The Crusader

2023-2024 Staff

Naomi Lin 24
Editor In Chief

Naomi Lin ’24

Naomi Lin ’24 is a reporter the first female Editor-in-Chief for The Crusader. She joined the newspaper club and Journalism course to not only immerse herself in a different style of writing, but to keep others informed abo...

Talia Bumanglag 24
Managing Editor

Talia Bumanglag ’24

Talia Bumanglag '24  is a reporter and the Managing editor for The Crusader. She joined her sophomore year to immerse herself in the world of  journalism and become a better writer. She is also a part of the Knights program, ...

Addison Hwang 24
The Shield, Editor in Chief

Addison Hwang ’24

Addison Hwang '24  is a staff reporter for The Crusader newspaper. She is also the captain of the girl’s varsity tennis team and a leader of PAC club. Outside of school she enjoys hanging out with friends and dancing. He...

Sean Reyes ’25
Photo Editor

Sean Reyes ’25

Sean Reyes ’25 is a Photo Editor for The Crusader. The sports he plays include baseball and swimming. Outside of journalism, he is a member of the SALT, Knights of Riordan, and the Spirit Club. Some activities outside of scho...

Julia Yamsuan 25
Photo Editor

Julia Yamsuan ’25

Julia Yamsuan ’25 is a Photo Editor for The Crusader. She is a part of the girls volleyball program and is on the varsity team. She participates in Newspaper, Knights of Riordan, PAC (Philippines American Club), and the Wellnes...

Nick Nye ‘25
Photo Editor

Nick Nye ‘25

Nick "Photo Guy" Nye ’25 is a Photo Editor at The Crusader. He is an avid scouting (aka Boy Scouts) leader, cat lover, and football fan. Nick grew up as a 49ers and Warriors fan, and watches every single game of those teams. ...

Sophie Bücker 24
Opinion Editor

Sophie Bücker ’24

Sophie Bucker '24 is the Local & State News Editor for The Crusader. She is a member of the Riordan sailing team, National Honors Society, St. Francis Scholars Society, and Robotics Club. When she's not writing for The Crusa...

Normay Arriola 24
Campus News Editor

Normay Arriola ’24

Normay Arriola '24 is the Science for The Crusader. She also runs track and field, participates in martial arts outside of school, and is a member of National Honor Society, PAC, and ASA club. Her favorite story is the one about...

Mario Perez de Leon 24
Campus News Editor

Mario Perez de Leon ’24

Mario Perez de Leon '24 is the Campus News Editor for The Crusader, and is set to graduate in 2024. He is also the leader of the Auto Shop Club, an Achieve scholar, a High School Explainer for the Exploratorium, and a regular volunteer a...

Angela Jia 25
National and World News Editor

Angela Jia ’25

Angela Jia ‘25 is the National/World News Editor for The Crusader. She joined the club initially as a way to simply get more involved in school activities, but quickly became passionate about journalism and its importance i...

Jake Beeman ’24
Local and State News Editor

Jake Beeman ’24

Jake Beeman ’24 is the Local and State News Editor for The Crusader. He’s involved in a variety of groups around the school, but most notably, he attended a Model United Nations conference, and assisted the engineering depa...

Aliana Urdaneta-Rodas 25
Features Editor

Aliana Urdaneta-Rodas ’25

Aliana Urdaneta-Rodas ’25 is the Features Editor for The Crusader Newspaper. Aliana is also on the executive board for the Latinos Unidos club, a member of Parliament, and campus ministry's S.A.L.T group. Her favorite story of h...

Sarah Cai ’24
Health Editor

Sarah Cai ’24

Sarah Cai ’24 is the Health Editor for The Crusader. She joined because of her interest in journalism and wanting to improve her writing skills. She is a member of the ASA club. During her free time, she likes to bake and pl...

