About Us

Our Mission

The Bullhorn is an entirely student-run newspaper that aims to equitably give a voice to students who might not otherwise be able to express their opinions. We want to cover systemic problems but also how those problems manifest in our day to day lives. Ultimately, we want to connect public school students across Philadelphia, creating a district-wide identity that mobilizes and positions students to leverage the powers controlling the district. 

Statement regarding The Bullhorn’s affiliation with the Philadelphia Student Union

While all members of the Bullhorn are proud students in Philadelphia public schools, and some of us are members of the Philadelphia Student Union (P.S.U.), the Bullhorn is not affiliated with any particular school nor the P.S.U. We are an entirely independent, entirely student run entity. We thank our teachers, school staff, P.S.U., and all of our supportive family and friends for inspiring us as we embark on this exciting project.


Co-Presidents

Kaitlyn Rodriguez

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Hey! My name is Kaitlyn Gabriella Rodriguez or Kait for short. I'm a visual art major at CAPA High School and am now a junior. I’m also a Puerto Rican multimedia producer that is involved in a variety of groups and organizations at school, including DEI, Student Council, WHYY media labs, and The Latinx Club. I frequently speak about problems that are often overlooked in the Latinx community, as well as fighting for youth mental health and the importance of giving resources to students with these needs.

I joined Bullhorn towards the conclusion of my freshman year and the beginning of my sophomore year. I've always been someone who gets engaged in projects that encourage student voices, and Bullhorn felt like the perfect fit because it's a student-run newspaper run by students, for students. I worked as a website designer before moving on to email supervisor and then working as a journalist for a brief time. Now that I am the President, I am ecstatic to begin a new chapter in Bullhorn. I intend to keep making this a place where ALL students may come together to develop something new and share their ideas with others. Furthermore, I aim to continue to make this a diverse environment by including every student from every school and background


Lin Lin

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Hi! My name is Lin Lin and I am currently a senior at Central High School. I am a part of the Mock Trial team, student government, and Asian Pacific Islander Union at my school. I have also been part of grassroots organizations like Asian Americans United and VietLead. As a nonbinary queer Asian American, I organize around matters pertaining to racial consciousness and language justice which I hope I can bring to The Bullhorn as the President.

I was originally a journalist at The Bullhorn, writing about school district policies and abolition. I hope to continue my work as a Philadelphia beat journalist. I am very excited to be working on The Bullhorn and cannot wait to see the pieces that our students can create. 


Department Leaders

Riley Keenan

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HEAD OF OUTREACH

I joined the bullhorn to have the ability to connect with others within philadelphia and amplify student voices. This year I started in the communications department where I organize social media and plan events for the bullhorn. When I’m not working with the Bullhorn I debate for my schools debate team.

Kara Butler

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Hi everybody!! I’m Kara Butler and I am currently a senior at Lankenau High School. At school, I am a part of the Book Club and Crochet Club. Going to an environmental science school, naturally, I care a lot about climate change and just making the world a better, safer place for everyone. While writing wasn’t what I considered my strong suit, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and join The Bullhorn as a journalist. It ended up being one of the best choices I’ve made. I love working with all of my Bullhorn coworkers and am extremely excited about what’s to come for this organization.

Zion Brooks

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HEAD OF COMMUNICATION

Hey! My name is Zion Brooks and I am a Senior at SLA Beeber where I am involved in multiple clubs and organizations such as the Philadelphia Student Union, the Robotics team, and I am a Bask in Your Beauty alumni. I also have an internship at the Media Mobilizing Project. I hope to one day become an engineering consultant. I am also a fashion lover and a huge black history buff -- in fact, my favorite book is Copper Sun by Sharon Draper. I am a member of the outreach team for The Bullhorn which is the second newspaper that I’ve worked for. I really enjoy writing and love the idea of students from all over the district working together with equal resources and a common goal, which is highly uncommon in our city. I’ve attended Philadelphia public schools for most of my life and I have never experienced true unity between schools, so I look forward to working on The Bullhorn!

Andreas Carleton

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HEAD OF ORGINZATION

Hi, my name is Andreas Carleton. I am a junior at Academy of Palumbo. I decided to join this newspaper because I wanted to learn more about the journalism process and interact with students from other schools in the district. Outside of this newspaper, I volunteer as an intern for a film studio. In my free time, I enjoy learning how to play instruments, practicing fighting games, and watching movies.

