Momoko BakerXMomoko Baker
Family: mom, Takako Baker; dad, Mike Baker; sister, Emma Baker; cat, Bob; dog, Niko.
What's on the bookshelf: A 1964 edition of Sunset Magazine
Favorite song: “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice, and “Turn to Stone” by Electric Light Orchestra
Go-to comfort food: Any breakfast food
Favorite place in Portland: Mt. Tabor Park
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: The Galapagos Islands
Hobbies: Photography, hiking and exploring
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? "It had been my dream to become a photographer for National Geographic since I was in 7th grade, so I thought Grant Magazine would bring me one step closer to achieving that."
When Momoko Baker isn’t taking photos, she’s probably listening to Britney Spears at the park with a snack and a friend or two. She loves to find new hangout spots with her friends, and is constantly on the lookout for some in the Portland area.
This is Momoko Baker’s second year as a staffer on the magazine. Coming back from the Oregonian’s journalism camp at Oregon State University this summer, she is especially excited to learn more about the trade. This year as photo editor, she hopes to continue to grow as a photographer, as well as be a mentor for new staffers and photographers.
Mako BarmonXMako Barmon
Family: mom, Masumi Yanase; dad, David Barmon; little sister, Ruby Barmon
What's on the bookshelf: Currently my bookshelf has all my camera gear on it...
Favorite song: “Toxic” by Britney Spears
Go-to comfort food: Sushi
Favorite place in Portland: Pittock Mansion
Somewhere you have always wanted to travel: Taiwan
Hobbies: Photography and Taiko Drumming
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “I have always been interested in Grant Magazine but just recently joined the class after a few of the staff members encouraged me to apply. I have always loved photography, and have been doing it for the last 4 years. After being in magazine for the last half of the year, I learned a lot about journalism, and journalistic photography.”
Mako is half-Japanese and is in the Japanese program at Grant. He has been doing photography for four years, but in the past year, his photography has blown up and been noticed by local brands, leading to a social media management position for Trailhead Coffee Roasters in Portland.
Outside of photography, Mako enjoys taiko drumming. This hobby has been a part of his life for ten years, and he has performed at venues all around Portland. He also helps with tech shows for different theater companies. Mako currently helps tech for Echo Theater, Bodyvox, and Nightflight Aerial and has started taking pictures for them as well.
Stella Kondylis-BreezeXStella Kondylis-Breeze
Family: parents, Katherine Kondylis and Matthew Breeze; brother, Leo
What's on the bookshelf: Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
Favorite song: “LLC” by The Last Artful, Dodgr
Go-to comfort food: a burrito
Favorite place in Portland: La Finquita del Buho
Hobbies: listening to music, reading, hiking, and travelling
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “I joined Grant Magazine because I wanted a challenge and I saw what a close community the staffers were. My first year on magazine was the hardest thing I have ever done, but I learned so much and gained new relationships and skills. I’m looking forward to continue learning and telling people’s amazing stories.”
This will be Stella’s second year as a member of the Grant Magazine staff. She is looking forward to putting the knowledge and skills she gained last year to work with this year’s team. From an early age Stella has always had a love of telling stories, but more recently discovered her passion for bringing peoples untold stories to light.
While Stella struggled her first year on the magazine, the close knit community of staffers kept her going and made her realize that she had something important to contribute. “It was really hard being the only freshman on the staff last fall, but I learned so much from the other staffers, and I’m ready to use that knowledge,” she says.
When not working on the magazine Stella enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Spending time with her little brother is very important to her. She loves being able to watch him develop his personality. “I can’t wait to see what he’s like when he’s my age, I hope that somehow I will have helped to shape him into an smart and kind person.” With her family Stella has been lucky enough to many parts of the world. She loves feeling connected to the places she travels, especially if she has family there. “Through travelling I have really begun to understand how small my little corner of Portland really is, there is so much more out there in the rest of the world that I want to learn about.”
