Staff

The Spartan Shield is the news publication of Huntington Park High School and is produced by all journalism students, ranging from beginner to advanced.

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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.

 

   

Tyra Galeana is a senior and Co Editor in Chief and features editor in Spartan Shield. She is a part of gear up, gear up peer mentors, and key club. She hopes to become an immigration lawyer.

Luis Ramirez is a senior and Co-Editor-In-Chief in Spartan Shield. He enjoys working out and listening to music in his free-time. Luis is involved in Cross-Country and SRLA. He hopes to study Computer Engineering in college.

Emely Curiel is a senior and a news Editor in Spartan shield. She is a color guard member for Huntington park high school. She is also involved in Gear up, and  Gear-up peer mentors. This year she hopes to accomplish the goal of having a 4.0 GPA at the same learning to balance my practice schedule.

Estefani Escareno is a senior and Girls Sports Editor in Spartan shield. She enjoys scary movies like the Conjuring Series, watching k-dramas, and listening to music. She is involved in volleyball, track and field, key club, film club, and is a gear up peer mentor. She also enjoys painting and photography during her free time. Her goals this year is to maintain academic excellence and continue being involved in school. She hopes to be a marine biologist or a veterinarian in the future.

Janelle Herrera is a senior and opinions editor in Spartan Shield. She enjoys reading and playing the clarinet and alto saxophone. She is a member of the Huntington Park HIgh School Marching Band, as well as Concert and Jazz Band. She is also a member of the schools, Book Club and Key, Club. This school year she is looking forward to the different senior events and hopes to maintain good grades.

Adrian Vera is a senior and culture editor in Spartan Shield. He enjoys drawing and listening to music. His favorite bands are cocteau twins and grizzly bear. Adrians goal for his senior year are to enjoy himself and finish strong.

Kiyond Heard is the senior broadcast director in Spartan Shield. He enjoys playing music, writing, thinking, and finding cool things to enjoy. His goals for this year are getting accepted into a University, and ascending to newer challenges. He believes that every day is a God given gift to challenge your old beliefs, focus on oneself, and build a strong inner-peace combined with a drive to conquer the mind. 

Alyssa Fuentes is a senior and boy sports editor in Spartan Shield. She likes to play music, she is a part in marching band, jazz band, and concert band. Her goals for this year are to improve with her music, and pass her classes with A’s and B’s. Something she hopes for this year is to win first place at championships for marching band. She hopes to major in film.

Valeria Alejandre is a current senior and is a staff writer and the lead photographer in Spartan Shield. She is returning to her second year in Spartan Shield, is involved in decathlon, and multiple clubs on campus. She enjoys listening to music, specifically Drake, Frank Ocean, Daniel Caeser and many more. She aspires to one day become a journalist and to obtain her bachelor’s degree in English.

Osman Arias is a 12th grader and a Reporter in Spartan Shield. Outside of school I love to spend time with my family and my Dog (Lukas). I enjoy singing, watching movies, eating out, and enjoy being outdoors in the nature. A goal I have is to become and Electrical engineer after high school, get rich,  and buy houses to everyone close to me.

Christopher Hernandez is a senior and a social media manager in Spartan Shield. He enjoys watching movies listening to Lana Del Rey, Taylor swift and performing. He is also apart of Keyclub and Captain of Huntington Park High Schools colorguard. This year he plans to join the LAUSD ALL city honor band.

Carmen Gonzalez is currently a senior and photographer in Spartan Shield. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Cafe and Canela,  and going out with her family. This year, she hopes to do good in school and to be accepted into college where she will major in Sociology. Carmen doesn’t shy away from giving her opinion and using her voice to advocate for what she believes in.

Katherine Castellanos is a current senior in the magnet program and broadcast member in Spartan Shield. She enjoys listening to music, watching k-dramas, and visiting colleges/universities. She is a  member of decathlon, key club, film club and gear up peer mentors. Her future goals include majoring in engineering and studying abroad.

Jazmyne Aldana is a current senior and a staff member in Spartan Shield. She enjoys watching shows/movies, listening to music, playing tennis and spending time with loved ones. She is involved in key club, spartan buddies and the book club. Her goals for this school year is to maintain academic excellence, be more involved in school activities and volunteer in organizations within the community. She hopes to continue to play tennis within college.

Tanya Chavez, a current senior, serves as a staff writer and producer for Spartan Shield broadcast crew. Outside of school, she participates in salsa dancing courses and performs in showcases to represent her skills and program. She enjoys going on hikes and spending quality time with friends and family. Her goals for this year is to have fun and make the most out of her last high school year by giving her classes her all and being more a part in school activities. Her plans for the future are to attend college to become a registered nurse, travel, and help out the community. She holds great diligence in the things she is passionate about.

