The Echo

2019-2020 Staff

Isabel Kjaer

Editor-in-Chief

Heyyyy buddies!! My name is Isabel Kjaer but you can call me Sr. hot stuff. This year my position on staff is Co-Chief. The highlight of my year is getting a new erasable highlighter. I am VERY excited to be on Echo for my th...

Marta Hill

Editor-in-Chief

Hello! My name is Marta Hill and I am thrilled to be one of the Editors-in-Chief of Echo this year! When I’m not working on Echo you can find me playing Ultimate Frisbee (best sport ever!), reading, playing flute, or doing homewor...

Kaia Myers

Managing Editor

Hello! My name is Kaia. I’m a SENIOR and this is my second year on Echo. This year, I am a managing editor. I’ve been to every coffee shop in Minneapolis and spend a lot of time going to them and drinking wayyy too much cof...

Carissa Prestholdt

Managing Editor

WHAT’S UP BUTTERCUP!!!!! My name is Carissa Eloise Possum Prestholdt. I have a trampoline that is always up for grabs, just pop by my house. I’m gonna be a senior, so that’s cool. Ool, notice the lack of a p. There’s no p...

Sofia Seewald

Managing Editor

Heyo! My name is Sofia Seewald and I am a proud Managing editor for Echo! When I’m not doing Echo things, I spend my time playing tennis, cross-country skiing, volunteering at hospitals and eating sushi (specifically sweet potat...

Noah Orloff

Managing Editor

Hi! My name is Noah and I am a managing editor this year. I am a junior and love to walk my neighbor’s dog, a six-year-old Cavachon. I love writing and photography, which are two things I enjoy to do for Echo. I am a big Minn...

Gabriel Kaplan

Managing Editor

Shalom, My name’s Gabe, I’m gonna be a managing editor this year! I’m a junior this year and this is my second year on Echo now. I like driving, watching Parks and Rec and eating. Fun fact, I could never be copy (even though...

Adin Zweigbaum

Business Manager

Hi my name is Adin, but pronounced (Aye-din). My favorite animal is the pantropical spotted dolphin. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing video games, and I especially like to dabble in the art of craftin...

Emma Leff

Copy Editor

Hi, I’m Emma. This is my second year on Echo as a writer/photographer/copy editor. I joined Echo to carry on the family legacy. When I’m not at school, I’m probably playing soccer or sleeping. I love dogs, especially my dog....

Sofie Geretz

Copy Editor

Hi! My name is Sofie and I’m a senior. This is my third year on the Echo staff writing and this year I am also a copy editor. I love to bike, cook (specifically Middle Eastern foods!), play with my dogs and watch The Office. I...

Ruthie Posada

Copy Editor

Heyo! my name is Ruthie and I’m a senior this year! I’m a copy editor for the Echo which means I check all the grammarly thingys & make sure things r spelled right and have ap style and make sure stuff makes good sens...

Toby Khabie

Assistant Copy Editor

Hi! My name is Toby Khabie, I’m in 10th grade, and I am a writer for the Echo. In my free time, I love to play/watch basketball and football, and take great pleasure in taunting my brothers. I actually have a twin brother, J...

Ryan Barnett

Assistant Copy Editor

¡Hola amigos! My name is Ryan Barnett, I am a junior, and I’m an assistant copy editor, which means that I obviously have perfect, gramarr and sppeling. This is my first year on Echo but I act like I run the place cause I have...

Lucy zumBrunnen

Design Editor

Hi! My name is Lucy zumBrunnen, I’m a junior this year and design editor! I like irregularly long camping trips, new markers and playing guitar. I also love to run and ski, with anything but grace. I have an obsession with my dog...

Sophie Livingston

Design Editor

Wassup it’s yuh boi Sophie. I’m a Design editor and photographer. I don’t like to play sports, so naturally I take pictures of other people playing them instead. I like to draw, sit outside with my dog, and play Guitar He...

Maggie Klaers

Design Editor

Sup nerds! This is Maggie, and you’re watching Disney Channel! Klaers, Maggie Klaers. (pronounced “Claire’s,” like the store) I am a senior this year (thank god)! I do lots of designy-type things for the paper, probably ...

Emily Ziessman

Photo Editor

Hey!! I’m Emily Ziessman, I’m a senior this year and the photo editor for Echo! This is my second year on Echo and I could not be more excited! I’m on the gymnastics team and volleyball team, but I’m always injured so I n...

Anna Benishek

Assistant Photo Editor

Hey what’s popping pablo. I’m Anna Benishek and this is my first year of Echo. I’m a photographer and excited to work with the echo staff this year. Outside of school I’m either playing soccer or hanging out with friends....

Izzy Kanne

Video/Broadcast Editor

Hello everybody! My name is Izzy Kanne and I’m the video and broadcast editor for Echo! When I’m not in the pub you can find me in the auditorium doing theater or helping out with film club (which you should totally join!...

Talia Lissauer

News Editor

Hello. My name is Tall EE Ahhhhhh. Talia. I am a junior and your amazing news editor this year. I like to do echO things, they are very fun. I believe coffee is repulsive, but ice cream is fABuloOus, especially if it’s the TONIGH...

Tamar Gewirtz

Features Editor

Hi! My name is Tamar Gewirtz and I’m the features editor for Echo. You may already know me from the Aquafresh commercial I was in from first grade… yes, I am just that cool. Aside from starring in thrilling, dramatic tv comme...

Maddie Schutte

In-Depth Editor

Greetings! My name is Maddie Schutte, I’m a junior and I’m In-Depth editor! I can always be found discussing conspiracy theories with Mr. Entertainment himself, Ben Sanford. I am known to drink far too much coffee, laugh quit...

