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Meet the New CatlinSpeak Staff

BY LAYLA ENTRIKIN '13 ON NOVEMBER - 3 - 2011
As many of you know, CatlinSpeak has gone through a huge transformation this year. Gone are the days of scrambling for content, because now we have a full-time staff dedicated to releasing an online issue every month, along with three yearly print editions. Curious to know more about our devoted journalistic team? Read on, and get to know the staff!

 

Fiona Noonan

Fiona Noonan
What is your position on the CatlinSpeak staff?
I am an editor and a writer.

What is one interesting fact or story about you?
If Troy can tell his secret then I can tell mine: I bake. I love to bake. Strudels, scones, even apple pandowdy … someday, I hope to make the perfect crème brulée.

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Smoothie Fizz. Fizzy rat poison wrapped in a thick layer of menthol.

What are your hopes for the CatlinSpeak?
I hope that we can use the newspaper to bring relevant information to the Catlin community in a format that’s perhaps more accessible for students than other news sources. I also hope that we can use CatlinSpeak to connect the different divisions of Catlin.

 

Audrey Davis

Audrey Davis
What is your position on the CatlinSpeak staff?
I am a co-editor, I write articles, and I help Ella and Grant with the layout.

What is one interesting fact or story about you?
I am 50 percent Armenian, and if you don’t know what that is, here are some famous Armenians: Cher, the Kardashians, Andre Agassi, Princess Diana (1/64th still counts), Steve Jobs (adoptive mother was Armenian), and Raffi.

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
I almost ate fried crickets in Oaxaca, but I chickened out.

What are your hopes for the new CatlinSpeak?
I am hoping that CatlinSpeak will become a better-respected source for news, while also retaining some of the light-hearted nature of a high school paper.

 

Hannah Rotwein

Hannah Rotwein

What is your position on the CatlinSpeak staff?
I am an editor and a writer.

What is one interesting fact or story about you?
I was kissed on the lips by a pig when I was in preschool. It was strange.

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
The weirdest things I’ve ever eaten were grass and flowers. I’m pretty sure I ate grass when I was outside one time and wanted a snack.

What are your hopes for the new CatlinSpeak?
My goal is for CatlinSpeak to become a news source that members of the Catlin community turn to for answers, quality writing, and intriguing articles, and fun updates about the Catlin community and beyond. I would like CatlinSpeak to be a conversation starter, and to spark dialogue between readers and the CatlinSpeak staff, and even between non-readers. I want CatlinSpeak to make people think about and question topics they may otherwise not come across.

 

Ella Bohn

Ella Bohn
What is your position on the CatlinSpeak staff?
I work on the layout and write some articles.

What is one interesting fact or story about you?
Uhhh, I can touch my nose with my tongue.

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Termite mound.

What are your hopes for the new CatlinSpeak?
I hope the new CatlinSpeak gets lots and lots of readers in the Catlin community (even for serious articles).

 

 

 

Grant Philips

Grant Phillips

What is your position on the CatlinSpeak staff?
My duties for the paper include formatting the print issues, updating the website, and writing articles.

What is one interesting fact or story about you?
I have traveled to over 20 different countries and I like to sing in the shower loudly.

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
The weirdest food taste-wise might have been alligator or ostrich … visually weird, baby octopus. But I guess the weirdest “thing” I have consumed was a Pink Pearl eraser. Yuck.

What are your hopes for the new CatlinSpeak?
My hope for CatlinSpeak is that it becomes a place where students can have public discussions on topics that are important to them. I want people to visit the site not only when new articles are released, but everyday in order to respond to their peers.

 

Andrew Hungate

 

Andrew Hungate
What is your position on the CatlinSpeak staff?
I am a staff writer.

What is one interesting fact or story about you?
I am a jazz pianist who wants to be an economist.

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Broccoli.

What are your hopes for the new CatlinSpeak going forward?
Pulitzer.

 

 

 

Anaka Morris

Anaka Morris
What is your position on the CatlinSpeak staff?
I am the photographer as well as the person who helps find photos from other sources for people’s articles. I also write the Bachelorette of the Month and additional articles for each issue.

What is one interesting fact or story about you?
This year I am dancing at Jefferson High School in the second company every day starting at 1:40, which is why I have to leave campus in the afternoons. Overall, I am dancing more than 14 hours a week!

