2018-2019 Staff

Finnegan Courtney


Finnegan Courtney loves to write. He especially likes to write journalism. "Writing is just something I've always loved," said Finnegan. He became the first sixth grader to join "Ursus," but now as an eighth grader, he is the...

James Fiffer


James is a seventh grader who wants to do one thing:  take pictures.  Quick with the "Ursus" camera and with a good eye, James took many photos for his first issue.  You can't have a paper without photos, and James helps the...

Tommy Dry


Tommy is a seventh grader who enjoys taking photos.  He joined "Ursus" recently and had this to say about the experience: "It was actually pretty fun.  Usually activities get better with time, but starting today was a good time."...

Preston Siroka


Ryan Tzou

Staff Writer

Isabella Martensen

Staff Writer

Henry Carson

Staff Writer

Henry is a sixth grader who has already left his mark on "Ursus." in the first issue alone, he wrote two articles and took pictures to help round out the coverage of his school. Thorough and dependable, Henry is a great addition...

Leilani Fleming

Staff Writer

Leilani Fleming is a seventh grader who loves to read, climb, and play the viola. She also enjoys photography and likes writing short articles for "Ursus." This is her second year in "Ursus," and so far she has enjoyed it immense...

Nicholas Lolis

Staff Writer

Nicholas loves photography. He is always ready to take photos. He's a 6th grader who also enjoys being on the job. He likes reading, writing, school. He's also interested in politics.

Lucia Wang

Staff Writer

Drawn in by the writing sign outside the "Ursus" classroom, Lucia Wang joined "Ursus" as a sixth grader, and this year as an eighth grader is taking on even more complex stories and editing.  Specializing in reviews, Lucia is...

Nikhil Kanthan

Staff Writer

Nikhil Kanthan is 8th grader at BMS returning to "Ursus" for his second year of scholastic journalism. He enjoys playing the cello, using Photoshop, and spending time with his family. "I hate cliches," says this child determined...

Ryan Hong


Ryan is new to the "Ursus" team and is looking to write about things he is passionate about, such as books. He has very strong feelings about his opinions, and he likes to believe that he is a good writer. He is somewhat kno...

Camille Mergenthaler


Camille really loves to write. She like to read and sometimes even write fantasy stories. Journalism, and covering the news is an exciting new thing for her.  She is looking forward to writing breaking news things like--Halloween...

Ko Seltzer


Ko Seltzer is a seventh grader with an affinity for playing sports and writing, especially in journalism and science fiction. He decided to join "Ursus" this year because he enjoys writing in newspapers because of the adventures that ...

Shivali Kanthan


Shivali Kanthan is a 7th grader in the green pod who loves to read, play the cello, draw, and write. Her favorite book series is the "Wings of Fire" series and the "Unwanteds" series. This is also Shivali’s first year in the "...

Anna Ji




Jack Hong


Dereje Tarrant

Staff Cartoonist

Dereje Tarrant is the cartoonist for Ursus. He enjoys bringing you funny cartoons about our school sort of like the Sunday morning funnies…only better.     ...

Noah Oren

Theater Critic

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