The Highlander Online

2014-2015 Staff

Sean Driscoll

Sean Driscoll is a junior on the sports team and he is involved in hockey and baseball at the varsity level. Yes, puck is love and puck is life. When he is not playing his favorite sports, Driscoll can be found catching up...

Bella Stechschulte

Chances are you’ve seen Bella Stechschulte running around Mequon. As captain of the cross country and track teams she’s got more than enough running miles under her belt. When Bella is not running you can find her online shopping...

Alaina Hartzheim

Alaina Hartzheim is a freshman at Homestead. She loves to read, listen to music, and spend time with my family and friends. She loves a good binge on Netflix every once in a while as well. She is a part of the girls JV swim team,...

Kacie Gross

Kacie Gross is a freshman. She is very involved in sports as she participated in a sport each trimester and enjoys her high school experience. As for her off time she enjoys being outside with family and friends. Kacie cannot...

Nima Soltani

Nima Soltani is an avid writer, and he hopes to improve his journalism skills by taking Intro to Publications. Though Nima joined the class unexpectedly after his PLTW course was cancelled, he enjoys the course so far and hopes...

Alison Greisch

Alison is a sophomore at Homestead and apart from being a student she takes part in after school sports. In the fall, she is a part of the girls cross country team and in the spring she is a distance runner for track. Both are...

Jenny Lietz

Jenny Lietz is a girl you’ll often see smiling. Whether it’s enjoying time with her friends and family or in the middle of class, she aims to keep it on her face as much as possible. When she’s not battling schoolwork, you’ll...

Amanda Krahn

Amanda Krahn, sophomore, loves to dance and it is practically her life. Eat, dance, sleep, and repeat is her motto. When she’s not at Homestead High School, you can find her at the Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy four out...

Elle Liniewski

Elle Liniewski is a freshmen who spends most of her time with friends and family. She also is on the varsity swim team during the winter and will be on the soccer fields this spring. She is looking forward to becoming a part of...

Julia Pawelec

Julia Pawelec is a believer, an artist, a funny and loving girl. She believes in herself and her talents, yet she is still undecided about her future. All she know is that she will remain hopeful and always positive. She loves...

Cassidy Buffoni

Cassidy Buffoni is a crazy and fun sophomore who is usually seen at Starbucks hanging out with her friends. She is in Drama Club and is currently working on the costumes for the upcoming spring play. She enjoys binge watching...

Courtney Wiencek

Coco Wiencek is a junior at Homestead and is just starting Intro to Publications. The majority of the time you can find her playing soccer. She started playing soccer when she was four and has not stopped since. Her greatest...

Sasha Milbeck

Sasha Milbeck is the senior Editor-in-Chief of Highlander Publications. Sasha is a self-diagnosed fontaholic and could spend all day in Room 405 if she could. Last summer, Sasha represented the state of Wisconsin at the Al Ne...

Doug Kellner

Doug Kellner, junior, gets through school with the help of sports: swimming, biking, running, and soccer. Junior captain of the varsity soccer team, he enjoys playing FIFA 15 when not playing outside. Doug, or more commonly...

Kassidy Christon

Kassidy Christon is a junior in Intro to publications. She looks forward to learning new things in the class. She has a mom, dad and a younger sister. They are simply the best family ever. Sometimes they drive each other crazy...

Erin Gifford

Erin Gifford, a junior, is average at best. If she isn’t sleeping or working at Elite, she is probably exploring abandoned buildings and other picturesque places. Whether it be capturing picture perfect moments or watching endless...

Abby Pipines

Abby Pipines is a spontaneous, loving and exhilarating junior entering the world of Publications. She spends most of her time transitioning from working at Piggly Wiggly and Missing Links to spending her down time with her down-to-earth...

Sam David

Sam David is ready to rock this trimester in Intro to Publications. Aside from being excited about Intro, she is very involved at Homestead. From just completing her third year on the varsity dance team to being a part of Homestead’s...

Charles Baumle

When not obsessing over the meticulous details of life (Thou shalt not put thine English notebook in thine Physics folder), Charles Baumle is often lost deep in thought (or else, not-so-deep). A proud member of the Homestead Symphony...

David Berman

David Berman is a junior sliding his way through the system known as high school . When he’s not “Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool” at home or with friends, David can be found playing tennis. David usually finds comedies,...

