The Spotlight

2016-2017 Staff

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...

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...

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...

Rachael Borelli

Rachael Borelli began her senior year as a first-year staff reporter, but finished it as one of the co-editors of the opinion section. Just as quickly as her Spotlight staff career began, it ihas come to a close as she prepares to begin the next chapter of her life in college. As a member of the Spotlight staff, Rachael covered everything from the school play, to global warming, to opinion article...

Caitlin Roth

Caitlin Roth, a second-year staff member, has followed an unusual path towards success at the Spotlight. Her first year on staff, as a junior, Caitlin was a photographer and left the occasional movie review in the entertainment section. As a senior, Caitlin officially became a full-fledged staff reporter, and joined fellow senior Rachel Borelli as co-editor of the opinion section. “I feel like my 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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sarah Jacobson

Senior Sarah Jacobson is a third-year staff reporter, former Our World editor, and current Editor-in-Chief of the Spotlight. She is also the head of social media for Feminist Student Union (FSU), co-president of the art and literary club, member of the National Honor Society, and a Girl Scout. When she’s not in school, Sarah loves reading, traveling, and hanging out with her friends. Her most uniq...

Bridgette Lang

Senior Bridgette Lang is a third-year staff reporter and former features editor, now serving as opinion and our world editor for the Spotlight. In addition, Bridgette is the president of the Feminist Student Union, co-founder of the Southern Lehigh chapter of JSA, a member of the speech and debate team, track and field team, and the National Honor Society, as well as an advisor to the board of Girl...

Quinn Schmidt

Senior Quinn Schmidt is a third-year  staff reporter and second-year entertainment editor for the Spotlight. This year he also stepped up to fill the role of sports editor, following in the footsteps of Southern Lehigh legend Townsend Colley. He loves to write, and wants to focus on sports and entertainment articles. Outside of the newsroom, Quinn is a member of the student council and Southern Le...

Maggie Moerder

Junior Maggie Moerder is a second-year photographer for The Spotlight. In addition to the Spotlight, Maggie participates in robotics and plays violin in the orchestra. She enjoys taking pictures, reading, going on walks, and traveling. In the future, Maggie would like to attend college to become a nurse.

Ashley Jann

After serving as a staff reporter her freshman year, then taking a two-year break from the Spotlight, Ashley Jann joined the newspaper staff once again for her senior year.  “I want to go out with a bang," Jann said. "I got to go full circle." Ashley has also participated throughout high school a member of the Key Club. Before leaving to attend Delaware Valley University next fall, sh...

Ben Baca

Senior Ben Baca is a second-year staff reporter for the Spotlight. He is into movies and likes to watch classics such as “Jurassic Park,” “Shawshank Redemption,” “Godfather,” and “It's a Wonderful Life.” Ben enjoys animated productions, such as “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” and “Batman: The Animated Series”. He also spends time playing video games such as “Sonic t...

Sarah Walters

Sophomore Sarah Walters is a first-year staff reporter for the Spotlight. In addition to writing for the newspaper, Sarah participates in the Art & Literary Society and the Photography Club. Outside of school, she enjoys meditating, and playing the clarinet, guitar, and ukulele. She is also currently learning sign language. Sarah takes joy in writing opinion articles and poems. In the future, she h...

Aries Baringer

Sophomore Aries Baringer is a first-year staff member for The Spotlight. She is also involved in the Key Club. Her hobbies include listening to music, drawing and painting, spending time with family and friends, and reading. She has an impressive selection of fantasy novels, and the author she has read most is Lisa McMann. Aries also enjoys watching her favorite hockey team, the Flyers. In her spare ...

Karin Naktin

Senior Karin Naktin is a second-year photographer for the Spotlight. She is also involved in the Feminist Student Union and the Animal Rights Activist Club. Outside of school, she participates in intramural soccer. In her free time, she likes hiking, playing with her Australian cattle dog, and cooking. In addition to all of her other activities, she enjoys spending time with friends and her family. In...

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