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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 4:38 pm

As the first year of the Islander Times comes to a close, we would like to recognize and congratulate the seniors who will be graduating Coronado High School in June. These writers, editors and photographers have been a crucial part in the foundation of this newspaper, and we wish them luck in the many adventures that life has in store for them.

Daniella Tutino

Editor in Chief/Founder

Attending UC Davis in the fall with a guaranteed transfer to USC for the 2015-2016 school year, majoring in English and double-minoring in political science and international relations

“My experience with the Islander Times this year is the most incredible and indescribable experience I’ve ever had. I never thought for a second that this newspaper would be so successful and to see all that my staff and I have accomplished in just a few months is truly amazing. Not only have I learned so much about journalism and all that goes into a student publication, but I have also had the opportunity to make life-long friendships and memories that I will cherish always. I hope to come back for my 50th high school reunion and see that the Islander Times is continuing to thrive. I can say with all honesty that it has been a privilege to be an Islander.”

Kristin Lindeman

Managing Editor/News Editor

Attending Loyola University Maryland in the fall, majoring in political science

“It is surreal to me that just a few months ago, I was helping Daniella with the interview process for the first ever Islander Times staff, and now the time has come to leave. Being a part of the Islander Times has proved to be one of, if not the most, challenging and rewarding experiences throughout my high school career. I will never forget my small group of writers for the News section. It has truly been a privilege to watch each of them grow as journalists and to guide them in the process. I wish the best of luck to the remaining members of the News section and to the entire staff in the years to come. I will miss the sense of community that CHS embodies, and will take with me an optimistic outlook on life ahead that I believe is unique to the Coronado Islanders.”

McKenzie Smith

Sports Editor

Attending Hofstra University in the fall with a scholarship for journalism

“The Islander Times helped me confirm that I really want to go into journalism. I really hope to see the newspaper grow in the future - it would be amazing to see a larger staff and have more people around the community picking up the paper. I’m going to miss the activities on campus - there always seems to be something interesting going on.”

Danielle Simmons

Photography Editor

Attending Flagler College in the fall to study communications

“I have loved being a part of the newspaper this year. It has really opened my eyes to the different modes of print media and I hope to pursue this as a career in life. I hope that the future members of the newspaper will continue to build on the foundations we’ve established, become more involved with the community, and have as great of an experience as I did. I will miss Coronado High School’s ability to support anything you’re passionate about.”

Matt Halvorson

Tech Column/News Writer

Attending Cal Poly SLO in the fall, majoring in computer science

“My experience with the newspaper this year has been amazing! Props to Daniella and Kristin for all of their hard work as well as all the section editors. I hope that the newspaper will stick around for the next hundred years of Coronado High School. What I will miss the most is Coronado in general: It’s the greatest city in the country and I can’t imagine living anywhere better.”

Keelin Shaughnessy

Satire Column/Copy Editor

Attending Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland in the fall, studying English Literature and Film

“Writing for a school newspaper has taught me a lot about self-restraint, and forced me to explore a different (and arguably more appropriate) sense of humor than I am used to. I will miss spreading the liberal agenda to the student body and the presence of Tam Thanh Hoang.”

Caroline Minchella

Features Writer/Copy Editor

Attending University of California, Santa Barbara, double majoring in Pre-Biology and English

“My experience on the Islander Times staff this year has been fantastic, because it was fresh and the staff saw the paper develop and felt all the excitement of new beginnings. I hope that the newspaper continues to educate the public and the student body about what happens on the CHS campus, and that it does so in an unbiased, journalistic manner. I will mostly miss waking up in Coronado and running around the island to meet my friends.”

Cole Novak


Attending San Diego State University in the fall, majoring in business

“The newspaper was a great experience to get even more in touch with the City of Coronado and the student body. I hope that future classes will continue to make the newspaper an active and important part of Coronado High School. I will miss the very talented and dedicated teachers as well as the great student body.”

Yasmine Schmied

Associated Student Body Correspondent for the News Section/News Writer

Attending University of Wisconsin - Madison in the fall, majoring in Mechanical Engineering

“My experience on the newspaper staff this year has been exciting and challenging. It allowed me to gain experience as a writer and publicize ASB activities through another medium. The resurgence of the newspaper has been extremely impressive. This has been the first year that the paper was produced in a long time, and the fact that it is published monthly on campus and throughout the City of Coronado speaks volumes about the editors and the staff. I will miss the teachers and staff of CHS the most. I will never forget their compassion and dedication inside and out of the classroom.”

Caitlin Martinez


Attending Humboldt State University in the fall, majoring in wildlife biology/conservation and minoring in marine biology

“It has been a very interesting experience to work with the newspaper this year and it has been rewarding watching it grow into what it is now. I hope that the newspaper will continue to have a place in Islanders’ lives, and uphold the standards that we established. I will miss all the great students and teachers I have met at CHS.”

Kendall Cromartie

Op/Ed Writer

Attending the University of Miami, undeclared major

“My experience with the paper has been very beneficial in deciding whether or not I would like to pursue journalism in college. I hope that the paper continues to create a good and healthy opportunity for new discussion on interesting and important topics. I will miss the positive and close sense of community this school has provided me with. Most of all, I will miss the amazing friends I’ve made these past four years.”

Sabrina Kaye

Features Writer

Attending Boston University in the fall, studying engineering/undeclared major

“I have loved being a part of the newspaper staff this year and enjoyed the opportunity to write outside of English class about topics that fascinate me. I hope that the newspaper continues to grow and become an even bigger aspect of the Coronado community. What I will miss about Coronado High School is the sense of pride and community that all of students and teachers share.”

Bridget Winn

Entertainment Writer

Attending Cal Poly SLO in the fall, majoring in computer science

“Its been a good experience with the newspaper. It’s fun to see my words in a publication. I hope that the staff will increase in size and that the newspaper will continue to get positive reception and support from the community. I will miss all of the art classes at CHS and all of my friends.”

Andria Olmo

Feature Writer

Attending University of California Santa Cruz in the fall, undeclared major

“It was an incredible learning experience to write for the paper. I met a lot of great people, and hearing their stories was my favorite part of being a Features writer. I hope that this paper will continue to be as focused and well-written as it is now. I will miss the environment at CHS. I moved here at the start of my senior year, and people were so welcoming. That means a lot to me.”

Maddy Hopson

Op/Ed and Entertainment Writer

Attending New York University in the fall, majoring in journalism

“My experience with the paper was admittedly a bit stressful at times, but worth it to see peoples’ reactions to things that I wrote. I hope that the Op/Ed section continues to spark discussion, debate, controversy, and spew more liberal and feminist propaganda. I will miss the teachers of CHS more than anything.”

Cori Hutchinson

Entertainment Writer

Attending New York University in the fall, majoring in english

“Writing for the newspaper has been a learning experience. It encouraged my appreciation for creative writing, rather than journalism, for which I am thankful for. I hope that the newspaper is maintained by the incoming classes and I hope that it encourages various writing styles and levels of diction. I will miss the art room when I leave CHS.”

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