The Purbalite

2017-2018 Staff

Justin Pollard

Staff Writer

Justin Pollard is a sophomore and a first-year staff writer for the purbalite. He can be found in the forest chilling with his fellow trees or on the ice rink playing hockey.

Jenny Joyce

Staff Writer

Freshman Jenny Joyce is a first-year staff member for the Purbalite. She can be found running on the track with her fellow track friends, or eating and binge watching Netflix.

Austin Bechtold

Staff Writer

Austin Bechtold is a junior and this is his first year on the Purbalite. He can be found on the boys volleyball team, at major sporting events, and constantly debating with others on sports topics. ...

Jaiman White

Staff Writer

Jaiman White is a sophomore and this is his first year on The Purbalite staff. If he’s not in a pick-up game of some kind, he’s probably listening to Jimi Hendrix or the Beastie Boys. You may also find him perfecting the Jh...

Brenna Green

Staff Writer

Brenna is a senior and this is her second year writing for the Purbalite. She loves to avoid doing schoolwork while stressing about her grades. She will be asleep after school and then up all night completing the work she avoided...

Brianna Rodriguez

Staff Writer

Sophomore Brianna Rodriguez is a first-year staff writer for the Purbalite. She can be found dancing to trap music or Spanish reggae.

Jack O'Brien

Staff Writer

Jack O’Brien is a senior and first-year staff writer for the Purbalite. He plays inline hockey and lacrosse. Watching sports such as hockey, football, baseball and basketball take up most of his free time. If there’s one thi...

Mitch Davis

Staff Writer

Mitch Davis is a sophomore and first-year staff writer. He enjoys watching sports, listening to music, and playing hockey. He can be found listening to music, procrastinating, and talking about why Connor McDavid is not the b...

Tyler Zeman

Staff Writer

Tyler is a sophomore and this is his first year as a Purpalite staff writer. He can be found on the field practicing or playing soccer with friends.

Adam Goldsboro

Staff Writer

Adam Goldsboro is a sophomore and this is his first year on The Purbalite staff. He can be found on the basketball court or the soccer field.

Timmy Stinelli

Staff Writer

Tim is a junior and a second-year writer for the Purbalite. He loves writing music reviews and sport stories.

Eli Achtzehn

Staff Writer

Eli Achtzehn is a sophomore and first-year staff writer. He enjoys playing the drums and can be found on the lacrosse field or in your heart.

Grace Esposito

Staff Writer

Grace Esposito is a sophomore and first-year staff writer for the Purbalite. You can usually find her singing in the choir or watching Netflix while procrastinating instead of doing her homework. She enjoys reading and long wal...

Jessica Abt

Staff Writer

Jessica Abt is a junior and is a first-year staff writer. She loves music, especially Fetty Wap and Mozart. She will always be willing to chat about Harry Potter conspiracies as long as it's with a cup of chai tea....

Cassie Snyder

Staff Writer

Cassie is a sophomore and this is her first year as a staff writer for the Purbalite. She participates in the color guard and school musical. You can often find her quoting The Office and doing the robot to early 2000s pop songs....

Taylor Donahue

Photo Editor

Senior Taylor Donahue is a third-year staff member and second-year photography editor for The Purbalite. She can be found waiting 20+ hours outside of a concert venue for literally any random concert.  She is never not complaining ...

Zoe Vongtau

News Editor

Senior News editor Zoe Vongtau is a third-year staff member who does not want to say how much she spent at the merch booth at the Harry Styles concert. She will, however, spend hours recommending that you listen to Rex Orange C...

Mandi Bruni

Staff Writer

Senior Mandi Bruni is in her third year on the Purbalite.  She is an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan and loves strong coffee and small dogs.  

Flynn Travers

Staff Writer

Flynn Travers is a junior and a second-year staff writer for the Purbalite. He plays basketball and watches anything sports-related. He also enjoys watching TV shows and movies.

Paige Crawley

Photo Editor

Photo Editor Paige Crawley is a junior and second-year staff writer.  She probably likes lizards and her Canon 80D more than she likes you.  She also probably spends more time playing with Photoshop than doing her homework....

Areanna Bivens

Photo Editor

Photo Editor Areanna Bivens, a senior, is in her second year on the staff. She enjoys reading and writing in her free time. In any other time she has left over from writing books and poems she will be wasting away her life watchi...

