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The Highlander

The Student News Site of McLean High School

The Highlander

The Student News Site of McLean High School

The Highlander

2023-2024 Staff

Isabella Yawata
Reporter

Isabella Yawata

Isabella is a senior in her second year of journalism at McLean High school. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves hanging out with her dog while...

Aileen Wu
Reporter

Aileen Wu

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

Jessica Purevtugs
Reporter

Jessica Purevtugs

Jessica is a junior at McLean in her third year of journalism. In her free time, she enjoys reading and listening to music.

Connor Li
Sports Editor

Connor Li

Connor Li is a sophomore at McLean High School. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, watching sports, traveling and cooking. He also enjoys reading and watching movies.

Olivia Wood
Sports Editor

Olivia Wood

Olivia Wood is a sophomore at McLean High School in her second year of journalism. In her free time, she participates in Varsity golf and swim at McLean, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Kavi Shah
Sports Editor

Kavi Shah

Kavi is a sophomore and is in his first year of Journalism. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, playing and watching sports and hanging with his family and close friends.

Madelyn Frederick
Sports Editor

Madelyn Frederick

Madelyn is a senior at McLean and a fourth year journalism student. She is the sports editor for the Highlander newsmagazine. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, reading, and hanging out with her younger siblings.

Nimera Shanil
Opinions Editor

Nimera Shanil

Nimera Shanil is a junior at McLean High School in  her second year of journalism. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, listening to music and spending time with her friends.

Allie Deutsch
Managing Editor

Allie Deutsch

Allie is a junior in her second year of journalism at McLean. In her spare time, Allie likes to read fantasy novels, play the violin and listen to music.

Ryan Kang
Managing Editor

Ryan Kang

Ryan Kang is a sophomore in his second year of journalism. He enjoys taking photos and listening to R&B. 

Addie Harris
Managing Editor

Addie Harris

Addie Harris is a junior at McLean in her second year of journalism. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, baking and listening to music.

Sabrina Boughanem
Managing Editor

Sabrina Boughanem

Sabrina Boughanem is a senior in her third 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 contin...

Audrey Link
A&E Editor

Audrey Link

Audrey Link is a junior in her second year of journalism at McLean. In her free time she enjoys performing in musical theater, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

JJ Steeg
A&E Editor

JJ Steeg

JJ Steeg is a junior at McLean in her first year of journalism. In her free time, she likes to read, paint and watch baseball.

Philip Rotondo
Editor-in-Chief

Philip Rotondo

Philip Rotondo is a senior in his fourth year of journalism. When he's not in school or working on The Highlander, he loves hiking, coaching youth basketball and live music.

Madeleine Stigall
Editor-in-Chief

Madeleine Stigall

Madeleine Stigall is a senior at McLean High School in her fourth year of journalism. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking and hiking.

Zakareya Hamed
Editor-in-Chief

Zakareya Hamed

Zakareya Hamed serves as Editor-in-Chief at McLean's The Highlander. When he's not editing articles and leading the journalism staff, Hamed enjoys politics, education policy and hobby photography.

Minsong Ha
Editor-in-Chief

Minsong Ha

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

Aaron Stark
Editor-in-Chief

Aaron Stark

Aaron Stark is a junior at Mclean High School. In his free time, he runs track and field.

Andrew Lohman
Online Editor-In-Chief

Andrew Lohman

Andrew Lohman is a junior at McLean in his second year of journalism. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, traveling and spending time with friends.

Sarah Soltani
Online Editor-In-Chief

Sarah Soltani

Sarah Soltani is a senior in her third 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.

Saoirse Sigler
Online Sports Editor, Sports Social Media Team and Fact Checker

Saoirse Sigler

Saoirse Sigler is a sophomore at McLean High School and is in her second year of journalism. She enjoys playing softball and loves to travel.

Sakura Mogami
Head Cartoonist

Sakura Mogami

Sakura Mogami is a junior at McLean, currently in her first year of journalism. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, reading nonfiction/science fiction, making accessories, and listening to music.

Hamna Humanyou
Design Editor-in-Chief and Social Media Team

Hamna Humanyou

Hamna Humanyou is a sophomore at McLean in her first year of journalism and is passionate about writing meaningful articles and designing them. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, baking, watching...

Gabriela Herrera
A&E Editor and Designer

Gabriela Herrera

Ella Herrera is a sophomore at McLean in her second year of journalism. In her free time, she enjoys practicing piano, baking various kinds of goods, playing soccer, reading, and journaling.

Online Managing Editor and Designer

Alan Tang

Alan Tang is a sophomore at McLean in his second year of journalism. In his free time, he enjoys history, track and traveling the world.

Alex Li
Online Editor-In-Chief & Managing Editor

Alex Li

Alexander Li is a sophomore at McLean who is in his second year of journalism. He enjoys reading in his free time and playing tennis.

Kaelyn MacKay
Business Manager and Social Media Team

Kaelyn MacKay

Kaelyn MacKay is a sophomore at McLean in her second year of journalism. In her free time she enjoys training and coaching Brazilian jiu jitsu, working at her favorite boba shop and playing with her gecko Gizmo.

Maria Saucedo Rozo
Social Media Manager and Business Manager

Maria Saucedo Rozo

Maria Saucedo Rozo is a sophomore at McLean in her second year of Journalism. In her free time she enjoys reading books of different genres, creating new projects to bring awareness to women issues in the Feminist Club, and values...

Julia Schildkraut
Business Manager, Social Media Team and Copy Editor

Julia Schildkraut

Julia Schildkraut is a sophomore in her second year of journalism. In her free time she enjoys traveling, photography, watching Netflix and hanging out with her dog.

Lauren Wood
Sports Team Manager

Lauren Wood

Lauren Wood is a junior at McLean High School in her second year of journalism. In her free time, she plays on the varsity golf, swim, and tennis teams at McLean, but mostly enjoys spending time with friends.

Sophia Weil
News & Copy Editor

Sophia Weil

Sophia Weil is a senior at McLean in her third year of journalism. She enjoys reading, crocheting, dancing, and listening to music.

Natalie Vu
Design Editor-in-Chief

Natalie Vu

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

Dania Reza
Design Editor-in-Chief

Dania Reza

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

Sandra Cheng
A&E Editor, Social Media Manager

Sandra Cheng

Sandra Cheng is a senior in her third year of journalism at McLean High School. In her free time she enjoys shopping, getting food, making smoothies, and hanging out with friends. She loves to travel and spend time with her family...

Tanner Coerr
Editor-In-Chief

Tanner Coerr

Tanner Coerr is a senior in his fourth year of journalism at McLean High School. He is one of The Highlander's Editors-In-Chief.

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