Claire ChasseXClaire Chasse
Family: parents, Becky and Mark Chasse; dog, Beegu
What's on the bookshelf: The Art of Loish
Favorite Song: “Blue Orchid” by the White Stripes
Go-to comfort food: Quesadillas
Favorite place in Portland: The Belmont Goats
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Iceland
Hobbies:Drawing, painting, listening to music, reading, sewing patches onto my jacket, visiting alpaca farms
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “I’ve spent my whole life reading, writing, and drawing. I’ve always been fascinated with stories and searching for new ways to convey them. Before my Freshman year, I usually opted for fictional stories, but that changed when I took the Intro to Grant Magazine class. I became more interested in the real world stories told by journalists and by Grant Magazine in particular. When I learned that I had been accepted onto the Magazine, I was overjoyed. I’m ready to push myself this year, and I’m excited to be a part of the team.”
Claire spends a lot of time thinking, to the point that she sometimes forgets that there’s a person attached to her brain. “I develop ideas over time in the back of my mind,” she says, “Instead of overthinking or picking apart mistakes from long ago, I like to be productive. I like to think about where I want to go with a story, or plan out a drawing in my head.”
Claire spends her free time making art, spending time with her friends or family (including her dog, Beegu), and sleeping. “I spend so much time drawing,” she says, “I draw when I’m inspired. I draw when I’m bored. If I have paper and a pencil, chances are I’m drawing.”
Claire covers the margins of her papers, sticky notes, and the pages of her sketchbooks with everything from sketches to very time-consuming portraits. “Most of my recent drawings are kind of interchangeable and bland,” she says, “I’m trying to improve at techniques at the moment until another idea hits me. I hope that’ll be soon, because I feel like I’m drawing the same things over and over again.”
Claire is excited for her first year on the magazine. “I think that this is going to be a good year. It’s going to be tough, but it’s going to be good. Most things that are easy aren’t worth your time.”
Ruby DonaghuXRuby Donaghu
Family: parents, Laurie and Michael Donaghu; sisters, Ella and Piper Donaghu; chickens, Tim, Tom, Tracy, Tiffany, and Tina Donaghu
What's on the bookshelf: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat, The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Norberg
Favorite song: “Sunset Lover” by Petit Biscuit
Go-to comfort food: Homemade chocolate chip cookies
Favorite place in Portland: "Anywhere I can get a sushi burrito!"
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Iceland
Hobbies: Soccer, Running, Exploring Portland, Playing the Piano
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “I have always looked at Grant Magazine as one of the best ways for students to have their voice heard in the Grant community. Not a lot of kids are as lucky as we are to have such an amazing publication within our school, and I thought that it would be amazing to be a part of that. I just want to learn a lot and help educate others, too.”
This is Ruby’s first year on the magazine, and she is thrilled to be on the staff. Being new to the magazine, she hopes to expand her writing and reporting skills with help from the older staff members. Ruby has mainly focused on writing in the past, but she is also interested in design and photography. She is also looking forward to getting to help document this transitional year for Grant High School.
In the past Ruby has been inspired by courageous journalism, and she is excited to learn more about what that takes. “I think journalism is really important,” she says. “I especially think it’s imperative that we keep writing the truth in a time like this, when a lot of people are being oppressed.”
Outside of school, Ruby is a committed soccer player. She loves traveling to events play great competition, and her teammates are basically family to her. Ruby is on the Grant’s women’s soccer team, and hopes to play in college. Despite her passion for soccer, Ruby always leaves time outside of soccer for her other interests, which include reading and writing. “When I’m reading, it’s the only time I can really lose myself and the outside world,” she says. “And I think I learned to appreciate writing through reading. It’s a big reason why I love to write so much.”
Narain DubeyXNarain Dubey
Family: parents, Prashant Dubey and Sarah Geenen; brother, Shanti; sister, Sanju; dog, Cisco
What's on the bookshelf: Naked by David Sedaris
Favorite song: “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver
Go-to comfort food: Mattar Paneer
Favorite place in Portland: Townshend’s Tea on Alberta
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Kenya
Hobbies: Tennis, soccer, playing the piano and drinking kombucha
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “I have always found it rewarding to voice my opinions and connect with the community I live in. Once I found out about Grant Magazine, I could see that it was the epitome of student activism and expression; In the years leading up to high school, joining the staff became one of my goals. Being put on the team my freshman year was absolutely amazing.”
