The Highlander

2019-2020 Staff

Ariana Elahi

Reporter

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

Reporter

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.

Zuha Al-Ethari

Reporter

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

Jibrin Usman Nabilah

Reporter

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

Pratistha Dhungana

Reporter

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

Reporter

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

Reporter

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

Reporter

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...

Monica Molnar

Reporter

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

Reporter

Taylor Staats is a freshman in McLean High School. She plays softball for Glory. Her jersey number is 4.

Nyla Marcott

Reporter

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

Reporter

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

Reporter

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

Reporter

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

Reporter

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

Reporter

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

Dalia Fishman

Reporter

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

Charlie Jackson

Reporter

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

David Jerzak

Reporter

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

Reporter

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

Reporter

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

Reporter

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

Reporter

Belen Ballard is a sophomore at McLean high school. This is her first 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 an...

Spencer Sirotzky

Reporter

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

Ivy Olson

Reporter

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

Makda Bekele

Reporter

Makda Bekele is a freshman at McLean High School who enjoys playing basketball and ice skating.

Max Irish

Reporter

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

Scott Shields

Reporter

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.

Paarth Soni

Reporter

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...

Noah Barnes

Reporter

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.

Katie Romhilt

Reporter

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...

Michelle Cheng

Reporter

    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. 

Sam Naemi

Reporter

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

Jackson Clayton

Cartoonist

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.

Cc Palumbo

Online Arts and Entertainment Editor

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.

Khushi Rana

Author

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

Andy Chung

Design editor

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

Mae Monaghan

Online Features Editor

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

News editor

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...

Jack Shields

Managing Editor

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

Chief Captain Sports Editor

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. He also hates Bryce Harper and Kyrie Irving with a burning pa...

Ben Brooks

Managing Editor

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

Sports Editor

Josh Bass is a sophomore at McLean High School, as well as a sports 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. Athletically, ...

Saisha Dani

reporter

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.

Grace Gould

Fact Checker

Grace Gould is a sophomore in Journalism 2. She enjoys listening to music, dancing and crew.

Sebastian Jimenez

Opinions Editor

 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

Photographer

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...

Jessica Opsahl-Ong

Opinion's Editor

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. 

Rohan Mani

Online sports editor, Reporter

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

Opinions Editor

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

Copy/Features Editor

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

Advertising Manager & Features Editor

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 ...

Dasha Makarishcheva

Website Editor in Chief, Design Editor in Chief, Head Cartoonist

Darya Makarishcheva is a senior 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....

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