2019-2020 Staff

James Hunter

James Hunter

Senior James Hunter is a second year journalist for the Novato Swarm. He wrote previously for the Swarm his sophomore year but took a year off to get some other classes out of the way. He loves writing articles that are going to catch the eye of a rea...

Emma Winton

Emma Winton

Emma Winton is a freshman in her first year as a Swarm reporter. She lives with her mom, dad and little sister in San Rafael. Winton is enrolled in the Marin School of the Arts, specifically in the Creative Writing program. She has been writing since...

Ben Schlotman

Ben Schlotman

Ben Schlotman is a first-year reporter for The Swarm. He can generally be found either writing, or procrastinating on his writing by reading or watching movies. He is a student in MSA’s Creative Writing program, and hopes to pursue a career in writing, ...

Grace Rickey

Grace Rickey

Grace Rickey is a sophomore reporter who is in her first year of journalism with the Novato Swarm. Rickey's school schedule is split between creative writing for Marin School of the Arts and AP classes. Outside of school, Rickey is a member of the varsity...

Isabelle Ponte

Isabelle Ponte

Isabelle Ponte is in her first year reporting for The Swarm. She is currently in her senior year at Novato High and has been working as a barista at Marin Coffee Roasters since January 2019. Ponte enjoys playing acoustic guitar and listening to Joni Mitchel...

Isabella Moore

Isabella Moore

Isabella Moore is a sophomore at Novato High and is excited to be a new member of The Swarm. When she isn’t trying to study, she enjoys drawing, raiding the fridge, watching Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure with her dog Luna, and occasionally Facetiming a friend...

Jake Monaghan

Jake Monaghan

Jake Monaghan is a first-year reporter for the Swarm. He spends his days reading George Orwell like it’s going out of style and petting his cat named after the Indian subcontinent. He’s addicted to Dungeons and Dragons (not a drug) and enjoys writing fiction sto...

Lauren Krustchinsky

Lauren Krustchinsky

Junior Lauren Krustchinsky is a new journalist for The Swarm. She is also on the Novato High track team and enjoys spending time at home with her two sisters, Sarah and Nikki, her brother Blake, stepdad and mom, their two dogs, and cat. Lauren hopes to ...

Blake Krustchinsky

Blake Krustchinsky

Junior Blake Krustchinsky is a journalist at Novato High School in 2019. He is on the varsity football team and is a huge fan of the Houston Texans. This is his first-year with Novato Swarm. Blake plans on enlisting in the United States military when...

Elsa Dunn

Elsa Dunn

Elsa Dunn is a senior at Novato HS, who is a second year reporter for The Swarm, and also co-editor this year. Her interests are found in fashion, art and music (specifically R&B). She is planning to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco...

Maggie Childers

Maggie Childers

Maggie Childers is a sophomore at Novato High School. She is a soccer player for the Hornets and has played competitively for North Marin and other teams in the past. She is a part of the MSA program for Creative Writing, and spends most o...

Esteban Bernabe

Esteban Bernabe

Senior Esteban Bernabe is a first-year Journalist for the Novato Swarm. He has lived with his grandparents in Novato for most of his life. Esteban can often be found in his room, mindlessly staring at his computer or spending too much time trying to get att...

Rafi Tanaka

Rafi Tanaka

Senior Rafi Tanaka is a first year journalist for the Novato High Swarm. Tanaka attended San Marin High until spring of 2019 and played on the varsity softball team for the Mustangs since her freshman year. She swam competitively on the Alabang Orcas in the Phi...

Aidan Walsh

Aidan Walsh

Junior Aidan Walsh is a first-year journalist for the Novato High Swarm. He has played baseball since he was eight years old, and currently plays for the Novato High varsity team. He currently lives in Novato and loves Bay Area sports teams such as the...

Powell Nielsen

Powell Nielsen

Junior Powell Nielsen is a journalist for the Novato High Swarm. He is part of the swim team at Novato High and also enjoys kickboxing. He was in MSA Theatre Arts for two years and recently switched to MSA Jazz. He has worked with marine ...

Meimi Curtis

Meimi Curtis

Sophomore, Meimi Curtis is a first-year journalist in the Novato High Swarm. When she’s not on the soccer or lacrosse field, you’ll find her out with friends. She is a nap-enthusiast, dog lover and adventure seeker. Her competitive nature makes he...

Tyler Sanders

Tyler Sanders

Senior Tyler Sanders is a first year Journalist for the Novato High Swarm. He has grown up in the Bay Area his entire life and has lived in Petaluma the longest. He attended Rancho Elementary and San Jose before Novato High. During his free time he e...

Joshua Lieberstein

Joshua Lieberstein

Junior Joshua Lieberstein is a first-year reporter for the Novato High Swarm. He enjoys working at Boca Pizzeria as a host, food runner and busser, and hopes to become a server one day. Lieberstein also enjoys spending time with his cat, Priscilla, w...

Candise Massa

Candise Massa

NHS senior Candise Massa is a first-year reporter for the Novato High Swarm. Born and raised in San Francisco, she moved to Novato the summer prior to her freshman year so that she could attend Marin School of the Arts for their vocal program. In he...

Nina Ortiz

Nina Ortiz

Sophomore Nina Ortiz is a first-year reporter for The Swarm. She is an MSA second-year advanced dancer, and has been a competitive dancer for the past six years. Ortiz has had the opportunity to take part in NUSD board meetings regarding pre...

Elle MacDonald

Elle MacDonald

Junior Elle MacDonald is a first-year reporter for the Novato High Swarm. She is in year two of MSA ceramics with an emphasis on bowls. Outside of school she's been playing tennis for four years and plays line 1 singles for Novato's varsity team.

Julian Stauffer

Julian Stauffer

Julian Stauffer is a junior at Novato High School and a first year reporter with the Swarm. Stauffer races competitively on varsity for Marin Rowing Association in Larkspur and is planning on continuing for a University. In his free time...

Liz Steddin

Liz Steddin

Liz Steddin is a news reporter for the Novato Swarm. She is a part of MSA Creative Writing, Peer Court, and the captain of Novato's golf team. She enjoys hiking, surfing, traveling, and writing stories. ...

Sophia Steddin

Sophia Steddin

Sophia Steddin is a first year journalist. She swam for six years before taking a break last Spring. She enjoys painting, writing, music and nature. She is planning on pursuing a nursing degree after high school while minoring in Spanish....

Jason Carpenter

Jason Carpenter

Senior Jason Carpenter, a third-year reporter for the NHS Swarm, has lived in the Bay Area for most of his life. Carpenter loves to read sports articles in his free time. In the Winter, he plays point guard for the varsity boys basketball team at Novato ...

Miles Elkins

Miles Elkins

Miles Elkins is a senior journalist and Co-editor for the Novato Swarm. This is his second year writing for the Swarm, primarily writing news and feature pieces. Miles also plays varsity baseball and basketball. He loves to spend time with friends and ...

Ava Francis-Hall

Ava Francis-Hall

Ava Francis-Hall is a senior in her fourth year at the Swarm. This year she will be Editor-in-Chief and will also help design the new website. She enjoys painting, writing, and listening to music in her free time.

Daniel Bartnicki

Daniel Bartnicki

Daniel Bartnicki is a senior and second year reporter for The Swarm. Bartnicki is a car enthusiast and avid fisher. During his free time he likes to race and work on his car, as well as go fishing at lakes around Marin. You can find him at Wedn...

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