Justin Li

Justin Li

Justin Li ’21 is the Layout Editor of the Pingry Record. He joined as the digital editor for the Record’s new website during his sophomore year. While he has written articles in almost every section of the Record since then, he’s been drawn to exploring the teacher-student relationship at Pingry in his recent work. He finds great satisfaction in the seemingly tedious process of piecing together a page on inDesign and loves looking for new ways to keep the paper looking fresh. In his free time, he enjoys creative writing, playing the piano, and Taiko drumming.

Latest from Justin Li

An Investigation of Teacher Turnover at Pingry

An Investigation of Teacher Turnover at Pingry

By Justin Li (V) In the last year-and-a-half, the departures of teachers such as Mr. Peterson, Ms. Taylor, and Mr. Thompson did not pass without controversy and speculation. Despite the uncertainty clouding most of these departures, it is undeniable that each one...

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Meghan Durkin

Meghan Durkin

Meghan Durkin ’21

Meghan Durkin ‘21 is an assistant editor for the Pingry Record. She has been writing since freshman year and began editing her sophomore year. She enjoys writing school news pieces, as she gets to explore and further understand Pingry traditions. In her free time, she loves to ski, sing, and hang out with friends. 

Latest from Meghan Durkin

So, Why does Hitting the Apex Matter?

So, Why does Hitting the Apex Matter?

By Meghan Durkin (V) This week, with cases in numerous states across America predicted to hit their peak, the healthcare system, its workers, and all others without the ability to stay home prepare for the hardest battle in the ongoing war against COVID-19.

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Meghan Durkin

Meghan Durkin

Meghan Durkin ‘21 is an assistant editor for the Pingry Record. She has been writing since freshman year and began editing her sophomore year.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Cancels School

COVID-19 Pandemic Cancels School

By Meghan Durkin (V) & Andrew Wong (IV) The novel coronavirus has forced Pingry and schools around the country to take unprecedented measures to continue their education.

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Students Gain Alumni Insight on Career Day

Students Gain Alumni Insight on Career Day

By Vicky Gu (VI), Meghan Durkin (V), and Eva Schiller (V) On Friday, January 31, Form V and VI students attended Pingry’s annual Career Day, in which they were able to interact with a wide variety of Pingry alumni and gain insight into future career...

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A Complicated History of U.S.-Iran Relations

A Complicated History of U.S.-Iran Relations

By Meghan Durkin (V) It’s February 1979. The phone rings. The clock reads 3 a.m. as my grandfather holds it up to his ear. It’s 11:30 a.m. in Iran, where the Shah, Mohammad Raza Pahlavi, had fled in response to insurgency a month earlier. At the time, my grandfather...

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A New Kind of Nostalgia

By Meghan Durkin (V) My brother joined me outside, football in hand. The fall wind brushed past our faces as it carried the ball from his hands to mine and back. Our hands grew colder with each toss until we ran inside for warmth. It was the first time we had thrown...

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Students Dance the Night Away at Snowball

Students Dance the Night Away at Snowball

By Meghan Durkin '21 On Saturday, January 26, students arrived at The Westin Governor Morris in Morristown, NJ for Pingry’s annual winter dance, Snowball. Snowball is a “Sadie Hawkins”-style dance, in which girls traditionally ask boys to attend the dance with them....

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Co-Ed Ski Update 2018-2019

By Meghan Durkin '21 As the winter season begins, the ski racing team, led by captains Annie Leithead (VI), Brian Kaplan (VI), Matt Dispenza (V), and Rosemary Collins (IV), looks to build on last year’s strong performance. Last winter, Leithead, Dispenza, and Collins...

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The Pingry Record Editorial Staff

Noah Bergam '21

Editor-in-Chief

Brynn Weisholtz '20

Editor-in-Chief

Meghan Durkin '21

Assistant Editor

Eva Schiller '21

Assistant Editor

Vicky Gu '20

Senior Assistant Editor

Dr. Megan Jones

Faculty Advisor

Ms. Meghan Finegan

Faculty Advisor

Justin Li '21

Layout Editor

Andrew Wong '22

Assistant Layout Editor

Rhea Kapur '21

Photo Editor

Kyra Li '23

Photo Editor

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Martha Lewand '20

Copy Editor

Brian Li '22

Copy Editor

Dean Koenig '21

Copy Editor

Brooke Pan '21

Copy Editor

Aneesh Karuppur '21

Copy Editor

Monica Chan

Monica Chan

Monica Chan ’21

Monica Chan ‘21 is the Cartoon Editor for the Record. She has been writing for the Record since her sophomore year and joined the staff her junior year. Op-Eds are her favorite types of articles to write, since she finds it insightful to read and write about people’s life experiences. She enjoys developing her digital drawing skills doing comics for the Record, as well as building and programming robots for the Pingry Robotics Team.

