Agnessa Kasumyan

Writing for her high school newspaper pushed Agnessa toward a career in journalism.  During her junior year of high school, she broke a story regarding a racial profiling case at her school. A year later, her follow-up story finished top five in the National Scholastic Press Association. She has been writing for El Vaquero since Fall 2012  and is currently working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations. Agnessa’s goals include working for the United Nations, interning for a foreign embassy, and using her political science background to report on key issues, both domestic and international. A self-described Anglophile, she plans to move to England and travel throughout Britain while working on her creative writing projects (because calling it a novel is too cliche). She is currently the editor-in-chief of El Vaquero, president of Glendale Community College’s Scholars (Honors) Program, and a freelance writer for the Glendale News Press – a subsidiary of the Los Angeles Times.

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Alexandra Duncan

This is Alex Duncan’s fourth and last semester at El Vaquero. She is very excited to be working with the new staff and looks forward to perfecting her writing craft. She appreciates poetically descriptive writing in journalism and aspires to publish a fiction novel in the future. She plans to transfer to Cal State East Bay in the coming semester and is majoring in communications.

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Miyu Kawamura

Miyu Kawamura is a 21-year-old international student from Japan and this is her first semester writing for El Vaquero. She enjoys writing, meeting new people, and is studying in the United States to improve her English and acquire academic experience that will improve her chances of working abroad from Japan in the future. She believes writing for El Vaquero will be a challenge due to the language barrier; however, she hopes this will only improve her abilities as a journalist.


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Jennifer Rodman

My name is Jennifer Rodman and I am  20 years old. This is my third year at Glendale Community College and I plan to transfer out next year. I enjoy reading, writing, and I love to eat. I am really passionate about food and do not like eating the same dish all the time. An adventorous person, I love the outdoors and express myself through writing.  I enjoy expressing myself in writing. I started to pursue journalism when I first started here at Glendale Community College.  My goal is to become a news reporter and I am willing to do whatever it takes.  I

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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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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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Anahit Kardzhyan

Anahit Kardzhyan is a Communications major focusing on public relations. She realized that a career involving writing and photography was for her after she enrolled in a publications class during her junior year at Clark Magnet High School. Heavily immersed in the world of entertainment, Anahit is well-versed in pop culture, whether it is celebrities, music, or social media. During her free time, Anahit loves to bake. She is a second-year GCC student and is a proud new member of El Vaquero, where she hopes to put her knowledge and creativity to use.

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Melinda Ebrahimi

When I was in eighth grade, I joined my school’s newspaper in Germany. From then on, anytime somebody asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I unwaveringly answered “journalist.” However, when I moved to the United States at the age of 15, I grew less confident in my ability to be a journalist due to my unfamiliarity with the English language. However, during my junior year of high school, I set my fears aside and joined the newspaper staff. This is my first semester writing for El Vaquero and I look forward to reporting campus information. I speak Armenian, German, English, and Persian. Although my major is journalism, I also hope to work in advertising. I enjoy watching movies, playing tennis, and traveling any chance I get.



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Rikard Kohler

Rikard Kohler is an international student from Stockholm, Sweden currently majoring in Journalism at Glendale Community College. This is his second semester at GCC and first semester working for El Vaquero. He graduated from Hersby Gymnasium in 2012 after studying Social Science with an international focus on China. Rikard enjoys traveling and has visited every continent aside from the North and South poles. It was during his travels when he discovered a passion for writing. He is studying in the United States to gain academic experience that will improve his chances of working abroad in the future and he is fluent in both English and Swedish. Rikard aspires to become an international correspondent or a music writer working for a company like Vice News. Not knowing what the future holds, Rikard is taking one semester at a time. He looks forward to a career as a journalist because he knows that even just a few published words can make a difference.

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Elie Georges

This is Elie Georges’ first semester at El Vaquero. After changing his major numerous times, he decided on Mass Communications and Journalism. He hopes to thrive in the journalism industry but also holds aspirations for medical school. During his free time, Elie likes to experience new things, eat a lot of food, and listen to music. His favorite quote is “The day will happen whether or not you get up” by John Ciardi.


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Emiliano Chavez

Emiliano “Lano” Chavez has been playing the electric guitar for nearly ten years and has even performed live at the House of Blues. Lano has what he calls a “bizarre” obsession with space and the history of space travel. He is currently majoring in English and signed up for journalism to improve his writing skills.

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Aimee Yeghiayan Beck

Aimee Yeghiayan Beck began writing for Crescenta Valley Weekly five years ago. She has covered a wide variety of topics, ranging from community events to state soccer matches. Planning to major in Public Relations and minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, her career aspirations include working as a publicist for a women’s empowerment organization. Married to a U.S. airman, she feels very strongly about the military and is familiar with its struggles. During her free time, Aimee volunteers for local organizations, including Crescenta Valley High School’s Prom Plus After Party and Falkon Robotics (Team 589).


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Louise Andersson

My name is Louise Andersson and I am a 20-year-old international student from Sweden. This is my second semester at Glendale Community College and my goal is to receive my certificate in Mass Communications before I return to Sweden in December, where I will complete my Bachelor’s in Journalism. I have always had an easy time expressing myself, whether it is through speaking, writing, or singing. I began studying music in high school and it continues to be my biggest hobby outside of school. When my teachers began commending my writing skills, I took a creative writing class, which helped me realize that I wanted to write for a living. I began volunteering as a writer for a Swedish online publication called Divine Magazine. Due to my interest in health, sports, and wellness, it was not long before I became the editor of the Health section. Being at GCC only confirmed my desire for a career in writing. I interviewed two Swedish celebrities in Los Angeles for a final project in my Journalism 102 class and, although I was nervous for my first interview, I quickly discovered that I loved the reporting process just as much as the writing. I joined El Vaquero to further develop my reporting skills, gain experience, and have a great time doing what I love to do.

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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. He has been published in the Glendale News-Press and the Insider magazine as well as El Vaquero. Polcino has been a copywriter for his small business for the last six years writing biographies, press releases and blogs for Jazz Punks LLC. He would like to combine his knowledge of jazz and writing to produce reviews and possibly a book in the near future.


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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 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

Production Manager; 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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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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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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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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