The Highlander Online

2019-2020 Staff

Alexandra Grosso

Assistant Editor

  Alexandra Grosso, a current sophomore at Homestead High School, is thrilled at the opportunity to pursue her writing through this program, and translate her ideas into print and online works. Besides writing, she als...

Hannah Kennedy

Assistant Editor

Hannah Kennedy is a junior at Homestead. She enrolled in publications class to pursue her dream of being a journalist. When not in school, Hannah can be found doing CrossFit, skiing, cooking or hanging out with friends. She i...

Olivia Van Laanen

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Olivia Van Laanen is currently a junior at Homestead High School. Olivia is often seen working hard and having fun with her best friends on the volleyball court for both Homestead as well as her club team year round. Off the court,...

Kameron Westbrooke

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Kameron Westbrooke is a senior at Homestead High School. He participates on the Varsity basketball and track and field team. When he’s not participating in school sports, he is creating art, photography, and spending time with...

Tori Brandenburg

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Tori Brandenburg is a senior at Homestead High School. She runs track and cross country and has previously played basketball and softball. When she isn’t participating in any sports, she enjoys spending time helping the clubs...

Smeeah Haider-Shah

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Smeeah Haider-Shah is a senior at Homestead High School. She has participated in track and field for the past 3 years. During her freetime she volunteers at Grafton and St. Luke’s Hospital. When not at the hospital she spends...

Luke Starsky

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Luke Starsky is a senior at Homestead High School. He was part of the track and cross country team for three years and also enjoys running on his free time. When he is not running he enjoys hanging out with friends/family and...

Maeve James

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Maeve is currently a sophomore at Homestead. She is involved in many clubs like Link Crew, SHIFT, Home, and Kids 4 Kids. She enjoys doing fun activities with her friends and family when not in school. In the summer, Maeve attends...

Kendall Coburn

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Kendall Coburn is currently a sophomore at Homestead High School. She is part of the Homestead dance team and varsity girls lacrosse team. Outside of school Kendall enjoys spending her time volunteering as part of Service Club...

Maddie Oppenheimer

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Maddie Oppenheimer is a sophomore at Homestead High School. She plays volleyball for school and is a member of Kids 4 Kids, HOME and GEMS. When not in school, Maddie enjoys spending time with her friends and family and volunteering...

Reilly West

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Reilly West is currently a sophomore at Homestead High School. She does competitive Irish dance and plays high school soccer. Reilly is dedicated to the clubs GEMS, She’s The First, and Latin club. She also volunteers for church...

Olivia Patel

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Olivia Patel is currently a sophomore at Homestead High School. She has played 4 different sports since she came to Homestead: volleyball, cross country, basketball, and soccer. Livi currently holds the role as the WJCL State...

Zoe David

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Zoe David, a sophomore at Homestead High School, is a dedicated part of the school. She is a fully committed member of the Homestead Dance Team. Zoe is also involved in many clubs that include Kids 4 Kids, SHIFT, and HOME. When...

Katie O’Hagan

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Katie is a sophomore at Homestead High School. She plays for Homestead’s volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse team. Through Homestead, she is involved in GEMS and SALT. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with friends...

Ainsley Feigles

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Ainsley Feigles is a junior at Homestead High School. She has always had a passion for writing and is looking forward to spending her first year with Highlander Publications. She is involved in numerous clubs at Homestead, including...

Gabi Thomas

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Gabi Thomas is currently a junior at Homestead High School. Gabi is a hardworking and dedicated student-athlete. She plays volleyball for both Homestead and Wisconsin Premier Volleyball Club. She also plays soccer for Homestead...

Ellie Thomas

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Ellie Thomas is currently a junior at Homestead High School. Outside of school she enjoys swimming for her high school team and club team. She also likes playing high school soccer in the spring. When Ellie is not participating...

Francesca De Martino

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Francesca De Martino, a junior at Homestead High School. Francesca is often seen spending a lot of time at school and spending time with her friends on the weekends. Francesca loves playing soccer for Homestead High School in...

Claudia Sullivan

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Claudia Sullivan is a Sophomore at Homestead High School. Claudia is proud to say that she is a part of the Homestead Dance Team and is fully committed to her practices after school. She also is involved in multiple clubs for...

Alanna Devorkin

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Alanna Devorkin is a junior at Homestead High School. Throughout her time at Homestead, she has participated in Homestead Dance Team and has attended their numerous events. She is also extremely involved in after school clubs...

Caroline Crowley

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Coco Crowley is a junior at Homestead High School. She is eager to learn new things, determined and driven to do her best in all aspects of her life. When she is not in school she enjoys spending time with friends and family,...

Thailyr Perez

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Thailyr Perez, a junior at Homestead High School, is a hard working student and athlete. She is a three year varsity lacrosse player. She participates in clubs at Homestead like HOME, Homestead Together, Kids 4 Kids, Relay 4 Life,...

