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Alice Tecotzky is currently a junior at the Packer Collegiate Institute and Content Editor for the Packer Prism this year. This is her second year in journalism, and she is eager to continue sharing her voice with the Packer community. When she's not writing for The Prism, Alice can be found playing with her dog or spending time with her friends. Alice can be reached at altecotzky@packer.edu.

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Amelia Killackey is currently a tenth grader at The Packer Collegiate Institute and is a new reporter for the Packer Prism this year. Amelia joined journalism in hopes to expand on her love for writing and politics. She is also very passionate about truth in the media and hopes to translate this into her articles. Amelia is on the junior varsity soccer team and also skis on a team in Vermont. She is excited to contribute new ideas to the Prism. Amelia can be reached at amkillackey@packer.edu

Anika Buder-GreenwoodAnika Buder-Greenwood

Anika Buder-Greenwood (‘20) is currently a junior at Packer and the social media & communications editor for the Packer Prism during the 2018-19 school term. Last year, she wrote multiple different articles; among these were pieces in regard to family composition, sexual harassment at Packer, sports, and more. In addition to writing for the Prism, Anika can be found in the Packer productions, on sports teams, or volunteering for local government. In addition to being an editor, she is looking forward to continuing her journey as a reporter. Anika Buder-Greenwood can be reached at anbudergreenwood@packer.edu.

Antonio MotaAntonio Mota

Antonio “Tony” Mota is currently a sophomore in the Packer Collegiate Institute and a reporter for the Packer Prism. Although he wasn’t on the staff last year, he has written for the Prism before and is excited to continue contributing and expressing himself. In his free time, you can find him hanging out with his friends, playing video games, browsing Reddit memes, or watching Netflix. A fun fact about Tony is that he achieved second place in the MarioKart tournament last year. Tony can be reached at anmota@packer.edu.

Anya FonsteinAnya Fonstein

Grade: 12 (‘19)

Anya Fonstein is currently a senior at The Packer Collegiate Institute and the Web Content Editor for the Packer Prism this year. Anya joined journalism as a sophomore because she saw it as a way to voice her opinions to the community, as well as a way to learn about Packer in an active way. Anya looks forward to writing for The Prism in her senior year, and is eager to bring her two years of experience writing for the Prism to the coming editions. In addition to writing for The Prism, Anya is also involved in creating Packer’s Arts and Literary Magazine, Packer Current Items, and a member and a frequent member of Inquiry Club, STEM Club, and Jew Crew. She is looking forward to writing for The Prism in the 2018-19 school year! Anya can be reached at anfonstein@packer.edu

Asher BankAsher Bank

Asher Bank is currently a senior at the Packer Collegiate Institute, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Packer Prism this year. This is Asher's third year on the Prism; previously, he was the lead Layout Editor for two years. He enjoys designing the spread each edition and has supplemented his work in layout with an independent study in graphic design. Beyond the Prism, Asher is the leader of Packer's Math Team and Math Club, editor of Intersections—the school's math and science journal—and a dedicated member of both the Varsity Basketball and Ultimate Frisbee team. Outside of school, he has worked for several entertainment and media agencies including Overtime, Rockstar Games, and Spotzer Media Group. He loves to watch football and cheer on his favorite team the Jets. It is his dream to one day coach the team, but in the meantime he will continue to send letters advising current coach Todd Bowles. Asher can be reached at asbank@packer.edu.

Audrey TaplitzAudrey Taplitz

Audrey Taplitz is currently a sophomore at The Packer Collegiate Institute and a reporter for the Packer Prism this year. She is looking forward to starting journalism due to her love of writing and interest in staying updated in her community. In addition to working on the Packer Prism, she enjoys playing sports and spending time with her friends. Audrey can be reached at autaplitz@packer.edu.

Carly MrazCarly Mraz

Carly Mraz is currently a sophomore at The Packer Collegiate Institute and is a reporter for the Packer Prism this year.
She has written several Op-ed articles for the Prism in the past but is excited to be a part of the Prism staff this year and create more content and learn about the reporting process. Carly is a member of the Harvard Model Congress club here at packer and a player on the Girls soccer team. Outside of school, Carly is almost always dancing, hanging out with friends, or binge watching Grey’s Anatomy. Carly can be reached at camraz@packer.edu.

Daisy ZuckermanDaisy Zuckerman

Daisy Zuckerman is currently a junior at The Packer Collegiate Institute and the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Packer Prism this year. She is also a member of The Prism's new marketing task force. This is her second year in Journalism, and she is excited to continue learning from and working with the rest of the Prism staff. In addition to writing, she dances 6 days a week and runs a personal blog. Daisy can be reached at dazuckerman@packer.edu.