Narain spent his freshman year on the Magazine as a reporter. In that time, he learned priceless information from his older peers on the staff about journalism, and the world alike. This year, as he steps into the Story Editor position, he hopes that he can pass on what he learned to the new staffers, and expand on his leadership skills.
Outside of Grant Magazine, Narain is a self proclaimed “kombucha critic” and enjoys spending his time tasting the fermented drink from tea shops around Portland. In addition, he finds nature to be a necessary part of human life, and tries his best to go on hikes and retreats with his family and friends.
As Narain goes into his second year on the Magazine, he is excited to learn more about himself, and the world of journalism. “Journalism is a powerful tool, and I am super excited to develop my skills in the field and present my voice using this platform,” he says.
Georgia GreenblumXGeorgia Greenblum
Family: parents, Joel and Maura Greenblum; sister, Mollie
What's on the bookshelf: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Favorite song: “Praying” by Kesha
Go-to comfort food: Apple pie
Favorite place in Portland: Angel’s Rest
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: India
Hobbies: hiking, playing piano, and reading
Why did you join Grant Magazine? “A love of writing is not what initially drew me to join Grant Magazine. Making connections with people, and actually having real conversations eye to eye are very special to me. I miss when people lived in the moment and were able to work out disagreements. While on the Magazine, I have found that I can have these intimate relationships with my teammates and with those who I am interviewing. I also have the opportunity to share the knowledge I learn from these important conversations with others in the community.”
Georgia is going into her second year on the magazine. During Georgia’s first year on the Magazine, she found herself working on profiles. This year Georgia is looking to write various types of pieces for the Magazine. Learning is something very important to Georgia and the next step in her journey on the Magazine involves learning how to write in different styles.
Being able to encourage her new and returning teammates and give guidance to new writers on the magazine is something that Georgia plans to take on with great responsibility and honor. Being part of the Magazine has taught Georgia to listen to her heart and how to take constructive criticism. “I used to rely on the reactions and advice of others above me,” she says. “But now I have found a confidence in myself after pushing myself out of my comfort zone.”
Magazine is a big part in Georgia’s life. While writing was first used for personal reflection and growth, it has now given Georgia the opportunity to share important topics and issues. “I realized that there was more that I could be doing with my writing instead of just helping myself,” Greenblum says. “I know there are others experiencing similar things and I want to write about what is important for the community.”
Jessica GriepenburgXJessica Griepenburg
Family: parents, Ilyse Ring and Bob Griepenburg; sister, Sarianne; guinea pig, Mushroom
What's on the bookshelf: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Likeness by Tana French
Favorite song: “Perfect Places” by Lorde
Go-to comfort food: "Mac and cheese! Always"
Favorite place in Portland Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Italy
Hobbies writing, running, and exploring new places
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “During my time on the Magazine I have learned more about myself and what I am capable of than I have throughout the majority of my life. The Magazine has provided me with a safe environment to express my ideas and expand my knowledge on different issues in society today. Though these years on Magazine have been difficult, the challenges I have faced have pushed me to look at things from different perspectives and focus on new ways to solve problems.”
This will be Jessica’s third year on the Magazine, and as Editor-in-Chief she’s excited to increase her participation in and dedication to both her work on the Magazine and to the Grant community. In her first two years on the Magazine, Jessica focused mainly on profiles but this year she’s looking forward to delving into news stories and inspiring change among her fellow peers. She’s also excited to be a mentor for new and old staffers alike, and passing on her love for journalism.
In the past, Jessica often struggled with finding her voice and a sense of belonging. Magazine helped her find both and this year she looks forward to helping others find their own voices. “I know what it’s like to feel like you’re floating and like you don’t belong anywhere,” she says. “I don’t want anyone else to have to feel like that.”
Outside of Magazine, Jessica is constantly thinking of new ideas for stories that will eventually make their way into her many journals. But for her, whether it’s journalistic or fictional, writing isn’t just a hobby. “Writing is my safe place. It always has been,” she says. “It’s the only place I feel totally comfortable expressing my true self.”
