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Matthew is a high school student from San Francisco, CA, with a strong passion for music and management. He is an independent music artist who enjoys making music and has already released his own songs. Outside of the arts, Matthew is involved in leadership positions and organizations in & out of school, all of which aim to benefit teens/youth. With lots of music and artistic experience, he hopes to share not only his own art but other artistic teens’ art as well! He is so thankful for everyone involved with SWAYE, whether that’s being a team member or an artist, as they are constantly contributing to his dream becoming a reality.
Angeline is a senior at Lowell High School in San Francisco, CA who enjoys teaching and inspiring others to pursue their passions. She enjoys public speaking, the sciences, and arts, having had experience working at both the California Academy of Sciences and the SF SPCA. All that aside, Angeline’s goal has always been to empower people to be proud of who they are and to help them express it in any way, shape, or form. She is head of the Gender Sexuality Alliance club at her school and is excited to work with SWAYE.
Katie is currently a senior attending Ruth Asawa School Of The Arts HS in San Francisco, studying piano. Apart from music, she also takes interest in ballet, business management, marketing, traveling, photography, cooking/baking, social justice, and so much more. She is so excited to work alongside other SWAYE team members to help empower these talented teen artists!
Ashley is a senior at Lowell High School in San Francisco, CA. She is passionate about journalism, creative writing, poetry, singing, musical theater, and martial arts, and in her free time, she enjoys playing video games, watching movies, riding her bike, playing the ukulele, going to escape rooms, and spending time with friends. She also loves Japanese food, amusement parks, Marvel movies, and dark chocolate and is involved in Ukulele Club, Karaoke Club, and Criminal Investigative Forensics Club at her school. Ashley is very excited to join the SWAYE Media team!
Bella is a high school student at the California School of Arts-San Gabriel Valley, in Diamond Bar, California. She loves musical theatre and visual arts, and is also passionate about video production and journalism. Bella has always had a special affection for the arts, and is so glad that to help with a project like SWAYE. When not in school, she enjoys reading and playing the piano.
Lam is a high school student from San Francisco. She loves all kinds of art including music, painting, and fashion. She likes to thrift vintage pieces because she believes that it makes the clothing she owes more unique and it is less wasteful to the environment. Outside of school, she works to teach younger students math. Lam’s goal is to inspire younger generations to be their true selves and expand their mind so they are able to grow into the best person they can be. She is a student advocate on her school’s PTSA and she is excited to be a part of the SWAYE team.
Carmela is a high school student at Lowell High School in San Francisco, California. She loves writing, painting an many forms of art. Her favorite things are stationary, aesthetic notes, and the color beige. In the future, she hopes to pursue nursing and anesthesiology and help those without access to healthcare. She is so excited to get back into arts with SWAYE media!
Born in the North but raised in the South, Jocelyn been exposed to a variety of different cultures’ narratives. Through SWAYE, She’s hoping to spread the stories of our nation’s diverse groups through literature. Also, as a second-gen Chinese American, she is passionate about sharing my unique experiences as an Asian through literature and media. In her spare time (which junior year has scarcely given her), she enjoys practicing Taekwondo, discussing politics with friends, or adding to her hiking blog!
Isabelle “Billy” Agustin is a Filipino-American born in Detroit, Michigan. She now resides in North Texas and thoroughly misses the colder weather. Billy is an avid writer who has enjoyed literature for as long as she can remember. Anything to do with fine arts has always been right up her ally! At school, she participates in her theatre program both behind the scenes and onstage. Billy hopes to work as a director one day. She’s very excited to be working with Swaye and she strives to do her best!
Alvin attends the California School of the Arts as part of the Visual Arts conservatory. He has always had a passion for art and sharing it with others, so it is inspiring and exciting for him to be part of the SWAYE team! Outside of school, he enjoys reading, writing, doodling, eating fabulous LA food, and playing the piano and violin.
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Ava Rose Leos is currently a student at CSArts – SGV. where she specializes in Creative Writing. She plays guitar and piano. She aspires to be a music artist or other influential figure in media, and hopes to make other people as happy as her favorite artists do. She enjoys genres like lofi, rap, and rock. She loves meeting new people and is always open to conversation!
Aryana is a high school student from Toronto and is passionate about art and design. She is a part of her school’s student council and enjoys making banners, and graphic posters for their events. In her spare time, you can find her hanging out with her friends, painting and, watching Netflix. She hopes to pursue a career in graphic design in the future, and is excited to meet new people and to be part of SWAYE this year!
Will is a sophomore at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, California. He is a passionate violinist and has gone on tour with the Sunset Youth Orchestra to Carnegie Hall and Disneyland. In his free time, he also likes to listen to music, run, and bike. He joined SWAYE to help young artists display their talent on social media and is very excited to see everyone’s art!
Rawad is currently a senior at Colonel By Secondary School in Ottawa. She is interested in science and is currently planning on majoring in biomedical science next year. While not having much involvement in the arts themselves, she loves being able to give other youth the platform to showcase their talent and imagination. In her free time, she loves to listen to music and watch movies. She joined SWAYE to help support a youth-led platform and is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the team!