The Highlander

2021-2022 Staff

Madie Turley
Reporter

Madie Turley

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

Josephine Phillips
Reporter

Josephine Phillips

Josephine has been on the highlander since her sophomore year. She is apart of multiple clubs and plays lacrosse for McLean Highschool. She likes to play guitar and listen to music in her free time.

Graham Courey
Reporter

Graham Courey

Graham Courey is sophomore at Mclean High School. This is his second year as a reporter in Journalism. In his free time, he enjoys playing and watching sports.

Madelyn Frederick
Reporter

Madelyn Frederick

Madelyn is a sophomore at McLean and a second year journalism student. She is a reporter for the Highlander who is working to enhance her writing skills and contribute to the Highlander magazine's success. In her free time, she...

Farah Eljazzar
Reporter

Farah Eljazzar

Farah Eljazzar is a junior at McLean High School. She is in her first year of journalism, also having experience in broadcast journalism. She enjoys playing volleyball, baking, and making jewelry.

Tara Pandey
Reporter

Tara Pandey

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

Sandra Cheng
Reporter

Sandra Cheng

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

Melissa Allegretti
Reporter

Melissa Allegretti

Melissa Allegretti is a junior in her second year of journalism. She has plenty of experience in international cultures, had lived abroad, and written since childhood.

James Murray
Reporter

James Murray

James Murray is a senior at McLean High School. This is his first year of Journalism. He is on the wrestling team and enjoys reading about current events, both local and international.

Zachary Ammar
Reporter

Zachary Ammar

Zachary Ammar is a Junior with his first year in Journalism.  He greatly enjoys lifting and spending time with his family. He also likes listening to music throughout most of the day. He is a reporter for the Highlander.

Dario Suera
Reporter

Dario Suera

Dario Sutera is a Reporter and a sophomore at McLean High school. Although being the youngest student in his classes, that hasn't stopped him from striving for greatness. His routine outside of school is just as important, as...

Christiana Ketema
Reporter

Christiana Ketema

Christiana Ketema is a senior at McLean High School. She is in her third and final year of journalism, enjoying the time she has left.  For fun, Christiana likes to hang out with friends, read books, and listen to music.

Sydney Gleason
Reporter

Sydney Gleason

Sydney Gleason is a sophomore at McLean. She enjoys playing soccer and basketball with her teammates. Sydney's favorite class this year is journalism and she is excited to see the years to come with this class.

Makda Bekele
Reporter

Makda Bekele

Makda Bekele is a junior at Mclean High school in her third year of journalism. She enjoys listening to music, watching college basketball, and being a design editor for the Highlander.

Scott Shields
Reporter

Scott Shields

Scott Shields is a junior at McLean High School in journalism 3. He likes to play sports and video games as well as spending time with his friends. In his 3rd year of journalism he hopes to continue to improve his writing and...

Andy Chung
Reporter

Andy Chung

Andy Chung is a senior taking Journalism 4. Andy enjoys hanging out with friends and he is also the class president. Andy is excited to finish his journalism career strong.

Paarth Soni
Reporter

Paarth Soni

Paarth Soni is a Senior at McLean High school who is now in his fourth year of journalism.  Paarth has reported on over 25 articles for the online and paper magazine over his time on the Highlander staff. During his free time,...

Kaan Kocabal
Reporter

Kaan Kocabal

This is Kaan Kocabal’s fourth year at Mclean high school and his fourth time taking journalism. He is a soccer player and likes to enjoy spending time with his friends. 

Tanner Coerr
Sports Editor

Tanner Coerr

Tanner Coerr is a sophomore in his second year of journalism at McLean High School. He is one of the Sports Editors for The Highlander. He enjoys sailing, playing lacrosse and watching sports.

Andrew Christofferson
Sports Editor

Andrew Christofferson

Andrew Christofferson is a senior at McLean High School. This is his second year in journalism and he absolutely loves it. Andrew enjoys swimming, playing the piano, and hanging out with friends in his free time. He hopes to make...

Emily Friedman
Opinions Editor

Emily Friedman

Emily Friedman is an Opinions Editor and senior in her fourth year of journalism. She enjoys swimming, playing volleyball, and spending time with her friends and family.

Saehee Perez
Chief Marketing Manager

Saehee Perez

Saehee Perez is a junior at McLean High School in Journalism 3. Apart from journalism, Saehee is interested in languages, politics, and youth empowerment. She enjoys connecting with others and hopes to build a career in public...

Layla Zaidi
Digital Media Editor

Layla Zaidi

Layla Zaidi is a senior in her third year of journalism. In her free time she loves to bake, read, listen to music, travel, and run.

Ivy Olson
Features Editor

Ivy Olson

Ivy Olson is a Features Editor and a junior at McLean High School. This is her third year in Journalism. She enjoys playing field hockey along with listening to music and hanging out with her friends.

Madeleine Stigall
Features Editor

Madeleine Stigall

Madeleine Stigall is a sophomore at McLean High School in her second year of journalism. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and listening to Taylor Swift.

Ivy Olson
Features Editor

Ivy Olson

Ivy Olson is a Features Editor and a junior at McLean High School. This is her third year in Journalism. She enjoys playing field hockey along with listening to music and hanging out with her friends.

