Staff Archives

The 13th Edition: 2016-2017

The 2016-17 staff of The Hook. Top: (left to right) Lara S, Nadir L, Eric B, Daniel G, Nolan E, Curtis M, Aditya G Middle: Alyssa A, Suraihyah S, Sami T, Melissa D, Nicole V, Brianna R, Miss Nieves (faculty sponsor) Bottom: Julia v, Sofia B, Maia G, Irene V

Daniel Grotch

Staff Writer, 2014-15

Co-Editor in Chief, 2015-16 & 2016-17

DSC_1381[1]Daniel J. Grotch is the Co-Editor in Chief of The Hook. A senior in his third year of newspaper, Daniel enjoys publishing papers and writing articles immensely. A true New Yorker, Mr. Grotch and his family moved to Alpharetta in 2014 from Queens, NY. Daniel has grown to like the south and engages frequently in activities, such as golf, basketball, and baseball. He is an avid sports fan and contributes to The Hook‘s sports section. Daniel plans to study economy and political science at college. Feel free to email him at


Irene Velez

Staff Writer, 2015-16

Co-Editor in Chief, 2016-17

CSC_1427[1]Irene is currently a senior at AHS and a Co-Editor in Chief for The Hook! She has a strong passion for journalism and loves the chance she has of being a voice for the AHS community in The Hook. Outside of newspaper, she loves spending time with her friends and family, exploring nearby cities and going to local concerts. Irene is an active member of the Drama club along with the Speech team, and is the President of Raiders For the Cure club. She volunteers with the Animal Rights and Rescue club and is a member of the National Spanish Honor Society. After high school, Irene wishes to attend Vanderbilt and major in Communications of Science and Technology.

Lara Strydom

Staff Writer, 2015-16

Editorial Editor, 2016-17

DSC_1442[1]Lara Strydom is a senior at AHS and is a second year newspaper staff member, and it is her first year being editor of editorials. Lara is also an active participant in the arts, and is a senior dance company member at RISPA School of Performing Arts, and is a member of the school theatre department and speech team. Lara’s favorite classes are English and History, and hopes she can incorporate both of these subjects into her future.  After high school, Lara hopes to double major in Journalism and Social Work.

Melissa Dunn

Staff Writer, 2015-16

Copy & Features Editor, 2016-17

CSC_1420[1]Melissa Dunn is currently a senior at AHS, and this is her second year writing for The Hook, where she is the copy and features editor. Melissa is currently serving as Co-President of Raider Mentors and is a member of Student Council. Outside of high school, Melissa enjoys participating in her youth group and hanging out with friends. After high school, Melissa plans to go to college and study something in the field of business.

Alyssa Albrecht

Staff Writer, 2015-16

Branding Manager, 2016-17

DSC_1438[1]Alyssa is currently a Senior at AHS, and this is her second year on the newspaper staff here at The Hook. Alyssa enjoys helping others and listening to music in her free time and is really excited to be able to write for The Hook’s 12th Edition this year. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys watching football, baseball and dancing. She used to play on Alpharetta’s JV softball team her Freshman year as well as playing for years before then. Alyssa is currently a part of the Color Guard in the Alpharetta Marching Raider Band, and is a part of Alpharetta’s Winter Guard program as well. Besides watching football, baseball and dancing with the color guard, Alyssa enjoys working with kids and making people laugh.

Suraihyah Sule

Staff Writer, 2015-16

Photo Editor, Fall 2016


Suraihyah is currently a junior at AHS. This is her second year being on The Hook. Suraihyah plays softball for the Raiders and enjoys reading, photography and listening to music on her free time. She also enjoys helping people and hopes to go to college to study medicine.