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Meet the Editors of Polyphony H.S.

Editor-in-Chief, Mikaela Ritchie.  Mikaela is so excited to start another year with Polyphony H.S. She’s a junior at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, where she is a member of the Varsity tennis team and plays trumpet in the band, jazz band, and orchestra. In her free time, she likes to read, especially Jane Austen, fantasy, and Greek mythology. She has three older sisters and a chocolate lab named Miracle Max – Max for short.

Jane Agler  is a senior from Chicago, a die-hard Arsenal FC supporter, Thierry Henry’s number one fan, and a pianist. When she is not editing Polyphony submissions and attending classes at school, she is often listening to British punk and Frederic Chopin, reading Jane Austen, and watching movies by her favorite directors (Wes Anderson, the Coen brothers, and Martin Scorsese).

Scout Baker is a student at the Latin School of Chicago. During her free time (if that really exists…) she raids the fridge and watches action movies. She loves spinning around in circles and volunteers to teach acting to small children.

Alexandra Belcher is a senior from Chicago, Illinois. Most of her free time is spent in the theater. There she is acting, doing tech and writing plays. She is also a part of an all female acapella group and and an active part of her school’s GSA. She enjoys documentaries, YouTube videos and coffee.

Ned Bless is a member of the Class of 2018 at the Latin School of Chicago. He has lived in Milwaukee, New York City, and Carmel, California before moving to Chicago. While not writing or editing submissions for Polyphony, he is playing tennis as a member of the varsity team, playing guitar, or spending time with his two Golden Retrievers.

Lily Campbell is a member of the class of 2019 at the Latin School of Chicago. When she isn’t dancing, Lily enjoys hanging out with her dog, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and stalking Andrew Shaw on his various social media accounts. She enjoys photography, trampolines, and funfetti cake. Lily is thrilled to be a part of Polyphony’s editorial staff!

Rachel Cantor is a student at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, IL, where she leads a club called TRAsh, which stands for high school art (reversed). Known as Coco to her friends, Rachel is a francophile, golfer, lover of Shakespeare and cupcake connoisseur. She hopes to live in Paris or NYC, her two favorite cities. Rachel is an avid reader. Her favorite book is The Catcher in The Rye. During the winter time, she enjoys reading mystery novels while chai tea lattes. She likes to snack on bananas with peanut butter.

Walker Caplan is a member of Lakeside School’s class of 2016. Her writing has been recognized by Scholastic Art and Writing and Young Playwrights Inc, and she is a YoungArts 2015 Winner for Writing. Her original plays have been performed in New York and Seattle and she is the proud founder and producer of 14/48: HS.

Yongyu Chen is a senior at Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. He loves junk food including (but not limited to) Haribo gummy bears, Cheez-Its, and barbecue chips. When not editing for Polyphony, he spends time playing violin and watching soccer. (He is an ardent supporter of Tottenham Hotspur.) Currently, his favorite song is “Elevator Operator” by Courtney Barnett.

Christopher Chu is a member of the Class of 2017 at the Latin School of Chicago. He is the middle child in the family, sibling to former editor Caroline Chu. He enjoys dirty jokes, destroying the sanctity of marriage, doodling on all his classwork and writing. Praise from his teachers include: “I love checking his homework because he always has fun little drawings on it.” –Lia Hoying. “At least you did your work.” – Jonathan Legendre. “I know you’re all bored right now and I can see that Chris is drawing but I’m just going to let him do his thing.” – James Joyce.

Arielle DeVito is a high school senior from Shaker Heights, Ohio, who can often be found lurking in libraries and comic book stores.  She has been published in Navigating the Maze and Dancing with the Pen! She has also been recognized in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the Johns Hopkins Creative Minds Contest, among others.  In her spare time, she enjoys procrastinating everything and anything, painting self-portraits, sewing ball gowns, using power tools on her school’s robotics team, and baking (usually cupcakes).