Erik Skaar

Erik Skaar is a baseball enthusiast who enjoys being a social butterfly. In his junior year at Homestead high school he has participated in both Football and Baseball. Erik is a lover of all sports and enjoys cheering on his favorite...

Jordan Ellerbrock

Jordan Ellerbrock is a Junior who loves spending time with her friends, traveling and playing soccer. When she’s not at school, she can be found watching “Greys Anatomy” or eating Out&Out mac n cheese. Jordan is very...

Gaby Geiger

Gaby Geiger is a sports reporter for Highlander Publications. She is a two sport athlete for Homestead, participating in diving and gymnastics. Often referred to as "gggymnast"  by her friends, she has participated in gymnastics...

Margaret Martin

Media Team Margaret Martin is a senior at Homestead who will be attending the University of Minnesota Duluth in the fall. Margaret enjoys being outside watching birds, taking her dogs to the dog park, and trying to say sane....

Madeline Boulier

Madeline Boulier is a senior ready to graduate. As the sickness of third tri senior starts to strike, Madeline plans to balance her time between Netflix, her adorable puppy, Apollo, and the refrigerator. This will be Madeline's...

Andrew Lococo

Andrew Lococo is a junior and is just entering the world of Highlander Publications. For some odd reason, he has had a love for the yearbook every year for the sole purpose that it tells a story. He believes the yearbook stands...

Mason Skaja

Mason Skaja is a freshman and is new to Highlander Publications. He is a huge Milwaukee Brewers fan and will definitely be missing school on April 6th for opening day. Mason is also a baseball player himself and hopes to make...

Amelia Stastney

Reporter Amelia Stastney, a junior at Homestead, loves reading, wearing sunglasses in a jeep with the top off, and making jokes that are only funny fifty percent of the time. For her, family always comes first, but the Highlander...

Emma Wade

Emma Wade is a senior who is passionate about writing and journalism. She also enjoys spending time with her amazing family and friends and playing tennis. Wade is excited for this upcoming year in Highlander Publications!

Emily Hannemann

Emily Hannemann is a self-proclaimed novelist and journalist with an unhealthy addiction to AMC’s The Walking Dead. She can usually be found either working at Lands’ End, working at Shully’s Cuisine and Events, writing articl...

Caleigh Koss

Caleigh Koss is an organized and insanely timely person. When she is not obsessing over what she needs to get done over the course of a day, she enjoys crafting with friends. Her urge to create can be seen as either obsessive...

Maddie Fricker

Maddie Fricker, senior, is by no means an overachiever.  As co-chair of Relay for Life, president of Spanish Club, managing editor of Highlander Publications, secretary of Service Club of Milwaukee, and member of Camerata choir...

Michael Sande

Hi my name is Michael Sande, and I'm one of publications News Mag designers. Ever since I took the Intro to Publications class I knew this was a course and possible future for me. Besides the academic rigors of Homestead Highs...

Nicole Martin

Nicole Martin is a senior, ready to finish her last year of high school and head off to college. When Martin isn’t busy Pinning on her Pinterest Board (follow her spectacular boards @nicolemarie904), you will most likely find...

Jake Elchert

Jake Elchert is a junior on the varsity hockey team this year. He is also a three sport athlete at Homestead. Elchert also plays on Homestead's Baseball and Golf team. When Elchert is not playing sports, he can be found hanging...

Hanna Braaten

Competing on the cross country and track team, plus braving the cold with Homestead's very own Winter Running Club, Hanna Braaten has grown to love running.  Braaten looks to Forrest Gump as a role model and running inspiration....

Kate Daniels

Kate Daniels is a senior who is definitely ready to finish her last year of high school and begin the next chapter of her life in college. When Kate isn't in school she is busy finishing mountains of homework, binge watching Netflix,...

Cassie Shaurette

Cassie Shaurette is an outgoing, loud and often annoying senior. She is always stressed about the amount of work that she needs to complete. She loves to run cross country and hang out with her friends and family. She will talk...

Connor Hanson

Connor Hanson is a senior on the varsity football team. He will be a two-sport athlete this year, participating in football and track. He has been dubbed “Connor Island” by his teammates after not being thrown to once in all...

