Meet the High School INTERNS

Class of 2021
 
Elizabeth Brahin, Payton

Elizabeth Brahin, Payton

Lizzy Brahin is a student at Walter Payton College Prep, Class of 2021, and resides in Chicago's New Eastside neighborhood. She plans to study economics and statistics in college and pursue a career in finance. She began interning at On the Money during her sophomore year to share her passion for financial literacy. Outside of OTM, she is President of the Junior Economic Club of Chicago for the 2020-2021 school year and Executive Co-Chair of her school's Economics and Investment Team.

Umair Ahmed, Northside

Umair Ahmed, Northside

Umair Ahmed resides in the Albany Park neighborhood in Chicago. He is currently a junior attending Northside College Prep High School. Umair joined On the Money in 11th grade in January 2020, and his anticipated graduation year is 2021. He typically writes articles about personal finance tips for youth. Umair is very passionate about finance and economics. He believes that finance and economics provide a coherent worldview in making the world a better place.

Mia Booth, Kenwood

Mia Booth, Kenwood

Mia Booth, a resident of the Kenwood neighborhood in Chicago, is a current junior enrolled at Kenwood Academy. She will be graduating Class of 2021. Mia has an academic interest in English which has led to her aspiration to go into the field of communications. Mia began as an intern for On the Money as a sophomore in 2018. She has written articles that essentially focused on financial aid/scholarship. Mia’s favorite money quote is “Not every dollar of ours is meant to build wealth."

Brooke Hemingway, Payton

Brooke Hemingway, Payton

Brooke is a senior at Walter Payton College Prep. She is interested in behavioral economics, politics, and American history, and is captain of the debate team.

Sujan Garapti, Latin

Sujan Garapti, Latin

Sujan Garapati is a senior at the Latin School of Chicago. He is from Lakeview and has a passion for economics and politics. In the future, he hopes to use economic principles in public policy to create a more equitable society. He joined On The Money to explore this interest further and share his opinions on economics with others. Many of his articles focus on government policies and macroeconomic trends. In addition, he is an avid tennis and basketball player.

Class of 2022
 
Leslie Walker, Payton

Leslie Walker, Payton

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."

Harman Dhillon, Bartlett

Harman Dhillon, Bartlett

Harman Dhillon is an OTM intern from Chicago’s southwest suburbs. She enjoys listening to music and painting. Harman attends Bartlett High School and her academic focus is on STEM. She started OTM as a 10th grader in Spring 2020. Harman is a part of the graduating class of 2022. She typically writes about technology in the business world, and one of her favorite sayings is by Guy Kawasaki: “If you make meaning, you’ll make money.”

London Gibson-Purcell, Whitney

London Gibson-Purcell, Whitney

London Gibson-Purcell is a 16 year old sophomore at Whitney M. Young High School in the Class of 2022. She is interested in studying journalism or business finance in the future. She is from Woodlawn on the South Side of Chicago and uses her free time reading and running. She joined On the Money magazine in the winter of 2019 and she likes to write about technology, gender/race relations, and managing money. Her favorite quote is "Use money to make more money."

Arushi Chauhan, Bartlett

Arushi Chauhan, Bartlett

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."

Whitney Shurtliff, Jones

Whitney Shurtliff, Jones

Whitney Shurtliff is a junior at Jones College Prep where she is Copy Editor of the school newspaper. She has been singing in the Chicago Children's Choir for 9 years and also plays the piano. Whitney grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood and hopes to pursue sociology and journalism in college next year. She is excited to gain professional writing experience with On the Money Magazine, where she has been an intern since January 2021.

Blake Berry, Whitney

Blake Berry, Whitney

Blake is a junior at Whitney Young Magnet High School from the West Loop of Chicago. 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. His favorite money quote is, "wise people should have money in their head, but not in their heart."

Oscar Boccelli, Payton

Oscar Boccelli, Payton

Oscar Boccelli, a junior at Walter Payton College Prep is an Entrepreneurship Intern at OTM which he just joined during this fall quarter. He is also the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Junior Economic Club of Chicago, a student run non-profit that introduces high schoolers to the fields of Business, Finance, and Economics. He is interested in combining his interests in Economics & Statistics and hopes to study both in college. He has also conducted research at the University of Chicago

Saransh Gupta, Whitney

Saransh Gupta, Whitney

Saransh Gupta is a junior at Whitney Young High School. He got involved with On the Money last year to explore an interest in business and writing. He plans to go into a career in finance in the future.

Class of 2023
 
Karis Kelly, Taft

Karis Kelly, Taft

Karis Kelly is a sophomore at William Howard Taft High School and resides in the Mayfair neighborhood in Chicago. Karis plans to pursue a career in the medical field. She started as an OTM Intern in the Fall of 2020. Outside of OTM, Karis runs her own organization, Youth Medicine Today, and is the Assistant Marketing Officer for the Junior Economic Club of Chicago. The first article she wrote incorporates pharmacology and economics.

Raina Koshal, Payton

Raina Koshal, Payton

Raina Koshal is a sophomore at Walter Payton College Prep living in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. Raina enjoys painting, writing, and playing lacrosse. Her favorite type of writing is personal essays. She joined OTM in fall of 2020 and enjoys writing articles which connect economics with STEM. She hope to pursue environmental engineering and later open a global nonprofit that works towards ending orphanage tourism and trafficking.

Fathima Shaikh, Payton

Fathima Shaikh, Payton

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 her 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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