Isabella del Hierro is a member of the Latin School of Chicago class of 2019. When she isn’t editing for Polyphony, you will likely find her immersed in a good book, playing volleyball, or browsing various social media sites.  She also loves traveling and spending time with her friends in Chicago.

Katherine Du, a junior, is a literary soul mate to Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austen. When fencing, chess, or original soundtracks fail to occupy her mind, she can be found enmeshed in wonderful Polyphony H.S. submissions. Her writing has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and published by Teen Ink, and she is proud to be a member of Polyphony H.S.’s editorial team.

Hunter Dunn a high school sophomore. She has a definite interest in math and science but she long ago decided that those subjects require too much homework. She has since turned her interests towards theater and English.

Kurt Edlund is a student at the Latin School of Chicago.  Polyphony has deepened his interminable interest in writing and editing.  He loves to write and writes to learn.  He loves animals and loves to take care of his four cats and one dog.  He treasures technology and applies it to his lifestyle.  When he is not in class, he loves to spend time with his friends, family, and pets and enjoy life!

Lindsay Emi is sixteen years old and currently a junior at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, CA. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Winter Tangerine Review and theNewerYork. She has also attended the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, the Kenyon Young Writers Workshop, and the The Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program. When not writing, she enjoys editing for Polyphony H.S., studying classics, and playing piano.

Madison Fernandez is a proud Brooklynite/New Yorker and student at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan. When she was younger, she swore that she would never read and would never attend college… look at her now! Although she holds a black belt in kickboxing, she believes that the pen is mightier than the sword (or fist, in this case). She has been published in Teen Ink, a number of poetry anthologies, and has won keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. If you can’t reach her, she’s probably stuck on a train somewhere.

Liana Fu is a senior at Barrington High School and the reigning demagogue of The Writers’ Block, a writing club she founded with no blood, some sweat, and a lot of tears. She loves reading nonfiction, chasing pigeons in Chicago, and helping fellow writers grow. Her creative nonfiction work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and by her mom, whom she loves dearly and should listen to more often.

Kathryn Garrett is a student at the Latin School of Chicago. She enjoys reading books and sharing her personal opinions on topics when no one asks for it. She also loves keeping up with her favorite television shows and talking about the quality of the writing.

Will Gomberg is currently a senior at the Latin School of Chicago, and loves editing for Polyphony H.S. He is constantly amazed by the quality of the pieces submitted, and loves being inspired by them. When he is not editing, Will loves spending his time with his two brothers, and playing many sports.

Lana Gorlinski is a high school senior from Southern California. When not spending ungodly amounts of time in the pool practicing waterpolo, she enjoys reading anything and everything, binge-watching Desperate Housewives, and blogging for the Huffington Post while drinking jasmine green tea. Lana frequently eats French toast for dinner and hopes to someday revive the popularity of the rolling backpack.

Erica Guo lives at the edge of a canyon with her calico-coated cat. Purple things, paninis, and black holes dominate her dreams. Her number one belief is that anything can be solved with the help of Instagram and duct tape. Erica’s goals include: 1) becoming taller than the Statue of Liberty and 2) living forever. But none of these have really started to take shape.

Claire Gupta is a student at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois. She considered herself a “math and science girl” until she met her inspiring freshman English teacher. She now looks forward to receiving the poem of the day email and annotating while reading. Claire’s favorite sports are swimming and tennis, but she can also be found taking photos of her mother’s garden, watching crime shows, and walking her energetic puppy, Caffrey.

Zoya Gurm attends Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. When she’s not writing, editing, or doing school work, she enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, playing instruments, and gardening. She is inspired to write about all the cultures she’s encountered on her numerous adventures across the world. She also has a strange fascination with crime novels and small plants.

MacKenzie Guynn is a member of the Latin School of Chicago’s class of 2019. Born in Chicago, MacKenzie has lived in the city with her three sisters for her whole life. MacKenzie spends her time rowing, playing with her dog, Logan, and listening to music. She also enjoys watching the hawks and baking delicious treats to enjoy later. MacKenzie is very excited about joining the Polyphony staff!