 Gianna Escobar is a senior and a Public Relations manager for Spartan Shield. She loves going to the beach, Starbucks, and shopping. She’s involved in ASB Leadership, and loves attending football games. This year, she hopes to get straight A’s, and make enjoyable memories with her friends. She hopes to become a pediatrician in the future.

Yarely Escobar is a junior and is a photographer in Spartan Shield. She enjoys listening to music, spending time with family and friends, and looking at cities at night. She is in ASB, crafties, and Spartan Buddies. This year, she hopes to maintain a high academic excellence, help out her community, and can’t wait to get over junior testing. She is determined and kind.

Andy Gonzalez is a current Senior and Broadcast reporter of Spartan shield. He enjoys working out, listening to music, and hanging out with his friends. This year he plans to walk the stage and get into University to become an anesthesiologist. Andy is determined, kind, and is charismatic.

Julissa Montes is a current senior and film editor in Spartan Shield. Outside of school, She like to be home watching shows like Boy meets world and Gilmore Girls. She enjoys playing softball for High School and her outside travel team called Rage. Her goal is to attend UCB and to become an Interior Designer. This is also her first year in Spartan Shield.

Isaac is a senior and broadcast member in Spartan Shield. He enjoys watching sports and listening to music. He is also theater club Treasurer. This year he hopes to graduate with a 4.0 GPA and make very strong productions with theater. He loves his behind the scenes job in theater.

Fran is a 12th grader and News Anchor in Spartan shield. Fran enjoys listening to music and playing guitar in his free time. He is also part of the debate team and rhythm and lead guitar player of the school’s modern band. This year, he hopes to upkeep his grades and be accepted into college for computer science.

Karla Contreras is a current sophomore. She is a host for a podcast and staff writer in Spartan Shield. Some things that she likes to do is draw, listen to music, and skate.Her goal for this year is to maintain academic excellence. In the feature she hopes to build her own business of crafts she likes to do or build up a make-up business.

Jamie Amezcua is a junior at Huntigton park high school and apart of the media team in Spartan Sheild. She enjoys going for night walks, morning runs, and collecting vinyl. She is currently not involved in any other activities outside of school. Her plans for this year are to maintain a 4.0 gpa and as for the future she sees herself becoming a realtor.

Daphne Hernandez is a junior and a social media manager and staff writer in Spartan Shield. Outside of school she enjoys visiting places with her friends, going to the beach, and listening to music. She is apart This year, she plans to maintain a high gpa and do well in her extracurricular activities.Her goals for the future are to attend a university after high school.

Yislene is a sophomore and is a photographer and staff writer n Spartan Shield. She enjoys watching disney movies, reading, and spending time with her friends on weekends. She is a member of the HP colorguard for Marching band and competes for Decathalon. Her goals for the future are to attend either USC or Stanford and this year she hopes to be as involved as she can in school events, as well as maintain a great academic profile.

Stefany is a junior and a staff writer and social media manager in Spartan Shield. She enjoys taking pictures, listening to music and going out with her friends. She is also a part ASB, Crafties, Spartan Buddies and Key Club. This year she looks forward to enjoying this school year with her friends.

Kimberly Viera is a junior and is a social media manager in Spartan Shield. She  finds an interest in hiking, music, art, mother earth, and just exploring places. She is involved in real estate, and enjoys dog sitting. Her future goals for this year is having straight A´s, and for the future, Kimberly wants to become a criminal lawyer.

Alizza Jacobo is a current sophomore and reporter of Spartan Shield. She enjoys listening to music, watching horror movies, going out with friends, playing tennis and volleyball. She is part of the Huntington Park High School Volleyball Team. Her goal this year is to be JV Captain and maintain good grades. She hopes to get into a good university such as Harvard or NYU to pursue a career in criminal law. Alizza believes that everyone should be honest even if the truth is hard.

Victoria Gonzalez is a 10th grade photographer in Spartan Shield. She enjoys watching movies like Star Wars, Marvel, and DC. She also listens to a bit too much music, her favorite type being Old School Rap. Victoria is also involved in ASB. Her goals this year are to pass with good grades and talk to more people. She hopes to go and graduate from a good college and become as successful as she wishes to be. Victoria believes that people shouldn’t judge others and should always be kind.

Fabiola Gomez is a senior and Public Relations in Spartan Shield. They enjoy listening to music and drawing outside of school. She’s starting her brand @virtualsoop. Her goals are to be overall successful.