The Highlander

2021-2022 Staff

Melissa Allegretti
Reporter

Melissa Allegretti

Melissa Allegretti is a junior with much experience in international cultures and living abroad. She is currently a journalist for McLean High School and has enjoyed writing ever 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.

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...

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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 her 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...

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...

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.

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...

Tanner Coerr
Online Sports Editor

Tanner Coerr

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

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.

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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