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Ria Parikh: Opinion Editor

Ria Parikh, Opinion Editor

Hey there! My name is Ria Parikh and I am super excited to start off my sophomore year as the Opinion Chief and Photo Editor. I joined journalism during my first year of high school, and I could not have made a better decision. Room 115 is truly a magical place with amazing people, all putting their creative minds together to put out their best work in The Leaf. After I got transitioned into the whole new environment of high school during freshman year, I really started to love writing for the issue and it gave me so much creative freedom and confidence in my writing abilities. And most importantly, I am now so lucky to have a community of writers and artists who inspire me every day!

Writing and photography are two of my favorite things and have made me who I am! While I mostly focus on creative writing, being in journalism has allowed me to try new skills. In regards to photography, I am so glad I got involved in it recently and am able to incorporate that into our paper this year! I used to just carry my dad’s camera around my backyard and take pictures for fun, but I got more serious about photography a few years ago. I now regularly submit to contests, a big one being the Scholastic Art and Writing awards, and I am honored to have received gold and silver keys for my artwork and creative writing. 

Aside from journalism, my after school life can be quite chaotic and ranges from playing varsity tennis for my school team, to participating in Mock Trial, to just getting pizza and playing ping pong after school with friends! I really believe in meeting new people and trying all that I can during these four years. Outside of school, I am a dancer! I have been doing Indian classical dance for almost 10 years now and I am also on a competitive Bhangra team. Another activity I have been doing for most of my life is piano, and music in general is just something I love. Academically, I really enjoy biology and am interested in pursuing medicine in the future! 

In my free time, I love playing with my two pets, Cocoa (dachshund) and Spikey (hedgehog), hanging out with my friends & family, traveling, skiing, and most importantly, sleeping! Thanks for taking the time to learn a bit about me, and I hope you look forward to reading The Leaf!

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