The Californian

2019-2020 Staff

Brian Barr

Adviser

Brian Barr is the adviser for The Californian student newspaper and has been during his entire 21-year tenure at Cal High. He also teaches English 9 and mock trial/introduction to law, and coaches the girls golf team at Cal and ...

Gina Wu

Editor in Chief

Senior and second-year newspaper student Gina Wu joined The Californian with a mission to explore the community around her and uncover fascinating stories. Newspaper has kept her sane during the frenzy of the school year and mad...

Siddhant Gupta

Managing Editor

Siddhant Gupta is a senior and currently serving as a managing editor for The Californian. Last year was his first year in Newspaper, where he served as a reporter.  He is on the Cal High Mock Trial team and also enjoys part...

Varsha Ravi

Managing Editor

Senior Varsha Ravi is a managing editor in her second year with the Californian. Her favorite story she has written for the paper is her review of the food at IKEA and Costco. She first decided to join the Californian because...

Christine Oh

News Editor

Christine Oh, a junior this year, is one of three news editors for The Californian this year. She was a reporter for The Californian last year, as well as a freshman columnist during her first year at Cal, and is excited for anot...

Emmy Burrus

News Editor

Emmy Burrus is a junior in her second year of newspaper, and is now a news editor.  Last year, she was a reporter but this year she’s looking forward to collaborating with the other editors and getting to help manage the ...

Ananya Nag

News Editor

Ananya Nag is a news editor for The Californian. As a senior, this is her second year in Newspaper and she served as a reporter last year. Her favorite story she wrote in the past was the “Holocaust survivor talks on campus” one...

Izzy Belof

Opinions Editor

Izzy Belof is the current Opinions Editor and served as the Online Editor in her first year of reporting. She is a senior and joined the class when she was a junior. Izzy aspires towards becoming a novelist and journalist, and ...

Ceci Musgrove

Features Editor

Ceci Musgrove has been in the newspaper class for the past two years. As a senior, they are one of the two features editors. Last year they were a reporter but this year they are looking forward to editing and designing the fe...

Sabrina Contreras

Features Editor

Sabrina Contreras has been in newspaper since her sophomore year. As a junior, she is a features editor alongside another editor. Last year she was a reporter, and she loved writing stories. Her favorite article she wrote last...

Andrew Sousa

Sports Editor

Andrew Sousa is a second year reporter for The Californian. He is a junior at Cal High, and he serves as the sports editor for the newspaper. He enjoys biking, basketball, and writing. When he’s with his friends he enjoys m...

Michelle Kuperman

A&E Editor

Michelle Kuperman has been in newspaper since her sophomore year. As a senior she will be editing the Arts & Entertainment section. Her favorite subject is English and her least favorite subject is Math. She’s interested in ...

Kate Hong

A&E Editor

Junior Kate Hong is currently the A&E editor for the Californian in her second year of Newspaper. Last year, Kate was a reporter and wrote stories for several sections in the paper. In her free time, she enjoys watching KDram...

Josh Nichols

News Lite Editor

Josh Nichols, a member of the class of 2021, is in his second year at the Californian, currently serving as the News Lite editor. He loves cats, traveling and music. His favorite food is peas, but he thinks street tacos are pret...

Nima Pendar

Photography Editor

Nima Pendar has been in newspaper for two years. Currently he is a photo editor for the Californian. Nima enjoys taking photos and performing microscopy. He loves Persian food, and burgers from Five Guys. Nima’s favorite sh...

Eddy Cordero

Photography Editor

Eddy Cordero is a Co-Editor for photography in The Californian. He is a junior who enjoys mountain biking, skating, playing/writing music, And of course taking pictures. He has Two dogs named Lexy and Mikey and he’s spent the last...

Rebecca Newman

Graphics Editor

Rebecca Newman, a junior and second year newspaper student, is the graphics editor for the Californian. A dedicated digital artist, Rebecca enjoys creating illustrations and comics with the goal of telling a meaningful (and eq...

Michelle Nguyen

Graphics Editor

Michelle Nguyen is a junior at Cal High and despite her terrible art skills, she is one of the graphics editor for the Californian Newspaper. Her earbuds are basically in 24/7, listening to music and if not listening to music, ...

