Anthony ‘Sal’ Polcino

Sal Polcino

Anthony ‘Sal’ Polcino is a professional jazz guitarist and published songwriter. He recently returned to school to study journalism, creative writing and communications. Polcino has been a copywriter for his small business for the last six years writing biographies, press releases and blogs for Jazz Punks LLC. Polcino, a first-year student at GCC, would like to combine his knowledge of jazz and writing to produce reviews and possibly a book in the near future.

Polcino comes from a long line of artists, musicians, writers, photographers, directors and producers.

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Agnessa Kasumyan

Agnessa Kasumyan

After writing for her high school newspaper, Agnessa decided to pursue a career in journalism. During her junior year of high school, she broke a story regarding a racial profiling case at school. A year later, her follow-up story finished top five in the National Scholastic Press Association. She has been writing for El Vaquero for the past two semesters and is currently working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.

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Alexandra Duncan

Alexandra Duncan

This is Alex Duncan’s second year at GCC and first year on the El Vaquero staff.  Alex is majoring in Mass Communications and is planning on transferring to Cal State East Bay next fall. She enjoys hiking with her dog and singing any chance she can. She also enjoys expressing herself through writing and is very excited to become a published writer. She also aspires to become a broadcast journalist and hopes to one day meet Matt Lauer and Katie Couric.

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Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams

My name is Jonathan Williams, I’m 22, I love sports, entertainment and technology. This is my first semester in the newsroom and I am ecstatic to be part of the team. Put me in coach! I love to cook, I was once an aspiring chef and I love to write. I’m also a huge movie buff.

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Eric Bourse

Eric Bourse

Eric Bourse was born and raised in Hollywood, California. This is Bourse’s  fifth year as a member of El Vaquero and has served as writer, editor-in-chief, and is currently the newsroom manager. He has covered a variety of topics for the paper including film reviews, news, features and sporting events. His passion is creative writing.

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Richard Kontas

Richard Kontas

Former Editor-in-Chief and Action Sports Photographer.


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Kathy Bakowicz

Kathy Bakowicz

Kathy Bakowicz, an international student from Sweden, is in her second semester at GCC. She is studying all forms of photography and hopes to go pro when she graduates.

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R.J Saunders

R.J Saunders is a Communications Major at Glendale Community College. He is a graduate of Arcadia High School. R.J became interested in writing when he saw Columnist Scoop Jackson’s article Published in an issue of the NBA’s Inside Stuff Magazine. In addition to writing, R.J loves to make jokes and is an enthusiastic NBA fan. R.J plans to go to Cal Poly Pomona where he will continue his journey as a columnist/sports writer. R.J dreams to one day write for ESPN or NBA.Com.

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Kendall Faulkner

Hi, my name is Kendall Faulkner. I am currently a sophomore. I am majoring in journalism, specially broadcast journalism with an emphasis on sports. I am bilingual, I speak French and English. I went to a French school in Los Angeles for six years. I really like to challenge myself. I find joy in being able to do things that myself or others thought I could not do. I believe in following my dreams and that everything happens for a reason. I love doing new things, it is a huge part of who I am. I thrive to do my best and to make my family proud of the person they have influenced me to become.

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Nikki Nagrone

Born in Harbor City, Calif., I have spent most of my life in Southern California.  When not cooking in Old Town Pasadena or writing for the El Vaquero, I like to try new food, read, write, or just take it easy and listen to some music.  I also enjoy riding my bike and skateboarding. An artist at heart, I often connect with people through the things they are most passionate about.  Everyone is enthusiastic about something, whatever it might be, and  you can tell a lot about a person by watching them do what they love.  You can tell even more about them by how they deal with struggles.  Listening to people’s stories  has taught me so much throughout my life and I try to share my own experiences any time it can help someone.   I love writing because it is liberating.  I can write about anything I am passionate about and the only limits I have are the ones I make for myself.

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Sherlyn Ann Maguit

Sherlyn Ann Maguit was born and raised in Los Angeles. She attended high school at John Marshall High in the Los Feliz area. This is her first year on the El Vaquero staff. Sherlyn is majoring in communications with a minor in journalism. She plans on having a career as a sports journalist in broadcasting or writing. Sherlyn hopes to transfer to UNLV or San Francisco State. She enjoys cooking, eating good foods, exercising, going to the beach when she can and watching sports.

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Jennifer Rodman

I’m Jennifer Rodman I’m 20 years old. This is my third year at Glendale Community College transferring in the fall I hope. I enjoy reading; writing and I love to eat. It’s one of my fave hobbies, food is amazing especially different types, I dislike eating the same food all the time.  I’m also an adventurous person and  I love the outdoors. I enjoy expressing myself in writing. I started to pursue journalism when I first started here at Glendale Community College. I liked the whole business attire, and the whole having your own office, that kind of triggered me to like journalism too. I wish to become a news reporter in the mere future and I’ll do anything I can to get there.

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Alexandria Diaz

Alexandria Diaz, 21, was born and raised in Los Angeles. This is her first semester at Glendale Community College and she hopes to return to Cal State Long Beach in the Fall. She is a journalism major and wants to pursue a career in journalism and hopefully write for the L.A. or N.Y. Times and magazine publications. She enjoys writing and reading books. Her favorite author at the moment being Mitch Albom. Along with reading, she is a movie fanatic with some of her favorite franchises being those about super heroes (Iron Man) and The Fast and the Furious movies. Her goals are to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and eventually move to New York or Washington, D.C..

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Tamara Hacopian

     I, Tamara S. Hacopian, am an 18-year-old student completing my second semester at Glendale Community College. My major is undecided as I am still finding myself and deciding what career path I want to pursue. Journalism is one option, as I love to write about  lifestyle, popular culture, entertainment, the arts and opinion topics. I think it’s the coolest thing ever to see my stories appear on print with my name on it for the whole world to read.

