The Conant Crier is a news site written for and run by students. We aim to provide accurate, relevant, interesting, and diverse content to the Conant High School community. The Crier serves as a forum for public dialogue and encourages praise and criticism from our readers. We invite readers to write letters to the editor as well as comment on published content. Comments are moderated, and no abusive or otherwise inappropriate content will be published.
Letters to the editor can be sent to [email protected] Name and year must be included with the letter, or it will not be published. For the sake of clarity and/or space, the Crier reserves the right to edit or condense any submitted material. The Crier cannot guarantee publication upon submission.
Crier Staff 2020-2021
Editor in Chief
Diya Thomas is Editor-in-Chief and a senior at Conant. This is her third year on the Crier staff. At Conant, Diya is part of the Speech Team, Orchestra, CompSci Kids, and NHS. Outside of Conant, Diya spends time scrolling through TikTok, playing the piano, and rewatching The Office, That 70s Show, or John Mulaney Netflix Specials.
Editor in Chief
Ella Saputra is a sophomore at Conant High School and the second Editor-in-Chief. This is her second year on the Crier. Outside of school, Ella enjoys playing violin in her youth orchestra, playing with her dog, and spending time with family and friends.
Social Media Editor
Neela Gilbert is a Social Media Editor and Writer, as well as a junior at Conant. This is her first year on the Crier Staff. At Conant, Neela is a part of RISE and Student Council. Outside of Conant, Neela plays SAA Softball, works part time, volunteers, bakes (a lot) and watches ER.
Ria Patel is an Entertainment Editor and a sophomore at Conant. This is her second year on the Conant Crier staff. She is also part of the Service Club at Conant. Outside of school, Ria likes to bake, read, bike, and watch Netflix.
Sallaria Ansong is an Entertainment Editor & Digital artist and a sophomore at Conant. This is her first year in the Crier Staff. At Conant, Sallaria is part of track and field but might explore some other clubs. Outside of Conant, Sallaria spends time doing art, listening to music, binging shows, and cooking sometimes.
Morgan is a writer and senior at Conant. This is her fourth year on the Crier. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, and discovering new Netflix shows and podcasts.
Dana Khatib is a senior at Conant. This is her second year on the Crier Staff and in Conant. She is also part of Debate Team, soccer and NHS. Outside of school, she enjoys biking, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Web and Multimedia Editor
Vasu Janjrukia is the Web and Multimedia editor for the Crier and is a Junior at Conant. This is his second year on the Crier. While his schedule is usually filled to the brim with various clubs, Covid-19 has finally given him some free time. Whenever he’s doing homework or at “school”, you can probably find him watching YouTube videos.
Johanna Selmeczy is an Opinions Editor and junior at Conant. This is her first year on the Conant Crier staff. Through the school, she participates in theatre, speech, art club, and SAGA. She enjoys performing and creating art, both in and outside of school, and wants to be an English professor in the future.
Jamie Okulanis is a sophomore at Conant. This is her first year as a member of the Conant Crier and she is also a part of Orchestra. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing the violin, and watching Spinning Out on Netflix.
Maria is a lifestyle editor for the Conant Crier and is a sophomore. This is her first year on the Crier staff. She plays soccer at Conant and does travel soccer at FC United select. Outside of school and soccer, Maria likes to bake, watch Netflix, and listen to music.
Ananya Maddulapalli is Features Editor and a sophomore. At Conant, she is a part of service club and band/marching band. Outside of school, Ananya spends her time playing the clarinet and piano, reading and writing, and helping others whenever she can.
Connor Hasselbrink is a Writer and a junior at Conant. This is his third year on the Crier Staff. At Conant, Connor is part of the Debate Team and thoroughly enjoys the cafeteria food. Outisde of Conant, Connor spends time watching the news and getting annoyed at modern politics. He also works his job at KFC.
Maria is a sophomore at Conant. This is her second year on the Crier staff. At Conant, Maria participates in orchestra and soccer. At home, Maria reads, draws, and plays with her dog.
Jessie Hairrell is a writer and a junior at Conant. This is her first year on the Crier Staff. She enjoys playing volleyball and plays at Conant and at a club outside of school. You can find her spending time with her friends and family in her free time.
Nivedha Krishnan (Nivi) is a writer and a junior at Conant. This is her first year on the Crier Staff. At Conant, Nivi is part of the Public Forum Debate Team, JV Girls Badminton, Scholastic Bowl, and RISE. Outside of school, Nivi spends her time singing Carnatic Music (South Indian Classical Music), writing short stories, and trying new drinks (usually in the area of teas and coffee). She also enjoys watching TV shows/Movies from around the world and listening to a wide variety of music.
M. H. Noman is a freshman at James B. Conant High School. This is her first year on the Crier Staff. Outside of Conant, Noman spends her time practicing singing, dancing, mastering Korean, listening to K-pop songs, watching Asian dramas, and reading books.
Reema Patel is a writer and a sophomore at Conant. This is her first year on the Crier Staff. Outside of Conant, Reema spends time baking, watching Netflix, and listening to music.
Minnah Saif is a writer and sophomore at Conant. This is her first year working on the Crier. She likes to spend her time reading, shopping, or binge-watching Netflix.
Evan Foley is a sophomore at Conant and this is his second year with the Conant Crier. Outside of school he enjoys watching movies and TV shows.
Srish Vijay is a sophomore at Conant and this is his second year writing for the Crier. He enjoys time with friends and family outside of school and is also a member of the Ping Pong club at Conant.
Christiana Kirov is a writer and a freshman at Conant. This is her first year on the Crier Staff. At Conant, Christiana is part of Conant Theatre. Outside of school, She likes to read, play the piano, and sketch.
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Assistant Adviser: Katie Sall [email protected]