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About Our Editors

The MoCo Student is currently recruiting students to serve for the 2015-16 school-year! If you or someone you know are interested, please get involved by filling out an application at Feel free to contact us at

Arts and Culture: Akanksha Girish

Akanksha Girish is currently a senior in the IB program at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville Maryland. She is also the International editor of her school’s newspaper and a member of RM’s Girls Varsity Tennis Team. Akanksha is passionate about dance and has been training in the art form for 11 years.

Community: Deepti Agnihotri

Deepti Agnihotri is a senior in the Science, Math, and Computer Science program at Poolesville High School. She is an avid member of the mock trial team, competes in debtate, and loves to dance. Deepti is Editor-in-Chief for her school newspaper and loves to report about the latest events in the community. She is excited to be part of the MoCo Student and hopes to increase student awareness about different issues and events in Montgomery County.

MCPS: Max Cohen and Fonda Shen

Max Cohen is a junior at Bethesda Chevy Chase HS. He is a member of the varsity soccer team and the Spanish Honors Society, and is also his class publicity chair. He has been a part of the MoCo Student since his freshman year and writes for two soccer websites in his free time.

Fonda Shen is a junior at Richard Montgomery High School. She is also an editor of the Richard Montgomery online newspaper, The Tide Online, and a member of the Richard Montgomery Cross Country and Track and Field teams. In addition to her school-affiliated activities, Fonda also plays the violin and piano both on her own and in orchestras.

Opinions: Darian Garcia

Darian Garcia is currently a senior at RMHS. A long-time journalist and avid writer, his articles appear on a variety of school and county-wide online and print papers. He is a member and a leader of many school and community service clubs and organizations.Darian is an undiscovered singer/songwriter and greatly enjoys making art, in whatever way he can.

Politics: Isabelle Zhou

Isabelle Zhou is a sophomore at Richard Montgomery High School. Her love for journalism is expressed through her role as a writer on her school’s newspaper The Tide. In her spare time, she plays tennis and performs chinese folk dance. She also enjoys painting, drawing, and reading a good book.

Graphics: Cynthia Song and Angel Wen

Cynthia Song is currently a senior at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland. She loves all things art, from graphic design to painting to drawing, and she has been creating art ever since she was a toddler. When she is not sitting in front of a canvas, Cynthia plays on the Girls Tennis team, edits for The Tide (RM’s student newspaper), competes in Forensics, and eats.

There’s this senior at Montgomery Blair High School people call Angel Wen, though sometimes they call her “hey you”. She pretends to be good at art, but secretly hoards horrible paintings in her basement. If you ever see her, please ask her to draw you a giraffe – she thinks she draws very cute giraffes.

Video: Taylor Balfour and Ben Polster

Taylor is a junior at Richard Montgomery High School with a passion for journalism.  She’s an editor for the school newspaper and the school literary magazine and is very excited for her first year as an editor of the MoCo Student! When not editing photos and videos, she loves to play soccer and convince herself that her dog is capable of doing her homework.

Ben Polster

Polls: Yaëlle Goldschlag

Yaëlle Goldschlag is a magnet senior at Montgomery Blair High School. She in on the Debate and Mock Trial teams at Blair. She likes writing and math, and wants to help push more data-based arguments into the humanities.