Meet the Staff


Ben Whearty is an 11th grader at Monticello. He moved to Charlottesville from Northern Virginia in the summer of 2015. He enjoys traveling, and hopes to someday get a chance to travel to and tour Europe, specifically Italy and Germany.  He is interested in politics and enjoys listening to podcasts from figures such as Ben Shapiro and Steven Crowder. He also enjoys learning and studying history, particularly that of the 18th and 20th Centuries. He plays tennis for Monticello while in his free time he enjoys reading, playing video games, and spending time with friends. He plans to attend college and major in either business management or political science, as well as take history courses.


Eli Keith is an 11th grader at Monticello High School and has lived in Charlottesville, VA all his life.  He’s a new member of the Hoofprint staff, although enjoys spending free time writing and reading away from the newspaper.  Aside from writing, Eli runs Cross Country and Track for Monticello, and hopes to continue the sport through College.  He also spends his time listening to a wide variety of music, writing poetry, playing many different sports and games,, and hanging out with small groups of friends.  In college, he hopes to major in a sort of Psychology or English, as well as branch out into new realms such as making music and gardening.


Lindon Walz is a sophomore at Monticello and is in his second year working for the Hoofprint. He was born in Woodstock, Ga, north of the state’s capital, Atlanta. He moved to Charlottesville, Va when he was 6, and has lived here ever since. In his free time, Lindon enjoys writing and watching films, as well as reading screenplays and following politics. His favorite film is Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” and he enjoys listening to Ben Shapiro, Steven Crowder, and Milo Yiannopoulos for political commentary. He hopes to attend film school one day so that he can fulfill his dream of becoming a writer-director.

Chris Scarr is a 11th grader Charlottesville native who goes to Monticello High School. He enjoys history, international politics, and investigative journalism. Most of his early life was spent moving around Virginia with his single mother and flying out to his father in Wisconsin; doing this gave him a love of travel and desire to see the world. He gained a love of social sciences from his father, and sees them as incredibly important in understanding the modern world. Chris enjoys late night show hosts like John Oliver, Samantha Bee, and Stephen Colbert, and hopes to walk in their footsteps as a future show host himself.


Will Clemons is 16 years old, and a junior at Monticello High School. He was born on May 18th, 2001 in Bethesda Maryland, and moved to Virginia when he was 3. He enjoys reading, running, and listening to music. He was two sisters; Abigail, who is a sophomore at UVA, and Eleanor, who is a 7th grader at Burley Middle School. He also participates in the MHS Orchestra, where plays first chair cello and runs for the MHS Cross Country team for his 3rd consecutive year. He looks to pursue a career in journalism and work for an online multimedia publishing company. He can be found sitting with his 2 year old dachshund name Sigmund. One thing he wants to do before he dies is to go skydiving. He also has a tendency to eat pizza crust first, which he pleads to estranged onlookers quite frequently that it’s “totally normal.”


Duncan Miller is a senior at Monticello High School and has lived in Charlottesville, Virginia his whole life. This being his first year on Hoofprint Staff, he looks forward to the opportunities that may come forth. Away from the newspaper, Duncan is a Firefighter at the Stony Point Volunteer Fire company, he is also training to become a emergency medical technician. Duncan dreams of becoming a wildland firefighter specifically a smokejumper. When not at the station Duncan enjoys all that nature has to offer by often going on hikes, mountain biking rides, climbing and going on river trips . Working at his local river outfitter he has gained much experience on Charlottesville local river of the Rivanna.


Christian Hansen is a junior at Monticello. He is an exchange student from the Scandinavian country Denmark, but he will spend the year living in Charlottesville. Christian is interested in politics, and strives to keep himself as updated as possible. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to, and playing music, as well as reading all kinds of literature. Christian loves travelling, and in his opinion Italy is the best place in Europe to spend a vacation, except for Denmark of course.


Audae Dudley is a 11th grader at Monticello High School. She has lived in Charlottesville for her whole life. I am a new member of the Hoofprint staff. In her free time she enjoys writing poetry and short stories. Aside from writing, she likes to listen to slam poetry and music. She also likes spending time in nature.


Kaeli Purvis is a freshman at Monticello High School. This is her first year living in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before she moved to Charlottesville, she lived in Nelson County, Virginia. This is her first time being in a writing class other than English. She looks forward to learning different types of news articles and learning how to  write  them. In her free time she plays/practices softball. Her dream is to go to college on a softball scholarship. When she is not playing softball she enjoys listening to music, reading poetry, writing creative stories, and hanging out with her friends and family.


Josie Gawtry is a junior at Monticello High School. She has lived in Charlottesville her whole life. She enjoys music, hiking, and reading. In her free time, she writes and sketches, and her dream is to travel and learn about different people, cultures, and experiences. This is her first year taking Journalism, but she has always been an avid reader of the news and other literature. She hopes to attend a college somewhere cold and mountainous and major in philosophy and/or psychology.


Tara Meissner is a sophomore at Monticello High school. She was born in Canton, Massachusetts and moved to Charlottesville when she was two and a half. She loves every Boston sports teams and plays lacrosse for Monticello. She enjoys playing guitar, playing sports, and hanging out with her friends. This is her first year in Journalism. She wants to go to Virginia Tech after graduating high school and wants to play club lacrosse there.


Claudia Cabrera is a sophomore at Monticello High School. She was born in Virginia and has lived in Charlottesville for most of her life. She enjoys playing Field Hockey for Monticello along with indoor track and tennis. This is her second year working on the Hoofprint and is the editor for the Monticello News Column. 

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