Miriam Yordanos is a 17-year-old senior who has been with Ethic News throughout all of her high school career. This year, however, is her first year as the editor-in-chief at Redlands East Valley. During her free time, she likes to read novels and watch shows, like Designated Survivor and Vampire Diaries. After she graduates, Yordanos plans to attend either University of California, Santa Barbara, New York University or the University of Southern California with a political science major, eventually either focusing on journalism or becoming a social worker.
Emily Walos is a 17-year-old senior at Citrus Valley High School and the CV Chief Executive Officer of Ethic. She has been a student journalist since the 7th grade and joined Ethic four years ago with hopes to give a voice to people wanting to be heard. Walos is involved in ASB, link crew, varsity swim, Redlands’ swim team and thespians club. She is also the president of Jesus at Citrus and president of the virtual enterprise club. Regarding swimming, she has been on varsity for three years and with her team became the first-ever varsity girls champion team and was undefeated last school year. She enjoys performing in after-school plays, piano, ballroom dance and restoring vintage cars with her dad. She achieved over a 4.0 GPA in her high school career, with her lowest GPA being 4.1. Walos hopes to attend a four-year university majoring in broadcasting journalism to become a news anchor and finally become a respected professional journalist.
Mia Aranda is a senior at Redlands East Valley High School. This year, she is the CEO for REV in Ethic. Aranda has been attracted to the world of journalism since sixth grade and is starting her fourth year of journalism. Along with journalism, Aranda has been involved in Girl Scouts for eight years and takes weekly piano lessons. In her spare time, Aranda likes to watch movies, draw and play with her dogs. In fact, she has an ongoing list of all the films she has seen this year; it is currently over 100. In the future, Aranda wants to be an animator for Pixar.
Mauricio Pliego is a 16-year-old junior attending Redlands East Valley High School. He joined journalism because he has been interested in the people and the sense of family togetherness the class gives. He has a passion for politics and hopes to be immigration lawyer. Pliego wishes, at a younger age, to learn to play the violin. His hero is Spiderman and painting is his favorite form of art. He enjoys photography, an interest of his for many years, rather than reading. His dream is to visit England and to adopt a pet. Pliego plans to attend New York University or University of California, Berkeley.
Destiny Ramos is a 16-year-old sophomore at Citrus Valley High School. Ramos is the Opinion editor and a translator in her second year of Ethic. She also participates in color guard and takes emergency medical responder classes to become a firefighter or parametric. Additionally, she enjoys crocheting, sewing and playing with her dog Daisy.
Isaac Meja is the Features editor for Ethic and a senior at Redlands East Valley High School. He enjoys spending his free time volunteering at his church and spending time with his family. He joined digital journalism to try something new and seize every opportunity to have a fun experience during high school. Mejia likes to be creative and has a passion for science; he aspires to become a doctor after he graduates.
Emerson Sutow is a 17-year-old senior at Citrus Valley High School. He is Ethic’s Art and Entertainment editor. This is Sutow’s fourth year in Ethic and his second year as an Art and Entertainment editor. Sutow is in the technical engineering CTE pathway and are also taking a Japanese class at Crafton Hills College. Sutow enjoys reading, writing music and cosplaying in his free time. Sutow sees himself in 6 years as a robotics engineer after he finishes college.
Aileen Janee Corpus is a 16-year-old junior attending Redlands East Valley High School. She has two siblings: an older brother and a younger sister. They have a pet goldfish named Matilda. Some of her favorite hobbies and extracurricular activities are basketball, swimming, baking, cooking, playing instruments and downhill longboarding. They joined journalism because of their passion for writing, telling accounts of other people and always wanting to be a journalist. As a junior, Corpus is excited to continue her podcast and to make new friends this year. She is the Sports editor and their second year of digital journalism. After graduation, Corpus is planning to get a degree in aerospace engineering at a university.
