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About

History

In 2012, Student Member of the Board of Education John Mannes created a countywide press network to help build a conduit to share fresh and relevant information written by youths to the wider Montgomery County student body. As a part of the Student Member of the Board’s Student Advisory Council (SAC), John helped supervise the MoCo Student along with SAC Press Secretary Jessica Li, a student at Richard Montgomery High School. When John graduated from Northwest High School and his term as Student Member of the Board came to a close in June 2013, the MoCo Student separated from the Student Advisory Council and began to expand as a countywide student newspaper not affiliated with the Student Member of the Board. Today, the MoCo Student has over 60 writers, artists, filmmakers, and editors from middle and high schools across Montgomery County.

MoCo Student journalism workshops

A drawing by a 7-year-old student after a series of sessions on photojournalism.

The MoCo Student also conducts weekly or biweekly writing, journalism, and photojournalism workshops for students in elementary school. Many of the workshops highlight school or neighborhood news and relate key parts of journalism’s modern history.

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MCPS high school cluster map

Current Staff

The MoCo Student has a strong and diverse staff of over 60 students from over 20 MCPS high schools. If you or someone you know are interested in getting involved in the MoCo Student, fill out our application at mocostudent.org/join!

Editors (click here for section editors’ biographies)

Logan Dreher, Arts and Culture
Emily Zhang, Community
Mahya Bigdeli, MCPS
Deepti Agnihotri, Opinions
Max Moss, Politics
Max Cohen, School News
Cynthia Song, Graphics

Correspondents

Jozette Allah-Mensah
Lillian Andemicael
Olivia Antezana
Jennifer Chen
Grace Cheung
Elizabeth Choi
Corrina Davis
Iman Durrani
Darian Garcia
Akanksha Girish
Yaëlle Goldschlag
Daisy Grant
Eleanor Harris
Aries Henriquez
Wafa Jawad
Omisa Jinsi
Christa Karim
Andrew Kostka
Alessandra Lowy
Juliana Lu-Yang
Sara Monterroso
Syllia Newstead
Kevin Pan
Tiffany Pei
Xavier Rivera
Anja Shahu
Fonda Shen
Elizandra Vicente
Shylee Yachin
Catherine Yang
Yueyang Ying
Ardeshir Youssef
Isabelle Zhou

Graphic Artists

Natasha Campbell
Claudia Espinoza
Valencia Fu
Garven Hadden IV
Jason King
Olivia O’Neil
Aashna Pradhan
Angel Wen

Filmmakers

Jovanna Aragon
Taylor Balfour
Pedraam Faridjoo
Rebecca Levy
Kevin Lu
Juliana Lu-Yang
Syllia Newstead
Ben Polster
Julia Sint
Christopher Yue