Ruby HaackXRuby Haack
Family: parents, Jeff Haack and Rebecca D’Agostino
What's on the bookshelf: Luke and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
Favorite song: “Shangri-La” by The Kinks
Go-to comfort food: Taquitos
Favorite place in Portland: Avalon Theater and Wunderland
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Thailand
Hobbies: Playing soccer, playing music, writing
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “Often I feel like the voices of today’s youth are overlooked and are thought of as ‘less valid.’ I joined Grant Magazine because I believe in the impact and the change that this generation is capable of making. The Magazine is a safe space for writers and various artists to let their voices be heard. By being surrounded by inspiring and empowering teammates, I’ve learned my potential as a writer, and have grown closer to the Grant community.”
Being Ruby’s first year on the Magazine, she is focusing on developing her reporting and filmmaking skills. Ruby is excited to gain experience in the journalism field; she has always had a passion for storytelling.
Outside of Grant Magazine, Ruby plays for the Women’s Varsity soccer team. She participates in team sports because she loves the feeling of accomplishing a communal goal together- whether it be winning a game or producing a magazine.
Constantly looking for opportunities to express herself through various art mediums, Ruby hopes to create platforms for others to do the same. For Ruby, writing is a source of empowerment; a tool she uses to find her voice, “I’ve had a passion for telling stories since before I could formulate words correctly. Since I can speak clearly now, I like it even better.”
Lucy HaysXLucy Hays
Family: parents, Jon Hays and Tiffany Hays; brother, Brendan Hays; dog, Olive
What's on the bookshelf: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Favorite song: “Video (Main)” by India.Arie or “Know What I Want” by Kali Uchis
Go-to comfort food: Fries with ice cream
Favorite place in Portland: Food carts downtown
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Brazil
Hobbies: writing, basketball, listening to music
Somewhere you have always wanted to travel: Australia
Why did you join Grant Magazine: “While I do love writing, and have loved it my whole life, it was not what led me to apply for the Magazine. Reading through last year’s articles as a freshman, completely new to Grant, evoked a very powerful feeling in me. It put high school into perspective as I made the connections that the issues we were dealing with in our school were no different than the issues of the outside world. I wanted to be a part of something so powerful that it could start conversations that actually brought about change to the Grant community.”
This will be Lucy’s first year on the Magazine. She is eager to gain experience and knowledge of journalism and explore other forms of media as well. She also looks forward to bonding with the Magazine staff, and gaining insight from returning staff members. In her spare time Lucy can be found playing basketball, hanging out with friends, or obsessively watching the Blazers. She is a wealth of NBA trivia, having won multiple trivia contests at basketball camps.
Kana HeitzmanXKana Heitzman
Family: mother, Mikiko Heitzman; sister, Kayla Heitzman; and dog, Chloe
What's on the bookshelf: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Favorite song: “Jocelyn Flores” by XXXTentacion
Go-to comfort food: Ramen
Favorite place in Portland: The Hotcake House
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Vietnam
Hobbies: Filmmaking and camping
Why did you join Grant Magazine: “I joined Grant Magazine because I want to continue my journey on the team. In this past year I have really transformed as a person, turning into someone who can budget their time and gained an eye for video journalism. Being on the team has given me the wisdom of how this magazine works and I wanted to pass this knowledge on to the future staffers.”
Kana Heitzman is a filmmaker for Grant Magazine. As a junior who has had a year of experience being on the team, he is eager to grow as a team member and help the new staffers find their place. In his first year, Kana focused on photography and writing profiles but it wasn’t until the first quarter when he found his passion for filmmaking.
Growing up, Kana always had trouble being true to himself. He often acted like someone else to please others. But after finding filmmaking, Kana was been able to express who he is. “Filmmaking has helped me use my voice without being embarrassed about the judgement it comes with and it just slowly opened me up,” says Kana.
Going into his second year on Magazine he says, “I was very scared for the new team at the start. We were presented with a lot of challenges over the summer but after getting to know the new staffers and seeing how much potential each person on the team has, I am so hopeful we will do even better than last year!”