Daniel BiroDaniel Biro

Daniel Biro is currently a sophomore at The Packer Collegiate Institue and is a reporter for the Packer Prism this year. He joined the publication noticing a lack of content regarding fashion and style. This is his first year in journalism and he hopes to one day have his own column. Daniel is a member of the packer track and field and debate team this year. He has an extreme passion for fashion with big hopes and dreams for his future fashion career. He will never be caught not dressed to impress. In his free time he can be seen rewatching Call Me By Your Name over and over again. Daniel can be reached at dabiro@packer.edu

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Eli Baum is currently a sophomore at The Packer Collegiate Institute and is a reporter for the Packer Prism this year. This is his first year in journalism, and he hopes to bring light to issues, ideas, and happenings that aren’t being talked about. Eli is involved in the Packer play and musical productions along with being in Harvard Model Congress. Eli also enjoys playing board games and biking. Eli can be reached at elbaum@packer.edu.

Ella SpungenElla Spungen

Ella Spungen is currently a senior at the Packer Collegiate Institute, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Packer Prism this year. This is Ella’s third year on the Prism, and previously she has been the copy editor and the content editor. She loves writing articles, and believes in the deep importance of journalism, especially today.

Beyond the Prism, Ella is the Editor-in-Chief of PCI, Packer’s art and literary magazine, leader of Literary Club, and a member of the Student Faculty Judiciary Committee. Outside of school, she volunteers at the Max Rose congressional campaign and Red Hook Initiative, a nearby community-based nonprofit.

She loves to scuba dive and look at amazing marine organisms, specifically sharks. It is her dream to dive with a whale shark, but in the meantime she just talks about them. (In the Spungen household, every week is Shark Week.)

Ella can be reached at elspungen@packer.edu.

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Ella Marriott is currently a junior at The Packer Collegiate Institute and is the Social Media and Communications Editor for the Packer Prism this year.

Ella has been on the Prism for one year and worked as a reporter her sophomore year. Outside of the Prism, Ella plays varsity soccer and basketball, is currently creating a Packer club, and is a member of Inquiry Club and Writer’s Club. Outside of Packer, Ella works at a non-profit organization called READ 718 on the weekends. A fun fact about Ella is that she has two twin sisters.

Ella can be reached at elmarriott@packer.edu

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Grace Seymour is a senior at the Packer Collegiate Institute and a reporter for the Packer Prism. This is her second year working for the Prism, and she is excited to keep writing articles. Outside of the Prism Grace plays squash individually and for the Packer team.

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Hannah Jatsch is currently a junior at The Packer Collegiate Institute and an Op-ed editor for the Packer Prism this year.

Hannah was a reporter for the Prism during her sophomore year, and interned at The Daily Brooklyn Eagle over the summer. Other than being on the Prism staff, Hannah participates in various leadership roles including co-head of the Global Outreach Program for SLC, a member of community meeting committee and is also a member of Fifth Wave. Outside of school, Hannah works for Amnesty International, a human rights organization that she was introduced to at her last school. A fun fact about Hannah is that she lived in London for 10 years before moving to New York her freshman year of high school!

Hannah can be reached at hajatsch@packer.edu

India BrechtIndia Brecht

India Brecht is currently a sophomore at The Packer Collegiate Institute and a reporter for the Packer Prism this year. During her 9th grade english class she developed her love for writing and was exposed to the creativity and community that Packer holds. Additionally, she plays for the girl varsity soccer team and will hopefully be playing for the Packer tennis team in the spring. This summer she was backpacking in Yellowstone National Park for 3 weeks and played soccer when she wasn’t hanging out with her friends. She is never caught without a coffee in hand! India can be reached at inbrecht@packer.edu

Jessica GrossJessica Gross

Jessica Gross is a senior at the Packer Collegiate Institute. This year, she is a News and Features Editor as well as the Communications and Marketing Manager, and has been the Sports Editor and the Photo Editor in years past. Outside of The Prism, Jessie is a peer supporter, a leader and board representative for Kids Walk, a leader of French Club, a part of the girls varsity soccer and softball teams, and is working on the creation of a mentorship program for students with learning differences. In her spare time, she loves to ski, and is an instructor at the Windham Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation, which provides snowsports opportunities for mentally or physically disabled athletes. She also plays the piano and has a 10 year old pug named Cookie who she loves very much.

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Kana Benedict is currently a sophomore at The Packer Collegiate Institute and a reporter for the Packer Prism. New to the Prism this year, she joined because of her love of English class, Ms. Dzegar specifically, and her passion for writing. She hopes to use her insightfulness and conservative ideology to bring distinguished content to the Prism.She is a dedicated basketball player both in and outside of school and has a passion for horseback riding. Kana enjoys volunteering at her stable in Texas and working to rehabilitate their neglected horses. Additionally, she is a Cowboys and Spurs superfan. Kana can be reached at kabenedict@packer.edu.

Lila DominusLila Dominus

Lila Dominus is a junior at The Packer Collegiate Institute, and is News and Features editor for the Packer Prism. It is her second year working for the Prism, and she is excited to continue writing articles that service and inform the Packer community. Outside of the Prism Lila is an active member of Packer’s writing and theater community. In her spare time she can be found watching Broad City and taking long naps. Lila Dominus can be reached at lidominus@packer.edu

Lily CrowellLily Crowell

Lily Crowell is currently a sophomore at The Packer Collegiate Institute and reporter for The Prism this year. She joined journalism to raise awareness about current events that are not as commonly discussed in the school community and to spark healthy conversation surrounding these topics and issues. In her spare time, Lily is a ballet dancer, choreographer, and poet. Lily also has a deep love for Rupaul’s Drag Race and wishes to talk to any and everybody about their favorite queens or seasons of the show. Lily can be reached at licrowell@packer.edu.

