Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief, is in 12th grade and is always looking for something new to challenge and excite him. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, and act. He is also a passionate literacy activist, setting up his city’s Youth Literacy Council, leading numerous literacy events, and contributing to 4 national youth councils on volunteers (1 as Chairperson). He has published over 250 stories so far in 5 magazines and 3 books, with another interactive book of one of his stories coming out next year. His writing and volunteer efforts have garnered him many awards. Ryan also loves to travel and continues to participate in Boy Scouts as an Eagle Scout. He enjoys working with new writers to help them develop their skills.
Sarina Patel, Jr. Assistant Editor and Comic Hub Editor, is an 13-year-old with a passion for reading and writing. She loves literature and language arts! Sarina’s other interests include food nutrition, geology, and cryptozoology. She plays the piano, tennis and badminton. Sarina enjoys baking delicious cupcakes & cookies, and she sells them to raise money for charity. She loves travelling, tasting different cuisines, and learning about other cultures.
Allison Stein, Assistant Editor, enjoys sharing her poetry, stories, and passion for writing with others. Allison has self-published two poetry chapbooks: Summer Sensations (2013) and Spring Fever (2015). Her poetry has also been featured in four of the America Library of Poetry’s anthologies and on her blog at www.steinexpressions.com, where she offers inspirational messages about the journey of her writing life. Allison’s goals include creating additional poetry collections, writing a novel, and becoming a freelance writer.
Ashley Lin, Nonfiction Editor and Adult Spotlight Interviewer, is in 8th grade and loves to work with people and words. She views learning as a major hobby, and enjoys a challenge any day. Ashley is a prolific writer, who would like to spread her passion to people far and wide. Above all, she is a volunteering enthusiast – she believes everyone can help engage and empower their community, and spends as much time as she can hoping to bring a positive impact to others. In Ashley’s nonexistent free time, she likes to travel, swim, hang out with family and friends, and go on vacation!
Sophie Nadel, Writer’s Tips Editor, is in 10th grade and has been writing since she was in kindergarten. She has been published in several online magazines (including Amazing Kids!) and has won local and national awards for her writing. She is the founder and president of her school’s creative writing club. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing video games, and watching anime. Sophie also performs improvisational comedy, teaches English as a second language, and volunteers at a local nature preserve.
Victoria Feng, Money Smarts Editor, Amazing Kids Spotlight Interviewer and AKOM Writer, is a seventh grader who loves reading and writing. She spends most of her free time curled up with a book or writing. Victoria has been published on jaBlog!, in a Creative Communications anthology, and Creative Kids, where she is a book reviewer. She plays the piano and percussion. Victoria also likes math and is in eighth grade math. She has won a couple of awards in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and placed 2nd place in a Shearer’s Invention Competition. Victoria enjoys baking cakes and brownies.
Avani (Av) Anil Kumar, AK Adventures and Global Village Editor, is 17. An Indian by birth, she had lived in Saudi Arabia for 14 years before settling back to India for higher studies. She has an enormous appetite for fiction with her favorite authors being J K Rowling, Dan Brown, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Rick Riordan. Her reading habit evolved into writing fiction, poetry, and at times, essays in her free time. She writes for her school magazine and has won prizes at the district levels. Apart from literary ventures, she plays piano, is a pretty good artist, and loves to dance and choreograph. Though she claims to be not much of a singer, she says she hums enough to attract complaints of headaches. She has a huge passion for music, and is a ‘Headphones on, World off’ type.
Jordan Brunk, Amazing Kids from History Editor and Contributing Writer, is in tenth grade. She is a devout Christian and thoroughly enjoys reading and writing. She likes to write poetry and short stories and she is currently writing a Christian novel. When she goes to college, she wants to study to become an editor and writer. Jordan has been published twice in Teen Ink magazine and in Amazing Kids! Magazine. She has also participated in and won an annual writing contest where she lives for three consecutive years. Besides writing, Jordan likes to volunteer at her Church and for the Pet Adoption League. She likes crafting things and is involved in school clubs. She plays the viola in her school orchestra and is a member of JV Winterguard.
Salma Danuningrat, Fiction Editor, is an aspiring writer in eighth grade who lives in Indonesia and enjoys writing comedy screenplays, short stories and sharing her writing tips with other writers. In the past she’s won a national writing contest, been a finalist in a couple of poetry competitions, been published multiple times on jaBlog! and writes the monthly newsletter for her local library. When she’s not writing, she’s either reading, playing soccer or fundraising for girl’s education.
