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Pinewood Staff and Perennial Editors You Didn’t Know Were Related

By Sania Cloudhary

Staff Meteorologist

Sophomore Prithi Srinivasan claims to be asked the same question repeatedly by students and teachers across Pinewood Upper Campus: “Are you related to Srinivas?” She can often be caught giving the answer “no” to the seemingly obvious question. But let’s be honest, who is going to believe that? 

“They do not always tend to get along…” AP statistics teacher, and father of Srinivasan and senior Srinivas Balagopal, Amarnath Santhanam said. “They even try to deny the fact that they are siblings at all.”

Despite their frequent but short-lived arguments, Santhanam, Balagopal, and Srinivasan enjoy many activities together at home. In their free time, they like competing for who can solve to the furthest digit for the value of pi in the shortest amount of time. However, these heated competitions are what usually lead to their disputes. 

“What can I say, my brother is just salty,” Srinivasan said. 

However, Balagopal has a different perspective than his sister.

“I have tried to explain to her time and time again that 3.14 are not all the digits in pi,” Balagopal said. 

In spite of all their petty arguments, Santhanam is proud of his children for showing such an interest in mathematics, and he hopes they will carry on the family tradition.

Contrary to common belief, senior Reilly Brady and senior Carter Brady are not twins. In fact, they are not related at all. 

“Just because we were born on the same date just a few minutes apart, and because we have the same last name, does not make us twins,” senior Reilly Brady said. 

   Reilly Brady is actually the twin sister of senior Sarah Feng. 

   “They are both lovely daughters and I love being able to teach them and work with them both in and out of school,” Sabrina Strand said, writing teacher and mother of Brady and Feng. 

   This family enjoys spending time together by going outside to try out different writing techniques and to attend writing workshops. 

   Brady also inherited her love for singing from her mother. 

   “My sister and mom have a tendency to burst into song at really random times,” Feng said. “But I love them anyway.” 

  Brady, Feng, and Strand love spending time with their close family friends, art teacher Caitlin Miller and her niece, senior Katherine Chui, and high school history teacher Sam Jezak and his niece, senior Katherine Han. 

   “We usually take family trips together since we all love the outdoors,” Miller said. 

   While Brady, Feng, and Strand enjoy writing, Chui and Miller enjoy exploring various types of art techniques, museums, and workshops. Jezak and Han can be seen carrying their cameras at all times and keeping a lookout for beautiful sceneries to take pictures of. 

   Jezak says he enjoys teaching his niece the various aspects of photography. However, during family photo time, they end up finding themselves arguing over who should be in the photo and who should be taking the photo. 

   “Even though we are technically three separate families, it usually ends up feeling like we are really one big family,” Jezak said.

   With the startling news of Reilly Brady and Carter Brady out, it would be normal to wonder who is Carter Brady is related to? 

   “It was difficult mixing the right proportions of carbon, argon, tellurium, rubidium, but after months of experimentation it was definitely worth the result,” chemistry teacher Sarah Prestwood said. 

   Prestwood said that naming her son after his chemical formula seemed quite obvious. 

   Brady has also grown to love the chemistry room, and can often be seen helping his mom out in there during his free time.

   “When I am not able to finish my chores at home, she makes sure I do them at school,” Brady said. 

   Brady and Prestwood can often be seen with goggles on, hovering over a test tube, carefully pouring various elements into their experiments. 

   Walsey and Walters, the two names do bear a resemblance. This is not without reason. 

   “One day, out of the blue, he decided he wanted to be rebellious and change his last name,” math teacher Christine Walters, and mother of senior Ethan Walsey, said. “He told me that was what he wanted for his eighteenth birthday, so I said go for it!” 

   Walsey said he realized that he did not want to change his last name to something drastically different, because that would be more effort to change on all the paperwork. 

   “Ain’t nobody got time for that,” Walsey said. 

   The two can often be seen arguing over whether the Earth is really a sphere or a rectangular prism at red lights during their daily motorcycle races. 

   Varsity girls soccer coach Whitney Wood witnessed a fantastic season this year with her team. She is proud of the team and is thankful to the captains and how much they have helped her throughout the season.

   But little did the team, or anyone really, know that two of the three captains are actually her daughters.

   “Olivia and I have played together for as long as I can remember,” junior Sam King said. “No matter what I do, I know Liv has my back.” 

   King and senior Olivia Page have been a power duo ever since they began playing soccer together, with King playing as forward or middle and Page having her back as defense. 

  “The story of how I found them is actually quite interesting,” Wood said. 

   After playing in a long, hard game during the FIFA Womens’ World Cup, Wood was jogging to the goals to pick up the scattered soccer balls. However, instead of finding soccer balls, she found two children. 

   “I have been their soccer coach and their soccer mom ever since that fateful day,” Wood said. 

   From his secret stash of sweater vests and fancy pants, it is easy to see the resemblance between sophomore Owen Terry and his grandfather, computer science teacher Haggai Mark. Terry and Mark like to twin everywhere else they go. 

  At home, they can both be found working hard in their basement, creating new computer languages. They enjoy coding together at school as well, during Mark’s classes.  

  “Whenever I see him misbehaving during class, I just tell him that I am going to call Grandma Mark and ask her to not make him cookies that day,” Mark said. “That usually gets him under control right away.” 

  Mark is happy that Terry found passion for computing, and that they can share together. 

  “We have been coding buddies for as long as I can remember,” Terry said.