2022-2023 Staff

Production Manager

Ana Sargent

Hi, I’m Ana!  I’m a senior and the Production Manager of Bearfacts.  When not occupied with schoolwork, I enjoy reading, running cross country and track, and volunteering at the Vestal Public Library...

Secretary and Calendar Columnist

Lila Condie

Hi I am Lila Condie. I am club secretary and Calendar columnist. I will be organizing a schedule of the school's events and fundraisers. I am also the woodwind section leader in the Marching Band and a member of the Winterguard...

Guidance News Columnist

Marina Zakrajsek

Hi, I’m Marina Zakrajsek. I am a journalist and columnist for Guidance News at the high school. I like writing as well as photography and I am also an avid bowler. I’m excited about my senior year and enjoying it while it l...

Music Columnist

Keith Dai

I am the Music Columnist, reporting on both local and global matters and focusing on the highlights of our school’s musicians and the neat tidbits of classical music as well. Outside of journalism, I particularly enjoy playing...

Dear Friend Columnist

Riley Barr

Hi, I’m Riley! I’m a senior this year and am a columnist for the Dear Friend advice column. My favorite pastime is reading and writing, as well as spending time with my friends. I’m very excited to continue writing this year. ...

Dear Friend Columnist

Addie Kalina

Hi, I’m Addie Kalina, I’m a senior and a columnist for the Dear Friend article that comes out monthly. My hobbies include reading, writing, being with friends, and working with kids as a camp counselor and a teacher’s ass...

BOE Reporter

Samson Wong

Hi, my name is Samson Wong! As the current Student Government President, I attend the Board of Education (BOE) meetings biweekly on Tuesdays. At each meeting, I am given the opportunity to report on the happenings of the high s...


Alesha Khan

I am a journalist for Bearfacts, and I write movie reviews. I love to write science fiction and am currently working on some semblance of a novel for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. I read a lot of fiction and watch movies...


Parker Schafer

I am a featured writer and journalist. You will find many of my articles in the Staff Columns in the monthly editions of the newspaper. Thinking about and writing articles on seasonal weather and nature is one of my big interests....


Macy Shafer

A featured artist and journalist, I write mainly in the staff columns for the paper. I strive to pursue a career in writing, so I hope you enjoy my articles. You can find my articles in the staff column.


Amina Haq

Hi, my name is Amina Haq and I am a tenth grader. I love reading mystery and fantasy YA novels. I also love to laugh and have a very long list of dad jokes to make sure that everybody else can laugh with me. I participate in clubs...


Alexandra Yarosh

Hello, I’m Alexandra. I write a column for books my peers and I may enjoy! Books hold a special place in my heart and have since I was young. Aside from books, I love cats and coffee. Happy reading!


Saba Rashid

 Hi! My name is Saba and I am in 11th grade. I joined Bearfacts because of my interest in journalism and research. I will be writing more about news in the medical field since that is my passion. I can't wait to learn much mor...


Sriram Chakravadhanula

I am the History Columnist. I enjoy music, jigsaw puzzles and playing tennis, but I also spend a lot of my free time reading fantasy novels. Even though I don’t do very well in history, I do enjoy learning about it....


Margaret Wood

Margaret Wood is a junior this year. She is a part of the girls varsity swimming and diving team and swims the 100 fly and 100 back most often. She is interested in pursuing a career in medicine and her favorite movie is The P...


Gavriie Singh

I am Gavriie Singh, a junior at Vestal High School and the Technology Columnist for the school paper! My hobbies include playing the violin and piano, and playing golf and tennis. I also enjoy doing tech repairs! ...


Jia Parikh

My name is Jia Parikh and I’m in tenth grade. I love to participate in activities like dance, piano, swim, and many clubs! I love reading and I’m excited to share my recommendations through my book review column. ...

Pet Care Columnist

Maggie Zhang

I interview people in our school about their pets! I enjoy learning different facts about these animals, like whether they are prone to specific medical conditions, food preferences, and general behaviors. Outside of writing, ...

Promotional Team Member

Jackson Lamoureux

Hello, I am Jackson Lamoureux! I am currently a sophomore and the main editor of the short videos you see on instagram or any other social media! I am passionate about editing, as it is an activity that I can have fun with and...

Cake It Easy Columnist

Susannah Stuppel

Hi, I’m Susannah! This year I’m a senior and very excited to be a part of Bearfacts! I’m a columnist for the article “Cake it Easy.” Along with writing, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, playing guitar, and...

Pearls of Wisdom Columnist

Grace Yoon

Hello, I am a senior and the columnist of Pearls of Wisdom. I enjoy music, reading, and writing quotes on Mrs. Benjamin’s whiteboard, hence the inspiration for my column.


Victoria Lamoureux

Hello, I'm Victoria, and I'm excited to be the new Editor-in-Chief for the 2022-2023 school year! Besides writing and editing, I enjoy creating art, running cross country and track, and playing with cats!


Mitzy Benjamin

I am thrilled to be the advisor for Bearfacts.  We have a wonderful group of insightful writers who bring great ideas to light. Sincerely, it’s my pleasure to help the students publish their voices and be heard.  If you’d...

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