Momoko BakerXMomoko Baker
Family: parents, Takako and Mike Baker; and sister, Emma
Do you believe in aliens: As Arthur C. Clarke once said, “I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.”
Dream superpower: Invisibility, so I could prank my sister without her knowing.
Favorite song: “Little Lies” by Fleetwood Mac
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? "I’ve wanted to become a photographer for National Geographic since the seventh grade, and I decided to step out of my comfort zone this year to gain experience as a journalistic photographer."
This is Momoko’s first year as a staff member, and she hopes to be involved in the photography portion of the magazine to gain experience in the field.
Outside of school, Momoko likes finding new hikes and restaurants, and she likes to explore different settings for photo shoots with her friends. When taking pictures, she prefers film over digital. “I like how you have to think about every single photo you take since you only have a certain amount of film,” she says. “And you can’t look back at it like you would on a digital camera. You’re never quite sure what you’re going to get.”
Japanese culture is a big part of Momoko’s life. She has been studying the language since kindergarten and has been to Japan several times. “Japan is my second home,” she says, adding that she hopes to live there in the future.
Ella DeMerrittXElla DeMerritt
Family: parents, Kristina and Jamie DeMerritt; and brother, Simon
Dream superpower: Telekinesis, because how cool would it be to be able to move things with your mind? I wouldn’t need to get up from the couch to get the TV remote.
Hobbies: swimming, skiing, spending an unhealthy amount of time at the Hollywood Library, playing guitar and volunteering
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “I had always been impressed by the magazine. Ultimately, I wanted something that would challenge my brain. Grant Magazine isn’t all about how good of a writer you are. It’s also about practicing communication skills, reporting, photography, videography, general management and time management. Plus, it’s a team effort. So I guess the reason I joined was so I could hone my skills as not just a journalist, but as a student and a person.”
This is Ella’s first year on the magazine, but she is no beginner to writing. She has actively been writing stories since she was in elementary school, and in seventh grade she wrote a 70-page fiction novel with two friends.
Before she was on the staff, she took both the Grant Magazine summer camp and the Intro to Grant Magazine class where she learned about the journalistic process and got a rough idea of what being on the magazine would be like. “I’m on the staff now, which is a big jump from the introduction class,” she says. “It’s going to be tough to transition, but I’m confident I can do it.”
When Ella is not working on the magazine, she can be found at the Hollywood library, where she volunteers several times a month for the Hollywood Teen Council, which she will be leading this school year.
As the leader of Teen Council, she will communicate and collaborate with other Teen Councils around the city. Ella also writes reviews for the Hollywood Teen Book Council.
Georgia GreenblumXGeorgia Greenblum
Family: parents, Maura and Joel Greenblum; and sister, Mollie
Favorite food: sushi
Somewhere you have always wanted to travel: India
Favorite Song: “Mercy” by Dave Matthews
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “I joined because I was impressed. After reading every monthly issue, I was constantly struck by how many people I didn’t know, the newest information from PPS and the sophisticated writing. I was amazed at how in three or four weeks time, teenagers just like me could come up with these story ideas and end up with a beautiful and strong final product.
Georgia has always been someone who pays close attention to her surroundings. Growing up, she often made observations about people’s emotions and actions and could understand how they felt. She wants to translate that ability to the work she does on the magazine.
Even though Georgia is only 5-foot-1, her heart is big and she makes sure to give 110 percent to everything she does. That includes playing soccer, which she has been doing since second grade). She also plays piano and volunteers.
While this is Georgia’s first year on the magazine, she spent last year in the Intro to Grant Magazine class and wrote for her neighborhood magazine. The class opened up the door to a new writing style: journalism.
She’s excited to combine her love of interacting with people and writing when working on stories as a staff member this year. “I am ready to learn from professionals and mentors alike and share with others the wonderful people and stories that make up the Grant High School community,” she says.
