Caroline Harvey, a junior at Washington-Lee High School and Fiction Editor at Penman, can’t contain her excitement for this coming school year. Though it is her first year working for Penman, Caroline also assisted in the production of her middle school’s literary magazine, Wavelength. She has been writing creatively since elementary school, and though she is a fiction editor, she adores writing poetry and went to a three week summer program for writing in which she focused on it. She hopes to have a career in teaching University English classes, and in publishing her writing.
Katarina is a sophomore at Washington-Lee. Because of her love for reading and writing, she decided to join the Penman staff. Other than English literary related subjects, Katarina loves photography and travel. She hopes that one day, she can combine all her interests and become a photojournalist or a teacher at international schools. Katarina also takes Journalism, is on the volleyball and swim teams, and is a frequent delegate in Model United Nations Conferences.
Andrés Orjales is a 16-year-old Junior at Washington-Lee High School, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He speaks English, and a slightly different kind of Spanish known as Castellano. When not at school, he plays club soccer, or teaches private guitar lessons. Andrés has become involved in the Penman because he hopes to gain good English writing habits for future assignments and wants to contribute in making the magazine better than ever. He is excited to be Business Editor, and cannot wait to work hard with others on the upcoming projects.
Laura Pastre is a junior this year and is enrolled in broadcast journalism. This is her first year on the Washington-Lee broadcast journalism team, but in elementary school she was on the morning announcements. Laura hopes to some day have a future in broadcast journalism and that her previous experience and this class will help her do so. She plays basketball and rows crew. Laura also coaches a fourth grade girl’s basketball team through Arlington County. In addition to a future in broadcast journalism she hopes to attend college at UCLA, Claremont McKenna or Stanford.
Sam Fitz is a junior and a member of the broadcast journalism family. People describe him as an outgoing, hard-working fighter who stands up for what he believes in. Last year, Sam was a member of the JV basketball team and Varsity lacrosse for Washington- Lee. After high school, Sam’s goal is to attend UC Berkley and maybe attend medical school or pursue a career in television.
Katie Dewald is a senior attending Washington Lee High School. This is her first year in the Broadcast Journalism program and is excited to learn about the broadcast process and what all goes into making a show possible. She has made many videos with her friends and is very familiar with the iMovie program and is excited to contribute to the show in that department. She took part in announcements in her former schools and is hoping she will be able to be on screen this year. She plays travel soccer and has played soccer for the Washington Lee team the past two years and plans on going to either Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia or Alabama State in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to either study interior design or film studies. She is excited for her upcoming year and hopes to grow academically and socially.
Katrina Cook is a senior at Washington Lee high school and this is her second year taking Broadcast Journalism. Katrina would love to see herself excel in all academic courses as well as the athletic programs she has contributed too throughout her years at Washington Lee. She is excited for the year ahead and hopes to make a memorable impression on the school and student body who follow in her footsteps.
Kyle Davis is a junior he’s also a member in broadcast journalism team. Kyle Davis is on the basketball team. Kyle is dedicated to his studies and is planning to go to college and play basketball and study field of medicine.
Gracie Pereddo is currently a Senior this year in the Broadcast Class. She is a returning member of the crew, and is ready to master the skills she learned last year. Gracie enjoys watching the Ellen DeGeneres show. Ellen makes it look so easy to be behind the camera which motives Gracie to want to be a part of the Broadcast field. One day she would like to be a nurse working at a hospital and watch the news or even the Ellen Show. Her favorite hobby outside of school is volunteering at the Arlington hospital.
Caroline Quinn is a senior at Washington-Lee high school, and a new member to Broadcast Journalism. Caroline is apart of the Best Buddies program here, as well as the Cancer Education and Action Club. Caroline loves to work hands on and works well with others. She is excited to spend her last year of high school getting to know her peers in the class as well as the program itself. Caroline looks forward to getting to apply her outgoing and personable attitude to the class and hopes to be able to anchor/present! Caroline can’t wait to gain more experience in the field of broadcasting through the class and just looks around to having an all around good time, and good year!
Audrey Paduda is a senior at Washington-Lee and this is her first year on the Penman staff. Her interests include: reading, spending time with friends and, of course, writing. She also enjoys volunteering at the Lost Dog and Cat adoption events on the weekends. Her favorite kind of writing is non-fiction and poetry. Audrey is looking forward to going to college next year and hopes to study abroad.
Anya Karagulina is a senior at Washington-Lee High School. This is her second year as part of the Penman staff. She is currently the layout editor. Anya is an avid reader and loves attending punk shows. Additionally, she’s a member of the cross-country team and manages girl’s varsity lacrosse. Her hobbies include photography, graphic design, and hiking.