Latest from Monica Chan

New Grading Policies

By Monica Chan (V) Schools across the country are currently navigating uncharted territory in the realm of remote learning, which inevitably brings up the question of how to adjust grading policies. Some schools have decided to adopt pass/fail evaluation, some will...

On Peace Candles and Being Ignored

By Monica Chan (V) When people found out about our plans to start the Asian Student Union, some had asked me why I cared so much or wondered if I only started the group to boost my college application.  The truth is, I was upset that the issues I...

Ms. Guadalupe Nunez joins Pingry as Spanish Teacher

Ms. Guadalupe Nunez joins Pingry as Spanish Teacher

Monica Chan (V) With a passion for teaching and love for the Spanish language and culture, Ms.Guadalupe Nunez receives a warm Pingry community welcome. This fall, Señora Nunez joined Pingry as a Middle School Spanish teacher and Form I advisor. In addition, she will...

Eva Schiller

Eva Schiller

Eva Schiller ’21

Eva Schiller ‘21 is an assistant editor for the Pingry Record. She has been writing since freshman year and editing since sophomore year. She most enjoys writing and editing opinion articles, as they add a uniquely Pingry perspective to the paper. Her favorite things to do include writing poetry, eating candy corn, and enjoying scintillating conversations with the rest of the Record Staff at grind meetings. 

Latest from Eva Schiller:

Students Gain Alumni Insight on Career Day

Students Gain Alumni Insight on Career Day

By Vicky Gu (VI), Meghan Durkin (V), and Eva Schiller (V) On Friday, January 31, Form V and VI students attended Pingry’s annual Career Day, in which they were able to interact with a wide variety of Pingry alumni and gain insight into future career...

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History Department Welcomes Dr. Wakefield

History Department Welcomes Dr. Wakefield

Eva Schiller (V) As the new school year begins, Pingry is extremely fortunate to welcome Dr. Zachary Wakefield to the History Department. He attended Juniata College, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in history. He then went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D at Auburn...

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Girls’ Ice Hockey Post-Season Update 2019

Girls’ Ice Hockey Post-Season Update 2019

By Eva Schiller '21 The girls’ ice hockey team, led by captains Clare Hall (VI) and Sophia Smith (VI), has powered through the season to finish with six wins and eleven losses. Despite having only thirteen members and facing large, competitive teams, the team has...

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Pingry Introduces Students from Quzhou to American Culture

Pingry Introduces Students from Quzhou to American Culture

By Eva Schiller '21 On the first day of Chinese New Year, Quzhou(衢州), China, was filled with warmth and gaiety. School and work went on break as people returned home to their families and celebrated the coming of the new year. But for twelve students from Quzhou...

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Selfishness as the Driving Force Behind Voting

Selfishness as the Driving Force Behind Voting

By Eva Schiller '21 On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I was dragged out of my room to watch the opening skit of Saturday Night Live. It was a rerun commenting on Kavanaugh's election by the Senate, and depicted Republican senators partying after the judge was...

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Dr. Chin-Shefi Joins Language Department

Dr. Chin-Shefi Joins Language Department

By Eva Schiller '21 This year, Pingry welcomed Dr. Sabrina Chin-Shefi into the Middle and Upper School Language Departments, where she will be teaching Chinese 2, Chinese 5, and Chinese 7. Eager to get more involved in the Pingry community, she has already explored...

