Inside Retrospect: What You Really Didn’t Want to Know About This Year’s Editors
By: Maggie Amjad and Roxana Moazami
Believe it or not, Retrospect is not run by monkeys or the English teachers, and although we are easily convinced that HB girls’ writing is so fabulous that there is never any need for changes, that is not the case. From spelling errors to sentence fragments, these girls are on it, checking over every article before they are published. They are the senior editors for the 2014- 2015 school year. With new videos, more articles and funny gifs, these editors have had a large role in the success of Retrospect this year. There have been more views than past years and lots of participation from the student body. If you do not personally know these girls, then this is your chance to learn a few things. We asked each editor four questions, one about Retrospect, one about school, and two completely random questions, then we chose two answers for the article. Take notes, you never know when these facts will come in handy!
First up is Brady Furlich, whose claim to fame is editing Between Two Freshmen.
Q: If you could go back to one specific grade, which would it be?
A: Oh, Kindergarten for sure. Probably for the naps and the fact that I got to play Mary in a school Christmas pageant, which would be my proudest moment thus far in my life.
Q: If you had to be one HB teacher for a day, which would you be?
A:Oh Godshall. Just so I could send out as many emails I could during a given day.
Next is Emily Amjad, known for her fabulous baked treats made with Madeleine. Living in the same house as Emily has its perks especially when she and Madeleine are baking.
Q: If you had to be stuck on an island with one other editor, which would it be?
A: Either Maddie because of the insane cooking skills (although I’m not comfortable with hunting…) or Sue because she could probably use her mad computer skills to build us a boat and get us off that island.
Q: If you could only say one word for 24 hours, what would it be and why?
A: Firstly, waffles are delicious. Secondly, waffling around is a super valid thing to say (unlike fetch…).
Now we are moving to Madeleine Schroedel, who is a master of the kitchen, as shown in her and Emily’s baking articles.
Q: If there was a fire in your home, what would be the first thing you’d save?
A: My penguin collection. And my passport. Oh, and my monogrammed kitchen knives.
Q: Place you want to visit the most?
A: The movie set–preferably somewhere tropical– where I would be the personal chef for Ryan Gosling (of course, he would only schedule to film during summer months to ensure my summer employment. And, let’s be real, he wouldn’t want any other chef cooking his gourmet omelets. Insert use of my 7 inch Santoku chef knife here).
Hannah Yahraus comes next with interests expanding from British TV to helping others as a co-president of GROW.
Q: All time favorite retrospect article?
A: I can’t really choose a favorite article, but I have loved reading the different satires on HB life. They’re always so relatable, and it’s nice to be able to laugh at the craziness that HB can sometimes be.
Q: What is something you can’t live without?
A: I could not live without tea or hot chocolate. Even in the summer, being able to curl up with a cup of tea and read a book is always the best part of any day. One thing I really need is a giant mug, like the ones they have at Phoenix. Only mine would be colorful and have polka dots, smiley faces, or some inspirational quote on it that would make me even happier.
After Hannah is Li Stebner who has written a variety of articles in the past year ranging from meditation to snow days.
Q: What is your commitment as an editor?
A: I’d say I spend about an hour to an hour and a half a week being an editor, but I may spend more… That is at least, I don’t really keep track though….
Q: If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: I know this sounds stupid but black. I love just a plain black v-neck T-shirt. I feel that way I could never get tired of something that is so understated.
Now onto Lexi Anderson, whose “pop culture chats” have caused many laughs for the HB community.
Q: How has being a part of newspaper helped your writing?
A: Newspaper has helped me learn how to write objectively about issues, even when I have strong opinions on them; so, for example, now I can interview Scott Parsons about whether or not he’s a “Beyoncé hater” without insinuating that there is something fundamentally wrong with him when he states that he doesn’t really like Queen B.
Q: What clubs do you recommend joining?
A: I recommend the Jane Austen Club (because every time I see that “Hey Girl” Darcy poster when I walk up the stairs, my day significantly improves), and the Bird Watching Club (because why not).
Sunny Roy is our next editor as well as a TAAL dancer and active participant of the HB community.
Q: What really is in the senior room, or is that top secret?
A: The senior room is our haven, our way of showing the school that WE HAVE ARRIVED. Everyone wants that at some point in their lives and the senior room is just that. I’m never going to tell you what’s in there but I’m sure you’ve heard some rumors or even seen it (against the wishes of the seniors). Just wait for it, it’s magical.
Q: If you had to be a cartoon character, which would you be? What about disney princess?
A: Daphne from Scooby Doo. I don’t have really any reason except for that she wore a really cool purple dress and got to go on adventures with Scooby and Fred. Her scarf/ascot looking thing was super on point too. Obviously I would pick Jasmine. She’s beautiful and royal and has a pet tiger. What else do you need?
Next up is Sue Roy, a sports fanatic (Go Lebron!) with impressive writing skills.
Q: What did you think you would be like as a senior when you were a freshman?
A: Oh man that’s a tough one. I knew I was going to be different, but I wasn’t really thinking about it because high school was being thrown at my face (adjustment was interesting to say the least) but I know that I was going to be different, smarter (hopefully), have friends (was praying for that and am extremely lucky to have them). Honestly though, I’m so different than when I was a freshman that i’ve surprised myself and the thing is, it’s all good changes (at least to me) and I have no one to thank other than my closest friends (especially Sam (#shoutout)) (and Sunny, my twin) because they really allowed me to kinda become myself, the person who I truly was because at times it’s hard to be yourself because you have no idea what’s going on (throwback to middle school) (sorry for the length).
Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
A: So when i was a kid, I was extremely obsessed with spiderman so I wanted spidey powers (vivid dreams I assure you and kinda weird to be thinking about being able to stick to walls, but that was me). A close second would be mind reading/ powers because turning off the lights without getting up sounds like heaven.
Then Sam Keum, and yes, this is the famous Sam from Between Two Freshman.
Q: How can we be the freshman in between 2 freshmen?
A: In all honesty, Brady and I have been going upstairs and randomly picking our freshmen who are here by 7:30. However, we are posting a sign up sheet near the lockers. Those of you, like yourselves, who are interested in the role must be able to stand and breathe for more than five minutes at a time without showing any expression on your faces whatsoever.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Christmas because that’s the only time of year I get to see my extended family. Not going to lie though but, every year I secretly hope that (SPOILER ALERT) Santa Claus is still real and that my parents didn’t lie to me about him. I mean I still get presents from Santa Claus so talk about confusing.
We round out this year’s editors with Bridget Babcox.
Q: If you were stuck on an island with the other Retrospect editors, who would be the leader?
A: Whoever could build a raft to get us off the island would definitely earn leader status!
Q: If you could only eat one thing for a year what would that be and why?
A: That would probably have to be Mitchell’s Caramel Fudge Brownie ice cream, which is pretty much the most delicious food in the world. If you’re reading this and haven’t tried it, you definitely need to!
From monogrammed kitchen knives to Scooby Doo, this sure is an interesting bunch. We are confident that these 10 seniors will continue to do a great job and make this the best year ever for Retrospect! We recommend checking out any of these girls’ articles, they are the editors for a reason.