Jasmine Rosales is a 15-year-old sophomore attending Citrus Valley High School and is the STEM editor for Ethic. Rosales joined journalism in order to excel in her writing skills and many other subjects as well. Rosales has been a part of journalism for two years and is in Spanish for native speakers. Rosales is a full-time soccer player but is also involved in other sports. In her free time, she enjoys working out, reading and listening to music. After high school, Rosales plans to attend the University of Hawaii and become a physical therapist.
Maggie Snavely is a senior at Citrus Valley High School. Her position in Ethic is Self and Style editor. Snavely chose to write for Self and Style because she enjoys writing articles that spread more positivity across campus. She runs an Etsy account for selling and making jewelry and enjoys spending time outside to play with her dogs. This year, Snavely is hoping to improve her social skills and become more outspoken. While in Ethic News, she is hoping to share any important information from past experiences with incoming students. Snavely’s goal for her future is to graduate high school then eventually open up her own bakery.
Bella Espinoza is a 17-year-old senior at Citrus Valley High School and the co-Multimedia editor for Ethic News. She enjoys being in Ethic because it’s a digital newspaper that allows her to make videos such as interviews and weather reports. In her free time, her favorite activities are playing video games, watching anime or reading books such as her favorite series, “Harry Potter.” In the future, Espinoza plans to possibly continue with video editing and get a job.
Cyrus Engelsman, a 17-year-old senior at Redlands East Valley High School, joined Ethic as a staff writer and is currently the Multimedia editor, co-creator of The After School podcast and a translator for Ethic. In his free time, hw enjoys playing hockey and being the vice president of the creative writing club at REV. Although Engelsman loves writing, one of his favorite things to do for Ethic is to create photo slideshows because he is passionate about photography. Engelsman is glad he joined Ethic because he can have a creative outlet and people can hear what he has to say.
Jazui Mejia, 16, is a junior at Redlands High School and is proud to call herself the Culture editor for Ethic News. Mejia’s writing is focused mainly on activism and incorporates diverse perspectives and voices of the Redlands community. Aside from digital journalism, she is president of the GENup chapter of Redlands, the chair of the Women’s Caucus for GenVOCAL and an alto and soprano hybrid singer of the RHS Chamber Singers. In her free time, Mejia writes songs, roller skates and spends time with her friends and family.
Ella Fitzpatrick is a senior at Redlands East Valley High School. At REV, she participates as a member of the Mental Health Club and the treasurer of Compact Club. This school year, she has decided to add to her list of hobbies. In addition to writing short stories and baking, Fitzpatrick has joined the REV tennis team. For her senior year, not only is she excited about her new sport, but she is also looking forward to writing for Ethic and graduating. Fitzpatrick enjoys spending her free time reading, listening to music and occasionally drawing. Her favorite class in school is literature because of her interest in writing and reading. Her go-to book is “Strange the Dreamer” written by Laini Taylor. A quote she believes and lives by is “the dream chooses the dreamer.” Fitzaptrick’s everyday life includes hanging out with friends, attending her clubs, school and enjoying a Studio Grill movie. She also loves spending time with her dog Lulu, whom she says makes her the happiest. Fitzpatrick describes herself as an outgoing, creative person who is also very hardworking. In five years, she hopes to be studying marine biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and having a pet dog. Until then, Fitzpatrick still wants to get a few things out of her last year of high school. She hopes to get more life experiences, pass her classes and write for Ethic News.
Marshall Scott is a freshman at Citrus Valley High School. Scott is a staff writer for Ethic News. They hope to become involved in Pals 4 Paws because they love their cats and other animals. In their free time, Scott enjoys catching up on sleep and cosplaying. This year, they hope to keep their personal life free of drama and enjoy their experience in high school. In Ethic, Scott hopes to write about news and keep people up to date on current events happening inside and out of their community.
