Staff Directory


Copy Editor, Layout/Design Director
Senior Aiden Dowling is the Co-Copy Editor and Layout and Design Director for BluePrints Magazine. Dowling won Honorable Mention in SIPA’s 2020 features package portion of their Best Visuals Contest, and he won third place in SIPA’s 2020 review portion of their Best Writing Contest. He plans on attending Georgia Tech for a Computer Science degree. Outside of school, Dowling enjoys being with his friends and volunteering around the Athens community. This year in journalism, he hopes to improve his leadership skills. He enjoys the sense of community, the atmosphere of journalism, and how the staff gets work done when they put their minds to it.
Broadcast Reporter
Junior Aissatou Sarr is a Broadcast Reporter for her second year with BluePrints. Sarr is interested in finance or Dental Hygienics for her future career. She enjoys reading and watching movies outside of school. She hopes to produce broadcast pieces more efficiently and to dedicate her time towards more social topics. Sarr enjoys the collaborative element of journalism.
Broadcast Reporter
Senior Aliyah Adams is a Broadcast Reporter for her third year with BluePrints. She hopes to continue her reporting after high school. This year she wants to keep broadcast production on a consistent schedule. Adams appreciates the freedom that the journalism class provides, as well as the student-led aspect.
Alyssa Weiszer
Staff Writer
Sophomore Alyssa Weiszer is a new Staff Writer for BluePrints Magazine. In the future, she would like to major in Athletic Training and Sports Science and minor in nutrition. For now, she plays soccer for the Lady Jags soccer team and she enjoys baking in her free time. She enjoys seeing the unique sides of people through their stories and working as a team to produce good pieces. This year, she hopes to improve her writing and social skills.
Co-Art Director
Senior Ava Maddox is the Co-Art Director for her fourth year on the BluePrints staff. She hopes to pursue filmmaking or screenwriting and loves music and art. This year in journalism, Maddox wants to work on her portfolio and fill it with her creative products. She loves discussions with the staff and watching the ideas come to life.
Staff Writer
Junior Chloe Smith is a new Staff Writer for BluePrints Magazine. Though she is uncertain of a career path, she is interested in Library Science. Smith enjoys reading and music. She hopes to step out of her comfort zone this year. She loves meeting new people and branching out.
Co-Photography Director
Sophomore Delia McElhannon is the Co-Photography Director for BluePrints Magazine. She has career interests in the literary arts, medicine, photography, and the sciences. McElhannon hopes to have more variety in the stories she writes this year and to expand her photography skills. Outside of academics, she likes to garden, read, and listen to music.
Web Editor, Layout/Design Director
Senior Ellie Crane holds two positions: Web Editor and Layouts Director in her fourth year with BluePrints. Crane has hopes of going into conservation or Marine Biology, as she enjoys nature and helping others. In her free time, she likes spending time with friends and listening to music. This year in journalism, she hopes to create a fun and open environment for everyone on and outside of the staff, as well as create four magazine issues during the school year. Crane enjoys hearing other perspectives and opinions and has learned much from her peers.
Staff Writer
Freshman Ellis Garrett is a new Staff Writer for BluePrints Magazine. Garrett wants a career in Interior Design. He hopes to add something to the journalism community through his passionate writing. Garrett plays video games and baseball in his spare time.
Variety Editor
Senior Emma McElhannon is the Variety Editor for her fourth year on the BluePrints staff. She has aspirations of owning her own bakery in the future, and she enjoys playing softball for the Lady Jags softball team. This year, McElhannon hopes to publish one article a month as she continues to meet new people through journalism.
Staff Writer
Junior Ethan Greene is a new Staff Writer for BluePrints Magazine this year. He has aspirations of entering the automotive industry. He attends car races and plays soccer in his free time, and also hopes to write about sports for BluePrints. He enjoys being able to work alongside his friends, and the opportunity to get a more thorough analysis of sports.
Co-Art Director
Sophomore Eva Lucero is the Co-Art Director for their second year with BluePrints. Lucero is interested in Art History as well as fashion design. For now, they enjoy fencing, drawing, and starting books they know they will never finish. Lucero hopes to cover a wider variety of topics this year and to get out of their comfort zone with art. They enjoy bonding with the staff and the general environment.
Broadcast Editor
Senior Freddrell Green is the Broadcast Editor in his second year on the staff. He has a multitude of career interests including writing, reporting, radio hosting, and acting. He enjoys video games and reading in his spare time and hopes to leave something behind that will last forever. Green appreciates the effort it takes to produce good quality content.
