Staff Directory


Aaron Brasher
Yearbook
Sophomore Tyler Brasher is a new staff member for Cedar Shoals Yearbook. He is interested in pursuing photography and graphic design as career pathways. Brasher’s hobbies and interests include wrestling, boxing and professional fighting. His goal for this year is to get better at sports photography, and he is looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about photography in general.
Layout/Design Director
Junior Aiden Dowling is the 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 would like to attend 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 photography 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.
Aissatou Sarr
Writer
Sophomore Aissatou Sarr is a new staff writer for BluePrints Magazine. She would like to one day be an orthodontist or potentially a journalist. Sarr likes to write books for fun in her free time. With this being her first year as a part of the staff, Sarr would like to improve her writing skills. She appreciates the dedication that her peers in journalism put into their work.
Alex Holland
Broadcast Reporter
Senior Alex Holland is a broadcast reporter for WJAG-TV. Holland would like to be a research psychologist or neurologist in the future. His main hobby is playing the clarinet. This year, Holland would like to revitalize the WJAG-TV program. What he enjoys most about the program is working alongside his peers and video editing.
Aliyah Adams
Broadcast Reporter
Junior Aliyah Adams is a broadcast reporter for WJAG-TV. She is interested in pursuing a field in engineering, teaching, or becoming a plastic surgeon. Outside of school she enjoys dancing, doing makeup, and watching anime. This year, Adams hopes to be a news anchor.
Yearbook
Senior Allie Chang is a yearbook staff member. She is interested in studying sociology or public relations and enjoys exploring the ways people interact and communicate. Outside of school, Allie enjoys listening to music and participating in the Cedar Shoals Classic City Sound marching band. Her main goal this year is to improve her photography skills. She says the yearbook staff makes every moment enjoyable, and she always feels encouraged by her peers.
News Editor
Senior Anna Schmidt is the News Editor for BluePrints Magazine. Schmidt won third place in the 2021 GSPA First Amendment Essay Contest. She hopes to major in business with an emphasis in sustainability. Her hobbies include being outside, traveling and discovering new coffee shops. Schmidt’s goals for this year include writing meaningful stories that share different perspectives from the community. She enjoys the curious, creative and supportive nature that journalism has established among the staff.
Art Director
Junior Ava Maddox is the Art Director for BluePrints Magazine. She hopes to become a filmmaker and scriptwriter. Outside of school, she enjoys drawing and scriptwriting. This year, Maddox’s goals are to create quality art and visuals faster for the magazine and her peer’s articles. She feels that the journalism program students have exceptional teamwork skills.
Brendon Milsap
Writer
Junior Brendon Milsap is a new staff writer for BluePrints Magazine. He is interested in pursuing a career in politics with a focus on systematic changes that will positively affect society. He is also very interested in creative writing and visual art. In his free time, Milsap enjoys drawing in sketchbooks and playing Dungeons & Dragons with his brother. Milsap joined journalism so that he could learn to approach the world with a more analytical eye and develop his social abilities. He is glad to be given the opportunity to create work that is engaging and worth reading.
Delia McElhannon
Writer
Freshman Delia McElhannon is a new staff writer for BluePrints Magazine. While she is unsure what her career interests are, she knows that whatever she settles on will have to challenge her to keep her engaged. McElhannon enjoys taking care of animals and reading. She hopes to further develop her writing and be more aware about what is happening in the world. She enjoys the interactions that she with her peers in the class.
Features Editor
Junior Ellie Crane is the Features Editor for BluePrints Magazine. Being a part of the magazine staff in high school has given her the inspiration to pursue a career in journalism. Outside of school, Crane enjoys hanging out with friends, driving around town and listening to music. She hopes to create quality content this year that she can look back on and be proud of. She enjoys that she has many friends in the journalism class that she can work with to create work that others can look to for information and entertainment.
Variety Editor
Junior Emma McElhannon is the Variety Editor for BluePrints Magazine. She would like to build a career in filmmaking, fine arts, or culinary arts. McElhannon plays softball for Cedar Shoals and creates art in her free time. Her goal for this year is to write a review every month. She says that journalism has allowed her to improve her writing skills and introduce her to new people.
Enock Maganda
Broadcast Reporter
Senior Enock Maganda is a broadcast reporter for WJAG-TV. He would like to pursue a career in medicine, either sports medicine or becoming a physician. Maganda has already committed to Wofford College to play soccer, and he also enjoys playing music with his family. This year, Maganda would like to become more of a leader in broadcasting. He enjoys hanging out with his friends. He enjoys discussing important topics with them, but appreciates that they still make him laugh.
