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The Student News Site of Elkhart High School

The PENNANT Online

The Student News Site of Elkhart High School

The PENNANT Online

The Student News Site of Elkhart High School

The PENNANT Online

2021-2022 Staff

Leslie Smith
Adviser

Leslie Smith

With a degree emphasizing both English Literature and Journalism, Mrs. Leslie Smith has been the adviser for The PENNANT Online Newsmagazine (in its many various forms) since 1993. Prior to her taking on this role, she was an editor at The Goshen News. Deciding to turn her attention toward teaching, her first 29 years were spent at Elkhart Central High School--or, more recently, Elkhart High School-East--where...

Amanya Gonzales
Editor-in-Chief PM

Amanya Gonzales

Hi! As a senior, this year is my third ( and last) year with The PENNANT. Throughout the years that I’ve been on staff, so much has changed. However, I am very excited to write this year with a room filled with a lot of new, fresh faces. The past three years have been fun--and at times stressful--but, overall, I am grateful for being able to be a part of The PENNANT staff. ...

Jenny Quintano
Editor-in-Chief AM

Jenny Quintano

Hello, my name is Jenny I am junior at Elkhart High School. I joined The PENNANT during my second semester of freshman year and really loved it. I was never a really strong writer, but this class has definitely helped me. This class provides a lot of freedom to write articles about my interests. My guilty pleasures are listening to Taylor Swift while reading romcoms and watching Marvel movies while c...

Hanna Al-Aloosi
Staff Writer

Hanna Al-Aloosi

Hello! I’m Hanna, and I am a sophomore. This is my first year with The PENNANT, and I really enjoy writing. I believe writing is a universal language in a way and lets everyone communicate with each other. I can’t wait to look into topics that people in the school are interested in and care about. I’m also excited to get to know people of different backgrounds and interests. This is definite...

Kyla Albright
Staff Writer

Kyla Albright

I am Kyla Albright, and I’m a sophomore this year. I haven’t been on the newsmagazine staff in previous years, so this is all new to me. I’m excited for new adventures, and I’m excited to learn new things. Sportswise, I am on the bowling team at Elkhart High School, and I also do track. In track, I specialize in pole vaulting.

Salah Ali
Staff Writer

Salah Ali

Hi! My name is Salah. This is my first year writing for The PENNANT. I’m a sophomore at Elkhart High School. I don’t really know what to expect from this, but hopefully it’ll be a good experience. Let me know what you think of my articles!

Adyan Al-Shamri
Staff Writer

Adyan Al-Shamri

Hi! I’m Adyan Al-Shamir, a sophomore at Elkhart High School. I previously had done Pennant Newsmagazine my freshman year and enjoyed it so much it became my favorite class. I love to read in my free time from anything from mystery to fantasy novels. This year, I am excited to brush up on my writing skills and overall have a good year as part of The PENNANT Online staff. ...

Ashlyn Anderson
Staff Writer

Ashlyn Anderson

This is my first year being involved in The PENNANT. I am a sophomore at Elkhart High. Like so many students in so many classes this semester, I did not choose this class for my schedule, but so far I really enjoy it. Outside of class, I am part of the cross country team and track team. I am also a wrestling manager. As part of the newsmagazine staff, though, I am looking forward to what this class brin...

Kami Bell
Staff Writer

Kami Bell

Hi! My name is Kami. This is my first year doing the newsmagazine. I love to write but was nervous about trying this style of writing; it’s very different from what I’m used to. I really enjoy socializing with students and making their voices heard through articles, so this really is a perfect fit. Due to all of the scheduling issues this year, I didn’t actually choose this class, but I think ...

Casey Brubaker
Staff Writer

Casey Brubaker

Hello! My name is Casey Brubaker. I am a sophomore at Elkhart High School. Like so many in this class, this is my first time being on The PENNANT staff. I honestly didn't think that would get this class, but I did! When not writing, I’m play the violin. It's one of my true passions!

