The Torch

2020-2021 Staff

Dayra Santana

Editor-in-Chief

Dayra is a senior Communication Arts and Legal Studies major. She joined the Torch during her sophomore year as Assistant Features Editor and later became Features Editor and Managing Editor. In her last year, she is serving a...

Jillian Ortiz

Managing Editor

Jillian is a senior journalism major minoring in Spanish and International Studies. A member of the Torch since her freshman year, she has held several positions during her time at the publication: She started as a Staff Writer, ...

Shaolin Barid

Business Manager

Shaolin is a junior Biology major who served as the Torch’s Human Resources Manager last year. As the Business Manager this year, her goal is to contact more local businesses who could benefit from our publication’s platfo...

Priyanka Gera

Digital Editor

Priyanka is a junior Spanish and Environmental Science double major on the pre-medical track. She has been a part of the Torch since her freshman year and has held several positions starting as a Staff Writer and then became ...

Nick Bello

Photo Editor

Nick Bello is a senior who has been with the Torch since his freshman year as Assistant Photo Editor, Social Media Manager, Sports Editor, and now Photo Editor. Nick has had the opportunity to intern with the St. John’s Athletics...

Maher S. Maher

Social Media Manager

Maher S. Maher is a junior Government and Politics major with a minor in Business. He has been with the Torch since his freshman year as a contributing writer and copy editor. As a contributing writer, Maher had covered topic...

Dana Livingston

Chief Copy Editor

Dana, a senior English major, joined the Torch during her sophomore year. She previously held the title of Assistant Outreach Manager (which is now our Humans Resources position) and she is serving as the Chief Copy Editor this y...

Alicia Venter

News Editor

Alicia is a junior Journalism major who joined the Torch in 2019. She held the position of Assistant News Editor before becoming the News Editor this year. She plans on reaching out to more organizations on campus to keep the Torch rea...

Sydney Denham

Sports Editor

Sydney is a junior English major with a minor in journalism. She first joined the Torch during her freshman year and started as a Staff Writer, then became Assistant Sports Editor. This year, she is serving as the Sports Editor...

Sophie Williams

Features Editor

Sophie is a junior majoring in photojournalism and joined the Torch last year. She has held several positions including Staff Writer, Photographer, Assistant Features Editor and Co-Features Editor. Sophie is serving as the Featur...

Yueran Yu

Co-Opinion Editor

Yueran is a junior Chemistry major with a minor in Physics. She joined the Torch last year, starting as a Staff Writer then becoming Assistant Opinion Editor. This year she is serving as Co-Opinion Editor and hopes to provide qua...

Sara Rodia

Co-Opinion Editor

Sara is a sophomore English major who has served as a copy editor with the Torch this past year. She is now Co-Opinion Editor and looks forward to recruiting more writers and expanding coverage on the wide range of student op...

Patrick Loftus

Culture Editor

Patrick is a senior English major who joined the Torch last year. He was previously the Chief Copy Editor and now in his last year, is serving as the Culture Editor for the publication. His goal is to ensure that every pop-cul...

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