The Echo

2017-2018 Staff

Sophie Yarosh

Hi everybody my name is Sophie Yarosh! My best and only friend is my grandma, oh and she’s also my lover. You can find me in the bathroom because I’m always pooping, but if I’m not there I’m probably on the phone with my m...

Nicole Sanford

What’s up, guys!! It’s me, Nikki G. I am a senior and the most important Copy Editor in the entire world. My current Swipe Brick Breaker score is 207, so you could say I’m doing pretty well in life. I spend 80% of my time...

Maddie Lund

Hey! My name is Maddie Lund and I am one of the features editors for the Echo! I am a senior this year. You can almost always find me at Spyhouse Coffee Shop in Uptown or driving my old Buick Century around St. Louis Park! When I...

Ndunzi Kunsunga

Hi I’m Ndunzi/Jason and I am the champion. When I’m the center of attention everyone gets a sheer heart attack so don’t stop me now. I’m a nice guy so I will never mean to cause you any sorrow or to cause you any pain...

Mimi Fhima

Hello! My name is Mimi Fhima and I am editor-in-chief of Echo. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being outside, running and working out, and taking naps. Definitely feel free to stop by the publications room and sa...

Sam St. Clair

Hey!! It’s Sam and you wish you were as cool as me. I look like a wannabe punk rocker (yes I am) but, like, actually cool tho. I have a squad of bee sock twins, but I’m the queen. I don’t know how to read, so that’s w...

Hanna Schechter

Hi!!! :))) My name is Hanna and I am your co-in-depth editor. You’ll find me playing tennis, reading and hanging out with my ultimate frisbee team. Yes, we have eaten a whole ice cream cake by ourselves once, and yes, it was...

Yonit Krebs

Yo, I’m so neat Overly stressed 24/7 Naps I speak fluent sarcasm Top shelves are a struggle for my height of 5’1¾’’   My name is Yonit Krebs and I am junior. This is my second year as a writer and designer...

Marta Hill

Hi, I’m Marta Hill and I’m a sophomore and a writer for the Echo. You can usually find me reading a good book and organizing something. I run cross country, play ultimate and dance, among all the other things I do. I am alw...

Katie Hardie

Hi my name is Katie and I’m a junior this year. I’m a new designer here on Echo and hope to have a lot of fun! Guilty pleasures include re-watching bad movies, eating hot cheetos, and shopping for semi-valuable items on Amaz...

Ella Hammerstrand

Hi, I’m Ella! I am a sophomore and new to the Echo this year. My position is photographer but I also hope to do some design stuff. Most of my time outside of school is taken up by sailing and synchro (synchronized swimming)...

Tenzin Gyaldatsang

Hello my name is Tenzin Gyaldatsang but you can call me Tennam. I am a sophomore writer. I like to swim, bike and play basketball. I also like to do interviews. If you ask my friends, they say I am pretty funny but I don't kno...

Yonah Davis

My name is Yonah and I am a junior. Buy Echo ads, and be our consumer. I have some grey hair, that's not a rumor. Its starting to grow on me, thats some good humor.

Jenna Cook

Hey what’s up homies. This is Jenna. I’m a junior this year and a writer for this nice lil publication we got here. I like watching movies, drinking coffee and driving around lakes when it’s raining. You can hit me up for ...

Sam Birnberg

Howdy, I’m Sam, sports-editor extraordinaire and the seventh coolest person on staff. I’m a senior, so I can’t wait for those discounts at the movie theaters. My spirit animal is the one and only Zizhongosaurus and I enjoy...

Tjessa Arradondo

Hi everyone ! I'm a sophomore and my name is Tjessa Arradondo . If you're wondering the J in my name is in fact silent ! I am a writer and photographer  for the  Echo and am so excited to meet new people. I enjoy all things ...

Grace Farley

Hey guys it's me Grace Farley!! People say I eat like a bird but thats cool because orioles fly together!!1!!!1!1! I draw smiley faces that look exactly like me on people's hands and its kinda weird but it makes people happy so...

