The Spotlight

2012-2013 Staff

Tyler Martin

Tyler Martin is a first-year reporter for the Spotlight. Outside of the Spotlight, Tyler was a member of the football team, performed in musicals, competed in weightlifting, and participated in track and field. In his free time, Tyler enjoys urban kayaking, sleeping, working out, and eating peanut butter sandwiches. Tyler’s achievements vary from earning two varsity letters for football and one ...

Grace Reichard

Grace Reichard is a second-year (non-consecutive) staff reporter for the Spotlight. During high school, she was involved in competition cheerleading, treasurer of the Cake Decorating Club, and the treasurer for the Asian Culture Club. Outside of school, Grace loves doing product reviews, keeping up with the news, and playing tennis. Grace will be attending Pace University in New York City in the ...

Justin Malone

What more can be said of the man who single-handedly tried to make a boat out of duct tape? And by single-handedly I mean with one other person. And by tried, I mean never got around to it. As a senior, this is his first and last year as a member of the newspaper.  In his short tenure with the newspaper, Justin has become well known for his unique writing style. How could one forget the articl...

Emily Tkacik

Emily Tkacik is a first year Spotlight reporter, and, due to her senior status, this will be her last as well. Regular readers of the Spotlight should remember the vast number of Emily’s book reviews in the paper this past year. Emily has read four to six books per week since fifth grade, which comes out to approximately two thousand individual titles read. (And you couldn’t even manage "Brave...

Jenna Weigard

Jenna Weigard is a first year staff reporter and photo editor for the Spotlight. During high school she has participated in NHS, WSOL, and was a two-year member of both the track and field team and cross country team. Outside of school, Jenna loves watching Glee, keeping up on politics, shopping frequently, going on Disney cruises and traveling to Disney world. Jenna will be attending Hofstra Universi...

Lauren Gross

Lauren Gross has been a member of the Spotlight for four years, where she has been a staff reporter, features editor, news editor and managing editor. During high school, Lauren has been a part of varsity and competition cheer leading, WSOL morning announcements,  Teen Counseling, and Varsity Club. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys baking, cooking, crafting, and picking flowers from the garden ...

Casey Anthony

  Casey Anthony has been a part of the Spotlight staff for all of her four years at Southern Lehigh High School. She was the features editor for her sophomore and junior year, and was promoted to the highest spot, editor-in-chief, for her senior year. During high school she was a member of the robotics team, National Honor Society, teen counseling, and Key Club, where she was secretary during ...

Danielle Renner

Danielle Renner has been a member of the Spotlight for two non-consecutive years. Her columns on the op-ed page have always been a topic of discussion because of the honesty and truth she expresses in each one. Outside of the Spotlight, Danielle has been part of varsity and competition cheer, track and field, WSOL, Cake Decorating Club, choir, Meistersingers, and several spring musicals. In addition...

McKenzie Browne

McKenzie Browne was part of the Spotlight Staff for four years and an editor for three. She has made a significant impact on the newspaper as editor of the Entertainment and Features pages. Apart from writing articles and slaving over InDesign, Kenzie boasts an impressive background in the sport of inline speed skating. Since speed skating is not in the Olympics yet, she has to compete to qualif...

Kaitlin Cole

Katie Cole is a four-year member of the Spotlight staff. She began working as the opinion editor her sophomore and has continued in the position ever since. “Our staff is really great, so I have enjoyed working with them and interacting with them for the last couple of years,” Cole said. This fall, Cole will be attending Schreyers Honors College at Penn State University where she will study biochemi...

Cody Heffelfinger

Cody Heffelfinger was a four-year member of the Spotlight staff.  He became the assistant sports editor midway through his freshman year and as a sophomore stepped up to claim the sports editor role, a position he has held for three years.   Cody’s four years at SLHS have been outstanding not only academically but also athletically. He earned three varsity letters for football and two letters for baske...

Anna Simoneau

Anna Simoneau was a member of the Spotlight staff for two years, contributing as a staff reporter, assistant photo editor, and photo editor. During high school, Anna has also been involved in both Key Club and National Honor Society. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, playing on her intramural soccer team, and spending time in the kitchen. Anna claims baking ...

Sarah Lynch

Freshman Sarah Lynch continues to expand her abilities in journalism. Her enthusiasm in working on the newspaper staff as a manager in middle school motivated her to continue working on the newspaper in high school as a staff reporter for the Spotlight. In addition to journalism, she enjoys karate and acting. She has already participated in three plays - Cinderella and Annie (twice) - and intends to...

Alex Baca

In his senior year as web editor, Alex Baca helped revamp our website and made sure that our online community stayed well-informed on all things Southern Lehigh. Alex joined The Spotlight staff as a freshman; however, he took a break from journalism his sophomore year and rejoined his junior year as a staff reporter. “I love having informative conversations in the pub lab and interviewing people,...

Elizabeth Ruth

Junior Elizabeth Ruth is a second-year staff reporter for the Spotlight. She has always had a passion for writing.  She writes her own poems and stories, and some of her poems have been published or received awards.  Elizabeth also plays the piano, sings, swims, and dances. Her dance inspiration is Derek Hough. Her favorite quote is from The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald: “So we beat on,...

Abby Muth

Abby Muth was a Spotlight staff member for twoyears. Throughout this time Abby has been a staff reporter and the website manager. Besides participating in the newspaper, she has also involved her time in the high school’s fall plays and spring musicals. Outside of school, Abby likes to hang out with her friends and enjoy nice weather. When she is not spending time with friends, she likes t...

Jacob Boyer

Jacob Boyer was a member of the Spotlight staff for four years. Last year, he was video co-editor, and stepped up to become the sole video editor for the Spotlight his senior year. Jacob was also on the swim team and played an influential role on the morning announcements, either designing graphics or serving as director. Jacob will attend Kutztown University where he plans to major i...

Ashley Zamichieli

Ashley Zamichieli has been on the Spotlight staff for four years. Starting as a freshman staff reporter, she progressed to features editor in tenth grade, and in during her junior and senior years, she has served as editor of both the news and the our world pages. Ashley participates in many extracurricular activities. She is a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Student Forum, and Stude...

Kylie Schmitt

Kylie Schmitt was part of the Spotlight staff since she was a freshman and an editor since she was a sophomore. She is a three-year center spread editor, and also shared the role of web editor during her senior year. Outside of the student newspaper, Kylie was a member of the Varsity Club, Student Council, French Club, and the National Honor Society. She also participated in winter and spring...

Dana DiGiovanni

Few on the Spotlight staff has been both a reporter and editor for all four years of their high school career-- this all changed when Dana DiGiovanni entered the Spotlight. With her intensive knowledge of InDesign and two-year reign as editor-in-chief, Dana has certainly set an impressive tone and standard for the remaining Spotlight staff. Dana started out her freshman year as a staff reporter, but soon...

Robyn Somers

Robyn Somers was a member of the Spotlight staff for four years, serving as a staff reporter for three years and web editor during her senior year. Throughout high school she was an active member in Young Americans for Freedom. Robyn was also a key member of the winter and spring track and field teams. She went to leagues and districts all four years and won many medals in the 100, 200, and ...

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