ABOUT US

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Welcome to North Star, Valley Stream North High School's student news and literary magazine! Whether you want to read about your specific interests or browse the work of talented students, we have something for everyone. Any suggestions are welcome and should be emailed to northstarmag20@gmail.com.

Happy reading!

AWARDS

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ADELPHI QUILL AWARDS 2021

MEET THE EDITORS

Craig Papajohn-Shaw

MANAGING EDITOR

Hi North Star Readers! I am the managing editor for the magazine. I created and oversee our article submission spreadsheet along with being a copy editor. Politically invested, you will find my articles try to tap into the current state of our nation.

Alain Deen

FEATURE SECTION EDITOR

Hey! My name is Alain Deen. I’m the Feature editor and membership adviser here at North Star. As far as my interests go, I’m an aspiring actor, editor, and screenwriter. One day, you’ll see my name and say: “Wait, I know that guy!”

John McCarthy

SPORTS SECTION EDITOR

Hi! I am the Sports Section Editor of North Star. I edit all the articles you send in for the section. I love talking about sports and seeing what others find interesting in one of the largest industries in the world. From high school to the pros, sports influence many lives.

Osaiyekemwen Ogbemudia

FICTION & CREATIVE SECTION EDITOR

As North Star’s Fiction and Creative writing section editor, I love to read and write poetry. My editor role involves not only revising and tweaking articles submitted by North students but contributing my own stories and poems as well.

Lucy Wu

WEBSITE DESIGNER

Hi, readers! As website layout designer and spreadsheet manager, I help new articles and artwork digitally come to life in each issue. Through graphic design, I connect talented writers and artists with avid readers, and I’m always open to more suggestions.

Logan Balsan

NEWS SECTION EDITOR & TREASURER

Hi! I am Logan Balsan, one of North’s seniors, and the Treasurer and the News Editor for North Star. I have been a part of this club since 7th grade, and I enjoy writing articles. Any questions about or suggestions for the News section? Reach out on Teams!

Alena Moreira

ART SECTION EDITOR

Hello North Star readers and gallery viewers! My name is Alena Moreira, and I am the Artwork Section Editor. I oversee and organize the art galleries and gallery-related articles. I hope you enjoy the creativity North Star has to offer.

Garrick Neuner

ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA SECTION EDITOR

Hey! I’m a senior and the Entertainment section editor for North Star. From the latest pop hits and the freshest social media pages to the deepest game lore and in-depth content reviews, I hope to bring you a unique survey of popular media, past and present. 

Ala Paruch

ADVICE COLUMNIST

Hello everyone! My name is Alicja Paruch, and I am the editor and writer of the advice column for North Star. I answer questions that people have about almost any topic, so if you find yourself wondering about something school or not-school related, send me an email.

Eva Grace Martinez

PHOTO EDITOR

Hi everyone! I’m the photo editor of the North Star. It's my job to find or take all the photos and images attached to the articles you read. I love taking pictures, and my interests outside of taking photos include: playing guitar, reading, and singing.

CREDITS

FACULTY ADVISOR & CHIEF EDITOR
Christy Mansfield
MANAGING EDITOR
Craig Papajohn-Shaw
NEWS SECTION EDITOR
Logan Balsan
FEATURE SECTION EDITOR
Alain Deen
SPORTS SECTION EDITOR
John McCarthy
ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA SECTION EDITOR
Garrick Neuner
FICTION & CREATIVE SECTION EDITOR
Osaiyekemwen Ogbemudia
ARTWORK SECTION EDITOR
Alena Moreira
ADVICE COLUMNIST
Alicja Paruch
WEBSITE DESIGNER
Lucy Wu
PHOTO EDITOR
Grace Martinez
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Olivia Neuner
TREASURER
Logan Balsan
STUDENT ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR
Amy Italiano
PRINCIPAL
Rachel Green
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Jennifer Buonaspina
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Robin Small
LOUD AMERICAN
Garrick Neuner