Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kids! Magazine Student Staff

Victoria Feng, Editor-in-Chief

Victoria Feng, Editor-in-Chief, is a seventh grader who loves reading and writing. She is a kid reporter for the Scholastic News Kid Press Corps, and has interviewed public figures like Congresssman Karen Handel and former CDC Director Anne Schuchat.  She has also been published on jaBlog!, in a Creative Communications anthology, won a Scholastic key, and previously worked in the Creative Kids book review program. Victoria also likes math and is in ninth grade math. She serves as her school’s Future Business Leaders of America and has won in multiple events for Region and State and is Student Council President.

Ryan Traynor, Editorial Advisor and Past Editor-in-Chief

Ryan Traynor, Editorial Advisor and Past 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. Ryan is looking forward to going off to college in the fall and beginning his next educational adventure.

Allison Stein, Editorial Advisor and Past Editor-in-Chief

Allison Stein, Editorial Advisor and Past Editor-in-Chief, strives to use her words to forge connections between hearts. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks Summer Sensations (2013) and Spring Fever (2015) with her newest book, Trust the Wind, forthcoming in spring 2017. Allison’s work has been featured in six America Library of Poetry anthologies as well as the Poetry Society of Michigan’s collection Water Music (2016). Also passionate about editing, she has copyedited Janis Stein’s book Hometown Heroes, published in 2016. Allison shares poetry, writing tips, and inspirational messages on her blog at

Sarina Patel, Jr. Assistant Editor and Comic Hub Co-Editor

Sarina Patel, Jr. Assistant Editor and Comic Hub Co-Editor, has won 9 Royal Palm Literary awards, 2 Candice Coghill awards, 1 Honorable Mention in the New York Times’ January 2018 student contest, 1 Honorable Mention in the 2017 Florida State Poets’ Association competition, and 1 Honorable Mention in the 2017 Hillsborough Council of Teachers of English Writing awards, among others. She has had her work featured in MENSA, Amazing Kids!, Teen Ink, Creative Communications, FWAVine, The Scepter, Khaas Baat, and the Hillsborough Council of Teachers of English. Hailed by former Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt as a “marvelously talented young poet”, Sarina published her debut poetry book Spoet in 2015 and will publish another poetry book in winter 2018. Sarina recently graduated from summer multimedia programs at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies (2017) and Nova Southeastern University (2018). She serves as a Comic Hub Co-Editor and Jr. Assistant Editor at Amazing Kids! (where she interviewed Sal Khan of Khan Academy), a MENSA YM2 Staff Writer, and formerly served as the Features Editor of the nationally recognized newspaper at her previous school. At school, Sarina serves as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper, Vice President of Future Business Leaders of America, Program Oral Interpretation captain of Speech and Debate, and member of the new Diversity Task Force. Outside of school, Sarina composes on the piano, violin and laptop, speaks multiple languages, and pushes for the education and nourishment of Indian children as an active youth ambassador on the national youth leadership council for a nonprofit organization called Akshaya Patra.

Jordan Brunk, Amazing Kids from History Editor and Contributing Writer

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.

Sophie Nadel, Writer’s Tips Editor

07 AK Staff Bio Page, Sophie NadelSophie 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.

Aryaman Sheth, Fiction and Photography Editor

Aryaman Sheth, Fiction and Photography Editor, is a student in the 11th grade in Mumbai, India. He is an avid reader; his favorite authors are Sidney Sheldon, John Grisham, and Jeffery Archer. Aryaman has been published in his local paper as a writer and a photographer. His favorite things to do are click photographs, write, read, and play football (soccer). He has even attended photography courses and is keen on taking his writing and photography skills to the next level.

Ashley Lin, Assistant Editor, Adult Spotlight Interviewer, and Poetry Editor

Ashley Lin, Assistant Editor, Adult Spotlight Interviewer, and Poetry Editor, is very passionate about bridging the opportunity gap for students from different socioeconomic sectors and believes all youth should have access to the support and resources to reach their full potential. Having caught the entrepreneurship bug early on, Ashley hopes to bring that and her love for civics and business together to drive positive social change within her community. Currently, she serves as the Scholarship Director for the Kids First Project, where she works to create equal opportunities for all students, and as a state officer for Washington Future Business Leaders of America. Ashley believes that youth have an unlimited potential to give forward and strives to empower peers wherever she goes!

