The Spotlight

2014-2015 Staff

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...

Izza Choudhry

Senior Izza Choudhry is a four-year staff reporter and former one-year copy editor and one-year news editor, now serving as opinion editor for the Spotlight. Outside of school, Izza enjoys volunteering, reading, attending concerts, and traveling. While Izza is very indecisive about her future career plans, she is definitely planning to major in psychology in college, hopefully at either George Wash...

Jamie Kish

Senior Jamie Kish is a former three-year staff reporter and two-year entertainment editor for the Spotlight. This year Jamie continues to serve as a contributor to the Spotlight as he shifts his focus to pursue his artistic endeavors. He is also involved in the Literary & Art Society. Outside of school, Jamie enjoys playing the guitar, sketching, and listening to music. After high school, he ho...

Elizabeth Thom

Lizzi Thom was a member of the Spotlight staff for two years. During her senior year, she took on the role as copy editor.  While she has written many articles for all sections of the paper, perhaps the most memorable are her thought-provoking opinion pieces. In addition to working on the newspaper, Lizzi is also an active member of National Honor Society and the Spanish Club. She also Lizzi ...

Emily Oberlender

Senior Emily Oberlender is a third-year staff member and the current opinion editor for the Spotlight. She previously served for one year as the news editor. Along with writing for the paper, she participates in competition dance, is the fundraising director of the Animal Rights Activists, serves as a teen counselor, and is the president of the Feminist Student Union. In her free time, she enjoys pl...

Grace Glueck

Sophomore Grace Glueck is a first-year staff reporter for the Spotlight. She is also a member of the track team and plays soccer in her free time.  Outside of school, Grace enjoys playing the guitar, reading, and writing.  When she’s not writing her own book trilogy, you can find her in the theatre department or at the school store. Grace is a smart, independent girl who lives life optimistically...

Ana Burris

Senior Ana Burris is a first-year contributor for the Spotlight. She also serves as a teen counselor and member of the Key Club, helping to make both the school and the world a better place. Piano is one of Ana’s passions, and she has played diligently for eight years. An aspiring photographer, Ana hopes to one day attend NYU to major in journalism. In her free time, Ana loves listening to the music...

Sarah Trebicka

Senior Sarah Trebicka is a four-year staff reporter and former two-year Our World editor, now serving as editor-in-chief for the Spotlight. In addition to the newspaper, this year she’s also part of the Spartan News and National Honor Society. She is fluent in Albanian, and loves traveling (especially to Europe) and learning about different cultures. Her favorite place in the world is Italy. In her f...

Danielle Alpert

Senior Danielle Alpert four-year staff reporter and former two-year center spread editor, now serving as news editor for the Spotlight. In addition to the newspaper, she is a teen counselor at SLHS, and she has been dancing for 14 years. She likes to spend time with her family, even though her brothers annoy her. Her interests include traveling, rock-climbing, and disc golf. In the future she hopes t...

Sarah Marks

Sarah Marks was a member of the Spotlight staff for one year.  After taking the Introduction to Journalism course in the fall, she combined her journalism and mass media skills and put them to use as the staff videographer during the spring semester. Her favorite part about journalism was participating in the Intro to Journalism course. Sarah is also a member of the Literary and Art Society, School t...

Townsend Colley

Senior Townsend Colley is a four-year staff reporter and third-year sports editor for the Spotlight. In addition to writing for the newspaper, he plays varsity football. One of his favorite things to do is sit down on a Saturday morning and watch College Gameday Live and not get up until around 4:00 because he watches college football all day. He is a firm believer that Baker Mayfield is God’s gift ...

Emily Kasarda

Senior Emily Kasarda is a second-year staff member and current video editor for the Spotlight.  She enjoys photography, writing fiction, and playing the ukelele. Emily plays on the lacrosse team and is a member of the National Honor Society. In the future, Emily would like to continue a career in writing.  Journalism is her first choice, but she is also interested in writing fiction or writing fo...

Ryan Santos

Junior Ryan Santos is a first-year contributor for the Spotlight. He is also a member of the SLHS golf team. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing video games, watching comedy movies, and watching Boston sports. He listens to Skrillex, AC/DC, Eminem and Chief Keef. In the future, Ryan plans to attend Florida State University for hospitality and business management.

Katie Youngs

Junior Katie Youngs is a first-year contributor for the Spotlight.  She loves creative writing and eventually hopes to have some of her stories and poetry published. Katie’s been a dancer since she was two years old. She is also a part of the Literature & Art Club. Her favorite quote is “Maybe theres something you’re afraid to say, Or someone you’re afraid to love, or Somewhere you’re...

