Highlights is Beverly Hills High School‘s student-run publication that strives to provide in-depth, reliable information to the community. We use all aspects of multimedia in order to engage our 21st century audience. through unbiased, thorough research, we strive to fairly cover all groups on campus.

When it was first started in January of 2012, beverlyhighlights.com was organized by an additional class of eight ROP Desktop Publishing students.  All content was contributed by members of this class, in addition to members of Advanced Journalism. Within its first six months on the web, beverlyhighlights.com was recognized as First Class, with two marks of distinction in both Coverage/Content and Design/Navigation, by the National Scholastic Press Association.  As of the August 2017, Highlights runs solely on a web platform. The website’s content now comes from the Advanced Journalism class.


Highlights co-editors-in-chief

Jason Harward


Hi, my name is Jason Harward, and I’m a senior on Highlights. I enjoy football, lacrosse, spending time with the boys and journalism. My favorite instagram account is @washeduplaxbros and I take much of my leadership style from that feed. My favorite TV show is SportsNation, but they don’t cover SBS nearly enough and it’s a problem. My favorite book is probably Casper the Friendly Ghost. I feel like I’m doing a good job as editor in chief, but Keith Stone is a hard act to follow.

Jamie Kim


Hey guys! My name is Jamie Kim, a senior and a third year member of Highlights. I absolutely love journalism, and I hope that as co-editor-in-chief, I can help lead Highlights to keep up with the changes of the 21st century. Outside of school, I enjoy swimming, cooking, reading, organizing, and learning new things.

Staff writers


Natasha Dardashti


Hi! My name is Natasha Dardashti, and I’m a senior in Highlights. I also happen to be the creator of this page. I’ve wanted to join Beverly’s news publication since the eighth grade, when two editors came to my middle school in order to recruit us into joining the class. I like fashion and social justice, and I spend all my time over analyzing cartoons. These four years have flown by so quickly, and I hope to make the best of my final year with Highlights. :+)

Vivian Geilim


My name is Vivian Geilim and I am a proud senior at Beverly Hills High School. Aside from the duties I hold in being apart of the Highlights staff and family, I also enjoy freelance writing. Some days, when I’m feeling very cliche and stereotypical, I’ll jot down some poems, fundamentally on philosophy and the burdens of the adolescent life. On a good day, perhaps even some fictional compositions, personal writings; stories, mainly sad and cynical, but nevertheless, great writing 😉  If you get to know me well enough, maybe I’ll even send you the link to my blog. Along with writing in and out of school, I also am a film and cinema enthusiast, priding myself in my grand ability to seek, watch and analyze only the greatest (that is, of course, stumbling on a few bad eggs) hits that have come to the big screen. Hopefully some day my love for film and writing will land me behind the camera in directing and in screenplay writing. One can hope. I think it is very important to dream big and have set goals and accomplishments. When I have some free time on my hands and am not enraptured in the readings and works I have from classes, I do enjoy reading a good book, but I mean, who doesn’t. As a matter of fact, I am in the middle, or one could say mere beginning of reading Infinite Jest. I find it very, very hard to read, but nevertheless I will tenaciously get through 1,079 pages of it. I also have a list on my phone with some of my favorite words. Tenacity was one of them so I thought it would only be appropriate to use the word in my blurb. Some of my other favorite words (top five to keep it short) consist of: chasm, establish, altruistic, render and fundamental. I can only promise that you will, if you type my name in the search bar above, find at least two out of the five words in each of my articles.

Evan Minniti


Hi, my name is Evan Minniti and I’m the culture editor at Highlights. I was born on April 5, 1999 in Providence, Rhode Island. This is my fourth year as part of the journalism department and it’s always been one of my favorite classes. I love writing movie reviews and opinions, but my favorite thing to do is to eat pizza. At the moment my favorite books are A Song of Ice and Fire, Angela’s Ashes, the Autobiography of Malcolm X and Slaughterhouse Five. My favorite shows are The Crown, House of Cards, Game of Thrones and the first season of True Detective. It’s probably too difficult to pinpoint a single musical artist as my favorite but I like CHVRCHES, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and Arcade Fire a lot. I could probably eat pizza everyday and not get tired of it.

Lauren Hannani


Hi! My name is Lauren Hannani, and I am a senior and staff writer for Highlights. Some of my hobbies include writing, hanging out with my family and friends, and taking walks by the beach. I love watching movies and shows during my free time, and one of my all-time favorite shows is Friends. I also love PB&J, sushi and pretty much anything with chocolate in it. I am very excited to be in Highlights for my third year!

AJ Wolkin


Hi I’m AJ Wolken, a senior, and a staff writer for Highlights.This is my first year writing for Highlights and I’m really excited for a lit year. I’m on the golf team and in my free time I like to go bowling and go to movies. I don’t have a favorite movie, but I love movies from Seth Rogen and Will Ferrell. I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do after school. I love eating food and I consider myself a donut enthusiast. I’m a huge football fan, especially when it comes to the Atlanta Falcons. With the addition of me this year, Highlights is going to be better than ever!

Ben Dahan


Hey, I’m Ben Dahan. I’m a senior and writer for Highlights. I enjoy history, politics, long walks on the beach and doggies. Writing is pretty cool too. I watch far too much TV and listen to way too many podcasts. It’s been a great year (and counting) on Highlights. If any of this sounds fun to you, you should join up too!

