The Highlander

2022-2023 Staff

Aileen Wu
Reporter

Aileen Wu

Aileen is a sophomore at McLean in her first year of journalism. In her free time she likes to read, listen to music, and spend time with family and friends.

Brooke Thomas
Reporter

Brooke Thomas

Brooke Thomas is a senior at McLean High School. She is a varsity basketball player and loves playing many instruments.

Bella Caracappa
Reporter

Bella Caracappa

Bella Caracappa is a junior at Mclean High School in her first year of journalism. For fun she enjoys reading, binging Netflix TV shows, and spending time with her dog.

Elise Walker
Reporter

Elise Walker

Elise Walker is a sophomore at McLean Highschool and is a second year journalism student. Outside of journalism, some of her hobbies include reading, playing softball, cooking, and spending time with friends and family....

Liyat Amman
Reporter

Liyat Amman

Liyat Amman is a sophomore at McLean High School, This is her second year in journalism. She enjoys baking, hanging out with her friends and diving.

Ty Goss
Reporter

Ty Goss

Ty is a Senior who is excited to join The Highlander team. He loves board games, dogs, and football. He also coaches McLean Youth Basketball and loves a chance to compete with anyone in any way.

Haley Riggins
Reporter

Haley Riggins

Haley is a senior. This is her second year in Journalism. She spends her free time hanging out with friends, coaching volleyball, and babysitting. Additionally she is the vice president of McLean's Best Buddies chapter!

Madelyn Frederick
Sports Editor

Madelyn Frederick

Madelyn is a junior at McLean and a third year journalism student. She is the sports editor for the Highlander who is working to enhance her writing skills and contribute to the Highlander magazine's success. In her free time,...

Conaire Horgan
Sports Editor

Conaire Horgan

Conaire Horgan is a junior at McLean High. This is his third year of journalism. Conaire swims, is incredible at fantasy football, and enjoys watching baseball. He is a sports editor.

Jessica Purevtugs
Opinions Editor

Jessica Purevtugs

Jessica is a sophomore at McLean in her second year of journalism. In her free time, she enjoys reading science fiction and listening to music.

Zakareya Hamed
Opinions Editor

Zakareya Hamed

Zakareya Hamed is a sophomore in his second year of journalism at McLean High School. He is Opinions Editor for The Highlander. Outside of journalism, he is interested in politics, education advocacy, and photography. http...

Tara Pandey
Features Editor

Tara Pandey

Tara Pandey is a senior in her second year of journalism. In her free time she loves to listen to music, cook, try new food, thrift, and play with her dog.

Philip Rotondo
Managing Editor

Philip Rotondo

Philip Rotondo is a junior at McLean in his third year of journalism. He loves going on long walks, playing the guitar, and spending time with friends and family.

Madeleine Stigall
Managing Editor

Madeleine Stigall

Madeleine Stigall is a junior at McLean High School in her third year of journalism. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Tanner Coerr
Managing Editor

Tanner Coerr

Tanner Coerr is a junior in his third year of journalism at McLean High School. He is one of the Managing Editors for The Highlander.

Online News Editor

Sarah Soltani

Sarah Soltani is a junior in her second year of journalism at McLean High School. She runs the McLean UNICEF Club and works as a tutor. In her free time, she also enjoys listening to music, reading, and hanging out with friends. ...

Minsong Ha
News Editor

Minsong Ha

Minsong Ha is a sophomore at McLean and a second year journalism student. In her free time, she enjoys reading, sleeping, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.

Farah Eljazzar
Editor-in-Chief

Farah Eljazzar

Farah Eljazzar is a senior at McLean High School in her second year of journalism. She enjoys writing opinion articles about pressing social justice issues in the community. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, going...

Saehee Perez
Editor-in-Chief

Saehee Perez

Saehee Perez is a senior at McLean High School in Journalism 4. Apart from journalism, Saehee is interested in languages, politics, and art. Her favorite part of Journalism is the environment and room for flexibility.

Nyla Marcott
Editor-in-Chief

Nyla Marcott

Nyla Marcott is a senior at McLean High School. This is her fourth year in Journalism. She enjoys traveling throughout the United States and abroad, vegetable gardening, and cooking foods from around the world. ...

Alexa Sribar
Online Sports Editor

Alexa Sribar

Alexa Sribar is a sophomore at McLean High School and is taking her second year of journalism. She is a varsity volleyball player and likes to hang out with her friends in her free time.

Kate Burke
Broadcast Producer

Kate Burke

Kate Burke is a senior at McLean in her first year of print journalism and fourth year of broadcast journalism. Outside of class, Kate helps run McLean's Girls' Leadership Committee and spends a lot of her time working at Wegmans....

Features and Copy Editor

Sabrina Boughanem

Sabrina Boughanem is a junior in her second year of journalism at McLean. She is a swimmer and enjoys reading in her spare time. She loves traveling, music, dogs and spending time with friends. In the future, she hopes to con...

Ingrid Shumway
reporter

Ingrid Shumway

Ingrid Shumway is a junior at McLean High School. She is a distance runner on the McLean cross country and track teams. She enjoys doing ceramics and listening to music in her spare time. In the future, she hopes to go to coll...

Aaron Stark
Fact Checker

Aaron Stark

Aaron Stark is a sophomore at Mclean High School. In his free time, he runs track and field, and in the winter he wrestles.

Madie Turley
Digital Media Producer and Arts & Entertainment Editor

Madie Turley

Madie Turley is a senior at McLean High School in her third year of journalism. For fun, she enjoys swimming, hiking, and spending time with her dog, friends, and family.

Josephine Phillips
Marketing Manager

Josephine Phillips

Josephine is a senior at McLean High School. She is the Marketing Manager and Online Opinions Editor and has been on The Highlander since her sophomore year. She is apart of multiple clubs and plays lacrosse for McLean High School....

Isabella DiPatri
Managing Editor and Social Media Manager

Isabella DiPatri

Isabella DiPatri is a senior at McLean High School. She is in her third year of journalism, working as one of the managing editors and social media managers. She loves playing on McLean's varsity field hockey team, as well as...

Natalie Vu
News Editor and Designer

Natalie Vu

Natalie is a junior in her third year of journalism. She enjoys playing the piano, traveling, and spending time with her friends and dog. 

Liz Nedelescu
Head Cartoonist

Liz Nedelescu

Liz Nedelescu is a senior in her second year of journalism and primarily works on cartooning and illustration for The Highlander. She enjoys traveling, teaching younger students, and organizing the school art gallery. Liz enjoys...

Dania Reza
Assistant Design Editor-in-Chief

Dania Reza

Dania Reza is a junior at McLean High School in her third year of journalism. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Omar Kayali
Website Editor-in-Chief

Omar Kayali

Omar Kayali is a senior at McLean High School in his third year of journalism at McLean. He moved from Oklahoma to Virginia as a sophomore, which is when he joined the Highlander staff. Outside of journalism, he enjoys debate,...

Sandra Cheng
Online Features Editor, Social Media Manager

Sandra Cheng

Sandra Cheng is a junior in her second year of journalism at McLean High School. In her free time she enjoys shopping, getting food, making smoothies, and hanging out with friends.

Makda Bekele
Design Editor-In-Chief

Makda Bekele

Makda Bekele is a senior at Mclean High school in her fourth year of journalism. She enjoys drawing, watching Teen Titans and CN shows, and being apart of The Highlander.

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