The Purbalite

2015-2016 Staff

Elizabeth Solenday

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.

Katie Zemaitis

Katie Zemaitis   Katie is a junior and a first-year staff writer. She is known for her ability to rap every word to “Bonfire” by Childish Gambino, and her cause of death will probably be an overdose of Bruegger’s...

Jeff Wallander

Jeff Wallander   Jeff is a senior and first-year writer who is currently deciding whether to go to Duquesne or Dayton. Jeff spends his free time playing basketball and volleyball with friends and teammates. He was a...

Zoe Vongtau

Zoe Vongtau   Zoe is a sophomore and a first-year Purbalite staff writer. She is not that kind of One Direction fan. She is a lover of old music and new spaghetti. Beware of standing closer than four feet to her when...

Allison Stinelli

Allison Stinelli   Allison is a junior and a first-year staff writer of the Purbalite. She rarely has anything to say.

Brianna Staley

Brianna Staley   Bree is a junior and a first-year staff writer for the Purbalite. Most people know her as the girl who got asked to homecoming in Mr. Saras’ office her sophomore year

Elizabeth Solenday

Elizabeth Solenday   Elizabeth is a freshman and a first-year staff writer. 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...

Michael Silvestre

Michael Silvestre   Mike is a junior and a second-year staff writer on the Purbalite.  He has been to 11 major league baseball ballparks and plans to attend a game at all 30.

Alexis Siatkowski

Alexis Siatkowski   Alexis is a senior and a first-year staff writer. She can be found with a chai latte in her hand at all times. She is famous for her ability to somehow be covered in glitter at all times, and enjoys...

Nick Romack

Nick Romack   Nick is a junior, and this is his second year working on the Purbalite. He also is the president of Baldwin’s video club.  When he is not writing or filming, he can be found listening to strange music,...

C.J. Norwood

C.J. Norwood   C.J. is a junior and a second-year staff writer and comics artist.  He enjoys making music and designing clothes. His music can be found on Soundcloud @SupremeDeities.

Carly Lutz

Carly Lutz   Carly is a senior staff writer for the Purbalite. She spends the majority of her time on the basketball court. When she’s not playing basketball she is serving doughnuts and coffee at Dunkin' Donuts.

Annalee Kwiatkowski

Annalee Kwiatkowski   Annalee enjoys reading, writing, eating any food in sight, and singing in her free time. She plans to become an investigative reporter one day. Right now, she spends most time with her friends...

Erica Koenig

Erica Koenig   Erica is a princess who wears running shoes or character shoes depending on the season. A senior and a first-year Purb staffer, she does not enjoy being an armrest for her tall friends but enjoys taking...

Colton Hurley

Colton Hurley   Colton is a junior and a second year staff writer. He loves fast-paced sports and drag racing on the weekends.

Arlen Hooks

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

Andrea Henderson

Andrea Henderson   Andrea is a junior and a first-year staff writer who is the backbone of the entire Eat’n Park corporation. She currently is searching for the perfect mate who will sip peppermint hot chocolates...

Emilee Gruntz

Emilee Gruntz   Emilee is a junior and first-year staff writer who is currently the only ginger on the Purbalite. She is in debt to Andrea Henderson, whom she owes $25 in Pacsun bucks.

Jake Fowler

Jake Fowler   Jake is a junior and a first-year Purbalite staff member. If he doesn’t finish this, he may not make it to a second year on staff.

Cody Flavell

Cody Flavell   Cody loves to play video games and play sports. During the summertime, you can find him as far away from school as possible and being active with his friends.

Olivia Farmer

Olivia Farmer   Olivia is a sophomore and this is her first year on the Purbalite staff.  In her free time, she procrastinates doing homework and instead watches Netflix and online shops.

Sarah Fader

Sarah Fader   Sarah Fader is a sophomore and a first-year staff writer. She loves PJO and HoO (Google it). She can usually be found on a chair with wheels and refuses to get off it unless absolutely necessary.

Alana Eckels

Alana Eckels   Alana is a sophomore and this is her first year on the Purbalite staff. She is known as Egg thanks to an Intro to Journalism headline written by Becky Case. She also believes that she is practically a...

Emma Dowker

Emma Dowker   Emma Dowker is a junior and a first-year staff writer on the Purbalite. She knows too much about politics and was voted most likely to fall up a flight of stairs in the eighth grade.

Taylor Donahue

Taylor Donahue   Taylor Donahue is a sophomore and a first-year Purbalite staff writer. Contrary to popular belief, she will always love One Direction. She also knows every word to every Twenty One Pilots song. When...

