Our Student Ambassadors
News-Decoder relies on Student Ambassadors to fulfill its mission of educating and connecting youth around the world. Student Ambassadors serve as a critical link between their school and News-Decoder by promoting our program on campus, helping organize webinars and workshops and strengthening student and faculty engagement.
Souleymane Diallo is a second-year student at the African Leadership Academy from Guinea. He is passionate about philosophy and changing how people perceive Africa. While mainstream media often portrays Africa as a place of misery, war and poverty, Souleymane likes to create essays, poetry and visual arts that celebrate the continent’s diversity, hospitality and bright future.
Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Abigael Abuga is a second-year student at the African Leadership Academy. She is passionate about music, film-making and worldwide gender equity. As a feminist, she plans to study Chemical Engineering in order to empower girls in Kenya to pursue more STEM-based careers.
Lughano Bupe Kabaghe is a second-year student at the African Leadership Academy from Zambia. She believes that women are the driving forces behind every African economy. Lughano has worked with the 25 May Movement — an organization that employs the power of creative arts for social change on the African continent — and she is currently a member of The Women’s Economic Empowerment Project. One day, Lughano hopes to become Zambia's first female president.
Wansue (Emma) Choi is in her last year at Chadwick International School. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of her school’s journalism team and likes to spend time reading and volunteering in her community. She is interested in global politics and history, especially in human rights.
Jiwon (Jenny) Na is a senior at Chadwick International School. She is the leader of numerous in-school and external initiatives including the Service Council, Alliance for Multicultural Women, Songdo Youth Council, Honor Council, Model United Nations and News-Decoder. During her free time, she enjoys writing short stories, articles and poetry.
Sage Silberman is from California and is a first-year student at Chadwick School. She is in Model United Nations and enjoys learning and debating about social issues. Sage is involved in extracurriculars such as community service, Change the Talk, Round Square, and Surf Club. She loves reading, music, traveling, writing, and spending time with family and friends.
Ryan Rothman is a first-year student at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, California. She is passionate about art, writing, French, and social justice. At school, Ryan writes for her school newspaper The Mainsheet and volunteers with Wells Bring Hope, Change the Talk. She is also a member of the cross country team.
Aryanna Qusba is in her last year at Friends Seminary. The new leader of the school’s service committee, Aryanna is keen to help enrich the service program for students and the community. Last year she contributed to the development of the school service theme, mass incarceration, which served as the inspiration for her first News-Decoder article.
Malik Figaro is in his last year at Friends Seminary high school in New York. After learning about issues relating to mass incarceration at his school last year, he began writing for News-Decoder to share stories of people affected by incarceration. Malik is a painter and uses this medium as well as writing to increase awareness about social issues.
Gabriela Giraldo Mora lives in Bogotá, Colombia. She is 15 years old and in her third year of Gimnasio Los Caobos. Her biggest passions are sports, mainly volleyball and football, and the environment. To Gabriela, taking care of animals and their ecosystems is the most important thing.
Isabella Yuna Altare is a 16 year-old Colombian girl in her third year at Gimnasio Los Caobos. Her passions include discovering new countries and cultures, airplanes, mathematics and Model United Nations. Isabella loves to study, being at school with her friends and spending time with her family.
Giavanna Bravo is a third-year student at Greens Farms Academy from Easton, Connecticut. She chairs two clubs —Preemptive Love and Cuatro Por Venezuela — as well as the school’s Model United Nations section. She enjoys learning languages and is currently studying French, Spanish and Arabic. Giavanna is interested in global affairs, political science, different cultures, acting, international law, traveling and writing.
Allie Farber is a second-year student at Greens Farms Academy from Westport, Connecticut. She is currently studying Spanish and speaks both English and Polish. In her free time, she plays volleyball, is a member of her school's female acapella group and many other clubs, including Model United Nations. She is interested in global affairs, political science and international law.
Peter Vilhelm Riegels Østergaard is a second-year boarding student at Herlufsholm School. Peter speaks English, Danish, French and German. He is interested in business management and history and in his spare time, he can be found playing tennis or sailing. Peter is planning to attend college somewhere in the Anglo-Saxon world.
Christian Nikolai Mundeling Nielsen is in his last year at Herlufsholm School in Næstved, Denmark. He enjoys studying mathematics and playing football.
Sadie Dyson is in her third year of high school at the Hewitt School. She is part of her school's Service Board, which helps local communities in New York, and the school's newspaper, Hewitt Times. Sadie's passions include squash, chemistry and art history, which she writes about on her art blog.
Hanna Rahman is in her second year at the Hewitt School in New York City. This is her second year on the school newspaper, Hewitt Times. She is interested in journalism and law. Hanna also leads her school's debate club and runs cross country and track. Her goal this year as a News-Decoder Student Ambassador is to encourage students to write for N-D and to educate her community about global events.
Emily Isaacman is in her third year at Indiana University, studying journalism and political science. She works for the Indiana Daily Student (IDS) as a General Assignment editor. Her previous positions with the IDS include news editor and city beat reporter. This summer Emily is also becoming a certified yoga instructor.
Evan Wright is a second-year undergraduate student at Indiana University double majoring in International Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures. He is interested in politics, Japan and the security environment of East Asia. Evan enjoys spending his free time watching Netflix and spending time with friends.
Yoanna Gammoh is in her last year at King's Academy in Jordan. She is interested in regional and international issues and participates frequently in Model UN conferences and the Jordan Model Parliament. She enjoys reading and writing poetry and short stories in both Arabic and English. She likes contemporary modern Arab art as well as reading about women's rights in the Middle East, specifically through a political lens.