Sophia HollandXSophia Holland
Family: mom, Ann Hanson; brothers, Emmett Holland, Ian Holland, Seamus Holland, cat; Goose
What's on the bookshelf: The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein and Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde
Favorite song: ““Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix
Go-to comfort food: Chips+Salsa
Favorite place in Portland: Eastbank esplanade in the rain
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Santiago, Chile
Hobbies: Writing, reading, design+sewing, painting
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “As a society, we are too quick to condemn. We gravitate towards filing people away into boxes, because it is easier to see someone as a trope and a caricature than it is to see someone as a dynamic human being. The Magazine is a tool through which these narratives can be disrupted, something I hope to do by writing accurate, multifaceted articles. Articles that reflect dimensionality, rather than narratives, requires the reader to be more thoughtful. I hope this thoughtfulness will result in a more compassionate community.”
This is Sophia’s first year on Magazine. She hopes to spend this year learning about the process of journalism, and is excited to combine her love of writing with her interest in learning from others’ stories. Though she has written for other publications in the past, she is excited to work as a team, and learn from those around her.
Outside of class, Sophia can be found reading, painting, and making clothes. “I really value learning from those who have come before me, and the technical skills required for painting and sewing necessitate respect and humility in the same way that reading forces acknowledgment of ignorance,” she says.
Nora JanowskiXNora Janowski
Family: parents, John Kilty, Pat Janowski, Mark Savage and Camille Solyagua; brother, Joe Kilty
What's on the bookshelf: The Girls by Emma Cline
Favorite song: “Garden” by SZA
Go-to comfort food: Microwave Popcorn
Favorite place in Portland: anywhere by the water
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Japan
Hobbies: playing the uke, exploring with friends, listening to music, finding new places to swim and thrifting
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “I joined Grant Magazine to be part of a team. Last year I stepped away from my past of intense ballet training and the magazine presented itself to me as a great opportunity to be part of a new team. I have always admired the quality and professionalism in every issue of the magazine and I was curious as to how they pull it off every month. Although being part of the magazine team has been a challenge, it is a challenge that comes with a side salad of teamwork, motivation, validation and friendship dressing.”
This will be Nora’s first year on the magazine and she is excited to see what challenges and journalistic adventures it will bring! Nora is looking forward to taking on profiles and strengthening her reporting abilities. She has enjoyed the first few months with the team and is starting to get into the rhythm of how the different parts of the magazine staff function in harmony. She is also looking forward to fulfilling her duty to the Grant community in writing unbiased, relevant and impactful stories about her peers and the Grant Alumni.
Nora is a happy go lucky kind of gal who enjoys being social and hanging out with friends in her spare time. However, she often finds herself overbooked and spread too thin across many areas which is something that can take a toll on her focus and physical health. “I hope that being on the magazine will teach me to slow down, focus on quality, and improve my organizational skills both academically and personally.”
Elliot JohnsonXElliot Johnson
Family: dad, Warren; brother, Robin; brother, Skylar
What's on the bookshelf: All the Light we Cannot See, and others.
Favorite song: “Flight of the Navigator” by Childish Gambino
Go-to comfort food: Mac and Cheese with Broccoli
Favorite place in Portland: The Portland Art Museum
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: The Galapagos Islands
Hobbies: Photography, reading, writing, running, listening to music
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “I joined Magazine because I believe that the impact we have on the community is real, and that we can create positive change with this work.”
Outside of Magazine, you can catch Elliot sleeping in their room, sun shining from the windows, illuminating their plants. Sleeping is what they do best, but also worst.
Photography is a large passion of Elliot’s. They often go on shoots with their friends, trying to relay messages about Elliot’s experiences through photos.
When not doing photography Elliot can be found adding scenes to their screenplay about a boy suffering from the loss of a friend. They are writing the screenplay to express their thoughts and feelings following an event in their life, hoping it will help others.