Nakori Cachiguango
Staff Writer

Nakori Cachiguango

Hello! My name is Nakori Cachiguango. I’m a sophomore at Elkhart High. When I found out that I was put into this class, I was pretty nervous. Writing was always something I enjoyed in my free time, but now it’s something that I will get to share with everyone else. Most people describe me as a cheerful and outgoing person. What I mostly enjoy in my free time is to bake and decorate, as well as p...

Lizette Cervantes
Staff Writer

Lizette Cervantes

Hi! My name is Lizette. I’m a sophomore, and this is my first year on the school's newsmagazine staff. I really like this class, and when you like what you're doing, it makes it all seem easy. Writing wasn't really my thing, but now I’m actually starting to enjoy it. I guess it just proves that we sometimes need to step out of our comfort zones!

Ava Decker
Staff Writer

Ava Decker

I am new to The PENNANT. I didn’t choose to be in this class, but I really think I will enjoy it! I am a sophomore at Elkhart High. As a freshman, I went to the East campus. But, of course, now I am on the West Campus with the rest of the sophomores! I am a part of the varsity volleyball team and also a part of track. In this class, I am excited to find new stories and do research about different...

Lilly Ganczak
Staff Writer

Lilly Ganczak

Hello! My name is Lilly Ganczak. I am a sophomore at Elkhart High School, and this is my first semester in The PENNANT. I am eager and optimistic to learn new things in this class. I’m looking forward to informing others about recent topics and events, as well. I play on the school volleyball team, and I’m also involved in the symphony orchestra. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my f...

Jane Gatzemeyer
Staff Writer

Jane Gatzemeyer

Hello! My name is Jane Gatzemeyer, and I am currently a senior at Elkhart High School. I enjoy working and coming to school. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing video games, and listening to music. My favorite book series is Harry Potter; I am a huge fan! I also love superheroes and comics! I am excited to go to college and begin new chapters of my life.

Nathan Hart
Staff Writer

Nathan Hart

Hi! My name is Nathan Hart, and this is my first time taking a class like this. I'm not very good at writing yet, but I'll try my best! To be honest, I got put into this class because they didn’t have a spot for me in weight lifting, but I do have an interest in writing and publishing papers. Outside of school, I wrestle, play baseball, and weight lift because I believe that physical fitness is very...

Monteza Juhasz
Staff Writer

Monteza Juhasz

Hello! My name is Monteza Juhasz. I am a junior at Elkhart High School. I moved from Saginaw, Michigan, to Elkhart in December of last year. I am originally from Elkhart, but I have moved away many times. I’ve lived in Texas, Michigan, Mexico, Indiana, and Oklahoma. I moved around a lot when I was a kid, but I am finally back home and ready to finish up high school. I enjoy working and hanging out...

Elena Krueper
Staff Writer

Elena Krueper

Hey, everyone! My name is Elena Krueper, and I am a sophomore this year. I joined the newsmagazine staff because I love to write and discuss topics that I’m passionate about. Over the next few months, I’m hoping to find my niche and see what writing style fits me best. Although I may seem quiet, I’m actually quite friendly and outgoing once people get to know me. In my free time, I enjoy playin...

Aryejah Kyle
Staff Writer

Aryejah Kyle

Hi! My name is Aryejah Kyle. This is my first year in the newsmagazine writing class. I’m a sophomore, and I'm very excited to be in this class so that I can see how many new things I can learn. It’s better to learn something new and experience new things than to get too comfortable with what what I already know. Let's see what happens!

Haley Masten
Staff Writer

Haley Masten

Hello! My name is Haley Masten. I’m a senior at Elkhart High School. I was very excited when I found out that I would be in The PENNANT this year. I participate in girls golf, basketball, and softball here at EHS. After high school, I plan on going to Colorado to major in English. I’m so happy that I got placed with a wonderful team on this staff!

Olivia Miller
Staff Writer

Olivia Miller

Hi! My name is Olivia Miller. I am a senior at Elkhart High School, and this is my first semester ever with The PENNANT. I am excited and eager to be in the newsmagazine staff this year. I enjoy informing others on important topics and spreading awareness about topics that need awareness. I’m excited to be on this team of amazing people!