Raghda Obeidat is in her last year of high school at King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan. She loves reading English and Arabic literature and staying well-informed on Arab and global politics. Raghda volunteers with organizations that provide social aid and educational assistance to refugees. She also contributes to her school’s literary magazine.
Abdel Rahman Rabata is in his third year at King's Academy in Jordan. He is interested in international law and international affairs. He participates in Model UN conferences and community service activities. He enjoys researching and watching documentaries about the political status of different regions including the Middle East. He is also interested in photography.
Kamal Fakhoury is in his last year at King’s Academy. He is interested in social justice issues, exploring the intersectionality between education and inequality. He is a president for the Historical Criminal Court in his school’s Model UN conference. He frequently participates in acting in plays, and last year he assisted in directing a school play. This summer, Kamal travelled to the United States and participated in a session about politics, law, and economics in Yale Young Global Scholars.
Ahmad Ismail is a third-year student at King's Academy in Madaba, Jordan. He is interested in politics and economics, as well as theater and filmmaking. He has frequently participated in MUN conference, serving as a president at his school's KAMUN and as a founder and Head of Leadership Team at a separate conference, YouthMUN. Additionally, Ahmad is the MC of the open mic at his school, the student head organizer for King's Academy's TEDx and Assistant Director for the fall musical.
Tavisha Khanna is in her second year of high school at La Jolla Country Day School. She is passionate about music, the environment, and making a difference. Tavisha plays field hockey and is part of the Torrey Mock Trial team. She participates frequently in climate strikes and and leads her school's "Green Team" to promote sustainability on campus and throughout the wider community. She joined News-Decoder to meet new people around the world and learn more about journalism.
Varun Singh is in his second year at La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego, California. Varun plays lacrosse and enjoys going to the beach whenever possible. Varun joined News-Decoder because of his strong interest in global issues, and the opportunity to work with others and learn from their different perspectives.
Sarah Mende is in her last year at Miss Porter’s. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Australia, and her family is currently living in Austin, Texas. In addition to her work at News-Decoder, she is co-editor of her school literary magazine and co-head of the interfaith alliance, Compass.
Leela Rosaz Shariyf is in her third year at Miss Porter's School. She is an American-French dual national from Brooklyn, New York. Her favorite subjects are Science and Math. Outside of school, she likes reading, playing squash and activism. She is interested in neuroscience.
Kaiya Simmons is in her second year at Miss Porter's School and is from Long Island, New York. She enjoys studying science, theater and crew. Kaiya also is passionate about serving her community through volunteering at the Stony Brook University Medical Hospital and singing in the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York.
Jennifer Pyo is a second-year student at Miss Porter's School from Seoul, South Korea. She is interested in international business and trade, which is what led her to become a member of News-Decoder. Jennifer loves learning about current events happening around the world and discussing about those events with her family and friends.
Maeve Lathrop is currently in her third-year at Punahou School in Honolulu, which she is spending abroad in Rennes, France. Her favorite subjects are Math and French, and outside of school she enjoys cooking, writing, reading, running, and watching movies. Her favorite book is Mary Oliver’s Long Life, her favorite movie is Vagabond by Agnes Varda, and her favorite dish is soup -- any kind!
Charlie Johnson is currently studying abroad as a second-year student at SYA Italy, but attends The Bishop's School in California. She enjoys dancing, horseback riding, photography, napping, watching Netflix and playing basketball and softball.
Violet Goldstone is a student at Phillips Exeter Academy and is currently studying abroad at SYA Italy. She is interested in writing about events concerning feminism and politics. Violet is a part of the Exonians Against Sexual Assualt Club, the Exonian and the Democratic Club. She founded her school’s cooking club and also works at a soup kitchen.
Aidan Birenbaum is a third-year student at SYA Spain. In the U.S., he lives in Washington, D.C. and attends Sidwell Friends school, where his favorite subjects are history and English. In his free time, Aidan enjoys watching the D.C. sports teams, reading Harry Potter and watching Game of Thrones. In the future, he hopes to work in an MLB front office.
Amelie Bobadilla was born in Brooklyn, NY but now resides in Newark, NJ. She is in her third year of high school and is studying abroad at SYA Spain. Amelie is passionate about all things related to computer science and cyber security, and she loves learning or teaching herself languages, as well as current events and world cultures.
is in her third year at the Thacher School in California. She is interested in current events and debate, with a particular focus on foreign policy. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, poetry and ceramics.
Skye Neulight is in her third year at the Thacher School in California. An ardent debater, she is interested in public speaking, English and foreign policy. She sings, plays the ukulele and rides horses. Looking to the future, she is torn between pursuing Neuroscience or exploring Journalism and Writing.
Kasey Ingerson is a fourth-year student at Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut. She is the head of the Environmental Action Committee and Amnesty International and the Senior Ambassador for News-Decoder at her school. In her free time she enjoys dancing, theatre, and choral singing.
Monica Lau was born in Hong Kong but has lived in Beijing for most of her life. She loves to travel the world — she has been to 80 countries — and enjoys taking photographs of the unique places she has visited. Her goal this year as a News-Decoder Student Ambassador is to inform more individuals about global issues.
Madelin Aho grew up in Southern Vermont playing the guitar, writing, making jewelery and traveling. For as long as she can remember, she has been interested in current world events. Madelin spearheads a debate club and the school newspaper at Westover School. In her free time, Madelin loves skiing, playing soccer, hiking or just spending time outdoors.