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Editors-In-Chief

Alix Berman: Alix is currently a senior at High School East and has been a member of the Newspaper Club since her freshman year. She enjoys writing about many different topics and is always up for a challenge. Outside of The Thunderbird, Alix is also editor in chief of Pegasus, the school literary magazine, regional vice president of recruitment for BBYO, a competitive dancer, employed at the Homework Hub, raises money for a charity called “Friends of Karen,” and is enrolled in AP courses. During her free time, Alix enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, reading books, and listening to music (specifically Taylor Swift). Alix is excited to be Co-Editor in Chief and looking forward to a great school year full of great stories!

Brianna Kalina: Brianna is currently a senior at High School East, and this is her third year taking part in the school newspaper. She enjoys writing about politics and science in addition to pieces that include current lifestyle trends. Outside of The Thunderbird, Brianna is also a captain on the Dixettes dance team, President of Girls Who Code and Science Explorers Club, participates in a few National Honor Societies, and enrolled in all AP courses. She also is a newly certified EMT. Brianna is an avid researcher and loves to get crafty and creative. She is excited to be Co-Editor in Chief and cannot wait for the great year that The Thunderbird will certainly have!

Photography Editor

Ryley Jones: Ryley is currently a senior at High School East. She has been an active member of the Newspaper Club since her freshman year and a Photography Editor since her junior 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 senior at High School East who has written multiple articles for The Thunderbird and has been the School News Editor for three years! As an active member in Student Government, 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!

World News/Op. Ed Editor

Vanessa Hsieh: Vanessa is currently a junior at High School East and is excited to participate in Newspaper Club as a World News Editor. She has been a member of The Thunderbird since her freshman year and loves to write about current events. In addition to the newspaper club, Vanessa participates in Key Club, Varsity Swim, and many honor societies. She also swims competitively on a club team outside of school. Vanessa is looking forward to writing and editing for The Thunderbird for the 2021-2022 school year!

Brooke Pitcoff: Brooke is currently a senior at High School East and has been a part of The Thunderbird since her junior year. She loves to write about current events and is excited to be the World News/ OP ED Editor. Outside of The Thunderbird, Brooke is an officer of both National Honor Society and the Friendship Circle. In her free time, Brooke loves music and spending time with friends and family. She is looking forward to writing and editing for The Thunderbird!

Entertainment/Lifestyle Editors

Della Lin: Della is one of the Entertainment/Lifestyle Editors for the 2021-2022 school year. She is a junior 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 role as an editor and is excited about the upcoming school year.

Maya Hoffman: Maya is a senior at High School East and has been writing for The Thunderbird since her freshman year. Maya is the Lifestyle and Entertainment Editor for the newspaper. She participates in other clubs including the Speech and Debate Team and various honor societies. When Maya is not in school, you can find her volunteering at the New York Friendship Circle or spending time with her friends and family.

STEM/Technology Editor

Madison Schioppo: Maddy is currently a senior at High School East, and this is her fourth year writing for The Thunderbird. She is very excited to be the STEM/Technology Editor for the third year in a row! Along with writing and editing for the Newspaper Club, she participates in other clubs and has another leadership role as President 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!

Professional/School Sports Editor

Jack Nevins: Jack Nevins is a sophomore at High School East and the Sports Editor for The Thunderbird as well as a member of the SADD Club. He enjoys playing golf and is on the Varsity Golf team! Jack is a huge sports fan and loves watching his two favorite teams; the Yankees and the Jets. Jack is extremely excited for what this year has in store as an editor and student!

Luke Gottlieb: Luke Gottlieb is a junior at Hills East and the Sports Editor for the 2021-22 school year. This is his second year writing articles and his first as an editor. Luke is a big sports fan who enjoys all sports which include the Mets, Giants, Chicago Bulls, and Blackhawks. In his free time he enjoys playing baseball. Luke is looking forward to having a smooth year.

Advisors: Mrs. Kerri Ciofrone and Mr. Tim Harrigan

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