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Editors-In-Chief

Leah Sycoff: Leah is currently a senior at High School East, and this is her third year taking part in the school newspaper. She enjoys writing restaurant reviews in addition to pieces that include all opinions so as to elaborate on the various ways people perceive current situations which she does by surveying her peers. Outside of The Thunderbird, Leah is also the president of Key Club, participates in a few National Honor Societies, and takes all AP classes. She also dances several days a week as a competitive dancer and is a junior EMT/Firefighter. Leah is a wonderful baker (she has a small business named Lulubelle’s Cookies for College), is an avid researcher, and is enamored by traveling. She is excited to be CO-Editor in Chief and cannot wait for the great year that The Thunderbird will certainly have!

Jesse Boxenhorn: Jesse is currently a senior at High School East and has been a member of the Newspaper Club since her sophomore year. She enjoys writing about many different topics and is always up for a challenge. Outside of The Thunderbird, Jesse is also Dixette captain, treasurer of Jewish Heritage Club, a competitive dancer, class delegate for Student Government, a member of many National Honor Societies, and takes many AP classes. During her free time, Jesse enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, playing tennis, and listening to music. Jesse can’t wait to be CO- Editor in Chief and is looking forward to a great school year!

Photography Editor:

Ryley Jones: Ryley is currently a junior at High School East. She has been an active member of the Newspaper Club since her freshman year before becoming the Photography Editor for the 2020-21 school year. She enjoys capturing moments for the school’s newspaper through the lens of her camera! Ryley also participates in KEY club and AIDS club, and she is on the board for both. She enjoys spending time with friends and family in her downtime, and volunteers in organizations with atypical kids, something she really loves. Ryley is looking forward to a great school year!

School News Editor

Julia Garelick: Julia is currently a junior at High School East who has written multiple articles for The Thunderbird before becoming the School News Editor for the second year! After being the Treasurer of her class for 3 years, Julia is extremely knowledgeable about upcoming events that occur within the school. In addition to writing and editing for the newspaper, Julia enjoys dancing competitively, while spending her free time with the Dixette Kickline Team. She is a participant in various clubs including DECA, Art Club, and XX coders, and enjoys volunteering when given the opportunity. Julia is looking forward to a great school year and excited to see what this year will bring!

Bella Kolin: Bella is currently a junior at High School East and has been in the newspaper club since her sophomore year. In addition to her position as School and Community News Editor, she is the secretary of the Animal Advocates Club, and she enjoys cooking for her family outside of school. When Bella isn’t at her job on the weekends and some weekdays, she enjoys writing and learning about science, especially genetics! Bella is most excited to meet new members of the newspaper and to spread the word for people to read the online issues!

World News/Op. Ed Editor

Brianna Kalina: Brianna is a junior at High School East and has been writing for The Thunderbird since her first year of high school. She is more than excited to be the World News Editor for the second year in a row! Since she is extremely interested in current events globally and locally, writing and editing for the World News section of The Thunderbird is lots of fun. Along with her experience with other leadership roles like Vice President of the XX Coding Club, Brianna participates in numerous school activities such as Science Explorers and Student Government. When she is not dancing on the HSE Kickline team or volunteering, she loves to learn about current politics and form opinions of her own on these controversial topics. Brianna really enjoys writing for The Thunderbird and is more than excited to see what this year will bring!

Rayanna Shwom: Rayanna is currently a senior at High School East and has been a part of The Thunderbird since her sophomore year. She loves to write about Current Events and is excited to be the World News editor. Outside of The Thunderbird, Rayanna is an officer of both Students Against Destructive Decisions and Spanish Honor Society and is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society. In her free time, Rayanna loves to spend time with friends and family. She is looking forward to a great year on The Thunderbird!

Entertainment/Lifestyle Editors

Lindsay Gordon: Lindsay is one of the 2020-2021 entertainment/lifestyle editors for The Thunderbird. She is a senior this year, and she has been a member of the newspaper club since the beginning of junior year. Outside of The Thunderbird, she is an active member of the Amnesty Club, and she does a lot of volunteer work within the community that involves engaging with special needs children. Lindsay loves to hang out with friends and family, watch Netflix, and read. Despite the current state of the world, Lindsay believes that this will be an amazing year, and she is looking forward to writing and editing for The Thunderbird!

Della Lin: Della is one of the entertainment/lifestyle editors for the 2020-2021 school year. She is a sophomore at High School East and has been part of the newspaper club since her freshman year. Outside of school, she spends time doing volunteer work, and she also dances pretty much every day. Her hobbies include baking and traveling since she loves to create new recipes and explore new places. Della is looking forward to her new role as an editor and is excited about the upcoming school year.

Alix Berman: Alix is one of the 2020-2021 entertainment/lifestyle editors for The Thunderbird. She is a junior, and she has been a member of the newspaper club since the beginning of freshman year. Outside of The Thunderbird, she is a competitive dancer, and she plays a big role in the non-profit organization BBYO.  Alix loves to watch Netflix and hang out with her family and friends. She is extremely excited and looking forward to this school year!

STEM/Technology Editor

Maddy Schioppo: Maddy is currently a junior at High School East, and this is her third year writing for The Thunderbird. She is very excited to be the STEM/Technology Editor for the second year in a row! Along with writing and editing for the Newspaper Club, she participates in other clubs and has another leadership role as a Public Relations officer of the National Art Honors Society. Outside of school, Maddy likes to spend time with her friends and family, and she enjoys doing community service. Maddy is looking forward to seeing what this upcoming school year will bring!

Vanessa Hsieh: Vanessa is currently a sophomore at High School East and is eager to participate in the newspaper club as a STEM/Technology editor for the upcoming year. She has been a member of The Thunderbird since her freshman year. In addition to the newspaper club, Vanessa participates in Key Club and varsity swim. She also swims competitively on a club team outside of school. Vanessa is looking forward to writing and editing for the Thunderbird for the 2020/2021 school year!

Professional/School Sports Editor

Blake Taylor: Blake Taylor is currently a senior at High School East. She is very excited to be the 2020-2021 Thunderbird Sports Editor. Outside of Newspaper Club, Blake is the co-president of Key Club and a part of several honor societies. She loves sports (especially football), fitness, and spending time with friends and family. Blake is looking forward to a great year!

Josh Foodim:  Josh is a senior at Hills East and is a Sports Editor for the 2020-2021 school year. This is his fourth year writing for the Thunderbird and his first year on the editorial board. Josh is a huge sports fan, and his favorite teams are the Giants, the Knicks, and the Mets. In his free time, he likes to play soccer and basketball and hang out with his friends and family. Josh is very excited to be a Sports Editor this year, and he is looking forward to a great year ahead!

Advisors: Mrs. Nicole Dalton and Mrs. Margaret Davis

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