Alina Mertens-Schill is a high school sophomore who enjoys reading, drawing, and running in her free time. She enjoys historical fiction, and her favorite book is Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee. Alina always carries a sketchbook on her and draws whenever she can, whether that's in the subway or in class at school. She runs cross country and is incredibly proud of the progress she has made over the years! She loves to travel and experience different cultures. For Alina, friends and family are the most important people in the world and she loves spending time with them.
Favorite Authors & Artists
J.K. Rowling, Alice Neel
I use writing as a means to uncover my truth of the world. I dig through memories and emotions and try to untangle them in order to weave them into something that is honest, that shows who I am, and shows how I’ve become me. Writing is an exploration of all parts of life, tiny or monumental.