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OUR INTERNS

OTM has 26 interns across 14 different schools in the Chicagoland area. 

LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Oscar Boccelli

President, Fall Semester

Oscar Boccelli is a senior at Walter Payton College Prep and an incoming freshman at Harvard University. He joined OTM at the beginning of his Junior year. Since then, he has served as the Finance Team Lead, Fall Semester President, and is now currently the Co-President for the magazine. He intends to major in Economics and Psychology in college and later work in Venture Capital. His hobbies include card games and hanging out with friends.

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Blake Berry

President, Spring Semester

Blake is a senior at Whitney Young Magnet High School and an incoming freshman at Cornell University. He enjoys traveling, reading, and meeting new people. His hobbies include writing and playing baseball. He joined OTM in 2020 with a focus on writing about solutions to economic inequality. He is passionate about entrepreneurship,  financial education, and creative writing and plans to study economics in college. 

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Fathima Shaikh

Vice President, Fall Semester

Fathima Shaikh is an ambitious, hard-working, young author located in the West side of Chicago who started On The Money as a freshman in the spring of 2020. She is currently attending Walter Payton College Prep High school and will be graduating in 2023. She is interested in pursuing further studies in the business field or medical field. The first article Fathima has written incorporates topics such as health and finance.

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Karis Kelly

Vice President, Spring Semester

Karis Kelly, an IBDP Junior at Taft High School, is the Co-Vice President and Supply Chain Team Lead of OTM. She became an OTM intern in Fall 2020. She plans to pursue a career in medicine and plans to major in biochemistry and criminology. She combines her passion for financial literacy and medicine in her articles. Outside of OTM, Karis runs her own organization, Youth Medicine Today, and is the Magazine Editor in Chief at Teen Health 101. 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP INTERNS

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Tess Buchsbaum

Marketing

Tess Buchsbaum is a junior at Lane Tech High School. She just started OTM in 2022 in the Entrepreneurship Intern track. She plays competitive ice hockey and hopes to get committed to college. Her other hobbies include reading, drawing, and writing. She is interested in furthering her knowledge of economics and financial inequality during this internship.

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Arushi Chauhan

Supply Chain

Arushi is from the southwest suburb of Bartlett. She enjoys baking and reading. Her academic focus is on STEM, and she attends Bartlett High School. Arushi became an OTM intern in spring 2020 as a 10th grader. Her graduating class is in 2022. She writes about environmental and energy economics, and one saying she likes is "Save money, and money will save you."

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Anika Dewjee

Finance

Anika Dewjee is a Walter Payton College Prep senior who resides in downtown Chicago. She joined OTM in the spring of her Junior year, and has previously written articles regarding teenage entrepreneurship, the labor shortage, and greenwashing. She plans to major in economics or business, specifically studying social entrepreneurship. Anika is also the founder of ReWear (an online clothing platform for teens) and the leader of Payton's Females for Finance club.

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Vivian Kaleta

Supply Chain

Vivian Kaleta is a sophomore at Walter Payton College Prep and resides in the near North side of Chicago. She joined OTM in Fall 2021 as she is interested in economics and journalism. Outside of OTM, Vivian is a copy-editor for her school's newspaper, participates in MUN, plays the piano and plays volleyball. Vivian is excited to help the spread in financial literacy among young people in Chicago.

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Raina Koshal

Sales and PR

Raina Koshal, a junior at Walter Payton College Prep, has been an intern at On The Money Magazine since Fall 2020. She hopes to utilize her platform as an intern and PR/Sales lead to spread financial literacy and support students. She enjoys writing as well as playing lacrosse. Raina is interested in non-profit entrepreneurship and is a co-founder of The Re-Write It Project, an organization committed to reducing educational inequities by combating influences that impede student access to essential supplies.

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Vidhi Piparia

Marketing

Vidhi Piparia is a junior at Walter Payton College Prep. Her interest in economics stems from her curiosity to understand her vastly different elementary and high school experiences due to the structure of funding in the education system. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, exploring the city, and cultural learning.

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Elizabeth Rebollo

Marketing

Elizabeth Rebollo is a senior at Ogden International high school where she joined On the Money in the fall of 2021 as an entrepreneurship intern. Growing up on the Northwest side of Chicago she developed her liking of concert venues and enjoys spending her time watching films or playing baseball. She hopes to pursue a career in business by opening her own concert venue or by filming while traveling the world in order to bring awareness to places that need basic necessities such as water access, especially in indigenous reservoirs/communities.

