Current Students: 2022 Program Participants

Alicia Ramkarran
New York

Alicia Ramkarran is from New York. She is interested in journalism, because it provides a safe place to express her opinions and share her voice. At school, she is the lead editor and publisher for a student-led magazine and is president of her school's mental health club. In her free time, Alicia enjoys writing poetry, hiking, eating out at a…

Amy Wills
Oregon

Amy Wills is from Oregon and is passionate about helping those in need. She coordinates a non-profit organization in her hometown, which helps families enduring hard times to get back on their feet. This role has fueled my passion for helping others and creating change. She plans to be become a journalist or an immigration lawyer, fighting to…

Angeline Nyquist
Texas

Angeline Nyquist is from Texas. She participates in almost every program her school has to offer, ranging from the FFA to the Student Council. Outside of school, Angeline enjoys exploring the many components of government and civics with programs like the Bill of Rights Institute Student Fellowship. She is also an avid painter and participates…

Anthony Pleitez-Rivas
Georgia

Anthony Pleitez-Rivas is from Georgia. He is the Editor-in-Chief of his high school’s yearbook, the media director for the Spanish National Honor Society, and an active member of HOPE (Hispanic Organization Promoting Education). He strives to promote student voices and advocates for educational opportunities for students from minoritized…

Ayah Shatara
Florida

Ayah Shatara is from Florida. She is part of her school’s publications staff, an officer of the National English Honor Society, and the lead writing editor of the yearbook. As a Palestinian, Ayah’s focus in journalism centers around activism and global affairs. She is interested in the connections between imperialism and its continued effects…

Brianna Guapo
New Mexico

Brianna Guapo is from New Mexico. She will begin her second year as Class President this fall and her first as Editor-in-Chief for the school’s newspaper. She is pursuing her interest in journalism, because she firmly believes that words have the power to change minds and would like to learn about how different issues impact different…

Camila Amaya Navarrete
Florida

Camila Amaya is from Virginia. She is the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, president of the international studies program, co-president of the Latin American Student Association, and president of the Spanish club. Camila is also an avid immigration and climate activist and provides higher education opportunities for her school…

Dayanara Urbina
California

Dayanara Urbina is from California. Her passion for journalism is fueled by her interest in social justice issues and politics and her desire to use her voice to share the experiences of her community. She is Planned Parenthood Peer Advocate, focusing on educating others on sexual health and sexuality. She is also a part of the cabinets at both…

Elizabeth Garcia
Texas

Elizabeth García is from Texas and a proud indigenous Mexican-American. She has had a deep passion for writing and people since she was old enough to hold a pen and speak, and serves her well in her activities, including speech and debate, mock trial, National Hispanic Institute, youth and government, and University Interscholastic League…

Emma Arm
Michigan

Emma Arm is from Michigan. She will begin her second year writing for her school newspaper, for which she has previously served as the Associate Editor-in-Chief. She is also the publicist for her school’s Student Council Executive Board and a member of the Mental Health Awareness Team. Her interest in journalism is an extension of her passion…

Eva Robles-Altamirano
Michigan

Eva Robles-Altamirano is from Michigan. She likes journalism because it allows people to know what is going on all around the world. In her free time, she enjoys visiting her sister, going to Lake Eerie, and doing math! In the future, she plans to major in mathematics and to become a gynecologist or journalist that writes about all subjects.

Hailey Love
Illinois

Hailey Love is from Illinois. She loves reading, writing, exercising, and watching YouTube video essays that investigate popular topics (like Barbie) through the lens of political ideologies (like Marxism — she knows, sounds like a weird combo but it was good!). After 12 years sharing stories through her music as a musician, Hailey also…

Hailey Capitan
New Mexico

Hailey Capitan lives in New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation. She enjoys journalism, because it allows writers to fully express themselves on topics that are important to them and make a difference in society. She plays volleyball and softball and is a part of the National Honor Society. She was also previously a member of the chess and ski clubs…

Israa Belbaita
New York

Israa Belbaita moved from Morocco at a young age and now lives in New York. She loves her community its cultural diversity and enjoys uplifting the stories of people there with her writing that aren't often represented. Last summer, she published an article about a Muslim halal food truck owner that has been growing his business for years…

Janna Munson
Alabama

Janna Munson lives in Alabama. Last year, they served as co-editor of the school yearbook and dedicated themself to Peer Helpers, Senior Beta, Scholars’ Bowl, Prom Committee, and their high school's historical society. A recent convert to the journalist life, Janna has quickly grown their passion and hopes to write for The Washington Post one…

Julian Sandoval
Illinois

Julian Sandoval lives in Illinois. He was inspired by a teacher to pursue his interest in journalism. He is active in his school's National Honors Society and is considering playing baseball as a senior. Julian plans to become a diagnostician, a biomedical engineer, or a general surgeon since these are the fields he believes have a strong…

Kaylah Davis
Pennsylvania

Kaylah Davis is from Pennsylvania. She wants to become a journalist to amplify the voices of people of color and report on critical topics, such as racism and gun violence. At school, she is active on the student council. An avid writer, Kaylah aspires to become an author.

