Meet the Team

Christopher Black


Phone: (858)350-0253×4192

Staff Advisor

Christopher Black is the faculty adviser of Pulse Magazine. He attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he was the sports editor of the Mustang Daily, the student newspaper. In addition to journalism, he also teaches English, Creative Writing, and a College Application Seminar class at Canyon Crest Academy.

Andrew Gu 

Senior & Managing Editor

Previously co-host host of The Means of Production, Andrew loves writing about history, children's cartoons, and absurd conspiracy theories. In his free time, Andrew enjoys getting concussions in the pursuit of a slippery black cylinder and playing overly-complicated pretend.

Maxine Mah

Senior & Editor-In-Chief

Maxine has worked on Pulse Magazine since her sophomore year and is thrilled to be the Editor-In-Chief of this year's Pulse staff! She was previously the Managing Editor and the Online Editor, and has also had work published outside of school publications. She has an infallible obsession with K-pop and astrology, enjoys watching reruns of Saiki-K in her free time, and dictates her life based on her Panda Express fortune cookies.

Andrew Gu

Senior & Managing Editor

Previously co-host  of The Means of Production, Andrew loves writing about history, children's cartoons, and absurd conspiracy theories. In his free time, Andrew enjoys getting concussions in the pursuit of a slippery black cylinder and playing overly-complicated pretend.

Jasmine Elasaad

Senior & Copy Editor

Jasmine has been on the Pulse staff for three years and enjoys writing articles about current events, social science, and new technology. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, tennis, and photographing her surroundings. (She is the Capricorn !!)

Alice Lin

Senior & Copy Editor

As a journalism student and part of the Pulse staff, Alice has spent much of her time writing about interesting (and sometimes creepy) phenomena and the “history of” different subjects. In her free time (aka time spent avoiding college apps), Alice enjoys baking, annoying her younger brother, and reading Chinese and Korean web novels. She also likes to draw and paint with watercolors.

Daniel Yachi

Senior & Op/Ed Director

Daniel’s passion lies in government and politics. He loves to share his opinions through Pulse Magazine. He can often be found writing editorials on controversial issues. He also loves to spend a lot of time working for ASB as the Senior Class President. In his free time he plays video games and listens to music. He specifically enjoys Lorde and Ariana Grande music. (Daniel is also a Leo, and he's sister signs with co-writer Aimee).

Aimee Han

Senior & Social Media Director

The past couple years Aimee has dedicated time and poured her heart into writing for Pulse Magazine! She enjoys writing about her cultural background, the experiences she has or wishes to have throughout her adolescence, and meaningful takes on social justice issues. In her free time, she enjoys swimming at La Jolla Cove where the sharks are not present, playing the ukulele, driving with the windows down, and taking pictures off of film disposables. (Also, she is an Aquarius).

Kyle Kim

Junior & Online Editor

Kyle will serve as Pulse Magazine's Online Editor for the 2021-2022 school year. He likes to write about the economy, music, and the entertainment industry. In his free time, he likes to find new albums to listen to, play video games, and watch tier list videos on YouTube.

Aerin Flaharty

Senior & Staff Writer

Aerin is a senior this year at CCA who plays for the women’s varsity indoor and beach volleyball team. In her free time you can catch Aerin driving with the top down in her old school BMW convertible while blasting music, or frantically searching for a coffee shop. Her favorite artists consist of The 1975, Machine Gun Kelly, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Taylor Swift. Aerin loves writing about fashion, pop culture, current issues, and the environment. She plans on traveling the world and attending university in Europe next fall!

Omid Fouladpouri

Junior & Staff Writer

Omid enjoys political and philosophical discussion. Hence, he enjoys writing about these topics. In his free time, he loves taking walks in nature.

Bella Hirst

Senior & Staff Writer

Bella has been a member of Pulse Magazine for three years! She enjoys writing about fashion and pop culture, as well as writing fiction. She loves working on costumes for CCA theater, baking, and listening to music.

Liam Rosenburg

Senior & Staff Writer

Liam is currently a senior at Canyon Crest Academy who has written for Pulse Magazine since 2019. He likes to write about politics, local news, and op-eds. Originally a NYC area native, nowadays he enjoys the beach, golf, and tennis.

Quinn Satterlund

Sophomore & Staff Writer

Quinn joined the Pulse Staff this year, and is looking forward to writing articles for Pulse Magazine! He enjoys writing about sports and pop culture, specifically music and movies, but writes about anything that catches his attention. In his free time, he surfs and cooks, though not always with the best results.

April Zuo

Senior & Staff Writer

During her year in intro and now as part of the Pulse staff, April enjoys writing humor pieces, particularly sarcastic or even slightly sardonic ones, to make a point about humanitarian or ethical issues that she feels strongly about. She also likes writing tamer, more emotional articles. While she is procrastinating or deems she has the free time that she doesn’t actually have, she loves fencing, creative writing, playing flute, and the very, very occasional animation.