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Boxbol, which is this dish in Guatemala that I tried last year. It’s basically mushy corn dough squished inside a rolled leaf (similar to a grape leaf), and then boiled in water and served nice and soggy. It’s very wet and tastes interesting … I piled on the tomato sauces in order to mask the real taste and seem polite.

What are your hopes for the new CatlinSpeak?
My hope is that we can find a balance between students pursuing their journalistic daydreams and challenging the Catlin Upper School community to look beyond its own borders, all while relating the greater Portland community to Catlin. My other hope is that photography is more widely recognized as journalistic.

 

Eli Wilson Pelton

 

Eli Wilson-Pelton
What is your position on the CatlinSpeak staff?
Writer. Residential good-looking person. Unofficial dictator.

What is one interesting fact or story about you?
I slept once.

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Barn food? (Private school is hard.)

What are your hopes for the new CatlinSpeak?
That it continues to be your go-to newspaper (to keep you warm at night).

 

 

 

Annika Berry
What is your position on the CatlinSpeak staff?
I’m a writer for CatlinSpeak––I’ve taken charge of Bachelor of the Month, but I also enjoy more investigative/opinion pieces. So far I’ve been sleuthin’ around for information on various articles, traveling outside Catlin for interviews, etc. I love what we’re doing and I can’t wait to learn more about journalism, as it definitely has a calling.

Annika Berry

What is one interesting fact or story about you?
My eyes are really weird. I’ve worn glasses since I was 3 weeks old (they had rubber bits that curled around my ears), and I am completely blind without my contacts on. I can also do all sorts of weird things with my eyes. Not super interesting, but hey! It’s a fact.

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
The summer after 5th grade, my family traveled to the Philippines to visit family, and we were given these huge eggs called balut––they’re basically duck fetuses boiled and served out of the shell. Once we got past what we were eating, they tasted pretty good….

What are your hopes for the new CatlinSpeak?
I want CatlinSpeak to be a bookmark on everyone’s web browser. I know that’s a lot to ask, but it’s a great source of information. If you don’t follow the news at home, CatlinSpeak is a wonderful way to access crucial news, and it’s awesome that it’s all written by peers. If you haven’t yet, I’d definitely give CS a chance.

 

Terrance Sun

Terrance Sun
What is your position on the CatlinSpeak staff?
I write the deep, extensive articles that you should probably read. No fun for Terrance Sun.

What is one interesting fact or story about you?
There’s an art form I practice. I’m positive I invented it. I’ve been working on this stuff since I was probably five years old, and it’s my number one hobby. It involves a high level of manual dexterity, spatial vision, and lots and lots of a certain everyday material we use. I’m not making any of this up. What is it? Well, if I told you, it wouldn’t be interesting anymore, would it?

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
I was quarantined in a hotel in China back in ’08 because someone in my travel group caught swine flu. The real thing I learned from that was that some people can make some really spicy food. Imagine the spiciest food you’ve ever eaten. Now double that. Your tongue is on fire, and your drinking water has turned to gasoline. Three meals a day, every day for two weeks. After that experience, I am confident that with enough spice, anything in the world is possible.

What are your hopes for the new CatlinSpeak?
I hope at least one person will wake up one day, and the first thing they’ll do is go online to check the new edition of CatlinSpeak. I will be a very happy young man if that happens. You now know what to do.

And then there is me, Layla Entrikin.

Layla Entrikin

What’s my position on the CatlinSpeak staff?
I’m a writer for the CatlinSpeak staff.

What’s one interesting fact or story about me?
I’ve knocked out all my baby teeth (seriously) and I have a lot of nightmares about tooth loss.

Weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten?
Definitely my grandmother’s “sunshine salad.” Orange jell-o with grated cabbage and pineapple, topped off with mayonnaise, I kid you not. I wasn’t feeling too sunshine-y after eating that.

What are my hopes for the CatlinSpeak?
I hope that people see the CatlinSpeak as a more constant and substantial newspaper than it has been in the past. I also want it to be as entertaining as possible while still including important current world issues and topics that will stimulate conversation among students.

Up close and personal, your very own CatlinSpeak staff gives you the low-down on who we are. We ask those hard-hitting questions that you want to know. If you have any lingering questions about the newspaper or about our staff in general, feel free to approach any member of the team and he or she will happily lend you an ear.

 

*Photo credit: Anaka Morris