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The Pingry Record Editorial Staff

Noah Bergam '21

Editor-in-Chief

Brynn Weisholtz '20

Editor-in-Chief

Meghan Durkin '21

Assistant Editor

Eva Schiller '21

Assistant Editor

Vicky Gu '20

Senior Assistant Editor

Dr. Megan Jones

Faculty Advisor

Ms. Meghan Finegan

Faculty Advisor

Justin Li '21

Layout Editor

Andrew Wong '22

Assistant Layout Editor

Rhea Kapur '21

Photo Editor

Kyra Li '23

Photo Editor

Martha Lewand '20

Copy Editor

Brian Li '22

Copy Editor

Dean Koenig '21

Copy Editor

Brooke Pan '21

Copy Editor

Aneesh Karuppur '21

Copy Editor

Aneesh Karuppur

Aneesh Karuppur

Aneesh Karuppur ’21

Aneesh Karuppur (’21) is a Copy Editor for the Record. He joined the staff in his sophomore year. He writes a regular Tech Column and contributes commentary on how the school can better the student experience. Aneesh enjoys reading about and debating technology, science, and current events. He plays the French Horn, viola, and violin. 

Latest from Aneesh Karuppur

Why Pingry Needs to Remove AP Courses

Why Pingry Needs to Remove AP Courses

By Aneesh Karuppur (V) A few weeks ago, I got to participate in my first Pingry Career Day; I found it to be just what I expected. The alumni were engaging, knowledgeable, and insightful, and my only complaint was that I didn’t get to spend enough time with them....

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Brynn Weisholtz

Brynn Weisholtz

Brynn Weisholtz ’20

Brynn Weisholtz (VI) is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Pingry Record. She joined the team her freshman year as a way to explore her interest in writing. Brynn has written a variety of pieces for the Record over her four years of high school but especially enjoys writing interview pieces as she likes getting to know new faculty, staff, and students. From talking to the new Head of School to creating words-in-the-halls, she loves being able to connect with people she has never really spoken to before. Aside from writing for the Record, Brynn enjoys running, spending time with my friends and family, and watching The Office.

Latest from Brynn Weizholtz

The Light Behind the Dress

The Light Behind the Dress

By Brynn Weisholtz (VI) April 22nd was supposed to be the night of my senior prom, a night that my friends and I have looked forward to since walking through the clocktower doors many years ago. I find myself in a state of limbo, walking from floor to floor and room to room all within the walls of my home. I silently wonder, how can my senior year be slipping away this quickly?

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Freedom to Choose

By Brynn Weisholtz (VI) At Pingry, a student’s academic coursework is primarily determined by the administration and follows a fairly regimented path. There is limited flexibility for a student to “choose” any portion of his or her schedule in the early...

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Dress Codes in the Sky

Brynn Weisholtz (VI) As I boarded the plane and walked to my seat, I paid little attention to the people surrounding me––I was unaware of who they were, how they looked, and where they were going. I placed my carry-on bag in the compartment above my head, took my...

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Finding Compassion in Come From Away

By Brynn Weisholtz '20 Standing in line to see Come From Away at the Schoenfeld Theater in New York City, I found myself wishing I were on a different line waiting for basically any other show. I peered around at the other shows near me. I saw Dear Evan Hansen and...

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Girls’ Ice Hockey Update 2018/2019

Brynn Weisholtz '20 With last year’s record of 8-9, the girls’ ice hockey team is ready to begin another exciting season led by Captains Clare Hall (VI) and Sophia Smith (VI). Starting goalie Emma Barrison (V) said, “I think the season will be really good because we...

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SDLC Attends the People of Color Conference

By Brynn Weisholtz '20 From November 28th to December 1st, Ethan Malzberg (VI), Nia Phillips (VI), and Noelle Mullins (V) and 19 faculty members attended the annual People of Color Conference (PoCC)/Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in Nashville,...

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Tony Hoffman Shares his Journey from Addiction to Activism

Tony Hoffman Shares his Journey from Addiction to Activism

By Brynn Weisholtz '20 On Tuesday, October 9, Middle and Upper School students and faculty members convened in Hauser Auditorium to hear Mr. Tony Hoffman, a speaker from Common Ground Speaks. He shared his journey of suffering through addiction to eventually achieving...

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The Juniors Go to Philly

The Juniors Go to Philly

By Brynn Weisholtz '20 On a mighty first day of class trips, the junior class explored the historical sites of Philadelphia and a renowned museum. Arriving bright and early on an unseasonably hot September morning, the junior class prepared to board coach buses and...

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Dr. Johnson Joins the Spanish Department

Dr. Johnson Joins the Spanish Department

By Brynn Weisholtz '20 Among the twenty new faculty welcomed to Pingry this year is Dr. Gillian Johnson, who hails from Hilton Head, South Carolina, where she taught at Hilton Head Preparatory School. She is a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota,...

