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2019-2020 Staff

Maya Poblete

Maya Poblete is a senior and a first-year journalism student. She is a part of the UC High Music Program and has been a drum major for the Centurion Sound Marching Band for the past two years. Maya enjoys activities like cooking,...

Ghada Atalla

   Staff Writer Ghada Atalla was born and raised in the United States. Atalla is Middle Eastern and he speaks two languages, Arabic and English. Ghada started writing for the University City high school newspaper this year. Ghada...

Caeli Willard

Senior Caeli Willard has loved doing anything creative for as long as she can remember. She has been a member of the California partnership academy ArtsTech pathway at UC High and has been attending the school since sophomore year...

Summer Camporesi

Summer Camporesi is a senior at UC High. She has played water polo for the Lady Cents since her sophomore year and hopes to play intramural water polo in college. She has also been a part of Casas de Luz since freshman year, and...

Zachary Grover

Zachary Grover is a second-year journalism student and a sophomore at UC High. Zachary is a sports fanatic and plays sled hockey and table tennis. He is an aspiring Paralympic athlete and enjoys boating, waterskiing, and spend...

Owen Megura

As a senior at UC High, Owen Megura is excited to participate in his second year of Journalism. Owen enjoys taking photos of landscapes, animals, and plants. Owen also likes to spend time with friends and family and play video games...

Maddie Williams

UC High Sophomore Madeline Williams, who also goes by Maddie, is in her second year of journalism. Maddie’s favorite articles to write are news or features, however, she will write whatever anyone gives her. Ever since she started...

Dean Ormsby

Dean Ormsby is a staff writer for the Commander. As a Junior, this is his second year as a high school journalist. Dean is always looking forward to improving his writing throughout the year. Dean is an experienced News and Spor...

Cole Tessitore

Junior Cole Tessitore is a first-year journalism student who loves to write and was an avid reader of the paper before joining the program. He loves to write for the Features Page and takes interest in pop culture and current even...

Avalon Owens

Avalon Owens is a sophomore at UC High and a second-year journalism staff writer. She looks forward to continuing to write and do artwork for the Commander for the remainder of her time in high school. Avalon spends her time outside of school pl...

Arielle Powell

This is Senior Arielle Powell’s first year as a staff writer for the UCHS Commander. Although she is new, she has written a plethora of articles on topics ranging from the credibility of standardized tests to the celebration o...

Dillon Carr

Dillon is a Senior at UC High. Dillon is a country boy at heart. People will call him, Hillbilly, Redneck, or hick, but he doesn't care. He thinks its the best way of life. If Dillon is not at school, you can find him at the g...

Kate Wiggins

Junior Kate Wiggins is a third-year journalism student who has taken on the role of Co-Sports Editor for the second year in a row. Kate loves to write for the features page, and for her own as well. Playing at the varsity level fo...

Pavle Ristic

Sophomore Pavle Ristic is in his second year of Journalism. He was promoted to Sports Editor this year and is excited to have a larger role in the production of the newspaper. Pavle loves to travel and spent this past summer in E...

Emma Truchan

Emma Truchan is entering her third year of Journalism as a Features Editor and is excited to bring her passion for writing to the Features Page. Outside of journalism and writing, Emma plays field hockey on the UC High Varsity F...

Sophia Lewis-Mussa

Sophia Lewis-Mussa is a junior at University City High School and has been a part of the journalism department for two consecutive years. This year, she is the Commander’s Photo Editor and spends a lot of her time messing with film...

Amadu Tadesse

Sophomore Amadu Tadesse is in his first year of journalism. He was recently promoted to staff and enjoys writing for Sports and News. Outside of school, he plays soccer and hangs out with his friends. Amadu’s favorite part about j...

Leila Garrett

Leila Garrett is one of UC High’s beloved seniors who has been with journalism for two years. She truly enjoys writing in any format, but her favorites are short stories and reviews. In her free time, Leila likes to read, writ...

Miranda Le

Miranda Le is a freshman at UC High and spends her fourth period writing for The Commander as a first-year staff writer. As for after school, she’s on the JV Field Hockey Team and the UC Badminton Team. In her free time, she en...

Inigo Lintag

Inigo is a senior at UC High, a third-year Journalism Club member, and a second-year News Editor. Inigo is an avid runner and a member of the UC High Track and Field Team. He enjoys volunteering on weekends with organizations ...

Jared Knobloch

Jared Knobloch is a first-year journalism student. He is a senior and looks forward to continuing his journalism career in college. He enjoys playing basketball and being with friends. Jared is a News Editor and has really en...

Elaina Martin

Elaina Martin is a third-year journalism student. She edits (and mostly writes for) the opinions page. She loves cats, listening to music, and reading mysteries. In the future, she might be a journalist or a lawyer....

Josie Krupens

Josie Krupens is currently a junior at University City High School. This is her second year working for The Commander and her first year as an Opinions Editor. She has always enjoyed writing and is prepared to challenge herself...

Jenna Harper

Senior Jenna Harper is embarking on her fourth and final year as a journalism student at UC High. In the past, she has taken up the position of two-time Features Editor and currently sits as Editor-in-Chief of The Commander. Jenna enjoys ...

Mina Orlic

This 2019-2020 school year marks Senior Mina Orlic's fourth and final year as a journalism student. Now in her second year as Editor-in-Chief, she hopes to use her passion and knowledge of journalism to further improve The Commande...

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