Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kids! eZine Interviews

Interviews with Amazing Kids and Amazing Mentors

Tad Hills, author and illustrator

by Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor and Anni

Spotlight Interview with T-Rep!

By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Editor

Tony-Representing Everything Positive (T-REP) the Young Prayzr is an amazing 14-yr-old. Not only is he building up a strong music and acting career, but he is also CEO of his own business and has his own ministry.

Spotlight Interview with Steve Caveagna, Circus performer

Amazing Kid! Spotlight Interview with Steve Caveagna, Circus Performer at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and part of the Clowning Caveagna Family
By Sean Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Mystery Interview with TC

By: Natalie Brady, Jr. Assistant Editor

Mystery Interview with TB

By Veronica Sturman, age 8, Louisiana

Mystery Interview with RS

By Natalie Brady, Jr. Assistant Editor

Mystery Interview with MR

By Veronica Sturman, age 8, Louisiana

Mystery Interview with KD

By: Natalie Brady, Jr. Assistant Editor

Mystery Interview with HD

by Natalie Brady, Jr. Assistant Editor

Mystery Interview with FN

By Claudia Chow, Contributing Writer

Mystery Interview with CO

By Amazing Kids!

Jackie Evancho, Young Award-winning Singer

By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor

Although she’s only 10 years old and loves to sing, Jackie Evancho is no ordinary singer.

Issue #29 – Steve Kuske, Director of Evergreen High School Marching Band

Interview by Sean Traynor, Assistant Editor, age 13

Issue #29 – Jeri Gaile, Director of the Spotlight Awards

Interview by Sean Traynor, Assistant Editor, age 13

Issue #29 – Interview with Sean Traynor, age 13: Our NEW Assistant Editor!

Interview by Amazing Kids eZine

Issue #29 – Children’s Songwriter/Singer Laurie Berkner, from the Laurie Bernker Band

Interview by Brittany, Student Editor-in-Chief

Issue #29 – Anne Tomlinson, Los Angeles Children’s Choir (LACC) Artistic Director

Interview by Student Interviewer, Brianne Plach

Issue #29 – Amazing Kids! eZine Junior Assistant Editor, Natalie B.

Interview by Amazing Kids! eZine

Issue #29 – Maxim Eshkenazy, Pacific Symphony’s Conductor

Interview by Alex Paulk, student interviewer

Issue #27 – David Macaulay, Caldacott Award-Winning Illustrator/Author

Interviewer by Jeremy Zhang, Amazing Kids! eZine Student Interviewer

Issue #26 – Professor Jacob Chacko, Cochin University of Science and Technology, India

Interviewed by: Linda Toch, age 10, CA, Amazing Kids! eZine Reviewer

Interview with Julie Clark, Founder of the Baby Einstein Company

By Amina Ramadan, Staff Interviewer

Interview with Jerry Greenfield, Co-Founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

Interviewed by Olivia, age 15, Assistant Editor

Interview with Genevieve L’Esperance, Technology Trailblazer and Educator

The Amazing Kids! Staff sits down with Genevieve L’Esperance and learns more about her “Tech Diva” nickname and the things she is doing to help bring technology and education to our Youth everyday.

Interview with Dr. Allen G. Pastron, Archaeologist

By Sean Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Ashton Allen, Musician and Founder of the Rabbit! Musical Group

Ashton Allen is an independent musician as well as one of the founding members of the musical group, Rabbit!


By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor

Amazing Mentors! Spotlight Interview with American Girl Author Lisa Yee

By Anni, age 9, Amazing Kids! Reporter

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson, DreamWorks Director and Executive Producer
By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Tanya Hamilton

Tanya Hamilton, Founder/Executive Director of Independent Youth
By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Writer

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Tanille Edwards

Interview with Tanille Edwards
By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Writer

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Steve Culbertson

Steve Culbertson – President and CEO of Youth Service America, a worldwide organization that encourages youth to solve community problems.
By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Sal Khan

Sal Khan, Teacher and Founder of Khan Academy
By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief and Sarina Patel, Jr. Assistant Editor

