Sharon Yu is a Senior at King. As the Editor-in-chief of the Roar, she is always seeking for ways to improve the paper, especially to increase student participation for the newspaper. Currently, Sharon is also involved with the Math Center, InterACT and Girls Inc., an organization inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold. When she is not reporting or involved with schoolwork, she likes to listen to music and sing along obnoxiously.
Ilian Meza is a senior at KIPP: King Collegiate who’s looked forward to joining the ROAR since her Sophomore year and has finally done so. She has enjoyed her introduction to journalism this far and can’t wait to begin writing editorials. Feminism, undocumented students’ rights, social justice, Chican@ power, global studies, The Strokes, The Temper Trap, Phoenix, Grizzly Bear, among other things and alternative bands are her passions. She also happens to be double-jointed.
Santiago is a not-so-average KIPP King Senior. This is his second year working for the ROAR, the first being back in his Sophomore year. The reason Santiago wants to work on the paper is simple; he loves writing. He enjoys reading books of all kinds and wants to hopefully write his own someday, and being on the school newspaper has helped him practice and get critique from other writers. Being a writer is actually one of the things he wants to do with his life. Another thing Santiago want to do is become a singer, having been practiced nonstop with constant shower-singing and in the halls to improve and get better to achieve his dream. This all stems from his love of music. Different songs and artists can change his mood and make him happy or sad, angry or hopeful, and greatly influences Santiago’s actions and choices. Anyways, besides music and writing, he’s also a fan of Glee, anime/manga, the color green, rubber wristbands, using pens, eating food, and learning new things. He looks forward to working on the school paper and hopes you all enjoy what he comes out with!
Future third generation graduate, senior, and all- around cool gal, Cherdonae Chaney is excited to once again be in the ROAR family. This will be her third year in the class and she loves everything about it. Some things that some people may or may not know about her is that she is the eldest out of eight siblings and her favorite color is blue. Her goal for this year is to graduate on time and to be accepted to a great college. Ms. Chaney’s dream is to either become a chef or an actress. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, drawing, writing and being herself. She hopes that her new power of Lion Showcase Editor will help her develop her writing skills while bringing her knowledge of journalistic writing to others.
Diana Cabanas is 17 going on 18. She was born October 15, 1994 and her favorite time of the year is winter . This year is her second year in Journalism and her first year as an editor. She plans on majoring in English/Journalism and doing Theater in college. She has been in love with writing ever since the first time her pencil touched paper in the first grade. Cabanas enjoys listening to alternative rock and reading and watching horror and comedy movies on her free time.
Susana Bedolla is an eleventh grader at King, graduating in the year 2014. She is in her second year of Journalism, and is an editor for the Roar. She enjoys writing for the website and after graduating, she wants to continue writing for a journalism class. She was born on October 25 in Mexico, but enjoys her life in the United States. Her favorite color is Blue and she is the oldest of her two sisters. She likes spending time with her family and close friends.
Tommy Li is a member of the senior class at KIPP King Collegiate High School. He’s in journalism because he reads the news everyday, and wanted to see how they do it and how people are informed. He is enlisting in the Army as an Airborne Ranger and plans on leaving after high school. He’s 150% American, and loves his country.
Zachary Baxter is a member of the senior class. With a k. Not an h in shorthand. In long hand it is Zachary. He hopes you remember this because he will give you the look if he meets you and you don’t, and he doesn’t mean The Look of Love by Burt Bacharach.
He joined journalism for one reason: to become a better writer so he can write long, lovely love letters to lovely lady lasses.
Nia Johnson is the average teen age girl. Her hobbies include soccer and dancing. She is currently experimenting with journalism in the hopes of finding a new hobby. She lives in Oakland, and attends KIPP King High school. Nia is a sophomore and has to juggle her personal life, academics, and work. Nia Johnson strives for greatness as she continues to write enticing articles that draw in readers.
Poima Maluia, is a sophomore here at KIPP King Collegiate High School. She joined journalism because it reminded her of a character from Degrassi. This is her first year in journalism and at KIPP. She hopes that journalism will improve her writing skills. She likes to listen to music, watch TV, and walk to the liquor store down her street.
Christabel is a sophomore at KIPP King Collegiate. This is her first year in journalism and she is very excited to get to publish her unique stories. She joined journalism because she wanted to challenge herself and improve her writing. She wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up so you will definitely find her writing about animals, music, and the environment. She is very awkward, shy, and sarcastic, but once you get to know her you’ll see her true colors.
Imani Bess is a sophomore at KIPP King Collegiate High. This is her first year in journalism and she’s very ecstatic to start writing for her school website. She wants to cover stories about fashion and social issues at her school. She was born and raised in Oakland, California as a single child. She’s very outgoing and not afraid to have fun and speak her mind. Imani loves to meet new people, and you can always catch her out having fun on the weekends. When she gets older she plans to own her very own nail shop and join the medical field.