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The Pingry Record Editorial Staff

Noah Bergam '21

Editor-in-Chief

Brynn Weisholtz '20

Editor-in-Chief

Meghan Durkin '21

Assistant Editor

Eva Schiller '21

Assistant Editor

Vicky Gu '20

Senior Assistant Editor

Dr. Megan Jones

Faculty Advisor

Ms. Meghan Finegan

Faculty Advisor

Justin Li '21

Layout Editor

Andrew Wong '22

Assistant Layout Editor

Rhea Kapur '21

Photo Editor

Kyra Li '23

Photo Editor

Martha Lewand '20

Copy Editor

Brian Li '22

Copy Editor

Dean Koenig '21

Copy Editor

Brooke Pan '21

Copy Editor

Aneesh Karuppur '21

Copy Editor

Andrew Wong

Andrew Wong

Andrew Wong ’22

Andrew Wong (‘22) is the Chief Web Editor and Assistant Layout Editor for The Pingry Record. He first began as a writer for the Record during his Freshman year, becoming a layout editor, then Chief Web Editor, during his Sophomore year.

Andrew loves writing and debating about all things politics. Throughout his time at the Record he has written a whole host of articles covering topics ranging from the value of history and the humanities in an increasingly STEM-oriented world, to the protests in his family hometown of Hong Kong. In addition to politics, Andrew also loves listening to and sharing the stories of other people from around the world. For him, every story, no matter where it comes from or who tells it, is a chance to gain valuable insight and perspective into life and the wider world.

In his freetime, Andrew enjoys playing the violin, playing water polo, and playing video games with his friends. 

 

Latest from Andrew Wong:

Positivity During COVID-19

Positivity During COVID-19

By Andrew Wong (IV)
In this time of great struggle and uncertainty in our nation, and indeed the entire world, it has become evident that it is fear, not reason, that drives the decision making of not just the two aforementioned characters, but also that of the entire world. We’ve all seen the news. Videos of people fighting over the last bag of rice at the supermarket. Lines stretching out the door of big box stores. As my friends across the world can confirm, there is not a single scrap of toilet paper to be found on store shelves anywhere. People are fearful, and it is evident that hope, just like toilet paper, is nowhere to be found.

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2020: Losing Hope?

2020: Losing Hope?

By Andrew Wong (IV) As the ball in Times Square finished its long descent, with the chants of over a million people in Times Square and millions more glued to their TV screens counting down, our world would be...

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COVID-19 Pandemic Cancels School

COVID-19 Pandemic Cancels School

By Meghan Durkin (V) & Andrew Wong (IV) The novel coronavirus has forced Pingry and schools around the country to take unprecedented measures to continue their education.

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The Value of Humanities in the 21st Century

The Value of Humanities in the 21st Century

By Andrew Wong (IV) Last year, my history teacher started the year with a thought experiment. He told our class, “History is irrelevant. If the only reason why we learn history is not to repeat the mistakes of the past, then in today’s world, it is useless and...

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Welcome to the History Department, Mr. Toor!

Welcome to the History Department, Mr. Toor!

Andrew Wong (IV) This year, the Upper School History Department welcomes Mr. Saad Toor, who will be teaching three sections of World History 9 and one section of World History 10.  Mr. Toor recently completed his M.Sc. in South Asian Studies at Oxford University in...

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Wong on Hong Kong: A Battle for Freedom

Wong on Hong Kong: A Battle for Freedom

Andrew Wong (IV) As my freshman year approached its finale of final exams, I looked forward to a summer of rest and relaxation.   Half a world away in Hong Kong, students were also busy preparing for their exams and their summer. Unlike me, though, they were...

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Boys’ Winter Track Update 2018/2019

By Andrew Wong '22 The boys’ winter track team has now been renamed to the boys’ indoor track team. Despite losing many seniors after a strong season last year, the team is back, being led by Captain Nick Robinson (VI). This year, although comprising a small roster,...

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Girls’ Winter Track Update 2018/2019

By Andrew Wong '22 The girls’ winter track team, now the girls’ indoor track team, led by captain Cathleen Parker (VI), is excited for the season. This year, new freshmen talent rounds out a strong team to help replace Avery Schiffman ‘18 and jumper Sophia Weldon ‘18,...

