2016-2017 Staff

Rachel Rizzo

Rachel is an eighth grader on the Voyagers team. She lives with her dad, mom, brother, sister, her two cats, and hedgehog. In her free time, she usually goes to dance or hangs out with friends. Her favorite shows to watch are...

Fiona Zheng

Fiona Zheng is a 7th grader in the All Stars Team. She spends her free time reading, drawing, watching YouTube, and hanging out with her friends. Her favorite school subjects are math and science. She has a male guinea pig who l...

Alexis Chickillo

Alexis Chickillo is a seventh grader that loves to play softball and the piano. Alexis lives with her parents and a dog. Alexis is a pitcher and a second baseman. Alexis loves getting strikeouts and good grades. Her favorite s...

Rishitha Voleti

Rishitha is a 7th grader in the Champions. Her favorite subject is history. She does Kuchipudi (classical Indian dance) and sing Carnatic music. Rishitha has been learning Kuchipudi since she was 6 years old. Her hobbies are wa...

Nawreen Jahan

Nawreen is an 8th grader at Rachel Carson Middle School. She likes to play basketball and watch Netflix. Her favorite shows are The Fosters and One Tree Hill. Nawreen also enjoys sleeping, because she never seems to be getting...

Joey Brotemarkle

Joseph Gregory Brotemarkle lives in Reston, Virginia. Joey enjoys playing all sports except for soccer. Joeys hobbies include playing baseball, basketball and football. He really enjoys parasailing and going on skydiving simulato...

Midori Brode

Midori Brode is a 7th grade student at Rachel Carson Middle School. She has a twin sister who plays lacrosse with her for CYA. Midori is also on Majestic team and she loves to play with her dog, Rufus.

Isha Devgan

Isha Devgan is a seventh grader on the champions team who loves to write. She swims and plays squash, which is like racquetball. Her hobbies include reading, writing, playing the guitar, violin, watching Netflix, and ice skati...

Meghan Violet

Meghan Violet is a seventh grader on the Legacy team. Her favorite sports are soccer and basketball. When Meghan has free time, she enjoys watching Netflix and hanging out with her friends. Her favorite Netflix shows are Goss...

Tommy Mika

Thomas Mika is 14 years years old, and has one brother, a mom, as well as a dad. Thomas enjoys spending his free time sleeping or contemplating life. He also enjoys watching Netflix shows whilst enjoying his favorite foods, croutons...

Kevina Wang

Kevina is an eighth grader on the Explorers team.  Aside from writing articles for Journalism, her primary passion is dancing, which she has been doing for seven years. In her free time, she loves to play volleyball and bake....

Jack Dougan

Jack Dougan is a seventh grader. He enjoys playing hockey for the Reston Raiders and he used to play football for RYA. Jack Dougan watches shows like Impractical Jokers and Those who Can't. his favorite thing to do is go outs...

Joshua Lemons

Joshua lemons was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a 12 year old 7th grade student. His hobbies include hanging out with friends and running. He likes Dear Evan Hansen and Twenty One Pilots. He can like every class, but on...

Javier

Javier was born in Spain. He likes watching Netflix. Javier also likes traveling to Spain and Peru. Javier likes tacos, burritos, nachos, churros and quesadillas. His favorite subject is math.

Michelle Lin

Michelle is currently a 7th grader at the prestigious and undoubtedly esteemed Rachel Carson Middle School. She is the older sibling of two, with her younger sister “only" nine years below her. She has played the piano in numerous...

Sean Gillen

Sean Gillen is a student in the 7th grade. In his free time, Sean enjoys playing video games, reading, writing, and cooking. His favorite video games are Destiny and Overwatch. He loves all kind of Italian food, but his favori...

Dipa Bhattacharyya

Dipa Bhattacharyya is a seventh grader who loves writing. She first discovered her burning passion at age 3 when she started writing. She was born in India and grew up there before moving to Virginia in 4th grade. Dipa’s favorite...

Mikayla Glantz

Mikayla Glantz is a seventh grader on Dream Team. She spends her time listening to all genres of music and eating food. Her favorite subject to learn about is Math. She also has a cat, Mufasa, who she pets every moment she can,...

Ryan Dwyer

Ryan Dwyer is in the seventh grade. He loves playing sports, the weather, and to cook. He plays baseball for the Fairfax Royals. He has loved learning about the weather since he was a little boy.  His favorite foods are donuts...

