Staff

Andrew Tan

I'm Andrew Tan and I am a junior at M-A. I am thrilled to return to the M-A Chronicle staff this year this time in a leadership role as a copy editor. I enjoy running cross country and track, playing the saxophone, and camping and backpacking.

Erica Miner

Hi, my name is Erica Miner and I am a junior. I like photography and film, and I am excited to participate in my first year of M-A journalism! For the last two years, I attended the world's first international traveling school. During this time I filmed my documentary, Road to Recovery, which addresses reconciliation after the Srebrenican genocide. I will use my global perspective and knowledge to contribute unique visuals to the M-A Chronicle.

Ulises Cisneros

Hello, my name is Ulises Cisneros and I am a senior at M-A! This will be my second year on staff and my first year as a copy editor. Aside from hoping to improve my writing skills, my main goal is to bring a fresh perspective into issues surrounding M-A by serving as a voice for the least represented and highlighting the positive efforts occurring in my community. I truly believe in the power of journalism and consider it one of the biggest tools society has in order to change the issues that occur in our world. Outside of journalism class, I enjoy playing soccer, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.

Ben Wellington

Faculty Adviser

Elizabeth McColloch

Editor in Chief

My name is Elizabeth McColloch and this is my third year writing for the newspaper. Last year, I enjoyed writing features and news stories because they gave me a chance to develop new relationships. While writing my pieces, I sought to share stories with our readers in a compelling way. Outside of school, I like to play sports, spend time with my friends, and attend the youth group at my church. I also love to tutor and mentor children. I am passionate about M-A and look forward to being a voice for the student body, as well as a source of community and international news.

Jasper Fu

I’m Jasper Fu, a senior, and this will be my first year with the M-A Chronicle. I’ll be writing anything from feature pieces to satires to food reviews with Ben Strehlow. I’m excited to work on my writing skills and broadening what I write in general. I’ve always liked writing, and also edit for an online fiction anthology, but this is my first foray into journalism and nonfiction in general. In my free time I fence (poorly), read (plentifully), and sleep (excessively).

Megan McDonnell

My name is Megan McDonnell and I am a current senior at M-A. This is my first year on the Chronicle, and I am excited to work on stories, features, and layout design of the website. I love getting involved in the M-A community whether that is attending sports games or meeting new classmates. Last year, I led the Yearbook staff as Editor-in-Chief and am happy to bring the photography and design skills I learned from Yearbook to The Chronicle. Outside of the journalism class, I love traveling, reading, dance, and High School Musical.

Madison Nelson

My name is Madison Nelson and I am a senior. This is my first year with the M-A Chronicle. I enjoy writing about different people in the community and learning about their unique stories. Outside of school, I love to play lacrosse and spend time with my friends and family, as well as travel and learn about different cultures.

Nathalie Camens

My name is Nathalie Camens and this is my second year with the M-A Chronicle. I am a copy editor and am excited to learn more about the publication process. My favorite aspect of journalism is that it can be an agent of social and political change through public education. Outside of school, I am on M-A's JV tennis team and play the violin.

Sarah Orttung

Hello, my name is Sarah Orttung and I am so excited for my second year on the M-A Chronicle staff. I enjoy writing opinion pieces and keeping the M-A community informed on current events. Outside of school, I enjoy playing tennis and spending time with friends. I am looking forward to providing interesting, applicable information to the staff and student body this year!

Trevor Thiele-Sardina

My name is Trevor Thiele-Sardiña, and this is my first year working with the Chronicle. Leading the digital media team, I am excited to produce interesting digital content. Outside of school, I love to travel, take photos of nature and the night sky, and adventure with my friends. I also love to play soccer, and I take great pride in playing for M-A for the last three seasons. I cannot wait to start producing content and expand the Chronicle’s sources of media.

Alex Chang

My name is Alex Chang, and I'm a junior at M-A. As a first year journalist, I am excited to develop my writing and communication skills. Outside of school, I am very passionate about my faith and community service. This past year, I had the opportunity to go on service trips to the Bahamas, Guatemala and Mexicali. I also enjoy playing piano and participating on the debate team. I am looking forward to writing features and opinions for the Chronicle!

