Sat. Nov 27th, 2021

Staff Bios

It’s not easy to share your thoughts and perspectives in the public domain, but these Notre Dame students are talented enough to do just that. The Observer is a unique collection of students who deliver pertinent news & sports updates, share their creativity, and find the perfect images that capture student life here at Notre Dame. The school and the ND community values all their hard work and dedication.

Please enjoy learning more about The Observer staff.

Grade 12

Isabella Holzer

Name & NicknameIsabella Holzer – “Holzer!” that’s how Mr. D greets meet each day…
Grade12
Observer Role & (Year)Editor & Writer (3rd)
Extra Curriculars @ NDChoir & Bookclub
Interesting Fact(s) About MeOne time I went to a baseball game and they made me
throw the first pitch as part of some kind of tradition.
The pitch did not reach the catcher. To be fair, I was nine.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDPlaying piano and drawing.

Saray Membrano

Name & NicknameSaray Membrano – “Sarah” – so that Starbucks baristas don’t fret
Grade12
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (3rd)
Extra Curriculars @ NDChoir & Showchoir
Interesting Fact(s) About MeReading books is one of my favourite hobbies, fall and winter
are my favourite seasons despite the fact that I can’t handle
the cold, and I have an unhealthy obsession with coffee.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDI have an interest in baking and I love attempting brand new recipes.
I have also been in dance for 8 years pursuing ballet and jazz.

Dylan Nguyen

Name & NicknameDylan Nguyen – “Dill Pickle”
Grade12
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (3rd)
Extra Curriculars @ NDStage crew; Debate; Bookclub
Interesting Fact(s) About MeI bike religiously, sometimes going as far as 50 kilometres on
carefully pre-planned routes.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDI practice karate and play piano in my spare time, in addition to
biking and hiking with friends. I am interested in aerospace/aviation,
history, geopolitics, and jazz music.

Mileva Rodriguez Ruiz

Name & NicknameMileva Rodriguez Ruiz
Grade12
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (3rd)
Extra Curriculars @ NDBookclub & Social Justice
Interesting Fact(s) About MeWhen I asked for interesting facts about me, my sister
said I liked writing more than sleeping, so let’s roll with that.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDLove going to the library and writing for hours on end –
perhaps get a Matcha or Spanish latte. I take interest in social
activism and would love to speak about it this year.

Nina Stofati

Name & NicknameNina Stofati
Grade12
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (3rd)
Extra Curriculars @ NDBefore the pandemic, I was a member of the Swim Team.
I was also an altar server, was part of the Outdoor Club,
Debate Club, and Art Club. I am also a member of the
Notre Dame Jazz Ensemble. In Grade 11, I joined Book Club
and Yearbook Club. 
Interesting Fact(s) About MeI speak two and a half languages. My English and French
are fluent and I can speak Japanese to a certain extent.
I also enjoy going on very, very long walks. My record so
far has been 26,340 steps. In grade 11, I got a job at Mcdonald’s.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDI practice classical saxophone but have recently been trying to learn
jazz as well. I’m very interested in history, global politics, jazz/classical
music, and gastronomy.

Grade 11

Maddisen Ching

Name & NicknameMaddisen Ching – “Maddy” or “Ma-sen”
Grade11
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDValue life club & Bookclub & Debate club
Interesting Fact(s) About MeI can speak Laos 
My favourite subject is math 
I like to bake
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDSwimming 
Killarney youth council 
St. John’s ambulance first aid program

Ayesha-Maria Di Tullio

Name & NicknameAyesha-Maria De Tullio – “Ayesha”
Grade11
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDTrack & Field
Interesting Fact(s) About MeI enjoy modelling, writing and practicing sports, such as soccer,
tennis and volleyball but most importantly swimming.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDI practice competitive swimming in a hyack team and am
currently a part-time lifeguard. 

Aiden Diaz

Name & NicknameAiden Diaz – “Aiden”
Grade11
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (2nd)
Extra Curriculars @ NDJazzband & Handbell Choir
Interesting Fact(s) About MeNot interested in western novels despite reading too much.
I have an interest in developing an RPG (JRPG) for the sake
of bragging rights (and self-interest).
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDBiochemistry & Chess

Hannah Enns

Name & NicknameHannah Enns – “Hannah”
Grade11
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDAt Notre Dame, I have been a part of the soccer team since
grade eight, along with the choir. The ND choir is quite large, specifically,
I am a member of the Platinum Girls group. Then in grade nine,
I decided to join the field hockey team.
Interesting Fact(s) About MeIf I could have any superpower I would want the ability to fly. 
My dream is to travel across Europe, starting with Santorini, Greece. 
I believe aliens do in fact exist. My favourite comfort food
is McDonald’s strawberry banana smoothies.
I would love to learn how to speak multiple languages.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDOutside of school, I play soccer and handle transactions
for a multi-billion dollar company…as a cashier at Buy-Low Foods.
I like watching movies of all different genres, from actions to fantasies.
I also enjoy baking and spending my time outdoors with
friends and family.

Gianluca Fornasier

Name & NicknameGianluca Fornasier “Luca”
Grade11
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDBand & Yearbook Club
Interesting Fact(s) About MeI love listening to all kinds of music from
varying genres and time periods.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDI enjoy reading and on occasion, spending time
outside and in the woods.

