THE SEMINOLE NEWSPAPER

2018-2019 Staff

Malavika Kannan

Editor-in-Chief

Malavika is an IB senior, metaphor enthusiast, and student activist. This is her fourth year on the Seminole Newspaper staff, and she's excited to make it her best one yet! (You can send her tips, ideas, or questions at malavika...

Zyva Sheikh

Jr. Editor

16-year-old Zyva Sheikh is thrilled to be returning to the Seminole Newspaper’s staff as Junior Editor-in-Chief. Zyva is a self-proclaimed cat lady, sunset enthusiast, amateur calligrapher, and a full-time activist. Being in...

Serra Sowers

Photography Manager

Hannah Bensel

Design Manager

Hannah Bensel is the Design and Promotions Manager. She is in her senior year and has been in newspaper since her sophomore year, where she started as a designer. She is very artistic and spends her time designing or editing things...

Leyton Dudley

Co-Content Manager

Leyton Dudley is a second-year member of The Seminole Newspaper Staff. She is a sophomore in the Health Academy program, hoping to follow a career in Pediatric Surgery. This year, Leyton is taking on the role of Content Manager,...

Jillian Kindy

Co-Content Manager

Jillian Kindy is the Co-Content Manager on staff this year. In her free time, Jillian enjoys reading and writing. Her favorite book is I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, which she highly recommends. Jillian also enjoys watching...

Olivia Barnard

Social Media Manager

Olivia Barnard is the Social Media Manager, and she is in 11th grade. Olivia enjoys skating and surfing. Most of the time, Olivia will be in downtown Sanford chilling at Maya’s Bookstore trying to find some new records for her...

Alexis Wood

Activities Coordinator

This is Alexis Wood, she is the Activities Manager this year as a Junior and she is beyond excited for the start of her second year on Newspaper! She is a 5 foot extrovert who always sees the light in every situation. She always...

Shafana Mohammad

Editor

Shafana Mohammad is a sophomore in the IB program. This is her second year on staff and is excited to contribute to the Seminole Newspaper this year as a copy editor. In her free time, she enjoys spending time out with her friends...

Laila Rahbari

Editor

At 15 years old, Laila Rahbari is a 10th grade International Baccalaureate student, and one of the many wonderful editors for the Seminole Newspaper. Laila is a feminist, activist, student, filmmaker, actress, and athlete. At...

Saarah Sherifi

Editor

Saarah Sherifi and she is a senior in the IB program. This is her first year in newspaper as a copy editor, and she is super excited to read and revise all the cool stories that we will be covering this year! Her hobbies include...

Omar Syed

Editor

Omar Syed is a junior and first-year editor for the Seminole Newspaper. Omar is passionate about his love for oranges and for Dwyane Wade. In his free time, he enjoys playing and watching basketball with his close friends. He...

Yashaswini Meduri

Editor

Yashaswini Meduri is a junior in the IB program this year. This is her first year on the staff and she is extremely excited to be an editor. When she is not writing for the Seminole Newspaper, you'll most likely find her painting,...

Michelle Arshad

Editor

Michelle Arshad is a Junior in Seminole and this is her first year with the Seminole Newspaper staff. Outside of school and newspaper, she does freelance writing and runs a small self-made, online art shop. She is an activist...

Kruthi Munugeti

Reporter

Kruthi Munugeti is a sophomore in Seminole High School. She is very determined and is eager to spread news. Born a natural leader, reporter Kruthi Munugeti is ecstatic to be on the Seminole Newspaper this year.

Zayna Sheikh

Reporter

Zayna Sheikh is a writer, dedicated conspiracist, and now, a reporter on the Seminole Newspaper Staff. She is a junior who is passionate about art, politics, history, and bringing awareness to world issues. Her favorite things...

Suhaib Hasan

Reporter

In the wise words of Dwight Kurt Schrute, “Three words: hard working, alpha male, jackhammer, merciless, insatiable," that is how Suhaib Hasan describes himself. Suhaib is an IB junior, and this is his first year on the staff...

Samantha Flaute

Reporter

Samantha Flaute is an ambitious and driven 15-year-old International Baccalaureate sophomore at Seminole High School. In addition to her studies, she is a first year reporter for the Seminole Newspaper. In her free time, Samantha...

Jennifer Schmid

Photographer

Jennifer Schmid is a sophomore at Seminole High and is a photographer for The Seminole Newspaper. She has a passion for the art of photography and is excited to share her passion with the student body. In her free time, Jennifer...

Arash Afshari

Photographer

Arash Afshari is an IB sophomore, and it will be his first year on staff. His interest in photography and art led him to join the staff as a photographer. He loves to draw and hang out with his friends. Arash once broke the world...

Andrea Rivera

Photographer

Andrea Rivera-Maldonado is 10th grade student at Seminole High School. She is a photographer for the Seminole Newspaper. Her parents moved here from Puerto Rico, meaning she speaks Spanish. However, her first language is English....

Jessica Ty

Photographer

Jessica Ty is a junior in the IB program. She is a photographer, and this is her first year on staff. She's excited to tell her story through her photos this year. She loves all sorts of tea: sweet tea, boba tea, Thai tea, and...

Usman Khan

Designer

Usman Khan is a junior in the International Baccalaureate program at Seminole High School. This is his first year on The Seminole Newspaper and he is the videographer/video editor for the staff. His rising interest for video editing...

Shea Brandau

Designer

Shea Brandau is a sophomore in the IB program and it is her first year on the Seminole Newspaper staff. She is a designer/reporter and is looking forward to an amazing year! In her free time, Shea plays volleyball, travels, and...

Gwyneth Katker

Photographer

Gwyneth Katker is a photographer for the Seminole Newspaper. This is her second year on staff and she is a sophomore. She loves people and animals, especially her two dogs, but she is also very happy to be on staff. Her favorite...

Izma Shakil

Photographer

Izma Shakil is a photographer this year. She is an IB sophomore and it’s her first year on the newspaper staff and she is super excited to be involved. Izma is usually painting, playing sports and being adventurous with her...

Kenedy Musante

Reporter

Kenedy Musante is a first-year member of The Seminole Newspaper Staff. She is a junior, and her career goal is to go into Sports Broadcasting in the future. This year, Kenedy is going to be one of the reporters and plans on writing...