Ben Strehlow

My name is Ben Strehlow and I am a new addition to the M-A Chronicle team. I want to try my hand at writing features and reviewing local food at restaurants in the Bay Area with my friend and colleague Jasper Fu. In journalism, I want to work on my creative writing skills and work towards developing more powerful and evocative writing. Outside of the classroom I love to play the violin and viola and I consistently teach lessons to a wide variety of students. When I have free time, I love to bake different types of foods and desserts and watch movies with my friends.

Emily Brumley

I'm Emily Brumley, and I am a senior here at M-A. I enjoy playing guitar, tennis, and creative writing. I also love dogs and have two of my own. This is my first year writing for the Chronicle. I was inspired to join this class by my love for writing and the wonderful stories I read last year. I am looking forward to a great year!

Evelyn Calhoon

Hi, my name is Evelyn Calhoon and this is my first year writing for the M-A Chronicle. I am really looking forward to a year of finding unique stories, and meeting interesting people. As well as writing, I enjoy photography and hope to take pictures for The Chronicle too! I love to spend my free time playing sports like soccer and wrestling, as well as exploring the outdoors by hiking, biking, and photographing nature. I can't wait to contribute to the school this year in journalism!

Elise Carlomagno

My name is Elise Carlomagno and I am a junior at M-A. This is my first year in journalism. I am looking forward to expanding my writing skills and uncovering new stories. I have played volleyball at M-A for three years on the JV team and will be playing at Palo Alto Academy for the club season.

Emma Dewey

Hi, I'm Emma Dewey and I am a junior at M-A. This is my first year in journalism and I am looking forward to writing features that focus on our community. In my free time, I enjoy dancing and spending time with friends and family. I am interested in journalism because it is a way to educate the public on important issues.

Emily Young

My name is Emily Young. I am a first-year journalism student and a junior at M-A. I am looking forward to writing features and articles on current events this year. Outside of school, I like to play piano and spend time with friends. In the previous two years, I played on the M-A volleyball team, but this year I have decided to pursue swimming.

Fiona Belk

I'm Fiona Belk, a first year journalism student in my junior year. I started journalism to become more involved in the M-A community, which I will do while also pursuing one of my passions of photography by taking photos to accompany stories. For the past two years I have been involved in the M-A track team. In my free time I like to watch movies, hang with friends, and go thrifting. I also spend time with my family and my two fat, white bunnies. This year I am excited to meet new people and have a great junior year.

Fiona Lokey

My name is Fiona Lokey and this is my first year writing for the Chronicle. I am a senior at M-A, and am looking forwards to spending my last year of high school covering everything from politics to the latest fashion trends. I spend much of my time watching documentaries, going out with my friends, and practicing yoga. I am also passionate about tutoring and helping run Partners In Health, a club here at M-A. I can’t wait to share all of the quirky and interesting stories that make M-A the place it is.

Hannah Giarrusso

Hi, my name is Hannah Giarrusso and this is my first year writing for the M-A Chronicle. I am passionate about social justice issues, and I love to get involved in activist groups in my free time. This year I am excited to write articles that reflect my opinion on social and political issues. I am hoping to keep community members informed and interested about news stories that are relevant to them.

Holly Newman

Hi, my name is Holly Newman. I am a junior and this is my first year writing for the Chronicle. I am very interested in politics and want to write articles on this subject, utilizing insight from my internship with the Clinton Campaign and my experience writing for other publications in the area. I look forward to this year!

Jonathan Dicks

My name is Jonathan Dicks and I am in my first year writing for the M-A Chronicle. I love to write about sports, especially golf, because I play for M-A and hope to continue in college. I enjoy writing about various topics in the world today because I think it is awesome to make people aware of issues that effect our lives. I am a die-hard South Carolina football fan and I devote most of my Saturdays in the fall to anxiously worrying and watching Carolina play. I am thrilled to write for M-A this year. Go Bears!

Jake Foster

My name is Jake Foster and I am a sophomore at M-A. My favorite subjects are math, English, and Spanish. I like to watch and play sports, especially soccer. I play soccer outside of school and for M-A. I love to write and be creative. I also like to form persuasive arguments and participate in debates and discussions.

