2021-2022 Staff

Jensen Rasmussen (she/her)
Editor-in-Chief

Jensen Rasmussen (she/her)

Senior Jensen Rasmussen has been passionate about ballet since a young age, training and cultivating her love of dance throughout her high school career. Currently, she dances at Contra Costa Ballet.  Over the past few summers, Rasmussen has att...

Yasmine Chang (she/her)
News Editor

Yasmine Chang (she/her)

Junior Yasmine Chang spends her time writing stories and creating new fantasy worlds, drawing on her love of reading. Chang enjoys fantasy novels. Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and The Mortal Instruments are a few from which Chang der...

Maggie Doolittle (she/her)
Lifestyle Editor

Maggie Doolittle (she/her)

Junior Maggie Doolittle has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten, racking up a total of 11 years in her troop. "I have continued [Girl Scouts] because I really like helping people," Doolittle said. In pursuit of her silver award, Doolittle co...

Dara Kashayar (he/him)
Opinion Editor

Dara Kashayar (he/him)

Junior Dara Kashayar has a love of travelling. As an avid traveler, Kashayar has spent time in 85 countries across the globe and Antarctica, most notably Turkey, Spain, and the Maldives. Spending time around the world has sha...

Isabelle Katz (she/her)
Sports Editor

Isabelle Katz (she/her)

Junior Isabelle Katz loves to learn and tell stories. Depth reporting is a passion of hers. “You have to execute the craft of story telling and let the world in on a fascinating topic… I think there is real importance in tha...

Ollie Axelrod (he/him)
Staff Writer

Ollie Axelrod (he/him)

Senior Ollie Axelrod has known how to speak English since he was a baby and is “very proficient” in reading and writing, inspiring him to unleash his passion as a staff writer for The Claw. Axelrod has also been an intern at th...

V Rogers (they/them)
Staff Writer

V Rogers (they/them)

Senior V Rogers has had a passion for literature since they were young: “My bedtime stories were Baldwin and Angela Davis.” They have taken AP language and are currently taking AP literature to continue to learn more about...

Erin McDonald (she/her)
Staff Writer

Erin McDonald (she/her)

Sophomore Erin McDonald has always had an interest in being creative. Recently, she has taken up a passion for nail art and enjoys making new, complex designs for her and her friends. She explained how nail art serves as both...

Charlotte Medema (she/her)
Staff Writer

Charlotte Medema (she/her)

Senior Charlotte Medema enjoys listening to many different types of music, including rap, country, and indie. She loves the way it makes her feel and is constantly listening to it. “Some of my favorite artists at the moment ...

Claire Birdsey (she/her)
Staff Writer

Claire Birdsey (she/her)

When she was 4 years old, Claire Birdsey was enrolled in her first dance class and has been hooked ever since. Dancing at CAPA in Moraga since 2017, she loves the environment of the studio and the friends with which she is able ...

Mia Daly (she/her)
Staff Writer

Mia Daly (she/her)

Freshman Mia Daly’s passion for freedom in prose drove her to join the writing staff for The Claw.  Daly has always loved writing and English classes. She said, “I like writing because it gives you so much creative powe...

Molly Stephens (she/her)
Staff Writer

Molly Stephens (she/her)

Sophomore Molly Stephens has been passionate about the arts from a young age, finding herself fascinated by classic films, novels, and many different genres of music. She also actively enjoys drawing and visiting art museums in her...

Raena Chan (she/her)
Staff Writer

Raena Chan (she/her)

Raena Chan is a junior and a 1st year journalism student. She specializes in writing and has been interested in it since the 7th grade.  Her interest in writing comes from the freedom and creativity of it. "You can write ab...

Ruthie Stoll (she/her)
Staff Writer

Ruthie Stoll (she/her)

Freshman Ruthie Stoll is a dancer, tennis player, and foodie. She grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, moved to the Bay when she was 4, and just graduated Stanley Middle School. Stoll joined journalism because of her passi...