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Noah Bergam

Noah Bergam

Noah Bergam ’21

Noah Bergam (’21) is the co-editor-in-chief of the Record. He joined the staff in his freshman year, when he was asked, coincidentally on his birthday, to help edit sports articles.  

He specializes in opinion pieces and enjoys their ability to share stances on important issues while also telling a story. He enjoys shedding light on the competitive atmosphere of Pingry but also creating windows into broader political stories––and in all his work, including LeBow speeches, he sure loves a good overarching analogy! As Ki-Jung from Parasite says, “This is so metaphorical!”

Noah enjoys watching film, playing Taiko drums, and teaching math. He has an educational YouTube channel and he would love to get both your feedback and your subscription.

Latest from Noah Bergam

Fractals Math Problem

Fractals Math Problem

Fractals are self-similar. The Sierpinski Triangle is an interesting fractal pattern. You can build one like this: 1. Start with an “upright” equilateral triangle (as seen in stage zero) 2. Place an upside-down triangle in the center of any upright triangle 3. Repeat...

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Epidemiology Math Problems

Epidemiology Math Problems

In these confusing times there’s a certain sense of power that comes with understanding, or at least trying to understand, the dynamics of disease spread and epidemiology. I certainly felt that as I’ve looked into the mathematics disease modeling over the course of...

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Prorating the Priceless

Prorating the Priceless

By Noah Bergam (V) The Pingry tuition for the 2019-20 school year was $42,493. Lunch cost $1,378. Those are significant numbers in my life, numbers that, for over six years, have hovered over my head, acting as a reminder of what doesn’t go to my younger siblings each...

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Big Fish Refuted

By Noah Bergam (V)   Lights. Silence. 390 seconds of glory.      Ever since I first watched in sixth grade, I knew I wanted to do LeBow.     From the win of Katie Coyne ‘16 to the two-year reign of Rachel Chen ‘18 to the...

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ShopWrong: An Argument Against Arguing the Negative

By Noah Bergam (V) When I was a little kid, I got angry when I heard my name. Noah. I heard the word ‘No.’ Somehow that just pushed me over the edge.  My older siblings, realizing my dislike, would further taunt me by calling ShopRite ShopWrong. I...

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Merit Diplomacy and Pingry’s Economy of Accolades

Noah Bergam (V) In the spring of last year, some friends and I became obsessed with an online game called Diplomacy. In this wonderfully irritating game, each player owns a certain pre-WWI European country, and, move by move, they try to maximize their...

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Words Alone Can’t Fix Climate Change

By Noah Bergam '21 A few times in the past month I’ve brought up in casual conversation that CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE BIGGEST ISSUE FACING AMERICA, outweighing all other problems except maybe healthcare. I admit, it’s an annoying way to hijack a perfectly good lunch...

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Putting Out Fyres

By Noah Bergam '21 Ask almost any Pingry student who Billy McFarland is, and the response is quick: he’s the Fyre Festival guy. The fraudster. The former Pingry student. For me, that last part has always been an afterthought, a small irony. I heard about it back when...

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Boys’ Basketball Update 2018/2019

By Noah Bergam '21 The boys’ basketball team is off to a great start this season, having lost only four seniors to graduation. Under the leadership of Captains Nate Hefner (VI), Kyle Aanstoots (VI), and Ray Fluet (V), the team is excited to kick off the new season....

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Health Department Teaches Parents About Vaping

By Noah Bergam '21 Once meant as a method to curb nicotine addiction, vaping has become an increasingly widespread practice among American youth. As the number of vaping high school students across the country rises, it has become ever more important for teens, as...

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The Pingry Record Editorial Staff

Noah Bergam '21

Editor-in-Chief

Brynn Weisholtz '20

Editor-in-Chief

Meghan Durkin '21

Assistant Editor

Eva Schiller '21

Assistant Editor

Vicky Gu '20

Senior Assistant Editor

Dr. Megan Jones

Faculty Advisor

Ms. Meghan Finegan

Faculty Advisor

Justin Li '21

Layout Editor

Andrew Wong '22

Assistant Layout Editor

Rhea Kapur '21

Photo Editor

Kyra Li '23

Photo Editor

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Martha Lewand '20

Copy Editor

Brian Li '22

Copy Editor

Dean Koenig '21

Copy Editor

Brooke Pan '21

Copy Editor

Aneesh Karuppur '21

Copy Editor