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by Michael Tang

Editor in Chief - Sophia Zhou

Sophia is a junior at Newton North High School and co-editor-in-chief of the Newtonite. She is a member of the girls cross country and track teams. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, running, and playing the piano. Sophia also loves to travel and hopes to someday road trip across the country and backpack through Europe.

Editor in Chief - Jake Forbes

Jake Forbes is a junior at North. He plays for the varsity golf team and is a member of the varsity gymnastics team. Jake played in the Bay State Conference golf tournament this past fall. He enjoys traveling to other states to play golf at well-known golf courses. If Jake could live anywhere in the world, he would live in San Diego, California because he enjoys the warm weather.

News Managing Editor - Jacques Abou-Rizk

Jacques is a sophomore at North as well as the news managing editor for the Newtonite. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer with his friends and family. Jacques also has traveled to many places around the world including Lebanon, France, The Dominican Republic, and all over the United States. He also has been practicing Taekwon-Do for the last eight years and is currently a second-degree black belt. Jacques has a bird and a turtle at home, which used to be his two sisters’ pets until they went to college. He looks forward to having a great year in Volume 98!

Sports and Opinions Managing Editor - Zoe Goldstein

Zoe Goldstein is currently a junior at Newton North and a managing editor on the Newtonite, which she loves! In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing the flute, writing creatively, and playing with her three cats. She also does circus arts and helps to run the book club Tiger Reads.

Arts and Features Managing Editor - Carolyn McDonald

Carolyn McDonald is currently a junior at North and managing editor for Arts and Features. She enjoys the work she does on the Newtonite and loves the fast-paced nature of journalism. In addition to writing and editing, Carolyn has always loved to sing. She sings in her school’s honors chorus, Family Singers, and in a co-ed a cappella group, the Melocotones. Next year, she will sing in her school’s jazz group as well. Carolyn is equally passionate about STEM. She is on the Ligerbots, which is Newton North’s and South’s robotics team. One valuable thing she has done on the team is advocate at the Massachusetts State House for budget dollars to bring STEM programs to disadvantaged students. She is also an advocate for women in STEM, and believes there is something in STEM for everybody. Finally, Carolyn loves to curl up with good books, rewatch Gilmore Girls, and make playlists on Spotify.

Arts Editor - Isabella Lecona

Bella is currently a sophomore at North. In her free time, she enjoys playing the ukulele, dancing, and listening to music. Her hobbies include reading, drinking coffee, and being in a state of omnipresent existential crisis. Some of her favorite books include The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Sáenz, and anything by Edgar Allen Poe. Her favorite genre of music is alternative pop, and she loves the Cranberries, David Bowie, Coldplay, and Billie Eilish. If you ever wish to strike up a conversation with her, try to start a healthy debate, because she is a talker. Some tried and true ways to get Bella to go off on a tirade are to talk to her about feminism, or practically anything to do with her favorite books. Bella is very excited about being on this volume of the Newtonite.

Arts Editor - Sophie Fredberg

Sophie Fredberg is a freshman at Newton North High School. Outside of school, she is part of the sailing team, volunteers at Beth Israel Hospital, and is involved in the Children’s Hospital’s Teen Advisory Council. She loves spending time watching TV shows with her sister and friends. She has a dog and a tortoise that she enjoys taking care of. She loves to ski and sail with her family during vacation. She did theater for 10 years, so she is excited to use her knowledge in Volume 98 and in volumes to come.

Arts Editor - Arjun Shatkin

Arjun Shatkin is a freshman at Newton North High School and an Arts Editor for Volume 98 of the Newtonite. In his free time, he likes to listen to music by artists including BROCKHAMPTON, Kendrick Lamar, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pink Floyd. Arjun also plays guitar and is a part of the Jazz/Rock Workshop at North. He participates in the Model United Nations club and is a freshman representative for the Student Faculty Administration at North. Arjun’s favorite subjects are math and history, and he is currently learning Mandarin Chinese.

Arts Editor and Social Media Coordinator - Amy Xue

Amy Xue is currently a sophomore at Newton North High School. She has always been interested in journalism and was an editor on her middle school newspaper, The Daytime. She enjoys writing short stories and show reviews. Aside from writing, Amy loves to debate, run, and listen to music. Her favorite artists include the likes of Lorde and Frank Ocean. Amy also loves to travel and has been to three continents so far. She hopes to visit all seven continents someday. She also hopes that you will follow @thenewtonite on Instagram.