Sadie Yarosh

Sports Editor

Yo! My name is Sadie and I’m the sports editor for the Echo this year!!! I love summertime, hanging out with my friends, going on lake drives and blasting music in my car! I love to watch movies (especially Disney!) and try new ice crea...

Maria Perez Barriga

Opinions Editor

Hola amigos! Como estan? My name is Maria Perez Barriga and I will be a junior this year. I am the opinions editor for the Echo. Some things you should know about me are that I play soccer, I like to drive, and my favorite food ...

Ben Sanford

Entertainment Editor

Salutations, teens! The name of mine is Benjamin John Sanford and I am Mr. Entertainment… or known to some (the boring folks) as the “entertainment editor.” I am one half of the evil twins of Echo, alongside my pal whom ...

Emmy Pearson

Photographer

Hey! My name is Emmy Pearson, I’m a junior and this is my first year of Echo. I do a little bit of everything for Echo — designing, writing, and taking photos! Outside of the newspaper you can find me painting, playing tenni...

Ayelet Prottas

Photographer

Hey I’m Ayelet! I am a sophomore and this is my first year as a photographer for Echo. I play softball, so you can usually find me on the field. When I have to relax, I am obsessed with eating sushi and playing with puppies....

Jane Pupeza

Photographer

Hi my name is Jane Pupeza. I am in 10th grade and a photographer for Echo. I love photography; it is one of my favorite things, and I also really enjoy sailing during the summer and spend Thursdays racing. I do not do any school ...

Neb Bekele

Photographer

Hola, my name is Nebyu Bekele, but most people know me as N.E.B, when I’m not doing Echo things, I make music, and do cross country and track. I also enjoy deep woods hiking. If you see me around don’t be shy to say hi! I...

Ava Ashby

Photographer

Hey, I’m Ava Ashby. I’m a sophmore and this is my first year on Echo. I’ve been taking photography for three years and I’m excited to finally have a use for that skill. I love traveling and hiking when I can because i...

Megan Hoenie

Photographer

Hi! I’m Megan Hoenie. This is my first year on Echo, and I will be a photographer.  I love photography and hanging with friends. I play softball and always look forward to the season. I also like to ski in the winters. In ...

Tenzin Gyaldatsang

Writer

Hi, my name is Tenzin, I’m a Sophomore and this is my first year on the Echo. I like to play basketball and I like to watch basketball. My favorite team is the Minnesota Timberwolves, and I’m ready to see the Wolves in the ...

Tennam Gyaldatsang

Writer

བཀྲ་ཤིས བདེ་ལེགས my name is Tenzin but you can call me Tennam. I'm a senior this year and Echo has been pretty fun! I am excited to see how the Vikings are going to do this season. Currently rank...

Lily Simonett

Writer

Hey! I’m Lily Simonett. I am going to be a sophomore this year so I’m new to Echo! A big part of my part of my life is dancing as I spend a decent amount of time at my dance studio. When I’m not at the studio you can find ...

Henry Brettingen

Writer

My name is Henry Brettingen, i'm a junior and this is my second year on the Echo. I prefer to do opinions, with the occasional broadcast. I like to consider myself a free thinking centrist.  

Humna Belete

Writer

Hi! I’m Humna and I am a sophomore. I enjoy reading, tennis, soccer and basketball. One other thing I like to do in my free time is go biking or watch netflix. My favorite fast food restaurant is probably Chipotle, also my f...

Molly Schochet

Writer

Hi I’m Molly Schochet and I’m in 10th grade. This is my first year as writer for Echo and I am super excited. When I’m not writing I enjoy watching Netflix, eating gluten free tacos, and cheering on the Packers. I am obsessed w...

Lilly Strathman

Writer

Hi! My name is Lilly Strathman. I am a junior and I’m a writer on Echo. I spend most of my time petting my dog and eating any type of spicy food. I love running in my spare time too. I’m obsessed with the Halloween season and y...

Sam Swisher

Writer

Hey my name is Sam Swisher, I’m an 11th grader and starting my first year of Echo. In my free time I like to play hockey in the winter as well as hunt and fish year round. I enjoy spending time at the cabin in the summer and ...

Zuhayb Yassin

Writer

Hi my name is Zuhayb Yassin and I’m a sophomore this year and I’m looking forward to my first year of Echo. Sports that I’m into are basketball and track and I love playing sports in general. And I will try to be a writer t...

Harris Keekley

Writer

Hello *in a Russian accent*. I am Harris and I am a sophomore writer for the St. Louis Park Echo this year. I run Cross Country in the fall and Swim in the winter. I enjoy adventuring in the wilderness (mainly in the Boundary Waters ...

Colin Canaday

Writer

Hello *in a Russian accent*. My name is Colin Canaday, I am a sophomore writer for Echo this year.  I enjoy programming, machine learning, and playing tennis. A fun fact about me is that I was born on Friday The 13th.  I am...

Svea Bleske

Photographer/Writer

Hello! My name is Svea Bleske. I am a senior and a writer / photographer for the Echo. This is my first year on the Echo and I am very excited for what’s to come. If I am not taking pictures or writing an article, you can usu...

Grace Schultz

Photographer/Writer

Hey my name is Grace Schultz! This is my first year on Echo. I am going to be a junior this year. I love iced coffee and hanging out with my friends. I play lacrosse and just started swimming this year. I am also a third degree ...

Isra Mohamed

Photographer/Writer

Hi, my name is Isra. I’m a sophomore this year and this is going to be my first year joining Echo (props to Ms. Keekley). I like writing and taking pictures so my job in Echo is going to be either one of those. My hobbies are pl...

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