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 (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 (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 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 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 (Class of '19) is a staff writer for Verde because she likes discovering new places and meeting intriguing people. Outside of Verde she participates in PALY's debate team, MUN and Girl Scouts.
As a staff writer, 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 (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 (class of 2018) is one of the rotating News and Launch editors on 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, 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.
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 (class of 2018) is a staff writer for Verde. Her favorite part about writing for Verde is getting to go out into the community and talk to sources. Outside of Verde, Julie spends time running, playing lacrosse and volunteering.
Saurin Holdheim, Class of 2018, is a staff writer for Verde Magazine. He enjoys writing a variety of different types of stories for Verde, and his biggest passion outside of journalism is eating.
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 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.
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, 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 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 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.
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 (Class of '18) is a news and launch 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.
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.
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 (Class of 2019) is the Digital Archivist for Verde Magazine. She enjoys writing a variety of stories and rowing in her free time.
Stephanie Lee (Class of 2018) is news and launch 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 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 (Class of 2018) is a staff writer for Verde Magazine. She is passionate about informing others through honest journalism and exploring new perspectives on common issues, and enjoys writing for a publication that allows her to do both. Outside of Verde, she is president of Paly Democrats Club, and enjoys having pointless political debates online.
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.