The Highlander

2018-2019 Staff

Cc Palumbo

Cc Palumbo

Cc Palumbo is a junior and in her third year of journalism. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her friends and go shopping.

Nick Monroy

Nick Monroy

Nick Monroy is currently the Digital Media Editor for The Highlander and the host of The Highlander News Podcast. He previously served as the Features Editor for The Highlander from 2017-2018. He has been a member of The ...

Charley Roth-Douquet

Charley Roth-Douquet

Charley Roth-Douquet is a junior at McLean High School. Charley enjoys a variety of music, traveling, and not failing classes.This is his first year in Journalism and he hopes to share his opinions and improve his writing skills....

Camille Blakemore

Camille Blakemore

Camille Blakemore is a sophomore in her first year of journalism, who focuses mainly on the A&E and news sections. She enjoys playing lacrosse, field hockey, and basketball for McLean, spending time with friends, and endlessly re...

Haine Jung

Haine Jung

Haine is a sophomore and a first-year journalist. She loves dogs and food and candle scents. In her spare time, she studies Japanese, reads books and essays, writes, and listens to music. 

Marina Qu

Marina Qu

Marina Qu is a third-year journalist and one of the Editors-in-Chief of the The Highlander. A VHSL, CSPA and JEA award-winner, she enjoys writing about local news relevant to the community and collaborating with other reporter...

Talia Blakemore

Talia Blakemore

This is Talia's first year in journalism. She is currently taking her fourth year of broadcast journalism. Her interests include volleyball.

Aleena Gul

Aleena Gul

Aleena Gul is a junior, taking her third year of Journalism and is the News Editor for The Highlander magazine at McLean High School. She previously served as the Online News Editor for the online magazine and a Features Editor f...

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Addie Brown

Addie Brown is one of the Managing Editors of The Highlander in her fourth year of journalism. In her free time, she plays soccer competitively and loves to hang out with her friends.

Emily Simon

Emily Simon is a sophomore in her first year of journalism. She was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She enjoys reading, petting her dog, Mazie, and she is a little bit forgetful (okay, maybe more than a little bit)....

Maya Kalish

Maya Kalish

Maya Kalish is a sophomore in her first year of journalism. She plays field hockey for the school and likes to go to all the football games. Maya also enjoys managing lacrosse and cheering friends on....

Mae Monaghan

Mae Monaghan

Mae Monaghan is a sophomore in her second year of journalism at McLean High.  She enjoys soccer, reading, music, and hanging out with friends in her free time.

Sydney Langston

Sydney Langston

Sydney Langston is a sophomore in her second year of journalism at McLean High School. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and playing with her dog, Dickens. 

Dana Edson

Dana Edson

Dana Edson is a sophomore and currently one of the two news editors on The Highlander staff.

Heran Essayas

Heran Essayas is a first year journalism student as a sophomore. Heran enjoys playing field hockey with her friends, and spending time with them. She also loves showing her school spirit!

Cordelia Lawton

Cordelia Lawton

Cordelia Lawton is enjoying her second year of Journalism. She is enjoying being a news editor and is loving all her classes. She loves writing and can rarely put a book down. She transferred to McLean High School in her junior ye...

Imani McCormick

Imani McCormick

Imani McCormick is Managing Editor of The Highlander in her fourth year of journalism at McLean High School. She was Copy Editor her sophomore year, and Managing Editor her junior and senior years. She is also an award winning pho...

Zach Anderson

Zach Anderson

Zach is a senior at McLean High School. It is his second year working for The Highlander. Zach was previously enrolled in broadcast journalism, but now copy edits for the print magazine and produces the school podcast. He enjoys h...

Isaac Lamoreaux

Isaac Lamoreaux

Isaac Lamoreaux is a first-year journalist on The Highlander. He recently transferred from McLean from the Republic of Georgia, a small country in Eastern-Europe. He is excited to be on The Highlander staff and is currently enj...

Waseema Khan

Waseema Khan

This is Waseema's first year in journalism and she is enjoying it very much. She loves plants and animals and loves binge watching TV shows and movies. 

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Maria McHugo

Maria McHugo is the Editor-in-Chief of The Highlander in her third year of journalism at McLean High School. During her junior year, she served as the News Editor for the publication and loves the newsmagazine and its staff m...

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Maren Kranking

Maren is an Editor-in-Chief of The Highlander, and this is her third year on the journalism staff at McLean. Previously, she has worked as a copy editor, features editor, and design editor for the newsmagazine. Aside from spendi...

Jack Shields

Jack Shields

Jack is in his fourth year of Journalism. Jack enjoys playing soccer and eating.

Nicky Varela

Nicky Varela

Nicky is a senior at McLean High School. He is in his fourth year of journalism. Outside of school, Nicky loves playing and watching football, as well as eating food. He knows more about sports than you. Roll 'Ders.