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Rakesh Sharma

Rakesh Sharma, Cosmonaut
By Elsa Lycias Joel, India

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Priten Shah

Interview with Priten Shah
By Haofei Liu, Spotlight Interview Editor

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Monica Parker

Monica Parker, Actor, Writer, and Producer
By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Maurice Ashley

Maurice Ashley, the first African-American International Chess Grandmaster
By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Mark Anthony Grimaldi

Interview with Money Expert Mark Anthony Grimaldi
By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Julie Foudy

Julie Foudy, Olympic Gold Medalist, ESPN/ABC Broadcaster, and Sports Leadership Academy Founder
By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Julian Lai

Interview with Julian Lai: When I Grow Up
By Sharon Lin, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Jack Hanna

Jack Hanna, Journalist, Zoologist, Scientist, Philanthropist, and Television Personality
By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Genevieve Goings

Genevieve Goings, Voiceover Artists, Singer/Songwriter of Children’s Music and Educator
By Ryan Traynor Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Dr. Willie Jolley

Dr. Willie Jolley – Motivational Speaker, Singer, Media Personality and Author
By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Dr. Veronica Glover

Interview with Dr. Veronica Glover, an Amazing Teacher that We Consider a “Hero among Us”
By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Angelique Ashby

Angelique Ashby, City Councilperson, Community Leader, and Mayoral Candidate
By Akshaj Mehta, Sci-Tech Kids Editor

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Alyssa Nepper

Interview with Alyssa Nepper
By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Writer

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight with Alfonso Soto

Interview with Alfonso Soto: Geeh – The Band
By Sharon Lin, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with the Pulsera Project Founders

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with the Pulsera Project Founders, Helping Nicaraguan Youth Through Bracelets, or Pulseras

By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Steve Culbertson, CEO of Youth Service America

By Mindy Yang, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Seth McMahill

By Isabella Taylor, Poetry Editor

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Peter Krueger, Color Specialist

By Sean Traynor

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Patrick Kuske

By Sean Traynor, Editorial Adviser and Contributing Writer

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Mareva Brown, Award-Winning Newspaper Reporter

Mareva Brown spent 20 years as a newspaper reporter, with 14 of them at The Sacramento Bee.

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Macklemore

By Jack Rome

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Karen McDonald

By Mindy Yang, Editor in Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Joshua Foer

By Celine Tien, Nonfiction Editor

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Jeff Sutphen

By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Erin Schrode

By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Editor

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Elizabeth Werner, Amazing Toy Expert

By Isabella Taylor, Poetry Editor

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Dr. Taylor, Anesthesiologist, about LASIK Eye Surgery

By Isabella Taylor, Poetry Editor

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Dr. Shannon Bennet

By Mindy Yang, Editor in Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Dr. Reuter

By Anni Racibarskas, age 9, Contributing Writer

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Dan Zanes

Dan Zanes: Award-winning Musician, Co-author of Two Picture Books and Radio Show Host of Sirius’ Rocketship Beach Radio Show with Dan Zanes


By Sean Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Barry Wides

By Sean Traynor, Editorial Advisor

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight Interview with Arvind Gupta, Toy Maker

By Tanmaya Murthy, Humor Column Editor

Amazing Mentor! Spotlight about Bullying with Peter Sacco, Ph.D

Interview with Peter Sacco, Ph.D, Author, Teacher, Executive Producer and Host
By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Interview with Steven Silver

Amazing Mentor! Interview with Steven Silver, Director of Photography for Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, sitcoms on CBS.