Craig Morrison is a 16-year-old junior at Redlands East Valley High School and a first-year staff member for Ethic News. Morrison joined journalism because his older brother had been editor-in-chief for Ethic News in 2019 and he had always admired his work. Morrison has always had an interest in journalism and reads the newspaper at home whenever he gets the chance. In journalism, he hopes to gain better writing skills and acquire research on future career options. Morrison is most interested in writing news and sports pieces and can also edit videos. He previously attended Redlands eAcademy his freshman and sophomore year and recently transferred to REV where Morrison is already involved in cross country and Link Crew. At home, Morrison has two older brothers, Christian and Cole, and two cats, Lexi and Loki. In his free time, he plays the electric guitar and practices skateboarding tricks. He also serves as a referee for American Youth Soccer Organization games at the Redlands Sports Park on the weekends. After high school, Morrison aspires to earn a degree in either mechanical engineering or physical therapy and eventually leave California.
Nadia Ceniceros is a 14-year-old freshman at Citrus Valley High School. Ceniceros plays two sports, basketball and volleyball, and spends her free time reading, scrolling on TikTok, hair styling and creating acrylic nail styles. Her favorite holiday is Christmas and she enjoys romantic comedy movies and shows. Ceniceros believes her greatest strengths lie in her writing and great listening skills. Later in life, she plans on pursuing a career in profiling with the FBI.
Kendra Burdick, 15, is a sophomore at Redlands East Valley High School and she is a second-year staff writer who joined Ethic News to make her voice heard. Burdick is involved in course writing and is passionate about screenwriting. She loves both journalism and math classes and looks up to Jacob Grimm heavily. She loves animals since she has two cats, a stray and a Main Coon, and a Maltese Chihuahua mix. Burdick listens to rock music without any preference of artists. She appreciates honesty, kindness from others and her little sister.
Miyah Sanborn is a 14-year-old sophomore journalist at Redlands East Valley High School. With her second year in journalism, she continues her childhood dream of being in a school newspaper. After school, Sanborn loves to skate and spend time with her two cats. She hopes to continue her journalism experience in college or as a career in the future.
Daniela Mora is a 15-year-old sophomore at Redlands East Valley High School. She is a member of “The After School Podcast Official” and is a staff writer for Ethic News. Because of her experience, she likes to help people start their own podcasts. In her free time, Mora teaches Catechism classes to youth at her church. She listens to rock and punk pop music and plays the guitar. At school, Mora enjoys science classes that allow her to participate in hands-on experiments. After high school, she hopes to go to school and study to be a pharmaceutical scientist. Due to her love for science, she wants to make a difference in the medical field that helps people around the world.
Spencer Moore is a staff writer for Ethic News. He is a sophomore attending Redlands East Valley High School. At REV, he is an active member of Speech and Debate and Ethic News. He joined Ethic News to keep people informed and educated and highlight the positive news in the Redlands community. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano and walking his dog. After high school, he plans to pursue law school in pursuit of being an attorney. He is excited to see what the future has in store for him and accomplishing his goals.
Elizabeth Molloy is a 13-year-old freshman attending Citrus Valley High School and is a staff writer for Ethic. Molloy joined journalism because she thought it would be fun and she enjoys writing. In her free time, she enjoys embroidering. She has self-taught herself; her favorite thing to embroider is Christmas ornaments. In the future, Molloy dreams to be an actress or film director and attend New York University for their acting program. Molloy strives to meet new people, improve her writing skills, learn new languages and build a good foundation for her high school career.
Emmitt Murphy is a 14-year-old freshman at Citrus Valley High School and is excited to start his first year of being a part of Ethic News staff. Murphy’s interest in writing sparked his desire to join and learn journalism. His passion for writing has been growing since he could remember. He is excited to write and work on videos and is hoping to try to publish pieces in as many categories as he can for Ethic. In digital journalism, he hopes to meet new people and expand his horizons in both the community and the world around him. At CV, Murphy is in honors English which happens to be his favorite subject. In his spare time, he plays video games and with his three dogs. After high school, he wishes to remain in California and attend a University of California school with a major that is still to be determined.