Amaya Heyes

Name & NicknameAmaya Heyes – “Heyes”
Grade11
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDAt ND, I play on the girl’s soccer team. I really enjoy it
because I can play the sport I love with friends from school.
Interesting Fact(s) About MeSome interesting facts about me are that I play soccer,
I love travelling, and I like to meet new people. I also love
to go camping, as I go every summer with my family and friends. 
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDAn interest I have is trying new things; whether it’s a new sport
or club, I’ll be open to anything.

Strachan Liberman

Name & NicknameStrachan Liberman – “Slibes”
Grade11
Observer Role & (Year)Sports Writer (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDFootball & Track
Interesting Fact(s) About MeI had heart surgery when I was four, I have met the Saints. I am the 3rd
fastest U17 in BC for the 200 and 400m.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDMy main focus outside of school is football. It is a year-round commitment:
for Game Ready Elite Football, Team BC, and the Coquitlam Cheetahs.
Outside of that, I really enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my friends. 

Alexandra Macachor

Name & NicknameAlexandra Macachor – “Alex”
Grade11
Observer Role & (Year)Editor (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDJazz Band
Interesting Fact(s) About MeI have a 1st-degree black belt in Taekwondo. I am also
technically and legally allowed to bow hunt in the
United States (but I don’t because hunting seems mean).
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDI do Taekwondo and archery (Olympic Recurve). I enjoy reading.
Mainly fiction involving different mythologies and magic.
I also enjoy writing fanfiction and drawing.

Nicah Setchell

Name & NicknameNichah Setchell – “Setch”
Grade11
Observer Role & (Year)Social Media (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDBasketball & Soccer
Interesting Fact(s) About MeAn interesting fact about me is that I enjoy painting and drawing.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDSome interests of mine outside of school are playing soccer, skiing and biking.

Vanessa Wong

Name & NicknameVanessa Wong – “Wong”
Grade11
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDChoir & Showchoir
Interesting Fact(s) About MeI enjoy shopping and spending time with friends and family
when I’m not at school. I also enjoy travelling in the summers
and volunteering with kids in their classrooms or dance classes.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDOutside of school, I participate in competitive dance in
multiple styles. I have danced for the past 14 years and competed for the last 10. 

Jessie Woo

Name & Nickname Jesse Woo – “Woo”
Grade11
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDHandbell Choir
Interesting Fact(s) About MeI enjoy being outside and surrounding myself in nature,
but at the same time, I equally enjoy staying indoors and
watching thriller movies by myself.
Other Interests &
Clubs Outside ND
A hobby of mine is venturing into the arts during my leisure time.
I am also interested in photography; capturing awesome
photos, especially from nature.

Grade 10

Chloe Cabanlig

Name & NicknameChloe Cabanlig – “Chloe”
Grade10
Observer Role & (Year)Photographer (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDNope
Interesting Fact(s) About MeI like to journal in my free time.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDHelping kids at camp.

Aryana Fakhri

Name & NicknameAryana Fakhri – “Ary”
Grade10
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDI am currently not in any extra ND curriculars besides the
Notre Dame Observer but when the new school year starts
I would like to try joining clubs I’ve never tried before like
Student Council or Field Hockey.
Interesting Fact(s) About MeA few interesting facts about me are that I’m half Filipino
and half Afghan. When I finish High school I want to be a
flight engineer and help design more efficient and
eco-friendly air-crafts. Lastly, I am very spirited!
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDI haven’t been able to choose one sport or hobby that I am really
passionate about which is why I like trying out new things;
everything seems interesting in its own way so I try my best
to have a slice of everything. Right now I am mostly focused on my work outside of school.

Samantha Kwong

Name & NicknameSamantha Kwong – “Sam”
Grade10
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDND Show and Concert Choir
ND Soloists
Yearbook Club
Art Club (if available this year; was a member in grade 8)
Interesting Fact(s) About MeI am of Chinese and Portuguese descent and can speak Cantonese. My favourite season is Winter because I find the scenery calming
and I enjoy the cold crisp air. In the future, I hope to travel to
South Korea and attend a concert.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDDuring my free time I enjoy drawing, baking, dancing, reading,
listening to music and taking pictures. Currently, I am interested
in Kpop and anime. Outside of school, I attend Kpop dance
classes and volunteer. In addition, I spend time with family and friends.

Kathleen Nicolas

Name & NicknameKathleen Nicolas – “Kathleen”
Grade10
Observer Role & (Year)Photographer (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDYearbook
Interesting Fact(s) About MeI love helping others in need.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDTravelling around B.C.

Maria Perna

Name & NicknameMaria Perna – “Mia”
Grade10
Observer Role & (Year)Writer (1st)
Extra Curriculars @ NDSome of my extracurricular activities at ND include being a
devoted member of the debate club, art club,  soloists club and show choir.
Interesting Fact(s) About MeAn interesting fact about me is that I have known what I want to
be when I grow up since I was 5 years old and have stuck to it since. That being, a civil rights lawyer.
Other Interests & Clubs Outside NDSome of my interests include my love of reading, creative writing,
singing and playing guitar. Outside of ND, I do triathlon and musical theatre.