About

The Fourcast is the official high school student newspaper of The Hockaday School. The name is derived from the school’s Four Cornerstones: Character, Courtesy, Scholarship and Athletics. It is also a pun on the weather “forecast.”

This website is maintained by Web Editor-in-Chief Ashna Kumar and Assistant Web Editors Cheryl Hao and Shreya Gunukula.

Editor-in-Chief Jenny Zhu
Managing Editor Amanda Kim
Web Editor-in-Chief Ashna Kumar
Business Manager Maria Katsulos
Social Media Director Cheryl Hao
Copy Editor Elizabeth Guo
News Editor Sonya Xu
Features Editor Eshani Kishore
Arts & Entertainment Editor Aurelia Han
Sports & Wellness Editor Mary Claire Wilson
Perspectives Editor Heidi Kim
Photography & Graphics Editor Katie O’Meara
Cast-Off Editor Emily Fuller
Video Editor Shreya Gunukula

Staff Writers Amelia Brown, Neha Dronamraju, Maria Harrison

Faculty Adviser Ana Rosenthal

EDITORIAL POLICY

The Fourcast is written primarily for students of the Hockaday Upper School, its faculty and staff. The Fourcast has a press run of 1,200 and is printed by Dallas Offset, Inc. It is distributed free of charge to the Hockaday community. Businesses who wish to advertise in The Fourcast should contact Maria Katsulos, Business Manager, at mkatsulos@ hockaday.org. We reserve the right to refuse any advertising which is deemed inappropriate to the Hockaday community.

Opinions will be clearly marked and/or will appear in the perspectives section. Commentaries are the expressed opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect that of The Fourcast staff, its adviser or any member of the Hockaday community. Unsigned editorials that appear on the opinions page will reflect
the official position of The Fourcast, but not necessarily the position of the Hockaday community.

The Fourcast staff may cover student, staff, faculty or alumnae deaths as the staff is made aware. We reserve the right not to cover a death based on relevance, timeliness and circumstance. Corrections and clarifications from previous issues will be found as designated in the news section.

Any questions or concerns about should be addressed to Jenny Zhu, Editor-in-Chief, at jzhu@hockaday.org.

Ashna Kumar

Ashna Kumar

Web Editor

Ashna's birthday is on November 7th. Mark it in your calendars and remember to give her baked goods on her special day.

Jenny Zhu

Jenny Zhu

Editor-in-Chief

Jenny is a fruit tea aficionado who loves competitive reality shows (Project Runway Junior), pets every animal she sees and wants to live in a rainforest. Fourcast is her second family.

Amanda Kim

Amanda Kim

Managing Editor

Amanda loves dogs, classic novels, and the Spanish language. Her hobbies include managing and editing things.

Ali Hurst

Ali Hurst

Copy Editor

Ali is a hummus and donut (not together) loving junior with a four-pound dog that she never stops talking about.

Amelia Brown

Amelia Brown

Asst. Sports Editor

Amelia is someone you'll spot on a long jog sporting a bright lulu tank top or eating sweet potato hash at True Food Kitchen with her friends. In her backyard you will find a tortoise who loves bananas, a coop of egg- laying chickens, and a black- spotted rabbit.

Ashlynn Long

Ashlynn Long

Asst. Views Editor

Ashlynn is a Harry Potter supernerd, cookie dough expert, book enthusiast, and can usually be found binge-watching House of Cards or Stranger Things.

Aurelia Han

Aurelia Han

Editor-In-Chief

Aurelia, Grey's Anatomy enthusiast, dancer, and full time foodie who hates olives, ham, and peas.

Austria Arnold

Austria Arnold

Cast-Off Editor

Senior, World Champion cutting competitor, French enthusiast, coffee popsicle lover, mason jar collector.

Catherine Jiang

Catherine Jiang

Web Editor-in-Chief

Catherine is a senior who loves to laugh and say hi to people. At home, she likes to sing out loud, often out of tune, to the dismay of her parents. She manages this website with the help of Jenny, and she loves the Fourcast!

Cheryl Hao

Cheryl Hao

Staff Writer

Cheryl is a left-handed, Houston-raised Junior who loves calamari and is a proud fanny pack owner.

Claire Fletcher

Photo & Graphics Editor

Claire Fletcher, Taurus, taken (by my two horses). Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? Drifting through the wind, ready to start again. I do.

Elizabeth Guo

Elizabeth Guo

Staff Writer

Elizabeth is an aspiring writer and lover of theater, green tea, and fuzzy socks. She loves to curl up with a good book, rock out to old Taylor Swift songs, and eat raspberry sorbet.