Ben Brooks

Ben Brooks

Ben Brooks is a student in his fourth year in journalism. Ben excels in many prominent sports including ping pong and spike ball. His favorite color is gray.

Sarah Solis

Sarah Solis

Sarah Solis is a student in her 2nd year of journalism. She enjoys playing sports and spending time with family.

Josh Bass

Josh Bass

Josh Bass is a junior at McLean High School as well as the sports and copy editor for The Highlander. Josh has been taking journalism for three years and is interested by it, finding it possible to pursue it in college. Athlet...

Paarth Soni

Paarth Soni

Paarth Soni is a Junior at McLean High school who is now in his third year of journalism. He has taken the role of online sports editor as well as a reporter. During his free time, Paarth loves to play basketball as well as hang...

Benjamin Pham

Benjamin Pham

Hello, person reading this! This article was written by a amazing person called Benjamin Pham a junior in his first year in journalism. He hopes you enjoy the read although he knows you probably won’t. ...

Kaan Kocabal

Kaan Kocabal

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

Noah Barnes

Noah Barnes

Noah Barnes is a junior in his third year of journalism at McLean High School. He plays on the varsity soccer team, and enjoys sports of all kinds. Outside of school, he enjoys keeping updated on current events, watching movies...

Zeyad Zaeean

Zeyad Zaeean

Zeyad Zaeean, is a junior, and it is his first year in Mclean High School, after spending two years in Herndon High School. Zeyad is a very active person, practicing many sports and activities, such as, soccer, Basketball and Fo...

Grace Gould

Grace Gould

Grace Gould is a junior in her third year of journalism who loves spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, and playing with her dog Searly.  She is an Irish dancer and a rower, whose favorite food is chili. ...

Pran Kittivorapat

Pran Kittivorapat

Pran Kittivorapat is a junior AFS exchange student from Thailand, who takes a full-year experience at McLean High School. He enjoys taking photos and listening to pop music.

Matthew Zarkani

Matthew Zarkani

Matthew Zarkani is a sophomore at McLean high school in his second year of journalism. He enjoys playing basketball and talking with friends. "Everyday is a new day, so stop stressing."

Zach Hasan

Zach Hasan

Zach Hasan is a freshman at McLean High School. He likes to play basketball, and he plans on trying out for the freshman team. He also likes to code. He is in his first year of journalism.

Erica Bass

Erica Bass

Erica Bass is a junior in her first year of Journalism at McLean. She’s an avid participant in McLean’s theatre department, a blanket lover, and a keeper of Scooby Doo trivia. She is currently investigating if “French Fry Con...

Julia McElligott

Julia McElligott

Julia McElligott is a senior at McLean High School, as well as Photography Editor and Social Media Manager. She has been on the staff for three years, and has decided to pursue it in college. When she isn't in the Journalism room s...

Sebastian Jimenez

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. 

Carla Ballard

Carla Ballard

Carla Ballard is a senior at McLean High School, as well as A&E Editor for the Highlander. This is her third year in journalism and she loves it enough to pursue it in college after she graduates. In her free time, Carla lo...

Matthew Abbott

Matthew Abbott

Matthew Abbott is in his first year in Journalism and he has really enjoyed the experience so far. His favorite animal is a cat. He loves to read books and his favorite food is supreme pizza.

Skye Sunderhauf

Skye Sunderhauf

Skye Sunderhauf is a junior at McLean High School. She loves swimming and has been on a year-round swim team since she was nine years old. She has a younger sister and a golden retriever. Her favorite part about journalism is...

Katie Romhilt

Katie Romhilt

Katie Romhilt is a senior in her fourth and final year of journalism. She plays ECNL soccer and often travels around the country for games. She has an active role in the community, including coaching a 6th grade girls' basketball...

Michelle Cheng

Michelle Cheng

Michelle Cheng is a senior and third year journalist at McLean. In her free time, she loves to row, hike, and try new foods.

Jeremy Siegel

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

Jessica Opsahl-Ong is a Managing Editor and reporter for the Highlander. She can be found reading a good book while wrapped in a sweater. 

Sam Naemi

Sam Naemi

A junior at McLean High and a first timer of Journalism whose back hurts carrying the so called "veteran" Rohan Mani.

Rohan Mani

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...

Kyle Hawley

Kyle Hawley

Kyle Hawley is a senior at McLean High School. He is very passionate about American politics and will state his opinions on public policy and foreign affairs. When he is not writing an op-ed on a certain issue, Hawley will in...

Emily Jackson

Emily Jackson

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

Jack Stenzel

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...

Rebeka Rafi

Rebeka Rafi

Rebeka Rafi is taking her fourth year of Journalism and is the Advertising/Business Manager and Managing Editor for The Highlander news-magazine at McLean High School. She previously served as the Advertising/Business Manager ...

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