Eva Lucero
Writer
Freshman Eva Lucero is a new staff writer and artist for BluePrints Magazine. They would like to pursue a career in animation or illustration. Outside of school they like to draw and read. Lucero also plays musical instruments and occasionally designs clothes. They would like to become better at writing and create art for the magazine. They enjoy working with different people and enjoy the journalism class environment.
Freddrell Green
Writer
Junior Freddrell Green is a new staff writer for BluePrints Magazine. He would like to pursue a career in comic book writing or history. Green enjoys his free time exercising through tai chi and isometrics as well as surfing on the internet. He looks forward to getting a chance to showcase his work and improve his talents as a writer.
Gabriel Holcomb
Writer
Sophomore Gabriel Holcomb is new staff writer for BluePrints Magazine. Holcomb is interested in working in the amusement ride industry when he is older, specifically designing rides or dealing with trains. He is also a big baseball fan. This year, Holcomb wants to write articles that bring people joy and make them laugh.
Genevive Bielli
Writer
Freshman Genevieve Bielli is a new broadcast reporter for WJAG-TV. She is interested in photography, law, and marine biology as potential career paths. Bielli joined the Cedar Shoals JV cheerleading team, and she also enjoys spending her time at her neighbor's house doing yard work. She would like to improve her writing skills this year in journalism. What Bielli enjoys most about journalism is the dynamic of all her peers and how well they work together.
Haydee Vilchizal
Yearbook
Sophomore Haydee Vilchiz-Alvear is a new staff member for Cedar Shoals Yearbook. She is interested in photography as a career path or becoming a chiropractor. Her hobbies include reading and making friendship bracelets. Vilchiz-Alvear would like to improve her camera skills and work on her editing skills. She enjoys the freedom, creativity and the opportunities to make new friends that she receives as a part of being on the staff.
Assistant News Editor
Junior Ikeoluwa Ojo is the Assistant News Editor for BluePrints Magazine. She plans on pursuing a career in social work, child psychology, or law. Outside of school, she enjoys cooking, braiding hair, and creating mandala pen art designs. Ojo’s goals in journalism this year are to produce a variety of interesting news pieces. Her favorite part of journalism is the student-led aspect of the class, and she enjoys meeting news people and hearing their perspectives through interviews.
Photography Coordinator
Sophomore Izzy Morgan is the Photography Coordinator for BluePrints Magazine. Morgan is interested in majoring in an animal science field and minoring in either psychology or sociology. She enjoys playing softball and practicing photography outside of school. Morgan also enjoys reading and cooking. Her main focus this year is to help take pictures for staff member’s articles and to improve her Photoshop skills.
Co-Editor-in-Chief
Senior Jackie Wright is the Co-Editor-in-Chief for Cedar BluePrints. She would like to pursue writing and potentially become a journalist one day, with the hopes of being able to learn about her communities from every perspective. Wright is interested in Athens news and politics, public health and creative forms of communication like music and film. As a journalist, she wants to investigate issues across Athens to better understand the success and failures of her community in serving everyone equitably. For her final year on the staff, Wright wants to better her writing and reporting skills through practice and learning from fellow staff members. She enjoys having the opportunity to pursue stories that have real impacts on her school and city with a team of passionate journalists. Wright has won many journalism awards throughout her years on the staff, including Best in Show for SIPA’s 2021 infographic portion of their Best Visuals Contest, second place in SIPA’s 2021 feature story portion of their Best Writing Contest, first place for SIPA’s 2021 investigative story portion of their Best Writing Contest, second place for SIPA’s 2021 personality feature portion of their Best Writing Contest, Best of Show for the in-depth cover story package of SIPA’s 2020 Best Visuals Contest, and was a part of a team that won Best Overall for SIPA’s 2020 Newspaper Team On-Site Production Competition.
Sports Editor
Senior Jacob Weiszer is the Sports Editor for BluePrints Magazine. Weiszer is interested in pursuing a career in business or pre-law. Outside of school, Weiszer enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his friends. This year he hopes to cover a broad range of stories related to sports and the entire Cedar community. Weiszer also looks forward to working with his fellow editors and staff reporters to develop meaningful stories. The thing Weiszer enjoys the most about being a member of the journalism staff is being able to collaborate with his peers to cover important issues in the community.
Jaqueline Medina
Yearbook
Sophomore Jacqueline Medina is one of four co-editors of the Cedar Shoals Yearbook. She would like to learn more about interviewing and writing this year and become a prominent leader on the yearbook staff. Her hobbies include listening to music and being involved in her church. Medina would like to learn more about sports photography. She would also like to become a better editor and interviewer. She enjoys the freedom and the way that the staff can easily express themselves on the yearbook pages, representing what Cedar Shoals is about.