Mitchell McColl

Junior Mitchell McColl is a first-year contributor for the Spotlight. He also plays both varsity and club soccer, and is a member of Key Club, Varsity Club, and Student Council. A dedicated fan, he likes to attend many school sporting events.  Mitchell’s favorite lunch is honey smoked turkey. He loves his family and his dog very much, and looks forward to family game night. While he is a winner...

Anna Esposito

Senior Anna Esposito was a two-year staff reporter for the Spotlight. In addition to being on the Spotlight student newspaper staff, she was a part of the Solehian yearbook staff both her freshman and senior years. Anna loves going to school events, especially the football games she attended to support her boyfriend who was a member of the team. She really enjoyed dressing up for the themes th...

Allison Borelli

Allison Borelli graduates as a four-year Spotlight staff member. She has been a student reporter all four years, and features editor for two. Outside of the Spotlight, Allison participated in teen counseling for three years, Key Club for one year, National Honor Society, Literary and Arts Club, soccer, and winter and spring track and field. Allison’s favorite classes during her time at Southern...

Jeanne Haverhill

Freshman Jeanne Haverhill is a first year contributor for the Spotlight.  She loves to free write, and enjoys expressing herself in words. Outside of school, Jeanne enjoys riding her horse and participates in the Sea Cadets.  She also holds the title of Miss Junior Teen Pennsylvania.  Jeanne’s dream job is to be a math teacher or join the Navy and believes a great accomplishment would be to make...

Rachel Rutkowski

Freshman Rachel Rutkowski is a first-year staff reporter for the Spotlight. She also likes to free write in her free time.  A fun fact about Rachel is is that she is left-handed but taught herself to write with her right hand. Outside of school, Rachel enjoys horseback riding, soccer, and skiing. She dreams of becoming an Olympic ski racer, and also hopes to attend Temple University one day. Two people...

Talia Trackim

Throughout her four years at Southern Lehigh High School, Talia Trackim has surely established herself as the girl who does it all. She joined the Spotlight staff in her freshman year as a staff reporter, became features editor sophomore year, and has reigned the past two years as editor-in-chief. On top of managing the Spotlight, Talia has also been a member of the speech and debate team for four ye...

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...

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...

Nicole Schroy

Nicole Schroy graduates as a four-year staff member of The Spotlight. In her sophomore year, she was the Arts and Entertainment editor, and she switched roles to being the web editor her junior and senior year. “It is really rewarding,” Schroy said. “We get feedback from other students and [are] the voice for the student body.” This fall Schroy will attend King’s College for their fi...

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...

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 ...

Brandyn Berean

Senior Brandyn Berean was a two-year staff reporter for the Spotlight. In addition to being part of the student newspaper, he also played on the varsity football team for all four years of high school. Brandyn loved being a part of the football team, in fact one of his favorite memories in his high school career was preparing for “war” every Friday night with his teammates. His least favorit...

Preston Amato

Senior Preston Amato is a second-year staff reporter for the Spotlight. He joined the newspaper staff to enhance his writing ability and contribute to the sports page. Preston has played on the varsity baseball team since his freshman year. Last year, he was named second team all-league, second team all area, and nominated for all-state. He is considering several different colleges where he would li...

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...

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,...

Sarah Olson

Freshman Sarah Olson is a first-year staff reporter for the Spotlight.  She also plays soccer and track and field, and she is involved in Key Club and Adventure Club. Sarah's favorite classes are Spanish and Civics and Government.  Outside of school, she likes to hang out with her friends.  She enjoys pop music, and her favorite band is Bastille. Sarah’s main priority for the future is to go...

Corey Janda

Junior Corey Janda is a first-year contributor for the Spotlight. He works at Red Robin in the Promenade Shops as a busser, host, and mascot. In his free time, Corey enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, driving his Mitsubishi Lancer, and listening to music. In the future he plans to own a Mitsubishi Evo.

Casey Asman

Sophomore Casey Asman is an eager second-year staff member and current photo editor for the Spotlight.  In addition to writing for the newspaper, Casey loves sports and was captain of his junior high football team.  Currently, he plays golf for the Southern Lehigh Spartans and is also a member of the varsity baseball team. Casey deems himself as a responsible and determined student athlete.

The student news site of Southern Lehigh High School
Staff