By Andrew Sibner, Contributing Writer

Amazing Mentor! Interview with Gary Doss, Owner and Founder

Gary Doss is the founder and owner of The Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia. Opened in 1995, The Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia is now the world’s largest public display of Pez candy dispensers in the world!
By Sean Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor! Interview with Dr. Ellen Ochoa

Astronaut and Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center By Sean Traynor, Assistant Editor Reach for the stars and let nothing limit your potential. This motto is truly reflected in our amazing space representative, Ellen Ochoa. As an engineer, inventor, physicist and astronaut, she has demonstrated to young and old alike that success can happen with dreams, […]

Amazing Mentor Spotlight Interview with Narada Michael Walden

Narada Michael Walden, Music Producer, Musician, Philanthropist
By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor Spotlight Interview with Michael Swaine

By Ashley Lin, AKOM Spotlight Interviewer

Once a month for the past fifteen years, Michael Swaine has, stitch by stitch, mended the fabric of his community on the streets of the Tenderloin District in downtown San Francisco.

Amazing Mentor Spotlight Interview with Hadi Partovi

Hadi Partovi, Code.org Co-Founder
By Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor Spotlight Interview with Dr. Sarah Leary

Amazing Mentors! Spotlight Interview with Dr. Sarah Leary, Attending Physician, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor, Center for Clinical and Translational Research

By Anni Racibarskas, age 9

Amazing Mentor Spotlight Interview with Dr. Carol Weyland Conner

By Ashley Lin, Nonfiction Editor and Adult Spotlight Interviewer

In just three years, the White Pony Express has rescued and delivered more than 4.5 million pounds of fresh and nutritious food. The Free General Store has distributed an estimated 26,500 articles of clothing, 94,000 toys and children’s books, and 25,000 diapers.

Amazing Mentor Spotlight Interview with Bob Johnson, Structural Engineer

Amazing Mentor Spotlight Interview with Bob Johnson, Structural Engineer, Writer and Promoter of Engineering Education

Amazing Mentor Interview with Lane Williams, Modern Architect

By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor

Amazing Mentor Interview with Janis Baron

By Ashley Lin, Adult Spotlight Interviewer and Nonfiction Editor

Sunday Friends is a day-long program on Sundays that takes place in a healthy, warm, productive, and mutually supportive community setting: elementary schools.

Amazing Mentor Interview with Don Kelly, Patent Agent and Former Patent Examiner

By Natalie Brady, Jr. Assistant Editor

Amazing Mentor Interview with Dale Anderson

Amazing Mentor Interview with Dale Anderson, Founder of the Project Survival’s Cat Haven, an innovative park dedicated to the preservation of wild cats. It specializes in education and is engaged in both captive and range country conservation.

By Sean Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Mentor Interview with Brian Goldner, CEO of Hasbro

Hasbro Inc. is the world’s second-largest toy maker that designs, manufactures and markets games and toys under brands including Playskool, Tonka, Milton Bradley (Scrabble, Candyland), Parker Brothers (Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit), Tiger, Dungeons and Dragons (trading cards) and Wizards of the Coast (Magic: The Gathering trading cards). They have taken their main brands and tailored them […]

Amazing Kids! Spotlight with Mariam El Hasan, Scholastic Kid Reporter

Mariam El Hasan is a member of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Zack Francom

By Catherine Cheng

Zack Francom was inspired to create Zack’s Shack, a lemonade and cookie stand, by a school fundraising competition.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Skylynn Ellison

By Catherine Cheng, AKOM Editor

Skylynn Ellison was inspired to write as a young girl and now has her own published book titled Sky’s the Limit. Her story encourages readers to chase after their dreams and stay strong in the face of negative pressures. Read on to find out more about Skylynn and her story.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Sarah Todd Hammer

By Catherine Cheng, Amazing Kid of the Month Writer

Sarah Todd Hammer was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, an autoimmune spinal cord condition that paralyzed her from neck-down, when she was eight.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Samantha Vervoordt

By Haofei Liu, Spotlight Interviewer

Samantha Vervoordt is a teenage self-published author of a young adult science fiction/fantasy novel.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Rebecca Bloom

By Catherine Cheng

Rebecca Bloom is an aspiring American actress whose first role was in a TV commercial for Apple.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Patricia Manubay

By Victoria Feng, AKOM, Money Smarts, and Assistant Editor

Patricia Manubay created Dream Boxes to provide those in need with school supplies.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Paloma Rambana

