AmadorValleyToday

2021-2022 Staff

Mandy Wong
AVT Editor-in-Chief

Mandy Wong

Mandy Wong is a senior at Amador who is excited to be an editor-in-chief this year! This will be her third year in the journalism program, and she’s determined to make it her best. With her work, Mandy hopes to connect students...

Yi (Steven) Yang
AVT Editor-in-Chief

Yi (Steven) Yang

Steven Yang is a second-year Journalism team member in his junior year. When he moved to California in sixth grade, Steven became more interested and involved in politics, the news, and journalism. He likes to be around his friends, ...

Renna Popli
AVT Editor-in-Chief

Renna Popli

Renna Popli (‘23) is in her second year in journalism, this time as an AVT/Amadon Editor-In-Chief, specifically for World News and Politics. She’s spent her past year in AVJ practicing writing, learning about video editing,...

Matthew Carter
AVT Editor-in-Chief

Matthew Carter

Matt Carter is a charming, handsome, and overall perfect Amadon EIC for the AV journalism class. This is his Senior year of high school and his third year of Journalism. He’s managed to hang on to his Editor in Chief position for...

Leila Touati
AVT Editor-in-Chief

Leila Touati

Leila Touati is a senior Editor-in-Chief for Amador’s 2021-2022 Journalism program. This is her third year in the class and she is beyond excited to be back in-person for her last year of high school. Leila loves to write f...

Elyssa Lieu
AVT Editor-in-Chief

Elyssa Lieu

Elyssa Lieu is the 2021-2022 AVT Profiles Editor-in-Chief. As a senior who enjoys reading voraciously in her spare time, Elyssa is proud to represent the different people in Amador and spotlight their achievements. When not w...

Jamilla Zuniga
AVtv Editor-in-Chief

Jamilla Zuniga

Milla Zuniga is a current junior on her second year on the AVJ team. She has been passionate about both reading and writing since elementary school, but began pursuing video-creating during her sophomore year and is now an AVtv E...

Arlina Yang
AVtv Editor-in-Chief

Arlina Yang

Arlina Yang is a junior in her second year at journalism and she’s also the AVTV Segments EIC for 2021-2022. She’s passionate about writing, designing, and video editing. Arlina likes to listen to all kinds of Chinese, Korean,...

Jeanette DAddabbo
AVtv Editor-in-Chief

Jeanette D’Addabbo

Jeanette D’Addabbo is one of AVtv Editor-In-Chief for the 2021-2022 Journalism class. This is her second year of being part of the journalism team. She is very excited to make AVtv even better than it already is. She is known for...

Senyi Yang
AVtv Editor-in-Chief

Senyi Yang

Senyi Yang (‘22) is a segment editor for AVTV at AV Journalism. Not only does he enjoy video editing and photography, but he writes frequently and likes journalism as opposed to writing essays and narratives. Senyi hopes to b...

Soumya Rangan
Photo Editor-in-Chief

Soumya Rangan

Soumya Rangan is a junior entering her second year of journalism. She passionately participated in creative writing camps over summers and journaled her vacations as a way of recording, and remembering her fun. As the Photo EIC...

Albertine Combs
Radio/Podcasting Editor-in-Chief

Albertine Combs

Albertine Combs is a junior at Amador doing her second year in journalism as AVRadio’s editor-in-chief. She joined the journalism team because she loves writing and staying connected with others. She has lived in Pleasanton h...

Parth Mishra
Radio/Podcasting Editor-in-Chief

Parth Mishra

Parth Mishra is a junior spending his first year as an EIC for AVRadio. He spent most of his life in India, living and breathing the spices and culture of the proud nation. After his dad was called to the United Kingdom for a ...

Sarah Yang
Infographic Editor-in-Chief

Sarah Yang

Sarah Yang is a current junior on her first year for the AVJ team. She is an infographics EIC, joining the AV journalism team for the first time. For her entire life, she has enjoyed designing and doing digital art. When she ...

Imogen Rogers
Infographic Editor-in-Chief

Imogen Rogers

Imogen Rogers is an Infographics EIC who aims to be a positive, productive leader for the infographics department here at AVJ. After two full years in journalism, Imogen has further enjoyed taking photos at sporting events, writing...

Anaita Mistry
AVT Page Editor

Anaita Mistry

Anaita Mistry (‘22) Anaita Mistry is an editor for Amador Valley Today, and this is her first year on the AVJ team. As a senior, she is incredibly excited to be back at school, interact with the community, and get ready to...

Thomas Kim
AVT Page Editor

Thomas Kim

Thomas Kim is a junior who is an editor in his first year of AV Journalism. Thomas is excited to cover an array of topics, as he is very interested in sports, politics, and current events. He hopes to use his writing in a way...

