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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

2019-2020 Staff

Freshman SaraJade Potts is a first year staff writer on the Elkhart Memorial GENESIS staff. She specializes in opinion columns.

SaraJade Potts

Hello! My name is SaraJade Potts. I’m a Freshman and joined GENESIS this semester. Taking  Journalism last semester awoke my passion for writing. Being a part of cheerleading, basketball, and student government has made my year busy and writing relieves any stress I encounter. I love to read novels  and watch “Supernatural” on my days off from school. My mission is to be the voice of the entir...

Junior Jose McDaniel is a first year staff writer for Elkhart Memorial GENESIS. He specializes in opinion columns

Jose McDaniel

Hi, my name is Jose I’m a junior and this is my first year in GENESIS as a staff writer! I'm really excited to be joining because writing is one of the things I really enjoy doing and I feel as though it’s the one thing I’m half decent at. Some things I do in my spare is play video games, listen to music, and I also draw. Some of my favorite music artists would probably be Joji, Eden, and Jer...

Jennifer Quintano

Jennifer Quintano

I am a freshman, and when my counselor asked me if I wanted to join this class, I said, "For sure!" I'm really into writing, and I want to improve. After school, I cheer for or play soccer with my family. I am an only child, but I have a ton of cousins who I hangout with. In my free time,I hangout with my friends or family. My favorite drink is an iced vanilla coffee with almond milk from Starbucks....

Taylor Malicki

Taylor Malicki

When I was growing up, I always loved to write. When I found out about the Blazer Pennant Newsmagazine, I was so excited that I could finally get myself out there! On my free time, I like to go shopping with my mom and spend time with my niece. When I am not researching evidence for the Blazer Pennant Newsmagazine, I am most likely researching interesting facts about my favorite movies!

Haidyn Fritz

Haidyn Fritz

Some of us love to write, and I'm one of them! As a sophomore, I was happy to have such a fun and exciting opportunity to write for The Blazer Pennant. In my free time, I love to paint, sleep, and (of course) write--even though I'm absolutely horrible at spelling any given word at any given time. Thank goodness for Spell Check!

Lourdes Alfaro

Lourdes Alfaro

My name is Lourdes Alfaro , as you can see. I am in 10th grade and am 16 years old. Joining the Blazer Pennant Newsmagazine was a good opportunity to get involved in something within the school. In my free time outside of school, though, I like to listen to music and watch movies. My hobby is soccer, which I also like to play in my free time. In terms of family, I have two younger brothers, one younger...

Maria Lopez

Maria Lopez

Joining the Blazer Pennant Newsmagazine as a Junior is exciting and something I have been looking forward to for a while! I play the violin and do photograph as a hobby. I also enjoy playing soccer and tennis with family and friends in my free time--when I am not writing for the Pennant! I love to travel a lot during school breaks to see what is out their in the world! One of the most interesting places...

Mariem Boussaha

Mariem Boussaha

Hey, I’m Mariem Boussaha a first year writer on this staff. I’m a junior for EMHS and I run cross country and track. I enjoy playing soccer, volleyball, and running with my teammates. I took journalism last year and was influenced to join GENESIS, so here I am trying to enhance my writing skills, hoping to become an excellent writer.

Junior Daniela Morales is a first year staff writer for Elkhart Memorial GENESIS.

Daniela Morales

Hi! My name is Daniela. I'm a new staff writer, so this is my first year in GENESIS. I joined GENESIS mainly because during my free time I like to write. My goal for GENESIS this year is to write fun and informative stories that people want to genuinely read. When I'm not writing, I'm usually really busy with school work or Color Guard. On days when I get to wind down, which is not very often. I tend...

Richard Bautista

Richard Bautista

My name is Richard Bautista and this is my first year as a GENESIS writer. I hope to provide some mediocre writing, do nothing in my spare time, and also bake the staff some treats every once in awhile. NOTE from staff: Richard makes the best chocolate chip muffins.

