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Bella Ramirez is a 15-year-old from Florida. She has been involved in publications since seventh grade, with titles ranging from Academics Editor of the Eagle Eye, Editor-in-Chief of the Eagle Eye and Pioneer Pages, Student Life Editor of Spotlight Yearbook, Features Editor of PatriotPost and Junior Reporter of WAHS. Her works have been published in each publication and Expressions Literary Magazine, Broward Area’s Sports and Recreation Magazine, Medium and UF SMI. Ramirez also appeared on Radio 610 WIOD and CBS 4 Miami for her activism. The kindness and passion she receives from her friends and colleagues is her inspiration to always work hard.

Sam Seliger came to journalism after a school history project in eighth grade sparked his interest in documentary filmmaking. He began writing about music for the youth-run digital magazine “CutxSewn” in January 2018, before joining Pressing the Future. Sam has earned recognition for his music documentaries, most notably as a finalist in the 2018 All-American High School Film Festival.

Olivia Lloyd is a journalist born and raised in South Florida. She graduated from American Heritage in Plantation and will attend Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism beginning fall 2019. She has a passion for both creative and journalistic writing, and in high school held editor positions on her yearbook and news magazine staffs.

As a teenager, Olivia Branan is always aware of the world around her. She believes that teens are the future, so staying up to date with current events is key. Branan finds that journalism is fundamental to our society, which is why she is so passionate about it. Spreading the news has been important to her ever since she was young; she has previously worked as a TIME For Kids reporter and currently writes a blog. Her career goal is to become an investigative journalist.

Siggy Kahama resides in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania as the founder of a research program at his school that collects and evaluates student data regarding their interests and aspirations. Kahama occupies his days gaining new skills in sciences and the performing arts, and enjoys spending his free time participating in socially-engaged clubs such as Model United Nations and Rotary, as well as performing in musicals and plays at his school and local theatre. Kahama hopes to use his knowledge of writing to efficiently research and report about the latest discoveries in cognitive and analytical science, together with sharing his opinions on how these developments affect society.

Karuna is a junior in high school and writer who lives in New Jersey. Her work ranges from articles on political issues to fiction stories, and is an up-and-coming author of a middle-grade novella. She loves practicing speaking Hindi with her mother, as well as learning other languages. In her free time, Karuna loves to bake and skateboard, and aspires to be a published novelist.

Ariella Zagorsky is a junior at Edgemont Jr./Sr. High school in New York. She loves to read and write, and she is the Junior High editor for her school's newspaper. She is a member of her school's Model UN team, and is president of the MOGO club, which works to spread goodness, socially and environmentally, through community service projects. Ariella enjoys traveling and writing about different peoples' lives and cultures, as well as creating new worlds through her writing. When she is not furiously writing in a notebook, she loves to play tennis and participate in her school's musical theater productions. Ariella is so excited to be on the staff for Pressing the Future, and is ready to start changing the world one word at a time.

Josie Morss, a 17-year-old Minnesotan native is a self-identified “Golden Girls” enthusiast, a music hog and undoubtedly a dog fiend. The art of writing has possessed her heart and spirit from a tender age, which led her to embark on little home projects of creating her own newspaper, writing various creative stories and being published in local papers. Today, Josie fuels her journalistic passion aboard her school’s North Star newspaper staff as editor-in-chief, as well as using her writing abilities as this year's yearbook editor. She hopes to pursue a future career as a journalist, and with every interview, every article, every opportunity, she gets closer and closer to her desired profession and life.

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