About Us

Aarushi Pant

founder and editor-in-chief

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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.

Ethan Jiang

informative section editor

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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

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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. 

Shalini Kumar

social media manager

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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. 

Sandhya Maddali

staff writer

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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

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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

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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.