2016-2017 Staff

Beck Chambers

"Scuba diving is a key aspect in my life that shapes my character. Despite all the dangers and risks, its an amazing activity" said Beck Chambers. Chambers, a high-school freshman, has been scuba diving now for three years...

Rachel Szymanski

Rachel Szymanski, now in her junior year, moved to Moraga, California from San Diego just three weeks prior to the start of her sophomore year. "I wasn't very enthusiastic. It's something that no high schooler wants to do,...

Samuel Ganten

Born in Brussels, raised in Virginia, Samuel Ganten has seen a fair bit of the world. It shouldn't come as a surprise that he looks at the world slightly different than others. "Architecture is one of the most useful arts,"...

Annette Ungermann

Annette Ungermann, a senior at Campolindo, values being active in her community. She has been volunteering with the organization No One Left Behind for the past 2 and a half years. The organization works to assimilate refugees...

Elle Esquer

Freshman Elle Esquer described the 3 sports she plays as " fun energizing and a great experience." Unlike most 9th graders, whose schedules reflect their expectation that high school homework would take up most of their time,...

Mikhail Vasilyev

"I've been training for a little over a year, and now I can do a human flagpole, one arm pull-ups, muscle-ups, and handstands," said Mikhail Vasilyev. As students you may know him as "that kid in one of your classes" Vasilyev...

Kyle Flett

Kyle Flett is an accomplished senior. He's on the track and field team and was the JV League Champion for Cross Country last year. But his passion is filmmaking, where he has been busy perfecting his skills. "I've been doing...

Aleksandra Markovic

Four days ago, junior Aleksandra Markovic moved to Moraga from her hometown of Belgrade, Serbia, to live with her childhood friend Jovana Durovic. Durovic, a senior, moved to Moraga 2 years ago for a better public school system...

Claire Mueller

Freshmen Claire Mueller began writing more seriously in the year proceeding high school. During eighth grade, she and a close friend created and managed a blog that commentated about the discontinued Nickelodeon show H2O: Jus...

Alexandra Reinecke

Senior Alexandra Reinecke is a journalist and writer who believes in the power of words to encourage empathy and affect positive change. While leading La Puma as Editor-in-Chief, she also edits Campolindo's literary magazine, Campo Re...

Katy Ly

Every Thursday, Katy Ly goes to John Muir Hospital to volunteer. Ly helps out nurses by delivering charts to them and bringing items to patients. She said, "I do it because I like to help people." Ly said, "I originally...

Genie Lee

Music is something that is precious to many people, but for Genie Lee, it's on an entirely different level. She lives and breathes piano every day of her life. Playing since she was just 5 years old, Lee now competes in up...

Joelle Nelson

"There's nothing like jumping off a platform 200 feet in the air to get over your fear of heights," said senior Joelle Nelson. It's how she got interested in the world of daring sports. Nelson started zip-lining at the age...

Madeleine Singh

Madeleine Singh is a senior at Campolindo and is looking forward to her 4th year as a member of the La Puma staff. Singh served as sports editor during her sophomore and junior years and now holds the position of opinion editor...

Mariel Rossi deVries

While many are frightened by the horror genre, senior Mariel deVries is intrigued by its unique style. Movies are not the only source, books and short stories can be just as scary. Bousman films and Stephen King novels were...

Isabel Owens

This is Isabel's fourth and final year on the La Puma staff. But while she's not writing or editing articles, one can find Isabel on the phone, talking to people from foreign countries who are learning English.   "ESL...

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