The Mentor

The student news site of Manhattan High School

The Mentor

The Mentor

2022-2023 Staff

Online Editor-in-Chief

Kaylee Kurman

Senior Kaylee Kurman is currently the Online Editor-in-Chief of MHSMentor.com. As the Online Editor-in-Chief, she manages the stories that get posted on The Mentor's website and its social media accounts. Kurman started off...

Avery Inman
Blue M Editor-in-Chief

Avery Inman

Senior Avery Inman is the Editor-in-Chief for The Blue M. She has been part of the staff for two years. Inman joined the class, as most do, by taking the 21st Century Journalism. She wanted to take the class due to her inter...

Sports Editor

Will Ivester

Sophomore Will Ivester is this year’s sports editor for the MHS Student Media. Ivester has been a member since freshman year. He found out about the Publications class before his freshman year and decided he might want to do...

Business Manager

Sossi Gallagher

This is sophomore Sossi Gallagher’s first year as Business and Advertising Manager for MHS Student Media. After taking 21st Century Journalism last year, Gallagher decided to take the position and stay a part of the staff. ...

Staff Writer

Abbie Geering

Sophomore Abbie Geering is a smart, athletic, hard worker and an honest person. She is a diamond in the rough at Manhattan High School. Geering’s academic interests are AP Science, Journalism, and Gender and Ethnic Studies. S...

Staff Writer

Mary Brighton

Freshman Mary Brighton is a staff writer for the MHS Mentor who joined this year. Mary is 14 years old and she is on the Marlins Swim Team. She started swimming for them this summer and has met many friends. “There’...

Staff Writer

Kodi Uphoff

Kodi Uphoff is a freshman at Manhattan High School who recently made the decision to join journalism this year..  “I wanted to know how to write good stories since I'm really passionate about writing,” Uphoff said...

Staff Writer

Joey Smith

Sophomore Joey Smith is a 15-year-old staff writer for the MHS Mentor who recently moved to Manhattan from South Carolina. “The people are so much nicer here,” Smith said. Smith joined Journalism for his interest of vi...

Staff Writer

Thurston Rogers

Thurston Rogers, sophomore, is brand new to journalism. He is 15 years old and enjoys video editing and digital art, which he has also done in his spare time for five years.  He hopes to use his talents here at Manhatta...

Staff Writer

Hunter Flagg

Hunter Flagg is a freshman staff writer who joined journalism this year after moving from New York, not too far from the city. If Flagg can find the time outside of class, he likes to be with friends as he likes people in ge...

Staff Writer

Otis Mazurkiewicz

Junior Otis Mazurkiewicz is a first-year staff writer. He joined journalism because he wanted “to be part of the high school newspaper.”  Some of Mazurkiewicz’s favorite classes are Drama, Marching Band and AP L...

Staff Writer

Peyton Berry

Peyton Berry is a 14-year-old freshman. Throughout a normal school day, Berry looks forward to journalism and history class. A few of her hobbies are golf and softball. Since the start of this school year, Berry’s biggest achieve...

Staff Writer

Edee Galle

Sophomore Edee Galle is a first-year staff writer for MHS Student Media. Galle joined the MHS publications staff after transferring here from Rock Creek High School, where she took a journalism intro class. “I joined pub...

Staff Writer

Julien Sowell

Sophomore Julien Sowell is a first-year staff writer with The Mentor. He has a YouTube vlog channel and has joined 21st Century Journalism because he enjoys talking to people. “[I’m most excited for] the people in the class, that firs...

Photographer

Taylor Shuck

Junior Taylor Shuck is a photographer for MHS Student Media and has been a member since the start of this year. Shuck joined the staff because he likes taking pictures of sports. He found out about the Photo Imaging class ...

Photographer

Bailey Stanley

Sophomore Bailey Stanley is a photographer for the Mentor and Blue M this semester. As a photographer, she captures moments at games and activities. Stanley joined Photo Imaging this semester and has excelled with her photograp...

Haze Preston
Photographer

Haze Preston

Haze Preston is a Senior Photographer for MHS Student Media and has been on staff since their junior year. Preston joined staff when they took Photo Imaging class their junior year because of their  interest in photography...

Hailey Vardiman
Video Production

Hailey Vardiman

Senior Hailey Vardiman is a videographer for Digital Media Publications. Vardiman was in Kristy Nyp’s Advisory when she needed help with videography editing. The first time she did a livestream, she learned new things that made ...

Staff Photographer

Shaniyah Pierre

Senior Shaniyah Pierre is a first-year photographer for MHS Student Media.  Pierre joined Photo Imaging because it was one of the only classes available that sounded interesting.  “[I'm most excited about] learnin...

The Mentor Managing Editor

Danny Biniecki

Junior Daniel Biniecki is the Managing Editor of the Mentor this year. He has been a member of staff since his second semester of his sophomore year. Biniecki joined the staff during this second semester of his sophomoren year be...

Staff Photographer

Amour Graham

Senior Amour Graham is a Photographer for Mhs Student Media. She has been a member of staff since the beginning of the 2022-2023 year. Graham joined photo imaging class because to take pictures and learn about it more. “...

Photo Editor

Gabby Turner

Junior Gabby Turner is the photo editor for MHS Student Media. She found journalism interesting, and after taking the 21st Century Journalism class last spring, she decided to join the publication staff. “I thought journali...

Ayana Jones
Graphic Design

Ayana Jones

Junior Ayana Jones is MHS Student Publications’ Graphic Designer for the 2022-2023 school year.  This is Jones’s second year on staff. This year she is hoping to better her skills and create better relationships wit...

Laneya Christian
Senior Staff Writer

Laneya Christian

Senior Laneya Christian has been in MHS Student Media since 2021. Christian participates in The Mentor newspaper, Blue M yearbook and Video Production. “I joined this class because I had an interest in journalism and took a survey th...

Xavier Campbell
Senior Videographer

Xavier Campbell

Xavier Campbell is a senior videographer who joined the video crew his sophomore year during his time with Kristen Hopkins’s Video Fundamentals class. From this, he joined Kristy Nyp’s Video Production class.  Camp...