Owen Ludwig (he/him)
Staff Writer

Owen Ludwig (he/him)

In 10 years time, freshman Owen Ludwig would like to be “somewhere big, working hard and making money”.  Ludwig, ever the sports enthusiast, is well versed on all things sportsmanship. His passion for athletics find roo...

Zoe De La Cruz (she/her)
Staff Writer

Zoe De La Cruz (she/her)

In her free time, junior Zoe De La Cruz reads, writes, and watches movies. “I like any genre of book as long as it’s a good story,” said De La Cruz, “But I’ve recently been reading a lot of stories by Stephen King." De...

Haelee Chung (she/her)
Staff Illustrator

Haelee Chung (she/her)

Senior Haelee Chung (she/her) is a new member of the art staff for The Claw. Chung has been painting and drawing all her life, and loves to express her emotions and beliefs through her work.  Outside of art, Chung is pass...

Alex Gonzales (she/her)
Staff Illustrator

Alex Gonzales (she/her)

Alex Gonzales is a senior and a 1st year journalism student on the Art Staff. Gonzales grew up in Montclair before moving to Lafayette. “I joined journalism because I wanted to be able to express my opinions through art to a wi...

Sophia Lohman (she/her)
Staff Photographer

Sophia Lohman (she/her)

Junior Sophia Lohman spends her time dancing. Lohman has been dancing for 4 years and enjoys expressing herself through movement. For her, dancing is the best way to release stress.  “Dancing is a unique activity, and it’s ...

Karina Aza (she/they)
Staff Artist

Karina Aza (she/they)

Senior Karina Aza has been drawing since before she can remember, honing her traditional art skills: “[art is] something I’ve been doing since I was little - it’s always been there for me.” When she isn’t drawing full p...

Josie Doran (she/her)
Staff Videographer

Josie Doran (she/her)

Senior Josie Doran loves listening and creating music, specifically pop, directing, and playing with her dog. Her mom is an important influence in her life, as she introduced her to music through listening and playing guitar. ...

Grace Franklin (she/her)
Staff Artist

Grace Franklin (she/her)

Sophomore Grace Franklin has an interest in art and improving her digital art skills through The Claw Art Staff. Franklin has a deep interest in video game character design. “I really like looking at how they design the char...

Kiera Roux (she/her)
Staff Artist

Kiera Roux (she/her)

Kiera Roux is a 1st-year Journalism student and senior at Campolindo. She wishes to pursue a career in the social sciences, analyzing and understanding the interactions between people and society. “In journalism, I hope to und...

Makayla Erickson (she/her)
Staff Illustrator

Makayla Erickson (she/her)

Makayla Erickson, a senior at Campolindo, enjoys participating in the Campo Choir. From a young age she was fond of performing, but realized her passion for singing in high school. She loves the supportive community and fun en...

Ty Sofman (he/him)
Staff Photographer

Ty Sofman (he/him)

Ty Sofman, a junior at Campolindo, has always enjoyed photography and basketball. Sofman uses his photography to capture sports.  Sofman’s interest in photography started when he brought a camera to a basketball game. Sin...

Ashley Xu (she/her)
Co-Visual Media Editor

Ashley Xu (she/her)

Senior Ashley Xu has been interested in art since she was in the 3rd grade. Xu is fascinated by iconic painters like Monet and Dali. “I like Monet’s color usage,” she explained, adding that she also likes artists from...

Kayla Barker (she/her)
Co-Visual Media Editor

Kayla Barker (she/her)

Senior Kayla Barker is an art enthusiast. Barker enjoys spending time drawing, painting, or learning more about the craft by watching videos by other artists.  “I do kind of a mix of everything. I want to work in visual de...

Grace Kelly (she/her)
Lead Videographer

Grace Kelly (she/her)

Senior Grace Kelly’s passion for film led her to join The Claw art department. Kelly said, “Since I like making documentaries, journalism will definitely help me hone in my interviewing skills, and I think the art departm...

Ali Montee (she/her)
Director of Photography & Layout Editor

Ali Montee (she/her)

Senior Ali Montee is returning this year to The Claw staff as Layout Editor and Director of Photography. Over this past summer, Montee has discovered a passion for UX design and is helping a mental health startup build a new app. As a...

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