The Hawkeye


Adriana Becerra

Team Leader: Adriana Becerra

Adriana is a senior Barrett, the Honors College student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is majoring in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast, and a minor in film and media studies. Among her many interests are international culture and politics; she is working towards a certificate in international studies and a minor in political science. When Adriana is not writing her own stories, she is a writing tutor at Arizona State. She also belongs to a team that is developing a virtual reality app.


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Bella Socias

Bella Socias, a Bay Area native, is a junior at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, California. As a staff writer on The Explorer, her student produced newspaper, she specializes her writing centered around arts and entertainment. She plans to move forward in her journalism career and use her knowledge gathered from NBTB in the near future. In her leisure time she loves to socialize, shop, and expand her knowledge on the world.



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Bennett Baker

Bennett Baker is a senior at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California. Last year he was the News Section Editor for the school’s monthly newspaper, Blueprint. Next year, Bennett will be an Editor-in-Chief for the paper. He came to Newsroom by the Bay to diversify his journalistic skills. Bennett loves to ski and goes skiing in Tahoe, California almost every weekend in the winter.




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Caroline Pineda

Caroline Pineda is a junior at Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A member of her student newspaper, The Talon, since freshman year, Caroline is excited to be the editor-in- chief this year and hopes to apply her experiences at NBTB to improve her school’s paper. She loves sports journalism and is considering pursuing it as a career path. She also enjoys swimming for her high school team, reading and playing with her two dogs.




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Charlotte Pla

Senior Charlotte Pla eats brunch at least once a week, but more notably will be editor-in-chief on her high school newspaper, El Gato, next year. Attending Newsroom by the Bay, she hopes to collect new journalism insight to bring to El Gato. Charlotte has served as a world section editor and humor section editor for the paper, and aspires to pursue a path in journalism and, when that doesn’t work out, screenwriting. Until then, she resides in the Santa Cruz mountains and continues her weekly brunch ritual.


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Emily Sun

Emily Sun is a junior attending Leland High School in San Jose, California. To her, Newsroom by the Bay is a chance to explore the many different aspects of journalism. During her free time, her hobbies include playing badminton and writing.




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Holly Newman

Holly Newman is a junior at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, California. She is a staff writer for the MA Chronicle with a focus on political journalism, and hopes to pursue a career in either this field or in politics itself. Holly is the president of her school’s Feminist Club and enjoys reading, writing, and making music.




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James Starr

James Starr is a freshman attending Pender Early College High School in North Carolina. He started a middle school newscast to allow others to experience writing and a personal newscast, Oceanside News. He definitely looks forward to continuing the experience of being a student journalist. On his free time, he enjoys playing soccer scrimmages against friends.



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Justin Shu

Justin Shu is a senior at Aragon High School in San Mateo, California, where he also currently resides. While Justin lacks true experience in journalism, his interests are more geared towards videography and multimedia. Outside of school, Justin’s hobbies include sports such as basketball and football, as well as video games and food.




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Lucia Amieva-Wang

Lucia Amieva-Wang is a sophomore attending Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, California. She will be taking a journalism class throughout the school year and plans to expand her skills in photography. In her free time, she does gymnastics and captures the world through her camera lens.



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Victor Liu

Victor Liu is a sophomore at Saratoga High School during the 2016-17 school year and is a reporter on his school’s newspaper, The Falcon, next year. In his leisure time, he occasionally sleeps and tries to keep his laptop charger clean.