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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, with both Jessica Li and Richard Yarrow leading it as Editors-in-Chief. Today, the MoCo Student has over 60 writers, artists, filmmakers, and editors from high schools across Montgomery County.

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!

Editors (click here for section editors’ biographies)

Max Moss, Editor-in-Chief
Isabelle Zhou, Editor-in-Chief
Cindy Song, Arts and Culture
Irene Park, Community
Max Cohen, MCPS and School News
Kevin Hu, Opinions
Rachel Li and Alex Rankine, Politics
Cynthia Song and Angel Wen, Graphics
Taylor Balfour, Videos


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

Graphic Artists

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


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

Co-founder John Mannes discussed journalism and the MoCo Student's work at a Wood Middle School career day.

Co-founder John Mannes discussed journalism and the MoCo Student’s work at a Wood Middle School career day.