Jillian Haggard is a senior and lives in New Jersey. When she’s not scribbling words onto spare paper or reading the newest submissions to Polyphony HS, she’s usually dancing onstage, singing the latest pop songs, or reading from her always-growing stack of books to read. This is her first year editing for Polyphony HS.

Ginger Hahn is a senior at the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School and a first year editor for Polyphony H. S. Aside from pegging away at school, she reads (preferably novels or poetry), designs notecards to sell online, and plays the flute. She has a fetish for unusual, exotic words and cherishes the hope of someday travelling to Europe. Some of her best experiences over the past few years have included stage managing at the local music school, discovering Latin, and getting lost in the central stacks of the Penn State University library.

Annie Harriman is a junior, though is frequently mistaken for a 21 year old college student. Her interests include running, photography and singing (in addition to writing and reading).  She wishes to incorporate English into her future, although she’s not yet sure how. Annie is from Scituate, Mass.

Leah Higgins is a senior and recovering vegan. When she is not editing for Polyphony or her school’s literary magazine, you can find her playing soccer or catching up on sleep. Her obsession with the Huxley family is only second to her number one priority, coffee. She loves fashion documentaries, Franz Kafka, and hot apple cider. Lastly, her favorite activity is manifesting obscure scenarios to answer the all-feared question, “What do you want to do when you are older?”

Lena Hoplamazian is a freshman.  When not editing, she can be found rowing,  playing volleyball, playing piano, hiking, writing, and attempting to sing. She is a music fanatic and lover of the Chicago Blackhawks. This is her first year editing for Polyphony.

Abraham Joyner-Meyers is a 16-year-old homeschooler from Takoma Park, MD. He is an avid reader, a music lover, and an epee fencer. He loves to fiddle at the local farmer’s market, visit the museums in DC, and shelve books at the town library. He spends his summers playing violin in a string quartet in Virginia and playing frisbee at Duke TIP in North Carolina.

Katia Kozachok is a seventeen-year-old studying writing at Perpich Arts High School in Minnesota. When not working for Polyphony H.S. as a Genre Editor, she edits for Siblini Art and Literature Journal and interns for The Blueshift Journal. She’s also a writer for a local teenage newspaper, ThreeSixty Journalism. With the help of her trusty time-turner, she enjoys baking with chocolate, making morbid jokes, and rioting against the patriarchy. Her dream is world domination, and so far that’s working out pretty well.

Rachel Kulik ’17 from Brooklyn, NY loves poetry, problem solving, piano pounding, park swings, and anything penguin-related, and would win gold in all-around nerdiness (check out her Self-Study Initiative on FB). She teaches creative writing to younger kids and has been recognized by the Scholastic Writing Awards and Teen Ink. Rachel enjoys unearthing details in writing and in math (call it over-analyzation if you dare) and helping others, and can combine both through Polyphony!

Michael Lai is a member of the Jericho High School Class of 2017. He is an avid writer and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. His writing has also been featured in the Health and Wellness Division of Rosen Publishing. When not writing, he’s an editor for Polyphony H.S., a member of his school’s debate team, and captain of his school’s varsity swim team. During his free time, he indulges in ice cream (cookies and cream) and watches Game of Thrones.

Regina Lankenau is a student at the American School Foundation in Mexico City, Mexico. Though she was born in Monterrey she has lived in Austria, Poland, and Texas. When she’s not reading Kurt Vonnegut, blogging about nondescript things, or struggling to survive under the stress of IB, she’s having adventures with her brothers in new countries and singing Les Miserables from the top of the stairs. Her lifelong dream is to meet Julie Andrews before she dies (she being Julie, not Regina), and write something of significance.

