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.
Senior Aissatou Sarr is a Broadcast Reporter for her third 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 toward more social topics. Sarr enjoys the collaborative element of journalism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Social Media Director
Junior Mattlee Scott is the Social Media Director in her third year 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.
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.
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.
Sophomore Nolan Dennison is a second-year 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.
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.