News Decoder

Our student ambassadors 2021-22

Student Ambassadors serve as a critical link between News Decoder and their school. They promote our program on campus, help organize webinars and workshops and strengthen student and faculty engagement.

African Leadership Academy (South Africa)

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Joel Adejola is a second-year student from Nigeria at the African Leadership Academy. An avid football fan, he follows and writes about developments in the sport. Adejola aims to make reliable news more accessible across Africa.
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Varlee Fofana is a second-year student from Liberia at the African Leadership Academy and contributor to Global Youth & News Media’s World Teenage Reporting Project. His article about his experience as a refugee in Guinea during the Liberian Civil War won first prize in News Decoder’s Eighth Storytelling Contest.
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Bianca Kalinaki is a second-year Ugandan student at the African Leadership Academy. Driven by her passions in International Affairs and Law, she hopes to pursue a career in International Development. 

Avicenne Private Business School (Tunisia)

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Salsabil Touiai is a third-year finance student at APBS. She is interested in business and plans to pursue a master’s degree in Risk or Equity Management.

Chadwick International (South Korea)

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Hyojin (Kaylee) Chae is in her last year at Chadwick International. She enjoys yodel, or Swiss Traditional Music, and is interested in International Relations.
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Yelynn (Kathleen) Kim is a third-year student at Chadwick International. She is interested in how storytelling can transform society. Through News Decoder, she hopes to connect with students from around the world to discuss global issues.
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Brent Yoo is a third-year student at Chadwick International. Born in the United States, Yoo has spent most of his life in Seoul. He loves basketball and aspires to become a sports journalist. 

Chadwick School (United States)

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Sienna Chan is a second-year student at Chadwick School. She is interested in science and is considering becoming a forensic scientist.
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Sage Silberman is a third-year student at Chadwick School. She aspires to be an astrophysicist and is interested in languages and understanding cultures. Through News Decoder, Silberman looks forward to engaging with youth across the world.

The European School Brussels II (Belgium)

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Maya Blenkinsop is a third-year student at the European School of Brussels II with dual British-Canadian citizenship. Blenkinsop is specializing in Biology and Chemistry and enjoys public speaking. She hopes to study Biomedical Sciences and combine her passion for science with her communication skills.
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Clara de Ruysscher is a Belgian student at the European School of Brussels II. She is keenly interested in the environment and hopes to study Climate Change at university. She looks forward to discussing the environment within News Decoder’s global community. 
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Henrik Skäringer is a first-year student at the European School of Brussels II from Belgium. He enjoys English, Economics and Music.

Friends Seminary (United States)

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Samara Friedman is in her final year at Friends Seminary. She is Co-Clerk of her school’s service committee, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper and Co-Leader of the middle school’s Model Congress and Debate Team. 

Gimnasio Los Caobos (Colombia)

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María José Corredor is a Colombian student at Gimnasio Los Cabos. She enjoys volleyball and basketball.
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Isabella Triviño Spin is a third-year student at Gimnasio Los Caobos from Colombia. A second-time News Decoder Student Ambassador, she enjoys sports, speaks English, Spanish and French and participates in Model UN conferences. 
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Silvana Yunda is a third-year student at Gimnasio Los Caobos. A second-time Student Ambassador, she enjoys debating in model UN conferences and deepening her understanding of other cultures.

Greens Farms Academy (United States)

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Antara Ghai is in her last year at Greens Farms Academy. She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the school Newspaper, the Beachside Press, and captain of the Academic WorldQuest, Quiz and Math teams. She enjoys History, Global Affairs and writing. Ghai is currently writing a book about the Indian Partition of 1947.

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William San Jose is in his last year at Greens Farms Academy. He is Co-Editor-In-Chief of the school newspaper and enjoys writing and reading journalism and creative nonfiction. His favorite courses are Politics, Urban Development and Mandarin.

Herlufsholm (Denmark)

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Emma Bruun Høyer is a second-year student at Herlufsholm School. Her favorite subjects are History and English. She is currently participating in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award youth awards program and hopes to study Law or English Literature at university. 
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Sofia Kathrine Steenstrup Braad is a second-year student at Herlufsholm School. Her favorite subjects are History and Business, and she hopes to study Economics at university. As a Student Ambassador, she is excited to connect with people from all across the world.

