The Team

Inna Ali

Secondary School for Journalism

Long before Inna Ali started writing, she knew she loved it. Once she started high school, she began to write due to the stress of life.

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Adeishe Bagaloo

Uniondale High School

After a teacher helped her realize that she had potential as a writer, Adeishe Bagaloo soon found a passion for the craft.

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Emily Bishop

The Stony Brook School

Emily Bishop’s passion for writing piqued her interest in journalism as a potential career.

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Jianni Burnett

The Scholars' Academy

Sixteen-year-old Jianni Burnett caught the journalism bug earlier this year after taking a media course at Scholars’ Academy in Rockaway Park in Queens.

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Jennifer Cirigliano

W.C. Mepham High School

Jenn Cirigliano’s interest in journalism grew out of a love for reading and writing that was fostered at an early age by her grandparents.

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Brianna Depra

Hempstead High School

Brianna Depra’s dream of becoming a journalist started with her passion for literature at a young age.

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Brianna Diane Foster

Smithtown High School East

Brianna Foster raises awareness in her community when she’s not raising quails in her basement.

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Manoli Figetakis

Francis Lewis High School

If Emanuel “Manoli” Figetakis could describe himself in three words, they would be “hard-working, dedicated and creative.”

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Sebastian Germosen

Archbishop Molloy High School

Sebastian Germosen is devoted to journalism, but sees it as a backup career if his dream of becoming a professional baseball player falls through.

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Zoe Gordon

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

At the start of high school, Zoe Gordon signed up for journalism by accident and immediately found a passion for it.

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Corianna Jackson

Brentwood High School

For Corianna Jackson, writing has been a passion since the age of 12. She has explored fan fiction and then got into journalism.

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Yash Kumar

Jericho High School

Having loved sports since childhood, Yash Kumar hopes for a career as a sports journalist.

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Caroline Ledoux

Roosevelt High School

Caroline Ledoux has lived in France, Miami, Queens and now Long Island. She has also traveled to Canada, Belgium, French Guyana, Suriname and Germany.

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Christian Miller

St. John the Baptist High School

Christian Miller has showed interest in film since he began shooting YouTube videos on a friend’s channel in seventh grade.

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Lauren Nicks

Baldwin Senior High School

Friends and family suggested Lauren Nicks consider becoming a journalist, so she began considering the possibility.

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Julianna R. Orkin

West Islip High School

Julianna Orkin’s passion for journalism began when she was 14. That’s when the now West Islip High School junior wrote an article for her middle school newspaper on budget cuts in the Beach Street Middle School music program.

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Emily Palazzotto

Connetquot High School

Even as a young child, Emily Palazzotto knew how to spark emotion in readers.

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Matthew Quan

Longwood High School

Matthew Quan said he has always been attracted to the idea of telling stories, but not with words.

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Meghan Reilly

Westhampton Beach High School

Even as a young child, Meghan Reilly dreamed of being a journalist. The 17-year-old senior at Westhampton Beach High School has been working toward her goal.

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Rachel Schneider

Great Neck South High School

She may not know where she wants to go to college, but 17-year-old Rachel Schneider has no doubt that journalism is the career she will pursue.

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Parker Schug

Bayport-Blue Point High School

From a young age, 17-year-old Blue Point native Parker Schug has had a deep admiration for the craft of writing.

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Chelsea Sibri

The Scholars' Academy

Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Sibri has demonstrated her drive since childhood.

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Laila Stevens

Benjamin N. Cardozo High School

When she was eleven, Laila Stevens received her first camera and knew photography would be a big part of her future.

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Taylor Yon

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Taylor Yon wants to perfect her journalism skills and use them for a career in the FBI.

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Nijha A.Young

Baldwin Senior High School

Nijha Young has embraced writing since she was only a few years old. She says it is a "method of expression" that suits her best.

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