Staff Bios

Kaitlyn Busch is a senior editor. She is a member of the cross country and track teams and hopes to study education and public policy in college.

Fabian Hernandez is a senior editor. He is also the director and producer of The Weekly Hook, The Pirates’ Hook IGTV channel. He enjoys sports, music and working with his dad in landscaping.

Ben Patton is a senior editor. He actively participates in many clubs and runs cross country for Riverside. He is interested in going into computer science in college.

Eva Flowe is a senior section editor. She is a racial justice and climate activist and plans on pursuing public policy or journalism in college. 

Dean Hunter is a senior section editor and co-host of The Pirates’ Podcast. He enjoys studying history in his free time. 

Maya Dulli-Ray is a junior section editor. She plays volleyball for Riverside and the North Carolina Volleyball Academy. 

Emmer Rice is a junior section editor. She plays field hockey for Riverside and plans to study politics in college.

Ella Whithaus is a junior section editor. She is also a member of the field hockey and soccer teams.

Janel Perry is a junior staff writer. She lives with her three brothers and started her own lip gloss company during the pandemic. After graduating from Riverside she plans to become a marriage counselor.

Jamel Rojas is a junior staff writer. He is also a member of Riverside’s JROTC and enjoys video games and basketball.  

Elizabeth Williams is a junior staff writer. She is passionate about writing, loves watching a good movie and enjoys playing Call of duty.

Cynthia Martinez is a senior staff writer. She’s a member of the club Destino Success, goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team and plans to study criminal injustice and psychology after high school.

Tyler McLean is a sophomore staff writer. He likes to write poetry and draw. He plans to become an author one day.

Ethan Haine is a sophomore staff writer. He has lived in Durham his whole life, is a member of the Riverside tennis team and enjoys biking in his free time.

Jacob Hindman is a junior staff writer. He’s part of a skating community at Riverside and wants to study communications to further a career in Journalism.

Angel Solorzano is a senior staff writer and translator with big goals and high expectations. He enjoys playing sports, especially soccer.

Jalen Poole is a sophomore staff writer for the Pirates’ Hook. He loves playing basketball, writing and taking difficult classes to challenge himself. 

Thomas Romano is a sophomore staff writer. He enjoys playing basketball, being active and cooking. After graduating from Riverside he hopes to play college and professional basketball.

Genesis Smith is a sophomore staff writer and translator. She is a mental health advocate and enjoys spending time with her family. 

Cristela Vargas is a junior staff writer. She enjoys painting, playing with her pets and watching Netflix. 

Jakyies Evans is a junior staff writer for The pirates Hook. He loves history and Animals. 

Ben Meglin is a junior staff writer and broadcast assistant. He’s also a member of the Riverside marching band.