Sophia Goldberg


Hi, I’m Sophia Goldberg, a senior, and currently the sports editor for Highlights. This is my third year writing on this publication. I was born in Seattle, Washington, on Dec. 23, 2000. I have moved multiple times throughout my life, all along the West coast. I have a brother in seventh grade at Horace Mann and a freshman sister here at Beverly. I graduated from Horace Mann four years ago. I have played basketball for ten years, and am now on the girls varsity basketball team. Highlights has been a great way for me to improve on my writing skills, and I suggest joining journalism to anyone interested in writing!

Priscilla Hopper


Hi there! My name is Priscilla Hopper, I am a senior and this is my second year on staff. I am the media manager for Highlights Newspaper and co-editor-in-chief of Watchtower Yearbook. This is the third year I have been involved in the journalism program and I have taken every course it offers. I was born in Las Vegas, NV and went to seven other schools before landing in the glamorous city of Beverly Hills. I come from an entertainment family filled with everything from music to TV journalism. I hope to pursue journalism in one way or another, while fueling my passion for photography, design and AP Style.

Brian Harward


Hi! My name is Brian Harward, I’m a senior and this is my first year on the Highlights staff. I play football and I’m the captain of lacrosse. My favorite part about Highlights is definitely the vibe of the class. Outside of the class I like being with my friends and listening to music, my personal favorite albums include Acid Rap and Take Care, and I also have a very fire country playlist.


Sam Bernstein


Hi! I’m Sam Bernstein and I have the same pair of Sk8 Lows as everyone else. I am a junior at Beverly and this is my second year at Highlights. I am a lowly staff writer but I’d like to be editor-in-chief next year. My only two interests in life are politics and basketball. I liked the Kyrie trade. In my free time I write music and play lacrosse. I’m perfectly average at both of those things. If my mom lets me I’d like to go to an English university after I graduate from Beverly and major in communications and media studies. My instagram is @bernst3in! Thank you for reading!

Rinesa Kabashi


Hi! My name is Rinesa Kabashi, I am a junior and this is my second year on Highlights. This year I am the photo editor for the staff, I hope to fill our website with beautiful pictures for our viewers to see! My love for writing started in 8th grade when I took a poetry class, ever since I knew I had a passion for writing. Taking this class has helped to broaden my horizons in writing and I hope to continue that into my next year of Highlights. Aside from Highlights I enjoy spending a great amount of my time at the beach.

Mikaela Rabizadeh


My name is Mikaela Rabizadeh and I’m currently a junior here at Beverly Hills High School.  Although it’s only my first year writing for Highlights Newspaper, it feels as though I’ve been a part of the Highlights family since freshman year.  I am proud to admit that I am Social Media Editor for our publication, responsible for all interactive platforms from Instagram to Snapchat and everything in between.  As a 16-year-old teen who basically lives online, a self-proclaimed social media expert if you will, I hope to enhance the relationship with our audience. Outside of my role writing for Highlights, you can find me in the Dance Company room.  Dance is my form of self-expression, aside from writing, and I enjoy various genres including hip hop and contemporary.

Desiree Gonzalez

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Hi! I’m Desiree Gabriella Gonzalez. I am currently a junior and this is my first year being a staff writer for Highlights. I have a deep rooted love for all things beautiful. Writing is one of my many passions I contain. My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip:)  I love to travel and hope to travel around the world one day. I love contributing by being apart of volunteer programs, community service, and most importantly giving back to others. I contain so much love for my family and friends that surround me. I hope to bring positivity and happiness to the world. Everyone on Highlights are such amazing people and I’m so lucky to work with them! I’m excited for this year and all the great things that are yet to come!!

Jude Binkley


Howdy, I’m Jude Binkley and I write things sometimes for Highlights. I used to do a lot of acting but now I just make videos on YouTube and try to be funny. I moved here from the great state of Ohio in 8th grade. I know more about college football and hockey than you do. I play the drums and guitar. Hit up my insta @hi_world_im_jude. Y’all can catch me at the University of Southern California in 2 years.  


Catherine Gagulashvili


Hi, my name is Catherine Gagulashvili. I’m a sophomore and this is my first year on Highlights. I love writing reviews and taking pictures. Some of my favorite pastimes include watching old movies, reading, having impromptu photoshoots with friends, going to the flea market, listening to music, and using oxford commas (even though it is frowned upon by AP style). I hope to graduate from a top 20 university and eventually move to London. Seeing as I am the only sophomore currently enrolled in Highlights, I encourage everyone from my grade (and all grades, really) to consider joining the journalism team! I’m excited for this year and hope it’ll be a lot of fun!


Gaby Herbst, CJE, MAE


Gaby Herbst is in her 11th year of advising scholastic journalism. She began her career advising the Rambleback yearbook and the Rambler newspaper at South Gate High School.  She has been advising print/web newspaper and yearbook at Beverly, in addition to teaching senior English.

She is also currently the web director for the Southern California JEA, and has presented numerous times at various local, state and national conventions and AdviserFests. In addition, she has judged write-offs at the National High School Journalism Convention, serving as both a lead judge and write-off chair, and critiqued for the NSPA.

She completed her graduate work in education and teaching credential at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  While working on her Bachelor’s Degree (sociology and studio art) at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, she studied abroad in London where she interned at X-Ray Magazine.

Ms. Herbst is a Beverly Hills High School alumna and was the 2001 editor-in-chief of Watchtower yearbook.

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