The Hewitt School (United States)

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Aerin Atinsky is a third-year student at The Hewitt School. She is a member of the debate team and holds a leadership position on the student council as Co-Representative of her grade. Her favorite subjects are English and History. 

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Hanna Rahman is in her last year at The Hewitt School. Rahman leads her school debate club and is one of the Senior Editors of the school newspaper. She is interested in International Relations and Law. Her goal this year as a Student Ambassador is to encourage students to write for the News Decoder website and to educate her community about global events.

Indiana University (United States)

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Ryley Ober is a third-year student at Indiana University, majoring in International Studies and Journalism, with a concentration in news reporting and editing. Ober is interested in global affairs and plans to become a foreign correspondent after graduation. 
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Abby Turner is a first-year student at Indiana University. She is majoring in Journalism and minoring in Spanish. She hopes to travel the world and write about it.  

Kepler (Rwanda)

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Ange Theonastine Ashimwe is a third-year student at Southern New Hampshire University through the Kepler program in Rwanda. An afro-political feminist, Ashimwe is a Grant Writer Intern at Rwanda Women’s Network. She believes in the power of community work, art and literature to challenge oppressive systems that breed inequality.
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Queen Joelle Kamanzi is a second-year student at Southern New Hampshire University through the Kepler program in Rwanda. She joined News Decoder to nurture her passion for creative writing and aspires to become a child psychologist. Kamanzi is a Communication Learning Assistant at Kepler.
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Arcade Tuyisenge is a second-year student at Southern New Hampshire University through the Kepler program in Rwanda. President of the Leadership Club and a teaching assistant, Tuyisenge is keenly interested in education and research. With News Decoder, he hopes to amplify under-represented global voices.  
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Gaspard Ukwizagira is in his last year at Southern New Hampshire University through the Kepler program in Rwanda. Ukwizagira hopes to empower others by sharing stories that incite engaging conversation. 

La Jolla Country Day School (United States)

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Lucy Jaffee is in her last year at La Jolla Country Day School in California. She is Editor-In-Chief of her school newspaper and blogs in her free time. She enjoys reading and writing articles, and is interested in government and civic engagement, including registering young people to vote.

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Tavisha Khanna is in her last year at La Jolla Country Day School in California. Khanna is part of a Mock Trial team and participates in climate strikes to promote sustainability on campus and within her community. She joined News Decoder to meet new people around the world and to learn more about journalism.

Miss Porter’s School (United States)

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Jennifer Pyo is a third-year student at Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut, from Seoul, South Korea. Her interest in international business and trade led her to engage with News Decoder. Pyo enjoys discussing current events around the world with family and friends.

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Kaiya Simmons is in her last year at Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut. Interested in Science and History, she enjoys volunteering at the Stony Brook University Medical Hospital and singing in the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York.

Realgymnasium Rämibühl (Switzerland)

 

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Alexis Jaszkowski is a Brazilian-American fifth-year student at Realgymnasium Rämibühl. Her favorite subject is Math. She enjoys reading English literature, and playing the violin and piano. Outside of the classroom, she plays volleyball.

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Damian Lengwiler is a fifth-year student at Realgymnasium Rämibühl. He is interested in current events and science. Out of the classroom, Lengwiler does parkour and plays the piano. He is looking forward to learning more about journalism with News Decoder.

St Andrews (United States)

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Emma Stokic is in her final year at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Mississippi, where she is Senior Design Editor at the school newspaper. She is keenly interested in researching social issues and in Psychology or Law as potential career paths. She is fluent in Serbian and looks forward to learning about journalism at News Decoder. 

School Year Abroad France

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Melody Chen is in her last year of high school, studying at School Year Abroad France. At The Hill School in the United States, where she plans to return next year, her favorite subjects were Science and English. She enjoys roller skating in her hometown of Millburn, New Jersey.

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Nata Freeman is in her third year of high school, studying at School Year Abroad France. She will return to the National Cathedral School in the United States next year for her final year of high school. She is interested in International Affairs and Human Geography, and she looks forward to gaining new perspective on these subjects while living abroad.

