Staff

The GW Chronicle is entirely student-led, with everyone from our team of editors to our newest journalists contributing articles to the paper.

Alexandra Saffa

Editor

Alexandra Saffa, a senior at the George Washington University Online High School, is an editor of the GW Chronicle Newspaper. Alexandra is also the News Editor for the K12 International Academy’s newspaper, The iGlobe. She lives in the Queen City, Charlotte, NC.

Alexandra is vastly interested in the medical field, as she aspires to study medicine and attend dental school.

Along with her interest in medicine, she is also interested in politics. Within GWUOHS, Alexandra created the GW Debate Club and holds the position of president. Aside from her academic interests, she also has a strong passion for figure skating. Alexandra has been a competitive figure skater for nine years. She is a South Atlantic Regional finalist. During her years as a journalist, Alexandra has interviewed members of congress, senators, and state officials. Through her writing, she strives to make a positive difference in the world.

Email me: alexsaffa16@gmail.com

Safiye S.

Editor

Hey, everyone! I’m a freshman here at GWUOHS, and this is my second year writing for the yawp. Some of my interests include psychology, behavioral neuroscience, astrology, and political science, and my hobbies include snowboarding, photography, writing, skateboarding, and baking. My interests and hobbies have a significant impact on my writing, and I love sharing everything I know with the world. I love stationery, bullet journals, and notebooks, and I’ve always been that girl that carries three pencil cases full of colored markers and pens everywhere she goes. I grew up in a multicultural environment, and I speak four languages fluently.  I also love traveling, and I’ve been to over twenty countries in my short time here on earth. I’ve been attending creative writing and debate competitions throughout my life as a student, and it is something I thoroughly enjoy. Since my name seems to confuse a lot of people, my friends and family call me Sophia, although some of my friends like to call me Phia. I’m excited to be working with so many talented people, and I’m excited to start my journey as an editor.

Email me: safiye.s1503@gmail.com

Lily McLean

Social Director and Editor

Hi, I’m Lily, a sophomore at GWUOHS living in San Francisco, California. I’ve always loved journalism and politics. I’ve written a few novels and enjoy working on essays and short stories as well. I spend some of my time on a farm and work part-time at a bookstore so reading and animals are also big parts of my life. I’m fascinated by politics and local and global issues and enjoy writing about a wide variety photos.

Email me: lily.abigail.mclean@gmail.com

Alexa W.

Senior Reporter

I love painting and drawing, especially with oil paints. I am also really active and enjoy running, volleyball, surfing, and hiking. I have had two of my research projects published at my previous school.

Emma D.

Journalist

Hello, YAWP readers! My name is Emma, and I am an 11th grader living in Springfield, New Jersey, which is very close to New York City. I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

I have been singing, acting, and dancing for eight years now, and my favorite musical is Newsies. I also have a passion for animals, nature, and the environment. I have a special place in my heart for marine mammals. In addition, I love to travel and explore the world around me!

I love to read all genres, and I also love to write. For me, writing is all about being able to showcase one’s true and personal voice, which is why nonfiction is my favorite genre to write and read. I am ecstatic to be a part of this talented group of writers! Seize the day!

Emre S.

Journalist

Hi, my name is Emre, and I’m in 8th grade. I love watching the night sky with my telescope and traveling around the world to learn about new cultures and places. I’m an active person, and I’m always up to something. I have a big family as I have three siblings. My hobbies include snowboarding with my brother and sister and playing video games. I like learning about astronomy, which is why I want to pursue a space-related career. I’m a member of the planetary society, and I actively follow astronomical developments.  The majority of my articles are going to be covering space-related events, but I like writing about other things, too, like reviewing movies and TV shows or places I visit.

Gryffin Penn Tizes

Journalist

Gryffin is an 8th grade student attending George Washington University Online High School. He has lived on the beach in the US Virgin Islands, the heart of the Coachella Valley, near the strip in Las Vegas, on the Gulf in Florida, and now the Windy City of Chicago. The youngest of three siblings. Gryffin enjoys creating with traditional artistic media, he is passionate about digital art, reading sci-fi, playing his guitar, and rewatching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Gryffin is happy, sociable and enjoys volunteering in his community. “I feel happier when I help someone.”
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Julian-Alexandre W.