Tiana D Johnson

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TRANSLATION

Hi! I’m Tiana D Johnson, a senior at Friends Select School. I am a part of the translation department of Bullhorn. At Friends Select School, I am the leader of the Chinese Culture Club and a member of the math club and the yearbooks committee. I am a peer tutor at school and I work as a volunteer teacher who teaches China's middle school students English through online courses. For after class-activities, I do programming, painting, ballet, and piano. And I have been participating in debates since I started high school. I joined Bullhorn because there are many immigrant families in the Philadelphia school district. Some parents, as first-generation immigrants, may not be proficient in reading English. By translating our articles into different languages, we can help more parents understand their children's learning environment. As Bullhorn is a student-run organization, I think it’s a place for all students across the Philadelphia school district to work together and make our community better.


Editorial Department

Owen Setiawan

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Assistant Editor

I joined the Bullhorn to gain more experience in working alongside other writers and students while also meeting amazing students from across the district. I hope to grow more while with the Bullhorn in understanding the journalistic process. Outside of the Bullhorn I love learning about languages and the way communities work together!

Mia McElhatton

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Assistant Editor

Hi Everyone! My name is Mia McElhatton and I'm the assistant 440 or school district editor. I'm a senior at Central High School. At Central I'm a mock trial co-captain, a writer for the school paper, and heavily involved in the choirs. Outside of school, I am on the board of the High School Journal of Law and Society. This summer I am the community organizer intern with the Women’s Community Revitalization Project, a nonprofit that helps provide deeply affordable housing for women of color in Philadelphia. I also work as a hostess at a neighborhood restaurant in Philadelphia. I love the show Gilmore Girls and I can't choose a favorite book! My favorite thing to do in my free time is to spend time and bake for friends and family. I can't wait to work with such smart and driven students from all over the city and help continue the student journalism of the Bullhorn!

Sylvia Erdely

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Opinion Beat Editor

Hi! My name is Sylvia Erdely and I’m the Opinion beat editor. I’m a junior at Masterman, where I’m part of ethics bowl, world affairs club, run a Jewish Student Union, and am an editor for my school newspaper, Voices. I adore every aspect of being part of a paper, the structure, the camaraderie, the journalism process, all of which I learned through Voices. My love for my school newspaper drove me to join The Bullhorn because I love to write and love working with others who appreciate it as much as I do! Besides writing, I enjoy baking fruit crumbles and working at my local thrift store. I’ve lived in Philadelphia and attended public schools my whole life, so I’m very excited to be part of a publication that is by public school students, for public school students!

Patricia Frimpong

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Inside 440 Beat Editor

Hi, I’m Patricia, a member of The Bullhorn’s editorial team. I am currently a junior at The Philadelphia High School for Girls. At Girls High I rediscovered my passion for the sciences, more specifically chemistry and biology. As well as my love for community organizing and activism. My favorite TV shows are Greys Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, and The Order. I’ve been with The Bullhorn for a little over a year and am here to stay. I joined The Bullhorn for four reasons.

First, to rekindle my hobby of writing. Second, to not only give myself a voice but others as well. Third, the fact that the Philadelphia School District is so large, this newspaper provides an outlet for the readers and myself to connect with each other. The fourth reason is because The Bullhorn is an entirely student run newspaper. This gives us the opportunity to address the issues that not only affect our individual schools, but our district as a whole. We can now do this without the pressure of higher powers keeping us from discussing what needs to be discussed.

Sophia Matje

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Philadelphia Beat Editor

Hi! My name is Sophia Matje, and I am a senior at Masterman High School. I live in South Philly with my parents, sister, and dog Buddy. At school, I participate in Debate, Peer Counseling, Ethics Bowl, and play for our Softball team. I'm really interested in getting Philadelphia district students educated on the voting process, and I've worked as a My School Votes Student Ambassador as well. I joined The Bullhorn because I enjoy reading and writing, especially articles written by students about issues that they care about. I think it's amazing that students from all different schools can come together for such a wide scale project. In my free time, I like to hangout with friends, watch movies, and go to the gym. As the Philadelphia beat editor, I hope to learn more about the city I love, and I hope Bullhorn readers learn something new as well!