Zaynah Shah
AVT Page Editor

Zaynah Shah

Zaynah Shah, a sophomore in her first year of journalism, holds the position of Op-Ed Page Editor for the 2021-2022 school year. Excited to finally be on campus, she hopes to make connections and meaningful relationships th...

Carol Xu
AVT Page Editor

Carol Xu

Carol Xu is the AVT Around Campus page editor. A junior at Amador, she joined journalism to fuel her passion for writing and looks forward to collaborating with AVJ’s close-knit team. Involved in an eclectic mix of clubs at ...

Audrey Combs
AVT Page Editor

Audrey Combs

Audrey Combs is a new member of the AV Journalism team as an editor. As a new member, she is excited to write stories and be part of a team. From a young age, Audrey has enjoyed writing mystery stories. She enjoys...

Ritika Gupta
AVT Page Editor

Ritika Gupta

Ritika Gupta, a sophomore at Amador Valley High School, is the World News and Politics page editor for the 2021-2022 school year. She aims to inform others about important world events through her position, so more people will be inf...

Tyler Connelly
Show/Segments Producer

Tyler Connelly

Tyler Connelly is a senior at Amador Valley Highschool who is excited to be in his year of Journalism. He enjoys editing segments for AVTV. He is one of the editors this year but does have a past in advanced video editing. He a...

Ashley Hunter
Show/Segments Producer

Ashley Hunter

Ashley Hunter (‘24) Ashley Hunter, a sophomore, is an AVtv Producer for the 2021-22 journalism class. She was able to go straight into the advanced journalism program as she showed great interest in the production of the...

Matthew Nader
Show/Segments Producer

Matthew Nader

Matthew Nader (‘23) is a Junior at Amador Valley High School. He likes to edit videos for the Amador Valley Journalism Class. He is one of the new AVtv editors. He has been making videos for years. He likes to edit videos. He can...

Sara Kracke
Photo Editor

Sara Kracke

Sara Kracke (‘22) Sara Kracke is experiencing her first year in AV Journalism as Photo Editor. Sara has taken pictures starting when she was little of everything you could think of; her dogs, nature, sunsets, food, landscap...

Karissa Yeung
AVT Senior Staff Writer

Karissa Yeung

Walking into her sophomore year at Amador Valley, Karissa Yeung ('24) is excited to join the journalism team. Over the summer, she had the opportunity to learn the basics of how to write articles with the Harvard Crimson. With ...

Alex Wu
AVT Senior Staff Writer

Alex Wu

Working for the school’s Journalism program during his sophomore year, Alex Wu is now back as a Senior staff writer who participates in reporting the news around the school. Though the 2020 pandemic disrupted his reports as a jour...

Katy Clark
AVT Senior Staff Writer

Katy Clark

Katy Clark is a staff writer.She joined AVHS journalism in the 2021-2022 school year and is currently a junior. Born in Ohio, Katy has learned lessons in adapting to change as she has moved steadily west, first to the booming a...

Kevin Zhu
AVT Senior Staff Writer

Kevin Zhu

Kevin Zhu ‘23 Kevin Zhu is an editor for AVJ 2021-2022 class. A first year journalism student, he has absolutely no idea what he is doing. He is convinced by his massive ego that his writing skills are impeccable, when he c...

Jan Schullerus
Staff Writer

Jan Schullerus

Joining Journalism as a sophomore, Jan is super excited to be a creative part of the team. Being from Germany he’s a bit afraid to have linguistic problems but is also very excited to take on the challenge and improve his w...

Mark Zhou
Staff Writer

Mark Zhou

Mark Zhou is a junior in his first year of journalism, but he wishes that he is still a sophomore because being a junior is too stressful. He has been playing violin and piano for a very long time and loves listening to classica...

Yasmine Hanna
Staff Writer

Yasmine Hanna

Yasmine Hanna is a senior at Amador Valley High School. She decided to take journalism as one of her classes, because why not. At first, she thought it would be all about writing fictional stories in journals. But after the first...

Tejasvini Ramesh
Staff Writer

Tejasvini Ramesh

Beginning her first year with the AVHS Journalism team, Tejasvini Ramesh is excited to take advantage of everything the program has to offer. At AVJ, she hopes to pursue her growing interests in politics and law, refine her wr...

Sofia Skinner
Staff Writer

Sofia Skinner

Sofia Skinner is a fairly new journalism student entering her junior year of high school.  She thoroughly enjoys taking photos and writing, she was even in photography freshman year.  She also plays lacrosse for club and for...

Ruyi Ma
Staff Writer

Ruyi Ma

Ruyi Ma ('22)   Ruyi Ma is joining the Amador journalism team this year as a senior. When she entered Amador, she was amazed by the school spirit shown through the journalism team productions. She loves filming vlogs ...