Caitlin Dowd ‘25
Environment Editor

Caitlin Dowd ‘25

Caitlin Dowd ‘25 is a staff reporter for The Crusader. Caitlin is a part of the girls soccer team and N.H.S. She is also a part of the Knights of Riordan. She also loves to row and hike outside of school. Caitlin is a new...

Griffin Doeff 25
Science Editor

Griffin Doeff ’25

Griffin Doeff '25 is a reporter for The Crusader. He is also a member of NHS and part of Riordan's fledgling Speech and Debate Club. Griffin loves paleontology, zoology, and geography.

Aiden Pavon 25
Boys Sports Editor

Aiden Pavon ’25

Aiden Pavon '25 is the Boy’s sports editor for The Crusader. He joined The Crusader his sophomore year to express his passion for sports as well as journalism. He has also played on the baseball team since he was a freshman. O...

Hoorain Farooq 25
Girls Sports Editor

Hoorain Farooq ’25

Hoorain Farooq '25 is the Sports Features Editor for The Crusader. She is part of the Student Parliament Apprenticeship Program and on the volleyball team. In her free time she enjoys playing basketball and reading.   ...

Ishaan Gupta ‘26
Sports Features Editor

Ishaan Gupta ‘26

Ishaan Gupta ‘26 is a first-year staff member and a reporter for Riordan’s Crusader newspaper. He joined journalism because it is one of his passions and wanted to improve his writing skills. Eventually, he wants to be able...

Katelyn Leong 25
Arts and Entertaniment Editor

Katelyn Leong ’25

Katelyn Leong '25 is the current Arts and Entertainment Editor for the Crusader. She joined the newspaper team her freshman year to learn more about journalism and develop her overall writing skills. Beside newspaper club, she is a...

Julien Untalan 24
Food Editor

Julien Untalan ’24

Julien Untalan’24 is co-Campus News Editor for The Crusader. He joined the newspaper club out of curiosity during his freshman year. He is a renaissance man, being involved in and leading countless groups and clubs around campus;...

Vee Chen 25
The Shield Art Director

Vee Chen ’25

Vee Chen '25 is a staff reporter and artist for The Crusader, and Art Director for The Shield. They joined the staff because they thought writing and illustrating for a newspaper would be a unique and fun experience. Their favor...

Talisha Flores ‘24
Layout Director and Graphic Artist

Talisha Flores ‘24

Talisha Flores ’24 is the Layout Director and a graphic artist for The Crusader and The Shield. Apart from being a part of the news team, Talisha is also involved in the Knights of Riordan and Art Club. She is deeply intere...

Rhys Appleby 24
Copy Editor

Rhys Appleby ’24

Rhys Appleby ’24 is a second year staff reporter and copy editor for The Crusader. He has been playing baseball since his freshman year. He is also a member of the ASA and founded the Fishing Club this year. He also enjoys r...

Helena Kai Murguz 25
Staff Reporter and Artist

Helena Kai Murguz ’25

Helena (Kai) Murguz '25 is a staff reporter and artist for The Crusader and art director for The Shield. Her favorite drawing that she’s done for The Crusader is the editorial cartoon in Take a Break from Stress of Social Media ...

Joshua Aguilar 24
Staff Reporter

Joshua Aguilar ’24

Joshua Aguilar ’24 is a staff reporter for The Crusader. At Riordan, he is a part of the LIFE Team in Campus Ministry and the PAC Club. Outside of Riordan, he plays instruments such as the guitar, ukulele, and piano and enjoy...

Rose Baik ’26
Staff Reporter

Rose Baik ’26

Rose Baik ’26 enjoys writing, spending time with her friends and family, sunny weather, and traveling. She is class of 2026 and is part of the school newspaper club, as well as Rriordan Kknights, stage crew, and Sspirit Cclub....

Eva Bennett ’25
Staff Reporter

Eva Bennett ’25

Eva Bennett ’25 is a staff reporter for the Crusader Newspaper. She is excited to improve her writing skills and learn more about journalism. Eva is part of NHS, the Riordan girl's soccer team, the engineering program, and th...