Dorothy Moyer
Staff Writer

Dorothy Moyer

Hi! I’m Dorothy. This is my second year writing for The PENNANT. I am a sophomore at Elkhart High School. I’ve always wanted to be a writer for the school, and now I have that wonderful opportunity to make my stories heard. I can't wait to make an impact for the school--whether it be an interview or story. I walked into this class last year not knowing what to expect, or where to even start! I’ve ...

Jocelyn Murillo
Staff Writer

Jocelyn Murillo

Hi! I'm Jocelyn Murillo, a sophomore at Elkhart High School. This is my first year as a PENNANT staff member. What I like about this class is how we can write about our interests, and I am curious to see what I'm going to learn from being in this class. Something a little more personal about me is that I'm interested in interior design. I hope that the artistic abilities for design will transfer into m...

Victoria Ortega Trasvent
Staff Writer

Victoria Ortega Trasvent

Hi! My name is Victoria, and this is my first year on the school's newsmagazine. I'm a sophomore, and I really I hope meet new friends as we start this new year in a new building. When I'm not at school, I like to hang out with my friends--one of them has even taught me to draw! Of all the things I can draw now, flowers are my favorites.

Alex Owens
Staff Writer

Alex Owens

Hello! My name is Alex Owens, and I am new to The PENNANT. I’m glad I picked this class, because I love to write and learn about new things. I am a cheerleader at Elkhart High, and in my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, as well as going to the football games!

Jesus Regalado Santos
Staff Writer

Jesus Regalado Santos

Hi! I’m Jesus Regalado, and this is my first year writing for the student magazine. I’m a sophomore at Elkhart High, and I was unknowingly put into this class. Initially, I was not a big fan of writing, but I’m actually starting to like this class! It’s peaceful, and it makes writing enjoyable. In my free time, I like to play games and talk with friends. My goal this year is to hopefully impro...

Jared Rodriguez
Staff Writer

Jared Rodriguez

Hi! My name is Jared Rodriguez, and this will be my first year as part of The PENNANT newsmagazine staff. As a senior, this will be my last year here. Then, I will count myself as graduate from the first class the new Elkhart High School. Until then, I'm curious to see what I can learn from being in this class. Something slightly personal about me is that History has been my best subject in previou...

Myles Sanford
Staff Writer

Myles Sanford

My name is Myles Sanford, and this is my first year as PENNANT Writer. I am a sophomore at Elkhart High School and participate in the JV Boys Soccer team. The past year has been difficult and presented many challenges, but I am glad we are back in school! With being back, there are many topics to be addressed, and I hope that The PENNANT as a group can bring those issues to the public eye....

Lauren Schulz
Staff Writer

Lauren Schulz

With passions in art, animals, mental health, learning, and creating, Lauren Schulz is a senior at Elkhart High School, and purposefully joined The PENNANT. Despite wanting to go into college for likely classes delving into art therapy, illustrating, and marketing, Lauren joined The PENNANT to help tell and share stories of Elkhart and its people, the city of Elkhart, and the likely less-known stori...

Kate Smith
Staff Writer

Kate Smith

Hey! My name is Kate Smith. I’m a junior at Elkhart High School, and this is my first semester with The PENNANT. I was honestly surprised to see this class on my schedule this year. I had wanted to be in it since freshman year, but I always had scheduling conflicts. I’m very excited to draw on my creativity in this class to write some articles, take some pictures, talk to new people, find new pe...

Grace Wesselhoft
Staff Writer

Grace Wesselhoft

Hello, my name is Grace Wesselhoft. I am a sophomore, and this is my first year writing in the school's newsmagazine. I was randomly placed in this class, but I actually enjoy it--and like writing articles. Outside of school, I am in an orchestra and I also run track. In addition, I’m a manager of the football team. 

Tre Williams
Staff Writer

Tre Williams

Hi! My name is Tre williams. I am a sophomore at Elkhart High School, and this is my first semester with The PENNANT. I can't tell you how very glad I was to be chosen to participate in this course. I'm very excited to learn about new things while taking this class--one of which will be how to express myself better in writing. My team is full of geniuses, and I'm excited to be working with them this co...

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