Stella Prince, Nonfiction, AK Adventures, and Global Village Editor

Stella Prince, Nonfiction, AK Adventures, and Global Village Editor, is 12 years old and a singer, songwriter and composer. She performs regularly at the classical conservatory program, where she has studied for 5 years. Stella also plays piano and clarinet. She is a passionate writer, and has had her book and movie reviews published. She enjoys acting, reading, drawing, baking, and biking. Stella volunteers at the local animal shelter and raises money for animal and children’s charities.


Akshaj Mehta, Sci-Tech Kids Editor

Akshaj Mehta, Sci-Tech Kids Editor, is in sixth 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 eight years old. He has also been writing for NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) for two 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 2016, he was Hometown Hero for KFBK Radio for the month of April and won the N Factor, a local service award. He is a student council member in the middle school. His favorite subjects in school are social studies and math. When he is not reading or writing, he likes to build Legos with his favorite so far being the Death Star.

Fatima Yousuf, Money Smarts Editor and Contributing Writer

Fatima Yousuf, Money Smarts Editor and Contributing Writer, is in 11th grade and is an active volunteer and bookworm. She loves to read and study history and philosophy and to play lacrosse and basketball. She is also the founder and CEO of her own nonprofit organization, Stories for a Future, which has raised over $10,000 to provide books for underprivileged youth, run summer literacy programs, and impacted over 8,500 children. Fatima is published in and an editor of the Crown and Shield newspaper. She is active in her school’s Speech and Debate team, Model UN team, Student Affairs Board, and many more. Fatima loves to read in her free time and frequently volunteers for her library.

Logan Guleff, Cook Nook Columnist

Logan Guleff, Cook Nook Columnist, has been named one of the Most Influential Teens by Time Magazine and a James Beard Blended Burger Winner. Since becoming the 2014 MasterChef Junior champion he has become a rising star in the culinary world. He was named Southern Living‘s Best New Southern Cook and earned a spot on Fortune Magazine’s 18 Under 18 list; he’s also the youngest certified judge for the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Memphis, Tennessee, and the youngest chef to cook at the historic James Beard House in New York City. He has judged the International Young Chef Olympiad in India and has launched his first cook, “Logan’s Chef Notes and Half Baked Tales”, which won Gourmand’s Best in World for first cookbook. He has also given a TEDx talk on the “The Art of the Flavor”.

Perry Chen, Movie Reviewer

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:, watch his filmmaker interviews at, or fan him on Facebook.

Sehen Gamhewa, Contributing Writer and Comic Hub Editor

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…)

Daniela Santos, Contributing Writer

Daniela Santos, Contributing Writer, is a 13-year-old from California. She is interested in horror stories, stories being told in a diary type of style, and comics. She has had multiple stories and poems published on Amazing Kids! Magazine; she will publish additional writing in the upcoming year, along with art. She has been drawing since she was very small and got into writing in fourth, fifth, and especially sixth grade. She really wants to write a book and knows that one day she will. She has been a violinist since she was eight years old; she currently plays violin, viola, and double-bass and is teaching herself cello, piano, and guitar. Daniela is a straight-A student, part of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, student council president, and seventh-grade representative for her middle school leadership program.

Madisen Garcia, Contributing Writer

Madisen Garcia, Contributing Writer, is a seventh-grader who enjoys writing, painting, and reading. When she was in fourth grade, she was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. She is also a frequent volunteer for a local nurse practitioner, where she helps assemble birth kits, makes baby hats, and makes essential oil blends. She has also been involved in raising money for various charitable organizations such as St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Ignite Hope for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She is an animal lover and has an adorable maltipoo named Milly. Madisen is excited to write for Amazing Kids! Magazine.

Davi Jacobs, Contributing Writer

Davi Jacobs, Contributing Writer, is an incoming seventh grader who loves learning everything. She spends most of her free time playing outside, playing piano, writing, and reading. She has won first place in a writing competition, and she is entering many more literary competitions. She loves kids, and she is starting her own babysitting business in her neighborhood. She also likes learning languages, and she is learning Mandarin at school. She is looking forward to contributing her work to Amazing Kids! Magazine, and she is grateful for the opportunity to be part of it.

Albert Zhang, Contributing Writer

Albert Zhang, Contributing Writer, is a young artist and writer from Atlanta, Georgia, where he attends The Westminster Schools. At school, he is Head Editor for The Bi-Line, the school newspaper, and oversees as Sports Section Editor as well. He is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of Evolutions Magazine, the school’s annual creative writing magazine. Albert attended The Kenyon Review workshop, was a SCAD Silver Scholar, and has been published locally and nationally and exhibited at Atlanta’s High Museum, Capitol Building, and National Fair.

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