Avesta Panjshiri

Avesta Panjshiri is 14 years old and is an 8th grader. She is on the Xtreme for being extremely cute. Avesta  has a little brother. They both like to play soccer and plays for a Reston team. Her jersey number is 9 for Luis Sua...

Anwitha Kollipara

Anwitha Kollipara is a seventh grader in the All Stars team. Anwitha lives with two loving parents and a sister. During her free time, she likes to read, draw, and eat. Her favorite subject at school is math, because there is usual...

Aditya

Aditya Kak is a 7th grader in A pod, and a part of the All Stars team. He enjoys playing and watching all sports and in general is mediocre at all of them. For a hobby he loves to play chess and has participated in over 180 of...

Joshua

Joshua Hsueh is a 7th grade student on the Champions team. He enjoys playing tennis, video games, learning about technology, and other common hobbies. His favorite sports team is the New England Patriots, and loves to do math....

Anika Malhotra

Anika Malhotra is a seventh grader. She enjoys playing video games, hanging out with friends, baking, and listening to music. In her free time, she watches movies and television shows. She plays basketball for Chantilly Youth ...

Sriya Chavali

Sriya Chavali is an eighth grade student who is free spirited, has a kind heart, and passionate about dance. Her hobbies include baking, dance, filming, and watching movies. In the future, she hopes to study business management as...

Hariprasad Periyasamy

Hari is a 7th grader on the All-stars. He enjoys playing soccer and reading random books. He was born in a small town outside of Philadelphia but moved to Virginia at about 10. Not to mention, he enjoys playing games on his xbo...

Vikrant Agasthya

Vik is a 7th grader in the Champions team. He was born in Florida and moved to Virginia at an early age. He has many hobbies which include swimming, reading, and watching movies. He enjoys traveling but gets car sick very easily. ...

Sahaj Singh

Sahaj Singh is a 7th grader on the Trailblazers team. He enjoys playing Basketball and playing NBA2k17 on his Xbox one. Sahaj was born in Virginia and has moved twice. Sahaj also likes watching the NBA. His favorite team is th...

Tarun Thatavarthi

Tarun Thatavarthi is an eighth grader in yellow jackets.Tarun loves to play basketball,video games,and watch movies.His favorite food is the chipotle burrito and he loves the beach.He also likes hoodies and NBA games.He has moved...

Naya Akuete

Naya Akuete is a seventh grader from the All-Stars team. She was originally born in Lome, Togo, which is in Africa. She enjoys drawing and likes to dance. Some of her other hobbies include reading and writing....

Tejas Vasudevan

Tejas Vasudevan is a 7th grader on the Majestics team. He was born and raised in New York. He moved to Virginia when he was 12 years old. Tejas plays soccer very competitively and plays all year round. Tejas loves traveling to...

Steven Li

Steven Li is currently a seventh grader on Trailblazers. He has an older sister who is eight years older than him and attends UVA. He enjoys playing many sports such as football, basketball, and soccer. He also spends a lot of...

Jake Hopp

Jake Hopp is on the seventh grade All-Stars team. He likes to play basketball, football, and goes running a lot. Jake also loves to watch and learn about the weather. He has two sisters, and is the youngest of his entire exte...

Zach DeKoven

Zach DeKoven is a 7th grader on the Trailblazers team. Outside of school, he enjoys playing sports. Zach likes to play any sport that is not soccer, but his favorite sport is baseball. He also plays basketball, and does swim team....

Mike Massingill

One of our journalists is Mike Massingill. He is in the eighth grade. Mike enjoys reading, playing video games, and eating food. He enjoys traveling. He used to live in India for three years, and then Austria for three more yea...

Disha Adapa

Disha Adapa was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and lived in the state until she was 12 years old. She has a twin sister, and they are both 8th graders on the Dolphins team. In her free time, she likes to read, draw, and spend ...

Joey Brotemarkle

Joseph Gregory Brotemarkle lives in Reston, Virginia. Joey enjoys playing all sports except for soccer. Joeys hobbies include playing baseball, basketball and football. He really enjoys parasailing and going on skydiving simulato...

Connor Kasper

Connor Kasper was born in Los Angeles. He has one sister and is in 8th grade. He enjoys writing, movies, and watching football. He  wants to visit Norway some day.  He hopes to be a professional journalist one day....

