Bear Facts

2019-2020 Staff

Caroline Sun

Digital Editor-in-Chief

As a junior, Caroline will be back on staff for her second year as Digital EIC. If you ever manage to catch her outside of school, she'll probably be keeping busy with cross country, track, orchestra, volunteering, or piano lessons. If you ever decide to ask her about her plans for the future, tread cautiously, give her a second, and expect a conversation that will go in lots of little circles.

Parul Pari

Magazine Editor-in-Chief

After being in the journalism program for three years, Parul will be starting this year as a senior! Outside of the journalism lab, you can find her playing on the varsity tennis team or practicing Indian classical dance (Bharatnatyam). She is also a member of NHS and a FAME leader. Parul is lively. Parul is outgoing. But most importantly, Parul is certain she will be famous one day for her activism...

Alex Ketcham

Sports Editor

As a junior, this is Alex's second year on staff but third year in the journalism program. He is very excited to work as the Sports Editor again. When not pursuing his love of writing and media, Alex will probably be seen in the theatre. If he is not there, then he will probably be singing or watching sports. If not there, he will probably be catching up on his messed-up sleep schedule.

Max Feldman

Business Manager & Spotlight Editor

As a junior, this is Max’s second year on staff as a business manager and his first year as a spotlight editor for the Bear Facts program. He aspires to study environmental science at the University of California Berkely and become a stereotypical college kid. Max is involved with the NHS program and volunteers inside and outside of school. Along with being part of NHS, Max is also a FAME leader...

Sreelikhi Vangavolu

Spotlight Editor

As a junior, this is Sreelikhi’s first year as a spotlight editor and third year in the journalism program. Sreelikhi enjoys playing volleyball and tennis and is a member of the National Honor Society. More than anything in the world, she likes spending quality time with her family and friends. She aspires to attend the University of Chicago and make a mark in the STEAM field.

Elinor Melvin

Business Manager & LZ Life Editor

Elinor is finally a sophomore and on her second year as a writer, Business Manager, and LZ Life Editor for Bear Facts. She finds joy in being a small but eccentric journalist and leader whose passion for work is boundless. Outside of academics, Elinor is an artist and musician who will play any and all ridiculous instruments because if you're not playing Country Roads on a five-string banjo while accompanying...

Annette Suk

Event Coordinator

As a junior, Annette is in her third year of journalism and her first year as an Event Coordinator. Annette is a very excited FAME leader and will help out the community in NHS. You can most likely find Annette causing a ruckus in the hallways with her friends, constantly stressed and in the mood to rant. She loves taking breaks and tends to make her life harder by getting distracted over the smallest...

Ruby Lueras


As a junior, this is Ruby’s second year on staff and her first year being Secretary for the publication. Along with working for Bear Facts, Ruby runs varsity cross country and track, is a FAME leader, and takes part in SNAP and React club. She also loves to volunteer for National Honors Society. In her free time, Ruby loves to hang out with family and friends and spend time outdoors....

Kaitlin Geisler

Social Media Manager

Sophomore, Kaitlin Geisler is on her first year on staff and taking on the Social Media Manager position. Besides Bear Facts, Kaitlin is involved in Yearbook and Interact, which keep her pretty busy until the soccer season starts.  If she's free of homework and soccer, you will most likely see her watching the show Friends on repeat. She aspires to do something in the fashion world or to be a jou...

Olivia Donnelly

Staff Writer

As a Sophomore, this is Olivia’s first year on staff and second year in the journalism program. In addition to writing for Bear Facts, Olivia can be found playing tennis or volunteering for Interact club. When she’s not busy with schoolwork, you can find her searching the web for new places she’d like to travel to. She loves visiting new countries, meeting new people, learning their cultures...

Adam Monnette

Staff Writer

As a junior, this will be Adam's first year on staff. In between having a part-time job at Potbelly's, you can usually find him working on a computer. He is involved in multiple different leadership activities such as being a Team Leader for Yearbook, along with being a F.A.M.E Leader and a P.E Leader. When he is not leading, you can find him reading or participating in the Scholastic or Science Team.  

Sasha Kek

Staff Writer

Being a sophomore, this will be Sasha’s first year working with the Bear Facts staff as a staff writer. Besides writing articles, she can be seen stressing with the Yearbook staff over deadlines or having a competition with her twin brother. 

Zoya Hasan

Staff Writer

For Zoya, this is her first year on staff and second year in the journalism program. As a sophomore, Zoya spends most her time at cross country and track practice and meeting with clubs. Zoya is involved in Interact, SNAP, Class Board, and Medical Science Club. When she isn’t at these activities, she most likely volunteering or spending time with her friends and family. When she isn’t there, sh...

Kayla Krinninger

Staff Writer

As a sophomore, this is Kayla’s first year on staff but second year in the journalism program. In addition to working for Bear Facts, Kayla also participates in sports such as cross country and track and field. She is also a member of the Lake Zurich Interact club. In her free time, you might find Kayla spending time with her friends and family, baking, volunteering, or reading a book.   ...

Alexandra Rauchfuss

Staff Writer

As a sophomore, this is Alexandra’s second year in the journalism program and her first on staff. In addition to journalism, Alexandra is a co-leader on the yearbook staff. She also plays the trumpet in the band and enjoys baking and watching movies. On the weekend, she attends church events and enjoys volunteering in the community. ...

Sophia Babcock

Staff Writer

As a sophomore, Sophia Babcock plays club and high school soccer. In addition to soccer, Sophia enjoys singing and acting. She is a part of Cantilena, Blue Notes, and the LZHS drama club. When she isn't practicing on the field or rehearsing in the PAC, you can find her hanging with friends and family. She loves watching Greys Anatomy and Friends when she has free time. Since middle school, she has...

Hannah Etienne

Staff Writer

As a sophomore, this is Hannah's first year on Bear Fact's staff. Hannah spends more time talking to her cats than practicing her flute as a member of the school band. Outside of school, she spends most of her time at dance, but she also plays the piano and volunteers in her free time. Hannah also loves competing in pageants, photography, and traveling. She aspires to be a movie director in the future.

Lake Zurich High School Student Media