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Advance Team Staff

Kalea Perez

Advance Team Member

Kalea Perez is a rising sophomore at the College of Charleston from Chantilly, VA. She is studying Communication with a minor in studio art and is involved in many activities throughout campus, including the outdoors club, fashion organization, and is a sister in Chi Omega. Kalea first attended the conference in 2017, and later worked on the Youth Advisory Board the following year. She is so excited to meet, work with, and serve all of the new youth correspondents and know you all will have the time of your lives here!

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Advance Team Staff

Riley Noyes

Advance Team Member

Riley Noyes is finishing her time at Northern Virginia Community College, and plans to seek a Management degree upon graduation this year. She will be graduating with a General Studies A.S. with a concentration is Business Information Technology Career Studies. Outside of her education, Riley has an affinity for the event industry. She is an assistant at Anne Kelley Events and the Operations Manager of Repeatable DJ and Photo Booth Services. Through both of these positions she works with the planning and the service aspect of events. Riley enjoys watching movies, playing sports with friends, and exploring new parts of D.C.

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Faculty Advisor Staff

Britney Hernandez

BRITNEY HERNANDEZ

Faculty Advisor

Britney has been teaching for 21 years north of San Antonio in a consolidated school district; eighteen years at the junior high and the last three at Samuel Clemens High School- both of which offer journalism electives. Journalism, photojournalism, advanced newspaper, and advanced yearbook are the disciplines she fosters to students who are lured by the energy and excitement she exudes because she LOVES watching the students fall in love with commitment to telling factual truth.

Britney volunteers at photography contests to judge and critique competitors’ entries. She has students earning All-state Journalists awards, ATPI first places for digital construction, and for the first time ever The Stampede (yearbook) was awarded first place from NSPA. Britney belongs to JEA, ILPC, and ATPI and enjoys attending conventions with or without students. The high school where she advises takes pride in producing 7-9 print editions of newspapers, 4 magazines, and online newspaper, and a 296-page yearbook every year.

In her free time, Britney is raising twin fourteen-year-old girls, and a high school senior, Eagle Scout who will be graduating from both college and high school within the same month. She loves gardening, reading novels, and afternoon naps. Travel fuels her heart with confidence in humanity that “people are really good at heart.” -Anne Frank

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Laura Barrón-López

LAURA BARRÓN-LÓPEZ

National Political Reporter, POLITICO

Laura Barrón-López is a national political reporter for POLITICO, covering House campaigns and the 2020 presidential race. Previously, she led 2018 coverage of the Democratic Party for the Washington Examiner, hitting the campaign trail to write about House and Senate races. Before that, Barrón-López covered Congress for HuffPost for two and half years, focusing on fights over fast-track authorization, criminal justice reform, and coal miner pensions, among other policy topics in the Senate. Barrón-López also covered energy and environment policy for The Hill. Her work has been published in The Oregonian, OC Register, E&E Publishing, and Roll Call. She earned a bachelor’s in political science from California State University, Fullerton.

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Junior Faculty Advisor Staff

Kara Imani-Moss

KARA MOSS

Junior Faculty Advisor

Kara-Imani Moss is a rising junior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a Communication Studies major with a minor in Journalism. Upon graduating, she plans to use her passion for writing to advocate for marginalized communities. She currently works with Prison Fellowship as a Justice Ambassador pushing for reform in the criminal justice system. While words and activism are her first loves, she also enjoys hiking, photography, and traveling abroad. Kara attended WJMC back in 2015 and is excited to be back again this summer!

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Megan Mittelhammer

MEGAN MITTELHAMMER

Junior Faculty Advisor

Megan is a rising junior at The University of Georgia in Athens (Go Dawgs!). She is studying journalism and political science and is interested in political communication. She works for the student newspaper, The Red & Black, and has served as staff writer, digital producer, and social media editor. She is also a member of the broadcast society on campus. Megan is so excited to return to WJMC as a JFA and can’t wait to share her love and passion for journalism with all of the correspondents!

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I’Kesha Little

I'KESHA LITTLE

Junior Faculty Advisor

I’Kesha Little is a sophomore at George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics with a minor in Political Communications. She loves to talk, dance, write, and meet new people. She believes that being confident and remaining true to yourself, your values, and your aspirations will take you a very long way!

Native to Raleigh, North Carolina, I’Kesha gives credit to the Washington Journalism and Media Conference she attended in the summer of 2016 for bringing her to George Mason University.  She often explains the endless opportunities WJMC has blessed her with- it not only helped I’Kesha find herself, but it helped her find her home, too!

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Junior Faculty Advisor Staff

Haley Ziomek

HALEY ZIOMEK

Junior Faculty Advisor

Haley Ziomek is a rising junior majoring in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication and minoring in Spanish at the University of Texas at Dallas. She attended WJMC in 2016 as a correspondent and is thrilled to be back as a junior faculty advisor in 2019. Since WJMC16, Haley has worked for a media broadcasting company, co-hosted a section of her university television program, and landed a Public Relations internship in Madrid, Spain. Haley enjoys playing on her university soccer team, volunteering at an on-campus food bank, and serving as the Vice President of Public Relations and Recruitment for the UT-Dallas chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

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Arthur Kennington

ARTHUR KENNINGTON

Junior Faculty Advisor

Arthur Kennington is a rising Sophomore at George Mason University studying Business Management. He is an alumni of WJMC 2016 Conference back as a rising Junior in high school. He has lived in the Northern Virginia area all his life, attended Oakton High School, and hopes to settle there in the future with a job in Washington, DC. At George Mason University he is a soon to be member of the Delta Chi Fraternity in the Alpha Alpha Class. Arthur loves to play soccer, video games, and has a strong passion for music. He is a die hard fan of both Liverpool FC and the New York Yankees. Arthur can’t wait to return to WJMC again this summer! If you want to reach out to me with any questions over social media please feel free to ask over Instagram @arthurkennington or Facebook!

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Maggie Attridge

MAGGIE ATTRIDGE

Junior Faculty Advisor

Maggie is a rising sophomore in the Media, Self and Society College Scholars program at the University of Maryland in College Park.  She is double majoring in journalism and government/politics. At UMD, she is involved with the UMD Student Government Association and the Student Alumni Leadership Council.  She is from Columbia, Maryland, and attended WJMC in 2017 as a correspondent. She can’t wait to return to share her experiences with the new correspondents!