Journalist

Julian-Alexandre is a dynamic and comical tween, truly an old soul beyond his years. He is a native New Yorker and a curious WorldSchooler! He loves art, history, poetry, and Greek Mythology. His passion lies in theater and drama. Being a Triple Threat (Singing, Dancing, Acting) has always nurtured and invoked a bold voice to express his inner thoughts and emotions. In 2018, Julian-Alexandre achieved recognition as a State Finalist for his essay submitted to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in a national writing contest called Letters About Literature, Level 1. Despite a busy schedule with academics, he manages to compete in national chess tournaments, participates in USTA tennis tournaments, trains in TaeKwonDo (presently a First Degree Black Belt). Julian-Alexandre is a Level 7 skier, and calls NorthStar in California and Beaver Creek in Colorado his alternate homes. His love of playing multiple instruments, including the piano, the guitar, the drums, the Japanese Taiko drums has helped him create differently and stay flexible mentally. (His first instrument at age 2 – Suzuki Cello). Some of the earlier lessons consists of grueling exercises – sitting upright with pennies on both feet… for 30 minutes straight! Discipline and persistence… Three years ago, Julian-Alexandre has discovered a deep interest in the political arena and the U.S. legal court system. He credits his tiger parents for always advocating early reading and writing (including womb studies), discussing world issues/ problems, and encouraging diversity and open-mindedness.

Kyla W.

Journalist

Hello everyone, my name is Kyla Woods, and I am currently a junior at K12 International Academy. This is my first year writing with GWUOHS, which makes me overly ecstatic to work with other skilled writers. I look forward to reading everyone’s articles as well as hearing the differing opinion regarding our current events.

In addition to writing for the YAWP, I am also a staff writer for the K12 International Academy IGlobe newspaper. I believe in taking any opportunities which may present themselves to better my education. As a committed writer, I continuously traverse through different news articles in an attempt to gain improved understandings of events. Writing has become a focal point in my life as it allows me to better express my feelings or opinions on a topic I feel strongly of.

Kylie P.

Journalist

My name is Kylie, I’m seventeen, and I’m a senior here at GWUOHS. I’m so excited to be joining the Yawp this year! I’ve loved writing for as long as I’ve been able to and can’t wait to contribute to our school’s newspaper. My biggest interests besides reading and writing are music, animals, current events/human rights, and anything related to the health sciences – I’m currently applying to nursing programs and plan to get a BSN. I’m so glad I get to spend my last year here working with all of our student journalists and editors, and can’t wait to see what the Yawp has in store for us!

Nyma E.

Senior Reporter

Hi, my name is Nyma, and I am currently a freshman here at GWUOHS! At the moment, I live in Nashville, TN. I enjoy reading, writing, and playing with my puppy! I have always been very interested in current events and journalism, as they play a key part in understanding the world we live in. I also love traveling, and I find myself very fortunate that I get to travel to many historical, interesting places. I enjoy writing about global news, and science.

Hank T.

Journalist

Hank Temple is a freshman at George Washington University Online High School. His interests are composing, acting, and watching The Wire for hours on end. He is currently roving around the country with his parents as they report a new book. He would like to thank his parents and his brother, Gideon, for support. He would also like to thank his dog Jax, who is often sitting in his lap while writing.

Gianna Borja

Journalist

Gianna Borja was born and raised on the island of O’ahu in Hawai’i. She has enjoyed fictional writing from a young age and has always had a love for reading and writing. Gianna is active in her community in local pageants, musicals, and her church worship team. Her favorite genres to write in are fiction, inspiration and motivation, and fitness. 

Francesca R.

Journalist

Francesca is 16 years and in 10th grade. Francesca was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania but has grown up in Minnesota. This is both her first year at GWUOHS, as well as her first semester writing for the newspaper. Aside from school and her love for reading and writing, Francesca loves to travel. She has been to a majority of the states in the U.S., in addition to London and various parts of Mexico, and is looking forward to traveling to Canada this summer to train with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In addition to her hobbies, Francesca is a pre-professional dancer and has danced with schools such as the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, and a variety of schools within Minnesota. Francesca is excited to begin a new semester as a part of the newspaper staff.

Collin Hoethke

Journalist

Collin Hoethke, a freshman at GWUOHS, is a journalist for the GW Chronicle Newspaper. He lives in Charlotte, NC. Some of Collin’s interests include computer technology and video game design. In his free time, Collin enjoys practicing golf, playing chess, skateboarding, and as a current red belt, practicing his martial arts.


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