Jessica GriepenburgXJessica Griepenburg
Family: parents, Bob and Ilyse; sister, Sarianne; cat, Lucy; and guinea pig, Mushroom
Favorite song: “Separate Ways” by Journey
Hobbies: writing, reading and running
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “The magazine offered me a great opportunity to have a safe place in the unfamiliarity that came with my freshman year of high school.”
Jessica joined the magazine as a freshman and spent her first year testing out new abilities and going beyond her comfort zone. Now, in her second year, she wants to be a mentor to the new staff members who will be in the same position she was.
Outside of magazine, Jessica likes to spend time with her family and friends and go on runs, which she says is the best cure after a stressful day at school.
You can also find her adding to one of the many unfinished stories she keeps in her journals, which is something she’s been doing since fourth grade. “My writing gives me the opportunity to express myself without judgment, and it will always be my safe place,” she says.
Jessica wants to use the next year to continue stepping out of her comfort zone and becoming more confident in herself and her abilities, both things she knows will be in her future if she plans to follow her dream of becoming a novelist.
Sarah HamiltonXSarah Hamilton
Family: parents, Janet and Doug; sister, Beth; and cat, Murray
Do you believe in aliens? I believe the truth is out there.
Favorite food: blueberries
Dream superpower: The ability to talk to animals.
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “I saw Grant Magazine as an opportunity to transcend the typical high school experience and be a part of something meaningful and powerful. Through magazine, I learned quickly what hard work looks like and what the result of it can be. For the past three years, I’ve become very close to my fellow staffers, I’ve started looking at the world with a critical eye and I’ve learned how to continually push myself to be the best I can be. Grant Magazine is the single greatest thing I have been a part of in my educational career.”
This is Sarah’s third year on Grant Magazine. In her senior year, she’s stepping into the role of Editor-in-Chief and is excited to continue the legacy of the magazine. Last year, she was design editor and produced the monthly comic titled, “Pen & Ink.” Sarah has always had a love for art and design and hopes to continue working with visuals in a future career. Outside of class, she can be found filling up sketchbooks with drawings, hiking in the Columbia River Gorge with her family or making dorky videos of herself dancing to various songs.
Sophie HauthXSophie Hauth
Family: parents, Nancy and Dennis Hauth; sister, Abby; and dog, Cora
Favorite song: “Formidable” by Stromae
Favorite spot in Portland: Northwest 23rd Avenue
Somewhere you have always wanted to travel: London
Why did you join Grant Magazine? “I originally joined the magazine because I loved writing, but my experience has become so much more than that. I’ve faced huge challenges and learned how to push myself. I’ve also learned what it means to work on a team and have discovered a passion for social justice. I’ve come back each year for the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people to tackle issues that matter to me and to my community.
Born and raised in Portland, Sophie has loved writing since she was young and still has stacks of filled-up journals from her childhood in her home.
This will be Sophie’s third and final year on Grant Magazine. Although she joined the staff without much knowledge of journalism, she’s come to love the art of news writing and plans to continue with journalism in the future.
As an Editor-in-Chief this year, she looks forward to writing more news stories about issues she’s passionate about, such as gender equity. She also looks forward to mentoring new staffers. In addition to her role as a reporter, Sophie is the magazine’s main copy editor and works on the business side of the class by helping manage the magazine’s finances, securing advertisements and getting subscribers.
Outside of the magazine, Sophie gets to pursue her love of education and working with kids by tutoring younger students after school in a variety of subjects. She is also an avid volunteer and is a member of Grant’s National Honor Society Council. When she has down time, she loves spending time with her older sister, a student at University of Oregon, and re-watching her favorite movies.
Finn Hawley-BlueXFinn Hawley-Blue
Family: mother, Robin Hawley Crumrine; stepfather, Brian Crumrine; father, Dan Blue; stepmother, Jodi Blue; sisters, Elise Hawley Crumrine and Rio Blue; brother, Enzo Blue; cats, Harley and Lucca; and dogs, Sailor, Drifter and Hobie
Do you believe in aliens? As Fox Mulder from the X-Files says: “Scully, after all you’ve seen, after all the evidence, why can’t you believe? The truth is out there.”