Soumya, Photography Editor and Contest Coordinator, is a senior in high school and enjoys photography, reading, listening to music, and running. Her work has been featured in many publications such as Teen Ink and Youthful Expressions. In her spare time, Soumya likes to volunteer through her local library and tutoring center. She also is very interested in science research and will be volunteering at a cancer research lab this summer. Currently, Soumya serves as the Student Ambassador for Classroom Central, president of the Students 4 Service Club, and co-president of the Operation Toy Drop Club. She hopes to spread her love for photography and is excited to be a part of the AK editorial team.
Akshaj Mehta, Sci-Tech Kids Editor, is in 6th grade in a Charter School in Sacramento. He loves reading and writing fiction. He is a die-hard Harry Potter fan and read all the books twice within a few months. Many of his stories and articles have been published in magazines and newspapers. His first book Super Mouse was published when he was 8 years old. He has also been writing for NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) for 2 years. He has been a pianist since second grade and has mastered the Star Wars and Harry Potter theme songs. In addition, he is very active in Community Service activities and in 2014 was nominated for a local service award. In school his favorite subjects are history and math. When he is not reading or writing, he likes to build Legos with his favorite so far being the Death Star.
Remmi Smith, Monthly Columnist for Cook Nook, is 15 years old and show host of Cook Time with Remmi and author of Global Cooking for Kids. In addition, she is a national speaker for Independent Youth Teen Entrepreneur Network. Her love and hobby is “FOOD!”
Perry Chen, Movie Reviewer, is a 16 year-old award-winning animator, film and entertainment critic, artist, and TEDx speaker. His first animation short “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” is a 2011 Oscar-qualifying film that won three U.S. film festival awards and premiered at LA Shorts Festival and Comic-Con in July 2011. He is writing, animating, and directing his 4th animation short “Changyou’s Journey,” about his late father. As an influential young film critic, Perry is a frequent star on the red carpet at film festivals, awards, and premiers, interviewing renowned filmmakers from such hits as Frozen, Toy Story, Up, How to Train Your Dragon, and Kung Fu Panda. Perry won the prestigious San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2013 for his movie and restaurant reviews. Perry also won Junior Innovator of the Year Award at the 2013 2nd Screen Global Con. Aside from watching and making movies, Perry loves to make art: drawing, origami, sculpture; as well as reading, writing, cooking, fine dining, and exploring nature. He also writes for Animation World Network. See his movie blog at: www.perryspreviews.com, watch his filmmaker interviews at www.youtube.com/perryspreviews, or fan him on Facebook.
Emma Kuske, Book Review and Product Review Column Editor, is a 17-year-old writer and aspiring book editor. She has won several awards for her poetry, and is a published poet. She also enjoys participating in her school’s speech and debate team, playing the violin, and dancing tap and ballet. Her real passion, however, is soccer. Currently she plays goalkeeper on her competitive soccer team and on her school team. She loves to read and can often be found trying to multi-task with her nose in a book.
Brandon Kuske, Humor Column (L.O.L.) Editor, is in the 9th grade and loves playing the trumpet and guitar. He also loves reading and writing and spends his free time in activities such as Chess Club, karate, and contemplating future world domination.
Hridhima Tyagi, Contributing Writer is a ninth grader living in India. She is a great Milly Johnson fan and read all her novels in three months’ time. She has also read all the Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl books. Hridhima is passionate about reading and writing. She has won two national level writing competitions so far and has her own blog too. She is now writing a novel. Apart from reading, Hridhima’s hobbies are dancing and playing instruments like the guitar, drums and piano. She also loves to study.
Sehen Gamhewa, Contributing Writer and Comic Hub Editor, has been writing for Amazing Kids! since 2010. He was born in 2003, so do the math, and guess his age! Regardless of his little joke, he lives in Kuwait, but he’s actually a Sri Lankan. Sehen has won various awards for his poetry, and at the young age of 8, he collected some of his best poems and published a book, titling it I Collect and other Poems. Mr. Joe Sottile motivated him and started him on the journey of writing. He considers the works of great writers such as Roald Dahl, Rick Riordan, Dan Brown and J.R. Lallo amazing and inspiring. He loves playing chess, though his real passion is football, but he does like a good game of badminton too. As expected of an aspiring author, he love books and he’s quite a quick reader. (Pst…He devours books…)