By Catherine Cheng, AKOM Writer

Paloma Rambana was inspired to lobby for Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind after she realized visually impaired children in her age group were left out of current legislation.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Olivia Sanabia

By Victoria Feng, AKOM and AK Interview Editor

Olivia Sanabia, 13-year-old actress and volunteer

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Noelle Gregoire

By Catherine Cheng, AKOM Editor

Noelle Gregoire was diagnosed with Dysplastic spondylolisthesis, a rare spinal condition, at age five, but she hasn’t let it stop her from living a full, happy life and giving back to her community.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Natalie Hampton

By Victoria Feng, Assistant Editor and AKOM Editor

Natalie Hampton is the creator of the app Sit with Us, which has been featured on the iOS app store.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Leanne Joyce

By Victoria Feng, Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interviewer, AKOM Writer and Money Smarts Editor
Leanne Joyce, Founder of Positive Impact for Kids

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Journey Carter

By Catherine Cheng

Journey Carter has started a company called The Journey Collection by Jameelah that is dedicated to making beautiful bows and uses them to give back to the community.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Josh Flitter, Teen Actor

By Sean Traynor, Editorial Advisor and Contributing Writer

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Jack Andraka

By Kasey Dallman

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Hailey Richman

By Victoria Feng, Assistant Editor and AKOM and Money Smarts Editor

Hailey Richman is the founder of Kid Caregivers and serves as the assistant director for Puzzles to Remember.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Evan Brinkman and Bobby Batson

By Catherine Cheng, AKOM Writer and Editor

Bobby Batson is the child star of 90 Minutes in Heaven and Evan Brinkman is the child star of TRAINWRECK.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Dougie Christie Jr

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Dougie Christie Jr., Best-selling Author and Actor.


By Isabella Taylor, Nonfiction Editor

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Cayle Diefenbach, age 16, Preserver of Native American Heritage

Native American heritage, language, and history are Cayle Diefenbach’s passions.
by Sean Traynor, Editor-In-Chief

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Capri Everitt

By Catherine Cheng, Amazing Kid of the Month Editor

Capri Everitt is journeying to eighty countries to raise money for orphaned children around the world.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Caleb Smith

By Catherine Cheng, AKOM Editor

Caleb Smith is the founder of STEM Bunnies, a nonprofit that saves and breeds rabbits. It helps people make informed decisions about adopting a bunny through foster programs and camps.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Aviation Enthusiast, Evan Isenstein-Brand, age 12, California

By Celine Tien, Contributing Writer Evan Isenstein-Brand is a 12-year old Californian who is an aviation enthusiast.  When he is not at air shows or interviewing people for his own website (evanflys.com), he is a normal 7th grader, playing tennis, soccer and hanging out with his friends.  Evan has interviewed some of the best war-time […]

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Alexandra Chang

By Victoria Feng, Assistant and AKOM Editor

Alexandra Chang started the company The Zeitgeist and was named by Tiger Beat as one of their 19 under 19 nominees in the Entrepreneurship category.

Amazing Kids! Spotlight Interview with Alexa von Essen

By Haofei

Alexa von Essen is the writer of “The Morning of the End of the World.”

Amazing Kids! Sportlight Interview with Matt Sarafa

By Catherine Cheng, AKOM Writer

Matt Sarafa participated in Lifetime’s “Project Runway Junior” in November and December of 2015, finishing in a respectable 8th place.

Amazing Kids! Interview with Will Lourcey

By Catherine Cheng, AKOM Editor

When he was seven, Will Lourcey founded the non-profit FROGs or Friends Reaching Our Goals. Since then, the organization has provided over 200,000 meals for the hungry and packed over 60,000 bags of food for children.

Amazing Kids! Interview with the Landroids Team, the 2010 MoonBots Challenge Winner

By Kasey Dallman, Amazing Kid of the Month Columnist

Amazing Kids! Interview with Taylor Richardson

By Catherine Cheng, Amazing Kid of the Month Columnist

This past year, Taylor Richardson has collected over 500 books for underserved children to promote literacy. She loves reading to others and encouraging others to follow their dreams.

