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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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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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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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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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Youth Advisory Board

Giovanishka Gonzalez Rodriguez

Giovanishka Gonzalez is a WJMC 2019 alumni from Puerto Rico. Giovanishka was born on July 17, 2002 and is currently attending her Senior year at Ramey Unit School in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Giovanishka has worked for local news papers such as El Nuevo Dia and Primera Hora. In her free time she takes to writing poetry and doing sports such as Softball and Martial Arts. Her intended career of study is Investigative Journalism.

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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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Anabel Diaz

Anabel Diaz is a current senior at Grant Community High School in Fox Lake, Illinois. She attended WJMC during the summer of 2019 and was a part of the Green group. Diaz is a center defender for her schools soccer team and also plays the flute in the marching band. She is an active FBLA member and participates in the student council. Anabel has a love for media and developed a liking to journalism which eventually qualified her to attend State. First generation American, Diaz plans to attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign or University of Michigan Ann Arbor in the fall 2020 in Digital Marketing.