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
Eoin O’Kramer

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

Digital Archivist
Riya Matta

Photo Director
James Poe

Art Director
Vivian Nguyen

Artist
Aishah Maas

STAFF BIOS

Danielle Macuil

Editor-in-Chief

Danielle Macuil is part of the class of 2017 at Palo Alto High School. This is her second year as part of Verde Magazine. Danielle loves writing and spreading ideas and information through journalism!

Tara Madhav

Editor-in-Chief

Tara Madhav (Class of 2017) is a staff writer for Verde Magazine during the 2015-2016 school year. Tara enjoys the investigative journalism, collaboration and community of Verde, and is looking forward to the issues to come. Outside of Verde, Tara is co-Arts Editor for Palo Alto High School's [proof] magazine. Outside of journalism, Tara loves to read random books and news, watch meaningful movies, be involved in the community and attend Model United Nations Conferences.

Alicia Mies

Editor-in-Chief

Alicia Mies (Class of '17) is Editor-in-Chief. She enjoys the story-telling aspect of journalism and educating the community about pressing topics. Mies also plays indoor volleyball, Vice President of Paly's Model United Club and is a board member of the Youth Community Service Club. She is an avid fan of Thai food and Korean pop music. She is excited for a great year of learning about and teaching effective journalism.

Josh Code

Managing Editor

Josh Code is Paly senior enjoying his second year on Verde Staff. He most appreciates the opportunities he has as a journalist to inform his peers about interesting things in the community and interview cool sources. When he's not writing, studying or sleeping, Josh is an avid procrastinator and avocado enthusiast.

Laura Sieh

Digital & Design Editor

Laura Sieh is in the Class of 2017 at Palo Alto High School. As Digital & Design Editor, she is excited to combine her passions for visual design, the web and journalism. She is excited about journalism because it allows her to learn and inform others about the colorful members of the community. Outside of Verde, Sieh enjoys exploring creativity through music, theater, and bad jokes.

Asia Gardias

Staff Writer

Asia Gardias (Class of '19) is a staff writer and engagement 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.

Deepali Sastry

Business Manager

Deepali Sastry (class of '17) is one of Verde's Business Managers. She enjoys writing restaurant reviews for the Culture section and loves designing pages for her Verde stories. Outside of Verde, Sastry is involved in community service and loves to play guitar.

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.

Eoin O'Kramer

Digital Editor

Eoin O'Kramer, Class of 2019, is a staff writer for Verde magazine who recently moved to the Bay Area from Switzerland and enjoys writing various different types of stories and doing design work for pages, as well as design work in general.

Irene Choi

Business Manager

As a staff writer, Irene Choi (class of '17) enjoys writing opinion pieces and articles on popular culture. Outside of Verde, she is on the Paly swim team and appreciates a good book. She looks forward to expanding her skills as a journalist on Verde.

Julie Cornfield

Staff Writer

Julie Cornfield (class of 2018) is one of Verde's three editors-in-chief. Her favorite part about writing for Verde is getting to go out into the community, making connections with sources. Outside of Verde, Julie spends time running, playing lacrosse and volunteering.

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.

Allison Cheng

Staff Writer

Alia Cuadros-Contreras

Perspectives Editor

Alia Cuadros-Contreras is a senior (Class of 2017) at Palo Alto High School, and this is her second year on Verde Magazine. This year, she is the Perspectives Editor on Verde. As the Perspectives Editor, she enjoys helping staff writers develop their unique voice and the ability to express themselves through writing. As a staff writer, she enjoys interviewing different people and writing about topics that directly affect her community. When she is not editing and writing, Cuadros-Contreras participates in theatre. She looks forward to a senior year filled with writing on Verde and singing on stage.

Amira Garewal

Staff Writer

Amira Garewal is a member of Class of 2018 and this is her second year on Verde. As a staff writer she enjoys learning and sharing the stories of others in the community. Outside of Verde she spends time listening to music and cooking.

Angela Liu

Staff Writer

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. As a lover of the English language, Wang draws inspiration from The New Yorker's delicate eloquence and hopes to bring that element to Verde. In addition to writing, Wang spreads her time across art, track and field, and chess. She is likely Magnus Carlsen's biggest fan.

Daniel Logan

Staff Writer

As a staff writer, 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.

Frances Zhuang

News & Launch Editor

Frances Zhuang, a member of the Palo Alto High School Class of 2018, is a News and Launch editor for Verde Magazine. Her favorite parts of journalism are bringing people's stories to life and investigating controversial issues in society. Outside of journalism, she enjoys reading, science, and music.

Gabriel Sanchez

Culture Editor

Gabriel Sanchez is in the Class of 2017 at Palo Alto High School. He is culture editor for Verde magazine. His favorite part of journalism is the writing process and watching as his story evolves. In his free time, he is an avid baseball and soccer fan.

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.

Madhumita Gupta

Profiles & Features Editor

I am a senior at Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, California. I am the co-captain of my high school speech and debate team, and love to talk about issues such as feminism and race equality. I have a passion for social justice, and am involved with multiple community service organizations. I am a member of the Democratic Party, but I keep my mind open to new ideas. My favorite hobbies are cooking and painting. My website is madhumitagupta.weebly.com

Michelle Li

News & Launch Editor

Michelle Li (Class of '18) is a managing editor on Verde Magazine. She enjoys having the opportunity to improve as a journalist alongside her peers. Aside from working on her Verde stories, Michelle can be found playing volleyball, singing, hanging out with her friends or playing with her dog.

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

Rebecca Yao

Staff Writer

Rebecca Yao (Class of 2018) is a staff writer for Verde 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 Theo and reading.

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

Staff Writer

Sophie Nakai

Staff Writer

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, and is passionate about encouraging others to use their voice and stand out. 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.

Thomas Chapman

Staff Writer

Thomas Chapman is currently a junior at Palo Alto High School. As a Staff Writer, his job is to write and produce stories for every issue. Thomas is also currently the business manager for [proof] magazine. In his free time, Thomas enjoys photography and cinematography.

Vivian Nguyen

Art Director