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Meet the Editors of Polyphony H.S.

Editor-in-Chief, Isabella del Hierro is proud to be an editor at Polyphony as well as a member of the Latin School of Chicago’s class of 2019. When she isn’t editing submissions or swimming in endless amounts of school work, she enjoys tutoring middle school students, playing on her school’s volleyball team, and singing a cappella. Her other passions include creative writing, spending time with her friends and family, and doing basically anything outdoors (even though she lives in downtown Chicago).


Kristen Altman is a student at Choate Rosemary Hall graduating in 2018. She enjoys writing, metaphorically running from one commitment to the next, and actually running on the varsity cross country team. A current Second Reader, Kristen would describe her experience at Polyphony as entertaining, insightful, and humbling.


Joshua Anil, a Genre Editor, is a student at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, that will be graduating in 2017. He loves playing piano, whether it be classical, pop, or improv, but ragtime is where his heart lies. He obsesses over sports, and will forgo doing all work when his beloved Dallas Cowboys are playing. While he is not the next Federer, he does like racking up DIII collegiate tennis offers from small colleges in Alabama. He once hated English, so the fact that he is on this website is proof that miracles do indeed happen.


Theodore Baas is a Sophomore at Holland Christian high school in Michigan. He is the founder and head editor of the Curieux Academic Journal, an academic journal for high school students. When not editing for Polyphony submissions he enjoys doing mathematical research in the field of graph theory, reading philosophy, and writing. His writing has been published in Imagine Magazine and honored by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.


Olivia Baker, class of 2019, is a Second Reader at Polyphony H.S. A self-professed space cadet, a confused human, a hopeless introvert, she’s the personification of the city of Chicago. She puts olive oil on everything, seemingly, and it’s not because it’s name sounds like hers (really, it’s not because of that). Her life revolves around trivial matters– a myriad of television series (like Sherlock or The Office) and her high score in the highly addicting game of Tiny Wings, for instance. And, to the dislike of many people, she lives by the philosophy that “everything happens for a reason.” Because it certainly does…but perhaps she’s biased.


Sarah Baldino is a senior at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. Her work has been published in Scholastic Art & Writing’s Best Teen Writing of 2017 and she plans to study creative writing for the screen and stage once in college. If you get the rare opportunity to spot her outside of her den (bed) before midday on a weekend, stay at a safe distance unless you have prepared a peace offering in the form of green tea.


Marleigh Belsley is a proud Chicagoan. She is 16 years old and a member of the Latin School of Chicago’s class of 2019. Aside from being a Second Reader for Polyphony HS, she is the captain of her sailing team and sings in the Chicago Children’s Choir’s top preforming ensemble, the Voice of Chicago. When she is not on the water or performing, she is often found taking photos or daydreaming.


Paakhi Bhatnagar is a Second Reader and a student of Delhi Private School, Sharjah; class of 2018. She is an indulgent reader, writer, blogger, and a self-proclaimed fierce political activist. She is proud to have many of her pieces published in Feminine Collective, as well as her local newspaper, The Gulf News. She also possesses the uncanny ability of turning everything into a debate.


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.


Riley Grace Borden, is a Genre Editor from Whidbey Island, Washington. She is overly excited about be a member of the Polyphony editorial board. Her love and vengeance for ballet is a reliable theme in her writing, as is her terrible habit of sending out rough drafts. Her guilty pleasures include solitude, propagating Sylvia Plath, Ayn Rand, and Native American rights, eating too much ice cream, and letting her mind and possessions wander.


Executive Editor 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!


Emily Cho is a member of North Shore Country Day School’s Class of 2020. She is a Second Reader at Polyphony H.S. Emily enjoys all forms of art, particularly theatre and writing. As a Korean American, she lives her life between two universes; the crowded streets of Seoul, and the Wilmette, Illinois suburbs where she currently resides.


Isabella Cho is a member of the class of 2020, and is currently a Second Reader for Polyphony H.S. She loves to read and write poetry, and has received five gold keys from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Two of her favorite poems include “Rothko’s Last Meditation” by Bob Hicok and “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong” by Ocean Vuong. She enjoys Calculus, English, and Latin, and likes to watch Korean television with her family on Saturday nights.


Brianna Chou is a member of the class of 2018 at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL and an Executive Editor. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, she is born in the year of the rabbit. Rabbits are symbol of creativity and a sign of noble beauty. When not editing Polyphony submissions from all over the world, she plays the piano at music festivals and enjoys hitting tennis balls with her friends. Her nighttime routine includes FaceTiming with friends indulging ice cream.