Liam Belan

Staff Writer

Liam is a junior and a second-year staff writer on the Purbalite. He plays soccer and is constantly watching or playing sports. He also enjoys video games and music.

Nathan Bresinger

Staff Writer

Nathan is a junior and a second-year staff writer. He plays hockey and baseball and he can be found watching, listening, or talking about Pittsburgh sports.

Mackenzie Sendro

Staff Writer

MacKenzie Sendro is a junior and second-year staff writer. She can either be found binge-watching any series on Netflix, or taking pictures to update her Instagram. She is mainly known for her obsession with dogs, and proof of this ca...

Morgan Ott

Video Editor

Morgan Ott is a senior and this is her second year on the Purbalite. She is video editor for the website. You can find her listening to Hannah Montana and the High School Musical soundtracks with her fellow editors. ...

Prudence Nowicki

Copy Chief

Prudence is a junior and a second-year copy chief. She enjoys editing pictures and videos, and in her free time can mostly be found playing Kingdom Hearts or writing fan fiction.

Jarrod Chermely

Staff Writer

Jarrod Chermely is a junior and second-year staff writer. He is creative and obsessed with politics and music. He loves writing, punk rock, animals and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is uncertain what career he wants to pursue at th...

Sarah Fader

Web Editor

Fades is a senior and a third-year staff writer. She loves Percy Jackson novels and obsesses  several other fandoms: Marvel, Flash, and Voltron among them. She can usually be found on a chair with wheels and refuses to get off i...

Savannah Nguyen

Web Editor

Web editor Savannah is a senior and this is her second-year on the Purbalite. She plays saxophone for the marching band and does anything involving band. She can be found listening to a random punk band or talking nonstop about e...

Erin Fader

Copy Chief

Erin Fader is a sophomore and the copy chief for the Purbalite. You can usually find her either cheering on the Baldwin Highlanders or sitting in a cocoon of blankets reading fan fiction. She also enjoys anything having to do wi...

Johnny Staley

Staff Writer

Johnny is a junior and a first-year staff writer on the Purbalite. He plays basketball and loves watching sports in his free time. He likes to write sports stories.  

Rachel Stofanak

Staff Writer

Rachel is a junior and first-year staff writer on the Purbalite. She spends her summers living in the woods and going by Echo and her school years doing homework and going by Barb.

Devon Schroeder

Staff Writer

Devon Schroeder is a junior and first-year staff writer for the Purbalite. She can be found running both on the track and away from her responsibilities.

Anamarie Martinez

News Editor

News Editor Anamarie Martinez is a junior and this is her second year on the Purbalite. She can be found binge-watching Netflix instead of doing her homework. She is known for changing her lipstick 13 times a day. ...

Natalie Zgurich

Sports Editor

Sports Editor Natalie Zgurich is a junior and in her second year on the Purbalite. She is most likely on the tennis court or walking her dog. She also can be found watching hockey while procrastinating homework.  ...

Nick Pouch

Staff Writer

Nick is a second-year staff writer and is part of the sports broadcasting team. He can be found on the boys volleyball team or playing the saxophone in the marching band. He is also a huge Pittsburgh sports fan....

Trish Esposito

Staff Writer

Trish Esposito is a senior and this is her second year on the Purbalite as a staff writer. She loves reading, watching and critiquing films, and writing fiction as well as editorials.

Avery Greenaway

Web Editor

Avery is a junior and this is her second year on the Purbalite. She’s always in the mood for some quality sushi, and is very adamant about her preference to High School Musical 2 over the other movies in the trilogy. She lo...

Arlen Hooks

Sports Editor

Arlen is a senior and a third-year staff writer. You can catch him dancing to the music in his head, or constantly checking his followers on his Instagram “fan page.”

Elizabeth Solenday

Design Editor

Elizabeth is a junior and this is her third year on the Purbalite. She can be found twirling flags in the color guard or singing songs in the musical. She is obsessed with all things New York City and has a severe shopping addiction.

Michaela Cavataio

Features Editor

Michaela is a senior. This is her third year on staff and second as a features editor. She can be found in the back room belting out to "Sneaker Night" with her best friends Morgan and Rebecca or stressing about the music and...

Rebecca Case

Features Editor

Rebecca Case is a senior and a third-year staff member. Besides reading and listening to music, she also enjoys singing and acting out all of the High School Musical movies.

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