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Faculty Advisor Staff

Beth Marshall

Faculty Advisor

Beth Marshall, CJE, M.Ed., has been teaching English for 29 years, and teaching and advising journalism for six. She advises the Endeavor yearbook and The Rocket Review online news website for Richmond-Burton Community High School in Richmond, IL. She earned her Masters of Journalism Education through Kent State University. This program helped develop her passion for scholastic journalism. Additionally, she is the President of the Kettle Moraine Press Association, which works with scholastic journalism students and their teachers throughout Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. Beth is also the proud mother of three boys, including her oldest son, Flynn, who has Down syndrome and who has taught her the importance of acceptance and kindness. Flynn also made her a fan of the WWE. Beth is excited to join the faculty at WJMC.

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Faculty Advisor Staff

Kari Johnson

Faculty Advisor

Kari Johnson, CJE, just finished her 12th year of teaching and advising publications in the Kansas City, Mo. area. Her newspaper and yearbook staffs have earned numerous local, state and national awards from JEMKC, MIPA, JEA and NSPA. Kari loves teaching journalism and photojournalism, especially the First Amendment. She loves seeing the pride her students take in creating publications that are distributed throughout the school and community. Kari earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Central Missouri and her Master’s in Teaching from Park University. This will be Kari’s second summer at WJMC, having served as a Faculty Adviser in 2012.  In addition to teaching, Kari loves to travel with her husband and two kids, Kayleigh, 7, and Wyatt, 2.

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Junior Faculty Advisor Staff

Sydney Johnson

Junior Faculty Advisor

Sydney Johnson is a current Freshman at George Mason University and is majoring in communications with a concentration in journalism. Sydney involves herself in many ways through the world of communication by being apart of the school newspaper “The Fourth Estate”, anchoring for Mason Cable Network, and being apart of GMU’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter. Her goal by the end of college is to continue her focus on print journalism and broadcast journalism. She cannot wait to meet this year’s WJMC Correspondents!

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Junior Faculty Advisor Staff

Alexandria Millet

Junior Faculty Advisor

Alexandria Millet is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying in Journalism with certificates in Educational Policy Studies and Criminal Justice. She is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended WJMC in 2015. She has worked at various magazines and online news outlets and has a love for print journalism. Alexandria is passionate about education and justice and she uses journalism to give voice these issues.

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Intern

Paloma Coelho

Paloma Coelho is a graduating senior at Coral Gables Senior High School in Miami, Florida. She was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and moved to Miami during the summer of 2016. At her current school, she is the historian and treasurer for the Academy of Finance. WJMC 2019 was one of the best experiences of her life, and she can’t wait to be a part of WJMC 2020!

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Intern

Manuela Bushamani

Manuela Bushamani is a graduating senior of the Green Run High School class of 2020. She attended WJMC’s 2019 conference and was a part of the silver group. She came to WJMC wanting to learn about journalism as a career path and left with a new passion. She plans to attend the University of Virginia in the fall to study journalism and is very excited to come back as an intern with WJMC this summer.

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Maria McComish

Maria McComish is a high school senior from South Bend, Indiana. She has a passion for journalism and politics. Maria loves to travel and is thankful for WJMC and the opportunities the conference provides. She is excited to return to WJMC this year to help 2020 Correspondents have an amazing experience.

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Samuel Girgis

Sam is a rising senior at Cherry Creek High School in Denver Colorado. He attended WJMC’s 2019 conference and was part of the pink group. He runs his own photography and videography business and came to WJMC wanting to learn more about the journalism field. Sam is very excited to come back to WJMC as an intern this summer.

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Photographer

Anna Layden

Assistant Photographer

Anna Rose Layden is a third-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, concentrating in Photojournalism, with a minor in Political Science from Rochester Institute of Technology in Henrietta, New York. She is an active member of the National Press Photographers Association, as well as the Asian-American Journalists Association of New York. Her work reflects a fascination with the extraordinary moments in everyday life, as well as coverage of current news events. She is constantly seeking out ways to further her understanding of the cultures around her, meet new people, and find the nearest Chick-Fil-A.

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Counselor

Eva Bramesco

Student Support

Eva Bramesco is the Senior Assistant Director of Honors College Admissions here at Mason. Beginning with her involvement in the Admissions Office at her alma mater, Eva has spent nearly a decade working with students and families of all backgrounds to overcome the various hurdles of the college admissions process.

In working closely with the Honors College, Eva gets to meet some of Mason’s most ambitious and inquisitive applicants. As the product of a small liberal arts college herself, Eva loves to share the Honors College’s benefits of small classroom settings, individualized attention from brilliant professors, the academic freedom to truly dive into areas and topics of interest, and what students can really do with these opportunities in a large research university setting.

Prior to her time at Mason, Eva worked in international development, first with the American Red Cross, and then for a consulting firm. From working in the competitive and fast-paced environment of Washington, D.C., Eva learned firsthand about the powerful combination of a customizable education in a unique location.

Originally from Danvers, Massachusetts, Eva graduated with high honors from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania with degrees in International Relations, Spanish and a minor in Latin American Studies, and is currently working towards a Master’s in Public Policy at Mason. Her undergraduate research focused on democratization processes in disparate nations. In addition to her work at Mason, Eva is a long-time mentor, tutor, and advocate for educational equity. She can also be found on Twitter talking about current trends and issues in education at @EvaAdmissions