The Spotlight

2017-2018 Staff

Amanda Simko

Sophomore Amanda Simko is a first-year staff reporter for the Spotlight. Outside of the newspaper, she is involved in clubs such as FCCLA and SADD. She also fosters animals (including a piglet at one point) and volunteers at Last Chance Ranch, an animal rescue in Quakertown. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys writing and photography. She hopes to double major in Journalism and English after graduation in...

Saskia Van’t Hof

Junior Saskia Van’t Hof is a third-year staff reporter and former features editor who is the newest editor-in-chief of the Spotlight. She is also president of Key Club, a spartan ambassador, and plays field hockey for Southern Lehigh. Outside of school, Saskia loves to read, write, play with her dog, and binge-watch Netflix. Saskia grew up in Japan until sixth grade. In the future, she plans on goi...

Jake Bloss

Junior Jake Bloss is a first-year staff reporter for the Spotlight, who enjoys English and history. Outside of school, Jake enjoys making music, playing basketball, and playing video games like “Madden” and the “NBA 2k” franchise. In the future Jake plans on going to school to become a recording engineer.

Kennah Salvo

Senior Kennah Salvo is the features editor and a third-year staff reporter and former news editor for the Spotlight. She is a member of the Feminist Student Union, the Southern Lehigh chapter of the National Honor Society, and WSOL.  She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and piano, and playing with her dogs and brothers. 

Billy Duffy

Junior Billy Duffy is a first-year contributor for the Spotlight. Aside from the newspaper, he is involved in Key Club and Student Council, and is on the Southern Lehigh baseball team. Outside of Southern Lehigh, he aspires to major in business, and own his own business sometime in the future. His favorite quote would be “You have to fail before you succeed” by baseball athlete Reggie Jackson....

Erin Noneman

Junior Erin Noneman is a first-year staff reporter for the Spotlight. She is also a member of the Feminist Student Union and the Literary Arts Club. She is passionate about art and baking as well as writing. In the future she would like to further her academic career in college, and someday go on to be a teacher.

Griffin Schmoyer

Senior Griffin Schmoyer is a second-year staff reporter and social media editor for the Spotlight. He has attended Southern Lehigh since kindergarten, and his favorite subjects are History and French. He enjoys playing video games like “The Legend of Zelda” and “FIFA,” listening to music, watching anime, and reading and hearing about all kinds of sports news. Griffin wants to someday attend...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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