Juliette Leader is a senior in the rainy and forgettable country of Luxembourg. She loves that she can keep up with an English-speaking creative writing and editing community online, even if she prefers the editing side. Aside from being a Genre Editor at Polyphony HS), she loves politics, knitting, annoying her amazing family and rediscovering her perennially lost umbrella.

Daniel LeCoque is a student in Chicago belonging to the Class of 2017. Born and raised in the Windy City, he has grown up in his ideal urban environment. Daniel has had a number of accomplishments in his so far 16 year-old life, yet for the sake of modesty and word count they won’t be included. Daniel owes many of his influences to his favorite musical artists and the late Kurt Vonnegut. On any given day you may see Daniel, but that’s not likely as Chicago’s a big place.

In the urban depths of the district of Chicago, Lucy Limanowski attends the Latin School. She is a genre editor of Polyphony H.S., and active member of Teen Ink. She also is in a band where she is the rhythm guitarist, bassist, and lead singer. Volleyball, running, swimming are her main sports that she loves to participate part in and out of school. In her free time when she isn’t working with Agency Galatea, she loves to draw, paint, or watch Supernatural and Gossip Girl.

Sharon Lin is a student at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the National Sejong Society, KidSpirit Online, and Yale CASA. When she is not musing about the higher power of humanity or anthropocentrism, she can be found curled up on a couch watching history documentaries and sipping a sweet cup of soy latte. She is an avid debater, and is interested in pursuing engineering and chemistry in her later career.

these are things pearl liu does when she isn’t reading, writing, or reading: blogging about sewing, style, and sustainability. attempting to sew. dancing. (she loves ballet. and art in general.) writing long rambly letters to tolerant friends. (in all lowercase).

Meredith Lostaglio is a junior at the Latin School of Chicago.  She is an avid reader and likes to write. When not proof-reading she is probably listening to music, watching Netflix, acting, or randomly roaming the planet. She found her appreciation of language when unexpectedly dropped into the middle of Japan for most of her childhood, and has never stopped trying to learn new ways to express herself.

Marimac McRae, Executive Editor, is from Nashville, Tennessee, and she attends Harpeth Hall. Marimac enjoys running, writing, and listening to anything Beyoncé any time, anywhere. Her writing has been in The Round, Blue Marble Review, Teen Ink, and a RunSmart Blog, and she loves to edit for Polyphony. 

Gianna Miller is a student at the Latin School of Chicago. Her favorite color is pink, however, this led her to make the regrettable decision to paint her room 4 different shades of it. In between riding horses and binging on Netflix, she’s rereading Looking for Alaska.

Meghana Mysore is a junior at Lake Oswego High School in rainy Oregon. She enjoys immersing herself in all things literary and dedicates much of her time in the pursuit of words. Languages, especially dead ones, like Latin, fascinate her.  Meghana has received four gold keys from the Scholastic Art & Writing awards and six more regional awards, and has been published in The Writers’ Slate and is forthcoming in Stepping Stones Magazine. She is overjoyed to be a part of such a collaborative student-based literary magazine. Meghana also likes making microwaveable things and pretending she’s cooking, and walking her dog, Pepper.

Alexandra Muck is from Dallas, Tx. When not editing for Polyphony, she is practicing the piano, participating (or leading) a club activity at school, editing her school, newspaper, and writing her own creative pieces, all while trying very hard to keep an A average in her six honors classes. This is her second year at Polyphony, but she regrets not starting earlier.

Since junior kindergarten, Hannah Perlman has attended The Latin School of Chicago. Her favorite subjects are history and English. She has a passion for words, written or spoken or sung by Justin Bieber. She loves to dance hip-hop and play tennis. A die-hard Bulls fan, she is their cheerleader in good seasons and bad.

