Meet Our Team
Next Generation Politics Blog is managed and staffed entirely by high school students who share a passion for journalism and affairs involving the world around them. Our mission at NGP Blog is to promote intellectual discourse among those part of Generation Z and beyond. Political affiliation is never taken into account when making decisions about what and what not to publish.
Articles are fact-based and provide a unique perspective on many of today’s hottest issues, while featuring a substantial array relevant news articles that mainstream media outlets will not cover.
NGP Blog strives to enable any individual to gain a firm grasp of economics, business, politics, science, popular culture, and other subject areas in a relevant context. As a general principal, we believe that it is our responsibility to provide a well-rounded intellectual base upon which individuals can make sound decisions to uphold the sovereign responsibility of our democracy.
Founders and Staff
Ryan Adell, Next Generation Politics Founder/Executive Director
Ryan started the Next Generation Politics movement in 2016 to demilitarize political discussion and to make bipartisanship the new normal of government. He likes to swim and his favorite TV show is Big Brother. If you’re interested in NGP, don’t hesitate to send Ryan a message—whether you want to talk politics or start a chapter!
Nick Sawicki, Editor-in-Chief
Nick Sawicki is a junior at Shady Side Academy High School in Pittsburgh, PA. He is passionate about journalism, politics and science and devotes much of his time to his school’s Science Olympiad team and school newspaper both in and out of school. In his spare time he enjoys reading and is an avid golfer.
James Han, Managing Editor
James is a junior at University High School in Normal IL. He is heavily involved in speech and debate and loves politics. James is mostly interested in foreign policy and foreign current events. However, when it comes to domestic policy he can certainly bring a strong argument to the table.
Shreeya Aranake, Director of Communications
Shreeya Aranake is a senior at Milpitas High School in Milpitas, California. She is a member of TEDxMilpitasHigh and is on the varsity tennis team at her high school. She is interested in politics and hopes to explore economics in her future writing career.
Samantha Martin, Director of Outreach
Samantha Martin is a sophomore at Carlisle High School, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She is very passionate about journalism and politics, and expresses this passion through writing through her school news website. In addition to her writing, Samantha also participates in her school’s Model United Nations group, as well as student council and her local Shakespeare troupe.
Aneesh Goel, Contributor
Aneesh is a sophomore in Fremont High School in Sunnyvale California. He is heavily interested in business and entrepreneurship and runs a nonprofit which aims to foster youth entrepreneurship. He is also involved in FHS DECA and is currently in the process of starting his own company.
Andrew Sveda, Contributor
Andrew Sveda is a sophomore at Shady Side Academy High School in Pittsburgh, PA. He enjoys reading about and discussing politics, and is actively involved in his school’s acting and theater program.
Diya Chadha, Contributor
Diya is a sophomore at Syosset High School in New York. She enjoys learning about history, international affairs, and social issues. Diya also loves to travel and explore new places.
Jay Pade, Contributor
Jay is a senior in HS who enjoys “ranting” about politics; he loves chess and will gladly argue with you about why Star Wars is objectively better than Star Trek. Jay also has a knack for photography.
Jenny Yu, Contributor
Jenny Yu and is a junior at Northville High School in Northville, Michigan. She is a member of the Model United Nations team and the DECA team. She figure skates frequently, and is extremely interested in entertainment and politics, specifically in how the two intermix.
Mateo Portelli, Contributor
Mateo was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a sophomore attending Bishop Gorman High School.
Portelli partakes in Mock Trial, Model UN, Youth court, and Speech and Debate, the last of which he has accrued a myriad of awards and successes. He believes very strongly in accordance with the sentiments that filled the minds of the Founding Fathers, and indeed proudly expresses his love for my Gadsden “DONT TREAD ON ME” flags and “MOLON LABE” flag. Portelli is always willing to engage in any sort of political discussion or debate.
Matt Matisz, Contributor
Matt Matisz is a sophomore at Vincentian Academy in Pittsburgh, PA. He is part of his school’s mock trial and forensics teams and is a member of the National Forensic League. Outside of school, he enjoys reading about politics, getting involved with the political process, and playing soccer.