Cameron Cozzi is a member of the class of 2019 at The Latin School of Chicago, and has lived in Chicago for her entire life. When she is not acting on submissions as an Executive Editor for Polyphony, you could find Cameron in the park with her Golden Retriever, at field hockey practice, or on the couch watching a Blackhawks game. Cameron loves to travel with her family and friends, and is always excited about experiencing new cultures.


Maggie Eames, a redheaded resident of Andover, MA, is a member of the class of 2019 attending Lawrence Academy in Groton. She has been recognized by and published in a variety of literary journals and contests, and will be attending the New England Young Writers’ Conference in May of 2017. When Maggie is not acting on submissions for Polyphony HS as a Genre Editor, she can typically be found reading, sleeping, or attempting to dance (despite her extreme lack of coordination).


Kelly Farley, a member of the Class of 2018 at the Latin School of Chicago, is a Genre Editor for Polyphony H.S.  When not editing, writing, or reading, she spends her (admitted limited) free time practicing, whether that be for volleyball, softball, piano, or math team.  Her talents include detecting which of her two younger sisters is walking down the hallway based on the sound of the footsteps, somehow burning even simple foods like oatmeal, and tumbling into webholes about everything from the power dynamics established by punctuation in emails to the use of game theory in explaining why yeast cells cooperate.


Joseph Felkers is a Genre Editor and a member of the class of 2018 at Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  His poetry appears in decomP, SOFTBLOW and Rust + Moth, among others. He edits for Polyphony, reads for Adroit, and scoops ice cream professionally, for now.


Genre Editor 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.


Genre Editor 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 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.


Genre Editor Lily Keiderling is graduating from the Latin School of Chicago in the class of 2018.  When she is not playing soccer, Lily can be found making lists for the all the books she wants to read, Polyphony submissions, and recipes she has yet to do.  Her favorite non-academic activity is experimenting with molecular gastronomy to use science to turn classic recipes inside out.  She hopes to one day open her own bakery/ice cream store/book store.


Lia Kim is a member of Latin School of Chicago’s class of 2018. She loves being an editor for Polyphony H.S. because not only can she help others improve their writing, but by being exposed to such a wide range of submissions, she can also improve her own writing. When she isn’t editing, Lia enjoys practicing piano, eating (she’s a big foodie), hanging out with her friends and spending time outdoors. She is thrilled to be apart of the Polyphony H.S. team!


Victoria Lei is a member of the class of 2018 at Brownell-Talbot School (in Omaha, Nebraska, although a lot of people may call it the middle of nowhere). Most of her time is spent practicing forensics or cheerleading. She loves a good rainy day to work on submissions, write pieces for newspaper and yearbook, or to play Chopin. Sometimes she even tries to do all three at once. When all else fails, she turns to George Orwell and a bowl of frozen raspberries to relax.

Yuqing Liu, is a Second Reader for Polypohony HS She is a passionate writer, a creative thinker, and a fearless leader. This year, she was awarded 1st place at the Texas State Bowl for Scenario Writing, and she has qualified for the International Future Problems Solving Writing Conference.  She has also won 1st place in the National SpiderSmart Essay Contest.  As Editor-in-Chief of the student editorial and a senior writer for the campus newspaper, she loves current events and being able to showcase her unique voice to the world.  Through these positions, she aims to help every student’s voice shine!

Margaret Lu is a Second Reader and member of the class of 2018 at Waubonsie Valley High in Aurora, Illinois. Her art and writing have been recognized with gold, silver, and honorable mentions in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In addition, she is a YoungArts finalist in creative non-fiction, has been recognized in the New York Times as a finalist for editorial cartooning, and writes for the Chicago Tribune’s teen division, The Mash. When not writing or painting, Maggie can be found obsessing over Studio Ghibli films, attempting to sing Spanish songs, or editing Polyphony submissions.


Lisa Miller spends her time making costumes or designing makeup for her school’s theater productions or fencing épée when she is not editing as First Reader for Polyphony. A member of the class of  2019 at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, this Chicago native listens and loves all genres of music, especially if it is poetic.


Genre Editor Theodora Moldovan is an over-achieving high school sophomore from Satu Mare, Romania. She spends a large portion of her time online, either reading op-eds or watching obscure comedy. Reading for Polyphony H.S. allows her to step out of her comfort zone and read some poetry alongside all those political pieces.


