2014

Editor-In-Chief:

Mary Gao is a grade 11 student currently attending Dr. EP Scarlett in Calgary. The best way to describe her is as a conglomeration of contradictions. She owns a photography business, but cannot work a camera; attended Stanford for debate camp, but hates San Francisco weather; and won the 2013 Asian International Music and Dance Contest, but still runs into illogically placed doors. While she may seem meek coming in at 5 ft. 80 lbs., her opinions and personality are intrepid. Mary is passionate about youth creating change and understands that the world is in need of more platforms where youth have a strong voice. Currently, she manages a volunteer group focused on eradicating poverty in Calgary, as well as multiple school clubs. During her free time, she enjoys analyzing game theory, collecting nail polish, reading Times, and watching romantic comedies at 2 in the morning. Contact her at: marygao@outlook.com

Managing

Just a fresh graduate out of high school, and hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Sheena has gone on to be a teacher of sorts in the small village of Yapak, Philippines. She teaches English, Math, piano and guitar but has difficulty teaching the North American humour of ‘memes’ to her students. She is involved with the Strong Roots Ministry founded in Yapak and helps with the sponsorship program and its other operations. She’s volunteered at a number of organizations, including assisting special needs children, and feeding the homeless. As a proud leftie, she finds her niche in artistic pursuits such as playing 5 different instruments and creating short documentaries and animations. She enjoys whipping up conspiracy theories and analyzing the speech patterns of different languages. You can often find her surrounded by small children or zooming off on a motorbike. Also, you can find her at sheena.mejia8@gmail.com

Managing

Nandan Nath is a grade 11 student currently attending Westmount Charter School. He is extremely passionate about social activism, academic achievement specifically in the field of biology. He is highly involved in his community and this is displayed by his membership and active engagement in city wide youth committees such as the Mayor’s Youth Council, the Youth Volunteer Corps Steering Committee, and the Calgary Youth Foundation Steering Committee. Through his involvement in the city, he has taken leadership roles in numerous city wide humanitarian initiatives and projects. Furthermore, he is a youth researcher at the University of Calgary Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology focusing on research in the field of developmental neurobiology. He is also highly involved in his school community as he is part of the debate team, science club, Interact club, track and field team, and he is also an editor on his school’s yearbook. Moreover, he has won numerous awards for his high academic achievement in school as well as academic competitions such as science fairs. In addition, he has been selected as a Youth Central volunteer in profile and one of five speakers at the Youth Central Annual General Meeting for his contributions as a dedicated volunteer in the city of Calgary. In his free time, he loves to watch basketball and soccer, play videogames, ponder on moral philosophy and analyze the latest developments in neuroscience.

Arts

Xulin Wang is a grade 11 student at Dr E.P Scarlett High School. Her passions are focused upon art, having set a goal for becoming an illustrator and becoming the editor for an arts column. Her artwork has won corporate-sponsored events and been displayed in shows at the Alberta College of Art + Design. She is particularly interested in artists’ contributions to their communities, and wishes to spread the appreciation of arts and culture as a vital aspect of society. In standard artist fashion, she’s willing to go wherever her art takes her. Give her a paintbrush or a piece of linoleum to carve, and she’ll think of some impossibly difficult project to execute with it. In her spare time, she likes reading, watching boats being borne back ceaselessly into the past, and making idiosyncratic references to not-so popular media. Contact her at: wangxulin@yahoo.ca

Business

Katie MacLean is a story teller. She has a passion for words and the conveying of ideas. A grade twelve student at Strathcona High School in Edmonton, Alberta, Katie always welcomes a philosophical discussion or vivacious debate. She also avidly participates in Strathcona’s first class Leadership program, Student’s Union, and service groups. Further, Katie is a part of the AP|Cambridge Capstone Pilot Program and is involved with Rotary. Amidst her volunteerism and numerous academic endeavours, she adores nature and anything that puts her in contact with the great outdoors. You can contact her at katiemaclean@shaw.ca

Culture

Yiling Kang is a grade 10 student currently attending Western Canada High School in Calgary. Cheerful and hardworking would be two words used to sum up her personality. Despite being in the full IB program at her school and often having an occupied timetable, Yiling continues to offer support to the community by volunteering with Calgary Youth Central, as well as often tutoring younger children in English and writing. Yiling currently has a job as a student page at the Calgary Public Library. When she isn’t working, she spends many hours volunteering at the library through programs like the ESL Teen Talk, Reading Buddies, and Computer Buddies. In her free time, Yiling enjoys playing badminton, writing short stories, watching anime, as well as listening to music or reading. Contact her at: yiling2kang@gmail.com