      I am an explorer, I am curious, I am a dreamer. I am a tragic perfectionist. I am a critic. I tend to get sentimental. I am an intellectual. I am enthusiastic, passionate, and creative. Introverted, yet talkative. Heck, I am pretty funny too. I love adventure. For the record, I am a gemini. I enjoy drinking tea at least 2-3 times a day. I am movie buff and a disaster shopaholic. I listen to music new, old, and also out of the ordinary. I write in cursive all the time and I love it. I like getting most things done at night while I sleep during the day. And I am the most non-photogenic person you will ever meet.

    I came, I saw, I wrote.

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Kristine Dizon

Hi my name is Kristine Dizon. I am 22 years old. My major is Communications and I am trying to be a publicist in the entertainment business. I enjoyed writing ever since I entered my Journalism class in high school. Ever since then, I love to interview people. I love the thrill of interviewing someone that I do not know and after the interview you know a piece of information every time you see that person.  I enjoy being social and watching football. My favorite football team is New England Patriots. I started watching football since I was seventh grade. Most people wonder why I go with the team that is all the way in the east coast, but my answer will always be they were the first team that I saw play. Writing for the newspaper, I am looking forward to it. I hope I gain more experience in writing and connecting to my peers and my community.

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Julia Orr

Julia Orr is a public relations professional with over 10 years of experience working in the entertainment industry for Walt Disney Studios and DDA Public Relations.  Currently, she serves as a communications consultant to non-profit organizations and has a guest blog on the Huffington Post. Julia has a love of travel, and has visited China, Japan, France, Sweden, Peru, Mexico, Canada and Spain. Born in England, Julia moved to the U.S nearly 20 years ago. She is a part-time student at GCC studying English and journalism.

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Moises Torres

My name is Moises Torres, I’m 21 years old and one of my many goals is to write for  El Vaquero. I cultivated an interest in writing for El Vaquero because I wanted to see my name in the paper. I want to do big things. I knew I had the skills, I knew I had the desire and I knew it was going to improve my writing. I wanted it really bad. It was just a matter of chasing it. Now I’m excited for the opportunity and a little nervous because I’m going to be stepping out of my comfort zone, which is a positive thing for me, it makes me versatile and stronger. I can’t wait to read our first issue.

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Lucas Yepez

My name is Lucas Yepez. I am majoring in English (creative writing) and am exploring the field of journalism to see if I want to pursue it. After taking Michelle Hofmann’s journalism class, I became determined to write for the paper. Ever since I was a kid, I felt that I had an aptitude for writing. For instance, I managed to get A’s on all my college papers without proofreading.

My ideal career would be one where I could make a lot of money while also liking my job. This is why I am somewhat uncertain about what I want to do.

As a journalist, it is my goal to entertain others through my writing, in the same way I am entertained reading articles from sites like and the NY Times.

Interests of mine include writing lyrics/poetry, guitar, watching movies, science fiction, psychology, and working out. My favorite type of music is alternative, metal, and punk rock. After I get better at guitar, I hope to be in a band.

Living a sheltered life in Glendale has made me want to traverse the world, and I intend to do so. Currently, I have earned an AA in Social Science, and am planning to transfer to a school in the fall. I am a tenacious and driven individual, who will stop at nothing to achieve my goals. Because of this, I tend to be a perfectionist. When I wanted to lose 60 pounds and get straight As, I made sure I would study, exercise, and eat healthy on a regular basis, even though it was painful.


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Anthony Huizar

I am 18-years-young. This is my first year at GCC. My major is administration justice, so I can pursue a career in social working. My main goal in life is to publish a book, so stay tuned. When I have free time, I enjoy listening and discovering new music. I am an advocate to all different music genres.

Even though my major is administration justice, I am one of those students who constantly change their major because I don’t have a mindset of what I plan on doing for the rest of my life, except write a book. I plan on continuing school to obtain several degrees because I feel as if I were to only get one degree, I will get bored of doing the same thing for the rest of my life.

A year ago, I was finishing up high school, waiting to attend UC Irvine to major in sociology. Things didn’t work out as planned and I didn’t end up going. This goes to show that nothing is predictable and not everything goes as planned. I just wanted to show an example of what is must feel like to think that you are stuck at a community college, because that was me at one point. But just remember every road goes somewhere, and the sky is the limit, so fly high.

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Fidel Cantu

Fidel Cantu is a student and graduate of Glendale Community College with an AA in social science and will soon earn an AS in communications. He will be transferring to

Cal State Los Angeles where he will be major in journalism or communications and hopes to achieve a master’s in either. One of Fidel’s aspirations is to work for a communication company where he could use his talents as a field reporter, writer or editor.

Some of Fidel’s hobbies include cooking. He likes Italian, Mexican, Asian and Middle Eastern Cuisines. He also enjoys hiking in the desert and mountains and likes to spend time with family and friends.

Fidel like to travel and plans to travel in the future to Europe and visit historical sites in Rome, Greece, and the Middle East. Fidel is an avid runner and has competed in four marathons, three in Los Angeles and one in Long Beach.

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Alin Boughousi

Alin Boughousi has a passion for both reading and reporting news. Born and raised in Glendale, California, she attended Hoover High School before moving on to Glendale Community College and pursuing her journalism career. She loves to keep herself and others updated on current events and is fluent in both Armenian and English. She is currently majoring in Journalism with the hopes of transferring to California State University, Northridge. Boughousi hopes to one day launch an independent news website. Check out her blog, The Boughousi Report, at

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