Hannah Stamper

Hannah Stamper

I'm new to the Blazer Pennant this year, and I really like being a part of the team and am looking forward to doing more on staff. I'm the youngest in a family of six. In my spare time, I like to read and write. Like so many others on staff, I also enjoy watching Netflix and listening to music. Did I mention that I love watching and playing soccer and tennis, too? In addition to my other "loves," I...

Ashley Rojas

Ashley Rojas

I am new to the Blazer Pennant Newsmagazine staff this year, but it feels as if I've been here for years. A little something about me is I love to read; coincidentally, it's only things that interest me that I like to read. I am also obsessed with conspiracy theories! I also play the violin in Chamber Orchestra here at Central. I have been playing the violin for about four years, almost five now. In...

Virtue Nyarko

Virtue Nyarko

After two dedicated years of being a member of the Pennant staff, I was promoted to Editor-in-Chief, which is a great way to cap off my senior year.  Outside of my work on staff, I'm a golfer, as well as manager for the softball team. Additionally, I played piano for four years and have currently been playing the violin for six. In my free time, I watch a lot of Netflix and listen to music.

Bianca Morales

Bianca Morales

As a sophomore, joining the Blazer Pennant Newsmagazine this year is something I was really looking forward to--and still am! I am a happy daughter  in a family of eight, and I enjoy every moment I have with them. When not writing for the Pennant Newsmagazine, I enjoy hanging out with friends and taking runs. Most importantly, I love watching YouTube and listening to music.

Irlyn Milfort

Irlyn Milfort

I joined the Blazer Pennant staff this year, my junior year, and I'm really excited to be on this team. Another team I'm on at school is the cheerleading squad. Outside of school, I also cheer in a competitive group, but I make sure save time to hang out with my friends. A little-known fact about me is I have a younger brother who just started kindergarten! What else should you know? I love crime shows......

Amanya Gonzales

Amanya Gonzales

I've always enjoyed writing, and I feel lucky to be a part of the Blazer Pennant. Joining has gotten me back into writing, and I feel like I never really stopped. Besides writing, I am also fond of live music, and often follow bands I am a fan of on tour. Overall, I am both excited and grateful to be writing for the Blazer Pennant this school year!

Jamisen Halverson

Jamisen Halverson

Hi! My name is Jamisen Halverson. I'm a sophomore at Central High School. This is my first year on the Blazer Pennant staff. It's a really fun class to take. I encourage you to take it, too! I have two siblings: one brother and one sister. although I come from a separated family, this class has helped me feel as though I belong to a new kind of family. When I am not working on the newsmagazine, I enjoy...

Leslie Smith

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...

Junior Felisha Campanello is the News Editor for Elkhart Memorial GENESIS. She specializes in news writing and enjoys writing about health and nutrition.

Felisha Campanello

Hi, I’m Felisha :) I’m a junior and I’m the news editor for GENESIS! I play volleyball and throw discus for our Track and Field team. I’m really tall, and no, I don’t play basketball. My biggest pet-peeve is when people crack their knuckles and back. In two years, I want to play volleyball in college and major in business. I love all music genres, except for pop. My favorite drink from Sta...

Senior Xavier Sullivan is a second year staff writer on the Elkhart Memorial GENESIS staff. He specializes in opinion columns.

Xavier Sullivan

Hai, my name is Xavier Sullivan, and I am a second year staff writer for GENESIS. I am also the president of the Gay-Straight Alliance Club, which I have been a member of since its founding my freshman year.  I am also a musician in Symphony Orchestra. Outside of school, I work at Taco Bell and am a member of the Boy Scouts.

Sophomore Lyn Jarrell is a staff writer for Elkhart Memorial GENESIS who specializes in opinion and column writing.

Lyn Jarrell

Hi. I’m Lyn Jarrell, a junior, and this is my third year as a staff writer for Pennant/Genesis. I mostly write Opinion stories. In my free time, I go to dance classes, write poetry and stories, and practice special effects.     

Senior Caleb Webb is the sports editor for Elkhart Memorial GENESIS who specializes in sports and opinion writing.