John Redmond
Yearbook
Senior John Redmond is the Cedar Shoals Yearbook Sports Editor. While unsure about what career path he would like to pursue, Redmond is interested in becoming a musician or even a journalist. His hobbies include making music and playing baseball for Cedar Shoals. His goal for journalism this year is to get the yearbook done in a timely manner.
Juliet Depaola
Yearbook
Senior Juliet DePaola is one of four co-editors of the Cedar Shoals Yearbook. She would like to become a counselor. DePaola enjoys hanging out with her siblings and friends as well as spending time on TikTok and going thrift shopping. What she enjoys most about being on the yearbook staff is designing pages and gathering quotes from Cedar Shoals students and staff. She appreciates how close and tight-knit the yearbook staff members are with one another.
Beat Coordinator
Sophomore Kira Law is the Beat Coordinator for BluePrints Magazine. She is interested in pursuing something in the STEM field like being a forensic scientist. Law plays for the Lady Jagssoftball team as well as in recreational leagues. This summer, she picked up skateboarding and has been practicing regularly. Her goals for journalism this year are to be more efficient and to write more diverse stories. Her favorite aspect of journalism is that she gets to work alongside upperclassmen and learn tips from them.
Kylie Toney
Yearbook
Junior Kylie Toney is a new staff member for Cedar Shoals Yearbook. She is interested in becoming a physical therapist. Outside of school, Toney plays softball, listens to music and hangs out with friends. She hopes to bring new and impressive accomplishments to the table and let loose with creativity. Toney is looking forward to becoming closer to her fellow staff members.
Landon Neace
Writer
Sophomore Landon Neace is a new staff writer for BluePrints Magazine. His career interests outside of journalism include marine biology, movie directing, voice acting, and being an athlete. Neace participates in swimming, track, and cross country for Cedar Shoals. Outside of school, Neace also enjoys playing soccer, biking, hiking and activities with his Boy Scouts troop. He hopes to inform the students and staff at Cedar Shoals about interesting news. He is looking forward to interviewing new people around campus and improving his photography skills.
Assistant Features Editor
Sophomore Lilly McGreevy is the Assistant Features Editor for BluePrints Magazine. She hopes to pursue a career that involves the outdoors or go into criminal law. McGreevy loves to read and plays soccer for the Lady Jags. This year, she would like to improve her interviewing skills and finish pieces in a timely manner. Her favorite aspect of journalism is that it gives her the opportunity to engage with people outside of her classes and social circles.
London Moore
Writer
Freshman London Moore is a new staff writer for BluePrints Magazine. Her career interests include becoming a vet or an environmentalist. She would also like to be a part-time writer or author when she is older. Her hobbies outside of school include drawing, painting, reading, writing, running and cooking. She looks forward to improving her writing skills and contributing photography and art for BluePrints.
Luz Bazarte
Yearbook
Junior Luz Bazarte De La Luz is a new staff member for the Cedar Shoals Yearbook. She is interested in becoming an author or a literature teacher. Outside of school, Bazarte participates in boxing. She also enjoys drawing and writing. Her goals for this year are to create an excellent yearbook and make new friends.
Writer
Junior Marcus Welch is a new staff writer for BluePrints Magazine. After high school, Welch plans to study social science. Outside of school, he enjoys playing the trumpet, which he also plays for the Cedar Shoals Classic City Sound. Welch hopes to become a stronger writer and improve his conversation skills through interviews. He enjoys the independence and creative aspect of being a member on the staff.
Matthew Johnson
Yearbook
Senior Matthew Johnson is the art director for the Cedar Shoals Yearbook. They are interested in going into meteorology or news reporting for career pathways because of their love for the weather. Johnson’s hobbies include creating digital art and playing video games. They love rhythm games and their favorite things to draw are anime characters. Johnson’s goals for this year are to get their work done on time and not procrastinate, creating less stress for themself. Their favorite aspect of being on the yearbook staff is having their friends beside them and being able to leave their mark on Cedar Shoals.
Managing Editor
Junior Megan Wise is the Managing Editor for BluePrints Magazine. After high school, Wise plans to study business marketing. Her hobbies include reading and playing bass guitar. This year, her goals are to improve the magazine, staff manual, and better organize the program for years to come. Her favorite aspects of the program are the community and the productivity of each staff member.
Web Editor
Junior Melanie Frick is a Web Editor for BluePrints Magazine. She is interested in going into horticulture with an end goal of working as a community garden coordinator. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, gardening, listening to podcasts and baking. In her third year on the staff, her goals are to write newsworthy articles and develop stronger staff habits to accomplish goals. Her favorite parts of journalism include the bond between staff members and attending the GSPA and SIPA conferences.