Jainigal is a young sophomore that attends KIPP King. He loves writing articles for Journalism because it’s quite fun, and he’s allowed to spread his writing wings. It is his first experience with this type of class. He would love article suggestions because he’ll otherwise have no issue writing about how overpriced post-its are.
Britny is a junior at KIPP: King Collegiate. She is 16 going on to 17 and was born and raised in East Oakland, California. This is her first year in journalism and her first time writing for ROAR. She is excited to write her first article and publish it in the newspaper. After graduating she plans on going to a cosmetology college too study hair and make up. She loves to do people’s make up and hair for any special occasion. She will be the first person in her family to graduate high school and go to college. She is a very fun, out going, and down to earth girl.
Paulina Berumen is currently a 16 year old 10th grader at King. Journalism is the class she chose to take to challenge her writing skills and to see what she is capable of. She loves chocolate; it is one of her favorite types of candy.
Tatiana Mayo was born in Berkeley, CA on August 18, 1994. She is a Leo and is in the 12th grade. She has two brothers, and a lot of of play sisters because she doesn’t like being the only girl . She is in Journalism class because her sister, Cherdonae, made writing articles look like so much fun. She loves to draw, sing and dance. She likes trying new things and working hard when she really enjoys what she is working on. She isn’t sure what the future holds but is looking forward to it! She hopes taking journalism will be helpful on her college application and will lead to a good college. She loves hanging with friends and just chilling. She is really big on family but sometimes loves her space. Her friends would describe her as crazy, loud, silly and honest.
Derrick Leonardo Saenz contributes to KIPP King ROAR by writing stories and acting as the technology coordinator of KKR. Outside of school Derrick is an usher at his church, Iglesia Bautista Vida Nueva, on Wednesdays and Sundays and is a happy member of it too. He is also usually busy doing his homework, but when finished, either goes to sleep or plays Minecraft or League of Legends. If you ask him about any songs that are not Christian he will probably just raise a brow in confusion. Derrick also loves philosophical quotes, so much that he even tries to make some himself. One is this: “A leader should not make promises and not meet expectations, but instead shouldn’t not make promises and goes higher than what is expected”.
Christine is a sophomore at King. She joined journalism because she loves to write and take pictures. After she graduates from high school her goal is to attend a Christian college like Bob Jones University to obtain a medical degree. After college, her dream is to become an OB GYN nurse. She is excited about writing for the school newspaper and hopes to bring her unique perspective to ROAR.
Salvador Lupian is an eighteen years old that is part of the class of 2014. He was born in Oakland, California on April 28, 1994. Last year he took creative writing and now he is happy to be writing for KIPP: King roar as a reporter. This year will be a new experience and adventure for being able to work as a reporter.
Alexis Diaz, class of 2015, is excited for her first year in Journalism. Inspired by her brother, poet Arturo Diaz, Alexis hopes to do well in her high school career. To reach her dream career of being a nurse, Alexis participates in an internship every summer at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. She hopes that joining ROAR will help her explore her passion for photography and being more involved in school activities. While being in ROAR and Leadership Alexis wants to help others that through their struggles in life or if they need someone to talk to.
Dafne Campos is part of lass of 2016. This is her first year of Journalism. When she isn’t busy with doing homework, she likes to watch funny Youtube videos and watching Criminal Minds. She has only one younger brother. Her birthday is February 22, 1998. And her favorite color is purple, just like her birthstone. She loves tacos and most Mexican foods. She hopes to become a psychologist when she grows up.
Christie Levine is a sophomore with a great personality. Her favorite food is spaghetti with meatballs and she loves to listen to music. Her favorite genre of music is Rap and Hip- Hop. Christie’s favorite colors are purple, black, and red. Many people may not know that she plays wheelchair basketball and was adopted at age ten. She is going to start wheelchair track after being inspired by the awesomeness of the sport. One of Christie’s dreams is that she wants to compete in the para-olympics. She hopes that one day she will be able to be the first person to make solar powered computers. Christie wants four dogs, three rats, and a cow when she is older. Her favorite subjects are Science and Math. This is her first year in journalism. She hopes to bring a different perspective to the paper. She also hopes to gain stronger writing and social skills. She believes that “An apple a day will keep anyone away if you throw it hard enough.”
Lela Mays is a young African American girl with a dream to get straight As in her classes and to become a pediatrician. She enjoys shopping,eating and going to church. Her favorite time of the day is night time,even though she is full of light,she likes to get her sleep! Lela is new to Kipp King Collegiate High School, but already she has come out of her shell by joining the Journalism team for the ROAR. In the ROAR she hopes to use her creative writing skills to help her schools website reach their full potential. She loves to have fun and she especially when she has fun with others. Lela is a really nice person and never gives up. She’s a determined young lady! Also she’s a wonderful person to talk to and giving advice brings her so much joy.
