The Quarterly: Class of 2012

Over the course of a week, 17 students from 11 different high schools across New England have worked rigorously to produce The Quarterly. During the course of the New England High School Journalism Collaborative (NEHSJC), we have worked with writing coaches and editors and learned skills from lectures about today’s world and how it affects us.

Celebrating its 25th year, NEHSJC welcomes both new and former students to the program. This program offers outstanding opportunities and allows its students to encounter professionals who they would not have worked with otherwise. Each year resident assistants give back to the program after having been involved in it.

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Bethany Bourgault
Bethany Bourgault is 17 and attends Fitchburg High School. Bourgault is the class secretary, president of student council, and the director of a show at a local cable station (FATV). She enjoys running and hanging out with friends. One day, she wants to work as a director, screenwriter or producer. —Amanda Hayes

Shaniya Brown
Shaniya Brown, 16, is an incoming junior at Lynn English High School. She has been a cheerleader since she was 7 years old and now coaches her old middle school team. Brown is also a member of her school’s swim team and she plans to play volleyball this upcoming school year. Like every typical teenager, she also loves to shop and hangout with her friends. —Quineee Valenzona

Giovanni Carcamo
Giovanni Carcamo, 17, is entering his junior year at Attleboro High School in the fall. He brings energy and excitement to the journalistic work he does in his class. Giovanni’s passion for journalism and writing will continue to have an impact in the community as he furthers his love and talent for journalism. —Jaime Gweshe

Natalie Fallano
Natalie Fallano, 16, a rising senior at Malden High School, loves writing about entertainment and is the succeeding managing editor at her newspaper, the Blue and Gold. Her fervor for gender equality and maternal health has reflected in her desire to major in English, government, and environmental science. —Rodrigo Saavedra

Emrah Fejzic
Emrah Fejzic, 17, is a senior at Chelsea High School and is of Bosnian descent. He was born in Germany and came to the US in 2001. He is president of his school’s National Honor Society as well as a founding member of the Journalism Club. In addition to journalism, he is interested in politics and government. He volunteers weekly at the Soldiers Home and is an intern for the city manager of Chelsea. —Fiona Mwariama

Bryan Guzman
Bryan Guzman is 17 and will be a senior this fall at Chelsea High school. He is of Guatemalan heritage. He hopes to become US Surgeon General and he is a big fan of basketball. This is his second year in the NEHSJC program and he hopes to get as much knowledge ashe can. His favorite books are Doghouse Roses and Fahrenheit 451. —Brianna Laffey

Jaime Gweshe
Jaime Gweshe is 17, a junior, and attends Burlington High School, where she will graduate in 2013. Gweshe has lived in Burlington, Massachusetts since Fifth Grade. As a participant in NEHSJC, she is looking forward to new experiences. —Giovanni Carcamo

Amanda Hayes
Amanda Hayes, 17, of Abington, is thrilled to find herself a participant in the NEHSJC. Hayes began to write as a means of self-expression, and fostered her love of the craft through storytelling and journalism. She is the eldest of three siblings and aspires to attend college in Boston. —Bethany Bourgault

Julie Hyunh
Julie Hyunh, 17, will be attending Chelsea High School as a senior in fall 2012. Passionate and determined, she dedicates her Sundays at the Soldiers’ Home. As recognition for her commitment to community service, she has been inducted into National Honor Society. A Boston University hopeful, Huynh has a stunning future ahead. —Lesley Ta

Brianna Laffey
Brianna Laffey is an upcoming senior at Winthrop High School. She is 18, has a passion for writing and hopes to one day be an author. She wants to focus on writing romance novels and on her downtime she is an avid Red Sox fan. —Brian Guzman

Fiona Mwariama
Fiona Mwariama is 17 years old and will be in her senior year this autumn at Burncoat High School in Worcester. Born in Kenya, she is of African descent. One of her many interests in school is running track. She also enjoys writing for her school newspaper. Along with that she is also a member of the Superintendent Advisory Council. In the future, Fiona plans to major in journalism and to attend Howard University. —Emrah Fejzic

Meredith Patterson
Meredith Patterson, 18, recently graduated from Fitchburg High School, and will be attending Lesley University in the fall. She is majoring in arts management. One day, she wants to create a community performing arts center that establishes mentoring programs and exposes youth to the arts, such as music, theater, and dance. —Madison Rosbach

Madison Rosbach
Madison Rosbach, 15, will be entering the Tenth Grade at Stoughton High School in the fall. Spurring from her love of reading, Patterson likes to write fictional stories as well as create websites about them. She aspires to one day be a teen novelist and to own a bookstore. —Meredith Patterson

Rodrigo Saavedra
Rodrigo Saavedra, 18 and a 2012 Boston Latin Academy graduate, served as Editor-In Chief for his school newspaper. His interests range from “investigative journalism” to “culinary arts.” This fall, Saavedra will attend Clark University in Worcester, Mass. as a political science major. Following graduation, he wants to “work for either a newspaper or magazine,” he said. —Natalie Fallano

Lesley Ta
Lesley Ta is 16 and she’ll be a junior at Malden High School in the fall. She believes that writing helps her find her individuality and she likes covering anything that has to do with politics or social activism. For fun, she takes part in her school’s rowing team and she enjoys listening to rock and techno. —Julie Huynh

Quinnee Valenzma
Quinnee Valenzma is 17 and about to be a senior. She was born in the Philippines, and moved here at age 4. She is athletic. Valenzma does cheer, plays soccer, lacrosse, and runs indoor/outdoor track. She is an overachiever even, though she believes that she is very lazy. She is always willing to do new things to venture into the unknown. Her family and friends are very important to her. —Shaniya Brown

Paige Yurek
Paige Yurek is 17 and will major in journalism at Regis College in the fall. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, hanging out with friends and listening to music. Yurek loved working for her school newspaper, The Blue and Gold, at Malden High School, where she covered local events and controversial issues. —Amanda Hayes