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Maddie Gunnell is currently a junior at The Packer Collegiate Institute and the photo editor for the Packer Prism this year.

Last year, she was the assistant web editor and is excited for her second year at the Prism. She hopes to make the Prism more accessible to the Packer Community, and broaden the web and social media content.

She loves English and writing, and is extremely passionate about journalism and its importance in today’s society.

Maddie loves her dog more than she loves the rest of her family, and most of all loves taking pictures of her dog.

Maddie can be reached at magunnell@packer.edu

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Maya Gomes is currently a sophomore at The Packer Collegiate Institute and is a reporter for the Packer Prism this year. She joined journalism because she enjoys writing and wants to learn more about how news can be communicated effectively. In addition to writing, Maya enjoys learning martial arts and has recently started learning guitar. She also enjoys watching sports and is a huge fan of the New York Giants. Maya can be reached at magomes@packer.edu.

Mele BuiceMele Buice

Mele Buice is currently a sophomore at The Packer Collegiate Institute and a reporter for the Packer Prism this year. She joined journalism because of her love of the Prism and to experience a new type of writing. She hopes to gain new writing skills in her first year of journalism. In addition to writing, Mele plays soccer for Packer and dances 5 days a week. She also loves to spend time with her friends and family. She is looking forward to an amazing year in journalism! Mele can be reached at mebuice@packer.edu.

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Sophie Germain is currently a Sophomore at the Packer Collegiate Institute and is a reporter for the Packer Prism this year. She decided to join Journalism because she has always had a keen interest in analytical and opinion-based writing, and is excited to further this passion and learn more this year. In addition to the Prism, Sophie is a member of the Girls Varsity Tennis Team, Debate Team, Model Congress, and Writer's Club, and volunteers regularly at the Safe Horizon non-profit organization. In her free time she can be found spending time with friends and family, reading, or playing tennis. Sophie can be reached at sogermain@packer.edu.

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Sylvan Wold is currently a sophomore at the Packer Collegiate Institute and a reporter for the Packer Prism this year. She decided to join the Prism because of her interests in analytical writing and video making. This is her first year working on the Prism. Aside from journalism, Sylvan runs for the varsity cross country and track teams and enjoys getting involved in the Packer community by participating in clubs like Letters are Better and Family Composition. Sylvan can be reached at sywold@packer.edu.

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Tom is a senior and one of the Content Editors for the Prism. Although he has been unable to take the class this year he is very excited to be working with everyone and helping out with editing articles. Outside of the Prism Tom is a captain of the Packer Varsity Squash team, leader of Esoteric Music Society, and a part of Artworks for Youth Club. He has also worked in A&R at Sony Music and in marketing at the Orchard. Originally from England, Tom is a big soccer fan and his favourite team is Chelsea. He also loves music of all genres with some of his favourite artists being Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, Kendrick Lamar, and New Order. He can be reached at thstory@packer.edu

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Violet Chernoff is currently a sophomore at The Packer Collegiate Institute and is a reporter for the Packer Prism this year. She joined the prism because of her love for writing, and hopes to experiment with different genres, having recently taken a month long course on creative writing at Oxford University. Violet is on the Girls Varsity Softball team at Packer, and can be found after school volunteering at the Brooklyn Autism Center and the Hopkins Retirement Home. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and rewatching Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Violet can be reached at vichernoff@packer.edu.

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Will Landau is currently a Senior at The Packer Collegiate Institute and Web Editor for the Packer Prism this year. Will has been building the structure and managing the content of the Packer Prism website for over two years. He is very active in school musicals and plays, as well as the leader of Packer’s Model United Nations Club. Over the summer, Will worked at a local ice cream shop as a scooper. Will can be reached at wilandau@packer.edu.

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Yusuf Haque is currently a junior at The Packer Collegiate Institute and the layout editor for the Packer Prism this year. He has worked as a reporter and assistant layout editor, and has worked on a number of pieces for the Prism. These include topics such as sports, profiles, and entertainment. Outside of the Prism he is a member of the debate club, a leader of miscellaneous skills club, and on the varsity soccer team. He also is able to solve a Rubik’s Cube. Yusuf can be reached at yuhaque@packer.edu

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Zak Rizvi is currently a junior at The Packer Collegiate Institute and is the Sports Editor for the Packer Prism this year. Over the past year, he has written a number of pieces on a variety of topics for the Prism, ranging from new and features profiles to sports previews. Outsides the Prism, he can be found on the Varsity Soccer Team, Swim Team, and Ultimate Frisbee Team, and often frequents the Miscellaneous Skills Club.

Zak Rizvi can be reached at zarizvi@packer.edu