Devin Raynor

Yo I’m Devin and I’m the funniest person on Echo. As design editor, I make the pages look almost as pretty as me. I need six feet of white space around me at all times. I wear rad socks and have a low-key obsession with m...

Isaac Wert

Hi! I'm Isaac J. Wert, your local entertainment editor. I love music, television, art and pop culture, and especially love reviewing them.

Culver Carden

Hi my name is Culver Carden and this year I’ll be taking photos for the Echo. I have been taking photos (personally) for about three years and I’m excited to use my talent on a real newspaper. My favorite things to take pict...

Brooklyn Donelson

Hey, I’m Brooklyn. Some days I wear dresses, some days I wear sweatpants, but there is no in between. I’m a lifeguard and in synchro, so I’m always in the pool. If you ever want to know more about sharks or #savethebeez, I...

Isabel Leviton

Hi my name is Isabel and I’m a senior. Dogs and cats and all animals don’t have my heart. I’m Jewish✡ but you probably already know that with my trademark holy land necklace and Blundstones. I’m your local in-depth edito...

Eli Curran-Moore

Hey everyone, my name is Eli Curran-Moore, I'm a senior, Staff Writer and Business Manager for Echo this year. Jon Hassler’s Jemmy >>Nabokov >>Dostoevsky. I enjoy listening to Future Astronauts Podcasts, TyTy, and...

Jacob Stillman

Hello everyone, my name is Jacob, your co-sports editor. People often confuse me with Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan because of our shared dunking ability. I participate in competitive coin collecting competitions across ...

Atticus Raasch

Hey guys it’s Atti and I’ll be one of the managing editors for this year. Some people refer to me as “The Chrysanthemum” but most people aren’t quite there with me yet. My marvel rating is currently 253,294 (and count...

Annabella Strathman

“‘Pictured above is me, Annabella Strathman, one of your editors-in-chief. I spend my time spaced between being in bed, at home, in the pub, and in the halls at school. So there’s a really high chance you’ll see me aro...

Anna duSaire

Hey guys, I’m Anna. We made it to senior year. Ya girl is a managing editor this year. Hmu if you need your hair braided or ears pierced… I got all the side hustles. I’m a captain of the gymnastics and track team. I also do dance...

Amaia Barajas

I’m features™. Hot cheetos and dr pepper are my favorite snacks feel free to bring them to me whenever you feel like it. I’ll give you a penny and a hug....

Alex Balfour

Hi my name is Alex Dominique Balfour! You can call me Fat-Al or Al Bal. I am a copy editor for this lovely newspaper. I am a super all-star soccer player so you can probably catch me at the U.S. Bank Stadium, or even better at...

Alec Pittman

Hi, my name is Alec Pittman, but most people call me Pitt. I am one of the managing editors here on Echo. I enjoy writing columns about my current and past endeavors in swimming. I look forward to being a leader this year and...

Josh Halper

Hey everyone, I’m Josh. I am a photographer by day, and by night. I spend the majority of my time taking pictures of sports, wildlife and the moon. Echo is not just a class for me anymore; it has become a lifestyle. When I...

Caroline Green

Hi! My name is Caroline Green and I am one of the photo editors! I spend most of my time skiing but when I’m not doing that I like to drive my race car to REI. I went to a nature school for a couple months but I decided to ...

Hannah Leff

Good morning my name is Hannah Leff. I am an opinions editor alongside my dearest friend Lukas Levin. In my free time I enjoy drinking cranberry juice, making videos of myself singing Hamilton and watching my “friends” beat ...

Nietzsche Deuel

Hi there, my name is Nietzsche Deuel and I am a writer and an artist for Echo. This is my junior year and I will be participating in the IB Diploma programme. I am a theater kid; I am terribly committed to  Park Theater. My favorite ...

David Bryant

Hey, my name is David Bryant and I am a writer on Echo. I am a junior and this is my first year in Echo. Some of the things I really enjoy are music in all shapes and forms, writing and the sport lacrosse. I will try my best to...

Emma Kempf

Hey I’m Emma Kempf and I’m one of this years photo editors! One time I convinced a friend for a month that I owned the Kemp ice cream company and  just forgot to the the ‘f’ in the name. You can often find me sleeping ...

