EACH PROJECT OYSTER FEATURES A CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT OR ALUM WHO SHARES THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH MENTAL HEALTH OR STORIES ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL LIFE IN GENERAL.
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Chanel Miller is a writer and artist who received her BA in Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her critically acclaimed memoir, KNOW MY NAME, was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, as well as a best book of 2019 in Time, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, NPR, and People, among others. She is a 2019 Time Next 100 honoree and a 2016 Glamour Woman of the Year honoree under her pseudonym, "Emily Doe."
Chloe Sørenson is a member of the Gunn High School class of 2017. At Gunn, she spent four years in the Student Executive Council, including student body president senior year. After graduating, she started her own non-profit, Youth United for Responsible Media Representation, an organization that advocates better media coverage and discussion of mental health.
CRISTINA CISMAS FLOREA
Cristina Florea is an educator at St. Francis High School. Prior to this, she was a math teacher at Gunn High School and the founder of the BEAM Program. Cristina was not a speaker on the podcast but instead a mentor for Project Oyster, and this episode was in appreciation of her.
Joey Marcacci is a member of the Gunn High School class of 2019. At Gunn, Joey was involved in Gunn Theatre and had several roles in their productions. Outside of school, he plays ice hockey. In this episode, Joey talks to Sophia about the LGBTQ community at Gunn and being a gay athlete.
Gunn Confessions is a Facebook page created by two Gunn High School students from the class of 2019, where students could anonymously submit a confession, an unpopular opinion, or secret. During the 2018-19 school year, the page went viral in the Gunn community. During the time of the interview, the admins of the page wanted to stay anonymous, so the interview was conducted over messenger, and was brought to life by Hanna and Sophia.