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by The Newtonite

Editor in Chief - Sophie Murthy

Sophie is currently a junior at North. In her free time, she enjoys dance and working as a math tutor at Mathnasium. She absolutely loves to read, and some of her favorite books include the Catcher in the Rye, the Great Gatsby, Looking for Alaska, and anything by Kurt Vonnegut. Her favorite genre of music is alternative, and her favorite song switches every three days. She spends quite a bit of time on TikTok 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!

Editor in Chief - Jacques Abou-Rizk

Jacques is a junior at North as well a co-editor-in-chief 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 99!

News Managing Editor - Maya Demissie

Maya Demissie is a sophomore at North. In her free time, she likes to read and spend time with her two cats, Makeba and Simone. She is also a member of North’s Debate team, Dover Legacy Scholars, and Monologue Project. She grew up in Jamaica Plain, Boston, and moved to Newton when she was ten. Her favorite movie is Get Out, and her favorite book is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Maya is excited to be co-host of Miamas and News Managing Editor for the Newtonite, and hopes for a successful and fun Volume 99!

Arts Managing Editor and Social Media Coordinator - Amy Xue

Amy Xue is currently a junior 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.

Features and Opinions Managing Editor - Helen Xiao

Helen is currently a junior at Newton North High School. Aside from managing features and opinions 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, 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. She looks forward to a great year and volume!

Sports Managing Editor - Griffin Bond

Griffin Bond is currently a sophomore at North, and the managing editor for the sports sections. In his free time he enjoys playing baseball and hockey, 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 and hopes to travel to many more. He enjoys almost all genres of music including country, rock and rap. This year on the Newtonite he hopes to improve his journalistic and editing skills and cover a variety of sports.

News Editor - Dea Cela

Dea Cela is currently a junior at North. She has always loved writing and journalism. Besides writing, Dea likes to binge-watch Madame Secretary on Netflix, watch Premier League soccer matches, and listen to music. Her favorite musical artists include Bob Dylan, The War on Drugs, and Harry Styles. Dea also loves to travel. Her favorite cities are Berlin and Prague. She looks forward to a great Volume 99!

News Editor - David Feng

David is currently a sophomore at North. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer for North, as well as hanging out with friends. David is also on the mock trial team, and loves preparing and competing in cases. You will also never spot him in a coffee shop, as he always insists on making his own. His favorite sports team is Arsenal, and hopes one day to attend one of their games is London. His favorite books include, Catcher in the Rye, And Then There Were None, and The Hate U Give. His favorite movie is My Cousin Vinny. He looks forward to a great Volume 99!

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 - Emma Burns

Emma is currently a sophomore at Newton North High School and an editor on the Newtonite. Outside of school, is on the field hockey team, is a part of the debate team, and volunteers on the weekends at Loon Mountain as a New England Disabled Sports Pre-Adaptive Coach. When volunteering for NEDS, she gets to aid and teach a multitude of students with a variety of disabilities to ski or ride, and in doing this she gives said students an opportunity to enjoy a sport that they would not have been able to under different circumstances. In addition, she was also on Loon Mountain’s freestyle team for 11 years, but unfortunately she aged out of the program a couple of years ago. In her spare time enjoys reading books from a variety of genres, running long distances, listening to music, baking and cooking, playing sports, and traveling. Her favorite subject in school is History because she enjoys learning about and indulging in and learning about a plethora of distinct cultures. With the building stress from her schoolwork and other commitments, this year Emma hopes to further improve her anxiety management in 2020. I am so excited to be a part of volume 99 of the Newtonite!

News Editor - Ella McCreary

Ella is currently a junior at Newton North. She has lived in four states, Ohio, New Jersey, Texas, and now Massachusetts. While she loves Newton, she misses Texas’ warm weather. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, embroidering, and learning way more than she probably should about true crime & conspiracy theories. Some of her favorite cases & theories include The Axeman of New Orleans, Project MK-Ultra, Hollow Earth/Moon, H. H. Holmes, and Katherine Knight. Ella is a co-president of the Anime & Manga Club, as well as the Classics Club. She is also a member of North’s Film Club and Ocean Bowl, as well as South’s Popcorn Club. She enjoys watching movies and her current favorites are Donnie Darko, Heathers, and A Silent Voice. She lives at home with her parents and younger sister, as well as her two dogs (Leo & Lola), two cats (Otto & Flannel), and two rats (Dexter & Spencer). Ella is excited to be participating in this volume, and hopes for a great rest of the year!

Arts Editor and Social Media Coordinator - Sophie Fredberg

Sophie Fredberg is a sophomore at Newton North High School. She is an Arts Editor, a Social Media Coordinator, and the Readership Manager. She also co-hosts the Newtonite Podcast, Miamas. 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 loves movies and loves to review them. She did theater for 10 years, so she is excited to use her knowledge in Volume 99 and in volumes to come.

