2021-2022 Staff

Ollie Axelrod (he/him)

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...

Haelee Chung (she/her)

Haelee Chung (she/her)

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

V Rogers (they/them)

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...

Alex Gonzales (she/her)

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...

Erin McDonald (she/her)

Erin McDonald (she/her)

Junior 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 an...

Charlotte Medema (she/her)

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 ...

Sophia Lohman (she/her)

Sophia Lohman (she/her)

Senior Sophia Lohman loves to sing and act. Musical theatre is one of her favorite things, and it provides an outlet for her creativity and voice to be heard. Lohman has been doing musical theatre since she was 5 and starred in ...

Claire Birdsey (she/her)

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)

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)

Molly Stephens (she/her)

Junior 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)

Raena Chan (she/her)

Raena Chan is a senior and a 2nd 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...

Karina Aza (she/they)

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)

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)

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)

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...

Ruthie Stoll (she/her)

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...

Makayla Erickson (she/her)

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...

Owen Ludwig (he/him)

Owen Ludwig (he/him)

In 10 years time, sophomore 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...

Ty Sofman (he/him)

Ty Sofman (he/him)

Ty Sofman, a senior 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...

Dara Kashayar (he/him)

Dara Kashayar (he/him)

Senior Dara Kashayar has a love of traveling. 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...

Zoe De La Cruz (she/her)

Zoe De La Cruz (she/her)

In her free time, senior 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...

Isabelle Katz (she/her)

Isabelle Katz (she/her)

Senior 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...

Ashley Xu (she/her)

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)

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)

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)

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...

Jensen Rasmussen (she/her)

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)

Yasmine Chang (she/her)

Senior Yasmine Chang spends her free time writing short stories and poetry, drawing on her love of reading and music. Chang gains inspiration from these forms of art and uses them as inspiration for her work. Rick Riordan, S...

Maggie Doolittle (she/her)

Maggie Doolittle (she/her)

Senior 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...

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