Anthony Chan 24
Staff Reporter

Anthony Chan ’24

Anthony Chan ’24 is a staff reporter for The Crusader, starting as a club member nearly three years ago. Amongst his various works published, his favorite is “Crypto Giant FTX Collapses.” Dedicated to a resurgent fervor of po...

Staff Reporter

Michelle Chavero ’24

Michelle Chavero ’24 is a staff reporter for the Crusader. She is a student leader for her R-time and dedicates her time to find new and interactive ways to involve her classmates in activities. She joined journalism to find n...

Charles Chu 24
Staff Reporter

Charles Chu ’24

Charles Chu, member of the Class of 2024, is a reporter/photographer for The Crusader newspaper. He also plays Varsity Football here at Riordan. He joined Riordan's journalism program immediately following his transfer from L...

Angelo Coletti 24
Staff Reporter

Angelo Coletti ’24

Angelo Coletti '24 is a staff reporter and athlete who participates in football at Riordan and basketball outside of school. Angelo likes golfing and spending time with my family and friends. He is a big food lover and loves l...

Sasha Feliciana-Chan ’26
Staff Reporter

Sasha Feliciana-Chan ’26

Sasha Feliciana-Chan ’26 is a first year staff reporter for The Crusader. She enjoys playing with her dog, playing video games, listening to music, playing soccer, reading books and writing. Sasha is currently a part of the art ...

Chris Dilag ’25
Staff Reporter

Chris Dilag ’25

Chris Dilag ’25 is a staff reporter for The Crusader. He decided to join The Crusader as a junior after reading an issue of the paper as a sophomore. He wanted to be involved in a community in Archbishop Riordan that brings...

Vincent Douglas ‘25
Staff Reporter

Vincent Douglas ‘25

Vincent Douglas '25 is a staff reporter for The Crusader. He is also a head DJ of Riordan’s own DJ Club and manages its Instagram account. He loves all things classic rock, surrealist cinema, and dog-related. He joined the news...

Hailey Kirsten Ferrer ’26
Staff Reporter

Hailey Kirsten Ferrer ’26

Hailey Kirsten Ferrer ’26 is a first-year staff reporter for The Crusader. At Riordan, she is a part of Philippine American Coalition, Knights, and Liturgy Team. Outside of school, she enjoys figure skating, spending time w...

Isaac Garcia-Zuro ’24
Staff Reporter

Isaac Garcia-Zuro ’24

Isaac Garcia-Zuro ’24 is a staff reporter for The Crusader. He is part of the Achieve Program here at Riordan. He also has an interest in writing, which led to joining Journalism. He is looking forward to reporting for the schoo...

Gregory Gonzales ’25
Staff Reporter

Gregory Gonzales ’25

Gregory Gonzales ’25 is staff reporter for The Crusader. He plays baseball for Riordan’s team. In his free time, he likes to play sports and play the guitar.

Finnbarr Harrington 24
Staff Reporter

Finnbarr Harrington ’24

Finnbarr Harrington is a fourth year reporter for The Crusader newspaper. A native San Franciscan, he has had three years of prior experience with Riordan journalism writing articles for The Squire, which is the summer newspap...

Ana Hernandez ’25
Staff Reporter

Ana Hernandez ’25

Ana Hernandez ’25 is a first-year staff reporter for The Crusader Newspaper. She is also a member of NSHSS. During her free time, she does volunteer work at the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living. She loves art, music, an...

Maxim Ivanov ’25
Staff Reporter

Maxim Ivanov ’25

Maxim Ivanov ’25 is a staff reporter for The Crusader. He is a part of the Cross Country program, BBQ club, and the Riordan Rocketry team. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, reading, and playing with his dog....

Malcolm Jones-Smith ’25
Staff Reporter

Malcolm Jones-Smith ’25

Malcolm Jones-Smith ’25 is a first year staff member at Archbishop Riordan High School’s The Crusader Newspaper. Joining the paper due to his interest in journalism, Smith has hopes to expand his writing skills, and a chance a...