Favorite food: Little Big Burger
Why did you join the Grant Magazine?“BBeing on Grant Magazine for three years has influenced me in more ways than anything else in my life. The program gives me a space to be myself, work closely with amazing people, encourage conversation and impact the community. Going into this year, I want to push myself to do great things and pass down advice and knowledge to younger staffers.”
Finn started on Grant Magazine his sophomore year of high school. Since then, he has gone through some ups and downs. “Grant Mag is a challenge. It has pushed me to work harder than I ever have before,” he says.
But to Finn, the struggle was worth it. “Without looking in the mirror and reevaluating yourself,” he says, “there would be no room for growth.”
In his third year on the magazine, he has assumed the position of Photo Editor and is excited to see where it takes him.
Outside of the magazine, Finn spends his time taking pictures, going on adventures with friends, watching movies, tap dancing and spending time with family. He is also heavily involved with student leadership. As the Queer Straight Alliance president, a senator in leadership and a member of the student equity team, Finn pushes himself to be an advocate for students who can’t speak out themselves.
“I love being involved, and Grant Magazine is the perfect way to do that,” he says.
Kana HeitzmanXKana Heitzman
Family: mom, Mikiko Heitzman; and older sister, Kayla
Favorite song: “Fly Like an Eagle” by Steve Miller Band
Favorite spot in Portland: Best Baguette
Hobbies: using illustrator and playing video games
Why did you join the Grant Magazine?“I felt like I could express what I love to do more often and get more of a kick out of it. I want my career to involve making art and I thought joining the Grant Magazine team would help.”
Kana has changed his hobbies many times through his life so far. At the start, it consisted of camping and being out in the mountains, but then it changed to martial arts. Soon after, he got involved in the ultimate frisbee community.
“I go through hobbies like crazy, but the one thing that has stuck with me is making art on the computer,” says Kana. “I don’t know why it has, but I just love it.”
He first got into art in fifth grade when there was an art contest at his mom’s work. He didn’t win, but that didn't keep him from continuing his new hobby. “For a while, I would use Microsoft paint, but last year in my photography and digital media classes, I would use Photoshop and Illustrator to make art. It was hard at first, but I soon got the hang of it,” he says.
This year on the magazine, Kana can’t wait to work with other members of the staff to improve his art skills and learn more about reporting.
Sydney JonesXSydney Jones
Family: parents, Michael and Sayuri Jones; and brother, Kyle
Favorite song: “Love is Stronger Than Pride” by Sade
Hobbies: water polo, swimming, writing and reading
Somewhere you have always wanted to travel: Australia
Why did you join Grant Magazine: “After Intro to Magazine, I was hooked on reporting and writing and was interested in design and photography. It’s an amazing opportunity and a great creative outlet where you work on a fast-paced schedule to create a monthly issue.”
Sydney is entering her junior year and is excited to challenge herself in new ways on Grant Magazine. She has grown up loving to write and read.
Beyond learning about the ins and outs of a magazine, Sydney has been involved in Grant’s swimming and water polo teams. She has always been fascinated by the ocean and what lives inside it and even considered pursuing National Geographic magazine when she was younger.
Sydney has also been studying Japanese for 11 years and went abroad for a month this past summer. She has been to Japan three times now and has had the travel bug ever since her first trip. She wants to see the world outside of her little bubble in Portland and is considering living there in the future.
She hopes all the important skills she gains from magazine can help her get to college in Hokkaido, Japan.
Charlotte KleinXCharlotte Klein
Family: parents, Ann Fishburn and Jim Klein; twin brother, Colin; and sister, Helena
Favorite spot in Portland: Council Crest Park
Favorite food: Pumpkin Curry
Somewhere you have always wanted to travel: Alaska
Why did you join Grant Magazine: “I needed a challenge. Grant Magazine combines talking to people, reporting, writing, managing, videography, technology, and photography into one fast-paced monthly cycle we call ‘putting out an issue.’ It’s time consuming and demanding but I have never been disappointed in the final product.”