Emily Fuller

Emily Fuller

Staff Writer

Emily is a toaster strudel lover, drinks coffee and only coffee, and plays soccer and lacrosse. Ball is life.

Erin Thomas

Erin Thomas

Alumna

Erin, more commonly referred to as the supreme leader, is secretly an acting extraordinaire who loves avocados and cuddling with puppies. She can often be found sick at home or huddled away in the darkest corners of the library. Favorite hobbies include correcting people's grammar, getting flustered about social justice topics, and stalking @KingKramez on Twitter. Hates stragglers.

Eshani Kishore

Eshani Kishore

Features Editor

Eshani is a senior, and as Features Editor, loves bringing Hockaday community members' stories to life! She has an unhealthy obsession with coffee, Grey's Anatomy, cooking, and competitive napping. Other hobbies include correcting people's grammar and spinning.

Heidi Kim

Heidi Kim

Asst. Features Editor

Junior. Studio Artist. Varsity Fencer. Dancer. Music Enthusiast.

Inaara Padani

Inaara Padani

Managing Editor

Inaara is a mango-lover and a dessert enthusiast who enjoys cuddling with her dog while binge-watching Netflix. Skills include making thirty-minute brownies in twenty minutes and rapping Look At Me Now by Busta Rhymes. She once held the world record for being the youngest person on Earth. Inaara does as Erin commands.

Katherine Clement

Katherine Clement

Arts & Entertainment Editor

Kate, invitees to her dream dinner party include Captain America, Vincent Van Gogh, Winston Churchill and Taylor Swift.

Katie O'Meara

Katie O'Meara

Staff Writer

Katie's perfect day consists of some time at the batting cages, Grey's Anatomy and stuffing my face with all foods imaginable.

Manisha Ratakonda

Manisha Ratakonda

Social Media Director

Manisha Ratakonda averages around 2 uniform infractions per week, likes to live vicariously through herself, and occasionally reads the Fourcast. Naturally and artificially flavored. Mostly.artificially.

Maria Harrison

Maria Harrison

Staff Writer

Maria is a jazzy junior journalist. You can often find her eating a #12 at Rusty Taco or watching one of her favorite TV shows (AHS, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Bones) on Netflix. Skills include knowing all the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody and most of Queen’s songs, cooking the best easy mac & cheese, and putting her leg over her head.

Maria Katsulos

Maria Katsulos

Copy Editor

Maria is the Business Manager of the Fourcast, which means she is an expert at spending money on Potbelly and approaching strangers about their marketing strategy. She lived in Washington, D.C. for a semester and only left behind (approximately) 17 socks. She is also co-president of the GSA, obsessed with ice hockey and pretty sure she was Joan of Arc in a former life.

Mary Claire Wilson

Mary Claire Wilson

Sports & Wellness Editor

Mary Claire is a ~spunky~ junior who enjoys rollerblading and iced tea unsweetened. She is a die hard Friday Night Lights fan (think Tim Riggins) and is always down for adventure.

Mary Orsak

Mary Orsak

Staff Writer

Mary is short, sweet and loves Latin. She can eat a whole roll of Golden Oreos in one sitting and she always reads the New York Times.

Megan Philips

Megan Philips

Features Editor

Megan Philips, Senior, Libra, popcorn addict, country music fan, and hedgehog lover.

Neha Dronamraju

Neha Dronamraju

Asst. A&E Editor

Neha likes green tea ice cream and San Francisco. Neha also recently passed her drivers ed test with an 82%.

Noor Adatia

Noor Adatia

News Editor

Noor is an aspiring journalist, equalist, and Gemini. She loves books, music, and Starbucks Mango Black tea lemonade.

Paige Halverson

Paige, commonly mistaken for her twin (Reagan), loves skiing, hiking and 2ks. She is usually found on Spotify, trying to recreate Tasty Videos or at Bachman Lake.

Shreya Gunukula

Shreya Gunukula

Staff Writer

Shreya is in a committed relationship with food and would like to be Meredith Grey when she grows up.

Sonya Xu

Sonya Xu

Perspectives Editor

Sonya is a shark loving gal who loves Costco and the Fourcast! You'll probably find her drinking black coffee and reading The New Yorker or listening to NPR. Interests include sharks, the Amazon rainforest, pugs, hiking and driving too fast. She also likes to give lots of hugs.

Sunila Steephen

Sunila Steephen

Business Manager

I enjoy romantic candlelit dinners, long walks on the beach at sunset, and the Fourcast.

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