About Us

Aarushi Pant

founder and editor-in-chief

bisexual & queer, she/her/hers & they/them/theirs

Aarushi is a senior at Carnegie Vanguard High School in Houston, TX. She’s a passionate advocate for women’s and LGBTQ rights, and is the founder of both Women Inspiring Social Harmony (WISH), an organization that mentors, educates and exposes underprivileged girls to unique career pathways, as well as spectrum. Aarushi has been involved in journalism for over four years, and has been interested in writing since she was a child. She hopes to use her writing to raise awareness of social issues and to bring about societal change. When she isn’t reading or writing, Aarushi loves listening to music, spending time with family and friends, or watching Netflix.

Sofia Pham

managing editor

ally, she/her/hers

Sofia Pham is a senior at Seven Lakes High School, where she serves as a writer for the Torch magazine, as well as president and founder of the school’s Letters Against Depression chapter. An avid writer, pianist, and student activist, Sofia has been published in Cliché Teen Journal, spectrum, Canvas Teen Literary Journal, Pandemonium Magazine, and Paper Trains Literary Journal, and she hopes to uplift the voices of the underrepresented through her art and writing. When not working on WISH or other projects, she can be found volunteering, getting boba with friends, or reading.

Ethan Jiang

informative section editor

ally, he/him/his

Ethan Jiang is a senior at Seven Lakes High School in Katy, TX. He’s fascinated by STEM in general, and more specifically, he’s explored the fields of population ecology and limnology in depth. Inspired by the work of ecologists like Stephen Hubbell and Evelyn Hutchinson, he’s read extensively about both areas and developed a strong background in math and biology. Outside of his studies, he’s passionate about social justice, and is a regular reader of both science fiction, especially space-based novels, and periodicals, including The Atlantic and The Economist.

Talia Porter

opinion section editor

pansexual, she/her/hers

Talia is a senior at The Northwest School in Seattle, WA, until January of 2020, when she moved to Johannesburg for 6 months to study global leadership. In her spare time, you will probably be finding her arguing with someone about politics or mental health, campaigning for Water1st, reading, drinking coffee or tea, studying for her next Model UN conference, playing piano, writing, or napping. Talia also is a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community and she hopes that her pieces will help erase silences within the LGBTQ community and the greater world, and she also hopes to help people learn how to support the community on local and national levels within the government. 

Naomi Canny

entertainment section editor

bisexual, she/her/hers

Naomi is a junior at Carnegie Vanguard High School and an advocate for all people, regardless of their race, religion, or sexuality. She wants to be part of making our society more accepting towards the LGBTQ community because she believes that love is love, no matter what sexuality you identify as. She is an avid reader and writer, and hopes to use her skills to help make the world a better place. Naomi loves to sing, play the piano, watch movies, draw, read, and play pool in her free time.

Shalini Kumar

social media manager

ally, she/her/hers

Shalini Kumar is a senior at Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas where she participates in various clubs, such as National Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America and more, which strengthen her leadership skills. Shalini is passionate about bringing light to the struggles that minorities, women, and the LGBTQ community encounter on a daily basis. She wants to use social media to make society a welcoming and comfortable place for all people. Outside of her busy life, Shalini pursues an interest in dance, writing, photography, and American politics. 

Lillian Spiller

staff writer

lesbian, she/her/hers

Lillian is a rising freshman at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Being diagnosed with Asperger’s and ADHD, as well as other conditions associated with them at a young age, Lillian is a vocal supporter of mental health awareness and acceptance both in and out of the LGBTQ community. During her time at Carnegie, she has been a part of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), as well as eventually helping lead it. When not attending a GSA meeting, she’s often found working in Carnegie Theatre’s set department during and after school. In her time, Lillian enjoys reading, woodworking, and spending time with her friends.

Sandhya Maddali

staff writer

ally, she/her/hers

Sandhya Maddali is a senior at Carnegie Vanguard High School. Sandhya is very passionate about social issues and hopes to combat the ignorance and discrimination that members of the LGBTQ community experience every day through writing for spectrum. When she has downtime, you will probably find her reading a good book, watching Netflix, or listening to new music. She also has a dog at home who she adores. Sandhya is also very interested in all types of writing from creative to poetry to journalism, and hopes to be either an author, teacher, or doctor someday.

 

Amber Kaur

staff writer

bisexual, she/her/hers

Amber is a junior at Obra D. Tompkins High School in Katy, Texas. She is involved in a multitude of math and science organizations, including inteGIRLS and Girls in STEM- both of which strive to promote the interest of women and girls in STEM fields- along with Science Olympiad, Quiz Bowl, UIL Math, and Academc Decathlon. Amber feels strongly about the issues affecting the LGBTQ community, so she wants to use this website as an opportunity to fix these problems and help society progress as a whole. In her free time, Amber is an avid reader of short stories and early 20th century science fiction, and she loves listening to everything from Queen to Brockhampton.

 

Catherine Basil

staff writer

ally, she/her/hers

Catherine is a senior at Carnegie Vanguard High School in Houston, TX. She is passionate about social issues and hopes to fight the discrimination faced by minorities by educating others through writing and conversation. She is a strong advocate for women’s, and LGBTQ rights and is passionate about educating others about politics. She hopes to share information and her experiences to educates others as a spectrum writer. In her free time you can catch her listening to music, gardening, binge watching Criminal Minds, and playing squash. 


Grace Marra

staff writer

bisexual, she/her/hers

Grace is a rising high school senior from Watertown, New York. Writing is her passion as well as her hobby, and it is her aspiration to someday become a journalist. Besides writing for her school newspaper, spectrum is the first platform by which Grace has shared her writing publicly, despite having been interested in writing since her middle school years. In her endeavors with writing, Grace hopes to inform others where she can, as well as to share her opinions and advocate for the causes she believes in. Though spectrum focuses on LGBT issues, Grace also hopes to tackle feminist issues with her writing and much more. Besides her love for writing, Grace is also a devoted student who takes her studies very seriously, an avid reader, and a pianist.