Staff

The staff for the 2018-2019 school year are listed below in alphabetical order. 

MARIA-ISABEL ALLEN-CARDONAS
OPINIONS EDITOR

Maria-Isabel Allen Cardona is a senior at ChiArts. She is a creative writer with an emphasis in fiction. She’s had her work featured in the school literary magazine, and has won a silver key for the Scholastic Art and Writing awards.  She tends to be more on the serious side, but underneath that, she’s a pretty nice person.

 

MAYA BENSETT
STAFF WRITER

Maya Bensett is a teen writer from Chicago. She is a fourth year writer in the Chicago High school for the Arts. She is currently working on getting into college next year to study languages and travel the world.

 

TANIA EVANS
ATS EDITOR

Tania Evans is a poetry major at the Chicago High School for the Arts. Her work is heavily influenced by music, black culture, and the ever-changing city of Chicago. Tania is deeply in love with astronomy, video games, and A$AP Rocky.

 

STEPHANIE GALICIA
MANAGING EDITOR

Stephanie Galicia is a weird writer from Chicago, Illinois. She’s a senior creative writer and majors in fiction and whose favorite genre might just be speculative fiction. Though she loves to write, she spends quite some time eating food.

 

CALVIN HOLMES
STAFF WRITER

Calvin is a writer and rapper who lives in Chicago.

 

NICK JOY
ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

Nick Joy is a fun, humorous writer who enjoys pop culture, and fashion. He usually is the first in line to critique trends and other elements of the entertainment world. With dreams of being a world renowned celebrity, Nick is usually found chatting and socializing with his peers — sometimes even when he’s asked to be silent.  

 

KATIE MALATE
LIFE EDITOR

Katie Malate lives in Chicago Illinois and attends The Chicago High School for The Arts. She studies creative writing with an emphasis in fiction, although at home she like writing songs and poetry. She has been published by the Chicago Teen Literature Festival and won silver keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition. In her free time, Katie draws, plays on her ukulele, and yells at her rabbit to stop eating paper.

 

FAITH MORENO
MANAGING EDITOR

Faith Moreno is a writer who previously lived in Evanston but moved to Chicago hoping to find bigger things in the city. She is currently studying nonfiction, while also learning other writing skills at ChiArts. She’s won a Gwendolyn Brooks award and a few silver keys from the Scholastic Writing awards. She enjoys spending her time with her family and also listening to the latest history podcast.

 

VALERIA PACHECO
SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR

Valeria is a writer who goes to ChiArts.

 

VIANEY PEREZ
STAFF WRITER

Vianey was born and raised in Chicago. She’s a third year writer at ChiArts She has almost published two poems with revolving door. Vianey’s hobbies include:eating, sleeping, and crying because she watched Korean dramas. 

 

ITZEL RIVERA
STAFF WRITER

Itzel Rivera is a writer who lives in Chicago, Illinois. She attends the Chicago High School for the Arts as a junior. She has worked on small magazine projects but has not yet been published in one. She has four cats (but likes none of them), and she likes to travel a lot.

 

TAILA ROSS
STAFF WRITER

Taila (Ty) is a writer at ChiArts.

 

AUREANE ROULLIER
STAFF WRITER

Auréane Roullier is a senior in high school, staff writer for ChiArts Double Space, and cook from Chicago. She likes to write in her room with incense, music and tea after eating a self-cooked meal. Her favorite color is green.

 

VIANCA SORIA
STAFF WRITER

Vianca Soria attends ChiArts and studies creative nonfiction. She’s won many Scholastic awards for her writing and hopes to receive more. Her favorite hobbies are people watching and swimming. Vianca has been writing since the third grade and most likely will never stop.

 

DAMAYANTI WALLACE
SCHOOL EDITOR

Damayanti Wallace is a spoken word artist, dramatic writer and activist in Chicago. Damayanti is 17 years old and is currently a senior at Chicago High School for the Arts. She works with Good Kids Mad City and Liberation Leaders.  She has recently been to Johannesburg, South Africa with Good Kids Mad City to start international work with the NBPA and NMF to have youth at the forefront of the movement to end violence. Damayanti has also participated in Cherubs at Northwestern University with a focus in Playwriting for two years. She has also competed in Louder Than A Bomb poetry competition with Goodman Theatre’s Youth Poetry Team. Damayanti is honing her skills as a artist and activist by consistently pushing the narrative of black and brown youth living healthy and successful lives and putting them in spaces that don’t usually appreciate that narrative.

 

PAULINA ZUNIGA
ART DIRECTOR

Paulina Zuniga was born on July 17 and raised in Gage Park. She has won various creative writing awards and has a huge background in visual arts. Her dreams consist of love, kids, corgis, a home, and a career in graphic design.