The Purple Tide

2020-2021 Staff

Thalia Sabit

Thalia Sabit

Thalia Sabit is a senior in her fourth year writing for The Purple Tide. She enjoys reading, staying outdoors and caring for her gecko.

Lauren Connors

Lauren is in the 10th grade and plays soccer and field hockey. In her free time, Lauren writes screenplays and stories along with drawing, reading and playing with her dogs.

Gurpreet Gujral

Gurpreet Gujral

Gurpreet Gujral is a senior in his first year of working for The Purple Tide. He loves all things history and aviation. He's in his second year of AFJROTC and loves the program. He also loves public speaking and just talking in ge...

Ryan Geary

Ryan Geary

Ryan Geary is a senior and this is his first year of The Purple Tide. He enjoys playing guitar and basketball for fun. Ryan also likes to write poetry in his free time.

Bella Witter

Bella Witter

Bella Witter is a freshman. She likes sports and hopes to make the basketball team. She enjoys watching Youtube, was an actor in the play “Making Piece” (two plays) and was an assistant director in the second play....

Irene Si

Irene Si

Irene Si is a senior and this is her fourth year with the Purple Tide. She’s also a tutor at the school’s Writing Center. In her free time, she loves to read poetry, play Sudoku and go on picnics with her family. She’s an ice...

Anagha Gummadivalli

Anagha Gummadivalli

Anagha Gummadivalli is a senior and copy editor for The Purple Tide, who is in her fourth year of journalism. In her free time, she enjoys reading mystery novels and playing cards with her family. ...

Anwita Suryadewara

Anwita Suryadewara

Anwita Suryadewara is a freshman in highschool. She plays the piano, guitar and the clarinet. She also loves running in her free time.

Lizzie Stone

Lizzie Stone

Lizzie Stone is a junior who is starting her first year on the newspaper staff. She has been involved with other student journalism programs and enjoys reading and writing in her free time.

Shivani Sethu

Shivani Sethu

Shivani Sethu is a senior and the managing editor of The Purple Tide. She enjoys playing and listening to music, as well as hanging out with her dog, Jessie Waitforit Sethu. She also tutors elementary schoolers in English and...

Zoe Rosas

Zoe Rosas

Zoe Rosas is a junior and is in her second year at the Purple Tide. In her free time, she enjoys painting and photography. Zoe is passionate about writing and loves to incorporate it into her life. ...

Kusum Rao

Kusum Rao

Kusum Rao is a senior and this is her second year on The Purple Tide. She enjoys dancing, reading, writing, making art and hanging out with her friends. She loves journalism and can’t wait to contribute to Chantilly’s new...

Rhea Rajeev

Rhea Rajeev

Rhea is a senior and this is her second year in The Purple Tide. She loves to socialize and meeting new people when she can. She likes to coach, tutor, online shop and spend time with friends and family outside of school. She a...

Kayla Radler

Kayla Radler

Kayla is a freshman. She loves to draw and write. She is very excited to be starting high school and is looking forward to journalism. Kayla’s favorite hobby is watching anime with her brother.

Thirtha Poruthikode Unnivelan

Thirtha Poruthikode Unnivelan

Thirtha is in her senior year of high school, and this is her first year working for the Purple Tide. She enjoys reading LGBTQ+ literature, painting farm animals and other scenery and playing board games in her free time. Her fav...

Dayana Najarro

Dayana Najarro

Dayana Najarro is a freshman. She loves to play volleyball. Her favorite subjects include history and English. Outside of school, she likes to go on walks with her dog or watch a movie with her parents. ...

Jada McGlothin

Jada McGlothin

Jada McGlothin is a junior in her second year of the Purple Tide. She enjoys playing field hockey and soccer with her friends and doing yoga with her mom. During her free time, she’s an avid napper.  ...

Chloe McGeehan

Chloe McGeehan

Chloe McGeehan is a freshman. She enjoys playing club volleyball. Her favorite school subjects are science, debate and history. In her free time, you’ll probably find her taking care of a new plant, playing with her dogs or...

Ellia Kweon

Ellia Kweon

Ellia Kweon is a sophomore in her first year of journalism. She is a swimmer on the Chantilly Highschool Swim Team and a team outside of school as well. She also likes to read and paint during her free time. ...

Blake Jocuns

Blake Jocuns

Blake Jocuns has been a part of The Purple Tide for four years and is now a senior. They are an avid volleyball player and are always striving to get better. With a love of art and music, there is always some creative new idea...

Natasha Guharoy

Natasha Guharoy

Natasha Guharoy is a sophomore at Chantilly High School. This is her first year being a part of The Purple Tide. She is also in Chantilly Robotics and the Girls Varsity Tennis Team. In her free time, she enjoys listening to m...

Nick Chernisky

Nick Chernisky

Nick Chernisky is a freshman at Chantilly. He enjoys baseball, hiking and is a boy scout.

Nayana Celine Xavier

Nayana Celine Xavier

Nayana Celine Xavier is a senior and the Academics Editor for the Purple Tide. When she’s not advocating for e-waste recycling, you can find her searching for the perfect GIF (pronounced JIF!) and constantly confusing the use...