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Michaela Ocko, originally from Boston Massachusetts, is in her third year of high school at School Year Abroad France. She plans to return to Milton Academy in the United States to finish high school next year. Her favorite subjects have been Art, specifically Photography, and English. She enjoys photo journalism but also has interests in exploring other forms of journalism through News Decoder.

School Year Abroad Italy

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Maya Katz is from New York City and is studying at School Year Abroad Italy. At her U.S. high school, Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, her favorite subjects include History and English. In her free time, she helps to run a psychology club and enjoys horseback riding. In the future, she wants to be a criminal therapist and specialize in rehabilitation.

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Tara Phillips is in her second-to-last year of high school, studying at School Year Abroad Italy. She grew up in New York and plans to graduate from The Masters School. She enjoys humanitarian work and every year organizes a project that addresses major themes such as women’s rights, environmental conservation and religious freedom, and advocates small steps to empower people at the grass-roots level.

School Year Abroad Spain

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Clara Abreu is from Brooklyn, New York, and before starting her last year of high school at School Year Abroad Spain, she attended Millbrook School. Her favorite subjects have been History and English. Abreu had an internship with the PONO School in New York this past summer, and she has attended a summer course with The School of the New York Times focusing on international relations.

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Meredith Monnich is a third-year high school student at School Year Abroad Spain. She plans to return to Milton Academy in the United States to finish high school. Monnich is interested in telling the world about  her experiences as a student immersed in a new country.

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Isabelle Ocko is in her third year of high school at School Year Abroad Spain. She plans to return to Milton Academy in the United States to finish high school. She is interested in the arts and when in the United States, takes painting classes at her local museum in Boston, Massachusetts. At News Decoder she hopes to develop her writing skills as a journalist.

SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College (Ghana)

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Stephanie Amoa is 17 years old and in her third year of high school at SOS-HGIC. Ghanaian by nationality, she hails from the Volta Region. She enjoys studying Physics and Economics in school and studies Python on her own. In the future, she plans on becoming an electrical engineer that specialises in solar technology.

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Nana Adwoa Eshun is an 11th grader in SOS-HGIC based in Ghana, but has dreams of visiting everywhere else. She enjoys all things Science (except Physics) and being a huge reader, she has great interest in learning to use her words to make her voice heard across all borders.

The Thacher School (United States)

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Lucy Maitland-Lewis is a British-American citizen in her third year at The Thacher School in California. She is interested in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice. Maitland-Lewis enjoys reading, writing and creating visual art. While she has yet to determine a single field of interest, she hopes to study abroad.
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Simone McGraw is a third-year student at The Thacher School in Californa and aspires to major in Law and Political Science at university. McGraw is a founder and ambassador of the Student Task Force, which partners with Human Rights Watch. She plays the violin and is a Model UN head and delegate.

Transylvania College (Romania)

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Stefania Butucaru is in her last year at Transylvania College in Romania. Butucaru has a variety of interests ranging from Science to Psychology to Economics. She is keenly interested in Biology and Chemistry, and aspires to become a neuroscientist. 
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Ioana Stoleru is a third-year student at Transylvania College in Romania. Stoleru enjoys the Arts and painting. Her favorite subjects are Math, Business and Art. She hopes one day to pursue public relations or marketing.

 

Westover School (United States)

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YunHyung (Jennifer) Lee is in her last year at the Westover School in Connecticut. She is from Seoul, South Korea, and her favorite subjects are History and Art. She plans to study Media Communications at university as she is particularly interested in mass media, news and global issues.

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Lan Wen is a student at the Westover School in Connecticut. A Chinese citizen, Wen loves Art and Art History. She hopes to study Art History or Architecture in university. As a News Decoder Student Ambassador, she is excited to discuss current events.

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Elaine (Yuelin) Zheng is in her last year at the Westover School in Connecticut and comes from Shanghai, China. Zheng aspires to major in Biology, Medicine or Neurology at university. Her goal this year as a New Decoder Student Ambassador is to connect people around the world to make them feel like a member of a global community.

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