Arts Editor - Arjun Shatkin

Arjun Shatkin is a sophomore at Newton North High School and an Arts Editor for Volume 99 of the Newtonite. In his free time, he likes to listen to music, mainly from the genres of Hip-Hop and R&B. Arjun also plays guitar, writes music, and performs in high school groups. He is a student representative for the Student Faculty Administration at North and enjoys tutoring elementary school children. Arjun’s favorite subject is English and he is currently learning Mandarin Chinese at school.

Arts Editor - Anika Bhawalkar

Anika is currently a freshman at Newton North and an arts editor for the Newtonite. In her free time, she likes to play the piano, read, write, and study the human brain (she finds it fascinating.) Her favorite subjects include math and physics, and uses both on a daily basis as part of the robotics team. She also really enjoyed the Journalism course, and chose to continue writing by being on the Newtonite. She loves to travel, and has lived in Europe for almost six years total, with five years in France and one year in Switzerland. Last year she lived in Geneva and found it to be an incredible experience, and is planning on revisiting the city over the summer. Anika enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and pets (which include a dog and a lizard.) She is looking forward to her first year on the Newtonite.

Arts Editor - Grace Beecher

Grace Beecher is currently a freshman at Newton North High School. Outside of school she dances (tap and jazz), and is involved in Theatre Ink’s shows. In her free time she loves to read. Some of her favorite books are The Glass Castle and The Red Umbrella. Other than reading, Grace also enjoys skiing and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite movie styles are comedy and action, and her favorite movie of all time is Singin’ in the Rain. Grace has been involved in theatre since she was little with her first ever show being Honk!, when she was seven. Her favorite subjects in school are Math and English. She also loves to travel and hopes to go to Australia one day. She has always liked to write and is excited to get more opportunities this year to do that. She is looking forward to a great year on Volume 99!

Arts Editor - Jacob Zalis

Jacob Zalis, a freshman at Newton North High School and arts editor for the 99th volume of The Newtonite, enjoys spending his free time running long distance, playing with his dog, Henry, or reading. Jacob is a member of Nitrous Oxide, North’s sketch comedy group, and participated in 2019’s Freshman Cabaret: Be the Change. Jacob is looking forward to contributing to the Newtonite and continuing in Theatre Ink, though he would also be interested in either joining the boy’s track team, the Dreamfar marathon club, or possibly mock trial in his coming years at North. Jacob’s favorite subjects are history and math, though he likes English as well. Jacob enjoys listening to artists such as twenty one pilots, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, and Static & Ben El Tavori. Jacob is also a fan of artists such as Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, although he fiercely dislikes Jackson Pollock, as Jacob does not consider paint splattered on a canvas to be art, no matter how much time and effort went in to the splattering.

Sports Editor - Mark Hemment

Mark Hemment is currently a freshman and sports editor on the Newtonite. In his spare time he enjoys long walks and enjoys biking. He has entered and won a poetry contest and aspires to write more. His love of writing inspired him to join the Newtonite. Mark tries to make himself a better person by working with others. He is an experienced and sophisticated world traveler and has seen the beauty of many places. He hopes to contribute his own ideas and personality into his writing.

Sports Editor - Maxwell Lu

Maxwell is a freshman at Newton North High School and a sports editor of the Newtonite. He runs cross country and track, annually competing in the Massachusetts state meet for both sports. He enjoys playing basketball with his friends, the saxophone, and writing in his free time. His favorite book trilogy is The Lord of the Rings, and one of his favorite movies is Avatar. When he is not playing the same tune over and over again on his saxophone, you can find him reading or chatting with his friends on Snapchat. He has many goals to take on in 2020, as he plans to travel more, especially to Europe. He also hopes to qualify for the Junior District Festival for saxophone. Maxwell looks forward to contributing to an amazing Volume 99, using his creativity, thoughtful ideas, and diligence along the way!

Features Editor - Kathy Mitchell

Kathy is currently a sophomore 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 99 of the Newtonite!

Features Editor - James Dun Rappaport

James Dun Rappaport is a sophomore, and a feature 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. This year, James hopes to become a better writer.. James is very excited to continue writing in his second volume as a part of the Newtonite.

Photo Manager - Ian Dickerman

Ian is a junior at Newton North High School. As a fourth generation photographer, he spends most of his time chasing the perfect picture. His other interests include music, art and technology. For Volume 99 of The Newtonite, he hopes he can continue to cover as many topics as possible with his photography.

Business Manager - Isaac Tang

Isaac Tang is currently a junior. 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.

Graphics Editor - Ruchik Trivedi

Ruchik is currently a junior 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 99.