Bradley Shanker: Bradley is currently a senior at High School East and has been a Thunderbird contributor since his freshman year. Bradley enjoys writing about all topics, but he specifically enjoys writing about sports, especially the New York Jets. Aside from being Editor-in-Chief of the Thunderbird, Bradley also serves as the President of the Peer AIDS Educators Club, Vice President of the One World Youth Club, and Treasurer of the Model United Nations Club. In addition, Bradley also plays for the Hills Boys Volleyball Team. Bradley is an avid fan of Game of Thrones and pledges his allegiance to House Stark. He can’t wait to get working in his new position and hopes to help the Thunderbird soar to new heights this year.
Emily Disman: Emily Disman is currently a senior at High School East, but has been both a writer and an editor of the Thunderbird since she was a freshman. Emily enjoys writing mainly entertainment and opinionated articles, but hopes to expand her horizons this year! Aside from being a part of the school newspaper, Emily is an active member of National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and Girls Learn International Club. Outside of school, she teaches a dance class to a group of special needs adults at her local dance studio and helps students with their homework through a program called Homework Help. Emily and her family are also active in fundraising for a charity called Friends of Karen. Emily can’t wait to see what is in store for The Thunderbird this year!
Jolie Freedman: Jolie is currently a senior at High School East and is excited to be working as the Print Manager for the Thunderbird this year. This is Jolie’s 4th year as an active member of Newspaper Club and she is excited to help make the layout and the print issue of the Thunderbird even better! Jolie has a passion for writing and enjoys writing school news, community news, entertainment, and opinion based articles. Aside from writing for the newspaper, Jolie is a member of National Art Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Broadcasting Club, and is the Vice President of SADD. Outside of school, Jolie is on the leadership board and co-volunteer president of the Friendship Circle, a program for helping children with special needs. Jolie can’t wait to see what the Thunderbird will have in store for this upcoming school year!
Assistant Print Manager:
Mackenzie Gosset: Mackenzie is a senior. She enjoys being an active member of HSE and getting involved in various clubs, fundraisers, and events in her school and community. She is an editor of the school news section of the Thunderbird. She also likes writing articles about all the events that are currently happening around the school and what is going on in HSE’s many clubs. In addition, she is a member of the High School East Student Government, Spanish Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and is the treasurer of Interact Club. Outside of school, her interests include teaching a dance class for special needs children at her local dance studio and volunteering in a club called Budding Friendships at her temple in which she plays with special needs children.
Emily Metaxas: Emily is a senior at High School East. In addition to working as a Thunderbird editor, she is an active member of Photo Club, Spanish Honor Society, and Art Honor Society. She enjoys playing on the Girls Varsity Tennis Team and is anticipating an amazing upcoming season. She loves writing about music, movies, and exciting events around the world. She looks forward to sharing our school’s newspaper through social media and letting her fellow classmates know how great it is!
Rachel Schier: Rachel is a senior. As one of the Thunderbird’s photo editor, she possesses a passion and love for photography. She is also an active member of Photo Club, National Art Honor Society, Interact, and Spanish Club. She enjoys writing about entertainment, including awards shows and reviews. She can’t wait to work on the photography component to the Thunderbird and looks forward to a great year.
School News Editors:
Alexa Grill: Alexa is a senior and she is very involved with our school community. In addition to being involved in the Newspaper Club, she is in Spanish Club and Amnesty International. Her favorite topic to write about for the school newspaper is definitely entertainment because she loves keeping up with the latest celebrity gossip and likes seeing new movies and TV shows.
Op/Ed & World News Editor:
Andrew Yanover: Andrew is currently a senior; this is his third year writing for the Thunderbird. Andrew loves serving as the political correspondent because it allows him to express his own opinions while writing about the issues that matter to him. Aside from the paper, Andrew is also the treasurer of the school’s Speech & Debate Team. Outside of school, Andrew is an avid Mets fan and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Andrew has a true passion for politics, and he looks forward to expanding upon the Thunderbird’s political coverage this year. Andrew is also the Thunderbird’s Political Corespondent.
Kasim Waqar: Kasim is currently a junior and this is his second year writing for the Thunderbird newsletter. He likes writing for the World News and Op Ed sections to cover important global events and share his own ideas. Kasim enjoys participating in Future Doctors of America Club and the school’s Speech and Debate Team. He is also the President of the school’s Indian-American Society. Kasim is a big Knicks fan, and he enjoys playing basketball with friends and listening to music. He is looking forward to a great first year as an editor.
Aditi Patil: Aditi Patil is currently a senior at HSE. After working diligently with the Thunderbird since her freshman year, Aditi is incredibly eager to begin serving as the STEM editor. She is closely involved in extracurricular activities and clubs at HSE, and is a member of Academic Team, National Honor Society, and Amnesty International. She has also taken the initiative to found XX Coders, a new club that started this fall for girls interested in computer programming. Outside of school, Aditi enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends, and traveling. Aditi looks forward to an exciting school year full of interesting news regarding STEM, and another great year for the HSE Thunderbird newspaper.
Austin Krach: Austin is currently a senior and it is his third year writing for the Thunderbird. He likes writing about Entertainment because it is what he is most passionate about as he loves to go to concerts and always stays updated on everything in pop culture such as the latest TV shows and new music releases. Aside from being a part of the Thunderbird, Austin is the co-president of Future Educators Club and is also an active member of the Italian Club, Italian Honor Society, Broadcasting Club, and National Honor Society. Austin is looking forward to a great first year as an editor!
Rachel Penzer: Rachel is currently a senior. She has enjoyed contributing to the Thunderbird since her sophomore year. She also contributes to other school activities such as Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society. Outside of school she is a horseback rider and a guitar player. Her favorite topic to write about would be entertainment because she loves going to concerts and keeping up with pop culture. Rachel can’t wait to start her first year as an editor!
Profession/School Sports Editors:
Jimmy Rouse: Jimmy is a senior and this is his third year writing for the Thunderbird. He is one of our main professional sports writers and enjoys writing about the NFL and the NBA. Although Jimmy supports teams outside New York, such as the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Saints, he mainly writes about New York teams in order to appeal to Hills East students. Jimmy is involved in other clubs such as Mathletes and the Future Doctors America Club. He is also involved in helping his community. He can be found volunteering at a school for autistic children or counseling young children at a basketball camp over the summer, Jimmy is always involved outside of school.