Editor-in-Chief Grade: senior Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, photography, managing the girls water polo team, paint-by-number Journalism has served as a significant and formative part of my high school years. I have been on staff for the site since my freshman year, just after its creation, and have seen it transform from an idea thought up by a few excited students, to a widely-read local publication. I too, have grown up in the last four years. I began as a staff writer reporting on school events and occasionally breaking news. My sophomore year I served as photo editor, and focused on improving the quality of our photography. During my sophomore and junior years I became involved in several investigative stories, and I st...
Editor-in-Chief & Webmaster Grade: senior Hobbies: practicing all things philosophical, downhill mountain biking, BMX, programming, reading As editor-in-chief and webmaster in my third year at the MA Bear News, my responsibilities are twofold. I help with the organization of the paper, help staff writers through the process of writing, and have a final edit on stories. Additionally, as webmaster, I manage, code, and design the website, which I gave a complete makeover this past summer. Applying the freedom of web design to journalism is exciting as it adds a new layer of creativity in terms of rich media, interactivity, and the exploration of concepts for stories to journalistic writing.
Editor-in-Chief Grade: senior Hobbies: water polo, swimming, skiing, writing, knitting I have had a fabulous experience with journalism thus far, and I am incredibly excited for another year. I have experimented with just about every kind of writing on the site, as I hoped to develop a broad skill set, allowing me to easily cover a wide variety of stories. A few of my main focuses have been: sports, as I am a dedicated athlete myself, features, and editorials, since I am an editor for the site. As Editor-in-Chief, I get to experience a whole new side of writing and the journalism class as a whole. Editing articles improves my writing in a completely new way, and leading a group of passionate writers excites me a...
Grade: senior Hobbies: running, kicking, reading, guitar As a copy editor, I help edit articles before they're published. I'm also excited to work with the Bearly News again as script supervisor. I like writing in depth stories and am hoping to write more breaking news stories this year.
Grade: senior Hobbies: artistic pursuits (poetry and painting, photography, graphic design...) and music (singing, guitar, piano), exploring the world, finding hip coffee shops (to study in, of course), mountain biking, swimming, smiling, reading dated science textbooks. In my second year as a part of the M-A Bear News team, I will serve as copy editor, editing and reviewing articles prior to publication. In addition to my formal role, I aspire to include certain elements that I am passionate about: graphic design, photography, feature writing, and investigation. I intend to pair my adventuresome spirit with the freedom of being a young journalist in California; I dream to explore our surrounding community in order to expo...
Grade: senior Hobbies: volunteering, playing piano, hiking, tutoring, traveling This is my second year as a journalist for the M-A Bear News, and I am now on the editorial staff as a copy editor. Last year, I really enjoyed doing more investigative pieces that apply to our student body and community, as well as features that uncover previously unknown information about interesting places, people, or events. I also enjoyed sports writing, and helped cover the majority of our football games. This year, I am looking forward to doing more research-oriented news stories that provide new and relevant information to our students and community.
Grade: junior Hobbies: volleyball & guitar This year will be my first as a part of Menlo-Atherton’s journalism program. I am looking forward to learning the ropes at the newspaper and contributing to the M-A Bear News in any way I can. Being a part of this paper will help develop and practice different aspects of my skills as a writer. I am excited to work with such an enthusiastic group of my peers and hope we will be able to fill the shoes, so to speak, of the prior class.
Grade: senior Ever since I can remember I have found that I am most happy while riding and want to continue three-day eventing for as long as I can. In addition I enjoy skiing, soccer, lacrosse and rock climbing. Over the next year I hope to contribute to Journalism in as many ways feasible. In particular I am interested in working on news reports as well as features. I hope that my experiences in journalism will allow me to improve both my reporting and interviewing skills while providing insight into our world and the people we encounter every day.
Grade: junior I am really excited to be writing a variety of stories for the MA Bear News!
Grade: junior Hobbies: Playing guitar, reading, browsing Reddit The world of journalism is entirely new to me, so I'm excited to learn more about it and adjust my writing techniques to allow me to contribute in some form or another. I'm looking forward to writing some of the many varieties of stories this talented journalism class can produce, as well as publishing my works for anyone who wants to see. The MA Bear News website is an impressive display of writing talent that I hope to contribute to while in journalism.
Grade: Junior Hobbies: Volleyball, Theater, and Music I have joined to Bears News staff in the hope to help share information with the community. I am excited to write stories and report on important information. I also look forward to co-anchoring the Bearly News.
Grade: senior Hobbies: Theater, singing, dancing, watching old movies As a returning staff member, I am excited to work on more in-depth features relating to the school and the surrounding local community. I am also executive producer of the Bearly News, the comedy news show affiliated with the website. My dual roles afford me the chance to flex my creative muscles as well as my people skills.