Abigail Moertl

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Abigail Moertl is a sophomore at Homestead High School. After school, she dances for Homesteads varsity dance team. Through Homestead, she is involved in Kids 4 Kids, SHIFT, and HOME. Outside of school, she enjoys volunteering...

Nora Raasch

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Nora Raasch is currently a Sophomore at Homestead High School. When not at school, Nora enjoys spending time with her friends and family, baking, and playing volleyball. Year-round, you can catch her on the volleyball court -...

Olivia Van Laanen

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Olivia Van Laanen is currently a junior at Homestead High School. Olivia is often seen working hard and having fun with her best friends on the volleyball court for both Homestead as well as her club team year round. Off the court,...

Faith Schanowski

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Faith Schanowski is currently a junior at Homestead High School.  She participates in multiple clubs such as Kids for Kids and  student council, and is on the cross country and soccer teams.  When not at school, she loves to...

Ariel Leykin

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Ariel Leykin is a senior at Homestead High School. When she’s not frantically worrying about her grades, you can catch her rowing on the Milwaukee River with the Milwaukee Rowing Club and flipping for the Homestead gymnastics te...

Taylor Raskin

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Taylor Raskin is a senior at Homestead High School who is thrilled to have the opportunity to develop her journalism skills. She is a part of the Homestead gymnastics team in addition to competing club gymnastics. Taylor also...

Claudia Chedid

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Claudia Chedid is a Junior at Homestead High School. She is involved in the Kids 4 Kids club, as well as the student council. When not at school, Claudia enjoys volunteering for the Service Club of Milwaukee, hanging out with frien...

Serena Said

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Serena Said, currently a senior at Homestead High School, enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, playing with her dog, watching Netflix, and working. During the fall, she participates in swim team, and is apart of t...

Ashley Zaiss

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Ashley Zaiss is a junior at Homestead High School. Aside from the classroom, Ashley participates in the Homestead Gymnastics team and the Homestead Girls Soccer team. She also plays for the Bavarian Soccer Club. Ashley is also apa...

Claire Baden

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Claire Baden is a junior at Homestead. She is involved in Homestead cross country and lacrosse, as well as many clubs at school. Outside of school she enjoys to spend time with her friends and family. This is her third year in Highl...

McKenna Marotta

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McKenna Marotta, a Homestead High School junior, is excited to begin her story in journalism. Away from the classroom, McKenna takes part in the Homestead Girls Basketball and Golf teams. Outside of school, she enjoys spending ...

Katie Price

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Katie Price, a Homestead High School junior, is excited to begin her second year in Publications. She is also apart of the soccer team, and is a member of Best Buddies, Link Crew, and Champions. Katie plays soccer for Bavarian...

Avery Bersell

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Avery Bersell, a Homestead High School Junior, will always be found with a laugh on her face whenever she is with her friends and family. At school she is involved in cross country, lacrosse and performs in forensics. She is e...

Rachel Starsky

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Rachel Starsky is a sophomore at Homestead High School. In room 405, you can always find her sitting in front of the computer writing a sports web story. In her free time, she enjoys dancing on the Homestead varsity dance tea...

Christina Zingale

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Christina Zingale is a Senior at Homestead and is excited for her third year of publications. She spends most of her time dancing for her school and is apart of many different clubs like Champions, She's the First, and SEM. She i...

Katie Shirley

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Katie Shirley is a senior at Homestead High School, and although hasn't been in publications for a while, she is excited to get back into it. Outside of school, she enjoys being with her friends and family, and participating i...

Lexi Buzzell

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Lexi Buzzell is a junior at Homestead High School. She is excited to be a part of the Highlander Publications staff for her third year.  Outside of school, she enjoys playing basketball, soccer and hanging out with friends. ...

Ethan Schlesinger

Ethan Schlesinger is a senior at Homestead. While at school, he participates in drama club and the seasonal shows. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, photography, acting and playing the drums. As a guest writer, Ethan...

Danielle Kleiman

staffer

Danielle Kleiman is a Junior at Homestead. She loves to volunteer in the Milwaukee area for the Service Club of Milwaukee, and is also involved in Kids for kids. She plays soccer in the spring season along with cross country in...

Ava Wojnowski

Co-editor in chief

Ava Wojnowski, a senior at Homestead High School, is a dedicated student and athlete. She runs in both cross country and track. When she is not in school or on the track, her other interests include writing and photography. This i...

Annie McCormick

Editor in training

Annie McCormick is a Senior at Homestead High School. She ran cross country her first two years of high school and then switched to becoming more involved in clubs such as kids4kids, spanish club, and others. Outside of school, ...

Allison Yang

Editor-In-Training

Allison Yang is a senior at Homestead High School, and this is her third year on staff for Highlander Publications.  When she’s not worrying about her grades, you can find Allison skiing and playing volleyball.  Allison i...

Sasha Shapsis

Co Editor-in-chief

Sasha Shapsis is a senior at Homestead, and this is her third year on Advanced Publications. In room 405, she’s busy indexing yearbook, taking photos, and writing articles about what’s happening in school. She’s excited to b...

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