Ursus

2016-2017 Staff

Natalie Bandura

Natalie, first joined as a seventh grader, but now as an eigth grader she has already served as an issue Editor-in-chief.  She likes to write poems and stories and she excels at journalism. "I am really proud of winning the PTA...

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...

Lucia Wang

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...

Elana Atlas

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Miko Coakley

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Jack Dennison

Jack Dennison is in 8th Grade and he has liked newspapers for a long time. He sits at his kitchen counter and reads newspapers and magazines. “Every since I was 5-years-old, I have loved reading the 'New York Times,'” said J...

Maya Faber

Maya Faber has liked writing for a long time. She has wanted to join "Ursus" since 6th grade. She also sings, plays the violin, swims, and skis. Reading fiction is a hobby she has. She also likes writing realistic fiction which...

Charlotte Harbottle

Charlotte is excited to join "Ursus." An avid reader, Charlotte enjoys fantasy/fiction novels, and Shakespeare. She likes to write creative topics, and she would like to explore new kinds of writing. She also loves mythology and...

William Jin

When eighth grader William Jin isn't enjoying his time at school, he can be found at home conducting research and focusing on his favorite subject- organic chemistry. Yet to Jin, organic chemistry is not only a hobby, but also...

Emma Knapp

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Claire Lee

Claire Lee’s mother carefully places yet another piece of writing by her eldest daughter in the binder, as she had with so many other pieces Claire and her two younger siblings, a brother named Jacob and a sister, Alyssa, had...

Poppy Livingstone

Poppy is chiefly the staff editorial cartoonist.  She provides her own interesting visual twist to many "Ursus" articles and columns.  Occasionally when not working on her own art in the Art Collective or working with the drama...

Neha Navrange

Neha is a writer and reporter who covers issues related to the arts and current events. When not covering her school's art programs, she is herself an accomplished violist. And when not practicing or playing viola, she is playing...

Maria Saravia

Maria is the "Ursus" photographer who helps the paper complete its mission of being a news source for the students and their families. Every story needs a graphic or photo, and Maria supplies those visuals that get the story recognized....

Ally Schwartz

Allison can be found in the water swimming for the Westport Water Rats. If not in the water, she can be found in the music room playing the oboe for wind ensemble.  When not in school for the summer, she can be found at the New...

Andrew Spangler

Andrew is a young man of letters. He enjoys history, philosophy, and literature.  When not writing or thinking philosophical thoughts, Andrew plays tennis, is a boy Scout working toward his eagle scout, and is a part of Science...

Rachel Suggs

Rachel enjoys writing about politics, current events and news.  Her opinion writing challenge readers to think about the world we live and detail her thoughts on social issues and government.  She has served as "Issue Editor-in-Chief"...

Lulu Taylor

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Anastasia Thumser

Anastasia, a seventh grader, enjoys writing both fictional pieces and journalism. When not writing articles for "Ursus", she can be found swimming for the Water Rats or practicing various violin pieces. She especially likes reading...

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