Meet Our Staff

Daniel Grotch

Co-Editor in Chief

DSC_1381[1]Daniel J. Grotch is the Co-Editor in Chief of The Hook. A senior in his third year of newspaper, Daniel enjoys publishing papers and writing articles immensely. A true New Yorker, Mr. Grotch and his family moved to Alpharetta in 2014 from Queens, NY. Daniel has grown to like the south and engages frequently in activities, such as golf, basketball, and baseball. He is an avid sports fan and contributes to The Hook‘s sports section. Daniel plans to study economy and political science at college. Feel free to email him at


Irene Velez

Co-Editor in Chief

CSC_1427[1]Irene is currently a senior at AHS and a Co-Editor in Chief for The Hook! She has a strong passion for journalism and loves the chance she has of being a voice for the AHS community in The Hook. Outside of newspaper, she loves spending time with her friends and family, exploring nearby cities and going to local concerts. Irene is an active member of the Drama club along with the Speech team, and is the President of Raiders For the Cure club. She volunteers with the Animal Rights and Rescue club and is a member of the National Spanish Honor Society. After high school, Irene wishes to attend Vanderbilt and major in Communications of Science and

Lara Strydom

Editorial Editor

DSC_1442[1]Lara Strydom is a senior at AHS and is a second year newspaper staff member, and it is her first year being editor of editorials. Lara is also an active participant in the arts, and is a senior dance company member at RISPA School of Performing Arts, and is a member of the school theatre department and speech team. Lara’s favorite classes are English and History, and hopes she can incorporate both of these subjects into her future.  After high school, Lara hopes to double major in Journalism and Social Work.

Melissa Dunn

Copy & Features Editor

CSC_1420[1]Melissa Dunn is currently a senior at AHS, and this is her second year writing for The Hook, where she is the copy and features editor. Melissa is currently serving as Co-President of Raider Mentors and is a member of Student Council. Outside of high school, Melissa enjoys participating in her youth group and hanging out with friends. After high school, Melissa plans to go to college and study something in the field of business.

Alyssa Albrecht

Branding Manager

DSC_1438[1]Alyssa is currently a Senior at AHS, and this is her second year on the newspaper staff here at The Hook. Alyssa enjoys helping others and listening to music in her free time and is really excited to be able to write for The Hook’s 12th Edition this year. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys watching football, baseball and dancing. She used to play on Alpharetta’s JV softball team her Freshman year as well as playing for years before then. Alyssa is currently a part of the Color Guard in the Alpharetta Marching Raider Band, and is a part of Alpharetta’s Winter Guard program as well. Besides watching football, baseball and dancing with the color guard, Alyssa enjoys working with kids and making people laugh.

Eric Bias

Layout & Sports Editor

CSC_1426[1]Eric Bias is currently a junior at Alpharetta High School. This is Eric Bias’s second year in the school newspaper The Hook. He really loves the idea of a school run newspaper, and since he had Mr. Wright as a 9th Grade ELA teacher really “sealed the deal” to join the program. In his first year in the school newspaper, he loved writing editorials and working as a team. Outside of school, he typically studies or watches science videos on YouTube. He loves school very much, and he hopes to translate that love for learning into newspaper form.

Nicole Vickers

Website Editor

DSC_1440[1]Nicole is a junior and this is her second year writing for The Hook. Like Grotch, Nicole also hails from the north as she lived in New Jersey, New York’s underrated little sister, until she was in the eighth grade. She prefers New Jersey, but she makes the most of her time in Georgia by participating in AHS’s Select Women’s Ensemble, Color Guard, and of course, The Hook. Outside of school, Nicole can be found reading, singing, watching TV, and writing. After high school, Nicole wants to major in psychology, and then have a career as a prosecutor lawyer. Nicole has high hopes for this year and as website editor, any problems or concerns with the website or it’s content can be sent to her personal email,

 Maia Gibson

Photo Editor

CSC_1418[1]Maia Gibson is currently a junior at AHS. This is her second year being on The Hook’s staff. She is the photography editor for the paper. She is involved in many AHS clubs including Key Club, Raiders for the Cure, and Flood. Outside of school, she loves to read, take pictures, and play soccer. Also, she loves anything outdoors, such as hiking and camping. After college, she hopes to become a photographer for National Geographic. She decided to be a part of The Hook because of her passion for writing and photography. 