Risa Garg

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Assistant Editor

Hi! My name is Risa Garg, I'm a Junior at Central High School, and I'm an assistant editor and a journalist for the Bullhorn. My favorite subjects at school are definitely my history and english classes, but I want to major in Psychology at college. I have been writing since I was in elementary school, and when I found out about the Bullhorn last year, I thought it was the perfect way to pursue my love for writing, meet many awesome new people along the way, and also get to read and edit articles written by other students! In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my cats, watching old movies on netflix, kickboxing, and playing the piano.

Sophia Roach

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Activism Beat Editor

I joined as a journalist in the 2020 school year and am now an editor! I love the mission the Bullhorn has & their dedication to the students. I spend most of my time listening to Red (waiting for Taylor's version.....) scrolling through the #booktok tag, and watching True Crime documentaries :)


Journalism Department

Christina Thomas

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Lin introduced me to Bullhorn, and I was motivated to join because it was very difficult to make my voice heard as a student; proven by a couple failed attempts to get published in local newspapers through letters to the editors. I most of my volunteering is political activism, but I also volunteer a lot with my church. I like reading, doing art, and krav maga.

Sanai Browning

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I joined the bullhorn to gain more experience in journalism and be around teens my age to discuss topics that we like seeing. I am a reporter for the bullhorn. I like choreographing, singing, writing.

Amy Liao

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My name is Amy Liao, and I am a sophomore at Central High School. I am a journalist at The Bullhorn. I joined The Bullhorn because it gives me opportunities to work with different people all over Philadelphia with different backgrounds, as well as being able to collaborate with students at different schools. I also thought joining The Bullhorn will allow me to experience something new since I've never been a part of a newspaper before. I like to bike ride, go skiing, swim, watch Youtube, travel, and eat food.

Risa Garg

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Hi! My name is Risa Garg, I'm a Junior at Central High School, and I'm an assistant editor and a journalist for the Bullhorn. My favorite subjects at school are definitely my history and english classes, but I want to major in Psychology at college. I have been writing since I was in elementary school, and when I found out about the Bullhorn last year, I thought it was the perfect way to pursue my love for writing, meet many awesome new people along the way, and also get to read and edit articles written by other students! In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my cats, watching old movies on netflix, kickboxing, and playing the piano.

Shamsa Belgrave

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Hi, my name is Shamsa Belgrave, I’m an email supervisor and journalist for the Bullhorn . I joined the Bullhorn because I’ve been interested in journalism for a while but I wasn’t sure how to get an official start. I felt as though this would be the perfect opportunity for me to get experience and find my niche! In my free time I enjoy writing poetry, studying languages, and finding new outlets for expression.

Shawna James

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I joined the Bullhorn because I love writing! I'm an activism journalist and I also work on the podcast. My favorite things to do are playing soccer and watching Friends and Gilmore Girls. I'm so excited to spend a year with the Bullhorn!

Jesse Wein-Gold

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I work as a journalist at the Bullhorn, where I write under the activism beat. I love learning and analyzing contemporary and historical events, and I wanted to join a newspaper so I help other people learn and analyze topics, especially around Philadelphia. I spend a lot of my time at Central High School (where I am currently a sophomore). But in my free time, I love making extravagant desserts, reading Octavia Butler novels, and playing with my cat.


Communications Department

Caryn Chandler

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Outreach Assisstant

I joined the bullhorn because I loved the Idea of a student led newspaper and I wanted to be apart of that

Jaira Marcos

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Event Designer

Hi! My name is Jaira Marcos, and I’m a senior at Central High School. In The Bullhorn Newspaper, I’m a Social Media Supervisor in Communications and an Event Designer in Design. I joined Bullhorn because I loved how it’s completely run by students. In school, I’m involved in multiple activities, such as Cross Country, Science Olympiad, and—one that I’m particularly proudest of—Asian Pacific Islander Union (APIU). In APIU, I collaborate with other students to create a safe space for people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, where we push for unity with each other and with other people of color. Outside of school, I participate in programs relating to fields I’m interested in, such as STEM and medicine, but also programs that promote reflection and self-identity. When I’m older, I aspire to become a psychiatrist and work to help others with their struggles. In my free time, I like to play video games, play the piano and ukulele, and read!

Helen Chen

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Outreach Assistant

I am one of the Chinese translator and Outreach assistant in Bullhorn. I joined the Bullhorn because I love what the Bullhorn does and would love to contribute my bilingual skills to do something that would benefit other students and families in the city! I love baking and reading in my free time


Art & Film Department

Zora Ball

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Assistant Art Organizer

I have always been a creative person. Once I was informed by a friend about Bullhorn, I thought it would be a great opportunity to use my creative skills. I went forth with my idea and joined Bullhorn as a print designer. When I am not busy with school, I love to bake and play the piano. I also love traveling; it is definitely the highlight of my life.

