2015-2016 Cactus Yearbook staff


Christy Zhang

Christy is currently a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Houston, Texas. She was design editor of the 2015 Cactus yearbook last year and the Stratford High School Mnemosyne yearbook the year before. Christy has been involved in yearbook since 8th grade where she was editor-in-chief of her middle school publication. She has learned traditional Chinese dance, along with ballet and contemporary styles, and competes in regional and national competitions around the world. She enjoys photography and design as well as cooking and pinteresting in her spare time.

Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Raven Cortright

Raven is a second-year pre med neuroscience honors and French double major from San Antonio. She’s been involved in yearbook since freshman year of high school and was the editor-in-chief her senior year. Outside of classes, she is a competitive rock climber, avid runner, Starbucks barista, food and drink writer for ORANGE Magazine, and a vegan. She loves animals and volunteers at APA often. She lives with my Siberian husky and is forever covered in dog fur.

Design Editor

Jesus Acosta


Photo Editor

Shelby Tauber

Shelby Tauber is the Photo Editor of the Cactus Yearbook. She is a senior and is attempting to complete a degree in Advertising. Shelby has been involved in photography since her first semester at UT, starting as a staff photographer at The Daily Texan. She is currently a photo and multimedia intern at the Austin American-Statesman, and will be a Photo Fellow for the Texas Tribune in the spring semester. In her (very little) free time she enjoys sleeping because she’s usually deprived of it. Shelby’s photo and multimedia portfolio can be viewed at


Copy Editor

Liza Didyk


Social Media Editor

Sydney Thomas

Sydney Thomas is a freshman journalism major from Round Rock, Texas. She enjoys tweeting, That 70’s show, and long walks down Guad. Sydney’s been involved in yearbook since seventh grade, and was Editor in Chief of her high school book. She’s excited to be a part of Cactus and pursue yearbook on a collegiate level. After college she would like to be an astronaut, but that probably won’t happen so maybe she’ll try law school. Hook ‘em!

Digital Records Editor

Sarah Bloodworth

Sarah Bloodworth is Digital Records Editor of Cactus Yearbook. Sarah is a first year journalism student but doesn’t stop at journalistic writing! She writes short stories, poems, and adores any facet of storytelling. Ronald Dahl is her favorite author and you can still see her carrying around a copy of “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” In Sarah’s free time she enjoys gardening and listening to music/podcasts. Lastly, Sarah is proud to be a longhorn and involved in TSM.

Academics & Organizations Section Editor

Sarah Henkel

Sarah is a sophomore at UT, studying Plan II, Public Relations, and Health and Society with the goal of working in the non-profit sector with health communications. She is involved in numerous other organizations on campus, which fuels her love for yearbook as an umbrella representing UT experience. This is her second year working with the Cactus. As a freshman, she wrote several stories and now works as the Academics and Organizations Editor to ensure consistent design and coverage. In high school, she worked as a reporter at Stratford High School in Houston, where she was named Staffer of the Year. She also has experience in all aspects of yearbook production after working on the yearbook staff at the International School of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. Sarah loves how the yearbook serves to immortalize the everyday memories of a year on campus. Yearbook is the perfect combination media, utilizing design and stories to creative a narrative that might not be realized for years to come.

Student Life Section Editor

Alice Cheung

Alice Cheung is a first year chemistry major at UT from the Austin area. When she’s not busy in the lab, she loves writing, photography, design, and video games. Alice has been involved in yearbook since her sophomore year of high school, where she served on the Georgetown High School Aerie staff as a writer, copy editor, and academics editor. Her favorite part of yearbook is the rewarding feeling of seeing the completed product that has required so much time and effort.

Athletics Section Editor

Sam Lin



Assistant Copy Editors

Shannon Carey

Giselle Suazo

Giselle Suazo is a third year student majoring in International Relations & Global Studies and is originally from Honduras. She hopes to change her major to Communication Studies in this upcoming year and pursue a minor in a field that sparks her creativity. Giselle’s interest in yearbook and writing started when she became part of her high school yearbook staff and then moved on to become one of the editors. An avid writer, Giselle has been published by local magazines and newspapers and now creates content for a local real estate company’s blog and manages their social media accounts. Giselle’s ideal career would be one that incorporates her love of writing, social media, fashion, and exploring new places.

16 comments on “STAFF
  1. Would it be possible for you to scan and send me a copy (by E-mail or snail mail) of page 117 of the 1951 edition of the Cactus, which has a picture of my grandfather Carl James Kohler, Jr.? It would mean a great deal to me. Thank you, Philip J. Passantino

  2. Don says:

    After the student has the Cactus picture taken, how is one of the photos selected to go into the yearbook?

    • Cactus says:

      Sorry for such a late reply. The photographer actually selects the photo that will appear in the book based off his judgment and years of experience! You can select to order a specific photo for yourself, though.

  3. Kyle Walker says:

    I ordered the yearbook when I went in to take the yearbook pictures in March. The price was added to my what I owe which has been paid off. When, where and how can I expect my copy to get to me? Do i pick it up? Is it mailed?

    • Cactus says:

      @ Kyle
      Thanks for purchasing the 2013 Cactus! We are still wrapping up our coverage of the year’s final events, so you can expect to receive your copy of Cactus at your permanent address in late August.

  4. Sharon Teague says:

    I paid for my Cactus Yearbook because I graduated this May of 2013. I paid for it and I have never received it? Can someone help me out, tell me who to contact? There is no phone number or email address online.

    • Cactus says:

      Hi! The 2012-2013 yearbook is still in production and so will not be delivered until late August to your permanent address (the address you provided on the Cactus order form). Thanks for purchasing a Cactus!

  5. cathy says:

    where and when do students get their pictures taken for the 2013-2014 yearbook?

    • Cactus says:

      Hi Cathy,

      We will have two photo studios this year: one in October and one in March before spring break. We do not have the specifics worked out just yet, but please check back with our website when those dates draw near for more information! Thank you!

  6. angela says:

    In the 1909 Cactus can you explain what is means to be listed as “wearers of the T”?

    • Virginia Albert says:

      According to the Alcade Volume 2 Issue 6, “a wearer of the T” is someone who has made a varsity sports team at UT and has represented the university in intercollegiate sports by wearing the T, which stands for Texas.

  7. cathy says:

    When and where are the 2015 cactus photos going to be taken?

    • Teresa Cagle says:

      Unfortunately this year’s edition did not include student portraits. Sorry for the late response!

  8. Cameron Ginnings says:

    When and where will cactus yearbook photos be taken for 2015-2016?

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