The Highlander

2018-2019 Staff

Cc Palumbo

Cc Palumbo is a sophomore in Journalism 2. In her free time she loves to hang out with her friends and go shopping. Her favorite TV show is Friends and her favorite movie is Mean Girls.

Dua Mobin

Dua Mobin is a sophomore and a first-year journalist. She enjoys public speaking, long distance running, and painting outside of journalism. 

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 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 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 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 is a sophomore and a first-year journalist. She enjoys reading, writing, and watching movies. She is a strong advocate for women's rights and gender equality.

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 is a sophomore in her second year of Journalism at McLean High School and is the Online News Editor for The Highlander. She is interested in reading current affairs, following political news and enjoys writing about th...

Addie Brown

Addie Brown is one of the Copy and News Editors of The Highlander in her third 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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...

Ana Paula Ibarraran

Ana Paula Ibarraran is a sophomore taking her second year of journalism at McLean High School. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing soccer, and volunteering at a local food pantry. 

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

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. 

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...

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 is in his third year of Journalism at McLean. Jack will write at least 3 in-depths this year, and enjoys playing soccer and eating.

Nicky Varela

Nicky is a junior at McLean High School. He is in his third year of journalism. Outside of school, Nicky loves playing and watching football, as well as eating food. Roll 'Ders.

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

Maya Amman

Maya Amman is a freshman at McLean high school and she is taking her first year of journalism. She is very athletic  and is ready for any sports challenge. She loves dogs and enjoys taking care of them.

Paarth Soni

Paarth Soni is a sophomore at McLean High school who is now in his second year of journalism. He loves to play basketball during his free time and hang out with his friends. Paarth Soni is is excited for journalism this year as...

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. ...

Emily Friedman

Emily Friedman is a freshman in her first year of journalism at McLean high school. She enjoys swimming, playing volleyball, and spending time with her friends and family.

Laine Phillips

Laine Phillips is a sophomore at McLean High School. Laine Phillips has been taking journalism for two years and also participates in cross country, track, lacrosse, best buddies, and McDanceathon. 

Kaan Kocabal

This year is Kaan Kocabal’s first year at Mclean high school and first year taking journalism. He is a soccer player, basketball player, and enjoys spending time with friends. 

Noah Barnes

Noah Barnes is a sophomore in his second year of journalism at McLean High School. He enjoys playing soccer, going to the movies, and spending time with friends.

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 is a sophomore in Journalism 2. She enjoys lsitening to music, making TikToks and crew.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 is a junior in her third 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 team this...

Michelle Cheng

    Michelle Cheng is first year journalist for The Highlander. Outside of school she rows for McLean Crew, plays piano, and debates in Model UN. Michelle also enjoys painting, watching Netflix, and eating food. 

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

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 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 is a junior at McLean High School. He likes writing in the news and opinions section regarding political matters and public affairs. 

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 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 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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