Caleb Webb

Hi, I’m Caleb Webb, and this is my second year on GENESIS, and I am the Sports Editor.  My favorite things to write about are all types of sports stories along with random opinion stories as well.  When I’m not busy (being yelled at or bossed around by the EIC’s, still love you guys though!) I love to play football as well as baseball (you could say I'm kinda like Justin Verlander). On top...

Senior Rayna Minix is the Entertainment Editor for Elkhart Memorial GENESIS. She specializes in movie reviews and opinion columns.

Rayna Minix

Hello, my name is Rayna Minix.  I am currently a senior and the Entertainment Editor for GENESIS.  I also take on the role as Co-Editor-in-chief of the 2019-2020 Monolith.  I’ve always had a strong passion for writing and I pride myself on my opinion pieces.  When I’m not finishing up a story at the last minute, I’m either going to concerts, playing soccer, hanging out with friends, trave...

Dana Ibarra

Dana Ibarra

Hello:) my name is Dana Ibarra. I am a Junior and this is my second year on GENESIS staff. I love writing and design. However, I’ve always had a passion for photography. It gives me the chance to express myself with endless possibilities. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, playing with my dogs, and hanging out with my close friends. I am also in weapon line for color guard and winter guard. I spin ...

Abigail Gratzol

Abigail Gratzol

Hi, I’m Abby and this is my second year on GENESIS as a writer and photographer. I am also the communications specialist for Memorial Student Tech Services, so I’ll be writing some technology-related pieces. I love history, science, and writing. My favorite type of writing is creative and I want to create things that people will enjoy.

Senior Damien Funnell is a staff writer and sports score manager for Elkhart Memorial GENESIS who specializes in sports writing.

Damien Funnell

Hi, my name is Damien Funnell and I am a staff writer for GENESIS.  I write a lot of sports and opinion stories because that's what I love and find the most interesting. I'm a two sport athlete, football and track, and that's where most of my free time is spent. 

Senior Jenaro Delprete is a second year staff writer for GENESIS who specializes in music and movie reviews.

Jenaro DelPrete

My name is Jenaro, and if you DM our Twitter page, I will exclusively answer in movie quotes. This is my second year writing for GENESIS and my last year in high school. In my free time I make music, hang out with the buds, and endlessly watch movies. Don’t forget to vote for Pedro!

Sherri Greenfield-Ludwig

Sherri Greenfield-Ludwig

I’m Sherri Greenfield-Ludwig, the adviser for GENESIS.  I also advise our yearbook, Monolith, and teach Language Arts in our Early College program at Memorial.  I have been teaching since 2008.  When I am not providing guidance to my student journalists or scrambling to meet a yearbook deadline, I am reading true crime and psychological thrillers.  I am also absolutely in love with my husband...

Senior Kailey Blazier is the opinion editor for Elkhart Memorial GENESIS who specializes in opinion writing.

Kailey Blazier

Hi! My name is Kailey, but you already know that. I am the Opinion Editor and I have been in this crazy family for four years now so this is my last year (sad face). I’m probably one of the nicest editors on staff, but don’t tell the others I said that! Some of my favorite things include pole vault, sad chick flicks, and my two adorable bulldogs.

Tyler Lehner

Tyler Lehner

Howdy! My name is Tyler and I am an Editor-In-Chief. I have been living this exciting dream for four years now, and I love this staff more than I love the new Popeyes chicken sandwich. My mission is to bring out the best in my staff’s writing abilities all while making memories doing so. In addition to being an EIC for GENESIS, I am the quarterback for the football team, and I run unified track....

Senior Jahlea Douglas is an Editor-in-chief for Elkhart Memorial GENESIS who specializes in opinion and feature writing.

Jahlea Douglas

Hello!  My name is Jahlea Douglas and I am one of two EIC's for GENESIS.  I am also the feature and design editor and have been a part of the staff for four years. Sadly, I am a senior and will be leaving my second family sooner than I want to :( Anyways, besides writing the editorial and feature, I am the captain of EMHS girls soccer team, and I am the secretary of our athletic council, Varsity C...

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