2014 ThreeSixty Magazine Executive Board

Members of ThreeSixty’s newly constructed executive board have demonstrated the best of our program in terms of communication skills, story development and student ambassadorship. Coupled with our full editorial board, these students brainstorm ideas for future publications and execute them through in-person interviews, careful background research and intense personal essay construction. Students meet once a month to hone their skills, with many receiving their first professional bylines through our publication.

MEET THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

Sagal Abdirahman is a senior at St. Louis Park High School. A graduate of ThreeSixty’s 2014 Intermediate Journalism Camp, Sagal loves hanging out at Roller Gardens, Yogurt Lab and Lake Calhoun. She likes writing because it lets her “get away from everything around you and there are no limits.” If she could travel anywhere, she would go to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

  • Future job: Lawyer
  • Special talents: Singing and debate
  • Dream interview: Morgan Freeman
  • Favorite movie: Titanic



Lujain Al-Khawi is a senior at Blaine High School. She graduated from ThreeSixty’s Introduction to Journalism Summer Camp in 2014. During camp, Lujain wrote about finding identity through religion and American culture for publication. She also interviewed several media professionals for profiles that were published online. She loves to dissect biased media and is active in American-Muslim youth engagement.

  • Career goals: Pediatric physician
  • Favorite book: Then I Was Guided
  • Favorite musician: Sam Smith
  • Dream interview: Ron Paul



Selam Berhea is a junior at Blaine High School. A graduate of ThreeSixty’s 2014 Intermediate Journalism Camp, Selam would love to interview Anderson Cooper and learn why he is not scared while reporting in dangerous areas. She loves to sing and travel. Fun fact: As a special talent, she can also wiggle her left ear. Ask her to demonstrate!

  • Favorite author: C.S. Lewis
  • Favorite musician: Frank Ocean
  • Favorite place to visit: Como Zoo
  • Dream destination: Japan and Ethiopia



Simone Cazares is a senior at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. A graduate of ThreeSixty’s 2012 Introduction to Journalism and 2013 Intermediate summer camps, she is also a senior reporter — the program’s highest ranking. Simone often writes about local musicians (she has interviewed Zach Sobiech, Lydia Hoglund and Jeremy Messersmith) and has contributed to Minnesota Public Radio’s Young Reporters Series. Originally from Miami, Simone survives the cruel Minnesota winters by immersing herself in the Twin Cities’ incredible local music scene.

  • Career goals: Music journalist
  • Favorite book: To Be Young, Gifted and Black
  • Favorite movie: Harry Potter
  • Favorite musician: Nina Simone



Ellie Colbert is a senior at Washburn High School. A graduate of ThreeSixty’s 2013 spring NewsTeam, she loves writing because it allows her to be expressive. She has previously filed stories on religion, study abroad programs and local restaurants for ThreeSixty. Ellie is interested in several important topics, including inequality, poverty and the environment. In the future, she would love any kind of job that allows her to work directly with people.

  • Favorite author: John Green
  • Dream destination: Greece
  • Favorite hobby: Go to the lakes
  • Favorite instrument: Cello



Maya Shelton Davies is a senior at River Falls High School. The longest tenured member at ThreeSixty, Maya joined NewsTeam as an eighth grader and also attended the 2012 Intermediate Summer Camp. She has interviewed two Twin Cities mayors for ThreeSixty’s @16 series — R.T. Rybak and Chris Coleman — and written pieces on school safety protocols, a North Minneapolis women’s shelter and interfaith youth groups. Maya was also picked to attend the Asian American Journalists Association’s prestigious JCamp in 2013.

  • Favorite hobby: Tweeting
  • Favorite music genre: Indie
  • Interesting fact: Has a huge DVD collection
  • Favorite drink: Chai tea



Hannah Gordon is a senior at Washburn High School. A graduate of ThreeSixty’s 2013 spring NewsTeam, she has written stories on religion, study abroad programs and local restaurants alongside Ellie Colbert for publication. Issues of personal importance include social inequality, widespread violence and environmental issues on a local and global scale. In her spare time, she enjoys biking and going to all the lakes in Minnesota.