Grade: junior I am looking forward to a fun year in journalism. When I am not at school I enjoy to play a round of golf with my friends, and watch sports. I am excited to write articles and have people read them. I would love to give people some sports information about MA and the real world. I look forward to working hard and giving MA some knowledge about sports.
Hobbies: Painting, Soccer, general nerdiness
I am excited about become an active member of the paper and taking part in breaking news reports
Hobbies: Water polo, swimming, horseback riding, coaching swim teamJournalism: I am excited to be part of the M-A Bear News and I can't wait to start writing!
Hobbies: Drawing, playing video games, reading, watching TV, swimming
I make comics for the site, as well as pictures to accompany articles. I also report on the M-A Robotics Team (766), along with other topics here and there. This year I'm hoping to contribute even more to the site in the art department, and am looking forward to reporting on the robotics competitions.
My name is Erin Perrine and I'm currently a junior at MA. I love traveling, writing, watching Breaking Bad, and playing the piano, and I'm also on the tennis team. As for journalism, I took a class at USC over the summer, and this is my first year with the MA Bear News Online. I hope not only to help contribute to the site but to also pursue journalism throughout college and potentially as a career thereafter. Either way, I'm super excited to be here and I anticipate it to be a great experience!
Julia Rafael Senior My hobbies are swimming, playing water polo, watching TV, being with my friends and just being outdoors. I am a returning student in journalism and I enjoy covering sports and going to watch the games. I have also covered the M-A dance team and done features on teachers and athletes.
Hobbies: I enjoy playing water polo with the school team and my club team, swimming, surfing, and hanging out with friends.
In journalism this year, I am excited to stay involved in school activities and local events so that I can report on important news. I am also interested in reporting on a variety of sports this year. I would love to have a sports beat and follow a team throughout the season, writing about all of their games and documenting their progress. A goal of mine this year in journalism is to improve my writing skills and learn how to properly and legally report on news events, whether they be sports events or simple activities in the community.
Name: Natalie Silverman Grade: 10 Hobbies: Guitar, Singing, Acting, and Baking This is my first year being a part of journalism. I hope to improve my writing skills overall as well as learn to write features and news articles. I also wish to start a blog on the M-A Bear News website about health and happiness that will include: recipies, songs, facts, tips and videos.
name: Miranda Simes
hobbies: running in circles (track), soccer, reading, baking
I am very excited to be joining the MA Bear News. I hope to contribute to the newspaper in as many ways as possible, and am eager to learn about every type of journalism.
Grade: Junior This is my first year of high school journalism. I have entered the class unsure exactly of what to expect. From Hemingway to Hunter S. Thompson, many great writers have had their origins in journalism. My main goal for this class is to hone my writing ability through practice and progression. Prior to this class, journalism has still managed to hold a level of importance in my life. I am an avid listener of NPR, and particularly enjoy their journalistic shows such as This American Life. In my opinion, the true Importance of journalism is the information it brings to others. This gives people more knowledge and perspective of the outside world, creating a more educated and capable public. While it most likely will...
Name: Josh Weiner Grade: 12 Hobbies: Theater, Music (playing guitar, writing music, exploring new artists), Ultimate Frisbee, Watching and studying movies What I hope to do in Journalism: This is by far the least straightforward answer here, because quite honestly I don’t know for sure what I wish to accomplish in journalism. I do know I wish to develop my writing skills, both technically and in a new style. The main problem with answering this question is that I have broad interests in journalism, so while I will be writing for the Bearly News, I also plan on writing news articles. I wish I could specify more than just news articles, but I have been interested in writing for sports teams, writin...
Name: Katie Wilcox Grade: Junior Hobbies: I have played on the Menlo-Atherton Varsity Volleyball Team since my freshman year. I also play club volleyball on Encore Volleyball Club’s 16 Navy Team. In addition, I volunteer with Pets In Need, which is a foundation that rescues animals from being euthanized at overcrowded shelters. I love working with the cats and dogs at Pets In Need, but I also go to adoption fairs to help the animals find a stable home. This year is my first year working for the Menlo-Atherton website in journalism. I do not really know what to expect, but I am very excited to just write any article I can! I love writing about current issues and events directly relating to my life, s...
Name: Capri Zelaya Grade: 12 Hobbies: My hobbies include playing sports, finding new music that isn't on iTunes top 100 list, drawing as much as possible, reading, and hanging out with friends whenever I'm able to. What I hope to do in Journalism: In journalism I hope to write as many interesting stories as possible and I really want to be involved and participate as much as I can all across the board. I'm extremely excited for the rest of the school year and I'm looking forward to great experiences.