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Nithya Cheruvu

NITHYA CHERUVU

Nithya Cheruvu is a junior at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She is a varsity basketball player who enjoys traveling, cooking, gaining new experiences, and meeting new people. She volunteers through the Assistance League of Charlotte and is a member of her school’s DECA club. She aspires to be a sports reporter or a political journalist. Nithya attended WJMC in 2021 and is grateful to the program for helping her find her passion. She can’t wait to help others find what they love to do and is excited to be a part of the WJMC staff.

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Elizabeth Stone

ELIZABETH STONE

Elizabeth Stone is a senior at Chantilly High School in Fairfax, Virginia.  She has been a part of many student publications and is currently an executive producer for her school’s broadcast journalism program. At WJMC, she loved connecting with other students over their shared interests. The program inspired her to pursue a career in media, and her next step will be studying journalism at James Madison University.

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Cassie Dornan

CASSIE DORNAN

Cassie Dornan is a rising senior at Hampton Roads Academy.  She attended the Washington Journalism and Media Conference in 2021. She is editor of her yearbook and also an active member of Operation Smile and the Philanthropy Committee. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and volunteering with fellow students. Cassie is thrilled to see people have amazing journalistic opportunities as well as make many connections through this wonderful program.

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Halli Harwood

HALLI HARWOOD

Halli Harwood is a graduating senior from Eastern Technical High School in Maryland.  Halli found her passion for journalism through a middle school communications magnet program and continued that journey in high school working on MavTV Morning Announcements and interning at her former middle school. Halli has also participated in drama club, various honor societies, and has enjoyed singing with the Peabody Children’s Chorus. This fall, Halli will be attending Elon University as a Communications Fellow studying journalism. She is very excited to be back as part of the 2022 WJMC Team!

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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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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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Taj Kokayi

Conference Intern

Taj Kokayi is a filmmaker and photographer. Next year he plans to be a film major and continue to pursue his love of visual storytelling. Currently, Taj serves as a videographer, editor, and floor director for his high school broadcast program, and he is also a sports videographer for his school’s champion lady volleyball and basketball teams. He is also a camera operator at Freedom Church, and he does nature photography and graphic design. Taj runs a news and media page on Instagram (@kingofmetahumans) that centers around science fiction and comic books and has reached over 75,000 followers. He attended the second session of WJMC last year, and it was without a doubt the best week of my life. He is beyond excited to return as an intern!

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Jenna Cohen

Conference Intern

Jenna Cohen is a current senior at South Brunswick High School in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. She was a National Youth Correspondent at WJMC 2017, serves on the Youth Advisory Board, and is now an intern for WJMC 2018! She is currently a three year member on her Student Council, Peer Mentor for freshmen in her community, Student Video Director for the broadcast journalism program at her school, and creator of her political op-ed series entitled “The Rewind.” She is thrilled to return to WJMC as an intern, and is counting down the days until July!