Politics

Jacob was born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1997. So far in his career he has gone on to write many award winning poems and essays and is a renowned public speaker province-wide, becoming one of the top seven speakers in Alberta in 2012. He is also a part-time politician and founder of the first junior high school political party: The Clive Alliance. Among his most prestigious political accomplishments are holding various Student Union’s offices and being elected Prime Minister of Canada by the 2013 Rotary Adventures in Citizenship. Jacob is well known for his cynical characters and realistic plots in his many short stories, novellas and his plays including a stage adaptation of The Wife of Bath`s Tale, and you can read these on his Wattpad profile, earloftees. He runs a successful playwright company with his two brothers and has acted in many performances both in and out of the company. He currently resides on an acreage near Tees, Alberta with his family. Contact him at: earloftees@gmail.com

Science

Alison Caulfield, a French Immersion student, attends Harry Ainlay High School and is currently in grade 10. Apart from having a passion for writing, she is a devoted violinist and enjoys dance and cycling. Alison is also heavily involved in leadership and is the Executive Assistant of the Student Council at her school. With hopes to increase Canadian student voice, she is very excited to be a part of the Editorial Committee.

Sports

Swarochish (Swish) Goswami is a Grade 11 student at Webber Academy. Academically and in school, he is known for achieving high marks, being part of numerous AP courses, and serving as President of the Webber Academy Student Council. Outside the realm of study, Swish is currently part of the Canadian National Debate Team, and will be competing at the 2014 World Schools Debating Championship in Thailand. Swish has achieved success in public speaking, notably winning the 2013 European Schools Debating Championship, 2014 Pan American Debating Championship, and being a two time finalist at the Canadian National Debating Championship (2011, 2014). With a keen interest in business, Swish has been part of various businesses, and is in the process of launching one of the first high school micro crediting organizations. In the future, Swish hopes to become an inventor, and open a business that gives him a platform to share his ideas. Swish also enjoys watching all types of sports including basketball, rugby, hockey, and cricket. He plays club basketball, elite cricket, and field hockey, hoping that his work as part of this year’s Young Wanderer editorial committee, will allow him to spread the magic of sport from one coast to the other.

Entertainment

Katie MacLean is a story teller. She has a passion for words and the conveying of ideas. A grade twelve student at Strathcona High School in Edmonton, Alberta, Katie always welcomes a philosophical discussion or vivacious debate. She also avidly participates in Strathcona’s first class Leadership program, Student’s Union, and service groups. Further, Katie is a part of the AP|Cambridge Capstone Pilot Program and is involved with Rotary. Amidst her volunteerism and numerous academic endeavours, she adores nature and anything that puts her in contact with the great outdoors. You can contact her at katiemaclean@shaw.ca

 

Communications: Emily Glasberg is a grade 11student at Ernest manning Highschool. She generally takes too many AP classes, and sometimes wishes she had more time for really interesting things that she could share with the world through this short biography. Instead we’ll talk about how she sometimes photographs people and things, and her profound love of a good movie (or book). We could also talk about her ideas for improving the world, but that would make this short biography quite a long biography. However, if you want to get in touch with her and talk about all of YOUR ideas for improving the world, shoot her an email at emily.c.glasberg@gmail.com

 

 

2013

Editor-in-Chief:Rohan attends grade 12 at Strathcona Composite High School and participates in the school’s AP|Cambridge Capstone Pilot Program. He is enthusiastic about promoting youth engagement in education and was recently appointed to the Minister’s Student Advisory Council and the City of Edmonton Youth Council while actively participating in the student coalition EdStake. Amidst his volunteer work for the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights he is working with the organization to develop the Alberta Youth Council on the Environment. In relation to his passion for economics and management, he is a member of the group for the Young Scholars Initiative at the Institute for New Economic Thinking based in New York, United States. Rohan believes that accessibility is one of the most important values any organization can uphold, and strives to ensure that the talents of high school students across the country are actively showcased. Contact him at: rohan­_nuttall@hotmail.com

 

ManagingMary Gao is a grade 11 student currently attending Dr. EP Scarlett in Calgary. The best way to describe her is as a conglomeration of contradictions. She owns a photography business, but cannot work a camera; attended Stanford for debate camp, but hates San Francisco weather; and won the 2013 Asian International Music and Dance Contest, but still runs into illogically placed doors. While she may seem meek coming in at 5 ft. 80 lbs., her opinions and personality are intrepid. Mary is passionate about youth creating change and understands that the world is in need of more platforms where youth have a strong voice. Currently, she manages a volunteer group focused on eradicating poverty in Calgary, as well as multiple school clubs. During her free time, she enjoys analyzing game theory, collecting nail polish, reading Times, and watching romantic comedies at 2 in the morning. Contact her at: marygao@outlook.com