Ava Larson is a sophomore at Redlands East Valley High School. With a spirit of adventure and a funny sense of humor, Larson joins the team of student journalists as a first-year staff writer for Ethic. In addition to being a journalist, Larson is an active skater. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her friends and appreciates listening to music, especially ‘80s rock and pop. Larson’s future plans are currently undecided and she is still considering what she might want to pursue after high school. At the moment, Larson plans to focus on the present and savor every moment of it.
Nathan Dennis is a 17-year-old senior at Redlands East Valley High School and the oldest of four. He enjoys Star Wars, his dog Zoey, working out and writing stories; he intends on pursuing a career in writing books. Although this is his first year of digital journalism, Dennis is excited to write and cover different topics.
Joseph Pacheco is a 17-year-old senior at Orangewood High School. He is a middle child of five in his middle class family. He moved around a lot while he was younger. He enjoys studying medicine and new ways to help people and plans on being a doctor in the future.
Debbie Diaz is a 17-year-old senior at Orangewood High School. She plans on going to college and getting a radiology degree. She loves playing tennis and eating sushi. She is also a nail technician.
Angeline Asatourian is a 16-year old junior that goes to Orangewood High School. She likes the beach and loves traveling. Her favorite food is mainly chocolate or salads. She plans to enlist in the United States Army in 2023.
Andrew (Andy) Simmons is a junior at Orangewood High School. His position in Ethic News is illustrator and writer. He chose to become an illustrator because he has been doing both traditional and digital art and design since he was very young. He chose to be a writer because he has exceedingly ample experience in writing, as it was his primary source of communication in junior high. He used to write poems and paint pictures for Reflections contests in middle school. When Andrew had the realization that art and writing was something he could do to contribute to the education, inspiration, and imagination of others, it immediately became an aspiration and passion of his to construct works of creative writings and art work.
Daniel Waters was the Sports and Opinion editor for La Plaza Press. He was one of the original members of the bilingual publication.
At Redlands East Valley High School, Waters played football for three years and took on leadership roles in La Plaza and Wildcats for Change that gave him the platform to make a positive impact on the school’s community.
Waters says, “La Plaza set me free to write about what I love in a self-directed structure. Journalism restored my passion for the written word and revitalized what drew me to it in the first place. My experiences with journalism in high school were so fulfilling that I felt inspired to continue in college.”
Waters is currently a Business Administration major at UC Irvine, and an Opinion writer for New University, UCI’s official newspaper.
He hopes to graduate early from UCI in 2024 and pursue a stable career in business.
His message to current high school students is, “In terms of journalism, my advice is to make your article matter and write about something that is compelling to you. In terms of life, my advice is to keep chasing the light at the end of the tunnel.”
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Ahlora Smith served in various leadership positions for both Ethic News and La Plaza Press. She was Arts and Entertainment editor as well as Managing Publisher and Chief Executive for Ethic News. She was the Cultura editor for La Plaza Press and one of its founding members.
Smith attended Citrus Valley High School and was on the Thespian board, ComedySportz manager, Mock Trial captain, Junior Classical League vice president, and a Link Crew Leader.
Smith says, “Journalism experience as a whole broadened my scope of general knowledge immensely! With all the different types of articles going up all the time, I got to learn so much about global and local affairs when I never would have thought to go looking for information on those topics in the first place.”
Smith is currently a sophomore in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she says, “I’m constantly pushing to be not only a better performer, but overall creator of art!”
Her future plans are to go into professional theatre in some way, be a dog mom, live in a sweet loft, eat lots of sushi.
Her message to current students is to, “Take this time to learn and broaden your horizons! Write and read about topics in which you may not have previously been interested!”
Nayelli Bermudez was editor-in-chief of La Plaza Press. She attended Redlands East Valley High School
In high school, she was interested in joining La Plaza because of the bilingual aspect. She had always been interested in writing, but was drawn to the ability to communicate in both English and Spanish. Bermudez was also the vice president of Possibilities club, which was involved with special needs students.
Bermudez currently attends the University of Redlands.