Business Manager - Isaac Tang

Isaac Tang is currently a sophomore. In addition to managing the finances of The Newtonite, he is a member of the North’s football, gymnastics, and ultimate frisbee teams. He also is a member of the Newton North History Team and Newtonville Football Club, a student-run soccer club that he helped found. In his free time, Isaac likes to read history books, build his model airport, and practice kicking field goals. He is also a passionate Arsenal FC supporter, much to the disdain of his friends. Isaac is really looking forward to a great year of fiscal stability and is excited to help boost the income of The Newtonite.

Features Editor - Helen Xiao

Helen is currently a sophomore at Newton North High School. Aside from writing features and occasionally news on the Newtonite, she is also on the competing team for the math team, and participates on the varsity swim and track teams. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, watching documentaries of any kind, playing violin, and going for long runs. She also loves traveling with her family, and has traveled to over 15 countries so far (a number she hopes to expand on in the future!). Her many activities illustrate her two contrasting sides: her creative and artistic side, and her passionate and competitive nature. While schoolwork and her commitments bring her stress, she always looks to the positive side of things, and tries to reflects positivity whenever she can. She looks forward to a great year and volume!

Features Editor - James Dun Rappaport

James Dun Rappaport is a freshman, and a features editor on the Newtonite. In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his friends, and playing sports. James also likes to fish, and does so in Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, and California whenever he gets the chance. James also plays on the Newton North Volleyball team, which he likes. James also really likes watching sports, and has watched the Red Sox play in The World Series two times. He also likes to watch the Patriots and the Celtics play with his friends. His favorite subjects in school are English and History, but he is fine with Math and Science. This year, James hopes to become a better writer, and that it will translate into his English class. James is very excited to continue writing in his first volume as a part of the Newtonite.

Features Editor - Kathy Mitchell

Kathy is currently a freshman at North. Aside from writing features for the paper, she is part of both a club and a varsity high school gymnastics team. Kathy is one of the two Bay State Conference all-stars for the uneven bars. In her free time, which is very limited, she enjoys watching Grey’s Anatomy, baking, drinking boba, and spending time with friends on Newbury Street or in Harvard Square. Her favorite school subject is English, but science is a close second. Kathy hopes to have a career somewhere in the medical field, specifically in surgery. One of her favorite things to do is travel to Greece to see her family, which she does every summer. Kathy loves exploring the history of the country’s numerous islands. Her favorite Greek islands to travel to are Crete, Chios, and Santorini. Kathy is super excited to be part of Volume 98 of the Newtonite!

Graphics Editor - Ruchik Trivedi

Ruchik is currently a sophomore at Newton North. In his spare time he enjoys reading, writing, drawing, and animating. He loves science and history, and spends countless hours watching videos about them on Youtube. He looks forward to being a part of Volume 98.

News Editor - Dea Cela

Dea is currently a sophomore at North. Her favorite things to do in her free time include watching soccer, spending time with friends, and watching history documentaries. She is absolutely engrossed with Billy Joel and any 70’s rock band, like Modern Talking and Duran Duran. Dea likes to read history books, write, and study languages. She hopes to visit Vienna and Australia one day, as well as attend a Swansea game. When she’s not listening to Billy Joel or Elton John, you can find her watching some sort of sports game. She looks forward to a great Volume 98!

News Editor - Yesha Thakkar

Yesha Thakkar is a junior at North. Other than writing for The Newtonite, she is also a member of the Newton North Science Team, participating in Ocean Bowl and Envirothon, and Girls Coding Club. She is also participating in the Technovation Challenge this year and swims for North’s swim and diving team. She is hyped about everything STEM and is interested in following her STEM passions in the future, especially those of marine biology and cognitive neuroscience. In her free time, Yesha likes watching The Office and Great British Bake Off, making checklists, listening to K-pop, traveling, and baking way too much bread. Yesha hopes to travel to Antarctica and fangirl over Adélie penguins someday. She is really excited to be a part of Volume 98!

News Editor - Maya Demissie

Maya Demissie is a freshman at Newton North High School. In her free time, she likes to read, write, draw, and spend time with her two cats, Makeba and Simone. She is also a member of North’s Debate team and Theatre Ink. She grew up in Jamaica Plain, Boston and moved to Newton when she was ten. Her favorite movie is Get Out, and her favorite shows are New Girl, the Office, and Bob’s Burgers. Maya is excited to be a News Editor for the Newtonite, and she hopes for a successful and fun Volume 98.