Polina Kozlenko ’24
Staff Reporter

Polina Kozlenko ’24

Polina Kozlenko ’24 is a staff reporter for The Crusader. She is also a member of the Environmental Club. Polina is an exchange student from Ukraine who loves making international connections and uniting the world. She enjoys ...

Diane Lai ’24
Staff Reporter

Diane Lai ’24

Diane Lai ’24 is a staff reporter for The Crusader. She participates in many extracurriculars at school, including being the third year color guard captain for the Riordan Band, the social media manager for the band, the Cru...

Lincoln Maloney ’25
Staff Reporter

Lincoln Maloney ’25

Lincoln Maloney ’25 is a journalist for the Riordan newspaper. He is a part of the Riordan varsity Lacrosse program and soccer program. He is also a big supporter of the Chess Club and hopes to become president next school ...

Karlo Manglona ’25
Staff Reporter

Karlo Manglona ’25

Karlo Manglona ’25 is a Staff Reporter for The Crusader. He hopes that being a part of The Crusader will help him further both his skills and passion for writing. Karlo has played football, basketball, baseball, and volleyb...

Matteo Matteucci 24
Staff Reporter

Matteo Matteucci ’24

Matteo Matteucci '24 is a 3-year staff reporter for The Crusader. He chose this class at the end of freshman year with the thought that being a journalist would help him further his writing and possibly pursue it in college. H...

Thomas McGivern ’25
Staff Reporter

Thomas McGivern ’25

Thomas McGivern ’25 is a staff reporter for The Crusader. He is currently a part of the Riordan Lacrosse team, the Rocketry Club, and the Saint Francis Scholar Society. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, hanging out with friend...

Jordan Mckenzie ’24
Staff Reporter

Jordan Mckenzie ’24

Jordan Mckenzie ’24 is a staff reporter for The Crusader. He is a part of the Varsity Basketball Team. Jordan loves playing video games, being with family and friends, Music, and Netflix. ...

Julian Serrano ‘24
Staff Reporter

Julian Serrano ‘24

Julian Serrano ’24 is a Student Reporter. He likes reading, as a nerd of his kindred would – particularly books by Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and other cool authors. Of course he finds time to write, write, and w...

Gigi Richardson ‘24
Staff Reporter

Gigi Richardson ‘24

Gigi Richardson ’24 is a second-year staff reporter for The Crusader. She is also involved in BSU. She is a member of the Riordan track team. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, online shopping, and reading mystery and ro...

Emma Rocha ’25
Staff Reporter

Emma Rocha ’25

Emma Rocha ’25 is a staff reporter for The Crusader. She is part of Campus Ministries Core Team, Parliament, and Latinos Unidos. She joined journalism to learn how to better expand her writing skills and to try something new. Ou...

Brandon Saavedra 24
Staff Reporter

Brandon Saavedra ’24

Brandon Saavedra is a staff reporter for The Crusader. He has been an active part of the Riordan Community since sophomore year, including participating in sports such as wrestling. He loves to have discussions and debate with others, a...

Ashley Villing ’25
Staff Reporter

Ashley Villing ’25

Ashley Villing ’25 is a staff reporter for The Crusader. She is a part of Campus Ministry and does her best to be involved in school activities. She loves animals and listening to music.  ...

Myles Yan ’25
Staff Reporter

Myles Yan ’25

Myles Yan ’25 is a staff reporter for The Crusader. He is a prominent member of both the lacrosse and soccer teams and has been a part of and has founded a variety of clubs. Myles is also very fond of architecture and interi...

Bo Wyatt 24
Staff Reporter

Bo Wyatt ’24

Bo Wyatt ’24 is a fourth year staff reporter for The Crusader, having joined freshman year by recommendation of her English teacher. Following this decision, her passion for journalism quickly flourished, and her favorite personal...

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