Parker Brown
Staff Writer

Parker Brown

Parker Brown is a Junior that is currently doing her first year of Journalism. Parker is thrilled to be around people that share the same interests as her and try something new. Journalism really caught her eye because of the a...

Max Kiyoi
Staff Writer

Max Kiyoi

One of our new members Max Kiyoi has joined the Journalism team to bring you all the latest and greatest stories from all around. They recently have found an appreciation for writing and telling stories. Though public speaking...

Maddie Cowan
Staff Writer

Maddie Cowan

Maddie Cowan is a senior here at Amador, and one of the newest additions to the AVJ team. Throughout high school, she has expanded on her love for meeting new people and many of her friends would describe her as outgoing and ea...

Lionel Liu
Staff Writer

Lionel Liu

Lionel Liu is a senior high school student involved in Journalism 1-2. During the 2016 and 2020 elections, he became interested in national news, politics, and societal events. Within the classroom, he hopes to write and film comp...

Kylie Cancilla
Staff Writer

Kylie Cancilla

Kylie Cancilla is a senior going into her first year as a journalism student. Kylie hopes to make podcasts and film segments that are interesting and fun for students. She loves chatting with new people and figuring out others'...

Krithika Subramaniam
Staff Writer

Krithika Subramaniam

Krithika Subramaniam is a junior at Amador Valley High School, and is an incoming addition to the journalism team. She was intrigued by the thoughts of writing, publishing stories and anchoring for AVTV. She loves to hang out...

Kazuya Yasui
Staff Writer

Kazuya Yasui

Kazuya Yasui is a first-year Journalism student in his sophomore year. Interested in a wide array of topics, he hopes to inform Amador students about new stuff they have never heard about before. Moving to Pleasanton around a y...

Sarah Yan
Staff Writer

Sarah Yan

Sarah Yan ('24) joins AV Journalism in her sophomore year. She moved to Pleasanton three and a half years ago and developed an interest in video editing. She takes Japanese and is a huge fan of anime and manga. She is always ...

Jacob Paden
Staff Writer

Jacob Paden

Jacob Paden (‘25) is a freshman going into his first year of journalism. Jacob is hoping to improve his writing skills and other skills in this class. Jacob loves playing sports and would like to be a sports writer/player. Tho...

Jack Beresford-Howe
Staff Writer

Jack Beresford-Howe

Joining AV journalism is Jack Beresford-Howe. He hopes to keep AV informed on sports outside the school and keep them updated on video game launches and new info for game releases. Helping others isn’t a problem for him but...

Evan Garber
Staff Writer

Evan Garber

Evan Garber is a junior in his first year as a member of the journalism team. He joined journalism in pursuit of his dream of becoming a sports broadcaster. Back in 8th grade, he dipped his toes into journalism by taking a med...

Eva Raul
Staff Writer

Eva Raul

As one of the newer members of AVJ, Eva Raul wants to try her hand at all of the different parts of the program to find her true passion. She’s a junior at Amador and wants to be in the law field when she’s older. Despite...

Enzo Peixoto
Staff Writer

Enzo Peixoto

When it comes to writing fictional stories and filming legendary movies at home, Enzo Peixoto is always the first in line. But the journalism class he’s currently attending has a catch: unlike his fantastical work, stories c...

Aileen Hu
Staff Writer

Aileen Hu

Aileen Hu is a sophomore, and one of the new additions to the AVHS Journalism team. She is excited to take part in the lively events at AVJ and hopes to try a bit of everything. Aileen had always been fond of taking memorable p...

Abigail Kent
Staff Writer

Abigail Kent

Diving into her first year of Journalism, Abbie Kent ('24) is eager to meet new people and experiment with new skills. Her mind is constantly filled with plans and ideas, and she is an avid reader, creative writer, and artist. Th...

Zymon Baron
Staff Writer

Zymon Baron

Zymon Baron (‘23) is a first-year Journalism member in his junior year. This year, he looks forward to educating the wonderful students of Amador Valley, while improving his writing skills. He loves collaborating with differ...

Zenil Koovejee
Staff Writer

Zenil Koovejee

Zenil Koovejee (‘24) is a sophomore and a first-year member of the AV Journalism team. As a member of this team, Zenil hopes to expand his skillset in writing, video editing, and graphic design whilst actively participating a...

Soraia Bohner
Staff Writer

Soraia Bohner

Soraia Bohner is a senior going into her first year as a journalism team member. She joined the class to express her passion for political debate and world news through the many aspects of journalism. During her years in highschool,...

Sharon Jiang
Staff Writer

Sharon Jiang

Sharon Jiang is an Amador student who wishes to attend some cooperative activities in her Junior year, and that’s one of the reasons she joined AV journalism. She moved to Pleasanton from mainland China two years ago, and felt i...