Shaelyn O’Brien

Shaelyn O’Brien is a stressed out student who always worries if she is going to get things done on time. She is a very hard worker but tends to fall behind when things get tough, but she will stay strong. Though school can be...

Virginia Lee

The kid who tries to crack a dumb joke. Yup, that’s her. When she isn’t trying to break awkward silences, Virginia might be found spending quality time with her notebooks or singing in Homestead’s Treble Choir. Outside...

Lauren Padgett

Lauren Padgett is a girl you will always find laughing. No matter what the situation she seems to giggle uncontrollably. She has an overwhelming desire to be liked by anyone and everyone she meets. Although she’s tiny, she eats...

Hannah O’Leary

Hannah O'Leary a senior who finds herself as the editor-in-chief of Highlander Publications. Hannah loves designing magazine spreads, but finds that she has yet to master photoshop. When she's not taking photos or designing magazine...

Jessie Hu

Jessie Hu is a self-proclaimed loud, fun and obnoxious person. She a cashier at Metro Market. When she is not at school or at work, she is mostly likely either hanging with friends or watching "Pretty Little Liars." Jessie has...

Lily Konik

Lily Konik is a freshman who spends most of her time with her friends, running cross-country or watching "Orange is the New Black." Lily will play soccer in the spring. She looks forward to becoming a part of Highlander Publications...

Fotoula LaGalbo

Fotoula LaGalbo is a freshman who enjoys hanging out with her friends and family. She loves to listen to any kind of music and is very enthusiastic about any type of sport. She is looking forward to being on the track team. One...

Mikaela Hoard

Mikaela Hoard is a sophomore who can be seen playing soccer or obsessing over TV shows. Even though her mom cancelled her Netflix subscription (I know the struggle is real), she still finds a way to catch up on her weekly dose...

Amanda Boll

Amanda Boll is a junior who has an extremely unhealthy relationship with gummy worms, puppy chow and pickles. On the bright side, Amanda is not a fan of technology, seafood and most of the healthy foods in the world. She spends...

Jessica Cooley

Jessica Cooley is a junior who dove out of the womb at birth to escape being trapped with her twin brother. She enjoys traveling the universe and competing in soccer games. Jessica can be found walking her small, loud-barking...

Cali Weigert

Cali Weigert is an awkward junior with a quirky personality. She spends most of her time binge watching “Criminal Minds” and “Once Upon a Time” (A.K.A. obsessing over Matthew Gray Gubler and Robbie Kay) and doing insurmountable...

Camryn Reid

Camryn Reid is a proud freshman and not ashamed to be a part of the underclassman crew. She is also a very proud member of the Homestead girls swim team, which feels more a family than a team. On the rare occasions when she is...

Caitlin Geurts

Caitlin Geurts is a senior and this is her fourth year on staff. She is beyond thrilled to be diving into many different aspects of journalism this year. You can typically find Caitlin in the art wing during school, or irish...

Tori Cayle

Tori Cayle is a sophomore in Intro to Publications who is always ready to see her camp friends from all around the world. During the winter, Tori does gymnastics, and during the spring she does track. Her favorite color is purple,...

Alejandro Bitetto

Alejandro Bitetto is a junior who excels with computers. Not many know this but at the age of 4 he was able to use a computer. He is on the Homestead swim team and likes to snowboard during the winter. He would love to go to Colorado...

Lyssa McGauran

Lyssa McGauran is a sophomore who loves to spend time with friends & family, play field hockey, tennis and travel to warm places.Lyssa enjoys having free time and watching her favorite show, "One Tree Hill." Along with...

Connor Hanson

Connor Hanson is a senior on the varsity football team. He will be a three-sport athlete this year, participating in football, swim and track. He has been dubbed “Connor Island” by his teammates after not being thrown to...

Emma Zander

Emma Zander is the #freelancer of Highlander Publication's first trimester staff. You might see Emma around school wearing her press pass like bling (she treats it as such). Emma is dedicated to Publications almost as much as...

Emily Shore

It’s the one and only Emily Shore: AKA Casper. Her fair skin makes her the perfect fit for the Casper name, and she’ll respond to either name. Emily likes spending her time sleeping, hanging with her friends, sleeping some...

