Editorial Board


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Ellie Gottesman

Online Editor-in-Chief + Front and Spread Editor

Ellie is a senior at MIHS. She has served on The Islander staff since freshman year and as an Editor-in-Chief for two years. This year she also is excited to continue her role as a Front and Spread Editor. Outside of journalism, Ellie enjoys playing competitive badminton, cooking crazy concoctions and spending time with family and friends.

When I look back on my four years at MIHS, I will say that journalism class, more than any other part of my high school experience, changed my life in a positive way. Journalism has taught me how to be more confident, work collaboratively, push myself into uncomfortable areas and stand firm in the face of criticism. Most importantly, however, I found a family.

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Annie Poole

Print Editor-in-Chief + Front and Spread Editor

Annie is a senior at MIHS. Before becoming Print Editor-in-Chief, she has served on The Islander staff as a writer her sophomore year and as A&E and Photo Editor her junior year. Outside of journalism, Annie is passionate about thrift shopping, social justice issues, art and photography, and spending time in New York City.

Deciding to take journalism was the best thing I ever did during high school. I found my voice, my passion for writing and design, but most importantly the strength and courage to always tell the truth.

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Isabel Funk

Managing Editor + Opinions Editor + Lead Writer

Isabel is a senior at MIHS. She has served on The Islander staff since freshman year and as Managing Editor for two years. This year she also took on the positions of Opinions Editor and lead writer. When not writing, reporting or studying, Isabel enjoys playing competitive volleyball, drinking tea with her family and hanging out with her Princess Bride bunnies (Wesley and Buttercup).

When I signed up for journalism on a whim, I had no idea how much it would change my life. Now, three years later, I know that the people around me and the experience I’ve gained helped me realize that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

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Ethan Preston

Business Manager + Sports Editor + Social Media Manager

Ethan is a junior at MIHS. He has served on the Islander since his freshman year, has served as Sports Editor for two years and will be the new Business and Social Media Manager for the 2019-20 school year. Outside of journalism, Ethan runs for the cross country and track and field teams, enjoys watching football and spends time reading up on politics.

When I was signing up for classes for freshman, I had no idea what I was getting myself involved with by putting down journalism. Yet, these past few years have been unbelievable, and I truly cherish the friends, the memories and the experience I have gained.

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Annika Bhananker

Copy Editor + Features Editor

Annika is a junior at MIHS. This is her third year on the staff of The Islander and second year as Copy Editor. This year she is excited to also take on the additional role of Features Editor. Outside of journalism, Annika enjoys trying new foods, spending time outdoors and being involved in theatre.

I am so glad that I walked into Journalism freshman year. It’s given me a community, countless skills and a better understanding of the world.

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Maya Virdell

Features Editor

This is Maya’s fourth year partaking in the journalism program at MIHS. She will be serving as one of the Features Editors. Outside of journalism, Maya runs for the cross country and track and field teams and enjoys creative writing.

I may have gotten lost my freshman year while frantically searching for the journalism classroom, but now after being here for four years I have found inspiration, friends, family, and memories. I think one of my favorite things about journalism is the opportunity to not only learn new information and bring critical issues to light, but the fact that we can actually make a difference with the power of our words.

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Natalie Chen

A&E Editor

Natalie is a senior at MIHS. She has served The Islander staff since junior year and as A&E Editor this year. Outside of journalism, Natalie enjoys playing volleyball, band and drawing.

Journalism is a unique experience that has opened me up to so many diverse perspectives. I enjoy seeing how thoughtful my peers can be, especially when they are passionate. Journalism has encouraged me to challenge my own beliefs and pushed me to challenge others.

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Kiran D’Souza

Back Editor

Kiran is a senior at MIHS. She has served The Islander staff since junior year. This year she is excited to be the back page editor. When she’s not in journalism, Kiran likes to horseback ride and spend time with family and friends.

Journalism allows me to be in touch with the community while also giving me a creative outlet.

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Alex Levin

Sports Columnist

Alex is a sophomore at MIHS. This is his second year on the staff of The Islander, and his first serving as the Sports Columnist. When he’s not writing, Alex runs cross country and track. He also loves to watch, play and talk about football.

I wouldn’t exactly call journalism a class. It’s more of an abnormal, exceedingly stressful way to make new friends.

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Lena Hardisty

Cartoonist

Lena is a sophomore at MIHS. She served on The Islander staff freshman year and is thrilled to be the Cartoonist this year. When not working on The Islander, Lena enjoys wrestling, making comics and writing slam poetry.

Being on the team gives me so much freedom to have my work and thoughts shared, as well as being able to make an impact on the community. I’m really thankful for that.

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Max Hense

Senior Writer

Max is a sophomore at MIHS. She worked as a staff writer for The Islander her freshman year, and is now serving as a senior writer. Outside of journalism, she enjoys hiking, visiting new cities and spending time with her little brother. She is passionate about volunteer work and creative writing.

When I signed up for Journalism, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I’m so happy I found the community at MIHS and found a place to foster my love for writing and reporting. I’m excited to see what my next year with The Islander has to offer.

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Sandra Pedersen

Senior Writer

Sandra is a sophomore at MIHS. She has worked on The Islander staff since freshman year, first serving as a staff writer and now as a senior writer. Outside of journalism, she enjoys travelling with her family, painting and swimming. During the summer, Sandra also likes studying in Denmark.

Signing up for Journalism was like discovering a whole new part of MIHS. I found a place where I had the space to explore my passion for writing and share my voice.

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Chris Twombley

Adviser

Twombley has been teaching English at MIHS for 22 years and has served as The Islander’s adviser for the last five. Outside the classroom, Twombley enjoys travel, exploring nature, going to concerts and spending time with his family and friends.

I’ve had the privilege to do some cool things in my teaching career, but one of the coolest is helping my students find their voices.

Staff Writers


Top row (left to right): Kyu Kim, Morgan Dawson, Kieran Rogers, Mia Lobosco and Braeden Nett
Bottom row (left to right): Ryan Dallas, Honor Warburg, Hannah Howison, Allison Hixson, and Brooks Kahsai