Editor-In-Chief: Lucy Stagg
Lucy Stagg is co-editor In Chief for this year Polaris Press staff. Besides her love for writing, Lucy enjoys all things to do with movies, music and design. She loves to spend her time seeing the newest films with her mom at the Alamo Drafthouse, teaching herself new songs on the guitar, and going to see tons of live music. She hopes to make sure her last year of journalism is filled with creativity, collaboration, and lots of fun. Lucy is super excited to be in her Senior year, and is planning to study film production next year.
Editor-In-Chief: Anabelle Glass
Think of the most random and forgetful person you know. Anabelle Glass, a freckle-faced junior should pop into your mind. Glass is in the Media Tech Pathway at Ann Richards. You will probably see her hanging out with her friends in front of the library or in a stairway. When Anabelle is not at school or with friends she is cooking some delicious grub or doodling on some scratch paper. Anabelle is the Editor and Chief of the ARS Polaris Press along with Lucy Stagg.
Entertainment: Ximena Sifuentes Chavez
As most kids at 6 years old were starting first grade, Ximena Sifuentes-Chavez was migrating from Mexico to the United States. Transitioning from “Feliz cumpleaños” to “happy birthdays” was different for Ximena and lead her to step out of her comfort zone and join a film club in elementary school. Carrying film with her through middle school and into high school, she knew the pathway for her was Media Technology. Creating films and being involved in cinematography is a future goal for Ximena Sifuentes...but don’t think that is the only thing she has in mind. Junior, Ximena has an internship working at a production company and has been working since the start of summer 2018. Ximena is looking forward to giving voices to those who usually don't have one this upcoming year, as a staff writer for the Polaris Press newspaper.
Audio/Visual: Lucero Sustaita
Lucero is hands down the snazziest cat on the block. She's pretty chill and can oft be found in the back corner of the Media Tech room, eerily lit from bellow by the flickering of a light board. Lucero was technically coerced into being an editor but has thus far found it to be a pretty positive experience. She enjoys drawing, Dungeons and Dragons, reading, and as of late, designing her own obscure orthographies just for the heck of it. : )
Beyond Our Walls: Daniela Noonan
If you see someone crying while laughing, working on early assignments or yelling then you are probably around Noonan. Noonan is the Beyond Our Wall editor, mostly because Noonan forgets there is life outside of ARS and likes to bring that world back into the lives of the ARS students. She enjoys reading, mindlessly watching forensic files and other crime shows, ranting to friends, and doing absolutely nothing. She likes to write almost as much as she likes to talk.
Our Voices: Keji Jurkin
If you see a stressed-out junior with 'The Dictator' on the back of her letterman, you just experienced Keji Jurkin. Keji is the Our Voices Editor because of even her opinion remains objective. She loves watching reruns of 'Living Single' and 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'(yes, the first Aunt Janet was better) and basically any 90's sitcom. She is has been an avid officer in Student Council; she is also the co-founder of the Black Students Union and Model United Nations on campus.
Creative Writing: Camille Pfister
If you see a junior girl with short hair, headphones in, enthralled in a book or typing on her laptop- you just might have found Camille Pfister. Camille Pfister is the Creative Writing editor for the second year and has been writing on the Polaris Press since her freshman year. Writing has always been one of her passions. At the age of eight, Camille decided to start writing short stories and her experiences in a journal and hasn’t stopped since. Her favorite activities, other than writing, are listening to music, reading, helping her mom at church, and learning more about the world through her peers and their experiences, as well as how to be there to support them. Camille is excited to have 4 years of high school experience with the Polaris Press, growing her writing and reporting skills.
Eleanor Jeansonne’s fate is written out in the stars as: undecided. She enjoys many hobbies including aerial silks, dancing, thrifting with friends, and geology. While the human eye can see a weakling, she has always been fascinated with chiropractic work and massage therapy, something she is considering for college. Eleanor is a sentimental person, given that her favorite book is the 6th grade summer reading option, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Her and her friends favorite way to spend a rainy evening is watching old murder mysteries with actors such as Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. She is looking forward to using newspaper as a learning experience for college writing skills.
Francis Carbajal enjoys creating content ranging from spotify playlists to short films. Thanks to the Media Technology pathway in school she has had a vision for the film industry. Her hobbies include piano, art and basketball. Francis enjoys cooking, music production, and dancing. Her favorite shows include Bojack Horseman and Stranger Things. One thing Francis loves is water, staying hydrated is the most important thing to her. She is looking forward to accomplish her goals this school year such as procrastinating less and being more optimistic. Francis can't wait to contribute to The Polaris Press one final time before graduating in spring 2020.
Virginia Hughes is a 10th-grade staff writer who enjoys dancing with the Starlettes and running. She laughs pretty much all day and is very cheery. When she is not at school she loves to spend time with friends and her cat named Ebby.
Mairany Serrano is a bubbly, outgoing, and hardworking 10th Grader staff writer who spends most of her time representing our school as a Varsity ARS Cheerleader. While not in school, you can find her hanging with her friend's shopping or paddleboarding. You can catch Mairany watching "Friends" on the weekend or listening to Clairo, Tyler, the Creator, and Ariana Grande. Mairany is happy and looking forward to continuing publishing for the ARS Polaris Press.
When Perla Espinoza isn’t writing articles and snapping pictures for the Polaris Press, she is exhibiting her competitive spirit by playing sports, volleyball being her favorite, and spending time with her nephew and little sister. Perla loves all things that glitter, and can typically be found with bejeweled and decorated nails to complement her sparkling phone case. Besides being one of the Press’s staff writers, another passion of Perla’s is math and she has a special fondness for her algebra class, taught by Ms. Shaama Lakshmanan.
Meet Abrianna or Abrey for short, a 17-year-old girl who has a love for music and writing. Any activity that lets you express yourself, she is all about it. You'll usually find her practicing or spending time with her band friends, or diving into a new album to review. As her first year in the newspaper, she's excited to share her skills and hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Hope Carpenter is a 10th-grade staff writer. She has two cats and a dog at home, though she prefers her cats. A fast writer and a creative mind, she is a small part of the team.
Grace is a swimming, SNL-loving, violin-playing, left-handed machine! She enjoys singing and will most likely get a super annoying song stuck in your head because she's trying to get it out of her own. She also loves school! When she isn't spending all of her time doing schoolwork, Grace enjoys laughing with her family and playing with her cat, Tippy.
Arden Price is faintly ginger and always jumping from idea to idea. You can spot them singing musicals, lugging around their galaxy backpack and planning GSA meeting. They love buzzfeed quizzes and all the light bubbly aspects of Newspaper that makes it great!