Marin JurgensXMarin Jurgens
Family: parents, Kikuyo Jurgens and Burt Jurgens; brother, Hiroki Jurgens
What's on the bookshelf: Waking Up by Sam Harris
Favorite song: “Hey Jude” by The Beatles
Go-to comfort food: Spicy Red Quinoa Salad from New Seasons
Favorite place in Portland: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Iceland
Hobbies: drawing, painting, running, swimming, watching movies
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “Last year, a couple of seniors walked into my freshman writer’s workshop class to explain to us why we should consider joining the Magazine. I hadn’t thought about it much since I’ve never considered myself much of a writer, art has always been my strong suit. They told us that they were also looking for designers and illustrators. I then decided that I didn’t want my art to be something that was just for myself anymore, I wanted to not just provoke emotions, but to start conversations that needed to be started within my community. Now that I am on the Magazine, I hope to improve upon on my writing and journalistic skills as well.”
As this is Marin’s first year on the Grant Magazine Team, she hopes to become a more active member of her community. Marin has always been the “shy kid” in class, usually keeping her thoughts and opinions to herself, but now she wants to change that. “It’s not that I’ve never had a platform to have my voice heard, it’s that I’ve never pushed myself to step up to the mic. From now on, I don’t want to hesitate to speak up.”
As an artist, Marin is always looking for a new way to think outside of the box. She says, “Once in awhile, I tell myself to take a deep breath, step back, and try to look at the big picture. In that, I hope that I can bring a unique, slightly more abstract, view to the Magazine through my art.”
Outside of Magazine, you can either find Marin out for a run in southeast Portland, or snuggled under a blanket in midst of a movie marathon. “When I feel overwhelmed but not inspired enough to create art, I usually turn to running as an outlet for stress,” she says.
Along with becoming more ambitious and confident in herself, Marin also wants to become more independent and adventurous. “I love traveling and immersing myself in other cultures. If given the chance, I would definitely take a gap year after high school to travel and study abroad,” she says. “Seeing how other societies function firsthand is simply irreplaceable.”
Allex KelleyXAllex Kelley
Family: parents, Mike and Katie LaPeter; dog, Scottie; cats, Tobie and Kino
What's on the bookshelf: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Favorite song: “idontwannabeyouanymore” by Billie Eilish
Go-to comfort food: waffle fries
Favorite place in Portland: Skidmore Bluffs
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Thailand
Hobbies: listening to music, reading, writing, and planning
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “Aside from a love for writing and craving to create film, I joined Grant Magazine for the communal appeal. I longed for a strong sense of belonging my freshman year, never finding my place in clubs or sports teams. The opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas is only a tiny slice of the Magazine; the people and atmosphere are the reasons staffers choose to apply year after year.”
The 2017-18 school year is Allex’s first on the Magazine. She hopes to explore all aspects of journalism within Grant, whether it be through news writing or photo essays. While she took the intro class to the Magazine last year, she realizes she still has an incredible amount of skills to learn this year, with both communication and the execution of creating things for the Magazine.
Allex moved around a lot throughout elementary and middle school and never felt secure in any environment as a result. This year Allex hopes to find that security within her social circle, mental health, and academic status. She believes magazine will help her with this.
Outside of Grant, Allex passes time by reading, baking, and socializing with her friends. She hopes to move to southern California for college and become a screenwriter after high school. She has always enjoyed both the sun and the feel of Hollywood, and knows that the film industry is where she wants to be.
Haley KoskiXHaley Koski
Family: parents, Anh and Bob Koski; sister, Natalie Koski; cat, Freddy
What's on the bookshelf: Room by Emma Donoghue
Favorite song: “Yesterday” by Noname
Go-to comfort food: Ice cream- Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked
Favorite place in Portland: "All over downtown"
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Finland, Venice, Vietnam (again!)
Hobbies: running, listening to music, playing oboe, exploring/adventuring with friends
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “I joined Grant Magazine because I wanted to stretch my thinking and broaden my range of capabilities. I feel like journalism makes you more open minded, and reporting will open my eyes to the good and the bad of my community and the world around me. I like that newspapers and magazines pull you out of your own personal bubble.”
This will be Haley’s first year as a staffer on the Magazine. She looks forward to writing/reporting, and exploring filmmaking as well. She has always loved listening to others’ stories, and is eager to share the voices of the Grant community that will make a lasting impact on people. Not only is she excited to create content that others’ can gain knowledge from, Haley is also enthusiastic to learn from the rest of the team!
