OUR STAFF
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Amber Connell
Hey there! My name is Amber and I’m a current senior at Brentwood High School. Along with my research and my school studies, I frequently involve myself in other activities, including DECA, Science Olympiad, Student Council, the ERASE Racism Campaign, and much more.  Over the summer I was actively involved in work at BNL regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, however, during the school year, I spend whatever free time I have analyzing song lyrics and playing on the tennis courts!
Nabihah Ahsan
Greetings! My name is Nabihah and I am currently a senior at the Brentwood High School. From founding the Brentwood Leadership Club that now has over a hundred students, to participating in social justice organizations like ERASE Racism, being the news-editor and layout designer for the school newspaper, and a board member of the Student Council, I’ve dedicated myself to learning and teaching people skills that can help us all become the generation’s next new leaders. In my free time, I enjoy photography and baking delicious desserts!
Hey! My name is Leena Alzafarani, and I am a senior at Brentwood High School. I am an active community member as I dedicate my weekends to volunteering and assisting in any way I can. Through my work mitigating invasive species, co-founding Leadership Club, being a member of five honor societies, an editor for the school’s newspaper, and a student voice for Brentwood in the Erase Racism Student Task Force, I found my ikigai. As a result, I try to encourage others to create an opening to learn more about the community and environment’s needs and join me and others as we strive to address and improve the issues within them. I enjoy going on walks as the sun sets, baking Middle Eastern desserts with my siblings, and traveling to new countries.
Leena Alzafarani
Hello, my name is Jaden Jones. I’m a senior at Brentwood High School. I have a passion for helping others and spend my time advocating for social justice on all levels. I am the President of our local EMT Explorers program, I’ve been in the school marching band for 4 years, and I’m a 2-time medal winner for Science Olympiads. In my free time, I create digital art, rollerskate, and manage my small business. My scientific interests lie in studying the conservation and importance of pollinators and thanatology/forensics.
Jaden Jones
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Ashley Alcantara

Hey guys! My name is Ashley Alcantara and I'm currently a senior at Brentwood High School. Other than research I'm actively involved in school clubs and events. As a co-arts and entertainment editor for the newspaper club, a "founding father" of leadership club, officer 1 for NSSHS, and a member of other societies, I've been able to branch out into my many passions and give back to the community. One of the best pieces of advice that I was told was "if your heart is not in it, you will not succeed". With this in mind, I've always made sure that I honed in on what I was passionate about so that through this I can help others discover what they're passionate whether that's through my research project, intended career, and more. Outside of school, I like reading science fiction novels, painting, photography, and traveling to Europe and Asia.

Isabella Seda
Hi! I'm Izzy and I'm a graduating senior of the class of 2020. I am currently attending the University at Buffalo and studying occupational therapy in hopes of helping people achieve a better quality of life. My hobbies include making art, playing sports, and getting involved in civil activism.