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Gael Perez was Chief Executive for La Plaza Press. He attended Citrus Valley High School.
Perez was involved in cross country as well as Spanish Club. His favorite class was AP Human Geography because it expanded his perspective on how the world works.
Perez joined La Plaza to expand journalism from just English to many other languages to be represented within the communities of Redlands. Perez says that his favorite part of being in La Plaza was writing in Spanish because “writing in Spanish has a different meaning than just writing in English.”
Perez currently attends the University of California, Los Angeles.
His message to current journalism students is, “I am very proud of you.
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Christina Andronescu joined Ethic News her sophomore year, and was a senior was the Editor in Chief for Citrus Valley High School. She was also one of the founding members of La Plaza Press. Andronescu was also involved in extracurricular activities such as Interact Club, Science Club, Mock Trial, and more.
Andronescu currently attends Stanford University.
Her message to current journalism students is, “Each and every one of you have the capacity to create something wonderful — and I hope that through Ethic you gain the skills, the knowledge and the overall platform to express yourselves in the way that you want to, and help the publication itself evolve and grow as you are during these very formative years of high school.”
David Mikhail was a freelancer during Ethic News’ inaugural year and also served as Business Manager. He attended Redlands East Valley High School.
Mikhail says of his time with Ethic News, “Working at Ethic, especially at the beginning, meant that a lot of times, we had to rise to the occasion and step out of our comfort zone to push the Newspaper forward and to collaborate with people on a different campus; it was a rewarding experience that built resilience and adaptability.”
After high school, he attended the University of California, Riverside as a Mechanical Engineering student. He is a board member of Unheard Cries, a nonprofit whose purpose is to dent Middle Eastern poverty.
Mikhail says, “Working with Unheard Cries has been an amazing opportunity to donate more than my money but also my time, my effort, and myself to a cause I find very dear to my heart.”
His message to current high school journalists is, “Be passionate and stay true to yourself and to that passion. ETHIC is a very versatile environment in that it will foster any talent, skill, or interest you might have. Use the opportunity ETHIC gives you to be happy and to do fulfilling work that you can be proud of. I was lucky to be a part of ETHIC when the original editors and founders were there; it is very much a product of love and passion; enjoy it as such, and keep it that way for the future.”
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Matt Kristoffersen was the REV Editor-in-Chief and the Copy Editor for the 2017-18 school year. In addition to being the Editor-in-Chief, Matt played the Tenor Saxophone with the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band at REV and the Redlands Fourth of July Band. Matt is currently at Yale University and will be attending Harvard Law School. At Yale, Matt is part of the Independent Party, the Yale Precision Marching Band and the Yale Daily News, where he writes primarily for the Science and Technology section. Matt credits ETHIC with giving him the goal of being a professional journalist in the future.
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Victoria Chung was the REV Managing Editor for Ethic News. Chung was was class valedictorian for the class of 2016 at Redlands East Valley High School. In addition, she participated and held numerous leadership positions in various activities.
Chung is currently attending the University of Southern California as a presidential scholar in the Honors College. As a chemistry major, she says that her day consists of studying, trying to become a Grandmaster in Overwatch, eating stale pasta from the university cafeteria, and assisting in conducting research on the synthesis of O-H catalysts at the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute.
Chung hopes to get her Ph.D in organic chemistry or biochemistry and continue her research career to find the cure to Hepatitis B through RNA splicing.
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Jessica Lopez was a managing editor for Ethic News and a sophomore staff writer during its inaugural year.
Lopez says, “Being one the first people to start Ethic was great! I still remember there only being a total of three of us on the CV side. It’s amazing seeing how much it has grown.”
Lopez attended Citrus Valley High School and also participated in cross country, track, mock trial and Octagon Club.
She says, “Joining Ethic really helped me develop my communication skills, as well as developing a level of professionalism. Weirdly enough, having experience in a telepresence class helped the transition to Zoom University a lot easier.”
