Editorial Staff 2021-22

Editor-in-Chief – Ava Andrews ’22

Ava Andrews ’22 (she/her) is a current senior and the Editor-in-Chief of The Grace Gazette. Before working in her current role, she was the Culture Editor for the Gazette in her junior year. She continues to host the Gazette’s weekly podcast, GraceCast (https://soundcloud.com/thegracegazette), which she founded in her sophomore year. Outside of school, she operates her own blog and is a contributor of and the Editor-in-Chief for Blue Bean Magazine. She has written for publications such as The Junction, Visible Magazine, and has received three Scholastic Awards (one being a national silver medal in journalism). When she’s not spending time with her friends or her three younger siblings (all of which also attend Grace), Ava is hunting for her next story concerning the vibrant subcultures that exist within downtown Manhattan.

Managing Editors – Olivia Berger ’22 and Naaz Valvani ’22

Olivia Berger ’22 is a senior and managing editor of the Grace Gazette. Olivia joined the Gazette staff in the 2019-2020 school year as one of the first hosts of Good Morning Grace and a student Life and culture columnist. That year, she won an award at the Yale Daily News symposium for her article “A Decade in Review.” After returning from her semester away in junior year, she became one of the editors of Social Media. She specializes in longer, investigative pieces as well as visual media development.

Naaz Valvani ’22 is a senior and managing editor of the Grace Gazette. She joined the Gazette in 2019 as an opinion and culture columnist and later became the co-editor of Social Media. In 2020, Naaz became the first woman of color to hold an editorial position at the Gazette. Naaz primarily writes about the intersection of racial tension and politics to amplify the stories of marginalized groups.

‘Good Morning Grace’ Editor – Bella Johnson ’22

Bella Johnson ’22 is a senior and the director, scriptwriter, and main editor of the Good Morning Grace News Show. She has been involved with the Grace Gazette for three years; in addition to Good Morning Grace, Bella has written articles and managed the Gazette’s social media account. Bella is also interested in mental health, and she is the leader and founder of the Mental Wellness Affinity Group at Grace. 

Social Media Editor – Brando Babini ’23

Brando Babini ’23 is a junior and the head of social media at the Gazette. Last year, Brando concentrated on articles that polled community opinions. This year, he will oversee the Instagram and write articles about various local subjects.

Media Editor – Isabella Sorkin ’24

Isabella Sorkin ’24 is a sophmore at Grace. She is a first-year staffer at the Gazette and is overseeing the paper’s media department.

Student Writers:

Oscar Blum ’24 is a sophmore at Grace who’s joined the Grace Gazette for the first time this year. He has quite a bit of spare time most days and he’s really fine to do anything.

Alexander Bronzini-Vender ’24 is a sophomore and a student writer for the Grace Gazette. Alex joined the Gazette in 2021, and is a new journalist this year; as a writer, his areas of interest include city politics, music, and art. 

Miranda Chao Hwang ’24 has attended Grace for over a decade. She loves drawing, writing, and Citi-Biking, yet rarely ventures past 14th Street. She has limited experience with journalism, but this year she would like to explore articles related to the culture of New York City. She looks forward to improving her writing abilities and growing as a journalist!

Addie Ettedgui ’24 has attended Grace for eleven years. She is a writer for the Gazette and has a social media role. Outside of school, she likes to hang out with friends, read, and occasionally write. 

Kristina Evans ’24 is a sophmore and a first-year writer for the Grace Gazette. Her interests include dancing, playing tennis, and activism. She is excited to produce articles for the Gazette.

Zamira Frost ’24 is a sophmore and a first-year writer for the Grace Gazette. She loves dancing, trying out new restaurants, and hanging out with her friends and family. She is so excited to be writing for the Gazette and will hopefully write articles the readers will love!

Rohan Girvin ’23 is a new junior at Grace. He has written for his previous school’s newspaper and plans on continuing this at Grace. Rohan is primarily interested in writing about sports, specifically basketball, and enjoys playing basketball too.

Cate Hedengren ’24 is a sophomore at Grace pursuing interests in media, writing, and journalism. Throughout middle school, Cate was the director of media for a nonprofit organization called The Cure Campaign. She previously attended The Epiphany School before joining the Grace Community in 9th grade. Cate hopes to focus on areas such as politics within our school community, different forms of media, sustainability, fashion, and Grace athletics.

Jackson Howard ’23 is a junior and a second-year writer for the Grace Gazette. His work last year covered a range of topics from the new U.S. Supreme Court justice, the honorable Justice Amy Coney Barret, to the future of the Republican party. This year he plans on continuing his focus on politics while also trying to write more about movies and TV. Jackson has been a recipient of multiple writing awards from his previous school, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School.

Ronan Johnson ’24 is new at Grace this year and is excited to see what the school has to offer. Before Grace, Ronan went to BASIS Independent Brooklyn in Red Hook from 6th to 9th grade. Ronan plays for the Grace soccer team and is looking forward to the upcoming season.

Aquinnah Lane-Thurlow ’24 is a sophmore at Grace. A defender on the girls varsity soccer team, Quinny is also an assistant in media development and a staff writer for the Gazette.

Alex Leddy ’23 loves writing and has pursued this as a hobby for a few years. He also enjoys running, reading mystery and sci-fi novels, and discussing current events and pop culture with his friends and loved ones.

River Lipman ’24 is fairly new to journalism, and they plan to write about sustainability within the school.

Press MacDonald ’24  is a new sophmore and a first-year writer for the Grace Gazette. He likes to play baseball outside of school and will act as a staff writer.

Sofia Ulrich ’24 hopes to spend her first year on the Gazette working on media and other articles. 

Charlie Wall ’23 is a first-year member of the Gazette team. When he is not doing school work, Charlie runs on the cross country team, watches anime, and builds mechanical keyboards.

Faculty Advisor – Brian Reilly

Brian Reilly is the faculty advisor of the Grace Gazette. After more than a year of labor almost exclusively revolving around COVID, Mr. Reilly is overjoyed to be working alongside such a talented pool of journalists on the Gazette. After teaching at Grace for more than 20 years, from grades 2 to 12, Mr. Reilly’s favorite word is lagniappe, a portmanteau that combines French, Spanish and Quechua to mean “a little something extra.”  The lagniappe here is the chance to not only teach but also learn a little more each day about the ever-evolving world of writing in the 21st Century. 

The Grace Gazette is produced and published by students in the Grace Church School High School Division’s journalism class. All GCS students in grades 9-12 are welcome to submit articles, photos, videos, and suggested topics to the Editor in Chief, Ava Andrews. If you have questions, comments, or feedback please contact Brian Reilly or student editors/writers.

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