About Us

INFORMATION ABOUT THE LEGACY

The Legacy newspaper was founded in January 2015 at the High School for Media and Communications at the George Washington Educational Campus. Our student newspaper is a space for students to report the news of our school community, the local Washington Heights community, New York City, and international news. We believe in the power of students’ voices and the importance of sharing stories from students’ perspectives. In November 2016, our newspaper received the Honorable Mention Newsie for Best New Newspaper.

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(From left to right) Ms. Topbas, Jovanny Sierra, Tatyana Kennedy, Marieme Jiddou, Camille Shields, and Stephanie Nunez accept the Honorable Mention Newsie for Best New Newspaper in November 2016 at Baruch College.

THE LEGACY STAFF

Marieme Jiddou, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Marieme Jiddou is a junior at the High School for Media and Communications who over the past three years loves writing for The Legacy. The Legacy was Marieme’s gateway to the world of journalism. In 2017, she was selected to participate in the Dow Jones Youth Mentor Program. She aspires to go to John Jay University, to major in anthropology and minor in journalism.

Lessley Perez, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Lessley Perez is a junior at the High School for Media and Communications. She joined The Legacy Newspaper as a writer during her sophomore year. She likes the opportunity that the Legacy gives her and has contributed articles to El Diario. Outside of the Legacy, Lessley has been on the girl’s soccer team for three years. She aspires to go to John Jay University, to major in criminology and minor in journalism/psychology.

Shanita Baker, Editor

Shanita Baker is a junior at the High School for Media and Communications. With a strong interest in science and social issues, Shanita has developed a passion for writing feature stories using investigative journalism. Outside of The Legacy, Shanita is on the George Washington Educational Campus’ Track Team. She hopes to attend Yale University.

Jane Min, Marketing Director/ Editor

Jane Min is a junior at the High School for Media and Communications. She joined The Legacy Newspaper as a writer during her sophomore year. She received the role of an editor and marketing director as well. She aspires to major in physics in college.

Camille Shields, Communications Director

Camille Shields is a senior at the High School for Media and Communications. With a deep interest in social media and communications, Camille was selected to become The Legacy’s first Communications Director in 2016. As Communications Director, Camille oversees the newspaper’s reporting on social media. Camille looks forward to majoring in Communications in college next year.

Noelia Alonzo Guzman, Graphic Designer

Noelia Alonzo Guzman is a junior at the High School for Media and Communications. She first joined The Legacy newspaper as a bilingual reporter contributing stories written in both English and Spanish. In September 2017, Noelia became a Graphic Designer responsible for the graphic design of the school newspaper. She is skilled in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Noelia looks forward to majoring in architecture in college.

Eliezer Richiez-Paredes, Graphic Designer

Eliezer Richiez-Paredes is a junior at the High School for Media and Communications. He first joined The Legacy newspaper as a Junior. In September 2017, Eliezer became a Graphic Designer responsible for the graphic design of the school newspaper. He also acquired the skills of using Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Tatyanna West, Reporter

Tatyanna West is a sophomore at the High School for Media and Communications. She joined The Legacy Newspaper as a reporter during her freshman year. She loves telling news in all forms of media especially through the lenses of televised broadcast. She has earned the title of Head anchor on the school news known as HSMC News. She sees the world through the eyes of the people.

Jaylene Then, Photographer

Jaylene Then is a senior at the High School for Media and Communications. Jaylene’s passion for photography and video was sparked in high school. With a keen eye, Jaylene is a strong sports photojournalist. Since her junior year, she has been a key photographer for the newspaper.

Brandon Nixon, Photographer

Brandon Nixon is a senior at the High School for Media and Communications. Brandon’s interest for photography was sparked when he first picked up a camera in high school. Since his junior year, Brandon has been a lead photographer for the newspaper. In addition to publishing photographs in The Legacy, Brandon’s photographs have also been published in Manhattan Times and El Diario.