan Shield. She enjoys spending time with her family, going on hikes, and listening to music. Some artists she enjoys listening to are Drake, Bad Bunny, and Edicion Especial. Besides Journalism, Arely is also a Chief-Editor for yearbook. In her free time, she likes to play soccer and go to the ranch.
Justin Ramirez is currently a junior and a Staff Writer for Spartan Shield. He enjoys listening to music by Lil Skies and spend time with his friends. He likes to watch anime, play video games, and ride his bike. His goal is to pursue a career in animation. Everyday after school, he likes to stay active.
Margarita Arriaga is a Senior Staff Writer of Spartan Shield. She likes to go out with her friends, have fun at amusement parks, and attend concerts. She also plays for the Girl’s Volleyball Team as a Libero. Her goal is to graduate from LA Trade Tech College. In her free time, she likes to listen to music or watch shows on Netflix.
Tyra Galeana is currently a sophomore and a staff writer of Spartan Shield. She always spends time with her friends and family, and watches shows during her free time. Tyra’s favorite foods are enchiladas and chilaquiles. She prefers to stay indoors instead of going out. She hopes to become a lawyer but unsure of what law she wants to practice.
Karla Robles is currently a senior and a Staff Writer of Spartan Shield. She enjoys watching K-Dramas, staying active, and doing extra curricular activities. Some of the artists she enjoys are Post Mae and BTS. Besides Journalism, Karla is the Vice President of the Senior class and Vice President of the LGBTQ+ Club. In her free time, she runs or works out at the gym.
Jhonny Paz is currently a senior Staff Writer of Spartan Shield. He enjoys listening to music and spending time with his girlfriend. He hopes to attend Trade School and become a Lineman. He wants to create interesting content for students this year.
Fernanda Vega is a senior and Staff Writer of Spartan Shield. She enjoys going to the beach, listening to music, and watching movies. Her favorite artist is Drake. Besides Journalism, she is also in Yearbook. Fernanda loves helping people and hopes to become a registered nurse one day.
Adrian Martinez is a sophomore and a new Staff Writer of Spartan Shield. He plays the Saxophone for Huntington Park High School’s Band. He enjoys watching anime, playing video games, listening to all of the music genres, and eating.
Emely Curiel is currently a Sophomore and Staff Writer of Spartan Shield. Emely’s interests are spending time with friends and family, watching shows, and playing softball on her free time. Additionally, her goals are to attend college and major in the Medical Field. She would like to work in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit).
Mariana Briseno is currently a Sophomore and staff writer of Spartan Shield. In her free time she likes to listen to music, watch new shoes and learning how to crochet. Mariana has always been interested in working with animals and helping them out.