Brittany Chalmers

Brittany Chalmers   Brittany Chalmers is a junior and a first-year staff writer. She can be found guarding lives at the local LA Fitness, eating Eat’n Park onion rings, or spending her life’s savings at Sephora.

Michaela Cavataio

Michaela Cavataio   Michaela is a sophomore and first-year staff writer. She plays soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.  Her best friend is very mean.

Rebecca Case

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

Amanda Bruni

Amanda Bruni   Mandi is in her first year as a Purbalite staff writer. Mandi can often be found spending her life’s savings on uncrustables and updating her self-proclaimed “gangster” Instagram profile: @amandaj...

Isabel Bierwirth

Isabel Bierwirth   Isabel is a junior and first-year Purbalite staffer. Since August 2015 she has been exploring American high school life as a German exchange student. She can often be found somewhere around the track...

Maddie Becker

Maddie Becker   Senior Maddie Becker is a first-year staff writer. She can be found anywhere C.J. Norwood and the rest of the fam are. Just look for the black Kia Soul.

Laura Basciotta

Laura Basciotta   Laura Basciotta is a junior and first-year staff writer who can be found at Armstrong’s on Mondays and Fridays. She got into a car accident her freshman year on the way to the Drake concert, but...

Tori Hochendoner

Tori Hochendoner   Senior Tori Hochendoner’s life has been changed by Kohl’s and its employee discount. A third-year Purb staffer, she is famous for her fancy dance turns and curly hair. She is a sizzling single...

Samantha Stark

Samantha Stark   Samantha Stark is a senior Internet editor for the Purbalite. She loves sushi and Star Wars. Her favorite show is Breaking Bad and she loves to spend her free time with her dogs, Copper and Rosie. //...

Morgan Schaming

Morgan Schaming   Morgan Schaming is a senior Internet editor in her second year on the Purbalite. She enjoys pretending to be a Gossip Girl character, stressing over her future college, and updating her dog’s Instagra...

Lauren Schugg

Lauren Schugg   Senior Lauren Schugg, a third-year staff writer and first-year Design Editor, is mostly famous for her Instagram @laur_rawrr. She can check you out at the local Kohl’s. She’s an ex-Taco Bell employee,...

Rachel Ferrari

Rachel Ferrari   Rachel Ferrari is a senior who enjoys debating politics, riding horses, and reading British literature. This is Rachel’s second year on the newspaper and first year as Copy Chief. Follow her on Twitter...

Leanne Wilson

Leanne Wilson   Leanne is a senior who attempts to excel at singing, acting, and writing newspaper stories. She can often be found working at your local McGinnis Sisters or on a date with the principal’s son. This...

Maggie Hines

Maggie Hines   When she isn’t at band practice, Photography Editor Maggie Hines can be found lurking the halls of Baldwin, listening to music. Do not approach her while she is listening to My Chemical Romance or the...

Jess Dini

Jess Dini   Photography Editor Jess Dini can be found filtering pics of her food on VSCO for her Instagram. She can also be spotted sporting the latest Gap fashion while also tweeting useless things. A senior and second-year...

Julia DeGregorio

Julia DeGregorio   Julia DeGregorio has the sensibilities of a 95-year-old woman who enjoys tea, reading and classic movies. She likes to pretend she’s good at music and is a member of the Baldwinaires and drama club....

Alex Butelli

Alex Butelli   Alex Butelli is in his second year on the Purbalite and first year as a features editor. He enjoys listening to music and eating chicken fingers. Alex spends free time driving his Hyundai and playing ...

Alex Bartman

Alex Bartman   Senior Alex Bartman is in his first year on the Purbalite staff and first year as a sports editor. He is a freak for the arts and worships movies, TV, writing, reading, Quentin Tarantino, Che, Gonzo journalism,...

Mikaela Thorne

Mikaela Thorne   Mikaela is a senior. This is her second year on the Purbalite staff and her first year as sports editor. She enjoys playing with Photoshop: Even though she has no idea what she is doing, it usually...

Jack Hillgrove

Jack Hillgrove : Jack is a junior and a sports editor. He is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and hopes to pursue a career in sports broadcasting.

Laura Harper

Laura Harper   Laura can often be found sitting at her laptop freaking out about ad dimensions. If someone messes with her ad setup, or talks to her while she’s listening to Fall Out Boy, she has a tendency to get...

Allison Perston

Allison Perston     Allison Perston likes to DIY herself through life with a “bread roll” in hand. Baby carrots are her one and only passion. She twirls flags in the color guard and is probably too busy...

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