Belen Ballard
Features Editor

Belen Ballard

Belen Ballard is a Features Editor and a senior at McLean high school. This is her third year in journalism. Belen enjoys swimming, listening to music, and hanging out with friends and family.

Hanna Boughanem
Managing Editor

Hanna Boughanem

Hanna Boughanem is a senior at McLean High School, and this is her second year in journalism. She is a swimmer and enjoys practicing with her teammates. She also loves dogs, music, and reading. In the future, she hopes to continue...

Ana Paula Ibarraran
Managing Editor

Ana Paula Ibarraran

Ana Paula Ibarraran is a senior taking her fourth year of journalism. Her favorite color is grey. In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.

Laine Phillips
Managing Editor

Laine Phillips

Laine Phillips is a senior and has been taking journalism for four years. She also participates in cross country, track, and her favorite color gray. 

Natalie Vu
Online News Editor

Natalie Vu

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

Liz Nedelescu
Cartoonist

Liz Nedelescu

Liz Nedelescu is a junior in her first year of journalism and primarily works on cartooning for The Highlander. She is from Romania and lived there when she was younger. Liz enjoys to make art in her free time and bike.

Jayne Ogilvie-Russell
Cartoonist

Jayne Ogilvie-Russell

Jayne Ogilvie-Russell is a senior at McLean High School, and the head cartoonist for The Highlander magazine. Jayne has been working at their design skills in order to help contribute to the magazine in both art and page design....

Noah Barnes
A&E Editor

Noah Barnes

Noah Barnes is a senior in his fourth year of journalism at McLean High School, and an A&E editor for The Highlander. He plays on the Varsity soccer team, and enjoys sports of all kinds. Outside of school, he enjoys keeping upd...

Philip Rotondo
News Editor

Philip Rotondo

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

Arnav Gupta
News Editor

Arnav Gupta

  Arnav Gupta is a senior in Journalism 4. He likes playing basketball and enjoys hanging out with friends. He also likes playing video games and listening to music.

Nyla Marcott
News Editor

Nyla Marcott

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

Aleena Gul
Editor-in-Chief

Aleena Gul

Aleena Gul is a fourth-year journalist and an Editor-in-Chief for The Highlander. Inspired by the positive impact of journalism, she loves to highlight the voices of the community through her writing and hopes to pursue it in ...

Maya Amman
Editor-in-Chief

Maya Amman

Maya Amman is a senior at McLean high school and is in her fourth year of journalism. Journalism is one of her many passions. She can't wait to see what changes come to The Highlander this school year.

Josh Bass
Editor-in-Chief

Josh Bass

Josh Bass is a senior at McLean High School as well as Editor-in-Chief for The Highlander. He has been taking journalism for four years now and has loved it. He enjoys writing sports and opinion articles, as well as tackling bi...

Dania Reza
Online Features Editor

Dania Reza

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

Omar Kayali
Online Opinions Editor

Omar Kayali

Omar Kayali is a junior at McLean High School in his second 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,...

Isabella DiPatri
Social Media Manager

Isabella DiPatri

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

Khushi Rana
Arts and Entertainment Editor

Khushi Rana

Khushi Rana is a junior in her third year of journalism at McLean high school, but has been learning about it for five years as she began her journalism career through classes in middle school. Other than being a journalist, she...

Ariana Elahi
Design Editor-in-Chief

Ariana Elahi

Ariana Elahi is a senior taking Journalism 4. She enjoys being involved with her community and tries to push herself out of her comfort zone. In her free time, she likes to read, write, and hang out with friends.

Conaire Horgan
Online Sports Editor

Conaire Horgan

Conaire Horgan is a sophomore at McLean High. This is his second year of journalism. Conaire swims, plays basketball, and enjoys watching baseball.

Vanessa Popescu

Vanessa Popescu

As a former Broadcast Journalism student, Vanessa Popescu specializes in graphics and video-making. She's in her 10th grade year, taking her first Journalism class. She's also the Activities Officer of the school's Japanese club...

Polina Zubarev
Managing Editor, Digital Media Editor

Polina Zubarev

Polina Zubarev is a senior at McLean and in her third year of Journalism. She enjoys playing ice hockey, traveling, recording the podcast, and reading.

Taylor Olson
Design Editor-in-Chief

Taylor Olson

Taylor Olson is a Designer and junior in her fourth year of journalism. She loves art, skating, watching movies, and her friends. Her favorite color is gray.

Akash Balenalli
Website Editor-in-Chief

Akash Balenalli

Akash Balenalli is a senior in Journalism 3. He enjoys photography, playing the cello, computer programming, drawing, reading and learning about the world. Akash is also a substitute section editor, designer and social media manager...

Mackenzie Chen
Online Managing Editor

Mackenzie Chen

Mackenzie Chen is a senior at McLean High School and works for The Highlander as an online managing editor for The Highlander website. She is in her third year of journalism, but she is continuing to enhance her skills as a rep...

Grace Gould
Arts and Entertainment Editor

Grace Gould

Grace Gould is a senior in her fourth year of journalism.  In her free time she is a rower and Irish dancer who enjoys listening to music and reading.

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