Editors

Kristin Merrilees: Arts & Pop Culture

Kristin Merrilees is from Chicago, Illinois and uses she/her pronouns. She is an editor for the Arts & Pop Culture section of the website. She enjoys writing about the environment, social media, and pop culture.

Lauren Zakari: Arts & Pop Culture & Environment

Lauren Zakari is a freshman at Barnard College, originally from Los Angeles, California. She is an editor for the Arts & Pop Culture and Environment sections. She's most passionate about the environment and politics, hoping to major in environmental policy (although, she's not sure what route she wants to take after graduating). When she isn't writing or editing, Lauren can be found watching crime TV shows, listening to artists like Dayglow, Conan Gray, and Okey Dokey, and impulse buying crazy earrings.

Aisha Mahal: Health & Lifestyle

Aisha Mahal (she/her) is a student from the UK, currently studying in Barcelona for a year. She studies Politics and International Relations, with a focus on feminism and conflict studies. She is passionate about anti-racism and intersectionality, both of which influence anything she writes. As one of the Health and Lifestyle editors, she believes in empowering other Gen-Zs to speak openly and proudly about the issues that impact their everyday lives, from mental health to social media. Aside of VofZ, her interests lie in travelling and activism. Her plan for the future is to keep studying and researching. She hopes to pursue a master's in War Studies.

Isabel Petricka: Health & Lifestyle

Isabel Petricka is a sophomore in high school from Hudson, Wisconsin and uses she/her pronouns. She is an article editor for the Health/Wellness and Lifestyle section at VofZ, and loves working with the diverse collection of writers we have on the team. In her free time she likes to play volleyball and work at her job. She is an aspiring business management major and hopes to work in management someday.

Carol Queiroz: LGBTQ & Feminism

Carol Queiroz (she/her) is a high school sophomore from São Paulo, Brazil. She moved to the US at a young age, and has been hooked on journalism since 5th grade and activism since last year. She likes writing about current events, feminism and environmental stories. Outside of VofZ, she loves learning new languages and hopes to learn 4 before she's 20, loves debate club and loves playing tennis on her schools varsity team.

Zoe Kass: LGBTQ & Feminism

Zoe Kass (she/her) is a junior in high school from Houston, Texas. She strongly believes in the power of writing and its ability to create a more open-minded and accepting world. In her free time Zoe works with other high schoolers to fight period poverty through education and political advocacy.

Jeffrey Kennedy: Politics & Activism

Jeffrey Kennedy is a sophomore in high school from Seattle, Washington and uses he/him pronouns. He enjoys editing articles and is passionate about politics and activism. Apart from VofZ, he's an avid mountain biker and martial artist and enjoys the stock market and marketing industry. He would like to major in business and aspires to become a business tycoon.

Jodhi James: Politics & Activism

Jodhi James is a student at the University of Washington and uses she/her pronouns. Jodhi is currently majoring in English literature and is an editor for the politics and activism section. Outside of writing, she is a coffee enthusiast and loves to try local coffee shops during her free time.

Nkemdi Obiamalu: Politics & Activism

Nkemdi Obiamalu is a senior in high school from Southern California that uses she/her pronouns. With Voices of Gen Z, she is one of the editors for the Politics & Activism section and enjoys hearing the opinions of each of the writers in her section. She is an aspiring business major, and devotes her time to developing interests such as volunteering and forms of advocacy.

Layla Hussein: Race 

Layla Hussein (she/her) is a current junior in high school from The Bronx, New York. As an article editor for the Race section of the VofZ publication, Layla enjoys writing articles on her own time that pertain to revealing the Black experience in America. She also enjoys creative writing and leads the first teen-based literary magazine in the Bronx titled "Journals of Color". Outside of work, Layla is obsessed with Glee and listening to all of its covers, as well as Harry Styles, BTS, Lorde, and much, much more. To stay in touch with Layla, feel free to connect with her on her Instagram (@foreva.hulay)!

Liliana Dass: Race

Liliana Dass is a senior who attends high school in Queens, New York and she uses she/her pronouns. She enjoys painting and cooking and also likes to play the violin. Apart from being an editor, she manages her school’s cheerleading team and writes articles for her school newspaper.