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Meet the Meraki Team

Anouk Hirano 

Founder & Editor-in-Chief 

Raised in three continents, Anouk witnessed how art and literature connected every individual in communities. As a third-culture kid, she began to see creative expressions as outlets that allowed her to be understood regardless of the language she spoke or the nation she was from. Beginning her high school education at Rio Mesa High School, it became her mission to revive the spark of artistry she saw within her peers, leading to the establishment of Meraki. The school's diverse community has only made for an unimaginable collective of stories and experiences that need to be shared. As the editor, Anouk cannot wait to be a piece of the infinite possibilities of narratives to be told. 

Lena Stephenson 

Vice-President 

The Arts have always played a big part in the life of Lena. She has been interested in dance and writing since her toddler years. She also runs track with Rio Mesa and takes part in medical volunteer opportunities weekly. This club is filled with outstanding writers and she is greatly looking forward to improving her own skills and creativity with them. She is very thankful to be part of this group and to help lead the club and the literary magazine to greatness!

Kristen Rosenmund 

Scribe 

Kristin hopes to pursue a career in writing someday and is excited to help improving herself and other writing skills in order to create this literary magazine. 

Geraldine Cabanban 

Social Media Director 

Geraldine is very pleased to be able to lend a helping hand in Meraki. She has always enjoyed the arts since she was a child, and currently has a YouTube channel (germaecab) where she showcases her passions. Writing is one of her favorite hobbies as well. With her creative background. passion, and knowledge, she hopes that all the members can have fun and put out some awesome creations! 

Michelle Martinez 

Advisor 

Ms. Michelle Martinez has taught English and ELD at Rio Mesa for 14 years. Her passions include women's literature, poetry, cuddling with her daughters and her dogs, sipping coffee on the front porch with her husband, eating good food, and traveling. She feels blessed and excited about the prospect of working with the Meraki team. 

JOIN MERAKI

Rio Mesa students and teachers are invited to join our passionate team of over 20 writers and creatives.

Our mission is to collaborate using collective artistry and expression to publish literary and artistic magazines. 

Thanks for submitting!