Lydie Church

Lydie was born in London, England. She is an eighth grader on the Dolphins team, here at RCMS. She lives with her mom, dad, little sister, dog, and two cats. Lydie loves to dance, she is a member of the Ballet Arts Ensemble of ...

Stuart Lunn

Stuart Lunn is a 7th grade student on the All Stars team. He enjoys biking with his friends, and claims that LEGOs are the best toys in the world. Stuart can turn any random topic into a good story, game, or video. Stuart would ...

Srinidhi Yelimati

Srinidhi Yelimati is a seventh grade student on the Trailblazers team. She was born in Virginia. She has a younger brother. She found her passion from writing when she wrote fictional stories. Srinidhi also likes to read, draw, and watch...

Emad Raoufi

Emad Raoufi is 8th grader in the Wolves pod. He has one brother. His favorite subject in school is Algebra. He plays and watches Basketball and Football. His favorite teams are the Boston Celtics and the Dallas Cowboys. For his...

Josh Small

Josh Small is a student on the Legacy Team and a certified Scuba Diver. He is social and believes every minute of life should be lived to the fullest. He loves telling and hearing jokes, laughing and watching movies. He’s int...

Manav Gandhi

Manav was born in Virginia. He is a seventh grader who likes to play basketball. His favorite team is the Warriors and for football he likes the Chargers. He likes to watch movies, read and listen to music. His favorite book is ...

Nida Hadi

Nida Hadi is an eight grade student on the Wolves team. She was born in Pakistan and moved to America when she was about two years old. She has four siblings, a twin brother, an older brother, and a little sister. Her favorite...

Allison Liu

Allison Liu is an eighth grade student on the Yellow Jackets team, whom was born into a four person family with her mom, dad, and older brother, of whom is four years older than her. She enjoys spending her free time listenin...

Meghan Violet

Meghan Violet is a seventh grader on the Legacy team. Her favorite sports are soccer and basketball. When Meghan has free time, she enjoys watching Netflix and hanging out with her friends. Her favorite Netflix shows are Goss...

Jade Olschewski

Jade Olschewski is an 8th grader on the Wolves team. She is 15 years old. Jade likes to read and write. She wants to be a computer programmer when she gets older. Her favorite class in school is history. Jade’s favorite seri...

Spencer Dearman

Spencer Dearman is a 13 year old student on the Trailblazers team. Spencer enjoys cooking, skiing, and diving. One day Spencer wishes to try out for Masterchef Junior and hopefully open a Michelin Star rated restaurant. He also ...

Dustin Tran

Dustin Tran is a seventh grader on the Legacy team and was born in Fairfax, Virginia. Dustin spends most of his time hanging out with friends, watching shows on Netflix, and running his YouTube channel. Dustin is very knowled...

Nadia Potapov

Nadia Potapov was born in New Jersey but moved to Virginia before she was even two years old. She has moved three times but now lives in a nice house that her family has no intention of moving out of anytime soon. Nadia’s parent’s ...

Beth Belay

Beth Belay was born in Ethiopia now she lives in America she is 12 years old she likes to play soccer, she likes running so much, listening to music every day, she also likes swimming in summer time she was in pool with her friend...

Unnathi Bukke

Unnathi is born in Virginia.  She is a seventh grader who loves to write, and watches anime a lot.  She likes traveling to, and loves long drives.  Unnathi had the interest to write from a very young age.

Liam DB

Liam D'Souza is a student at Rachel Carson Middle School. He loves to play the trumpet, and is a very competitive volleyball player for CYA. Liam likes every class he takes, but he sometimes falls asleep because he's tired. He...

Manaswi Koirala

Manaswi Koirala is a seventh grader on the Dream Team. She was born in a small country called Nepal. In Nepal, she went to Daffodil Boarding school for one year, and she was third place for being the smartest child in our grad...

Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson likes to write, draw, and watch glee, but most of all she loves to dance. She is a very dedicated ballerina and modern dancer. Taylor lives with her Mom, Dad, and sister. They all greatly support her ballet...

Todd Kortum

Todd Kortum is a 7th grade. He used to play the trumpet and for a hobby he plays the piano. He plays baseball and is on a travel baseball team. He also plays basketball.  Another question that lots of people ask starting at...

Jake

When Jake was born his mom and dad were so happy. But there wasn’t just one baby, There was two babies! Jake has a twin sister named Sarah. She is super nice to Jake. Our mom and dad grew up in New Jersey but they moved to a...