Kennedey Jordan-Long
Ohio

Kennedey Jordan-Long lives in Ohio. She is interested in journalism, because she loves writing and enjoys the freedom and flexibility journalism offers as a career. She is in ministry and is a young preacher/evangelist. She also does praise dance with her two godsisters. Kennedey had previously considered pursuing psychology but feels as…

Laiba Lakhani
New Jersey

Laiba Lakhani is from New Jersey. She loves journalism because it's a way for her to share her opinions and beliefs with other people and challenge her personal views. She likes to use journalism as a way to spread activism and current events in her local area. In school, she is an active member of her school's Amnesty International Club,…

Lena An
California

Lena An is a from California. She has been a part of her school’s journalism program since her sophomore year and is the Arts and Entertainment section editor. She is also on her school’s varsity lacrosse team and student council. Her interest in journalism began her freshman year when she noticed that many of her friends’ parents were finding…

Lena Moon
California

Lena Moon is from California. She is a proud Korean-American and is especially interested in uplifting the voices of POC to bring awareness to the struggles that minorities constantly face in the U.S. and around the world. Lena is a member of the Solar Army club from Caltech, where she helps research and experiment with sustainable soil fuel…

Luna Rosas
New Jersey

Luna Rosas is from New Jersey. She is a first-generation Mexican-American, who loves to represent her culture and identity as much as she enjoys celebrating the beauty of diversity. She is involved in the National Honors Society and Leo Club at her school. Outside of school, she organizes and executes events as the southern NJ registrar of the…

Lydia Kennedy
Ohio

Lydia Kennedy is from Ohio. As an aspiring journalist, she is looking forward to meeting many people during different stages of their lives, researching complicated social issues, and pursuing new adventures through travel. She likes the challenge of stepping outside of her comfort zone and interacting with people of different backgrounds. In…

Marissa Guadarrama
California

Marissa Guadarrama is an International Baccalaureate candidate from California. She is a huge advocate for environmental justice through her active participation in the Mayor’s Youth Council on Climate and the founding of her school’s very first eco club. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of her school's newspaper where leads her staff…

Micki Zhang
New York

Micki Zhang is from New York. She believes journalism is about more than just writing what’s happening. It promotes change, informs, and adds new perspectives, neutrality, and opinions to our society. She has been the Editor-in-Chief for her school's newspaper since her sophomore year and strives to allow writers to write without the fear…

Mohammad Al-Saber
California

Mohammad Al-Saber resides in California. He competes in both speech and debate tournaments (most recently as a congressional debater). He is his high school’s Associated Student Body Vice President, through which he serves as an academic mentor and coordinates social events. He is principally interested in constructing a brighter…

Nina Hans

Nina Hans is from Maryland. She has always loved local and entertainment news because she believes people need to know what is going on. In her free time, Nina blogs about pop culture topics on Medium and I has played the double bass in orchestra since the fifth grade. In college, Nina plans to double-major in Marketing and Journalism in hopes…

Ohnima Aourthi
New York

Ohnima Aourthi is from New York. She is interested in journalism because, after researching numerous sources on criminology, she realized how many social injustices are not covered in the media. She wants to improve her writing while sharing these stories. She participates in track & field, bike club, Upward Bound, and the Asian/French…

Sabrina Felix
Georgia

Sabrina Felix is a student in the IB Diploma Programme at her high school in Georgia. She is a founder of her school newspaper, as well as an active member in her school’s chapters of Becca’s Closet, the International Thespian Society, and numerous academic honor societies. In her spare time, she likes to serve at her church, read a good…

Shana Chichester
New York

Shana Chichester is from New York. Her pursuit of journalism stems from her love for writing. She hopes that her journalistic pieces can help to reduce socioeconomic and racial barriers prevalent in her community. She is passionate about leadership and advocacy inside and outside the classroom and believes that education…

Sheyla Aviles
California

Sheyla Aviles is from California. Influenced by the values her upbringing and culture instilled, Sheyla believes that “Si Se Puede,'' no matter the circumstance. At school, she is an active member in the yearbook and SWEnext club and serves as a Communications Officer at the National Metro Youth Council, where she advocates for LGBTQ+…

Sole Muhammad
Pennsylvania

Sole Muhammad was born and raised in Pennsylvania. At school, she is a part of the national honor society and the secretary of her twelfth grade student government. She also has served more than 30 hours of community service and is an active tutor for elementary school students. She has a passion for literature and spends the majority of her…

Telicia Darius
Pennsylvania

Telicia is from Pennsylvania and is interested in journalism because of what it has to offer. Not only is it a deeper form of writing, but it's a resource. A resource that many depend on and a resource that can be easily faltered. Journalism influences the public and it's important to navigate that. She participates in creative…

Tommy Hernandez
New York

Tommy Hernandez is from New York. He has been participating in extracurricular speech and essay-making activities since junior year and creates opportunities for others to explore their interests in the arts of literature and debating. He is the founder and president of his school's first Debate Club and is currently the Student Body Vice…

Yan Zhen Zhu
New York

Yan Zhen Zhu lives in New York. Born in China, she is a first generation Asian-American, which informed many of her experiences and sparked her interest in history, namely in how colonialism and imperialism provide the context for contemporary issues. Consequently, she is passionate about racial activism, which she explored working with…

Yaniya Gilford
Illinois

Yaniya Gilford is from Illinois. She originally became interested in journalism through her school’s newspaper and journalism class. While she loves creative writing and has always dreamed of becoming a published author, she figured journalism would provide the perfect opportunity for her to make a change and…

Yassmin Elmouzaieg
New Jersey

Yassmin Elmouzaieg is from New Jersey. As an advocate against social injustices, she has been involved in community outreach programs at her school including Key Club and Red Cross Club, is an active participant in Model UN, and often attends rallies and protests about important social issues. Yassmin is primarily interested in…