Zephyr: Class of 2015

We’re a group of 15 kids, who all have a passion for journalism. We are the NEHSJC Class of 2015.

The theme of the program this year is Trendsetters, and we appropriately titled our paper Zephyr, which derives from Greek and means “a light wind.” Trendsetters bring newness to the table – wind, or a breath of fresh air. We, as the Zephyr staff, take in trends wholeheartedly. Trends and change are primarily positive, as trends are up and coming; so are we as student journalists.

In a world where everything’s been done before, it’s hard to come up with something new. Everyone is brainstorming new ideas. Staring at the stark white paper, raging at the inability to come up with one semi-original thought is a common occurrence these days. It is those with the not just good, but great ideas who have the power to execute them successfully. Those are the Trendsetters. As we look toward our futures, we all work towards being Trendsetters, and creating a breath of fresh air.

A lot of people want to be Trendsetters, but not everyone can do it. Trendsetters don’t follow the rules. Trendsetters lead and have others follow. Trendsetters don’t look around to see what everyone else is doing, or Google “how to come up with a good idea.”

We, as a staff, reported on some Trendsetters with inventive and innovative ideas. From new technology, to food innovation, to bringing art to the masses – from landscaping with goats to gender-neutral bathrooms, there are plenty of Trendsetters in the Boston area.

Zephyr commonly refers to “a soft, gentle breeze,” which we bring. But together we are taking the world by storm.

To read our work, visit Zephyr

Alex Schley
Alexandra Schley

Alexandra, 18, is a Hudson High School graduate taking her talents to American University. She loves all things political and historical and is active in hockey, field hockey, and sailing. Schley, who loves journalism because the “paper has power,” dreams of one day hosting a major news show.

Fun Fact: She was named Massachusetts Journalist of the Year by the Journalism Education Association.


Catherine MonroyCatherine Monroy

Catherine, a rising senior at Revere High School, is an assiduous student. The 17-year old is involved in several extracurriculars, including The National Forensic League, Model UN, Youth Empowerment, and Poetry Out Loud. She aspires to be a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, citing her love of the region.

Fun Fact: Her favorite show is “Gilmore Girls”.


Emma DemersEmma Demers

Emma, 17, is a rising senior at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School. Her hobbies include reading, running, and playing soccer. She also enjoys photography and editing. Her favorite subject is English and her dream is to become a travel photographer with a focus on social issues.

Fun Fact: Emma has an addiction to coffee.


Tyler MaheuTyler Maheu

Tyler is a 17-year-old rising senior at Newport (N.H.) High School. His favorite course is U.S. History, and he has a strong interest in writing. He plans to major in Broadcast Journalism, hoping to become an anchor for SportsCenter.

Fun Fact: He lost the election for senior class president by one vote… He voted for the other candidate.


Anna PengAnna Peng

Anna, 16, is a rising senior at Boston Latin School. She aspires to attend Stanford University and study science or graphic design. She started as a layout associate for her newspaper and is now the editor-in-chief. Anna plays the French horn and is a member of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Fun Fact: Anna was “tattooed” in third grade when a Crayola marker left a permanent blue dot on her arm.


Dakota AntelmanDakota Antelman

When Dakota, a 15-year-old rising sophomore at Hudson High School, isn’t honing his writing skills in hopes of becoming a journalist, he acts in school plays and watches baseball and softball. Dakota describes himself as “tall” and “funny, I hope.”

Fun Fact: Dakota is committed to wearing his sparkly bracelet every day.


Gabby SilvaGabby Silva

Gabby, a rising senior at Saugus High School, loves to travel, saying her favorite places so far have been Paris and Brazil. She enjoys theatre and singing, and is at the NEHSJC because she likes sharing stories that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Fun Fact: She is obsessed with Krispy Kreme Donuts.


Hailey BryantHailey Bryant

A 17-year-old rising senior at Gorham (Maine) High School, Hailey’s hair is matched in volume only by her ambitious spirit. She applies her drive to the guitar, ukulele, and drums and organizations such as the Chamber Singers and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Hailey hopes to major in journalism with a minor in political science.

Fun Fact: Hailey has been a vegetarian her whole life.


Jonathan ZouJonathan Zou

Jonathan is a 17-year-old rising senior at Boston Latin School, where he is the news editor of The Argo. He is a member of the science, debate, and math teams. Jonathan loves writing but dreams of being a doctor when he grows up.

Fun Fact: Jonathan skipped two grades of math.


Marzia MalihaMarzia Maliha

Marzia, 16, is a rising senior at Lynn English High School. She is creative and quick to find solutions to problems. She left Bangladesh three years ago, and though she misses it, she likes the abundance of extracurricular activities that are available in the US.

Fun Fact: Marzia speaks five languages (English, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, and Hangul) and is learning three more (Spanish, Latin, and Greek.)


Sarah MayotteSarah Mayotte

Sarah, a 16-year-old rising junior at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, wants to study Communications in college. When she isn’t running cross country or indoor and outdoor track, Mayotte also works on her school newspaper, The Innovator.

Fun Fact: Sarah can sing the alphabet backwards.


Hillarie PilierHillarie Pilier

Hillarie is a 17-year-old rising junior at Boston International School. Her favorite subject is chemistry. Hillarie also works at Chipotle at Boston University and wants to become a psychologist but is also interested in music/choral opportunities.

Fun Fact: Hillarie has written her own book called “His DNA”.


Jumayar AhmedJumayar Ahmed

Jumayar, 18, resides in Boston and is a student at Boston International. His favorite class is biology, and he is an aspiring photographer who can often be found watching YouTube.

Fun Fact: He thinks penguins can fly.


Monica StackMonica Stack

Monica, a 17-year-old senior at Montrose School, will be attending the University of Richmond this fall to major in PPEL (Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Law). Her ambitious high school career saw her become co-editor of the newspaper, participate in student government, and play field hockey and softball.

Fun Fact: Her yearbook quote from “Annie the Musical”: “You are never fully dressed without a smile.”


Tiffany LuTiffany Lu

Tiffany, 15, is a rising senior at Westford Academy. She is a 10-year veteran of the piano and dance. Her favorite composer is Frédéric Chopin because of his expressive musical style. Tiffany is leaning toward following her passion of business.

Fun Fact: She was in an advertisement for the Boston Children’s Museum.