John Lee

John Lee is in seventh grade. Some things that make him special are his imagination, creativity, athleticism and his brain for math. He has always been good at math and if he doesn't know a subject he will normally pick it up...

Yura Seo

Yura Seo is an eighth grader in the Yellow Jackets team. Due to her father’s former occupation as an active duty soldier in the United States Air Force, she spent the majority of her life traveling to different places. Yura...

Caroline Hughes

Caroline has three brothers, a mom, a dad, and a dog. She plays travel soccer for CYA Purple, A team. Caroline has played since she was three. She joined travel when She was seven. Caroline loves to hangout with her friends. Sh...

Lizzie Sleight

Elizabeth Sleight, or “Lizzie”, is an 8th grader here at Rachel Carson on the Xtreme team. She lives with her mom, dad and 2 younger brothers. In her free time, Lizzie likes to spend time with friends, as well do dance and ...

Claudia Messina

Claudia Messina is a seventh grader at Rachel Carson Middle School. She officially found her passion for writing in elementary school when her fifth grade teacher made all the students participate in NaNoWriMo. Although the goa...

Nathan Mo

Nathan Mo is currently a 7th grader at Rachel Carson Middle School. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the piano, which he has been playing since the age of 5. He also enjoys playing video games,playing tennis, and reading. Nathan ha...

Kylie Plummer

Kylie Plummer is a seventh grader going to Rachel Carson Middle School. Her hobbies include hiking, painting, and horseback riding. Kylie spends her free time talking to her cousins and friends. She also has been to many places...

Emily Wadlow

Emily Wadlow was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a younger brother and sister. She loves to travel and go on hikes with her family. Her hobbies include playing piano, reading, and dancing. A few favorites of hers are popcorn,...

Shreya Aravindan

 Shreya Aravindan is a seventh grade student in RCMS. She born in Kansas. She moved to Virginia when she was 1 and a half years old. She has one sister. Shreya used to play the violin in fourth grade. Shreya enjoys reading b...

Marc Goldstein

What’s up! Marc Goldstein is in 7th grade. He plays travel baseball for NFC Babe Ruth. He is fluent in Hebrew, making him bilingual. His friends call him Ginger or Baby G because of his ginger hair. His favorite baseball te...

Aary Akhouri

   Aary Akhouri was born in Culpeper, and is 13 years old. He has one brother and is in 8th grade. He enjoys basketball, music, movies, and writing things. He plays the guitar and the baritone. He aspires to be a m...

Cat

Cat was born in Manhattan. She enjoys playing on her Xbox and Swimming.

Danielle Evinger

 Danielle Evinger, is a seventh grader at RCMS (Rachel Carson Middle School). Danielle plays two instruments, the ukulele and the guitar, both at an advanced level. She plays many diverse sports including, tennis, swimming, s...

Catherine Lim

Catherine is in seventh grade.  She is on the Mason Makos age group National Team and is part of the Center for Ballet Arts Jr. Ensemble. Along with swimming and dancing, Catherine enjoys playing with her dog Bailey.

Sharmila Adapa

Sharmila Adapa is a 7th grader on the All-Stars team. Her hobbies include reading, gymnastics, and baking. She plays the flute and the guitar. Sharmila's favorite school subjects are math and history.

Dhruv Vasudevan

  Dhruv Vasudevan is in 7th grade and lives with his dad, mom, brother, sister and dog. Dhruv attends Rachel Carson Middle School. Some interests that Dhruv has is playing soccer and reading. Dhruv also loves traveling to ...

Jordan Villareal

Jordan Villareal is in the seventh grade. He just moved to Rachel Carson Middle School from a private school. His experience in FCPS and Rachel Carson Middle School has been great. He is a big Washington Redskins fan. He is...

Cameron Wu

Cameron Wu is a seventh grader attending Rachel Carson Middle School.  Cameron enjoys playing basketball, playing video games, reading the news, and uploading videos to his YouTube channel with 4K subscribers.  Cameron has ...

Anika Joshi

  Anika Joshi is in 7th grade and she goes to Rachel Carson Middle School. She is an only child. She plays tennis and it is her favorite sport. For fun she likes to hang out with her friends, go to the pool, and read. She ...