Isaac Oronsky

Social Media Editor

Isaac “The Man” Oronsky is a social media coeditor, and second year newspaper student. Last year, he was a photographer for The Californian and this year he plans to continue taking photos and writing some stories as well. He is o...

Rahul Deshpande

Online Editor

Senior Rahul Deshpande is a first year student journalist and online editor for The Californian. He’s currently the president of the Cal High Robotics Club, vice president of Project G.I.R.L.S, and is also serving as the treasure...

Zoe Watts

Photographer

Zoe Watts is a junior and this is her first year as a photographer. She has been taking pictures since middle school with her iPhone, sometimes using her dad’s camera. The reason she likes taking pictures is because it gives he...

Ben Olson

Photographer

Ben Olson is a sportscaster and photographer for the Californian. He is a junior who should be a senior because he turns 17 very soon. When he’s not at school, he is sleeping, playing baseball, or sleeping. He binge watches F...

Jake Gerbracht

Photographer

Jake Gerbracht, is a sophomore at Cal High and is in his first year taking photos and writing for the Californian. Jake is a registered drone pilot with the FAA and plans on taking aerial photos and videos for The Californian....

Sheyna Klippness

Photographer

Sheyna Klippness is a first year photographer for the Californian News Paper. She has two dogs and one cat. In her free time she likes to hang with friends and work. Sheyna wants to go to SDSU to become a lawyer. Her favorite m...

Miriam Sanchez-Mora

Photographer

Miriam Sanchez-Mora is a first year photographer for The Californian. She is currently a sophomore. She is a middle child and the only girl in her family, so that’s that. She has a dog named Gigi and a fish named Fish, as you c...

Logan Visola

Photographer

Logan Visola is a first year budding photographer for the Californian. He likes to play Super Smash Bros and participates in tournaments often. He works at Lucky Supermarket. He has always had an interest in photography, and ...

Anthony Austria

Photographer

Anthony Austria is a sophomore and is serving as a photographer for the Californian. Besides photography, he enjoys biking around town with his friends and going on steep trails. Besides biking, Anthony also enjoys playing vi...

Olivia Haley

Photographer

Olivia Haley is a first year photographer for the Californian Newspaper. She is a junior this year at Cal High. Olivia is also involved in the music program at Cal. She plays the flute for the jazz ensemble. Olivia has been playi...

Jay Warren

Artist

Jay Warren is a junior and this is his first year as an artist for the Californian. He has been drawing seriously for five years and his hobbies include reading, playing rhythm games and cuddling with his cat. Of those he enjoy...

Thomas Tsuchimoto

Photographer, Artist

Thomas Tsuchimoto is a sophomore at Cal High and this is his second year in newspaper. In his second year he will be an artist and sports photographer. He is interested in marine biology and gaming. In his free time, he streams an...

Jeana Lee

Staff Writer, Photographer

Jeana is starting out newspaper this year as a reporter and photographer. She’s very excited to finally take this class as a senior. Journalism is something she’s always been fascinated by and is ready to immerse herself int...

Sophia Puentes

Staff Writer, Photographer

Sophia Puentes is a 1st year photographer and reporter for the Californian Newspaper at California High. She is currently a junior. She enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, and photography in her free time. She plans to ...

Lorelai Slaydon

Staff Writer, Photographer, Artist

Lorelai Slaydon, a sophomore, is in her first year as a photographer, artist, and reporter for The Californian. During her free time she enjoys playing video and computer games, as well as anything that involves her hands, like g...

Carol Chen

Staff Writer, Artist

Carol Chen is a sophomore and is an artist and writer for the Californian. She enjoys drawing, reading, playing video games, and volunteering at the animal shelter. Her dream is to be a storyboard artist or concept designer or c...

Isabelle Coburn

Staff Writer, Artist

Isabelle Coburn is a junior in her first year contributing to The Californian paper as both a reporter and an artist. Her desire to grow and develop her writing skills initially inspired her to join Newspaper. She has an ince...

Jaida Baker

Staff Writer, Artist

Jaida Baker is just starting newspaper and she’s going to be a reporter and artist for the Californian. She’s a junior in high school and she’s very happy to be at Cal High. She loves hanging out with her dog, Rocket, runni...