In her first year on the magazine, Charlotte dove head first into the world of journalism and writing stories took up most of her time. Now a Junior and the Online Editor, Charlotte hopes to hone her journalistic approach by tackling bigger stories and develop the magazine’s online presence.
When she isn’t doing work for the magazine, Charlotte tries to spend as much time outdoors as she can.
“I think I would go crazy if I couldn’t spend at least one weekend a month sleeping out in Oregon’s beautiful wilderness,” she says. Luckily, as Vice President for Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, she can do just that. After becoming a certified searcher in 2014, Charlotte now helps guide new members through the extensive nine month long training program.
Despite being involved in both Grant Magazine and Search and Rescue, Charlotte still finds time to play on Grant’s Water Polo and Rugby teams.
“I’m excited for everything this year has in store.”
Stella Kondylis BreezeXStella Kondylis Breeze
Family: parents, Katherine Kondylis and Matthew Breeze; and brother, Leo
Favorite food: carne asada burrito from La Bonita
Favorite song: “Outlaws” by Alessia Cara
Dream Superpower: Being able to teleport would be awesome because I wouldn’t have to worry about getting places late, and I could go wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted.
Why did you join the Grant Magazine?“I wanted a challenge in school. I was also impressed by the quality of the magazine and how it is produced by people only a few years older than me. I loved the sense of community and friendship among the staffers."
Since early childhood, Stella has loved reading, and from reading came her love of writing and telling stories. Before she could write, Stella would tell stories to her parents. As she grew older, her stories developed, and she discovered that she enjoyed telling the stories of other people.
When she got the opportunity to do a summer program with the magazine in middle school, Stella quickly realized that she enjoyed reporting and fitting together pieces of a story in order to create an article.
When not reading, Stella enjoys playing and watching soccer. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Recently, she has become interested in photography and has been capturing her travel memories in photographs. The experiences she has gained while traveling and her interest in issues around social justice have led Stella to gain a wider perspective on the world.
In her first year on the magazine, Stella hopes to develop her journalistic writing skills and to learn more about what it means to be a reporter through direct experience and working closely with her peers.
Isabel LickeyXIsabel Lickey
Family: parents, Dave Lickey and Kathy Short; twin sister, Emma; brother, Luke; and dogs, Daisy and Hawker
Do you believe in aliens: As far as we know the universe is infinite, so it makes sense that there’s some other form of life out there.
Favorite spot in Portland: Wildwood Trail
Why did you join the Grant Magazine?“I was in the Intro to Grant Mag class last year, and I loved getting to know people and their stories. It challenged me, and I met such interesting people. On Grant Magazine, I can continue that kind of work while making a change in the Grant community."
Isabel Lickey has lived in Portland her whole life. Raised by a lawyer and a high school teacher, she has a healthy dose of curiosity and a love of learning.
From a young age, Isabel loved exploring and learning about far away places by reading anything she could get her hands on. “Books took me anywhere I wanted to go; it’s what made me fall in love with reading,” she says.
That fostered her imagination, and Isabel started writing her own stories. She loved the freedom of creating her own worlds.
Freshman year, she took the Intro to Grant Mag class and found that she loved telling people’s stories, as well. The class inspired Isabel to apply to the magazine. She is looking forward to creating an app for the magazine, as well as establishing a bi-monthly update.
Mackie MallisonXMackie Mallison
Family: parents, Cherie, Paul, Richard, Julie; half-brother, Django; and cat, Bunny
Do you believe in aliens: I think…we aren’t alone
Dream superpower: Flying.
Why did you join the Grant Magazine?“I joined Grant Mag because it’s an outlet for sharing the voices of the Grant community. A lot of us go through the same problems and difficulties. I hope that by sharing our stories we can create understandings and more connectivity."