John Gardner

My name is John Gardner. This is my first year writing for the M-A Chronicle. I am looking forward to writing news and opinion stories related mostly to sports. Outside of journalism I play basketball and volleyball. I am a huge sports fan and look forward to writing about M-A athletics.

Jeff Keare

My name is Jeff Keare and this is my first year writing for the M-A Chronicle. I am currently a junior and will primarily be writing sports articles. I play basketball for M-A as well as club basketball. I look forward to going to many M-A sports games this year.

Josh Olson

My name is Josh Olson and this is my first year writing for the Chronicle. I am passionate about M-A sports and the M-A community, and I appreciate the opportunity the Chronicle gives me to delve deeper into the school my senior year. Last year I took a photography class and have since worked extensively with cameras and Photoshop. Outside of M-A, I love soccer, the Green Bay Packers, and going on mission trips. I look forward to the games and stories I will be able to write about this year, as well as working with the new Digital Media team.

Jake Simon

Hi! My name is Jake Simon and this is my first year writing for the M-A Chronicle. I am looking forward to covering sports stories and community events. I’m also excited to work with and learn from the editors. Go Bears!

Kayla Kranen

Hi, my name is Kayla Kranen. I am a new member of journalism this year, and am super excited to join the M-A Chronicle team! I am interested in writing about pop culture, working on graphic design, and possibly delving into the world of photography. Outside of school, I like to play soccer, perform in plays and musicals, and dance around my house to Disney music. I am looking forward to learning more about the journalistic process this year, and might even look forward to a career in journalism in the future.

Kate Mulhern

Hello, my name is Kate Mulhern. I am a junior at M-A and this is my first year writing for the M-A Chronicle. I am excited to be in journalism this year and look forward to sharing stories with our community. I enjoy theater, and spend all of my free time in productions, either within or outside M-A Drama.

Kumali Schoen

Hi! My name is Kumali Schoen, and I am currently a sophomore here at M-A. This is my first year at the Chronicle, and I am so excited to practice a lot of writing and try different types of stories. Outside of school, I enjoy creative writing, reading, and baking. I also love running for the M-A cross country and track teams. I am looking forward to a great year of helping to keep the M-A community informed!

Lynn Butzlaff

Hi, my name is Lynn Butzlaff. I am a junior at M-A and this is my first year working on the Chronicle. I've always loved writing; I enjoy crafting my own narratives and am excited that journalism provides the opportunity to share others' stories. Besides writing, my other hobbies include skiing and horseback riding.

Mara Cavallaro

My name is Mara Cavallaro, and I'm a first year journalist for the Chronicle and a junior at M-A. I look forward to covering news stories, expressing my opinions, and taking a lot of photos! In school, my favorite subject is English, I'm on the debate team, and I play varsity soccer. In addition, I love languages and it is my goal to know 5 (I speak Portuguese, English, and Spanish, take French IV in school, and plan on learning Italian). I am very excited to write for the newspaper!

Martha McGee

My name is Martha McGee. I am a senior and new to the M-A Chronicle. I enjoy reading and sharing opinions as well as getting to know different members of our community better. In my free time, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my family and friends. I am also passionate about music, and play violin for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Sarah Lehman

My name is Sarah Lehman and I'm a sophomore. My passion for writing and hope for a possible career in journalism led me to join the M-A Chronicle, and I'm so excited to be here! In my free time I like to write, sing, and play sports like volleyball and softball. I also enjoy service work, and this past summer I traveled to the Dominican Republic to help build an aqueduct and water treatment system. I heard rich stories there; hopefully I will find some within our M-A community.

Sabrina Watkins

My name is Sabrina Watkins and I am a new member of the M-A Chronicle. I am looking forward to delving into the world of journalism, specifically covering politics. When I am not in school, I enjoy working on the M-A robotics team as the lead mechanic and helping out in my mother's kindergarten class at Laurel Elementary School. Like many other teenagers, I also enjoy a healthy helping of pop culture, obsessing over TV shows, movies, books, musicals, music , and Nutella. I'm looking forward to an enlightening school year.