Annika Seo

Staff Writer

Avni Kalur

Staff Writer

Ella Johnson

Staff Writer

Ella Johnson is in her first year in newspaper. In the eighth grade, she was in yearbook which inspired her to do newspaper sophomore year. She plays soccer for San Ramon FC and enjoys hanging out with friends. Ella also referee...

Tyler Aronson

Staff Writer

Tyler Aronson is a sophomore student in his first years of newspaper at Cal High. Before moving to San Ramon, Tyler lived in New Jersey where he spent most of his life until moving in the summer of 2018 for freshman year. Tyle...

Angela Deanne Paloma

Staff Writer

Angela Deanne Paloma is a junior, serving as a reporter for the Californian. She enjoys learning about science, especially biology and chemistry, and aspires to become a field surgeon. But first, she wants to earn a degree in C...

Nick Harvey

Staff Writer

Nick Harvey is a sophomore and is excited to start his first year at The Californian as a reporter. Nick’s favorite subject is history, and he wants to major in political science at either George Washington or American Universi...

Ethan Thieme

Staff Writer

Ethan Thieme is a reporter for The Californian newspaper. He joined newspaper as a sophomore because he enjoys writing. In his spare time he likes to read comics, watch horror movies, play guitar and bass and listen to thrash m...

Abhyudaya Srivastava

Staff Writer

Abhyudaya Srivastava is one of the few freshmen in the newspaper class at Cal High. He chose this class because of his interest in writing and his previous experience working on the yearbook in middle school. Other than writi...

Ronnie Gogoi

Staff Writer

Ronnie Gogoi is a new reporter coming to the Californian. He is a junior and his favorite classes are Mock Trial and AP Lang. He loves to read and would have a very difficult time picking his favorite book. He loves Model UN and tho...

Jett Gold

Staff Writer

Jett Gold is a freshman at Cal High and this is his first year in newspaper. He plans on being a reporter for the Californian, and would like to improve his writing skills. He likes to play sports and hang out with friends in hi...

Aidan Trejo

Staff Writer

Aidan Trejo is a senior at Cal High and this is his third year for writing for the Californian. He has written in various sections such as A&E, News Lite, Sports, and Opinions. In his free time, Aidan enjoys attending concerts...

Max Hove

Staff Writer

Max Hove, is a sophomore and a reporter for The Californian student newspaper. It is his first year writing for the newspaper and he is excited to write about sports. He enjoys playing many sports such as ice hockey, lacrosse, b...

Shannah Saul

Staff Writer

Shannah Saul, a junior this year, is in her first year writing for the Californian. Her favorite subjects are English, Spanish, and History. Additionally, Shannah is a self-proclaimed theater nerd and is in the theater 3 class a...

Ari Harvey

Staff Writer

Ari Harvey is a first year reporter at The Californian. An aspiring Egyptologist and aivd connoisseur of tea and related beverages at any temperature, Ari spends their time away from completing AP Euro notes at their beloved ...

James Murphy

Staff Writer

James Murphy is a first year reporter at the Californian. Aside from reporting he loves to play guitar and spend time with his friends, family, and especially his dog Roxie.

Miranda LeGate

Staff Writer

Miranda LeGate is an aspiring young writer and journalist. She is currently interning at McSweeney’s Newspaper in San Francisco, where she does a lot of editing. She is also an avid coffee addict, introvert, comic book nerd, and...

Angela Zhang

Staff Writer

Angela Zhang is a first year reporter in The Californian. In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball, piano, or video games. Her favorite basketball player is Kawhi Leonard-simply because he’s a great basketball player and ...

Liann Bielicki

Staff Writer

Liann Bielicki is a senior and first year reporter for the Californian. Besides a love for reading and writing, she likes to occupy her time with music, volunteering, and politics. She is heavily involved with the teen program ...

Greg Warrington

Staff Writer

Greg Warrington is a first time reporter for the Californian Newspaper here at Cal High. He is a Senior this year at Cal. He also is the team manager for the Varsity football team. He likes to play soccer in his free time and pla...

Wyatt Golla

Staff Writer

Wyatt Golla is a new reporter to The Californian. He is a freshman at Cal High and is anxious about this new experience. He enjoys reading, watching youtube, talking with his friends and he has a large interest in history. He...