Mackie’s first year on staff as a sophomore was rough because he experienced a lot of anxiety and had not yet figured out how to work with his other team members to get through it.
Now though, Mackie has learned what it means to work as a team, helping him overcome the struggles he experienced in the past. As the video editor, he focuses on producing films and web content.
Outside of the newsroom, you’ll find him either running all over Portland, sitting up at Rocky Butte gazing at the city at 2 a.m. or filming for his next video. “If I have my camera with me, it’s a lot easier for me to express my thoughts,” he says.
Mackie describes himself as a shy person, but filmmaking has given him an outlet for his voice and for the voices of others.
This year he wants to help make Grant and society outside of Grant a more equitable place through film. “Magazine has given me a chance to do what I love and, at the same time help create understandings and connections within our community,” he says.
Molly MetzXMolly Metz
Family: mother, Colleen Dugan; father, John Metz; sister, Madeline; and cats, Sammy and Leo
Somewhere you have always wanted to travel: Iceland
Hobbies: lacrosse, soccer, making clothes, doing crafts and going to SCRAP
Why did you join the Grant Magazine?“I joined Grant Magazine as a way to step outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself. It is a great opportunity to learn how to talk to people and learn how to develop an authoritative voice, as well as tell the stories of people in the community through multiple mediums.”
Two years ago, in her first year on the staff, Molly jumped into the world of Grant Magazine and took on writing, photography, design and management. Last year, she was named as one of the Editors-in-Chief and handled the business and management side of production. She helped the class raise more than $45,000 for more equipment and a trip to New York City.
Now as a senior and again Editor-in-Chief, Molly wants to define her voice on the magazine and challenge herself as a reporter and photographer by taking on more stories.
In her little time away from the magazine, Molly plays lacrosse and makes clothing. She’s always working on a project, from repurposing her clothes to making cushions for her backyard chairs.
Between her role as an editor and captain of her lacrosse team, Molly says she loves to stay busy and active. “I think taking on projects is what keeps me going. It drives me crazy to sit still and have nothing to do,” she says.
Going into her last year on the staff, Molly says: “Each year, we expand our content online and in print and try new things. I’m excited to see what we can do this year.”
Blu MidyettXBlu Midyett
Family: mom, Doozie Midyett; mom, Heather O’Brien; and cat, Atticus
Do you believe in aliens? Absolutely.
Dream superpower: A combination between Wolverine and Spider-man, because I would be the best hand-to-hand fighter and could never die.
Favorite song: “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
Why did you join the Grant Magazine?"I originally joined Grant Magazine because I wanted to take on a new challenge, but over the last couple years it has grown to be so much more than that for me. Magazine gave me an opportunity to share my voice with the community and with that, the class pushed me to really think about my place in society. The magazine we create each month is just one portion of the class. It’s taught me how to work with others and write better among other things. It also made me more aware. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to be part of something like that my last year of high school.”
As a senior, this will be Blu’s second year as an Editor-in-Chief and third year on staff. He has focused primarily on writing but plans to venture into videography and photography as a senior.
After an internship at WNYC two summers ago, Blu fell in love with making podcasts. The experience shaped his perspective on the magazine and inspired him to take it on. This year, he plans to incorporate a monthly podcast into Grant Magazine.
Outside of class, Blu runs cross country and track and plays music in various groups. His band, “The Castaway Kids,” recently broke up after a six year run, but he plans to continue to play music the rest of his life. Along with writing and media, music is his biggest passion and is a part of everything he does.
Dylan PalmerXDylan Palmer
Family: mother, Julie; father, Josh; older brother, Jacob; twin sister, Mia
Dream superpower: Immaculate accuracy. I would be the best in the world at every sport I tried.
Favorite song: “It Don’t Have to Change” by John Legend
Do you believe in aliens? Yes. I plan on visiting Mars next summer. I have family there.
