It’s that time of the year again! The air becomes crisp, the once green leaves fade into bright and unusual colors, and the world begins to look like something out of a romantic painting or the poems of Robert Frost. The school year is starting, and that means that a fresh crop of journalists are ready to bring their creativity and interests to the PAW.
One of two newcomers to PA on staff, Tess Klammer (‘24) is thrilled to debut her writing talent for the PA school paper. “I’ve always enjoyed writing, and I find it fun,” she enthused. When she isn’t busy playing the trumpet or reading Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Tess is an avid Disney fan who is partial to the villains as well as Peter Pan.
What’s better than having one new student who’s also a freshman on the PAW staff? Having two new students who are freshmen on the PAW staff! Jonathan Munene (‘24) joins the journalism class with a bright smile on his face and a passion for improving his writing and the readership of the PAW. “I’m looking forward to getting people interested in what I’m writing about,” he stated. Outside of the pressroom, Jonathan participates in the robotics club as well as playing violin in the PA Consortium.
After a year of honing her critical thinking skills in debate, Olivia Eck (‘22) is excited to be joining the ranks of the journalism class as one of the four new journalists. Similar to journalism, debate requires gathering information to present to an audience, making it perfect for a former debater. Aside from her intellectual curiosity and pursuits, Olivia has a deep love of cupcakes, running her own cupcake business; travelling, with plans to join the Language department for their trip next year to Ecuador; and coffee.
Rounding out the newbies for 2020-21, Emma Speier (‘22) joins the PAW staff after hearing great reviews from her peers about the class. “I just can’t wait to write my first article and see it on the website,” she admitted excitedly. Outside of her exploration of the journalistic world, Emma enjoys hanging out with friends and family, playing tennis, and reading fiction, specifically the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series.
After a triumphant year of chronicling the life and times of our beloved Lower School and covering admissions events to boot, Gretta Martin (‘22) returns to the PAW staff for another great year. “I enjoyed last year, it was a great way to learn about the events happening on campus,” she stated. “It’s also a great opportunity to learn important life skills like interviewing,” she added. When she isn’t busy playing the clarinet for band, Gretta enjoys playing with her dog, Millie, and reading historical fiction.
Most people associate journalism with hard deadlines and candid journalists, but Stephanie Oschner (‘22), has a brighter memory regarding the process. “I enjoyed the inside jokes we had as a class and the fun topics we got to cover, so I’m looking forward to more of that this year,” she commented brightly. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys babysitting, knitting, watching Riverdale and Gilmore Girls, and making friendship bracelets. However, it isn’t all fun and games for Stephanie. She also has a fear of roller coasters, to the point where she actually passed out on the infamous Renegade at Valley Fair.
There’s nothing like giving back to the community at PA, whether it’s through Lions for Life or PACMAN, and Emma Wohlwend (‘22) is excited to be back in journalism and chronicling it all. “It’s great to be able to enjoy school events while also being able to cover them for the PAW. It’s a win win!” she enthused. Some of her favorite sports to watch for Providence are girls’ soccer and basketball. However, in spite of her deep enjoyment of the humanities of writing, Emma has a special place in her heart for math, namely calculus. “In math there’s always a clear answer, and there’s no room for ambiguity,” she explained.
As one of the PAW’s two junior editors this year, Adriana Azarian is no stranger to the PAW. “I really like writing, specifically creative writing, it’s a great hobby, and a mark of a well rounded individual,” she shared. When she isn’t busy covering the latest PA scoop, Adrianna enjoys history class, specifically US History with Mr. Hester. “I’m a proud American, and it’s great to learn about our country’s history,” she said proudly. Outside of school, she also likes to play with her dog, Daisy.
Rounding out this year’s PAW staff roundup is the second of the two junior editors, Ella Flynn (‘22). “I’m a big grammar nerd, so I’m excited to geek out about writing this year as an editor,” she stated. In her free time, Ella enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on, as well as playing her flute with the PA Symphonic band, jazz band, and pit orchestra. She is a proud Ravenclaw, and has a different favorite color for each of her moods.
And of course, no edition of the PAW would be complete without a senior editor. In this case, the very writer of the article herself! But that’s not important. It’s safe to say that with a cast of characters such as these lovely journalists, it’s going to be a good year.