Chloe To

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Event Designer and Assistant Art Organizer

Hi! My name is Chloe To, I'm in Bullhorn's Design and Art & Film team. I joined the Bullhorn so I could be a part of a community of students who are from Philly that want to express their opinions. I am currently a junior at Central High School where I take part in ASAO. When I'm not at school or doing work for the Bullhorn, I spend most of my free time doing art! I've been in art school since I was five and I've been doing it ever since, ranging from photography to sculpture. I wanted to take my knowledge in art to help the Bullhorn in their Design and Art & Film departments. I am a new member of the Bullhorn and I'm very excited to bring you new things!!


Design Department

Aleena Tan

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Event Designer

Hi everyone! I joined the bullhorn because I really liked the work that they do and how it’s entirely student-based. I love to design and use my creativity. I also love working with others and meeting new people so this was the perfect opportunity. I am a part of the Design Team where I help make flyers for events, create Instagram posts, and work on the print that we will be releasing. In my personal life, I like to make jewelry for myself and my loved ones. I also like to play games and watch movies with my friends. I practice playing the ukulele often, but I’m not very good at all.

Yi Huan Yang

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Print Designer

As an avid graphic designer and photographer, I felt that the best way to develop my skills for professional use was to be in a professional setting, The Bullhorn. As the print designer, I work closely with the communications team to compose eye-catching yet informative prints with the work of our creators. I am involved with many local organizations, having worked with Asian Students Promoting Identity Reflection and Education (ASPIRE), Asian Americans United (AAU), and Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (GPCA). At school, I am the vice president of Martial Arts Club, Treasurer of Intern CHS, Graphic Designer of Economic, Career, Self-Improvement, Research (ECSIR), and mentee of SASE Drexel. I have practiced Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art, and ballet for over 6 years and am currently completing a summer internship at The Fabric Workshop and Museum as the Development Intern while designing my own fabric print of mushrooms. Aside from photography, I enjoy cooking, baking, working out, and binging tv shows. I look forward to seeing what students across the district are up to and how I can encourage the student's voice.

Jaira Marcos

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Event Designer

Hi! My name is Jaira Marcos, and I’m a senior at Central High School. In The Bullhorn Newspaper, I’m a Social Media Supervisor in Communications and an Event Designer in Design. I joined Bullhorn because I loved how it’s completely run by students. In school, I’m involved in multiple activities, such as Cross Country, Science Olympiad, and—one that I’m particularly proudest of—Asian Pacific Islander Union (APIU). In APIU, I collaborate with other students to create a safe space for people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, where we push for unity with each other and with other people of color. Outside of school, I participate in programs relating to fields I’m interested in, such as STEM and medicine, but also programs that promote reflection and self-identity. When I’m older, I aspire to become a psychiatrist and work to help others with their struggles. In my free time, I like to play video games, play the piano and ukulele, and read!

Jovi Tanjaya

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Print Designer

I have always been a creative person. Once I was informed by a friend about Bullhorn, I thought it would be a great opportunity to use my creative skills. I went forth with my idea and joined Bullhorn as a print designer. When I am not busy with school, I love to bake and play the piano. I also love traveling; it is definitely the highlight of my life.


Translators Department

Helen Chen

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Chinese Translator

I am one of the Chinese translator and Outreach assistant in Bullhorn. I joined the Bullhorn because I love what the Bullhorn does and would love to contribute my bilingual skills to do something that would benefit other students and families in the city! I love baking and reading in my free time

Ying Cao

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Spanish Translator

At Bullhorn, I'm the Spanish translator and I joined because I found it appealing how it was a student-run newspaper run by students who all share a common goal. I also found this a great opportunity for a new experience. At school, usually, the subjects that I tend to enjoy more are the foreign languages classes. I love photography and spend the majority of my time listening to music and watching movies or tv shows (other than schoolwork) ?. On another note, this experience at Bullhorn is allowing me to experience something new so I look forward to seeing what's next.

Jingyu Liu

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Chinese Translator

It’s my first year here and I choose to join Bullhorn because I want to use want I know to expand myself on certain skills. I like to walk around places and take pictures and I like to eat as well. I like to drink milk teas and desserts. My hobbies are playing badminton and playing with LEGOs.