The Highlander

2019-2020 Staff

Swetha Manimaran

Swetha Manimaran is a junior in her first year of journalism, who is a triplet, loves coffee, and is currently obsessed with Chuck Bass.

Ariana Elahi

Ariana Elahi is a sophomore at Mclean high school and is currently taking Journalism 2. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and binge-watching Netflix.

Shruthi Manimaran

Shruthi Manimaran is a junior in her first year of journalism. She is a triplet and enjoys reading, debating, and binge watching Friends on Netflix.

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.

Jackson Clayton

Jackson Clayton is a senior at McLean High School who is currently in his third year of journalism. He is a reporter and cartoonist for The Highlander. He loves programming and video game design.

Zuha Al-Ethari

Zuha is in her first year of Journalism and she enjoys listening to music and doing Color Guard.

Jibrin Usman Nabilah

Nabilah Usman is a junior at McLean High School currently enrolled in Journalism 1. Nabilah enjoys listening to music and reading people's blogs. 

Khushi Rana

Khushi Rana is a freshman at McLean High School and enjoys participating in field hockey. 

Pratistha Dhungana

Pratistha Dhungana is a sophomore at McLean High School and is currently taking Journalism 1. She enjoys painting and listening to music during her free time.

Layla Zaidi

Layla Zaidi is a sophomore at Mclean High School currently in Journalism 1. She is loving Journalism and can not wait to continue it throughout high school.  Activities that Layla enjoyings doing include running, baking, and li...

Stella Keum

Stella Keum is a sophomore at McLean high school, who is in her first year in journalism. She loves watching movies and taking pictures. 

Christiana Ketema

gmaiChristiana Ketema is a sophomore at McLean High School. She really loves her first year in Journalism and cannot wait to continue in her future years at McLean. A few things Christiana enjoys is hanging out with friends, go...

Akash Balenalli

Akash Balenalli is a sophomore in Journalism 1. He enjoys photography, playing the cello, computer programming, "backend" software development, drawing, reading, and learning about the world. 

Monica Molnar

Monica Molnar is a sophomore at McLean High School in her first year of journalism. She is #21 on the field hockey team and is looking forward to playing lacrosse in the spring. 

Taylor Staats

Taylor Staats is a freshman at McLean High School. She plays competitive softball for Glory and plays Varisty softball at McLean.

Nyla Marcott

Nyla Marcott is a freshman at McLean High School. This is her first year in Journalism. She enjoys traveling throughout the United States and abroad, vegetable gardening, and cooking foods from around the world. ...

Mackenzie Chen

Mackenzie Chen is a sophomore at McLean High School and is in Journalism 1. She enjoys reading, writing, and drawing outside of school. She is very excited to learn as much as she can about journalism this year. 

Jiaying Li

Jiaying is a sophomore student at Mclean High School. Jiaying participates in Journalism 1 and she enjoys Journalism a lot. Jiaying has many hobbies such as paiting and reading.

Polina Zubarev

Polina Zubarev is a sophomore at McLean High School and this is her first year in Journalism. She loves playing and watching ice hockey, as well as playing the bass for McLean orchestra. She also enjoys travelling and goes to...

Daniel Fimbres

Daniel is a freshman from McLean High School. he enjoys watching table tennis and playing tetherball with the homies. Im  in the middle.  

Adam Baker

Adam is a freshman in his first year of journalism. He enjoys basketball and football.

Dalia Fishman

Dalia Fishman is a freshman at McLean High School. She is currently in Journalism 1. 

Charlie Jackson

Charlie Jackson is a McLean freshman. I like playing sports and hanging out with my friends.

David Jerzak

He's a freshman in journalism 1. Just moved to America in August after 8 years of life in Poland, and still cannot count the improvements. He is interested in IT, rocketry and outdoors.

Cameron Tebo

Cameron is a sophomore in Journalism 1 at McLean. Cam has numerous hobbies, such as drawing, writing, playing tennis, and above all being an absolute nerd.

Gianna Russo

Gianna Russo is a sophomore at McLean High School. This is her first year in Journalism and she loves it. Gianna enjoys playing soccer, participating in school activities, and spending time with her friends.

Sydney Gleason

Sydney Gleason is a sophomore at McLean. She enjoys playing soccer and basketball with her teammates. Sydney's favorite class this year is journalism and she is excited to see the years to come with this class.

Belen Ballard

Belen Ballard is a junior at McLean high school. This is her second year in journalism and she is very excited for the next couple years in the class. Belen enjoys swimming, listening to music, and hanging out with friends and...

Spencer Sirotzky

Spencer Sirotzky is a freshman at McLean High School, he enjoys playing sports like basketball and baseball for fun.

Ivy Olson

Ivy Olson is a freshman at McLean High School. She enjoys playing field hockey and spending time with her friends

Makda Bekele

Makda Bekele is a freshman at McLean High School who loves her journalism class almost as much as The Flash. She currently is in Journalism 1, but will continue to take the class in the coming years.

Max Irish

Max Irish is a freshman at McLean high school. He enjoys playing baseball and participating in best buddies. 

Scott Shields

Scott Shields is a freshman at McLean High School. He likes to play basketball and baseball as well as spending time with his friends. In his first year of journalism he hopes to improve as a writer and learn proper technique.

Andy Chung

Andy Chung is a Sophomore taking Journalism 2. He is a design editor for the Highlanders and a varsity golf player for McLean.

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

Ava Rotondo

Ava Rotondo is a senior at McLean High School. She is so excited to be an editor of The Highlander in her second year of journalism. She loves sailing and taking long hikes.

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.

Josh Bass

Josh Bass is a sophomore at McLean High School as well as the sports and copy editor for The Highlander. Josh has been taking journalism for two years and is interested by it, finding it viable to pursue it out of college. Athl...

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...

Saisha Dani

Saisha Dani is a junior and is in her second year of Journalism at McLean High School. She is recently moved to the McLean community in 2018 and enjoys watching TV shows, reading and drinking bubble tea.

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.

Grace Gould

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

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. 

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

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...

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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