Ritika Ghosh
Staff Writer

Ritika Ghosh

Welcoming her junior year, Ritika Ghosh hopes to 1. participate in the incredible social and academic atmosphere at Amador, and 2. Finally be 5 feet tall. While she may be lacking in height, she makes up for it in enthusiasm as...

Staff Writer
Staff Writer

Ria Wadmark

As a new Senior, Ria Wadmark is entering her first year in the journalism program. With no prior experience in the realm, she wants to adapt to the bustling environment, as well as possibly introduce a new segment. Always being the...

Paola Reynaga
Staff Writer

Paola Reynaga

As a new member of the AVJ team, Paola Reynaga hopes to learn new skills that journalism offers. Paola is into film and photography. She wants to learn about writing entertaining stories.  Paola likes to be aware of what goes ...

Nadya Carreira
Staff Writer

Nadya Carreira

Nadya Carreira is a junior who has many interests and is excited to pursue them in journalism class. True to her generation, Nadya loves taking pictures of everything and posting them on the internet for everyone to see, and is con...

Mikail Mirza
Staff Writer

Mikail Mirza

In Mikail Mirza’s first year of journalism as a junior, he hopes to explore the art of creating and publishing stories, whether it be by broadcasting, podcasting, or writing. During his spontaneous move in 2019 from Fremont to Pl...

Michael Hemenez
Staff Writer

Michael Hemenez

Lesley Vazquez
Staff Writer

Lesley Vazquez

Lesley Vazquez is going into her first year of Journalism. She hopes to find something she likes and pursues as a career later on in the future. When Lesley was younger she wanted to be a photographer and by taking this class...

Kiley Peete
Staff Writer

Kiley Peete

Julianna Diwa
Staff Writer

Julianna Diwa

A new addition to the AVJ team, Julianna Diwa (‘24) can’t wait to keep her fellow dons informed and write about the things she loves most: music, films, and the world around her. Whether it’s a long-winded playlist name,...

Joseph Chiu
Staff Writer

Joseph Chiu

Joseph Chiu is taking part in his first year of journalism during his junior year, searching for new ways to become involved in the school. He looks to use his strengths in writing and making videos to be a good addition to the wr...

Jocelyn Hsu
Staff Writer

Jocelyn Hsu

Jocelyn Hsu is a first year Journalism member in her sophomore year. She loves editing videos and photos. Also, she thinks adding filters to photos is one of the most interesting things to do after the beautiful pictures are take...

Jalen Alami
Staff Writer

Jalen Alami

Haley Gottlieb
Staff Writer

Haley Gottlieb

Haley Gottlieb is a junior here at Amador going into her first year of journalism. During this time, she hopes to strengthen her skills as a writer and tell intriguing stories to her peers. Over the span of quarantine, she has...

Greta Wogsland
Staff Writer

Greta Wogsland

Giuliana Barthel
Staff Writer

Giuliana Barthel

Giuliana Barthel is in her senior year and is a first-time journalism student. Throughout her high school experience, she has established a deep love for writing and developed a greater understanding of politics. Giuliana hopes to ...

Emma Ka
Staff Writer

Emma Ka

Emma Ka is a junior going into her first year of AV Journalism. She has loved writing ever since she began her first short stories at a young age, and she hopes to learn more about different aspects of narrative this year. She is ...

Dominic Varner
Staff Writer

Dominic Varner

Dominic Varner is a senior and first-year AV Journalism member. He has lived in Pleasanton his whole life and doesn’t get to travel much, but he loves movies, sports and the outdoors. Much of his time is spent either playin...

Cynthia Reynaga
Staff Writer

Cynthia Reynaga

Being in the last year of high school, Cynthia Reynaga wanted to take a fun and creative class before leaving for college next year. She chose journalism because saw it as a great way to be involved in the school and have fun at t...

Cortney Fiske
Staff Writer

Cortney Fiske

Joining Journalism her senior year, Cortney Fiske hopes to be a part of radio and podcast. Cortney is a terrible writer according to her family, but she also hopes to improve her photography skills and learn more about the fields...

Anita Gautam
Staff Writer

Anita Gautam

Anita Ratna Gautam is one of the new additions to AVJ. Her goal this year is to make sure that everyone is having fun. She is the person who likes to be everywhere all the time. One of the reasons is the fact that when she is on...

Anish Rao
Staff Writer

Anish Rao

Anish Rao is a rising sophomore at Amador Valley High School.  He hopes to experience the writing and presenting aspects of journalism and really hone his skills in those areas during this class. Anish is already part of the Sp...

Andrew Xiao
Staff Writer

Andrew Xiao

Andrew Xiao (‘23) Andrew Xiao is a new recruit of the 2021-2022 Journalism team in his junior year. Although he lacks much experience in many aspects of journalism, he hopes to be able to bring new ideas and integrate his...

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