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Leslie Walker

Sales and PR

Leslie Walker is a student at Walter Payton College Prep from the Southside of Chicago. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and playing the saxophone. Her hobbies include playing the saxophone, listening to music, and binging Netflix. She joined OTM in 2018 and her articles vary from agriculture to the stock market. She plans on studying medicine in college and her favorite money quote is "Money is a scarce resource and should be deployed in the most efficient way possible."

JOURNALISM INTERNS

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Aditi Bhatt

Aditi Bhatt is a senior at Northside College Preparatory High School. Her interest in finance and investing led her to apply for an internship with On The Money (OTM). Aditi learned about OTM after members from the Economics Awareness Council presented a slideshow on budgeting at her summer job. She is from Albany Park and spends much of her time biking around the neighborhood. Her other hobbies include painting, embroidering, and coding. In the future, she hopes to major in computer engineering. She joined OTM in Fall 2021 and writes articles mainly focusing on investing and personal finance.

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Riona Duncan

Riona is a junior at Walter Payton who lives in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood. She discovered OTM through an announcement at her school, and had her article selected to be published in the Spring 2021 OTM writing competition. She especially likes writing about the environment, and wants to be a technical writer someday. Riona’s activities include playing scholastic bowl, serving on the board of the Illinois Junior Classical League, and occasionally writing poetry. She also reads, listens to podcasts, enjoys music, and plays board games in her free time.

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Gabe Garino

Gabe Garino is a student at Saint Ignatius College Prep. He lives in the Lakeview/Ravenswood area on the north side of the city. He joined On the Money as a monthly intern in 2022 to help share his passion for economics. Gabe also enjoys being a member of the DECA club at his school, running cross country, and playing lacrosse.

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Favour Mamudu

Favour Mamudu is a senior at Roger C Sullivan High School. She has been participating in the On The Money Program since fall 2021. Favour joined the program to acquire more insight and knowledge on the life of a writing journalist. She has published her first article and has made a lot of progress so far. Aside from her academic and extracurricular experiences, Favour Mamudu has a passion for reading novels, baking, sports, and writing. In the future, she plans to be involved in the business(STEM) field and has tried her best to make sure she reaches the possibilities of her future.

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Miles Reeves

Miles Reeves is a junior at Walter Payton from the Near South Side neighborhood of Chicago. He is an On the Money writing intern interested in reporting on the stock market, cryptocurrency, and personal finance. Miles is on his school’s Economics and Investment Team where he partakes in economic competitions and also helps manage his school’s Student Investment Portfolio. In addition, he enjoys playing, working for the Nordson Green Earth Foundation, and track cycling. Miles hopes to study finance and international relations in pursuit of a career in venture capital.

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Armaan Shah

Armaan Shah, a current junior at the Latin School of Chicago, resides in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. He joined On the Money in February of 2021 as a Monthly Intern to share his passions for entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Outside of OTM, Armaan serves as Vice President for student government, actively writes and edits for his school’s newspaper, and plays soccer and basketball.

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Umar Sheikh

Umar Sheikh is a high school freshman currently living in Chicago's West Town. He is interested in pursuing a career in computer science and business. Umar joined OTM at the beginning of 2022 after hearing about it through his teachers. He is attending Walter Payton College Prep High School and will graduate in 2025. He is a member of his schools Math, Cross Country, and Science Olympiad team.

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Cynthia Sholebo

Cynthia Sholebo attends high school at Sullivan High School. She grew up in Rogers Park, Chicago. Her for the future is to become a successful research scientist while working in the healthcare field. Cynthia learned about On The Money/Economic Awareness Council, from a friend. She enjoys writing because it is creative and artistic.

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Maggie Tsyganova

Maggie Tsyganova is is a junior at Walter Payton College Prep High School in Chicago where she is Co-Captain of the Chess Team and on the school Economics and Investment Team. After writing an article for the OTM 2021 Spring Writing Competition, she joined OTM as an Intern in Fall 2021. Maggie is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Queens United Chess, a student-run organization that works to bridge the gender divide in chess by empowering female high school leaders. She hopes to feed her entrepreneurial spirit by exploring careers in business and finance, and enjoys playing badminton and studying foreign languages in her free time.

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Hailan Yu

Hailan Yu is a sophomore studying at Walter Payton College Prep reigning from the Near South Side of Chicago. Her academic interests include STEM and economics. She joined OTM with the goal of developing financial literature and knowledge of the business world among students. In the future, she plans to further her studies in college by studying economics and engineering. In addition to writing for OTM, she enjoys playing volleyball.

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Yongxin Zhang

Yongxin is a student at Walter Payton College Preparatory High School. He is looking into pursuing a career in neuroscience. He is interested in finances and how they fit into neuroscience, how to deal with college fees, how to run a business, and how to manage money. In Yongxin's free time he likes to play video games and watch squirrels or birds