After graduating high school, Lopez attended Crafton Hills College for two and a half years. While attending Crafton, she joined the student senate and was the Vice President of Academic Affairs for a year.
She also staged managed four plays for the theatre department just for fun, saying, “I needed something fun to do that didn’t involve my major.”
Once she was done at Crafton, she transferred to Chapman University in Spring of 2021 to finish her degree in political science and ended up adding a minor in Latinx and Latin American studies. Upon transferring, she joined Kappa Alpha Pi, a pre-law co-ed Fraternity on campus. Since joining the fraternity, she has held the Historian position.
At Chapman University, Lopez says, “I also helped establish a Transfer Student Club.My friend Lydia and I are currently Co-Presidents for the club.”
While Lopez originally planned on attending law school right after earning her bachelor’s degree, she says, “I think might take a small break from school. If I don’t end up going to law school, I plan on working for an organization that deals with human rights and the border.”
Her message to current journalism students is, “Have fun with it! Also don’t be afraid to write what you want to write about, I’m sure you’ll have a group of people that will support you.”
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Dylan Miars was the 2017-2018 News Editor for ETHIC. In addition to this, he was REV’s National Honors Society Chairman and President, Stakeholder in the LCAP Advisory Committee, and Student Representative on the REV School Site Council, among other things. He now attends the University of California: Berkeley as a Gates Scholar with a Triple Major in Political Science, Global Studies, and Linguistics. Dylan is now currently a part of the Peer Review Board, a restorative justice committee for students in the UC system, in addition to consulting campaigns on educational policy for disadvantaged youth.
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Lauryn Best was the co-editor-in-chief of Ethic News. She attended Citrus Valley High School. Best has a message for current journalism students in the video above.
Cameron Kroetz was a freelancer, writer, and news editor for Ethic News. He was involved in the marching band and music program more generally all four years of my time at Redlands East Valley High School. He held various leadership positions in both the marching band and the REV Wind Ensemble. He also managed the swim team his junior year. He says that, “Ethic really improved my writing ability as well as my capacity for understanding the nuances of journalism, especially political journalism.”
In 2020, he graduated from Montana State University with a BA in Political Science and minors in History and Anthropology. He then went on to conduct opposition research for the Montana Democratic Party in the 2020 Montana Senate Election. After the campaign ended, he attended graduate school at the University of Arizona and graduated with his MA in International Security Studies in December of 2021.
He says, “Journalism not only allows you to improve yourself, but also contribute something to your community.”
As for digital journalism via Telepresence, he says that “the biggest benefit is the connection between schools that probably wasn’t possible before we had that technology. Being able to have a district-wide online newspaper is truly amazing.”
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Savanna Patino was the Arts & Entertainment editor for the 2016-2017 school year. She was also in honor court, CSF, the Colorguard captain at REV, East Valley Singers president, mixed show choir director, and Vice President of Kimberly Juniors. She currently attends University of California, Santa Barbara as a biology major.
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Jonas Poggi was an Ethic News staff writer in 2015-2016 and the co-host and founder of Ethic Visual, which spurred the creation of Ethic Viewpoint in 2016-2017. On the Ethic Visual program, Poggi covered current events with fellow co-host Angel Conchas and on Ethic Viewpoint he discussed hot-button political issues with contributor Conner Wise. In high school, Poggi was captain of the Redlands East Valley Speech and Debate team from 2015-2017, a nationally ranked Parliamentary debater, a Mock Trial 2015 County Champion, and a Graduation Speaker for the Class of 2017. Poggi currently attends George Washington University in Washington D.C., and attended the University of La Verne where he competed for their internationally accredited debate team while pursuing degrees in Political Science and Speech Communication. After completing his studies, Poggi hopes to eventually work on political campaigns
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Carol is a senior at REV and is the sports editor for ETHIC News. She plays on the REV golf team as well. She loves to learn about history and human rights. Carol is the youngest sibling in her family and has two small dogs. She looks to go into political science and to continue her passion for journalism in college. Carol loves journalism because it creates a space to tell people’s stories.