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? "Because of my passion for activism and speaking out against injustice. Through the power of journalism, I can shed light on important issues and give a voice to the voiceless. It is an honor to be in a position to hear people’s stories and share them with the world."
Dylan joined Grant Magazine halfway through last school year. He quickly realized how he could use journalism to distribute new perspectives to the world and became dedicated to the cause.
Now a senior in his second year, Dylan has taken on the new role of editorial page editor. He plans to use this position to foster discourse around difficult subject matter in the community, country and world.
While Dylan spends a lot of time on his magazine assignments, he is otherwise a very busy student. “I like to stay occupied,” he says. “Keeps the mind young and fresh.”
He is president of the Black Student Union at Grant and plays on the varsity soccer team. He also enjoys making beats, rapping and singing in his free time.
Dylan says he is excited for the upcoming school year. “I feel like I have a responsibility as a member of Grant Magazine and Black Student Union to do what I can to make the Grant community a better place, and I am anxious but happy to take that on,” he says.
Kali RennakerXKali Rennaker
Family: parents, Dana and Chad; brothers, Holden, Quinn and Hudson
Favorite food: Trader Joe’s honey pretzels
Favorite song: “Some Unholy War” by Amy Winehouse
Hobbies: cross country, track, hiking, writing, swimming and cooking
Why did you join the Grant Magazine?“I was always looking for a way to push myself. I knew Grant Magazine was unlike any other class at Grant. It creates a platform for student voices to be heard. Magazine was the perfect way to put my skills and work ethic to the test.”
After her first year on staff, Kali left the 2015-16 school year a changed person. Her time on magazine has allowed Kali to find a voice within the Grant community and discover a newfound love in journalism. Now, as she heads into her second year, she is an Editor-in-Chief and is thrilled to see growth in the magazine’s content while still acquiring new skills of her own.
Aside from magazine, Kali is an avid runner, something that has been a strong commonality within her family of six. Whenever possible, Kali can be found spending time with her three older brothers, which she says keeps her grounded.
On top of that, Kali volunteers for Kateri Park’s refugee program throughout the school year, where she helps refugee children improve their writing and reading skills. As she looks to the future, Kali hopes to combine her love of helping people and improving the community into a career.
“My objective is to spark change,” she says. “Magazine has undeniably given me that opportunity – that power to make a difference in a local setting.”
Ari TandanXAri Tandan
Family: parents, Neisha Saxena and Kurt Tandan
Favorite food: I like most food, but Mexican is probably my favorite.
Do you believe in aliens? Yes, because if I say I don’t believe in aliens, the aliens will probably try to hunt me down.
Hobbies: playing soccer, watching soccer, hanging out with friends, playing bass and listening to music
Why did you join the Grant Magazine?“My family has been reading Grant Magazine for a couple of years and I have always felt the writing and journalism was very well done. When I took the Intro to Grant Magazine class last year and it became my favorite class, I knew that applying to be on the staff was a must.”
From a young age, Ari has been very talkative and energetic, always wanting to say what was on his mind. This was not always a good thing, and it got him in trouble at school on occasion. As he got older, Ari began to mature and understand how to listen and respect other people’s opinions.
Freshman year, Ari took the Intro to Grant Magazine class and thoroughly enjoyed writing about people and learning stories from other students at Grant. This year, Ari looks forward to writing about other people and learning from the more experienced staff.
Besides his involvement with the magazine, Ari plays soccer for Grant and a competitive club team, and he plays upright bass in the Grant band.
Toli TateXToli Tate
Family: parents, Ray and Tru; sisters, Lael and Aanii; dog, Deya; and cats, Frankie and Zipper
Dream superpower: To be able to fly because I think it would be really relaxing and refreshing.
Favorite food: broccoli or Tillamook mint chocolate chip ice cream
Hobbies: soccer, basketball and drawing
Why did you join the Grant Magazine?“I’ve always liked research writing, and in Grant Magazine, I’m always researching and interviewing. I also love the challenge. It requires me to keep my standards very high and always be critical of my work.”
