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The student-run newspaper of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy

The Liberator

The student-run newspaper of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy

The Liberator

2021-2022 Staff

Ella Lilly

Ella Lilly

Ella Lilly is a sophomore in high school. She is passionate about rowing on Lady Bird Lake, hiking, cooking, and reading in her spare time. She was inspired reading the Liberator last year and made the decision to join this year....

Sarah Garrett

Sarah Garrett

Sarah Garrett is currently a sophomore at LASA high school. Her hobbies include playing the violin and reading in her free time. She also likes writing, which makes sense because she is writing for her school newspaper. She desperately...

Ava Spurgeon

Ava Spurgeon

Ava Spurgeon is a junior, and it’s her first year on the Liberator. She spends her free time drawing, rowing, and doing lots of reading. This year, she’s very excited to write more and have a chance to contribute to the paper!

Delia Rune

Delia Rune

Delia Rune is a junior. She represents LASA on the Austin Mayor's Youth Council and enjoys her jobs on BookPeople's Teen Press Corps and Planned Parenthood's teen council. In her free time, she loves to write and works as an editor...

Lana Giles

Lana Giles

Lana Giles is a junior at LASA. She likes cooking, sports, animals, and the environment. This is her first year with the Liberator and she is excited to learn more and contribute.

Fiona Kleeman

Fiona Kleeman

Fiona Kleeman is a freshman. She likes graphic design, photography, and writing about various topics. Fiona also enjoys being on the LASA swim team. She is exited for her first year in newspaper and hopes to write many fascinating...

Sydney Jones

Sydney Jones

Sydney Jones is a freshman and a staff writer, and she is so excited to be part of the Liberator this year. She hopes she can contribute an interesting opinion. In her spare time, she enjoys running, swimming, reading, and spending...

Jake Smuts

Jake Smuts

Hi, I'm Jake, and I'm in the newspaper. I really like both band and marching band on both high school and professional levels. I'm really interested in exploring my interests while writing for the Liberator!

Amelia Coleman

Amelia Coleman

Amelia Coleman is a freshman. She likes to write and in her free time she likes playing video games and cooking with her family.

Kayla Le

Kayla Le

Kayla Le is one of the two graphics editors for the Lib. This is her first year of being officially on the newspaper team. Previously, she worked on graphics for the Lib as a club contributor. Outside of newspaper, Kayla likes...

Malvika Pradhan

Malvika Pradhan

Malvika Pradhan is a news editor at the Liberator. She is a sophomore and hopes that she can contribute a unique viewpoint to the Liberator. Some of her hobbies include, swimming, art (though she is not very good at it), and playing...

Madeleine Van Slyke

Madeleine Van Slyke

Maddie Van Slyke is a sophomore and is honestly very mid extracurricular wise. She plays volleyball, basketball, and does track, that is the extent of enrichment. She is dedicated to her two dogs- rex and luna, seeing her friends...

Katie Busby

Katie Busby

Katie Busby is a sophomore who is currently an entertainment editor. She plays softball and enjoys creative things like crochet and jewelry making. She loves fashion, art, and museums. She was a staffer last year and this year...

Edith Holmsten

Edith Holmsten

Edith Holmsten is a junior. This is her second year working with the Liberator, and she is looking forward to being a Student Life editor this year. When not working on the newspaper, Edith enjoys swimming, dancing, and spending...

Juan Ramirez (JC) Delgadillo

Juan Ramirez (JC) Delgadillo

My name is JC and I have a chihuahua. That is all you must know about me. I also like pizza bagels.

Norah Hussaini

Norah Hussaini

Norah Hussaini is a sophomore. This is her second year with the Lib, and this year she is a webitor. Outside of school, she likes to bake (and usually burn/set on fire) desserts, watch sad and sappy movies, and hang out with friends....

Susan Ballesteros

Susan Ballesteros

Susan Ballesteros is a senior and one of the current entertainment editors for The Liberator. Apart from newspaper, she is also a part of the school orchestra and an officer in Latin club. In her free time, Susan enjoys reading,...

Nevin Hall

Nevin Hall

Nevin Hall, web editor, is a senior who is very interested in governing structures around the world, economics, and random history facts he can use for Quizbowl. He hopes to be able to bring some of this random and generally us...

LiLi Xiong

LiLi Xiong

LiLi Xiong is currently a sophomore at LASA. She is passionate about politics and social justice, so being a commentary editor is right up her alley. In her free time, she likes to play basketball, crochet, and write. She's invested...

Grace Woodruff

Grace Woodruff

Grace Woodruff is a senior, and this is her third year with the Liberator. She is one of the Graphics Editor this year, and is excited to work with her new co-editor. Outside of newspaper, Grace loves to bake and will be more...

Sophie Chau

Sophie Chau

Sophia Chau is a senior at LASA and is one of the editors-in-chief. When not worrying about college, she works on homework, cross stitches, or reads. ...

Luci Garza

Luci Garza

Luci Garza is a sophomore at the Lib, and is one of the news editors. She usually likes to see her friends and cook! She wants to contribute a welcoming community to new staffers at the lib, and to help try and make the news s...

Beck Williams

Beck Williams

Beck Williams is a junior and Commentary editor for the Liberator. He is interested in politics and law and plays golf in his free time. Beck hopes to make the Commentary section a forum for students of different backgrounds to sha...

Ava De Leon

Ava De Leon

Ava De Leon is a tenth grader at LASA this year and a Student Life Editor at the Liberator. She enjoys writing, biking, playing with animals, and meeting new people. Ava hopes to write fascinating stories and design appealing pa...

Kevin Garcia

Kevin Garcia

Kevin Garcia is the LASA Liberator's sponsor and newspaper instructor. He reads way too many comics, but as a bonus, he can truthfully say he's been paid to read comics, so there's that. He has been a professional writer for 2...

Max Domel

Max Domel

Max Domel is a senior and one of the co-editors-in-chief of the Liberator this year, formerly a freshman staff writer and sophomore and junior co-editor of the entertainment section. Soccer is a huge part of his life, both playing ...

Zoe Klein

Zoe Klein

Zoe Klein is a senior. She is Lieutenant Governor of Texas Youth and Government, President of the LASA Youth and Government Club, and won the national mock trial championships. She is passionate about graphic design, leftist politics,...

Emma McBride

Emma McBride

Emma McBride is a sophomore who is one of the photography editors. She loves all things graphic design so this job is right up her alley! She also loves playing with her dog, baking, and procrastinating on homework, and hopes...