  • Favorite author: Cheryl Strayed
  • Favorite musician: alt-J
  • Favorite sport: Tennis and cross country skiing
  • Favorite hobby: Visiting with friends



Isabelle Loisel is a senior at Edison High School. A graduate of ThreeSixty’s 2014 Intermediate Journalism Camp, Isabelle is interested in photography and would love to be a makeup artists or interior designer. She has also contributed artwork to ThreeSixty’s publication. In her spare time, Isabelle enjoys going to Uptown and getting lost on the city bus.

  • Favorite musician: Kellin Quinn
  • Favorite movie: Moulin Rouge
  • Special talent: Opening jars
  • Dream interview: Hayley Williams



Will Ragatz is a senior from Southwest High School. A graduate of ThreeSixty’s 2014 Intro to Journalism Camp, Will has an eye on being a sports journalist in the future. A big baseball fan, Will plays competitively and is a diehard Minnesota sports fan. For the winter 2014 issue, he interviewed Thaddeus Young of the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of ThreeSixty’s @16 profile. Fun fact: Will is a standout speller. You’ve been warned, Scrabble players.

  • Favorite hobby: Going to Vikings and Twins games
  • Favorite activity: Baseball
  • Favorite movie: 21 Jump Street
  • Favorite author: John Green



Elena Renken is a senior at St. Paul Central High School. A graduate of ThreeSixty’s 2013 Intro to Journalism and 2014 Intermediate Journalism camps, Elena has written about the same sex marriage amendment, technology in schools, and “selfie” culture for publication. Away from ThreeSixty, she also works as a member of the Teen Advisory Council at the Minnesota History Center and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate.

  • Favorite book: The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Favorite movie: The Fall
  • Favorite musician: HAIM
  • Dream interview: Ilyse Hogue



Kayla Song is a senior at Maple Grove. A graduate of ThreeSixty’s 2014 Intermediate Journalism Camp, she is editor of her school newspaper and would love to be either a print journalist or TV reporter in the future. She likes writing because it gives her the freedom to ruminate about anything. In her spare time, Kayla loves running outside in the spring and ice skating in the winter at her community center.

  • Favorite movie: Taken
  • Hobbies: Art and cooking
  • Dream interview: Stephen King
  • Special talent: Can read a 487-page book in one day



Danielle Wong is a junior at Eastview High School. A graduate of ThreeSixty’s 2013 Intro to Journalism and 2014 Intermediate Journalism camps, Danielle has written about teen sleep patterns and Mu Performing Arts for publication. Danielle enjoys writing because she loves making “nothing into something.” In the future, she would love to find a job that combines her passions for writing, acting and singing — possibly as a TV reporter.

  • Favorite hobbies: Acting, singing, and eating good food
  • Favorite musician: Demi Lovato
  • Favorite author: John Grisham
  • Special talents: Can sound like a duck



Amira Warren-Yearby is a senior at St. Louis Park High School. A 2013 graduate of ThreeSixty’s Intermediate Journlaism Camp, she’s also a senior reporter who has written about race, religion and technology, Amira was one of 42 teens selected to the Asian American Journalists Association’s prestigious J-Camp in Boston in 2014. She also produces videos for The Echo, St. Louis Park’s high school paper, and serves as a St. Louis Parktacular ambassador.

  • Favorite author: Jay Asher
  • Favorite musician: Alicia Keys
  • Favorite place to visit: Anywhere with culture
  • Favorite movie: Identity Theft



Mina Yuan is a sophomore at Wayzata High School. A graduate of ThreeSixty’s 2013 Intro to Journalism Camp, she would like to someday study journalism, law, economics, medicine or music. She is also open to the possibility of none of those happening. Her dream interview would be SNSD’s Tiffany. So much is unknown about her idol lifestyle and Mina thinks it would be amazing to talk to her.

  • Favorite movie: Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Favorite musician: Girls’ Generation/SNSD
  • Favorite book: Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us