2018-2019 Artists and Writers:
The Editors-in-Chief are responsible for leading bimonthly meetings at Miller Middle School, developing beneficial art and writing activities for staff members, leading workshop sessions, editing staff work, creating monthly issues, and developing marketing and PR strategies throughout the year through press opportunities as well as initiatives on the Miller Middle School campus.
Assistant Editors are responsible for assisting the Editor-in-Chief and collaborating with other editors to plan and lead engaging meetings, edit staff member work, and improve their own leadership skills in the process. Every Assistant Editor has the opportunity to become Editor-in-Chief after three successful years in the position.
The leadership of the Editor-in-Chief paired with the assistance and collaboration of Assistant Editors is a vital aspect to the Overture family.
*Editors-in-Chief are bolded
2011-2012: Roopa Shankar, Kimberly Tan, Hima Rajana
2012-2013: Kimberly Tan, Hima Rajana, Indu Pereira
2013-2014: Hima Rajana, Indu Pereira
2014-2015: Hima Rajana, Indu Pereira, Alina Ying, Raksha Narasimhan
2015-2016: Indu Pereira, Alina Ying, Raksha Narasimhan, Kavya Balaji
2016-2017: Alina Ying, Raksha Narasimhan, Kavya Balaji, Divya Pereira
2017-2018: Raksha Narasimhan, Kavya Balaji, Divya Pereira
2018-2019: Kavya Balaji, Divya Pereira, Helina Li
Kavya Balaji (Editor-in-Chief) | Kavya Balaji is currently a senior at Lynbrook High School. She first joined Overture when as an eighth grader at Miller, as a way to build upon her passion for creative writing and art. What began as a minor after-school activity has become a creative outlet, leadership opportunity, and incredible experience. She believes that writing is a vibrant form of expressing yourself, and loves learning how to use it to better capture emotions through creating prose. Undoubtedly, her favorite aspect of creative writing is the beauty and sophistication of the language. During her last year of high school and Overture, she hopes to continue the legacy of past editors by creating a safe community for passionate students to create and share high quality artistry.
Divya Pereira (Assistant Editor) | Divya Pereira is currently a junior at Lynbrook High School. She became an Overture member in the sixth grade, ready to collaborate with and learn from others and improve her writing and artistic ability. She loves writing because on paper, you can travel anywhere and be anything and anyone. There are no limitations or rules. She enjoys being a part of the amazing and open environment that is Overture and is so excited to inspire others to be creative!
Helina Li (Assistant Editor) | Helina Li is currently a freshman at Lynbrook High School. She joined Overture during her first year in middle school, eager to improve her writing, discuss work with fellow creators, and be inspired by others. Her passion for writing began in elementary school, when she discovered that she could use it to express emotions she couldn’t describe through other mediums— additionally, through writing, she could leave behind her own mundane world for just a little while. Helina became an assistant editor with hopes to inspire and help writers and artists, mirroring her own experience as an Overture member in middle school— and also, throughout this process, she hopes to learn and and grow.
Kimberly Tan | Kimberly is currently a junior at Stanford University and has been writing prose and poetry for as long as she can remember. From entering Reading Rainbow contests in second grade to envisioning this literary magazine, writing has been an intrinsic part of her life. She hopes to use Overture to not only to share her love for writing with other youth, but also to foster literary talent and creativity and to engender a passion in others that will last a lifetime.
Roopa Shankar | Roopa is now a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying Marketing & Communication at the Wharton School of Business. Roopa has been passionate about writing since she was 10. Having explored several writing forms since her elementary school days, Roopa has decided that she is truly passionate about creative writing. Through Overture, Roopa hopes to ignite that spark of creativity that she believes is present within everyone!
Hiroko Niksch | Ms. Niksch currently teaches 8th grade Language Arts at Miller Middle School. She has had a lifelong love of literature, poetry, and art, and she has been producing work in all three forms for decades. She is very excited to see her former students leading this worthwhile endeavor and is pleased to have been invited to be a part of what she hopes will be an exciting journey.