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The Advocate

The Student News Site of Albuquerque Academy

The Advocate

The Student News Site of Albuquerque Academy

The Advocate

2022-2023 Staff

Halie Leland 23

Halie Leland ’23

As Co-EIC this year, Halie is thrilled to be leading The Advocate. Since beginning their career in student journalism in sophomore year, they have developed a deep passion for writing. Halie loves telling stories through honest, in-de...

Mireya Macías 23

Mireya Macías ’23

After joining The Advocate in her sophomore year, Mireya quickly fell in love with journalism, storytelling, and the community that is created and engaged through it. She is excited to get to work, leading and expanding The A...

Uzair Hammad 24
News Editor and Web Editor

Uzair Hammad ’24

As the current news editor and new web editor, Uzair Hammad '24 has been a writer for The Advocate for three years. In his free time, Uzair can be found on a chair outside, working on web design, binge-watching Jeopardy, or ...

Kaeli Kampschmidt 23
School and Local Editor

Kaeli Kampschmidt ’23

Kaeli's love for literature and writing shines through her work as the School and Local Editor. A consistent writer and editor of The Advocate for two years now, you can always count on Kaeli for a helping hand and an encourag...

Taya Demianova 23
Arts and Culture Editor

Taya Demianova ’23

Taya's position in the Advocate reflects her love for journalism. She is able to write fiery passionate articles like Kid Cudi's Gender Bending Performance while also keeping it light and breezy with Taya's Top Ten Books of t...

Opinion Editor

Neil Mahto ’23

Neil Mahto '23 is the life of the party in every group and situation. You can always count on him to crack the right joke and put a smile on your face. An active writer and editor of The Advocate for many years now, he loves to...

Stella Hudson 23
Social Media Editor

Stella Hudson ’23

A senior at the Albuquerque Academy, Stella Hudson has been writing for The Advocate since the beginning of her sophomore year. Her work centers mostly around her love for fashion. She began to be involved with The Advocate as...

Features Editor

Noor Ali ’23

When not making art, browsing Goodreads, or writing for The Advocate, Features Editor Noor Ali '23 is active in SDLC, Model UN, and Albuquerque Academy's Speech and Debate Team. She's especially interested in the intersection betwee...

Haley Pedersen 25
Graphics Editor

Haley Pedersen ’25

Haley ‘25 is the Advocate’s Graphic Art Editor. Their overall artist career sprouted at a young age from their various dragon sketches and drawings, while their digital art career with The Advocate was initiated around one y...

Elizabeth Hiller 25
At-Large Editor

Elizabeth Hiller ’25

Elizabeth has been writing for the advocate since 7th grade. She enjoys writing news and school and local articles because they give her a better understanding of different topics within her life, but also the community at large...

Lily Maayan 24
7th Grade Editor

Lily Ma’ayan ’24

Lily, or Lilith, '24 is the Advocate’s 7th-grade editor, working with our youngest writers and artists. In 11th grade, she is a class officer who, along with writing enjoys making art, some of which are to be used as cover art...

Sophia Liem 23
DEI Coordinator

Sophia Liem ’23

Writing for the Advocate since junior year, and now the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator, Sophia is drawn to articles that she is passionate about, most notably Dear Admin, It's Time To Address the Dress Code. She also...

William Weinstein 23
Writer, Journalism Class 2022-2023

William Weinstein ’23

At Albuquerque Academy, William Weinstein  ‘23 is a beloved member of the community. This will be his first year involved with The Advocate! He is already highly involved in the community as vice president of the student sen...

Jenny Blackwell 23
Writer, Journalism Class 2022-2023

Jenny Blackwell ’23

Senior, Jenny Blackwell, has been hooked on journalism ever since November of her 6th-grade year when she began learning about the 2016 presidential election. Jenny is especially excited to explore politics and their validity via...

Ben Montoya 23
Writer, Journalism Class 2022-2023

Ben Montoya ’23

Ben Montoya (‘23) has loved writing from a young age. He enjoys writing social and political commentary, as well as reporting on school and professional sports. When he’s not writing for The Advocate, Ben can be found with...

Jayraina Montoya 23
Writer, Journalism Class 2022-2023

Jayraina Montoya ’23

Jay, a senior, has been a member of the Advocate since 2021. Jay fell in love with journalism through her love of poetry. She produces articles relating to arts and culture around the Academy community, including pieces about school m...

Kiera Friedman 23
Writer, Journalism Class 2022-2023

Kiera Friedman ’23

Kiera '23 is joining the Advocate writing staff for her first year. She's dabbled in almost every extracurricular with an acronym, including DECA, HSA, and BBYO. In the Academy Community, she has represented the Class of 2023 a...

Alyssa Aday 24
Writer, Journalism Class 2022-2023

Alyssa Aday ’24

Alyssa is a junior who has had a passion for writing since she was little and has always wanted to go into a profession that included writing. She got into journalism because she wanted to be more active with her writing. Alyssa...

Simi Paul 24
Writer, Journalism Class 2022-2023

Simi Paul ’24

In the past two years Simi has gained an interest in writing that brought her to Journalism. Jane Austen, an English novelist, and one of Simi’s favorite authors gave her inspiration, and helped her move from hating writing to...