Genre Editor Lindsay Peigh is a member of the class of 2018 at the Latin School of Chicago. When she’s not playing with her dog (which is most of the time), Lindsay enjoys walking through downtown Chicago, traveling the world, and binge watching Friends on Netflix. She is a proud city kid who loves exploring new restaurants, stores, and neighborhoods in her city. This is Lindsay’s third year editing for Polyphony H.S., and she loves being a part of the staff!


Stephanie Racker is an Executive Editor and 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!


Gemma Ryu, an Executive Editorwas 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 hears whooshing sounds as deadlines fly by.


Lauren Salzman is a member of the class of 2018 at the Latin School of Chicago. When not reading, writing, or editing the school newspaper, she enjoys hiking, spending time with friends, and playing basketball! She is a proud Executive Editor for Polyphony.


Executive Editor 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.


Landon Smith is a Genre Editor and a member of the class of 2018 at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. He is an avid writer, and has attended both the Iowa and Kenyon Young Writers Programs and seen his work published in several national literary journals. Aside from writing, Landon enjoys composing music and rowing on New Hampshire’s many rivers.


Lucy Spahr is a member of the class of 2018 at New Trier high School in Winnetka, IL. When Lucy isn’t editing as a Executive Editor for Polyphony, she can be found tutoring English, teaching tennis, and making films –– some of which have been featured in international film festivals.  In her free time she enjoys discovering delicious ethnic meals in nearby Chicago.


Ryan Unikel is a member of the Class of 2019 at the Latin School of Chicago and is very happy to be a Second Reader at Polyphony. In his free time, Ryan rows crew, watches Stranger Things, and loves to play fantasy football. Ryan is also an avid digital artist and philanthropist.


Second Reader Joyelle Van Eron is a member of the Class of 2019 at the Latin School of Chicago. She favors warm weather, which is ironic because the city she lives in unfortunately can be extremely cold and windy. She loves acting, playing musical instruments, singing, studying current events and issues, and art. Her favorite sport to play is softball as a shortstop. She’s an expert pancake maker (that’s pretty much all she all she can cook) and loves spending time as a camp counselor at her school over the summer!


First Reader Tamarah Wallace is a senior at Cooper City High School where she passionately presides over an array of clubs and organizations such as National Honor Society and Model United Nations. In her leisure time, Tamarah enjoys editing for two critically- acclaimed publications–The Lariat, her school’s newspaper, and Polyphony H.S.–as well as playing the piano and horse-back riding. She has also received statewide, regional, district, and school-wide recognition for her writing.


Genre Editor Margo Williams is a student at the Latin School of Chicago. She’s in her 6th year of taking Mandarin and plays on the girl’s ice hockey team. She loves public speaking and hates that her feet get cold so easily. Last summer she summited Mt. Shasta in California.


Sophie Woan is an enthusiastic member of the class of 2018 at the Latin School of Chicago and is thrilled to be a Genre Editor at Polyphony. She will do anything for you if you agree to watch the sunset, bake chocolate chip cookies, or dance with her. If you see Sophie walking around Chicago, don’t be afraid to say hi. She’d love to give you a hug.


Sidney Wollmuth is technically seventeen years old, but her friends will tell you she’s actually an old lady in disguise. She can be found running abnormally upright, fretting over her millions of unfinished drafts, or standing in the clothing aisle of Target. Her work is forthcoming in The Blue Marble Review, and has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing competition. A Second Reader, Sidney is a member of the Class of 2018.


Grace Zhou is a Second Reader, a violist, and a senior from Georgia. She loves cheap clothing, rainy weather, and school lunch. She can usually be found staring at her phone, reading books on the Kindle app. In her free time, she watches movies and writes culture articles for ComicVerse.com. One day she’d like to write a screenplay.


Joyce Zhou is a Genre Editor and a member of Neuqua Valley High School’s class of 2018. Her work has been recognized by Scholastic Art & Writing, Princeton University and National Poetry Quarterly, among others. In addition to writing and editing, Joyce is also actively involved with volunteering, badminton, violin, and Science Olympiad.


Lily Zhou (Class of 2018) is from the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently works as a Genre Editor. Her writing has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the Poetry Society of the UK, the National YoungArts Foundation, Gannon University, and Columbia College Chicago, and has been nominated for Best of the Net. Her work appears in Winter Tangerine Review, The Blueshift Journal, SOFTBLOW, and on Verse Daily.

A student-run national literary magazine for high school writers and editors