The Spotlight

2023-2024 Staff

Kishore Annambhotla
Editor-in-Chief

Kishore Annambhotla

Senior Kishore Annambhotla has dedicated four years to Southern Lehigh High School’s Spotlight newspaper. Three of those years he spent in editorial positions, as Our World and Entertainment editor his sophomore year and editor-in-chief his junior and senior years. He feels these positions have helped him inspire his peers and impact his school for the better. “The clubs I've been a part of have taught...

Gianna Cusumano
Features Editor

Gianna Cusumano

Junior Gianna Cusumano is a third-year staff reporter and the current Features editor of Spotlight. She is the vice president of her class, the treasurer of Habitat of Humanity, along with being involved in National Honors Society and Mini-Thon. Her hobbies include swimming, writing, and reading. She swims yearound for the high school team and a club team. One of her favorite films is the rom-com C...

Morgan Downing
Opinion Editor

Morgan Downing

Junior Morgan Downing is a third-year staff reporter and second-year Opinion editor for the Spotlight. She plays an active role in the No Place for Hate leadership team,  Student Council, Angel 34, Ecology Club, French Club, and NHS.  She also volunteers for the Lehigh Valley Youth Council. Outside of school, Morgan enjoys traveling, hiking, listening to  music, and film photography. After high sc...

Christiana Lycette
News Editor

Christiana Lycette

Senior Christiana Lycette, a third-year reporter for The Spotlight and a second-year news editor, originally joined the newspaper during her sophomore year to improve her writing skills and get more involved with the school community. Contributing many of her own pieces to the paper, Christiana is most proud of “New policies roll out at Southern Lehigh HS” and “SLHS Angel 34 Club gives back for th...

Sophia Lycette
Sports Editor

Sophia Lycette

Senior Sophia Lycette has been part of the Spotlight newspaper staff for three years, and she has spent two of those years as the Sports editor. As she graduates, and leaves the Spotlight behind, she welcomes the new experiences college will bring.  Sophia joined the Spotlight her sophomore year, wanting to try out a new elective. After participating in chorus freshman year, she realized she didn’t...

Kelcie Wagner
Entertainment Editor

Kelcie Wagner

Junior Kelcie Wagner is a third-year staff reporter and the current Entertainment editor. She is a part of fall cheerleading, winter track and field, and spring track and field. She is also involved in Varsity Club, Mini Thon, Angel 34, and Student Council. Outside of school, Kelcie enjoys baking and cooking, and watching her favorite show, “The Rookie.” In the future, Kelcie plans to attend college,...

Alexis Behrens
Assistant Editor-in-Chief and Our World Editor

Alexis Behrens

Junior Alexis Behrens is a third year staff reporter and the new Assistant Editor-in-Chief. In addition to serving as a Spartan Ambassador and a member of NHS, she is also involved in Teen Counseling, Student Council, and Athletes Against Hunger. Outside of school, Alexis enjoys traveling, reading, and paddle boarding. After high school, she aspires to attend Georgetown University and study internatio...

Isabelle Johnson
Social Media and Web Editor

Isabelle Johnson

Throughout her time at Southern Lehigh, Isabelle Johnson has been a dedicated student-athlete and active member of her community. After spending three years with The Spotlight and becoming the social media and web editor, Izzy will graduate in May. She is excited to enter the next chapter of her life and plans to attend Lafayette College. There, she will major in neuroscience and swim for their Division I p...

Nicole Zweifel
Staff Reporter

Nicole Zweifel

Throughout her last four years at Southern Lehigh, senior Nicole Zweifel has played a vital role in Southern Lehigh’s three publications. She served for two years as co-president of the Art and Literary Club which produces the annual Art and Literary Magazine, collaborated as a member of the Solehian yearbook staff, and reported for the Spotlight student newspaper during her senior year. “I...

