Ursus

2018-2019 Staff

Dereje Tarrant

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.     ...

Camille Mergenthaler

Camille Mergenthaler is in 7th Grade green pod, and wants to be a journalist when she grows up. She likes being in Westport Travel Field Hockey, reading, having sleepovers, and being in" Ursus"! Camille states, “It's fun to ...

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."...

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 ...

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...

Matthew Stashower

Matt is a seventh grader working on his second year of "Ursus" writing.  He likes to do the game pages for the paper--making mazes, word searches and Guess the Staff Member.  He also enjoys reporting and interviewing sources.

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 "...

Henry Carson

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...

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...

Leilani Fleming

Leilani Fleming has been a member of "Ursus" since sixth grade, writing short articles as a reporter or laying out the pages of the newspaper. In addition to "Ursus," Leilani enjoys playing the viola, reading, and rock climbi...

Nicholas Lolis

Nick Lolis is in "Ursus" because, in part, of his brother. “My brother works for "Inklings"; he’s my inspiration. I said, ‘You know what, I’ll try it [Ursus]’ and I thought it was fun.” In his free time, he likes to r...

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...

Nikhil Kanthan

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...

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