News Editor - David Feng

David Feng is a freshman at Newton North High School. In his free time, he enjoys solving math problems and playing soccer with friends. David also plays the violin for Lexington Chamber music, and he enjoys playing music for others. He is also a member of the Mock Trial team at North, and is a member of political club. He enjoys the logical-thinking aspect both activities require. David is an Arsenal fan and one day hopes to watch one of their games in Europe. David is looking forward to contributing to Volume 98!

News Editor - David Ren

David Ren is currently a freshman at Newton North High School and a news editor for the Newtonite. He is a member of the Varsity Boys Swim and Dive team. In his free time, he likes to watch the Office, swim, bike, and playing the violin. His favorite subject in school is math. David loves to travel and has been to many countries all throughout Europe and Asia. David is looking forward to a great rest of the volume and year!

News Editor - Sophie Murthy

Sophie is currently a sophomore at North. In her free time, she enjoys dance and playing the flute and piano. She absolutely loves to read, and some of her favorite books include Jane Eyre, the Catcher in the Rye, the Great Gatsby, and anything by Kurt Vonnegut. Her favorite genre of music is alternative, and her favorite song switches every day. She spends quite a bit of time looking at memes on Instagram and watching vine compilations. She hates movies, but would choose to watch a romance or mystery if she were forced. Instead of movies, she prefers watching various Youtubers like David Dobrik, Chris Klemens, and Emma Chamberlain. She could easily watch Dance Moms and World of Dance clips for hours. Sophie is looking forward to a great year and volume!

Opinions and Graphics Editor - Skyler Bohnert

Skyler Bohnert is currently a sophomore at North. In his free time, Skyler likes to play guitar, video games, and learn new things about his different interests. Skyler thoroughly enjoys both history and science and has committed himself to becoming more involved in them by being part of Newton North’s History Team and Science Team. When Skyler is not engaging in music, history, or science, he will stay in his room and browse Reddit for hours on end.

Photo Manager - Ian Dickerman

Ian is a sophomore at Newton North High School. He has a wide range of interests including technology, history, and photography. The last one being most important as a fourth generation photographer. Be careful talking to him about any of these topics as he has no self control and will talk for hours.

Photography Editor - Cameron Kellstein

Cameron Kellstein is currently a sophomore at Newton North. In his free time he enjoys reading, writing, watching netflix, and listening to music. He likes spending time with her cats and hanging out with friends. He currently walks dogs after school and loves going to the dog park. Cameron is happy to be apart of Volume 97 of the Newtonite.

Sports Editor - Jeremy Frankel

Jeremy Frankel is a junior at Newton North High School. In his free time, he watches and reads about sports. He is also a member of the Big Brother/Big Sister program at North and he umps Little League Baseball games. He loves working with kids and spending time outdoors when it is sunny out. When he is older, Jeremy wants to travel to different MLB stadiums across the United States. He is excited to be joining the Newtonite this year.

Sports Editor - Griffin Bond

Griffin Bond is currently a freshman at North. In his free time, he enjoys playing baseball and hockey, participating in Mock Trial, going to Red Sox games, and hanging out with friends. His favorite professional sports team is the Red Sox and his favorite player is Dustin Pedroia. Griffin has traveled to many places around the world including England, France, Canada, Israel (with Newtonite legend Will Kharfen) and hopes to travel to many more. He enjoys almost all genres of music including country, classic rock, and rap. This year on the Newtonite he hopes to improve his journalistic skills and cover a variety of sports.

Sports Editor - Emily Dhadly

Emily is currently a sophomore at North. Along with writing for the Newtonite, she is on the varsity tennis team and also enjoys playing tennis outside of school. In her free time, she likes listening to music, reading, walking her dog, and spending time with family or friends. She has a golden retriever who is almost two years old, and Emily enjoys playing and running with her. Emily loves to travel and has been to five countries outside the U.S., including France and Spain. She also loves going to Canada to visit family, and she has been going every summer since she was born. Her favorite school subject is math, with science second. She is very excited to be part of Volume 98 of the Newtonite!

Sports Editor - Nichol Weylman-Farwell

Nichol is a junior at Newton North. As a sports editor, Nichol writes about athletic events going on at the high school. He enjoys playing and watching numerous sports, including basketball, soccer, and football. His favorite subjects in school are History and English. During the summer he works as a counselor at his sleepaway camp. In the future, he plans on covering basketball or football as a sports journalist.