The Purbalite

2016-2017 Staff

Nick Romack

Nick is a senior and a third year member of the Purbalite. He is the newspaper’s first Video Editor and is also a director for the Highlander Highlights News Broadcast. He is interested in film and writing and plans to study...

Timmy Stinelli

Timmy Stinelli is a sophomore and a first-year staff writer for the Purbalite. He enjoys playing video games and watching TV in his free time.

Isaiah Priches

  Senior Isaiah Priches is a first-year member of the Purbalite. He dabbles in the creative arts such as poetry, design, music, and fashion. All his work can be found on Soundcloud @Supreme Deities and [email protected]_prophet333.

Flynn Travers

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

Paige Crawley

Paige Crawley is a sophomore and a first-year staff writer.  She enjoys long walks on the beach -- actually not really, because she prefers to be inside.  She spends her time taking pictures and probably likes her Canon 80D...

Savannah Nguyen

Savannah is a junior and a first year staff writer. 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 the show “The Office”.

Prudence Nowicki

Prudence is a sophomore and a first-year staff writer. She enjoys editing pictures and videos and in her free time can mostly be found playing Kingdom Hearts or writing fanfiction. She probably will have hearing loss at a young...

Zach Winkowski

Zach Winkowski is a senior and first-year staff writer.  Zach enjoys playing sports in his free time. Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup Champion.

Cody Flavell

Cody Flavell is a senior and is entering his third year on staff. Cody enjoys beating his friends in Madden and plays a mean street-hockey goalie.

Anamarie Martinez

Anamarie is a sophomore and first-year staff writer. She can be found binge-watching Netflix instead of doing her homework. She is known for changing her lipstick 13 times a day.

Brenna Green

Brenna is a junior and first-year staff writer. You can catch her on Twitter when she isn’t playing sports, adventuring somewhere, or complaining about school. Although often seen talking to Chris Boyd in class, she promises...

Alana Eckels

Alana Eckels is a junior and this is her second year as staff member on the Purbalite. She keeps a maximum of $20 in her bank account and spends the other $85 to “treat herself”. She also is madly obsessed with G-Eazy and...

Mikayla Davic

Mikayla Davic is a sophomore and a first-year staff writer. She can be found hunched over her laptop writing anything, probably her next musical. She has an obsession with The Office and on a trip to Disney World ate seven ch...

Jarrod Chermely

Jarrod is a sophomore and first-year staff writer. He is creative and too passionate about politics, and has an obsession with dogs. He loves music, animals, writing, hockey, and political arguments. He hopes to have a job as...

Natalie Zgurich

Natalie Zgurich is a sophomore and first-year staff writer on the Purbalite. She is most likely on the tennis court or walking her dog. She can be found watching hockey while procrastinating homework.

Areanna Bivens

Areanna Bivens is a junior and a first-year staff writer. 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 watching Netflix.

Chris Boyd

Chris Boyd is a second-year staff writer in his senior year who finds his way to make any situation a reason to laugh. He loves music and art and strongly dislikes negative opinions along with negative people. He is tired and...

Nick Pouch

Nick is a sophomore and is a first-year staff writer. He plays volleyball and plays the saxophone in the marching band. He enjoys watching sports and playing sport video games.

Liam Belan

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

Thomas Becker

Thomas Becker is a staff writer and this is his second year. He’s very enthusiastic and very creative. He likes to write the news stories and some sports stories and he’s a part of the Purbalite power couple.

Nathan Breisinger

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

MacKenzie Sendro

MacKenzie Sendro is a sophomore and first-year staff writer. She can either be found flipping at the gym, or taking pictures to update her Instagram. She always has her headphones in, but it can be debated that more than half...

Morgan Ott

Morgan Ott is a junior and it’s her first year on the Purbalite. She is a staff writer and can’t imagine the stress of being an editor. She can usually be found trying to run away from her responsibilities.

Katie Zemaitis

Senior Katie Zemaitis is a second-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 Asiago Parmesan bagels...

Zoe Vongtau

This is junior Zoe Vongtau's second-year on the Purbalite. 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 Alright by Kendrick Lamar is...

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.

Mike Silvestre

Mike is a senior and this is Mike’s third year on the Purbalite.  He has been to eleven major league baseball ballparks and plans to attend all thirty.

C.J. Norwood

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

Colton Hurley

Colton Hurley is a senior and this is his third-year on the Purbalite. He loves fast-paced sports and drag racing on the weekends.

Jack Hillgrove

Jack is a senior and a sports editor. He is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and hopes to pursue a career in Sports Broadcasting.

Maggie Hines

When she isn’t at band practice, Maggie can be found lurking the halls of Baldwin with BOTH headphones on. Do not approach her while she is listening to My Chemical Romance or the situation might become dangerous. Maggie is...

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 a little angry. Laura is...

Olivia Farmer

Olivia is a junior and this is her second-year on the Purbalite.  In her free time, she procrastinates doing homework and instead watches Netflix and online shops.

Sarah Fader

Sarah Fader is a junior and a second-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.

Brianna Staley

Bree is a senior and this is her second-year on the Purbalite. Most people know her as the girl who got asked to homecoming year in Mr. Saras’ office her sophomore year

Allison Stinelli

Allison is a senior and a second-year staff writer of the Purbalite. She rarely has anything to say.

Emilee Gruntz

Emilee Gruntz is a senior and this is her second-year on the Purbalite. She is currently the only ginger on the Purbalite. She also is in debt to Andrea Henderson, whom she owes $25 PacSun Bucks.

Andrea Henderson

Andrea Henderson is a senior photography editor. She enjoys updating her dog's Instagram page daily. You can find her at your local Eat'n Park sobbing in the corner

Laura Basciotta

Laura Basciotta is a senior staff writer. She idolizes Beyoncé and Joe Biden. Contrary to popular belief her last name is not pronounced like the Italian cookie.

Emma Dowker

Emma Dowker is a senior and this is her second-year 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.

Mandi Bruni

Mandi is in her second year in the Purbalite.  Mandi can often be found spending her life’s savings on uncrustables and updating her self-proclaimed “gangster” Instagram profile: @amandajbruni.  She can also be spott...

Taylor Donahue

Taylor Donahue is a junior a second-year Purbalite member, and a photography editor. Contrary to popular belief, she will always love One Direction. Along with being a fan of One Direction, she also knows every word to every Twenty...

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