Lidya Beniyam

Lidya Beniyam

Lidya Beniyam is a freshman and currently serving as a writer for the Purple Tide. She is a cross country and long distance runner for the FPYC track team. Her hobbies include reading dystopian or supernatural fiction books, ...

Shreya Baskaran

Shreya Baskaran

Shreya Baskaran is a junior and this is her second year on The Purple Tide. She enjoys writing, playing volleyball and the guitar. In her free time, she loves hanging out with friends and meeting new people. ...

Cassie Barnes

Cassie Barnes

Cassie Barnes is a junior and in her second year writing for The Purple Tide. In school, she enjoys completing her English assignments, and in her free time, she loves snapping photos with a digital camera, playing her guitar and ...

Luke Barlow

Luke Barlow

Luke Barlow is a freshman. He’s also an avid reader and writer. While he’s not doing those things, he’s probably running for a workout or daydreaming about something.

Kaylee Baek

Kaylee Baek

Kaylee Baek is a freshman and this is her first year of The Purple Tide. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, writing and is part of both the regional and national team for rhythmic gymnastics. She wants to travel to Europe w...

Shreeja Tangutur

Shreeja Tangutur

Shreeja Tangutur is a junior and the Features Editor for the Purple Tide. She is an active tutor and is involved in clubs such as Artificial Intelligence Club and Future Business Leaders of America. In her free time, she loves to ...

Nabiha Zulfqar

Nabiha Zulfqar

Nabiha Zulfqar is a freshman and in her free time she enjoys writing, spending time with friends and family and watching Netflix. A few of her hobbies include drawing, makeup and baking.

Noyanika Vattathara

Noyanika Vattathara

Noya is a junior. She is involved in Chantilly debate, the literary magazine and the Virginia Youth Climate Cooperative science research team. In her free time, she likes trying out new recipes while baking, reading and playi...

Harum Taha

Harum Taha

Harum Taha is a senior who enjoys writing stories or poems in her free time, participating in all sorts of clubs after school and tending to her two parakeets. Her goal is to be productive for her last year of high school by imp...

Sanyu Srikanth

Sanyu Srikanth

Sanyu Srikanth is a senior and is also involved in the school’s theatre department. She acts and performs outside of school and spends lots of time practicing. In her free time, she enjoys running, watching shows/movies and spend...

Mahika Sharma

Mahika Sharma

Mahika is a junior and this is her second year with the Purple Tide. She’s also heavily involved in Model UN, debate club and the writing center. When she’s not agonizing over the mechanics of GamePigeon 8 Ball, you can find...

Haley Oeur

Haley Oeur

Haley Oeur is a ninth grader and is in her first year of journalism. She’s not very athletic, but loves to read romance novels and watch cheesy K-Dramas with her mom. She also likes to write, draw (albeit not very well) and...

Terra Nagai

Terra Nagai

Terra Nagai is a senior and this is his third year in The Purple Tide. He enjoys playing soccer, as he is involved in the school team, his club team and his local semi-professional team. He loves to listen to music and hang out...

Nithya Muthukumar

Nithya Muthukumar

Nithya is a junior and this is her second year on the Purple Tide. She is heavily involved in Debate, Red Cross and the Writing Center. Outside of school, she enjoys playing volleyball with her friends, listening to music and...

Gayatri Dhavala

Gayatri Dhavala

Gayatri Dhavala is a junior and the Business Manager of The Purple Tide. Not only is she extremely passionate about writing, but she also spends her free time eating ridiculous amounts of spicy pasta, crazy dancing in her roo...

Katelyn Chu

Katelyn Chu

Katelyn Chu is a junior and the Opinions Editor of the Purple Tide. She furthers her passion for writing by serving as a board member for the Chantilly Writing Center, writing articles and advocating for Food Allergy Research...

Christine Cheung

Christine Cheung

Christine is a senior and in her second year of The Purple Tide. She loves making other staff laugh and creating music, journal spreads or food with fancy sauces. She hopes to help make awesome print issues and foster a fun class...

Gray Jones

Gray Jones

Gray Jones is a senior in her third year working for The Purple Tide publication. She will be one of the three Editors-in-Chief this school year. She is a sprinter and hurdler on the track team. In her free time, she loves reading...

Aarthika Krishnan

Aarthika Krishnan

Aarthika is a senior and Editor-in-Chief of The Purple Tide. She enjoys writing fantasy and romance novels, daydreaming, making fun of her friends and cuddling with her two adorable kittens.

Shary Ali

Shary Ali

Shary Ali is currently a senior and will be serving as an Editor-in-Chief for the Purple Tide this year. Shary often spends her time working on writing pieces, tutoring students in math, managing at the Writing center and playi...

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Catherine Xu

Catherine is a senior and one of the three Editor-in-Chiefs of The Purple Tide news magazine. She's also involved in the school literary arts magazine, writing center and Math Honor Society. In her spare time, she enjoys writing,...