About

About

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 August 2017, Highlights runs solely on a web platform. The website’s content now comes from the Advanced Journalism class.

Staff

Highlights co-editors-in-chief

Catherine Gagulashvili

Copy Editor

Hi, I’m Catherine. I’m a junior and this is my second year on staff. I am this year’s copy editor and am incredibly excited to be a part of and help improve this year’s tiny but mighty staff. Aside from being a member of the journalism program, I partake in several clubs including DECA, Model United Nations and Girl Up. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, staying up to date with politics, going to concerts and traveling. I love both film and digital photography, and I enjoy writing and reading reviews.

Mikaela Rabizadeh

Media Editor

Hi, Highlights readers! My name is Mikaela and I am currently in my senior year.  I am the media editor this year, leading the class alongside Catherine and Sam! I cannot wait for yet another year with my Highlights family and continue creating exciting content on the site.  Aside from my involvement as an editor and on staff, I spend a lot of my time in the dance room. I’ve been a member of Dance Company since freshman year, lucky enough to explore the art of choreography and collaborate with talented guest artists.  My favorite genres are contemporary and hip hop, but I have an appreciation for all styles.

Sam Bernstein

Managing Editor

Hello, I’m Sam. I’m a senior at BHHS and this is my third year on the Highlights staff. I’m this year’s Managing Editor and I am so excited to help lead our staff this year. My favorite things to do as a member of Highlights is work on my podcast, Culture Vultures, writing stories about our school’s basketball teams, and going on class trips to write-offs. Outside of Highlights, I’m the secretary for the BHHS Model United Nations program. On top of all that, I participate in political activism outside of school. After I graduate in May, I hope to work full-time for a 2020 presidential candidate before I go off to college. I plan on majoring in political science in college, and my top university is the University of New Hampshire. Outside of school, I like watching my favorite sports team, the Boston Celtics, go for their 18th NBA championship, listening to sports podcasts and destroying my friends in our fantasy football league. The Bernsquad is going all the way this year! I am looking forward to a great senior year!

Staff writers

Seniors

Jude Binkley 

Howdy, my name is Jude. I am a senior at Beverly and this is my second year with Highlights. I like making videos and I have a YouTube channel where I produce videos about sports. I am also this year’s drum captain in band, and I am on KBEV. I have always enjoyed journalism and I plan on going into broadcast journalism in college, focusing on sports. I love Highlights because of how everyone in the class gets along and how we are able to tell interesting stories about students and share them with the rest of the community at BHHS. Outside of school, you can find me at either Chick-fil-a or at the Coliseum catching a Trojans game.

Rinesa Kabashi

Hi, my name is Rinesa Kabashi. I’m a senior and this is my third year on staff. Being on Highlights has allowed me to grow not only as a writer but as an individual. Highlights keeps me informed about what is happening within my community and school. It has become a place where I can express my true self and share ideas that matter to me. Outside of the classroom, I spend a great deal of time by the beach, with family and friends and doing hot yoga. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in Psychology although I have opened up to film because I really like shooting video in this class. Sadly this is my last year but I know it’ll be the best one yet!

Juniors

Ava Seccuro

Hey, I’m Ava. I’m a junior and this is my first year on the Highlights staff. What I like about being on the newspaper staff is that I learn something new every day. I learn about new concepts, new people, new skills and everything in between. I love how Highlights keeps me involved in my school and in my community. Other than the newspaper, I invest my time playing softball for the school, competing in the DECA club, and helping freshmen as a LINK crew leader. In my free time, I like surfing, playing volleyball, hiking and playing guitar. I’m very much looking forward to the rest of this year on the staff and how many things I will learn.  

Sophomores

Alya Mehrtash

Hi! I’m Alya. I’m a sophomore and this is my first year on the Highlights staff. Journalism has always been super interesting to me but I’ve never been able to pursue it until high school. I’m so glad I finally got this opportunity because I love the program here. I love that, through journalism, I am able to not only become more informed about topics that I am passionate about but that I am also able to spread that knowledge among my peers. Not only do I like to write for the school news publication, but I’m very interested in watching the news and I enjoy staying informed on current events. Aside from Highlights, I love to play soccer, spend time with my friends and family, and eat food (preferably In-N-Out or Iranian food!!). I really look forward to my future in Highlights and possibly pursuing my passion for journalism in college.

Adviser

Gaby Herbst, CJE, MAE

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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.