2017-2018 Staff

Luke Cristantiello

News Editor

Luke Cristantiello is the news editor on the portfolio newspaper. He likes chick-fil-a and always has a positive attitude.

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Lyla Ibrahim

Photo Editor

Lyla Ibrahim is a photo editor for the Portfolio Newspaper. She enjoys playing soccer, paddle boarding, and snorkeling.

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Kate Wagner

Business Manager

Kate Wagner is a seventh grade communications major and the business manager for the portfolio newspaper staff. She enjoys spending time with her family and dogs. She also enjoys playing her guitar in her free time.

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Ava Wherley

Copy Editor

Ava Wherley is a seventh grader and is copy editor on the portfolio newspaper. She loves cats and has a cat named Riley. She likes hanging out with her friends and swimming. She also likes to read and write. Her favorite subject...

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Carina Wang

News Editor

Carina Wang is the news editor on the portfolio newspaper staff and is in seventh grade. She aspires to be a lawyer in the future. Carina is on the speech and debate team and competes in original oratory. She enjoys writing and...

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Alexis Pham

Arts and Academics Editor

Alexis Pham is a seventh grade strings major. She likes Hamilton.

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Reese Gallagher

Photo Editor

Reese Gallagher is a seventh grade communications major and a photo editor on the staff. He enjoys fishing in the ocean and watching college football.

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Raquel Korff

Features editor

Raquel Korff is the features editor on the portfolio newspaper. She likes dogs, a lot. She has a fluffy dog at her house that she loves.

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Samantha White

Arts and Academics Editor

Samantha White is a seventh grade communications major. She aspires to be a newscaster. Samantha hopes for a successful year on the staff.

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Snehith Enjem

Sports and clubs editor

Snehith Enjem is the sports editor on the portfolio newspaper staff. He is an amazing friend and always has your back. In his free time, Snehith likes to play sports, video games, go fishing, and eat edible food.

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Sandra Nemes

Entertainment Editor

Sandra Nemes is a seventh grade communications major that is serving as an entertainment editor. She enjoys surfing, paddle boarding, and all things beach-related. Sandra loves going to the beach and speech and debate.

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Sophia Roberts

Features Editor

Sophia Roberts is an eighth grade communications major. She is on pointe at her dance studio, but is still a commie at heart :)

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Kamna Nair

Technology Editor

Kamna is a seventh grade communications major.  She loves cats and wants to get one.  She strongly dislikes math, but loves language arts.  Kamna also loves reading and writing short stories.

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Bella Velez

Co Editor in Chief

Eighth grade communications major Bella Velez is Co Editor in Chief  for the Portfolio Newspaper. She likes to read lots of books daily.

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Miles Wang

Assistant Editor in Chief

Seventh grade communications major Miles Wang currently serves as assistant editor in chief, website editor, and opinion editor for the Portfolio Newspaper. He enjoys sleeping in his spare time.

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Ben Shainman

Website Editor

Eighth grade communications major Ben Shainman is currently website editor for the Portfolio newspaper and is also a technology editor. His favorite soccer team is Everton, and his favorite subject is math!

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James Walter

Business Manager

Seventh grade communications major, James Walter is the advertising/business manager.  He likes playing soccer and is an avid boy scout.

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Jessica Samons


Jessica Samons has been teaching young eager minds for over 20 years. The past 17 have been spent here at Bak Middle School of the Arts. A native Kentuckian, Ms. Samons graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.A. in...

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