Ashley Hitchings
Bridget Li
Angela Liu 
Asia Gardias (digital)

Managing Editors
Allison Cheng
Kaitlyn Ho

Multimedia Editor
Zakir Ahmad

Social Media Editor
Jasmine Venet

Features Editors
Riya Matta
Riya Sinha

Culture Editors
Warren Wagner
Ashley Wang

Profiles Editors
Zoe Stanton-Savitz
Jenny Tseng

Perspectives Editor
Gila Winefield

Editorials Editor
Maraleis Sinton

Tamar Sarig 

News Editors
Emma Donelly-Higgins
Alex Feng

Launch Editors
Abby Cummings
Zoe Wong-VanHaren

Copy Editor
Sasha Poor

Paul Kandell

Angela Liu

Staff Writer

Angela is the Business Manager for Verde Magazine. Angela is passionate about Asian and minority rights and representation. In her free time, she enjoys drinking tea, art, and shopping.

Asia Gardias

Digital editor

Asia Gardias (Class of '19) is a staff writer, engagement manager and digital manager for Verde. She likes discovering new places and meeting intriguing people. Outside of Verde she participates in PALY's debate team, MUN and Girl Scouts.

Ashley Hitchings

News Editor

Ashley Hitchings (Class of '19) is a news editor of Verde Magazine and an aspiring muckraker, ardent debater and amateur pun-maker. She's grateful for the autonomy journalism grants her to explore untold stories, and in doing so, mold the world she would like to see. Outside of Verde, you can find her wrangling life's tough questions and making print-y awesome puns.

Kaitlyn Khoe

Kaitlyn Khoe (Class of 2019) aims to share the stories of momentous events and unusual, intriguing people. While on the search for news, she assumes the identity of a film fiend and art amateur.

Allison Cheng

Launch Editor

Allison Cheng (Class of 2019) is a staff writer and co-launch editor for Verde Magazine. She is excited to be a part of a student-run publication that explores local issues and connects to the community through storytelling. Outside of Verde, she enjoys playing music, doing crossword puzzles and volunteering with local organizations.

Amira Garewal

Business Manager

Amira Garewal is a member of Class of 2018 and this is her third year on Verde. As a student journalist she enjoys learning and sharing the stories of others in the community. Outside of Verde she spends time outdoors with friends.

Ashley Wang

News Editor

Ashley Wang (Class of 2019) is the co-culture editor of Verde Magazine. Outside of writing for Verde, Wang keeps busy with wrestling, cooking with her family, and playing online blitz chess. She is likely Magnus Carlsen's biggest fan.

Daniel Logan

Staff Writer

As a Culture Editor, Daniel Logan (Class of 2018) enjoys writing on topics of culture and education. Outside of journalism, Daniel is interested in Cross Country, Track, History, and strategy games. Moving forward, Daniel is eager for the opportunity to expand on the variety of the stories he writes.

Emma Cockerell

News & Launch Editor

Emma Cockerell (class of 2018) is one of the Editors-in-Chief for Verde Magazine. She enjoys the diversity of topics that writing for Verde allows, and the high caliber of journalistic excellence. When she isn't doing homework, Emma can be found playing the tennis or the violin, reading, or playing with her four-year-old sister.

Frances Zhuang

Features Editor

Frances Zhuang, a member of the Palo Alto High School Class of 2018, is Verde's Features Editor. She loves journalism for its power to bring untold stories to life and investigate society's most controversial issues. Outside of journalism, she enjoys reading and music.

James Poe

Photo Director

James Poe is currently a junior at Palo Alto High School. As the photo director, his goal is to use photography and cinematography in journalism as an effective enhancing medium for storytelling. Aside from Verde, Poe is also an avid musician who plays violin and works as a portrait photographer.

Julie Cornfield


Julie Cornfield (class of 2018) is one of Verde's three editors-in-chief. She loves writing and editing for Verde because it connects her to the local community, and her favorite part of the prodcution cycle is the story ideas session. If she's not engaged in some sort of Verde-related activity, she is probably reading, watching Stranger Things, or exploring San Francisco.

Michelle Li

Managing Editor

Michelle Li (Class of '18) is a managing editor on Verde Magazine. She's passionate about giving a voice to those who may otherwise have never been heard and documenting momentous events digitally and in print. Outside of Verde, Michelle can be found practicing volleyball with her school's varsity team, singing along to her ukulele, and managing her dog's Instagram account.

Noga Hurwitz

Staff Writer

Since the fourth grade, staff writer Noga Hurwitz (Class of ‘18) has loved the way that Verde brings together our community to address pressing issues. She enjoys having the opportunity to use the magazine as platform to share her perspective on topics that affect the students, family and faculty Palo Alto High School. Outside of journalism, Hurwitz is an avid reader and spends much for her time watching satirical news shows. She looks forward to a great year on Verde.

Olivia Brown

Staff Writer

Olivia Brown (Class of 2019) joined Verde January 2017, and is business manager of Verde. Along with participating in Verde, Olivia plays soccer for Palo Alto Soccer Club.

Rebecca Yao

Profiles Editor

Rebecca Yao (Class of 2018) is the profiles editor for Verde Magazine. She is also leading Via Verde, the special edition travel magazine. She enjoys the in-depth discussions that are involved with journalism and is excited about being exposed to new cultures and ideas and learning how to communicate thoughts, ideas, and news through writing and design. Outside of Verde, Rebecca spends time baking, playing with her bunny and reading.

Riya Matta

Digital Archivist

Riya Matta (Class of 2019) is the Features Editor for Verde Magazine. She enjoys writing a variety of stories and rowing in her free time.

Riya Sinha

Co-Features Editor

Riya Sinha (Class of '19) is a staff writer and Features Editor for Verde. She enjoys reading, writing, and traveling the world. She is passionate about women's rights and society. Through journalism, Riya enjoys telling extraordinary narratives in order to drive change and fight injustice. She is the co-founder of Fuzia (, a website for women to empower themselves through creativity.

Saurin Holdheim


Saurin Holdheim, Class of 2018, is an Editor-in-Chief for Verde Magazine. He enjoys writing a variety of different types of stories, and his biggest passion outside of journalism is eating.

Stephanie Lee

Managing Editor

Stephanie Lee (Class of 2018) is managing editor on Verde Magazine. She enjoys exploring controversial topics and getting to know people's stories. Aside from her manager editorial duties, she is the staff's editorial cartoonist and an avid photojournalist. Outside of Verde and journalism, she's a captain of Paly's speech and debate team and loves painting, reading, and running.

Stephanie Yu

Staff Writer

Stephanie Yu is a junior at Palo Alto High School. She enjoys writing and covering topics from unusual perspectives for Verde Magazine, and anticipates educating the community on a diverse range of subjects. In her free time, Yu plays competitive golf and dabbles in poetry and art.

Tamar Sarig


Tamar Sarig (Class of 2018) is the Columnist of Verde Magazine. She is passionate about informing others through honest journalism and exploring new points of view on common issues, and enjoys writing for a publication that allows her to do both. Outside of Verde, she serves as president of Paly Democrats Club and loves eating, reading, and learning geographical trivia.

Thomas Chapman

Staff Writer

Thomas Chapman is currently a senior at Palo Alto High School. As the Design Editor, his job is to create and organize the design layout of Verde Magazine. Thomas is also currently the business manager for [proof] magazine. In his free time, Thomas enjoys long walks on the beach and people watching

Vivian Nguyen

Art Director