Carissa Prestholdt

Hi, my name Carissa. I’m a sophomore. I enjoy the sports cross country and track, I have run for the SLP team for the past four years . I am new to Echo this year and I am a photographer. My favorite foods are blueberries and pasta...

Samantha Klepfer

Hi my name is Samantha Klepfer and I am in 10th grade at Park. I am a writer for the Echo. I play volleyball and I love to read.

Avia Kaner-Roth

Hey guys, I’m Avia and I’m a writer on the echo:) I’m a fan of feminism, early 2000’s boy bands and the West Wing. If you need me, you can probably catch me hammocking by Lake Nokomis!!!

Hayley Westwood

Hey my name is Hayley Westwood and you’re watching Disney Channel. I am a junior and a new photographer for the Echo. I enjoy going to the dog park and eating wontons.

Abby Intveld

Hey! I’m Abby Intveld and I’m a new writer for the SLP Echo. I’m a junior here and I’m honestly not that exciting. My dog is my #1 best friend and I drink way too much cold brew coffee. ...

Malaika Bigirindavyi

Hey there! It’s ya girl Bigs. I play soccer and snap pics for the Echo. I finally made it to senior year!!! You can find me stressing 24/7 cause I’m toooooo involved. I’m terrified of raccoons, in love with my caramel skin an...

Sumaya Mohamed

Hey! My name is Sumaya Mohamed and I’m a senior this year. This is my second year in Echo and I’m the co news editor. I enjoy watching Netflix and sleeping.

Isabel Kjaer

Hi, my name is Isabel. I’m a sophomore. I like to swim, run and ski. I also like foods such as brussel sprouts and cucumbers. I like the smell of Sharpies, mainly the blue ones. I like lemonade and Lemonade by Beyoncé....

Breanna Thompson

My name is Breanna Thompson I am the only assistant photo editor. I enjoy being creative.

Evelyn Nelson

“Peace up, A-Town down”! I’m Evelyn, but most people know me as Evie or ‘the salty girl’. I am a junior this year and when I’m not writing for The Echo, I am most likely rehearsing for the current theatre production ...

Creston Halstead

¡Hola! I’m Creston. I love being lazy and binge watching Netflix, but I also run cross country and track. Don’t ask how it makes sense, it does. Most things I do seem like they don’t make sense, but they do. Side note: ...

Hadeal Rizeq

Hey everyone, I’m back!  I feel really thankful for being a senior this year and moving forward toward what the future holds (although it feels a little bit weird to be at the top of the school dynasty). This is my second yea...

Lukas Levin

Hey there, I'm Lukas Levin, but you can call me Silver Fox. I have a flare for the theatrics, enjoy long walks around school and the occasional TBH. I am Co-opinions editor with Hannah Leff, the love of my life. She is my insp...

Sophie Olmen

Hi my name is Sophie Olmen and I am a photographer on the Echo staff. I am a junior this year and I enjoy spending time at the cabin during the summer. I love playing tennis, basketball, and softball.

Isaac Wahl

Hey guys! It’s Isaac Wahl, your local edge lord. I enjoy theater, singing, writing, photography and as the kids say nowadays, dabbin’ on my haters. I love animals, the environment and especially laughing with some good friends...

Mara Zapata

Hola, I'm Mara Zapata, the funky videographer that makes even funkier videos. I was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia. I moved to Minneapolis around two years ago after living in Montreal for a year and a half. Due to all t...

Ruby Stillman

iHola! My name is Ruby Stillman. I derive gratification from doing theater, going to camp, traveling, sleeping, eating and being with friends and family. I am prodigiously looking forward to partaking in the Echo family and increasi...

Dani Orloff

Hey guys! My name is Dani and I’m an Editor-in-Chief this year! When I am not devoting my time to Echo, you can find me in the kitchen training to become a future Food Network star.  Bobby Flay has nothing on me. I also love ...

Emma Yarger

Yo, I am Emma Yarger. I am a junior and it’s my first year writing for Echo. I get really excited about everything and I am a ride or die theater nerd.

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