Viewpoints Editor
Senior Melany Mathis is the Viewpoints Editor for BluePrints Magazine. Mathis won first place for the opinion piece portion of SIPA’s 2021 Best Writing Contest. She is interested in sports medicine and physical therapy as potential careers. Some of her interests and hobbies include listening to music and watching sports. This year, Mathis hopes to step outside of her comfort zone and write informational stories that shed light on interesting subjects.
Ruby Calkin
Writer
Freshman Ruby Calkin is a new staff writer for BluePrints Magazine. Her hobbies include cooking and reading. Calkin is excited for her first year as a part of the staff and looks forward to gaining writing skills, including crafting a better writing process. What she enjoys most about being a staff member is learning from her peers.
Savanna Deloach-Tousel
Yearbook
Sophomore Savanna Deloach-Tousel is a member of the Cedar Shoals Yearbook Staff. She is interested in becoming a photographer or a veterinarian in the future. Deloach-Tousel loves to play instruments and practice photography skills outside of school. This year, her main focus is to accomplish good work without letting the stress of COVID-19 weigh down on her tremendously, and she is looking forward to being able to have fun creating the yearbook.
Writer
Senior Savannah Duncan-Barnett is a staff writer and photographer for BluePrints Magazine. Duncan-Barnett is passionate about pursuing children’s therapy or social work due to her own experiences with mental health. She enjoys singing and has been playing the guitar since elementary school. Duncan joined journalism to break out of her shell and is looking forward to collaborating with her peers in person this year to cover important issues. She says joining the journalism staff has become a good outlet for her to improve her writing skills and not second guess herself.
Sean Beck
Yearbook
Senior Sean Beck is a member of the Cedar Shoals Yearbook staff. Beck is interested in pursuing photography later in life and perfecting his camera skills. In his free time, he likes to work, play video games and go shopping. Beck would like to improve his ability to interview people about sports this year.
Web Editor
Junior Tory Ratajczak is the Web Editor for BluePrints Magazine. She would like to pursue a career in animal/veterinary sciences. Her hobbies include swimming for the Cedar Shoals AquaJags and performing aerial silks at Canopy Studios. She also loves to play with animals and read in her free time. This year, Ratajczack would like to improve the quality and look of the BluePrints website as well as her writing. What she enjoys the most about being a member of the journalism team is the community and support of the staff.
Tre'Nyce Anderson
Broadcast Reporter
Senior Tre’Nyce Anderson is a WJAG-TV broadcast reporter. She is considering going into a medical related field or forensics. One of her hobbies includes cheerleading, which she does for Cedar. Her favorite part of journalism is being able to capture the different aspects of high school life through her videos and photography.
Tumelo Johnson
Writer
Freshman Tumelo Johnson is a new staff writer for BluePrints Magazine. His career interests include journalism and social activism. In his free time, Johnson likes to read and act. His goal in journalism this year is to have at least one of his articles published in the magazine. He is looking forward to writing articles that he cares about and collaborating with his peers.
Tyler Robinson
Yearbook
Senior Tyler Robinson is a staff member for Cedar Shoals Yearbook. He is interested in becoming a professional graphic designer, tennis player or magazine editor. Robinson’s goals for this year are to complete the yearbook in a timely manner. What he enjoys most about being a part of the staff is his ability to capture unique and interesting moments in the Cedar Shoals community through his photography.
Co-Editor-in-Chief
Senior Violet Calkin is Co-Editor-in-Chief for BluePrints Magazine. She plans to major in creative writing or journalism to become a professional writer or English professor. Calkin loves to read, be outside, and drink coffee at Jittery Joes. Her goals this year are to assist her peers in writing stories and ensure that they are enthusiastic about expanding coverage as a magazine staff. She appreciates the opportunity to unearth interesting topics and share them in a compelling way.
Yenni Velazquez-Ayala
Broadcast Reporter
Yenni Velazquez-Ayala is a sophomore broadcast reporter for WJAG-TV. Her interests include cameras and editing. She would like to better her broadcasting skills by experimenting with editing throughout the year and becoming familiar with the ins and outs of Adobe software.
Zaya Roberson
Yearbook
Junior Zaya Roberson is one of this year’s Cedar Shoals Yearbook editors. She is interested in becoming a travel nurse who specializes in neonatal care. Outside of school, her hobbies include cheerleading and playing volleyball. This year, Roberson hopes to become a better photographer and incorporate taking pictures into her hobbies more often.