Meet Our Team
Next Generation Politics Blog is managed and staffed entirely by high school students who share a passion for journalism and affairs involving the world around them. Our mission at NGP Blog is to promote intellectual discourse among those part of Generation Z and beyond. Political affiliation is not taken into account when making decisions about what and what not to publish.
Articles are fact-based and provide a unique perspective on many of today’s hottest issues, while featuring a substantial array relevant news articles that mainstream media outlets will not cover.
NGP Blog strives to enable any individual to gain a firm grasp of economics, business, politics, science, popular culture, and other subject areas in a relevant context. As a general principal, we believe that it is our responsibility to provide a well-rounded intellectual base upon which individuals can make sound decisions to uphold the sovereign responsibility of our democracy.
Founders & Staff
Nick Sawicki, Editor-in-Chief
Nick Sawicki is a junior at Shady Side Academy High School in Pittsburgh, PA. He is passionate about journalism, politics and science and devotes much of his time to his school’s Science Olympiad team and school newspaper both in and out of school. In his spare time he enjoys reading and is an avid golfer.
Ryan Adell, Next Generation Politics Founder
Ryan Adell is a senior at Kings Park High School on Long Island, New York. He is involved in the political and governmental realm, which prompted him to initiate the organization Next Generation Politics. Ryan is currently authoring the book “Our Voices Before Our Votes.”
James Han, Managing Editor
James is a junior at University High School in Normal IL. He is heavily involved in speech and debate and loves politics. James is mostly interested in foreign policy and foreign current events. However, when it comes to domestic policy he can certainly bring a strong argument to the table.
Shreeya Aranake, Director of Communications
Shreeya Aranake is a senior at Milpitas High School in Milpitas, California. She is a member of TEDxMilpitasHigh and is on the varsity tennis team at her high school. She is interested in politics and hopes to explore economics in her future writing career.
Samantha Martin, Director of Outreach
Samantha Martin is a sophomore at Carlisle High School, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She is very passionate about journalism and politics, and expresses this passion through writing through her school news website. In addition to her writing, Samantha also participates in her school’s Model United Nations group, as well as student council and her local Shakespeare troupe.
Aneesh Goel, VP of Business Development
Aneesh is a sophomore in Fremont High School in Sunnyvale California. He is heavily interested in business and entrepreneurship and runs a nonprofit which aims to foster youth entrepreneurship. He is also involved in FHS DECA and is currently in the process of starting his own company.
Ryan Adell, Editor
Ryan Adell is a junior at Kings Park High School on Long Island, New York. He is especially active with Model United Nations and DECA. Additionally, he is involved in the political and governmental realm, which prompted him to initiate the organization Next Generation Politics.
Alex Chiang, Senior Contributor
Alex Chiang lives in Woodbury, New York and attends Syosset High School. Some of his personal interests include speech and debate, theater and creative writing. He plans to attend New York University in the fall of 2017.
George Chai, Senior Contributor
George is currently a senior at Syosset High School, in New York. He is a member of his school’s newspaper, Model United Nations club, and DECA chapter. He writes about global affairs for the Atlas Business Journal.
Katherine Gan, Senior Contributor
Katherine Gan is a senior at Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is interested in discussing, reading, and writing about foreign policy.
Larry Zhang, Senior Contributor
Larry Zhang is a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Outside of math and science, he is interested in business and economics, particularly behavioral economics. When he isn’t writing for ABJ or reading about economics, Larry enjoys camping and the outdoors, thrill-seeking, and is an active Eagle Scout.
Rahul Mepani, Senior Contributor
Rahul is currently a senior at Syosset High School, and is President of his Syosset DECA Chapter and Captain of his debate team. His interests range from international affair to economics, and he loves to write on geo-political issues and their implications throughout the world.”
Rahul Rokkam, Senior Contributor
Rahul is a Senior at Syosset High School. His interests include applied economics, international finance, and international. When not following the presidential election and stressing over college apps, he loves to debate and eat as much Ben & Jerry’s as he can.
Andrew Sveda, Contributor
Andrew Sveda is a sophomore at Shady Side Academy High School in Pittsburgh, PA. He enjoys reading about and discussing politics, and is actively involved in his school’s acting and theater program.
Caroline Wang, Contributor
Caroline is a junior at Enloe High School in North Carolina with great interest in biology and technology.
Diya Chadha, Contributor
Diya is a sophomore at Syosset High School in New York. She enjoys learning about history, international affairs, and social issues. Diya also loves to travel and explore new places.
Gayatri Sriram, Contributor
Gayatri Sriram is a junior at Syosset High School, New York. Her interests include politics and international relations. Aside from writing for the Atlas Business Journal, she loves to speak and learn about her South Asian heritage.
Jay Pade, Contributor
Jay is a senior in HS who enjoys ranting about whats going in the world, ranting about whats going on and politics and photography. He loves chess and will gladly argue with you about why Star Wars is objectively better than Star Trek.
Jenny Yu, Contributor
Jenny Yu and is a junior at Northville High School in Northville, Michigan. She is a member of the Model United Nations team and the DECA team. She figure skates frequently, and is extremely interested in entertainment and politics, specifically in how the two intermix.
Mateo Portelli, Contributor
Mateo was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a sophomore attending Bishop Gorman High School.
Portelli partakes in Mock Trial, Model UN, Youth court, and Speech and Debate, the last of which he has accrued a myriad of awards and successes. He believes very strongly in accordance with the sentiments that filled the minds of the Founding Fathers, and indeed proudly expresses his love for my Gadsden “DONT TREAD ON ME” flags and “MOLON LABE” flag. Portelli is always willing to engage in any sort of political discussion or debate.
Matt Matisz, Contributor
Matt Matisz is a sophomore at Vincentian Academy in Pittsburgh, PA. He is part of his school’s mock trial and forensics teams and is a member of the National Forensic League. Outside of school, he enjoys reading about politics, getting involved with the political process, and playing soccer.
Shaan Fye, Atlas Business Journal
Shaan Fye is a freshman at Columbia University. He enjoys learning and reading about economics and finance. Additionally, Shaan manages the Fox Chapel Farmers’ Market and works at Shady Side Farm, where he develops new and innovative ways to build a regular consumer base while producing organic vegetables and fruits. Later on, he plans on going into sustainable development, with an emphasis on small-scale agriculture. Shaan is the founder of The Atlas Business Journal which has since merged with Next Generation Politics