Meet the Authors


Alexis Ishmael

Co-Founder, CEO
Hey, I’m Alexis (she/her) and I'm a freshman at Barnard College! I spend most of my time training in dance, but when I'm not dancing I love to paint, journal, do yoga, and watch films. Aside from that, I work part-time as an actress and model, I own a nonprofit organization, and of course, run Teen Insider Mag. I mostly write about life as a teenager, so be sure to check out my articles! Follow me on Instagram at @kindofalexis :)

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Ashley Stearns

Primary Author
Hi all!! I am a senior at Saint Ignatius. I spend most of my time playing soccer, participating in my school's business and economics club, and being an ambassador for the Junior Economics Club of Chicago. With my free time, I love being with my friends and family, and the most fulfilling of all is volunteering for the Ray Graham School. I genuinely love to learn, so writing these articles is helping me do what I love. I am very interested in the business world, and I am determined to make it more welcoming to girls everywhere. All of my articles are targeted to help increase girls' basic knowledge of finance, so hopefully girls will have an increased interest and not feel so intimidated by it. Hope you enjoy:))

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Izzy Rettke

Primary Author, Social Media Strategist
Hey, I’m Izzy and I’m a sophomore in high school with a passion for learning and reading. I love living in Chicago and accessing all the wonderful opportunities a big city offers. I’m dreaming of a career in creative writing and hope to one day publish a book I’m working on. I’m a participant in an academic team sport as well as many other clubs my school has to offer (Translation: I’m a nerd). At the moment I’m also teaching myself how to play the ukulele. When I'm not reading or writing, I love spending time with my family, my friends, and my cat.

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Jessica Horwitch

Board Leader, Primary Editor
Hi, my name is Jessica and I'm a Junior in high school. I'm interested in pursuing a career in communications and creative writing. I am and always have been an avid reader and writer. In my spare time I'm either volunteering, editing the school literary magazine, running Student Government, or managing Rock Music Club. I also love learning new things, you can find me researching anything from the way the brain processes memory to the history of the impressionist movement. I'm excited to be apart of Teen Insider Magazine, as it gives me a chance to produce the thoughtful, informative, and interesting content that I would like to see more of.

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Katie Wu

Primary Author
Hey! I’m Katie, a senior in high school. You can always find me dancing (or teaching dance to little girls), writing, cooking, chilling with friends, and of course, slaving over my homework (I'm just kidding-- well only a little). When I’m not in school, I’m probably traveling. I absolutely love the new experiences and perspectives I see when traveling and how it challenges my self-perception. I'm lucky to have visited every continent but Antarctica. I’m excited to be a part of the Teen Insider Magazine team so I can share my thoughts and ideas with others. My aim is to put out articles that genuinely interest our readers and will leave them with a greater knowledge of the world around them.

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Nina Boord

Hi, I’m Nina! I'm a senior in high school, and I am interested in a career in engineering and business. Outside of school, I intern at MakerGirl, an initiative that brings STEM to young girls through sessions in 3D printing. I helped found Teen Insider because I wanted to push back on today's women's magazines and give teen girls a more valuable and relatable source of information. I love writing, traveling, and photography, and I hope to travel the world one day. My all-time favorite artist is Lorde, but I like everything from EDM to classical. You can find me at the beach, working out, exploring Chicago, shopping, or trying out new restaurants with friends!

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Olivia Lapchick

Primary Author
Hey! I'm Olivia, but I go by the nickname "Avi" and have alternated between the two since I was little. I'm 17 years old and I live on the west side of Chicago with my dog, Walter, and the rest of my family. Currently, I am attending St. Ignatius College Prep where I will be a senior come this fall. I love art, writing, other things, and other things and I am very mediocre at Track. As of now, I have my sights set on Emerson College's comedic arts program in hopes to pursue my love of satirical writing. I hope you enjoy my work and much as I enjoy writing it :)

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These articles were submitted by our readers and published by our leadership board. We receive article submissions from readers all over the world. If you want us to publish an article of yours, go to Connect With Us > Write Your Own Article. We can't wait to hear from you!

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Ruby Brent

Board Leader
Hello! My name is Ruby and I am 17 years old. Living in Chicago for my entire life has given me a motley of perspectives on the world, and has surrounded me with opportunities most kids don't have access to. I am a ballet dancer, and I horseback ride. In my free time, I like to go running, I write, and most importantly, listen to music! Music has played such a big role in my life. My parents always had music playing when I was a kid, and now I can't live without it! I am also a self-taught ukelele player. Working on Teen Insider as a leader is just one of the many amazing things I've had the privilege to be a part of, and I hope you readers enjoy it as much as I do. On my page, you'll find articles on politics, social issues, beauty, music, and a few other random topics. Enjoy!

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Stacia Datskovska

Primary Author
Hello everyone, I’m Stacia Datskovska! I am a junior student and writer passionate about bringing unskewed, relevant insight on a range of topics for my generation. When I’m not doing endless piles of homework, I spend my time reading, writing anything from poetry to whole essays, going to the gym, and dog-walking. I am very passionate about traveling and base many of my pieces on worldly experiences. For me, a perfect day would be spent exploring a quaint European city with my mom, stopping in coffeeshops to write down little snippets about our travels in my “Notes” app, while sipping a cafe latte.

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Tenzin Kunsang

Hello! My name is Tenzin (she/her/hers) and I'm a senior at Jones College Prep. Anyone who knows me well can vouch for me when I say I love giving unsolicited reviews whether it be about the latest T.V. show or the latest food trends. I also like writing about current events that are overlooked by a typical audience. In addition to taking on leadership positions in and out of school, I like travelling to new places, trying new foods (thanks to a friend, Tenzin is now a boba addict), and rewatching Grey's Anatomy and Friends episodes.

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Tiana Luo

Primary Author
Hey friends! My name’s Tiana and I’m a junior. My passion is social science-- economics, politics, history, geography… you name it. I was born in China and moved to Chicago when I was six. At school, I run a moral philosophy club named Defining Justice, where we explore ethics and personal beliefs in the context of justice. I’m always doing homework, but I spend my free time with family or helping out with the kids at church. I play piano and golf, and I love reading. My strengths are vision and perspective, and my weakness is poor time management. The best authors have solid philosophies on what makes life worth living. <3

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Yasemin Taştaban

Primary Author
Hello, Yasemin here, a 17 year old 12th grader from Turkey. Living in Istanbul, one of the biggest cities in the world shaped me to be someone curious and open minded. It gave me so many opportunities to learn about so many different people. I am interested in biology (but mostly genetics) and in the future I want to pursue medical studies. However, I am also interested in music and theater. I have been in our schools English Drama Club for three years and have been playing the violin for several years. In my free time you can probably catch me at my favorite café while reading a book or taking photos at random places in the city. I'm excited to be a part of TeenInsider and write about about a vast variety of subjects :)

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Zimra Chickering

Primary Author
Hi all! I am a senior at Jones College Prep and a longtime CTA rider. I cook every night, and love to experiment in the kitchen with new spices, styles, or techniques. I think food is such a profound (and delicious) way to share culture and memories, especially when it can put a smile on somebody's face. I am really passionate about social equality, especially within artistic representation. I am an intern at the Art Institute, where I get to turn this passion into action and work on events, teen programming, and gallery experiences within the museum. I am passionate about my photographic practice, as I believe photographs can achieve this same goal and also represent the truths of humanity.

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