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More Than a Magazine

Each and every one of our staff members takes great pride in ensuring our work is the greatest it can possibly be. To provide them with some recognition for their marvelous efforts, these are all the current staff members that
make each issue incredible.


Our Staff

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Kate Krizner

Editor in Chief

Kate Krizner is the Editor in Chief of Notes from the Underground. This is Kate's fourth year as a contributor to NFTU and second year on staff. Kate's favorite hobbies include rock climbing, playing beach volleyball, and reading and writing poetry and fiction.

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Eli Mears

Managing Editor

Eli Mears is a senior in high school at Maclay. His favorite books are Into the Wild, A Confederacy of Dunces, and Cannery Row. An avid outdoorsman, Eli enjoys almost any outdoor activity out there and goes running every day.

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Kanene Nwokeji

Copy Editor

Kanene Nwokeji is a Copy Editor for Notes From the Underground. Kanene likes making pottery, reading, and writing. She also enjoys sushi and looking at art. Her favorite books are The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins and Recursion by Blake Crouch. It is Kanene's second year as a contributor and first on staff.

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Isabel McDaniel

Copy Editor

Isabel McDaniel is a copy editor for Notes from the Underground. She is a junior and this is her first year on the staff. She is passionate about reading and writing and loves listening to music. Her favorite books are Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

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Chloe Harbin

Poetry Editor

Chloe Harbin is the Poetry Editor for NFTU. She’s a senior at Maclay High School and this is her fourth year writing for the journal. She’s obviously very baller and very awesome, so of course, her favorite author is Oscar Wilde.

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Jenna Adams

Assistant Poetry Editor

Jenna Adams is a junior at Maclay. This is her second year contributing to the magazine and her first year on the staff. She loves art, reading, and writing, and how the three can bring a community together.


Mercy Crapps

Fiction Editor

Mercy Crapps is the fiction editor for Notes From the Underground. She is a senior. This is her fourth year writing for the journal and her second year serving on team. Her favorite authors are Pearl S. Buck, Kurt Vonnegut, and Daphne du Maurier.


Sophia Krizner

Nonfiction Editor

Sophia Krizner is the nonfiction editor for Notes From The Underground. She is a sophomore. This is her second year contributing and on team. When she isn’t writing, she is rowing.

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Lauren Price

Assistant Genres Editor

Lauren Price is the Assistant Genres Editor for the Notes From The Underground. She loves art, writing, playing the drums, and iced coffee. Her favorite artists are Henri Matisse and the employees at Dunkin.

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Geena Whitin

Art Editor

Geena Whitin is the Art Editor for the Notes from the Underground. She loves to do anything creative, especially painting. Her current favorite medium to work in is acrylic and she admires hyperrealistic artists. Geena loves to travel with her family and is obsessed with dogs.

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Abby Hugill


Abby Hugill is the social media manager and publicist for Notes From the Underground. This is Abby’s fourth year as a contributor and first year on staff. She loves watching Gilmore Girls, writing scripts, and daydreaming.

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Trevor Gross

Web Designer/Finance Manager

The web designer and money mastermind, Trevor Gross, is the creator of the Notes From the Underground website. He is a year-round athlete and an avid gamer that takes great pride in his writing.


Craig Beaven, Ph.D


A Kentucky native, Craig Beaven earned a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. He has taught at Maclay since 2016.