Meriel O’Connell, is a high school junior at Durham Academy. She is a well-traveled young woman, in addition to having taken multiple trips to Australia, she has also spent time in New York City, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, and Nicaragua. She loves to observe and absorb local culture. When she isn’t off to one of those fabulous locations, she is singing in her school choir, shopping for new shoes, taking yoga classes, and writing. Diverse and well-rounded, she is natural at New School Journalism.