Vivienne Speranza
Staff Reporter

Vivienne Speranza

Freshman Vivienne Speranza is a first-year staff reporter for the Spotlight. She participates in volleyball and also plans on joining a few clubs this year including FSA, Angel 34, and Mini-Thon. Outside of school, Vivienne enjoys reading young adult fiction novels and cooking a variety of foods. In the future, she plans on attending college, possibly majoring in psychology or journalism....

Tommy Morris
Staff Reporter

Tommy Morris

Senior Tommy Morris is a first-year staff reporter for the Spotlight and has contributed five articles to the newspaper. He enjoys being creative and is thankful for the outlet writing gives him to express himself and learn more about the school.  “I joined the Spotlight because I have always had an interest in writing and creativity,” Morris said. “Journalism truly is a great way to expr...

Avi Shah
Staff Reporter

Avi Shah

Sophomore Avi Shah is a first-year staff reporter for the Spotlight. Avi is a member of MiniTHON, Student Council, Fashion Club, FBLA, Angel 34, as well as varsity tennis and swim. Outside of being very involved with the school, Avi enjoys playing golf and generally spending time with friends. In the future, Avi plans to attend college in pursuit of a career in medicine.

Talan Canzano
Staff Reporter

Talan Canzano

Junior Talan Canzano is a first-year staff reporter. In school, he is a part of the Golf team. He is also a part of Angel 34, FBLA, and Teen Counseling. His favorite show is Game of Thrones and his favorite movie is Goodfellas. Talan likes to travel and hang out with friends. In the future, he wants to pursue cyber security.

Luke Fisher
Staff Reporter

Luke Fisher

Luke Fisher is a first-year staff reporter for the Spotlight who primarily wrote entertainment articles during the 2023-2024 school year. Fisher was also a huge contributor to the newspaper when it came to sports, whether it was reporting on the status of our teams or taking incredible action shots. Luke admits he joined the class senior year to be with friends, but his writing made him feel ac...

William Wenrich-Quinones
Staff Reporter

William Wenrich-Quinones

Struggling to fill his courses and looking for a fun elective with his friends, William Wenrich-Quinones chose to take Newspaper Journalism and join the Spotlight staff. Now, Will reflects on the time in class spent struggling to understand the “New York Times” games or CNN 10, as well as the fulfilling hours spent working on his many articles.  “I loved it; I just got to do something I ...

Tessa Di Cesare
Staff Reporter

Tessa Di Cesare

Junior Tessa Di Cesare is a first year staff reporter. She is a member of the National Honors Society, Student Council, Mini Thon, and Athletes Against Hunger. She is also a Teen Counselor and a Spartan Ambassador. Tessa is a captain of the Cross Country team and participates in Winter and Spring Track and Field. Her favorite movie The Alpinist and her favorite TV show is Gilmore Girls. After high sc...

Cameron Tyrell
Staff Reporter

Cameron Tyrell

Freshman Cameron Tyrell is a first-year staff reporter for the Spotlight. This year she plans to be involved with Mini Thon, Key Club, Sassy Massey, Varsity Club, and Yearbook. Cameron is also a member of the volleyball team and a dedicated dancer. Her interest for sports goes beyond her extracurriculars as she is considering pursuing a career in sports medicine. When Cameron is not busy with her pa...

Finola Hieter
Staff Reporter

Finola Hieter

Junior Finola Hieter is a first-year staff reporter for the Spotlight. Finola is the social media officer of Fashion Club and participates in Mini-Thon and NHS. In her free time, she enjoys ballet and listening to music, particularly Frank Ocean. In the future, Finola plans on attending college to study journalism. 

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Axel Sorber

Junior Axel Sorber is a first year staff-reporter for the Spotlight. Axel is a member of French Club, No Place for Hate, Spin Club, and Color Guard. Axel was inspired to join the Spotlight due to their long time passion for writing. Writing and a love of traveling influenced Axel to want to become a Foreign Correspondent and to study at a community college after highschool. Outside of a busy school schedu...

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