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."
DR. BHARAT SAMPATHI
Dr. Bharat Sampathi is a current psychiatric resident at Kaiser Permanente, San Jose. He graduated from Gunn High School 2010, received his B.A. in economics from Wayne State University and his M.S. from UC Irvine School of Medicine.
Rima Parekh is a member of the Palo Alto High School class of 2017, and a current student at UC Santa Barbara.
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.
Abby Sullivan is a member of the Gunn High School class of 2020. At Gunn, she is the president of ROCK (Reach Out, Care, Know). Additionally, she has been working at Philz coffee for over a year.
Anna Reitman is a member of the Gunn High School class of 2019. At Gunn, Anna was the president of the Office Club, which held weekly screenings of The Office, and was part of the Gunn Theatre department.
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.
Rina Newhouse is a member of the Gunn High School class of 2019. At Gunn, Rina was part of the Titan Broadcast Network, the school’s morning show, and anchored every Tuesday.
Jimmy Farley is a member of the Gunn High School class of 2019. At Gunn, he was the sports commissioner in the Student Executive Council, where he promoted Gunn athletics.
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.
Meghna Singh is a mental health advocate who is a member of the Gunn High School class of 2019. At Gunn, she was the president of the Reach Out, Care, Know (ROCK) club at Gunn, and was the Wellness Commissioner in the Student Executive Council her junior year.
Josh Mei is a member of the Gunn High School Class of 2020, and the current student body president. He is also part of the FBLA club on campus. In our pilot episode Josh shares a story about going to dinner with his family and a problem that arises...