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  • Writer's pictureThe Spartan Press

The Team

Updated: Nov 5, 2021


Mr. Wetzel: Hi, I’m Mr. Wetzel and I teach English at ICA Cristo Rey. I was thrilled two years ago when a couple of creative and enterprising students came to me with the idea of revitalizing student journalism at ICA. We are excited to bring you new online content this year to keep you informed and entertained!

Ms. Taylor: Hello! I’m Ms. Taylor and I teach Social Studies at ICA. Ever since I was young, I’ve always loved newspapers and had a dream of being a journalist. I love my job as a teacher now but I also love being able to realize a part of my childhood dream through this amazing team of student journalists at the Spartan Press!

The Editors:

Leah Martinez ‘22: Hello! I’m one of the Editors in Chief of the Spartan Press. I have been a part of the club for 3 years now and this has been such a fun and rewarding experience. I hope that along with my team members we can make this club a place that informs and entertains the ICA community. Along with helping to lead the club I edit and write articles. I hope that you stay tuned for what The Spartan Press is bringing to ICA!

Kathleen Zapata ‘24: Hi, I’m Kathleen, and I am the Co Editor In Chief of the Spartan Press. I write commentary pieces mainly concerning the current events of the world, and I enjoy writing (to an extent). Besides writing, I help lead the club, manage and edit pieces, and work behind the scenes. Thanks for checking out the Spartan Press.

Veronica Leon ‘24: Hi! My name is Veronica and I am the Chief of Communications for the Spartan Press. I am involved in all that is the behind the scenes along with the Editor in Chiefs, moderators, and editorial staff. If you have any questions at all about the Spartan Press, come to me! That’s what I’m here for! Hope you all enjoy the original content created by our wonderful Spartan Press Team. Happy Reading :)

Gabriela Tzaj Lopez ‘24: Hi! My name is Gabriela Tzaj Lopez, I am 14 years old and I am a sophomore. SOme of my interests include music, playing instruments and watching movies. I am very happy to be part of the Spartan Press because I can practice writing and can also inform my fellow sisters. I am part of the Students life editing, which is something I love doing. I like listening to others and using that to inform!

Design Team:

Roselyn Dzib Novelo ‘24

Luciana Collado ‘25: Hello! I am Luciana Collado and I am a ninth grader at ICA Cristo Rey. I am a part of the design team for the Spartan Press and I am super excited to be a part of the club and hope to write for them in the future!

Shelsy Dominguez ‘22: Hello! I am part of the design team for the Spartan Press! I joined the Spartan Press to help provide information about current events to the community. I hope everyone enjoys and feels informed reading the Spartan Press!

Social Media Team:

Leila Laserna ‘24: Hey there! I am Leila and I am the Head Social Media Strategist and staff writer for the Spartan Press. I’ve always been interested in writing and joining this club gave me the opportunity to dive deeper into the writing world. Aside from managing our Instagram account and writing, I’m an avid runner, a horror movie enthusiast, and a sushi lover. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you in one of my articles! :)

Zari Moore ‘25: Heyy! My name is Zari I’m the social media strategist for the spartan press and I'm a freshman. I joined the spartan press because I’ve always been really passionate about design and I have a love for writing and entertainment. I hope you enjoy all the content we’ll be putting out!

Karen Rosales ‘24: Hello, my name is Karen and I'm a part of the social media team on the spartan press.

Some fun facts about me are that I’m 15 years old and I love cats, especially black cats.

Dayra Meza’ 24: Hey! I am Dayra Meza, ICA sophomore student and I am part of the Social Media Team for Spartan Press. I joined Spartan Press because it was something new that I have never tried before and I also enjoy writing a little too much. Something about me is that my favorite color is black, I love to sketch, and I have an obsession with boba (lol). Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoy our club!

Staff Writers:

Yorkabiel Desta ‘24: Hello! I’m Yorkabiel Desta, I am part of the class of 2024. And I am a writer for the Spartan Press. I joined because I love writing and I thought it would be cool to get more involved with the school. And I write about the injustice happening all over the world today. And I hope you guys enjoy our work.

Julia Paes ‘25: Hi,my name is Julia Paes. I am in my freshman year of highschool and I am currently a part of the Spartan Press staff. I like to read and write in my freetime. One interesting fact about me is that I got lost in Great America when I was seven years old. I’ve always wanted a German Shepherd or Husky for a pet. I live in South San Francisco with my amazing parents, John and Silve Paes.

Estrella Amador ‘25: Wassup! I’m Estrella and I’m a freshman. I joined the club because writing is very fun and entertaining. (Not a lot of people agree with me on this) But whatever. It’s my first time joining a club like this so I hope it goes well. :)

Caitlin Vierneza ‘24: Hello! My name is Caitlin Vierneza and I am part of the spartan press. I am a staff writer and currently a sophomore. I mainly enjoy writing entertainment pieces with my friend Katya. As a staff writer, I am hoping to entertain you with my pieces. I hope you enjoy our work!

Alison Vasquez ‘24: Hi! My name is Alisson Vasquez and I am one of the staff writers, and my assignment is to write exciting things. I joined the Spartan Press for the reasons that I like to express myself and would like to dive into my writing and thoughts. Aside from writing, studying, and reading I enjoy going to the beach because it is calming. Also, I like to go out when is raining with no umbrella and my music

Katya Ramirez ‘24: Hi! My name is Katya Ramirez. I am a sophomore, and a staff writer for the spartan press. I joined the spartan press because I love to write, and wanted to share that at school. I like to write mainly entertainment pieces but I am also looking to educate students on issues that I am passionate about! Outside of school, I like to read, do makeup, and shop. During my time in spartan press I am hoping to be able to share my passion of writing with many spartans. I hope you are enjoying our work, Thank You!

Stephanie Ramirez ‘24: Hi! My name is Stephanie and I am a staff writer for the Spartan Press. I joined the Spartan Press because I wanted to try something new and that's out of my comfort zone. I wanted to expand my writing and the Spartan Press is just that. Hope you enjoy all our articles this year! :)

Karolina Rodriquez ‘25: Hi! My name is Karolina, I am a staff writer, and will be one of the photographers for the newspaper this year. I joined the Spartan Press because writing is really important to me. I'm not always the best at expressing how I feel by speaking, but writing out things always helps me. Plus, I’ve always loved photography, and the press gives me a lot of freedom which allows me to use both my passions and combine them into one. I hope you enjoy the content our team provides! ;)

Jaydy Calderon ‘25: Hi! My name is Jaydy Calderon and I am part of the Entertainment Department. I write pieces on current popular shows and write reviews on them with my partner. I joined Spartan Press because I enjoy writing and I find writing to be really fun.

Isabel Taylor ‘24: Hi I'm Isabel ‘24, I am a staff writer for Spartan Press. I joined the Spartan Press because I wanted to try something new and I enjoy writing. Stan Ateez and Twice <3

Kaitlin Zuniga Rivas ‘25: Hi my name is Kaitlyn! I'm a part of the entertainment department. I joined spartan press because I've never been in a club before and I wanted to experience something new! I have written about movies/shows and I will continue writing about new and different things. I hope you guys enjoy our articles! :)

Layla Ulloa ‘24:Hi! My name is Layla Ulloa. I’m a staff writer for The Spartan Press. I’m a sophomore. I joined The Spartan Press because it seemed like something I would like to do since I enjoy writing. In my free time I enjoy baking and cooking, I also enjoy reading, gardening, and listening to music.

Ingrid Dos Santos ‘25:

Kiana Garcia-Rojas ‘24:

Kimberly Martin ‘25:

Valeria Estrada ‘25:


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