Iakbal Kaur is a senior at KIPP: King Colliegate High School. She wants to major in Mass Communications and Writing in college. She is also hoping to dedicate her life to helping people in need whether it be by helping foreign students get an education or bringing the necessary resources to help people in need. Iakbal also wants to study foreign languages like Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi and wants to learn more about religious and cultural traditions.
Ayanna Ellingberg, a current freshmen here at King is a ball energy with a great laugh. She likes to read a lot. Her favorite author is Jodi Picoult. She also likes to use her creativity to write. She likes to listen to music , play basketball and draw. This is her first year in journalism. She joined because she likes to write and it sounded fun to her. Her favorite color is blue, her favorite food is pizza. Her favorite movie is Detachment . She hates horror movies and lives comedies. She likes to laugh and enjoys making others do the same. Her favorite book is The Tenth Circle by jodi Picoult. Some of her favorite series of books are The Chronicles of Vladimir and The Series of Unfortunate Events and Cirque Du Freak. She wants to travel in her near future to anyplace imaginable.
Lydia Gebre is currently a senior at KIPP: King Collegiate. She is currently soul-searching and although she is not interested in pursuing journalism as a career she is a very opinionated young woman who is interested in sharing her experiences at King and informing the student body about relevant issues. She hopes that journalism will strengthen her writing skills so that she may become a better writer. Lydia loves music and cannot live without her iPod, which she listens to everyday. She enjoys spending time with her friends and watching scary movies and hopes to one day travel to the Caribbean.
Edwin Valadez is a sophomore at Kipp King. Edwin was born and raised in Hayward, CA and traveled a lot to Los Angeles to experience the best feeling of life: the world’s biggest and tallest roller coasters. Although he entered the school in late October he has tried really hard to keep his grades up. It has been a real challenge for him to move to a new school. Edwin put himself in Journalism to get a hold on what to type of stories to write and to learn how to keep a tone that flows with the story. Edwin used to volunteer at his old school in the Drama Club to help actors and writers with new stories and positive twists in a true story series. Edwin hopes to grow up to write screen plays and star in big screen movies. One of Edwin’s role models is Tina Fey, she has grown to be an actress and yet write her own T.V. show. Edwin hopes his dream will one day come true, but now he has to take the small steps and begin to write.
Megan Dela Vega, a senior at KIPP: King Collegiate, is excited to rejoin journalism during her last year of high school. She’s enthusiastic about writing again, and she can’t wait to express her opinions about television and fashion as well as inform others about future events around school. Her previous experience in journalism was enjoyable and she hopes to have a fulfilling time this year. She’s glad the journalism class has grown and has reached new heights like the ROAR website. Megan, although she’s really petite, is full of creativity and personality. Her favorite things are clothes, clothes, and more clothes. She is a shopaholic.
Genesis Alvarez is currently a freshman at KIPP King. She was born in San Francisco, CA. This is her first time in Journalism. She chose Journalism because she enjoys writing and hopes to expand her writing skills. When she grows up, she wants to leave California. She wants to attended NYU for college, where she hopes to major in psychology. She also really enjoys reading and listening to music that she has grown up with. Her favorite author is John Green and her favorite band is Blink-182. She really values time with family and friends. Lastly, she enjoys meeting new people and learning new things.
Rondell Reed is in the 9th grade at KIPP King. He chose Journalism to get a new experience and hopes to be a reporter on sports and the quarter games. He also wants to write about new school events. An interesting fact about Rondell is that he used to skateboard. He loves tacos and dubstep.
Sierra Burris, a sophomore at KIPP King, entered Journalism to expose the truths people usually try to blow off or ignore. She’s determined to go to an international college in England to study Psychology or Social Justice. She enjoys reading everything from history to what’s happening in the everyday life of a celebrity. Sierra also works at her local church childcare where she teaches the children lessons, plays games, and encourages them to be themselves because everyone else is taken.Si
Abayomi Taylor, a KIPP King senior, is a writer, to say the least. He has chosen to take three English classes this year, including journalism. He strives to be a great writer and sees journalism as a chance to broaden his writing skills. He also plays the guitar, kickboxes, and loves chess.
Shayne is a student who writes articles in Journalism as a student. She lives just like everyone else in the world and likes to learn. She is a student who yearns for knowledge. You will be seeing her articles about popular people topics in the KIPP King Roar.
Breanna Francolino is a Senior at KIPP King Collegiate High School. She enjoys writing Informing Editorials and other Human Interest Pieces that spark controversy and bring others to enlightenment. She is a first year journalism student and wants to continue strengthening her skills as a journalist. Breanna’s hair is unusually curly in the morning.
Elizabeth Afeworki is a senior at KIPP King Collegiate. She lives in Oakland but was actually raised in Hayward. She loves music and is always looking for a brand new artist to listen to. She loves to draw as it is one way she releases stress. Her favorite thing to do is to hang out with her friends who constantly make her laugh. She’s excited to finally get the chance to take journalism as she’d been hoping to the past three years.