2020-2021 Staff

Pradyoth Velagapudi

Managing Editor

Pradyoth Velagapudi is a junior at Horizon Honors and managing editor for The Horizon Sun. When he’s not hard at work as an editor, he’s either nose deep in a good book or hanging out with his friends. In his spare time, he ...

Noah Molinar

Campus Life Editor

Noah Molinar is currently a junior at Horizon Honors and is a first-time editor in Journalism. Molinar has been attending Horizon for 11 years, and has been in classes with Mrs. Britt for three years. In those years he has gr...

Max Larsen

Student Opinion Editor

Max Larsen is the Student Opinion Editor for The Horizon Sun. This is his fourth year in Journalism, and his second year as an editor. Larsen is currently a junior at Horizon Honors, and is excited to be back on campus. Larsen pl...

Cameron Foley

Features & Extras Editor

Cameron Foley is the Editor overseeing the Features and Extras publications for The Horizon Sun. He is a 15-year-old Sophomore at Horizon Honors Secondary school; this is Foley’s second year of Journalism, and his first year as an ...

Nessah Wendt

Columnist

Nessah Wendt is a 7th grader at Horizon Honors, and is a first year columnist for the Horizon Sun. She joined journalism as a fun activity with the intent of improving her writing skills. In addition to journalism, she is in two ho...

Julia Tucker

Columnist

Julia Tucker is 14 years old and an eighth grader at Horizon Honors. Tucker is a first year columnist for The Horizon Sun. She loves to act, sing, write music, and spend time with her friends. She has a dog named Fritz, and a brothe...

Noah Thompson

Columnist

Noah Thompson is an eighth grader at Horizon Honors, and is a columnist for The Horizon Sun. Thompson’s interests include video editing, 2D animation, music theory, music composition, playing music, calligraphy, and spendin...

Kayli Taylor

Columnist

Kayli Taylor is a seventh grader at Horizon Honors and is a first year columnist for The Horizon Sun. Taylor has been at Horizon Honors since 1st grade, and is excited to see what she can do with The Horizon Sun this year. Ta...

Abbi Prieto

Columnist

Abbi Prieto is a seventh grade columnist for The Horizon Sun. Prieto likes to write reviews about movies, TV shows, books, and restaurants, and food. Prieto has a seven-year-old female corgi mix named Kai. Outside of school, P...

Amiyah Jada Owens

Columnist

Amiyah Owens is a seventh grader at Horizon Honors, and this is her first year in Journalism. She has an interest in Journalism because she enjoys reading, writing, and photography. Owens’ favorite hobbies include baking, drawing...

Ainsley Olvey

Columnist

Ainsley Olvey is currently a seventh grader at Horizon Honors, and has been attending Horizon since second grade. Olvey loves to write, as she started reading and writing earlier than anyone in her daycare class. Her daycare ...

Amelia McCrory

Columnist

Amelia McCrory is in eighth grade this year, attending Horizon Honors Secondary School. She is beginning her first year in Journalism as a columnist for The Horizon Sun. McCrory is thrilled to have the opportunity to write article...

Ty Larsen

Columnist

Ty Larsen is a columnist for The Horizon Sun. He is athletic, and likes to play sports and take his pet dog, Freddy, to the park. Larsen also has five fish. A seventh grader, this is his first year in Journalism, which he pic...

Zane Khogyani

Columnist

Zane Khogyani is an eighth grader at Horizon Honors, and has attended the school for nine years. Both Khogyani and his twin brother, Adam, have lived in Arizona their whole lives, with Horizon Honors being the only school they’ve...

Adam Khogyani

Columnist

Adam Khogyani is an eighth grader at Horizon Honors, and this is his first year in journalism. He has been at Horizon Honors for the past nine years, and likes to spend his free time playing on his drums and clarinet. Khogyan...

Rebecca Harris

Columnist

Rebecca Harris is an eighth grader who moved to Horizon Honors in seventh grade. She loves to read and write, and can always be found with at least one book related project on her hands. Harris can read very fast, and has bee...

Sophia Geisler

Columnist

Sophia Geisler is a seventh grader at Horizon Honors, and has lived in Arizona almost her entire life. She moved to Horizon for sixth grade, and is excited to experience her first year as a columnist for the Horizon Sun. Geisler si...

Grace Freed

Columnist

Grace Freed is a 7th grader and columnist for The Horizon Sun. Freed has been at Horizon Honors since kindergarten, and has been a part of many clubs, including Art Club, Cheer Club, Showbiz, and many more. Freed enjoys writing revi...

Brandon Dosen

Columnist

Brandon Dosen is a 13-year-old who is currently in the eighth grade. He is attending Horizon Honors for his seventh year, and his first year as a columnist. He is excited to be able to write for the school and discuss events a...

Keenan Christensen

Columnist

Keenan Christensen is a columnist for The Horizon Sun. This is his second year at Horizon Honors and his first year as a Horizon Sun columnist. He is currently twelve years old and in seventh grade. Christensen has lived in Phoeni...

Luke Tafoya

Columnist

Luke Tafoya is a freshman at Horizon Honors. He is 14 and this is his fifth year at Horizon. Although he's not experienced with writing, he is trying to change that. Tafoya is looking forward to his first year in journalism, h...

John Niemeyer

Columnist

John Niemeyer is currently a sophomore at Horizon Honors. Niemeyer seeks the truth and the full story only. One of his favorite things to do is to learn about mechanics. He likes to fix things too; although he could use some impr...

Allister McLeod

Columnist

Allister McLeod is a columnist for the Horizon Sun, who enjoys covering technology, entertainment, and anything outdoors. As a member of Horizon’s Key Club and the Vice President of the Sophomore Student Council, he likes to sp...

Connor Davis

Columnist

Connor Davis is a columnist for The Horizon Sun who enjoys covering subjects such as entertainment, outdoor events, natural subjects, social gatherings, and history. Recently, Davis has been in the past four theater productio...

Luke Culver

Columnist

Luke Culver is currently in his 2nd year at Horizon Honors. He moved to Arizona from Texas in 2010. Culver is a computer-savvy artist that spends most of his free time playing video games like “Rainbow Six Siege” and “Animal Cros...

Madeeha Akhtar

Columnist

Madeeha Akhtar is currently an eighth grader at Horizon Honors and a columnist for The Horizon Sun. Akhtar came to Horizon in seventh grade, and this is her second year of Journalism. Akhtar is 13 years old and has a cockatiel n...

Lilly Wolfe

Columnist

Lilly Wolfe is an eighth grader at Horizon Honors. This is her third year at Horizon Honors and her second as a columnist for The Horizon Sun. Writing has always intrigued her and she is excited for the opportunity to improve her writing abili...

Kalyn McLeod

Columnist

Kalyn McLeod is currently an eighth grader at Horizon Honors Secondary School. This is her second year as a columnist for The Horizon Sun. She is excited for the opportunity to write more articles, and hopes to produce more compl...

Jolie Flack

Columnist

Jolie Flack has lived in Arizona her whole life. She is an eighth-grader this year and she has been at Horizon Honors since 4th grade. Flack is entering her second year as a columnist for The Horizon Sun. She is excited to be in Journa...

Carsten Oyer

Columnist

Carsten Oyer is a freshman columnist for the Horizon Sun. This will be his second year in journalism. After a successful year in the class, he is excited to continue writing and exploring the class. After a long break, Oyer is rea...

AJ Freithoffer

Managing Editor, Sports Editor

AJ Freithoffer is a senior at Horizon Honors who is enjoying his fourth year of Journalism as the sports editor. He first took this class because he wants to pursue a career in sports journalism, something he has been intereste...