Erin Connolly

Erin Connolly, self-diagnosed grammar freak, is a senior barely hanging on to her sanity. Three sports and three AP classes later, Erin can often be found recuperating on the couch after a long day. With what little free time...

Katya Mikhailenko

Being a sophomore, this is Katya’s first year on the Highlander Publications staff. She's enjoys being on both the Highlander News Magazine team and the yearbook team. Infected with wanderlust, Katya holds the strong desire...

Elizabeth Huskin

Coming into the new year, Elizabeth now takes on an editor position for the Tartan Yearbook. If she isn't found in room 405, Elizabeth will most likely be in the pool with the girls swim and dive team. Elizabeth has an unusual...

Lada Avrunina

Lada Avrunina is a newsmagazine designer, manager of the Homestead boys hockey team, senior, and is fluent in English, Russian, and Sarcasm. She takes part in activities from Humanitarian Club, Art Club, and GEMS. When she's not...

Chloe Herzog

Chloe Herzog, a senior at Homestead, is well known as "Chlo-Fro" to all of her friends. Her main interest is fantasizing about "Grey's Anatomy." In fact, before journalism, her main goal in life was to live in Seattle and become...

Beth Emery

Beth Emery is a junior who can’t wait for summer. It may be beginning of the school year, but the only thing on her mind is Summer 2015. The last place she ever wants to be is school, but she finds a way out of the boring,...

Lauren Bartlett

Lauren Bartlett can usually be found eating or watching chick flicks/Disney movies - often simultaneously and with the classy girls of the varsity swim team. While driving (usually poorly), she likes to dance alone in her car...

Molly Riebau

  Molly Riebau is the Editor-in-Chief of  The Highlander Newsmagazine. Aside from journalism, she loves watching The Bachelor (more than any person should) and making sarcastic jokes that people just don't get. She...

Melanie Poindexter

Melanie Poindexter, a senior at Homestead, enjoys her role as newsmagazine designer. When not at school, you can find Melanie (a.k.a Rapunzel) constantly and thoroughly brushing her long, luscious locks. Not only is Melanie obsessed...

Sydney Crivello

Sydney Crivello can basically be described by "average teenage girl" (minus owning a pair of cliché white Converse and having a Starbucks gold membership card). She runs through each day just as any 16-year-old highschooler would....

Rachel Novak

Rachel Novak is a junior and loves her role on staff as Booster Magazine co-editor. Her biggest goal for the year is to improve her design skills, which are seriously lacking. She would say that her strength is writing, which...

Sydney Roeper

Sydney Roeper, who rides the struggle bus frequently, is a girl unlike any other. On any given day, Sydney can be found either at the ice rink, practicing her dirty dangles, or in Room 405, staring at the Booster Mag. However, the one thing that will always put Sydne...

Madina Jenks

Madina Jenks is a senior and a new copy editor for Highlander Publications. As a copy editor, her jobs are pretty simple: write and help others write. Ever since she was little, her favorite thing to do has always been writing,...

Mary Kate Simon

Mary Kate grew up in a small town, 13 miles north of Milwaukee, known as "the Quon." The Quon is known for preppy young women. Mary Kate, being a swag master, struggles with fitting in with the high class gals. Ostracized by society...

Kelly Allen

  Who that, who that, K-E-L-L-Y Allen, and she’s so fancy (you already know). When Allen isn’t busy completing mountains of homework, it’s a safe bet she’s binge watching shows on Netflix. She becomes completely...

Janae Brown

Janae Brown is an introvert. Ask anyone. She comes to class, sits at her computer, and gets her job done with as little talking as possible. But on the occasions when she communicates, she loves to make people laugh. She finds...

Anna Kreynin

Anna Kreynin is a junior and serves as one of the copy editors for Highlander Publications. She chose this job not only because she loves writing, but because she hates technology and it hates her, so naturally, design and broadcast...

Ava Wolff

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Katie Starsky

  Katie Starsky, a cheerful perfectionist, owns her own Pinterest book where she gets all her ideas to create what the student body calls their yearbook. Despite all her pinning she still finds time to dance the day away in ...

Aaron Glazer

Aaron Glazer may be the man whose name finds itself called the most in the Highlander Publications class, but he is also the person you probably know the least. Did you know that Aaron has traveled to every country in Central...

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