Staff Writer
Junior Gabriel Holcomb is a second-year Staff Writer for BluePrints Magazine. Holcomb hopes to work for a baseball team in the future and wants to grow his skills in the sportswriting field. He enjoys roller coasters and the bond that the staff has.
Broadcast Reporter
Sophomore Genevieve Bielli is a Broadcast Reporter for her second year with BluePrints. She is interested in going to nursing school and becoming a CRNA. Bielli enjoys hanging out with friends and is planning on joining the Aqua Jags. She appreciates the collaborative efforts of the staff. She has attended both the Southern Interscholastic Press Association and ​​Georgia Scholastic Press Association.
News Editor
Senior Ikeoluwa Ojo is the News Editor during her third year with BluePrints. She is interested in pursuing a career in Childhood Education, social work or law. Ojo is well rounded within the school with activities such as volleyball and co-founding of the Minority Excellence club. She also enjoys art in her free time. This year she hopes to create more stories that students find interesting as she appreciates the fast pace of the journalism class.
Co-Photography Director
Junior Isabella (Izzy) Morgan is the Co-Photography Director during her third year with BluePrints Magazine. She would like to major in an Animal Science field and minor in photography. She plays softball for the Lady Jags softball team and hopes to publish photojournalism pieces as well as cover larger events this year in Journalism. Morgan appreciates the opportunity BluePrints provides to learn from her peers and improve her writing and photography skills.
Broadcast Reporter
Junior Isaiah Moore is a new Broadcast Reporter. Moore has an interest in film and directing, and loves being surrounded by his friends and family. He hopes to learn more about film equipment this year. He wants viewers to clearly receive the message through his pieces. Moore likes that everyone works cooperatively within the staff.
Staff Writer
Junior Jason Zhang is a new Staff Writer for BluePrints Magazine. Though he is still undecided, Zhang has hopes of working in the STEM field in the future. He enjoys the freedom that journalism provides, and hopes to have published articles in the magazine this year.
Web Editor
Junior Kira Law is a Web Editor for her third year with BluePrints Magazine. She has yet to decide what career path interests her, but she enjoys film and literature. In her free time, she plays softball for the Lady Jags softball team, helps with the Cedar Reader book club, and watches movies. This year in journalism, Law hopes to reorganize the website and establish herself as someone her peers can go to for help. She appreciates the great minds of the staff and how journalism gives her more insight into the school community.
Kylie Toney
Photographer/Staff Writer
Senior Kylie Toney is a Photographer for BluePrints magazine for her first year on the staff. She hopes to pursue sports physical therapy, and she plays softball for the Lady Jags softball team. Toney enjoys being part of a successful staff and appreciates the platform it gives her.
Broadcast Reporter
Junior Landon Neace is a Broadcast Reporter for their second year with BluePrints. They are interested in Marine Biology and ecology for a career path, and enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to music, reading, and hiking. This year, they hope to create more engaging broadcast stories and improve their writing skills. In journalism, they enjoy working with other staff members and attending the conventions.
Staff Writer
Sophomore London Moore is a Staff Writer for her second year with BluePrints. She has a multitude of career aspirations including, the veterinary field, journalism, and psychology. Outside of school, Moore is an artist, runner, and guitar player. This year she hopes to improve her writing skills, produce good quality work, and enhance her photography skills. She enjoys getting to know her school through journalism as well as the opportunity to work alongside her friends.
Staff Writer
Senior Luz Bazarte De La Luz is a Staff Writer during her second year with BluePrints. She would like to attend the University of Georgia for a degree in Biotech. De La Luz has many creative outlets including drawing, and writing stories and poems. Her goal this year is to be able to create a good first article and learn more about journalism from her peers. She enjoys the process of creating work that the Cedar Shoals community will appreciate.
Freshman Maggie Gillan is a Staff Writer for her first year with BluePrints Magazine. They have aspirations to become an author because of the relationship between her love of writing and her vast imagination. In her free time, she is heavily involved in the arts including ballet and painting. They hope to explore different styles of writing in their time with journalism as she collaborates with the supportive staff.
Staff Writer
Senior Mallory Huntsman is a Staff Writer for her second year with BluePrints. She hopes to pursue writing and has dreams of becoming a best-selling author. Huntsman enjoys reading, shopping, and watching Breaking Bad. She hopes to make the literary magazine a big portion of the magazine and to graduate knowing that the program will be in good hands. She appreciates the creative platform that BluePrints provides.