Rourke Donahue is in the 12th grade starting his second year on the broadcast journalism staff. Last year he predominantly was on the presenting staff and made videos with fellow staff member, Katrina Cook and ex-member Sara Bourdouane. He is on the swim team, dive team and track team. He is also the SCA president, President of the Cancer Education and Action Club, the Vice-President of the Community Action club, and a member of Key Club and National Honor Society. Rourke cannot wait for an exciting senior year and getting done with college applications. If you have any questions about how to succeed in high school, Justin Snow is a solid source of advice.
Alyson Gorske is a junior at Washington Lee high school and this is her first year taking Broadcast Journalism. Alyson enjoys morning news programs such a NBC’s Today Show, which sparked her interest in taking the class. She is excited for the year ahead and hopes to excel in all her classes!
Maggie Burgos is a senior and IB Diploma candidate at Washington-Lee High School. She has been a member of the General’s Daily Dispatch since her freshman year. This year she is returning as Executive Producer. Maggie is involved in many other activities around Washington-Lee including: Varsity Field Hockey, Varsity Swim & Dive, Community Action Club, National Honor Society, Principal-Student Advisory Board, and the list goes on. In her very limited free time Maggie enjoys sleeping, cooking, and spending time with friends. Her years of experience in the class, dedication, and perfectionism all contribute to Maggie’s role as producer and she knows that under her leadership this year will be the Daily Dispatches’ best! Maggie is so very thankful for all the help she receives from Audrey and Ms. Misar, and the patience of the school when there are technical difficulties.
Juliana Butler is a senior at Washington Lee High School. This is her second year on Penman staff and is currently the Art/Photography editor. She is obsessed with all types of creativity and loves all aspects of the arts. You can always find her as busy as a bee, whether it’s reading, yoga, barre, soccer, swimming, instructing yoga, in multitudes of clubs, enjoying the arts, school work- especially physics and calculus, working, training for a marathon, nannying, and finding sleep now and then. She is beyond excited and anxious for the 2012-2013 school year because she knows it is going to be a beyond successful year. Namaste.
Anna Santiago is a junior and this is her first year working on the Penman staff. She has had her work published in the magazine before, but now she is looking forward to working behind the scenes. At school, she participates on the cross-country and the crew team. Anna loves to read and go horseback riding in her free time.
Lauren Karpinski is a junior this year and is a new member of the broadcast crew. She is excited to learn about how the show runs and wants to help make many interesting videos this year. Lauren loves to participate in school sports and she has played volleyball, basketball, and soccer for Washington-Lee. During free time, she likes to hang out with her friends and watch TV! After high school, Lauren plans to go to college and then possibly attend medical school. She is very excited for this year and hopes to excel in all her studies and activities!
Mackenzie Anderson is a junior at Washington-Lee High School and a new member of the broadcasting crew. She’s also apart of the high school’s soccer and basketball team, as well as an Arlington travel soccer team. Mackenzie is dedicated in all her studies and is fully committed to anything she participates in. Planning to go to college, she’s extremely interested in the field of medicine. All though she has a field in mind, she is currently undecided on what she wants to pursue. Mackenzie plans to keep a positive mindset this year and approach it like no other.
Katie Zetkulic is a freshman and a member of the Broadcast Journalism class. This is her first year on the staff of the Daily Dispatch. She rows Crew for the W-L team and loves to read. She wants to learn about being in front of the camera. Katie went to Thomas Jefferson Middle school and took the journalism class there.
Devon Brown is a senior here at Washington-Lee. She plays varsity volleyball and is a part of the CONNECT mentor program at school. She loves going to the beach and hanging out with her friends. She has been on the honor roll since freshman year and aspires to study business at the University of Virginia.
Undram Bat-Ulziit is studying her third year at Washington Lee High School. She will be a senior this year and enjoys attending school activities and spreading her school spirit! Undram plays volleyball and enjoys swimming as a past time. She is involved in different school clubs such as interact club, humanitarian club, and has been involved with best buddies club in the past. Undram has ran track in the past and plans on running track in both the winter and spring season for senior year. Undram maintains good grades while staying active in her community and volunteers at the YMCA in her free time.
Mad Sendek is a senior, and this is her second year as a part of the broadcast team. Mad is on the W-L gymnastics team and hopes to continue gymnastics in college. Mad plans on majoring in nutritional sciences or broadcast journalism in college. Mad is excited to be back with the Broadcast team for another great year!
Maddie Nelson is a senior at Washington-Lee High School. She is the non-fiction editor for Penman, and enjoys writing, reading, and singing. She is the president of the Young Republicans club at school and is a member of Best Buddies. She is also involved with the Cancer Education and Action club and has participated in Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field since Freshman Year. She is cheerful, nice, and loves reading and editing submissions.
