Staff

VERDE MAGAZINE
2017-2018

Editors-in-Chief
Emma Cockerell
Julie Cornfield
Saurin Holdheim

Managing Editor
Stephanie Lee
Michelle Li

Design Editor
Thomas Chapman

Digital Editor
Asia Gardias

Features Editor
Frances Zhuang

Profiles Editor
Rebecca Yao

Culture Editor
Daniel Logan

Perspectives Editor
Tamar Sarig

News Editors
Ashley Hitchings
Ashley Wang

Launch Editors
Allison Cheng
Riya Sinha

Engagement Manager
Asia Gardias

Photo Director
James Poe

Art Director
Kaitlyn Ho

Asia Gardias

Staff Writer

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

As a student reporter, Ashley Hitchings (Class of '19) enjoys the exploring and storytelling aspects of journalism. She believes free press is a key institution in a a free society and is excited to be able to engage in this process as a student. Outside of Verde, Ashley can be found debating, snuggling up with a book or making tear-ible puns.

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.

Julie Cornfield

Co-Editor-in-Chief

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.

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.

Saurin Holdheim

Editor-in-Chief

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.

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

Allison Cheng

Staff Writer

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.

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.

Ashley Wang

News Editor

Ashley Wang (Class of 2019) joined Verde Magazine in January 2017 and is the current co-news editor of the publication. Outside of writing for Verde, Wang keeps busy with art, wrestling, and 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.

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.

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 Via Verde. Along with participating in Verde, Olivia is captain of her soccer team and is president of Social Entrepreneurship Club.

Riya Matta

Digital Archivist

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

Riya Sinha

Launch Editor

Riya Sinha (Class of '19) is a staff writer and a Launch Editor for Verde. She enjoys reading, writing and listening to music.

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

Perspectives Editor

Tamar Sarig (Class of 2018) is the Perspectives Editor 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.

Vivian Nguyen

Art Director