Amazing Kids! Interview with Mrinali Kesavadas

By Victoria Feng, AKOM and Money Smarts Editor

Mrinali Kesavadas is a 3M America’s Top Young Scientist finalist for the invention of her low cost CPR simulator that shows if someone is doing CPR correctly or not.

Amazing Kids! Interview with Jessica Carscadden

By Victoria Feng, AKOM Writer and Money Smarts Editor

Jessica Carscadden is the founder of the We Care Bears Project, a nonprofit organization that delivers stuff animals to children in need.

Amazing Kids! Interview with Grace Wickerson

By Victoria Feng, AKOM and Money Smarts Editor

Grace Wickerson is the founder of Kickin’ Violence, a nonprofit that aims to stop worldwide violence. It educates youth about violence and also does acts of community service for disadvantaged kids.

Amazing Kids! Interview with Chandler Kinney

By Catherine Cheng, AKOM Editor

Chandler Kinney is best known for her breakout role on Amazon Prime Family’s “Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street.”

Amazing Kids! Interview with Bill Gates

A Philanthropist, Technology Pioneer, and Multi-Billionaire
By Olivia Pineda, Staff Interviewer

Amazing Kids Spotlight Interview with Stephanie Engle, Photographer

By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Editor

Amazing Kids Spotlight Interview with Perry Chen

Perry Chen is a 10-year-old film & entertainment critic, artist, and animator. He is the resident film critic for Amazing Kids and also writes for Animation World Network, San Diego Union Tribune and San Diego Entertainer.

By Kasey Dallman, Amazing Kid of the Month Columnist

Amazing Kids Spotlight Interview with Freddi Zeiler, Young Author and Volunteer

By Celine Tien, Nonfiction Editor

Amazing Kids Spotlight Interview with Dylan Mahalingam

By Mindy Yang, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Kids Spotlight Interview with Conor and Kendall Perrin, Amazing Young Charity Founders

By Kasey Dallman, AKOM writer and researcher

Amazing Kids Spotlight Interview with Colin Johnson

By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Columnist

Amazing Kids Spotlight Interview with Chirag Vedullapalli, 10-yr-old Amazing Artist

By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Writer

Amazing Kids Spotlight Interview with Blake Colvin, age 16, Founder of Cupcakes for Cancer

By Shamala Pulugurtha, AKOM Writer and Researcher   Who knew something as little as a cupcake would have such a huge impact on people? Blake Colvin followed her heart and used cupcakes to bring hope to the lives of hundreds of cancer patients around the country. At the age of 8, Blake was diagnosed with […]

Amazing Kids Spotlight Interview with Bindi Irwin

By Sean Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Amazing Kids Spotlight Interview with Amber, Artist

By Ioana Ciora

Amazing Kids Spotlight Interview with Adora Svitak, Writer and Teacher

By Veronica Sturman, Contributing Writer

Amazing Kid! Interview with Winter Vinecki

By Victoria Feng, Assistant Editor and AKOM Editor

Winter Vinecki is the founder of Team Winter, an organization that raises money for prostate cancer research.

Amazing Kid! Interview with Jake Marcionette

By Victoria Feng, Assistant Editor and AKOM Editor

Jake Marcionette is the bestselling author of the Just Jake series. The series landed Jake on the New York Times bestsellers list, and he’s the youngest author to be featured on the list.

Amazing Kid! Interview with Christopher Lindsay

By Victoria Feng, Assistant Editor and AKOM Editor

Christopher Lindsay is one of the only four 2016 Davidson Fellows Laureates and recipient of a $50,000 scholarship. He was awarded this honorable award for his work in oceanic research.

Amazing Kid Spotlight Interview with Cameron Manor

By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Columnist

Amazing Interview with Robert Tonner of the Tonner Doll Company

Interview by Amazing Kids! Reporter Alexandra Robert Tonner, the internationally acclaimed doll designer, may be best known for his licensed line of artistic, collectible action figures for movies such as Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, and other big hits. But what Mr. Tonner may be long remembered for is his encouragement to kids to ‘break […]