 

WebsiteNoah is a grade 12 student at Strathcona with a love for science, philosophy, and programming. He grew up in Saskatoon, but was quick to adapt after moving to Edmonton in 2009. In his spare time, he can almost always be found writing code for 3D fractal raymarchers, rock climbing, or enjoying long walks in the river valley. He is quite well known in various online communities from his contributions to ShaderToy and JS1K. Contact him at: noah@deadmau6.com

 

PhotographyBorn in Edmonton, Alberta, Matthew Jacula is a grade 12 student attending Strathcona High School. His hobbies include photography, culinary, graphic design, and being outdoors. Also, Matthew is an accomplished woodworker and craftsman. He attended Shad Valley Waterloo to expand his knowledge in the areas of math, sciences, entrepreneurship, and design thinking processes. As well, Matthew is the president of Students Union at his school. Contact him at: photos.theyoungwanderer@gmail.com

 

BusinessJacob was born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1997. So far in his career he has gone on to write many award winning poems and essays and is a renowned public speaker province-wide, becoming one of the top seven speakers in Alberta in 2012. He is also a part-time politician and founder of the first junior high school political party: The Clive Alliance. Among his most prestigious political accomplishments are holding various Student Union’s offices and being elected Prime Minister of Canada by the 2013 Rotary Adventures in Citizenship. Jacob is well known for his cynical characters and realistic plots in his many short stories, novellas and his plays including a stage adaptation of The Wife of Bath`s Tale, and you can read these on his Wattpad profile, earloftees. He runs a successful playwright company with his two brothers and has acted in many performances both in and out of the company. He currently resides on an acreage near Tees, Alberta with his family. Contact him at: earloftees@gmail.com

 

CultureKaitlin Wong is a grade 12 student currently attending Harry Ainlay Composite High School. She enjoys playing sports, reading poetry, listening to music, and watching movies. She recently participated in the Heritage Youth Research Summer Program at the University of Alberta researching the genetics behind congenital muscle dystrophy. She was also part of the Titans Volleyball Team and Titans Badminton Team during the school year. She loves taking on new challenges and volunteers for various events and programs including YMCA summer camps, Telus World of Science programs, and the Fringe to name a few. Her future plans for post-secondary school include studying biomedical engineering at the University of Alberta or University of British Columbia. Contact her at: kaitlin_wong@outlook.com

 

PoliticsOriginally from Nigeria, Tuviére Onookome-Okome is a grade eleven student currently attending Harry Ainlay Composite High School. Her hobbies include reading marvel comics, social documentaries, debating world issues and theatre, recently playing a ‘Doo Wop’ at her high school’s rendition of Little Shop of Horrors. She has studied at the University of Dublin in a summer program where Irish History and Politics were her main areas of interest, inspiring her future plans for post-secondary study in politics and social justice. In relation to this, she is currently a representative for the Titan Life program at her school. Tuviére works at American Apparel on Whyte Avenue and spends the remainder of her free time publishing poems, reading, volunteering for the Strathcona Seniors Centre or jamming on her bass clarinet. Contact her at: tuviereo@gmail.com

 

ScienceEric Buss is an aspiring writer and programmer passionate about providing a gateway for youth to express their voices.He is currently a student attending Strathcona Composite High School and has lived all across Canada from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Edmonton, Alberta. With a rabid thirst for entertainment and persistence to be a hard critic even the closest of his friends, Eric strives to bring life to everything he does. Contact him at: ejrbuss@shaw.ca

 

SportsTom is a Grade 12 student at Strathcona High School. In addition to being an AP and Honours Student, he is also involved in the Leadership Program and Students Union at Scona. In his younger days, Tom could be found dabbling in various athletic endeavours, including baseball, basketball and even a brief foray into the world of triathlon. His love of sport still exists to this day as he plays rugby and hockey, supports the Oilers, hates the Flames and is an extremely competitive Ping Pong player. In his spare time Tom can be found playing video games, reading articles on Grantland and binge-watching shows on Netflix. He lives on the south-side of Edmonton with his parents, his dog Ginger and two brothers. Contact him at: tmalton96@gmail.com

 

IvyHailing from Niagara Falls, Canada, Connor is an incoming freshman at Harvard College. He is heavily involved in the student voice movement in Canada and internationally, helping to bring youth to the discussion tables of government policy makers. He has served as an advisor to the Minister of Education in addition to leading youth advocacy committees in his local and regional municipal governments. Connor plans to study Government and Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology at Harvard, with hopes to explore bioethical considerations of the two fields. He enjoys playing competitive badminton and volleyball, loves a great poutine, and is an avid basketball fan, player, referee and coach. Contact him at: bitter@college.harvard.edu