Writer’s Bios

Learn a bit about the writers of the articles you find on Beneaththeivy! They are all high school students attending the Columbia University Summer Writing Program.

Eliora Katz is a Washingtonian by address but a New Yorker at heart. She enjoys making the world a greener and more fashionable place. Eliora founded Coco Eco, an active activist group at her school, the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, where she is entering her junior year. This innovative club disseminates information and spearheads activities on sustainable fashion and environmental preservation. Meanwhile, she also attempts to tame her coco (Chanel that is) obsession through her blog http://www.cocoforcoco.wordpress.com. Eliora looks forward to becoming an (even more) successful journalist using multiple media to improve lives worldwide.

Claire Lee is a Korean-American from New York City. She currently attends the Chapin School, a private school located in the Upper East Side. When she is not writing, Claire enjoys playing squash, singing and drawing, reading, and photography. On the weekends, she can be found eating out at Shake Shack or Mezzaluna, or reading Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Currently, her playlist includes Snow Patrol, Boys Like Girls, Five For Fighting, Matchbox Twenty, The Fray and Lady Gaga.

Madeline Wilson hails from Portland, Oregon, where she attends St. Mary’s Academy. She enjoys photography, horseback riding, reading, writing (of course), and dragon boating (it’s a west coast thing). She plans on majoring in global studies or international affairs and travelling the world. Other than that, the rest is wide open.

Caroline Lembo, an incoming senior at Syosset High School on Long Island, NY, is enthralled to have her article published in Beneath The Ivy. She enjoys reading (her favorite book is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz) and writing (her favorite styles are poetry and prose). Her favorite movies include Rocket Science, Into the Wild, and Brideshead Revisited. An avid member of her school’s varsity bowling team, she always keeps music present in her life, whether it means playing the clarinet or attending a Passion Pit concert. She has an older brother and sister from whom she gets most of her inspiration and is so appreciative of her family for allowing her dreams to become realities.

Sarah Qari is a high school junior from Princeton, New Jersey. She writes for her school newspaper, and is active in school Mock Trial and Model United Nations teams. Her hobbies include reading realistic fiction, writing poetry, and playing soccer. Her favorite book is Gone with the Wind, and favorite movies include 10 Things I Hate About You, Zoolander, and The Prestige. She speaks Urdu and some Arabic.

Haley Sherif is a junior in Manhattan. She writes for her school newspaper and is co-editor of her school literary journal Venturer – there she has been published several times. In April a set of her poems were published in Independent Voices. She has read at several events and continues to submit her work. She is amidst drafts of a short memoir. Sherif is happiest when she writes. She would like Toni Morrison to be her Godmother.

Erin Adams lives in a small, rural, western Pennsylvania town called DuBois. She attends the DuBois Area High School, where she is a rising junior. Her favorite activities are writing, reading, and watching obscure movies. She is extremely involved with her school band and her recently resurrected school newspaper. Insects are the bane of her existence, though she doesn’t like most animals. Unfortunately, her house is very close to the woods, allowing easy access for various critters. This is her first time attending the Columbia University High School Program.

Anubhav Bhatnagar is an Indian student living and studying at the International School of Kenya, Nairobi. He speaks English, Hindi, and to a lesser degree Spanish, French and Arabic. An ardent Numismatist for seven years, he is also a member of the Swimming and Cricket teams of his school, is the Treasurer of the National Honor Society Simba Chapter and is part of community service organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Students for the Environment. He is also a member of the Art of Living Foundation.

Lorenzo Ligato is an Italian student. Born and raised in Milan, he studies at Liceo Classico S. Ambrogio. He speaks Italian, English and Spanish and can translate Latin and Ancient Greek. He is also really fond of Classics and Humanities and dreams of becoming a writer. He’s also really interested in photography, arts and music. He is an accomplished pianist too.

Ben Reiser was born in Rhode Island, but moved to Connecticut at the age of 12, and is a rising sophomore at Staples High School. At the age of 15, Ben is currently one of only four sophomore editors at his award-winning school newspaper, Inklings. He describes his love of journalism as “being the link between what’s happening and the public.” Besides his passion for journalism and writing, Ben also takes an interest in seeing musical theatre, learning about American history and government, and rooting for the Boston Red Sox. An avid food lover, Ben cites sushi, burgers (specifically Shake Shack) and his mom’s chocolate chip cookies as his favorites.

Esha Mehta (16) was born on 9/6/93 in India and immigrated to Antwerp, Belgium with her family when she was still an infant. She is a rising junior at Antwerp International School. Her favorite subjects are English and Art, and her favorite hobbies are drawing and playing badminton with her friends and family. She is able to speak English and Gujurati fluently and is currently learning French and Dutch at her school. Esha lives with her parents and an older brother, and would like to have a dog as a pet. Although she lives in a suburban area, Esha enjoys the city setting and is able to drive to the city from her house. She would like to lives in a suburban area that is not far from the city. Esha enjoys drawing and writing in her free time, which is the reason why she chose to enroll in the Columbia Creative Writing program.

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