Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. She’s the founder of WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school papers and teen bloggers worldwide (www.wantnewsforteens.com). Grace writes for the Huffington Post and AwesomenessTV.com and consults on web strategy and content for School of Doodle. She was recently the Oregon Representative to the Neuharth Free Spirit & Journalism Conference (Washington, D.C.) and the ANNpower Vital Voices Forum (NYC), and was awarded a Catlin Gabel Innovation Fellowship to develop a summer journalism program for disadvantaged youth. In March, she took her third visit to rural villages in Nicaragua, where she focuses on empowering girls, helping them realize the life-altering nature of gaining the skills necessary for a productive career. Back home in Portland, Oregon, she works with the Bus Project to register young people to vote, ran the youth campaign for a successful mayoral candidate, and co-organized the city’s first-ever forum on the police use of force. She lives by the C.G. Jung admonition, “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”
Sydney the quiet hipster of the group is an avid equestrian who has been competing on horses since she was eight years old. She enjoys visual story telling, with an emphasis on videography and infographics. In her free time Sydney enjoys rock climbing, long walks with Grace’s dog Astro and sifting through obscure vintage stores.
A track star with an affinity for perfection, the written and visual arts, social justice, and the 400m. When he isn’t lost in his own world of, “doing nothing while getting everything done,” Juma is co-leading his school’s Black Student Union, attending conversations about issues in our world today, or engaging in intellectually passionate discussions surrounding the troubles of a teenage life.
Gunnar enjoys running and does it excessively, but finds it can help focus his writing and inspires even more creative content. Besides running he does yoga, rock climbing, soccer, and wants to try Frisbee golf. When not running around he enjoys a hot cup of tea, a nice book, and good company.
Being a California kid, Keegan enjoys warm summer days, road
trips, adventurous nature-related activities, and swimming in the sea. Although he plays a lot of soccer, he also is heavily involved in the musical scene and plays a total of three instruments and sings. His biggest influences include David Beckham, Ed Sheeran and Ellen. He just released his first album.
Social Media Guru
Ameya is a New York Native who’s always on an adventure. She travels back and forth between her homes in Portland and New York City. Born a curious creative, she grew up exploring oceans, local libraries, art museums, kitchens and closets. She loves fresh notebooks, taking photos, sketching, street food, collecting quirky objects, live music, epic beach sunsets and all animals. She’s a news hound who is passionate about aesthetics and equity.
Maya has always enjoyed storytelling but only branched out into comic/graphic novel style recently. She’s a classically trained violinist and enjoys discussing current social issues.
Aidan is WANT’s resident computer genius. It is his prowess in CSS, PHP, HTML, Java, and more that keep the WANT site functional and dynamic. When not typing away on his computer Aidan is a talented singer and actor who starred as an secret agent in his 8th grade musical. He also enjoys playing the card game “Magic” and testing his mathematical knowledge in advanced physics.