Nadir Lewis

Layout Editor

DSC_1407[1]Nadir is currently a junior at AHS, and this is his second year on the newspaper staff here at The Hook. Nadir enjoys free time. Nadir is a part of the basketball and baseball teams for AHS. Outside of newspaper, Nadir enjoys spending time with friends and family. Nadir plans to major in Business or computer engineering in college.



Sami Thompson

News, Entertainment & Features Editor

DSC_1376[1](1)Sami Thompson is a junior at AHS and as of now is a second-year member of newspaper. This will be Sami’s second year as an editor of the newspaper, editing sections such as entertainment, news, and features. In her spare time, Sami loves to read, especially magazines. In the future, she actually hopes to work in the publication field with women’s magazines such as Glamour or Elle. For now, in school Sami participates in many different clubs including National Honors Society, Student Council, and Fashion Club. She is also on the Varsity Swim Team for AHS.

Nolan Edmonds

Social Media 

CSC_1428[1]Nolan Edmonds is currently a junior at Alpharetta High School, and this is his second year writing for
The Hook. Nolan is the running back for the Alpharetta Varsity Football Team. Outside of newspaper, Nolan enjoys spending time volunteering in homeless shelters and giving back to the community. After high school, Nolan plans to attend college to earn his MBA and his Masters Degree.


Brianna Rolle

Branding Manager

CSC_1417[1]Brianna Rolle is currently a sophomore at AHS, and this is her second year as staff on The Hook. Brianna enjoys writing features and entertainment for the newspaper along with expanding her writing abilities. Outside of newspaper, Brianna enjoys spinning with the AHS Color Guard, writing fiction, and spending time with family and friends. After high school, Brianna plans on going to college and becoming a journalist.


Aditya Gunna

Staff Writer

CSC_1422[1]Aditya is currently a junior at AHS, and this is his first year on the newspaper staff. Aditya enjoys writing about sports, technology, and business. Aditya is part of FBLA, Beta club, and Technology Student Association . Outside of school, Aditya is an active member in Boy Scouts, and is one rank away from being an Eagle Scout. He also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at Technocademy, a nonprofit that helps seniors with the use of technology. After high school, Aditya plans to study economics and finance in college.


 Curtis McClelland


CSC_1424[1]Curtis McClelland is a junior, in his first year of newspaper. Curtis was very excited to join the staff of The Hook, and looks forward to seeing his work published. Curtis runs cross country for AHS, and also enjoys playing basketball. Outside of The Hook, Curtis enjoys spending time with family and friends. He plans to major in mechanical engineering in college.



Sofia Bonno

Staff Writer

DSC_1435[1]Sofia Bonno is currently a junior at Alpharetta High School and this is her first year of newspaper. During her free time, Sofia enjoys art, large dogs, and binge-watching Netflix. She currently is an officer of Raider Mentors, volunteers with the Animal and Rescue club, and is starting an internship at her vet’s office. After high school, Sofia hopes to go out-of-state to study ethology.

Julia Volovoi

Staff Writer

DSC_1411[1]Julia Volovoi is a sophomore at AHS, and this is her first year writing for The Hook. She enjoys writing political commentary and news stories. She also enjoys mixed media art, playing tennis and writing fiction. Her favorite classes are history and French. She plans on going to college and becoming a journalist or a forensic scientist.




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Head shot credits: Maia Gibson, Photo Editor

Cover Photo: Alpharetta Yearbook Staff