Stephanie Racker is a member of the class of 2019 at the Latin School of Chicago. She is an avid equestrian and a huge Chicago Blackhawks fan. In her free time, she enjoys playing classical piano, re-watching Leonardo DiCaprio movies, and reading any good book she can get her hands on. Having had the pleasure of living in Chicago all her life, she also loves to explore the many restaurants the city has to offer. She is honored to be a part of the Polyphony H.S. editing team!

Giancarlo Riccobon, a member of the Class of 2016 at Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School, loves any writing that experiments. He has led his school’s Role-Play Writing club for over three years and, co-writing with his brother, he has met his word-count goal for National Novel Writing Month. He is a feminist and a follower of Pixar movies. When not writing or editing — a rare time indeed — he can be found volunteering at the library or devouring novels (sometimes mentally critiquing them).

Gemma Ryu was born in the great corn-filled state of Illinois but moved to the mountain-filled state of Colorado to pursue her dream of becoming a master ice sculptor. She enjoys long walks on the non-existent beaches of a land-locked state and knits ferociously in her down-time. She’s a gifted napper and cat trainer. She’s a woman of mystery and power, whose power is exceeded only by her mystery. She he whooshing sound as deadlines fly by.

Lauren Salzman, a student at the Latin School of Chicago, is a true people person. During the school year when she isn’t editing, writing for the school newspaper, or doing school work, she is playing basketball or volleyball, and practicing piano. She has a passion for the outdoors and this past summer went to British Columbia and backpacked for three weeks. This was right up her alley  for she only had to wash her wild, curly hair twice during the trip. This is her first year at Polyphony H.S. and she cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Grace Scullion lives in Winnetka, Illinois. When not stewing over syntax and extended metaphors, she loves to dance, act, and has recently dabbled in public speaking. Grace enjoys Thai food and cats, although due to her brother’s supposed “allergy” she does not have a feline friend. If she did, however, she would name it Cat Stevens because she has a horrible sense of humor.    

Isabella Starvaggi is holed up with her computer in her lap in Dutchess County, NY. She is in love with literature, theatre, beautiful diction, social justice, aesthetics, paint, and opinion articles. The quasi-spiritual connection between her and Hemingway is very real. Bella is an intense thinker but a laid-back doer who analyzes everything and is very excited.

Bianca Stelian is in the class of 2016 at the Latin School of Chicago. She has a twin sister but due to their fraternal-ness she will never be able to fulfill her dream of switching places for a day. Oh well. She also likes to write, if that matters.

Anuj Thakkar, a student from North Carolina, has a passion for singing Disney songs, albeit very badly, to brighten everyone’s day. When you can’t find him at some sort of club meeting, he’ll almost certainly be at the nearest Starbucks enjoying a cup of coffee while working on his latest novel, Statue. He’s excited to join Polyphony H.S. for a second year, and loves the inspiration he finds from student work!

Antonia Theodosakis, a student at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, IL, is interested in writing poems, short stories, and volunteering at the Field Museum of Natural History. She contributes to her school’s Yearbook and Model United Nations Clubs, and runs on its varsity cross country and track teams.

Jackson Unikel is a student at the Latin School of Chicago. He loves to write, play guitar, and eat vanilla Oreos (never the chocolate kind). Philanthropist, artist, and a scholar of Quentin Tarantino, he can almost always be found playing video games, watching old movies, staring wistfully out of windows, or perfecting his drawings of penguins.

Lorna Wilson, a student at the Latin School of Chicago, enjoys traveling both in reality and through writing. Any spare time she has is devoted to travel volleyball and travel to intriguing cities such as Venice and Copenhagen. She has allotted the remainder of her time to Polyphony H.S., a decision she is profoundly glad she made.

Grace Xu has served as the Editor of the Georgia Junior Classical League and is a member of the Class of 2016. She is the founder of the local Model United Nations chapter and enjoys writing, poetry, and volunteering throughout metro Atlanta. When she has free time, she enjoys running long distance, painting nature scenery, and contemplating the contemporary issues facing our world today. Her favorite quote is: “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together” (Desmond Tutu).

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