Meet the Team!

Grace Masback, 18, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. She’s the founder of WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school papers and teen bloggers worldwide (www.wantnewsforteens.com). Grace writes for the Huffington Post and AwesomenessTV.com and consults on web strategy and content for School of Doodle. She was recently the Oregon Representative to the Neuharth Free Spirit & Journalism Conference (Washington, D.C.) and the ANNpower Vital Voices Forum (NYC), and was awarded a Catlin Gabel Innovation Fellowship to develop a summer journalism program for disadvantaged youth. In March, she took her third visit to rural villages in Nicaragua, where she focuses on empowering girls, helping them realize the life-altering nature of gaining the skills necessary for a productive career. Back home in Portland, Oregon, she works with the Bus Project to register young people to vote, ran the youth campaign for a successful mayoral candidate, and co-organized the city’s first-ever forum on the police use of force. She lives by the C.G. Jung admonition, “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”

 

 

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Caitlin Smith is a Sophomore at Tigard High, where she occupies her time with cheerleading and overachieving.  She is the president of English National Honor Society and French club.  Someday, she wants to be a journalist that people from different places of nurture can rely on.  Until then, she will continue to write for local papers in the finest little city in the world.  

 

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Advay Koranne is a 16 year old sophomore at Catlin Gabel high school. He enjoys the nature the northwest has to offer. Advay also is a black belt in Taekwondo and is the leader of a student club called UJIMA in which students are brought together to talk about pressing issues in the community and around the world. Advay is also a co-leader in the organization of Diverstiy Summit 2k-18 in which over 600 students attended workshops and small break out discussions. 

Britt Masback, 17, believes that young people have the responsibility to speak out and take action on the issues that will affect the world today and in the future. Britt worked tirelessly for Hillary Clinton in 2015-16 and attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He is also the editor-in-chief of  WANT News For Teens,  a website and platform that shares the best in High School journalism from around the world, and combines it  to provide a fresh, teen oriented take on the news and a launching board for teen journalistic careers. Additionally he helped organize the first two iterations  WANT Summer Fellows Program  in 2016 and is a two-year participant in Varsity Mock Trial. Britt loves to run and worked for NBC Sports at the 2015 World Track & Field Championships in 2015 in Beijing and the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Britt is motivated by Gandhi’s admonition that, “You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing there will be no results.”

Britt Masback, 17, believes that young people have the responsibility to speak out and take action on the issues that will affect the world today and in the future. Britt worked tirelessly for Hillary Clinton in 2015-16 and attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He is also the editor-in-chief of WANT News For Teens, a website and platform that shares the best in High School journalism from around the world, and combines it  to provide a fresh, teen oriented take on the news and a launching board for teen journalistic careers. Additionally he helped organize the first two iterations WANT Summer Fellows Program in 2016 and is a two-year participant in Varsity Mock Trial. Britt loves to run and worked for NBC Sports at the 2015 World Track & Field Championships in 2015 in Beijing and the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Britt is motivated by Gandhi’s admonition that, “You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing there will be no results.”