Anika Deshmukh

 Anika Deshmukh is in 7th Grade. She has one sibling who is an older brother. She used to play travel soccer and play the violin.The coolest thing she's done is she held a tiger cub. This summer she went to Hawaii, Maui, Oahu an...

Jonathan

Jonathan Vela is a seventh grader. His passion is soccer. He loves to eat pizza and drink a coke. His favorite candy is warheads. his favorite sports teams are the Redskins, FC Barcelona, and Brazil.

Bowen Zhang

         Bowen Zhang is a 7th grader attending Rachel Carson Middle School.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing outside, going on the computer, playing table tennis, and talking to friends. Bowen has a sister attending T...

Catherine

Catherine Pak is the second of two siblings, with a 10 year difference between them. Starting at age 5, she played piano, which has evolved into a hobby. She goes to RCMS, following her sister’s footsteps. She’s been playin...

Lily Walters

Lily Walters is a 7th grader in All Stars (the best pod). She has a younger brother that goes to Navy. Lily is a 2015-2016 graduate of Hunters Woods Elementary School. However, she has been to numerous other schools such as Edlin...

Nidhi Chilukuri

Nidhi Chilukuri is a seventh grader at Rachel Carson Middle School.  She lives with her mom, dad, and little sister. Nidhi loves to read, write, and play outside. She likes biking, basketball, and badminton, and plays the v...

Sohini Banerjee

My name is Sohini Banerjee. I am in seventh grade at Rachel Carson Middle School. I live with parents and younger sister who is in fourth grade. I participate in extracurricular activities such dance, piano, violin, and Tae Kwon Do...

Kaitlin Wong

Kaitlin is in 8th grade in the voyagers team. She spends time doing art, read, write and hang out with her friends. She has played the flute for 4 years and still is. Also she has been a extra in a FBI movie and was in a Mccor...

Elli Vlattas

Elli Vlattas is a 7th grader at Rachel Carson Middle School on Trailblazers.  When Elli was in 6th grade, she participated in All County Chorus, and this year, she made it into Intermediate Women’s Choir and District Choir. She ...

Anna Thatcher

  Anna Thatcher was born in January in Fairfax Virginia. She has two older sisters (Sarah and Julia) and one girl dog (Casey). Anna has been playing soccer since soccer since she was five years old. When she was in sixth...

Neel Davuluri

Neel Davuluri is an 8th grader at Rachel Carson Middle School. His electives at school are DIT (Digital Input Technology) and Journalism. His most favorite core class at school is Civics. He plays basketball for CYA and does sw...

Arvind Ramesh

Arvind Ramesh is a 7th grade student. He currently takes Journalism with Ms. Rahyab and Spanish with Sra. Sagastume. He likes to write and program on Scratch and Hopscotch. Arvind also likes to work with hardware, such as electro...

Jenny Hunsinger

My Bio   Jenny Hunsinger   Jenny was born alongside her twin sister Katherine (Katie).  Although very competitive, Jenny does not play any sports, but does enjoy writing and chess. Jenny enjoys the cold, m...

Mrudula Rapaka

            Mrudula Rapaka was born in India. She has a mom, dad, and a little brother who is 8 years younger than her. She moved to America when she was 2 years old. She wants to be a Forensic Scientist when she is ol...

Sheryn Livingstone

Sheryn Livingstone is 12 years old and she was born in May. She’s in 7th grade attending Rachel Carson Middle School. During the 2016 Tennis season, Sheryn, with her team won Regionals. Sheryn also sprints the 100m and 200m...

Falzah Farooq

Falzah Farooq is 12 year old and in 7th grade. She was born in Annapolis, Maryland. She lived in Maryland for most of her life and then this summer she moved here, Virginia. She has younger two sisters. In her free time, she likes to...

Mohammad Fazelyar

He was born in Toronto, Canada. His hometown is the 6, near the CN Tower. His birthday is in December . The best words to describe him is BOLD, Quiet, Trust Worthy, a person that never gives up, and he dearly care about a person that is sad or stru...

Becca Perron

Becca Perron is a 7th grade AAP student at Rachel Carson Middle School. She is a part of the performing arts company, Encore Theatrical Arts Project. This is her 4th year in company and her 6th year at Encore. This year she was excited...

Caelin Rowell

Caelin Rowell is in the seventh grade on Champions. She likes to read and write, and she swims in her free time. She has two older siblings and a dog. Caelin plays the bass and her favorite subject is English....

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