As a young child, Haley was never considered outgoing, and struggled to hold a proper conversation. In the past couple of years, she has grown to be more confident and loves meeting and speaking to new people. She has always taken an interest in listening to others and learning about their personal experiences.
Writing has also been an outlet where she can completely express herself. Haley is often writing her thoughts in a journal. In her time spent outside of Magazine, Haley plays oboe in school and in a youth symphony. Music is something she is very passionate about. She also recently found a love for cross country running and is on the Grant team.
Mackie MallisonXMackie Mallison
Family: mom, Cherie; half-brother, Django; cat, Bunny
What's on the bookshelf: Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang
Favorite song: “MIA’S BIRTHDAY SLAP” by Dylan Palmer
Go-to comfort food: Chicken yakisoba
Favorite place in Portland: This really beautiful abandoned field off the side of 82nd
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Japan
Hobbies: Running, cooking, poetry
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “Conversations spark change. By shedding light on topics that need to be talked about in and outside of the Grant community, I feel that the stories shared through Grant Magazine can lead to that change. I hope that by telling these stories we can raise awareness and create more understandings.”
Struggling with anxiety his first year on Grant Magazine, Mackie would often panic and go silent anytime he encountered problems. But going into his third year on Magazine, Mackie has found his voice. “Through film, I’ve found that I cannot only share my voice, but the voices of others,” he says.
This year, he’s excited to continue to spark conversations. “There is still so much more to be done in and outside of the school,” he says. “Everyone has a unique story that should be heard.”
Outside of the newsroom, you’ll find Mackie running around Portland, filming for his next video or looking out onto the city on late nights. No matter he goes, Mackie has his camera, it’s his form of expression.
Moving forward, he’s excited to work as a team all over again. “Throughout my years on Magazine, every single person I have gotten to know is so amazing,” he says. “I love this team.”
Axel NielsenXAxel Nielsen
Family: parents, Diana Moosman and Hans Nielsen; brother, Milo; dog, Cooper
What's on the bookshelf: As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka
Favorite song: “Rockstar” by Post Malone.
Go-to comfort food: Sushi
Favorite place in Portland: Irving Park basketball courts
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Italy
Hobbies: basketball, rowing, photography, traveling, and being outdoors
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “I joined Grant Magazine because at the end of freshman year I did a mini magazine in Introduction to Grant Magazine, and I enjoyed working as a team to produce something that was so influential. This made me apply because I wanted to continue this team work, and connect over this common goal. I also wanted to improve my communication skills, because this is something I have never been good at.”
Axel is heading into his first year on Grant Magazine, and is excited to begin this new adventure. He also knows this year will be full of surprises but that he will receive many benefits from it. Axel believes that these rewards will include writing experience, communication skills, and experience in a work atmosphere.
On magazine this year, Axel is hoping to gain more experience as a photographer and gain more courage to try new things. “I've always been someone who only likes doing what they're comfortable with because I've always been scared of trying something new, and failing,” he says. “I feel like this is limiting me.”
When not in Magazine, Axel is either on the Willamette River rowing for Rose City Rowing Club or playing basketball at Irving Park. He loves the team aspect of both of these sports, and works as hard as he can, to improve and try to help the team. Besides these sports, Axel loves being outside and traveling. “I've learned that by traveling, I can experience new things, and learn about cultures I'm not used to. It helps broaden my knowledge of the world.”
Ari TandanXAri Tandan
Family: parents, Neisha Saxena and Kurt Tandan
What's on the bookshelf: Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Favorite song: TOKYO by BROCKHAMPTON
Go-to comfort food: Macaroni and Crepes from the restaurant Batter
Favorite place in Portland: The Grant bowl
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Tatooine
Hobbies: playing soccer, listening to music, beating my friends at FIFA
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “The magazine has given me not only a platform to write and express my own opinion but is a way to meet and write about people who don’t generally have a voice. Last year on magazine, I not only grew as a writer but also as a person. I am extremely excited to see the same growth in all of the new staffers this year. We got this.”
When Ari is not working on Magazine you will usually find him playing soccer in the Grant Bowl. He has been playing soccer since he was six and is excited for the high school season. In addition to playing soccer at Grant, Ari plays for the club team Portland City United.
