The Highlander

2017-2018 Staff

Jack Shields

Jack is in his second year of journalism at McLean. Jack enjoys playing soccer and eating.

Nicky Varela

Nicky is a sophomore at McLean High School. He is in his second year of journalism. Outside of school, Nicky loves playing and watching football. He also hates Bryce Harper and Nick Monroy with a burning passion.

Ben Brooks

Ben Brooks is a student in his third year in journalism. Ben is currently serving as one of the two sports editors. 

Sebastian Jimenez

 Sebastian Jimenez is a transfer student who moved to McLean in sophomore year. He serves as an opinions editor for the Highlander, and intends to go into a field related to journalism later in life. 

Katie Romhilt

Katie Romhilt is a sophomore in her second year of journalism. She plays ECNL soccer and often travels around the country for games. Last year, she went to Italy with her team. She has an active role in the community, including co...

Jeremy Siegel

Jeremy Siegel is a third-year Journalist with The Highlander. He has previously served as a News Editor and Reporter. He has been featured on state finalist in-depth articles like A Grey Area (October 2017) and Clouded Judgeme...

Jessica Opsahl-Ong

Jessica Opsahl-Ong is the Opinion's Editor and reporter for the Highlander. She can be found reading a good book while wrapped in a sweater. She is very antisocial, please do not talk to her.

Rohan Mani

Rohan Mani is in his 2nd year of Journalism and is a junior.  He is currently the online sports editor and a reporter for The Highlander magazine. He enjoys following sports, hanging out with friends and family and overall...

Emily Jackson

Emily Jackson is a junior at McLean High School. She is a copy editor for The Highlander and an online opinions editor for the website. Outside the classroom, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family....

Jack Stenzel

Jack Stenzel is currently one of The Highlander's three Editors-in-Chief. He previously served as a Sports Editor and contributes mainly to the Sports and In-Depth sections. His favorite hobbies are surfing and hanging out at jour...

Dasha Makarishcheva

Darya Makarishcheva is a Junior and has been the head cartoonist for the McLean Highlander since the end of her freshman year. She loves the Journalism Department and structures her life around contributing more to its success. He...

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