The Viking Call is Upper Merion High School’s student-run newspaper. Here, you can find archives of every article published in our paper as well as online exclusives, photographs, and videos. Explore and enjoy! 

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Meet the Viking Call Team of 2020-2021!

Mr. Jason Darnell | Viking Call Advisor


Mr. Darnell teaches English 11 Honors-AP, Journalism, Film & TV History, and Writing Workshop at Upper Merion Area High School. He also is the editor of the UMAEA Update, the local teachers’ union newsletter. He loves being the advisor for The Viking Call because kids sure do say the darndest things!

Mr. Bill Alvini | Website Advisor


Mr. Alvini provides technical support to Upper Merion HS 1-to-1 laptop program and general tech support to the building and district. Often found in the iHelp room (C112), Mr. Alvini helps students find a common ground in technology and prepare for technological collaboration in the future.


Malak Ibrahim | Editor in Chief

Malak is a sophomore and this is her second year writing for VC and her first year as EIC. When she’s not writing questionable literature,  she enjoys creating video segments for the Morning Buzz, participating in Speech & Debate, playing the flute in band, working in stage crew for the UM Underground Players, among many other extracurriculars. Outside of school (and procrastinating), Malak can be found watching an unhealthy amount of Netflix while drinking an unhealthy amount of cold brew.

Writing is saying to no one and to everyone the things it is not possible to say to someone. ~Rebecca Solnit

Somil Tare | Editor Opinion Editorial

Hello, my name is Somil Tare, and I’m the editor of Op-Ed. In my free time (besides writing), I like to play tennis, spend time with friends and family, and play chess {if you are also interested in chess, just email me because a chess club might be coming to your school in the near future 😀  —  Also, I enjoy witty quotes and philosophy.

  Michael Gribbin | Editor • News


Hi, I’m a cross country runner who enjoys writing many varieties of pieces, namely news … I enjoy keeping close tabs on the news and am excited to be the Viking Call News Editor.


Alexandra Miller | Editor • Arts & Entertainment

Hey! My name is Alex Miller and I am the 2020-2021 A&E editor. I have been in Viking Call since my sophomore year and it is so much fun! I enjoy writing and connecting with the school community. 

When I’m not writing for the Viking Call, you can find me studying for DECA or running for the UMHS track and field team. I also love to play softball! My favorite place is the beach.
I’m looking forward to a fantastic year despite the current circumstances, and I hope you all enjoy the Viking Call this year!



Kaitlyn Miller | Editor Sports

My name is Kaitlyn Miller; I am the editor of the sports section for the Viking Call! I’m a junior here at Upper Merion. Outside of school; I am on the swim team and water polo team. Other than sports, I love reading (my favorite books are Girl Underwater, and Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire). I have been section editor for two years now, and love writing for Viking Call. 


Tressel Stone | Editor Student Life

Hello! My name is Tressel Stone and I am the Student Life Editor for the Viking Call this year. I am a senior and this is my second year writing for the Viking Call. I’m very excited to edit the Student Life section this year! Although the Viking Call may look very different this year, I think that this can be our best year yet!


Omar Bedak | Editor STEM

My name is Omar Bedak. I am a 12th grader here at UM. I am the STEM editor of the Viking Call. Along with the Newspaper Club, I am a Publicity Manager for Interact Club, a CAST High School Advisory Member, Varsity Cross Country and Track, and in Spanish Club, Garden Club, and No Place for Hate. I like to run, bike, swim, play football and basketball, and to read and write. I like to stay active and enjoy the outdoors as well as hang out with my friends. I am looking forward to a good year of a lot of fun opportunities to express our ongoing takes on the world and the goings-on of our school as we tread through this pandemic. To me, service and bringing factual, unbiased information is highly valued, and the good of the community is one of our biggest challenges, but nonetheless, one we can handle.

Stay safe, stay strong, and GO VIKINGS!!

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MarieClaire Schoucair | Photography Editor

MarieClaire is a Junior at UMHS this year. This is her 3rd year as a Viking Call member and her first year as Editor of Photography. She is also Co-President of the French Club and one of the Executives of the CREATE Club, as well as a member of many other extracurriculars. When she’s not diligently studying, she is found playing the piano and enjoying nature. MarieClaire is passionate about her humanitarian work and always lends a hand to whoever is in need. 


Celine Pham | Layout Designer

My name is Celine. I joined The Viking Call in freshman year to draw, but by the end of the year, I was designing the layout! It has been quite the experience and always a surprise every month. 

Thanks for reading the Viking Call! 

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Cynthia Loufik | Creative Editor

I am a senior at Upper Merion and an editor for the Creative Writing Group for the Viking Call. When I am not working for the paper, I am usually sitting at home either reading a good book or catching up on my favorite shows. I also am a digital artist, and I try to craft my ideas into existence when I can. Thanks to the Viking Call, I have been able to explore more of my creative side, and understand how to establish myself as a better writer and leader for my group. 


Jocelyn Bilker | Web Editor

When Jocelyn, a freshman at UMAHS, is not editing the website, you’ll find her busy with sewing, reading, practicing the violin, and enjoying the great outdoors … she also enjoys hanging out with her family and playing with her bird, Ti-Dy! She’s excited to be this year’s Web Editor! 

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