Hi- I’m Victoria Feng!

I started Launch Student News because I know what it feels like to attend a school without a newspaper. In middle school, my school had no writing-based extracurriculars or creative writing classes. I remember someone once stuck a flyer to the wall, asking if students were interested in having a student newspaper. Nothing ever came from that and the flyer disappeared the next day.

Instead, I looked towards opportunities online, where I came upon the Scholastic News Kid Press. In elementary school, I loved reading Scholastic News magazines and was very excited when I was selected as a kid reporter for them in seventh grade. Being a part of Scholastic News taught me essential journalism skills such as interviewing, writing, and working on a deadline.

My work appears in The New York Times, WIRED, and Business Insider, among others.

Malini Pillai

Malini Pillai is the Director of Education for Launch Student News. Born in Michigan but having lived in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois, Malini has called a lot of places home.

An incoming freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Malini was active in Peer Helpers, Key Club, kickboxing, and the school newspaper throughout high school, where she served as Opinion Editor. She is a 2021 Illinois High School Association Journalism champion and recipient of a Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association Honorable Mention award.

Mariah Jaeck

Mariah Jaeck is the Director of Outreach for Launch Student News and a high school senior.

Mariah is particularly involved with FCCLA, serving as her chapter’s Finance Rep, where she is responsible for reaching out to the community for sponsorship opportunities and promoting commercial fundraisers. She has competed in local, state and national levels, even placing sixth in the Life Event Planning category her freshman year.

In her free time, you can find Mariah listening to K-pop and indie music, painting, and playing all kinds of games (board, card, and video) with her family.

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