Meredith Sweeney is a junior at Washington-Lee and this year is her first on the Penman staff. She enjoys drawing and sculpting in her free time and has contributed artwork to the Penman in the past. She is looking forward to a fun and successful year ahead.
Sonia Holar is a senior new to the Broadcast Journalism class. She plays the violin and is on the W-L gymnastics team. Sonia plans on majoring in biomedical engineering. She is looking forward to working on the announcements this year and getting to know all the members of our team!
Carrie Maggio is a senior this year at Washington Lee High School. She has never been apart of Broadcast Journalism or participated in the daily dispatch, but enjoys trying new things and is excited to be apart of the staff this year. She plays varsity lacrosse for the school team along with other sports. Carrie is shy at first, but once she gets to know you she really loves talking and making new friends. Her favorite color is light blue. She is looking forward to representing her class and getting to know everyone involved!
Heather Banikas is a senior here at Washington-Lee. She is apart of the Connect Mentor program for the school and is also on the varsity volleyball team. She aspires to major in international and global affairs and wants to attend either Indiana University or the University of Michigan. Her favorite television series is “the Office” because she likes to have a good laugh. Heather has been on the Honor Roll since freshman year and is excited to be apart of the broadcast team this year.
Kelsey O’Malia is a freshman in the Daily Dispatch class. She is obsessed with water polo, she’s been playing club for a year. Last December she was given the opportunity to train with an Olympian in Colorado Springs at the Olympic training. She does have another life; travel. Her and her family travel around Europe and recently retuned from Hong Kong and the Philippines. She hopes to someday attend Junior Olympics. Before she dies she wants go to the south pole and do a hand stand so she can say she has held up the world.
Jackson Trice is a freshman and is new to the broadcast journalism class. But he has worked for and been on his middle school TV show. He is the middle child in his family and possibly the best one. He plays soccer and is color blind. He is planning to join one sports team before the year ends. He is looking forward to the school year.
Mira Soni is a freshman and is in the Broadcast Journalism class. The last time she was on TV was on a CBS broadcast in Russia and she was 4. It was never actually televised, but she likes to think that it still counts. She loves to write and talk, which seem to be qualities that will help her become a valuable part of the Broadcast Journalism team. Outside of school, Mira enjoys theater, skiing, and attempting to play the piano. Mira aspires to change the world by one day creating a shelter for lost Icelandic sheep and using the money she earns from their wool to donate to the AIDS organization in Africa.
Audrey Batcheller is a Junior entering her third year as a member of the General’s Daily Dispatch.
She’s looking forward to acting as a class director again, and is excited about the addition of the new
communications website. Audrey hopes to go into Journalism or Communications as a career. This
past summer she held an internship at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce where she was working
closely with the Communications Director and gained lots of valuable experience. Audrey is also one of
the Varsity captains for Washington-Lee’s volleyball team and plays for Arlington Volleyball Club year
round. Audrey and her family are big hockey fans and have Capitals season tickets. She hopes to get a
job working in Public Relations or Sports Journalism for them this upcoming summer. In her scarce free
time, she likes to do things with friends and watch bad reality TV shows.
Sofia Cardamone is a junior and is a new member of the broadcast journalism team. Even though this is her first year as part of the Daily Dispatch family, she has previously made and edited videos in movie camps at her old school. In addition to schoolwork and broadcast journalism, Sofia participates in cheerleading, softball, and recently track at Washington-Lee.
Mackenzie Scurka is a sophomore this year. She is involved in broadcast journalism. She likes journalism because she has grown up around it her whole life, and plans to pursue it as a career. With a former news anchor for a mom, and an investigative reporter as a dad, she has been involved in some news pieces already. She was involved in an investigative story on underage tanning and featured in one of Fox Philadelphia’s “Deal or Dud” segments. This year, Mackenzie plans on playing ice hockey for her school, figure skating outside of school, and working at her ice rink after school. She also likes photography and the Washington Capitals.
Confident, charismatic, courageous, that’s how Justin Snow lives his life. Justin is a senior this year and lives in the Yorktown district, but is a General at heart. He is captain of the Golf and Baseball team. Justin is an easily approachable and kind person. If you have any questions about how to succeed in high school, or about life in general, he’s your man.
Paul Frondorf is a senior at Washington-Lee, he is 6’2, brown hair/eyes, and often can be seen
wearing a cap of some sort. Paul is also a problem solver, always looking for a solution to a problem at
hand. While Paul is not solving the world’s problems, he enjoys several other activities which include
playing on the lacrosse team for his school, and Cloud Bursting. Paul’s favorite type of forest is the
tropical rain forest, and he enjoys being on AT4’s.