When Toli was in fifth grade, her dad brought home a Grant Magazine issue from work as a teacher at Grant. Toli, along with her two sisters, loved looking at the photos and different layouts and reading about people they knew.
“Ever since then, I wanted to be a staff member,” says Toli, “but didn’t think that with my busy schedule, I would be able to commit myself to the Grant Magazine. But then when I was offered a position on staff during my freshman year, I couldn’t turn it down.”
Toli keeps herself busy playing club soccer year-round and playing basketball for Grant. In her free time, she draws and is currently working on selling handmade cards in multiple stores around Portland. Since joining the magazine, Toli says that giving equal time to her commitments has been a challenge.
“I spent most of my time learning and observing in magazine last year,” Toli says. “This year, I’m looking forward to learning about photography and writing a wide range of stories. It’s like I have some unfinished business to take care of this year, and I’m excited for that.”
Ella WeeksXElla Weeks
Family: parents, Cynthia Mosby and Stephen Weeks; and younger brother, William
Favorite spot in Portland: Portland Waterfront at night
Somewhere you have always wanted to travel: Spain
Hobbies: swimming, listening to music, hikes, cross country running, traveling and making videos
Why did you join the Grant Magazine?“I wanted to be part of something bigger, where everyone pushes each other to go above expectations and reach that perfect final product. I’ve always had the love for writing and design, as well as the capacity to work harder than is sometimes necessary. So I figured Grant Magazine would be worth all the hours that I know will be going into it. But it’s a learning experience, and I hope to develop my craft alongside the rest of the team.”
Growing up the daughter of two architects, Ella loved outlining everything from her room and her clothes to imaginary houses and stories. This love for designing her own work transferred into writing in elementary school and expanded in middle school.
It was then that she picked up photography and videography, creating personal projects for fun. As a freshman, Ella brought her interest to the Intro to Grant Magazine class where she developed her journalistic writing and won a student review contest for The New York Times. By the end of the year, she was set on taking her passion to a larger platform and earned a spot on the magazine.
Alongside writing, Ella enjoys running for the cross country team, swimming, teaching swim lessons and creating videos of memories in her life that she wants to save.
“It’s putting the different pieces together to create something bigger that I love, whether for a personal project or a published article for the world to read,” she says. “That design aspect that’s threaded into Grant Magazine is what draws me in, and I’m so glad I get to contribute to a production that’s important as this one.”
Julian WyattXJulian Wyatt
Family: parents, Angela and Mark; sister, Yasmine; and cat, Sophie
Do you believe in aliens? Not sure, I’ll believe it when I see it.
Favorite song: “Song About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” by Kendrick Lamar
Favorite food: Chicken Makhani from Swagat Indian Cuisine
Why did you join the Grant Magazine? “Grant Magazine is a very special and unique opportunity in which I get to continue to work on improving in the areas of design, illustration, photography, filmmaking and writing. My first year with the group taught me a lot about what it means to be a part of a team and how to work through various challenges and stay organized in order to produce a professional magazine. I want to continue to experience this, and I look forward to another year with this hardworking staff.”
As Julian enters his third year at Grant, and second year on the magazine, he is excited for what is to come. As Design Editor, he hopes to continue to improve and bring interesting visuals to the magazine.
In his free time, Julian can be found in his driveway shooting hoops. “I’m not very good,” he says. “I just mainly do it for fun and for stress relief.”
He also enjoys visual art. Ever since he was young, drawing, sculpting and painting have been his favorite types of artistic expression. Julian looks forward to continuing to take a graphic design class this upcoming school year, where his love of art and technology is combined, and then get to use those skills to help him illustrate and design for the magazine.
“Piecing all of the elements of a story together and laying it out visually is a great experience, and there’s nothing like seeing the final product in print and knowing all of the work that people put into it,” he says.