Outside of soccer, Ari listens to a lot of music which he plays on the long commute to Marshall. The albums in his current rotation are: SATURATION II by BROCKHAMPTON, Cozy Tapes Vol. 2 by A$AP Mob, and Blonde by Frank Ocean.
This will be Ari’s first year as Editor-in-Chief on Magazine and he hopes the experience will help him become a better leader. “I want to continue to grow as a person on Magazine and give the new staffers the tools they need to be able to voice and publish their own opinions."
Leah Venegas-BaerXLeah Venegas-Baer
Family: parents, Sibylle Baer and Aldo Venegas-Morris; brother, Johannes Venegas-Baer; dogs, Dory and Chloe
What's on the bookshelf: Room by Emma Donoghue
Favorite song: “Everybody’s Something” by Chance the Rapper. “The Prayer” by Kid Cudi. “SideWalk” by Lil Sheik. “Nikes” by Frank Ocean. All old but they still go.
Go-to comfort food: Lucky Charms cereal
Favorite place in Portland: Docks, Mount Tabor, Roseland Theatre
Somewhere you have always wanted to travel: Egypt, Chile, Poland
Hobbies: going to concerts, thrifting, dancing, meeting new people, adventuring
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “Being on the Grant Magazine staff is helping me develop as a person in many ways, besides the obvious of improving my skills as a reader, writer, and reporter; I believe it has helped me feel more comfortable with talking to new people. In addition, the Magazine creates a voice and tells people’s stories for those without this opportunity. It is also teaching me how hard work can payoff, since a new Magazine is produced every month, you get to see and hold a physical copy of your time and effort.”
This will be Leah’s first year on the Grant Magazine staff, she is enthusiastic about learning more about the process that goes into producing the magazine. Leah looks forward to expressing her ideas through writing, reporting, and photography the upcoming year. She has recently found a love for meeting and talking to new people and the magazine gives her a way to share people’s stories and opinions who wouldn't otherwise have a voice.
In Leah’s past, she was very shy when meeting new people, especially when having a conversation. But when she attended the Grant Magazine Summer Academy at age 12 and was forced meet and talk to strangers about their lives, her confidence grew when talking to people both inside and outside of the magazine setting.
Leah’s time spent outside of the Magazine is frequently her thinking about next steps in a story or ideas for upcoming issues. English and writing classes have always been a fun and safe place for Leah to relieve any emotions, ideas, or opinions she has.“Writing has always been a way for me to get my ideas out without any direct judgement or fear of it.”
Ella WeeksXElla Weeks
Family: parents, Cynthia and Stephen; brother, William; golden retriever, Tucker
What's on the bookshelf: murder mysteries and old magazines
Favorite song: “Coldfeet” by Matt Burton
Go-to comfort food: homemade mac ’n’ cheese
Favorite place in Portland: Mt. Tabor
Somewhere you've always wanted to travel: Caribbean Islands
Hobbies: swimming, listening to music, watching Law and Order SVU, cooking breakfast and anything design-related
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “I want to take my love of design and implement it in something powerful, complex, and valued by the community. Not only do I better my own critical eye and technique as a designer, but I get to create a platform for the work of the rest of the Grant Magazine team. Each member brings a different skill set and interest to the table to make the magazine what it is, and this year I feel like I’ve found my place.”
Ella is returning for her second year on the Magazine, now with the Design Editor title. She constructs layouts and story illustrations and collaborates with writers and upcoming designers to further develop ideas. During her first year, she focused on the writing side of journalism but also experimented with videography and design, finding that design was the right direction for her. “I think I figured out that, for me, creating visual art that hits an audience immediately and sparks interest is most rewarding. I enjoy every part of the process,” she says.
Now, as the only official designer on staff, Ella anxiously looks forward to adding her own style to the magazine’s prior standards and building a design team. “I want to gain confidence in my skill as a designer since that’s the career path I’m aiming towards. But my greater hope is to help make each issue even more engaging to high school students. People should look at the cover, the photos and the illustrations and think ‘Wow, I want to read this.’ That’s what good visuals do, and this magazine deserves every bit of that.”