Viewpoints Editor
Senior Marcus Welch is the Viewpoints Editor during his second year on the BluePrints staff. He plans to major in science after high school, but for now, he enjoys playing the trumpet and spending time with friends. In his new position, Welch hopes to push the staff to clearly portray the topics they are passionate about. He appreciates the platform BluePrints gives him in order to speak openly about his opinions and injustice.
Staff Writer
Sophomore Mattlee Scott is a second-year Staff Writer for BluePrints Magazine. She hopes to study either psychology, journalism, or real estate. She loves the journalism staff and experiencing growth. She hopes to produce more quality broadcasts and articles this year.
Co-Editor-In-Chief, Sports Editor
Senior Megan Wise holds two positions including Sports Editor and Co-Editor-in-Chief for her fourth year with BluePrints. She hopes to major in business marketing/management in college and pursue graphic design. Wise’s extracurriculars consist mostly of running, but she hopes to successfully facilitate the production of three magazines this year. She enjoys being able to learn new skills through journalism.
Co-Editor-In-Chief
Senior Melanie Frick is the Co-Editor-in-Chief during her fourth year with BluePrints. Having always been interested in nature, she is currently interested in pursuing a major in ecology or environmental science. Outside of school, she enjoys gardening, baking, swimming, and hiking. This year, Frick hopes to guide new students in learning the basics of journalism along with maintaining efficiency and professionalism with the entire staff. She hopes to cover topics that both embody her interests and are timely. She believes that journalism is one of the best ways to interact with and get to know students that aren't in her grade level and bonding with them through class and outside of it help ensure that BluePrints continues to be a tight-knit community.
Mia La
Artist/Staff Writer
Senior Mia La is a Staff Writer for BluePrints Magazine. Her dream career path is to work in design, but she is interested in anything that allows her to be creative. Outside of school La likes drawing, listening to music, and watching movies. She hopes to learn new things about writing and photography while also strengthening her artistic abilities. She enjoys having freedom to express herself through BluePrints.
Staff Writer
Junior Noe Ventura-Castillo is a new Staff Writer for BluePrints Magazine. He enjoys drawing, reading, writing, and music. He would like to pursue writing or veterinary science in the future. Ventura-Castillo likes the freedom and flexibility of journalism, and he would like to improve his communication skills this year.
Staff Writer
Freshman Nolan Dennison is a new Staff Writer for BluePrints Magazine. Dennison wants to pursue a career in Media, and for now, he enjoys video games and DnD. He hopes to write his first article this year and likes the communication among the staff.
Features Editor
Sophomore Ruby Calkin is the Features Editor for her second year with BluePrints Magazine. She is interested in a career in Mortuary Science. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking and doing yoga. Calkin’s goal for this year is to be someone that the staff members can rely on for help. She appreciates the supportive nature and community of the journalism class.
Broadcast Reporter
Junior Sabriyu' Adams is a new Broadcast Reporter for BluePrints. She is undecided when it comes to careers, but enjoys dancing, golfing, and shopping. Adams’ goal for this year is to learn the basics of broadcasting and journalism this year. The thing she enjoys most about being a member of the journalism staff is learning new skills that she never would have learned in any other class.
Sophie Miele
Staff Writer
Freshman Sophie Meile is a Staff Writer for her first year with BluePrints Magazine. She is determined to be a family physician in the future. She enjoys singing and playing the piano outside of school as well as volunteering. She wants to be reliable this year in journalism and work on her AP style knowledge. She also appreciates the strong community and connections that she has made with the staff.
Managing Editor, Co-Copy Editor
Senior Tory Ratajczak is the Managing Editor and Co-Copy Editor during her fourth year with BluePrints Magazine. She would like to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine or Animal Science in the future. Ratajczak swims for the Cedar Shoals AquaJags and performs aerial silks at Canopy Studios. She also loves reading and spending time with her dogs. This year she would like to increase her efficiency and create a managing system that works well for the BluePrints staff. She appreciates the supportive community and being able to help others create work they are proud of.
Staff Writer
Sophomore Tumelo Johnson is a Staff Writer during his second year with BluePrints. He hopes to pursue journalism or academia and would like to learn more about editing this year. The Southern Interscholastic Press Association attendee appreciates the opportunity BluePrints gives him to bond with people.