The Highlander Online

2015-2016 Staff

Tori Cayle

I am  a Senior at Homestead. Since my Freshman year I have been involved in gymnastics and track. I love going to school sports events, like football games. I'm super excited to be back with publications this year and can't...

Sarah Kohlbeck

Sarah Kohlbeck, a junior at Homestead is new to the Highlander Publications staff but has already developed a love for it. With a passion for writing and photography, she hopes to use these hobbies to share stories with others....

Alejandro Bitetto

Alejandro Bitetto is a senior with the biggest case of senioritis. He was basically born in the water, and has been swimming since he was little and now participates in the Boys Swim team. Going outside and exploring is second...

Anna Cherubini

Anna Cherubini is a junior at Homestead High School.  She’s has lived in mequon her whole life, but her home away from home is up north at her cabin where she goes wakeboarding and swimming. Anna enjoys photography, crafts, an...

Emma Straszewski

Emma Straszewski, a freshman here at Homestead High School, has lived in Mequon since she was born. Her love of books and writing inspired her to dedicate her time to intro to publications. Other than reading, Emma enjoys spen...

Kate Price

Kate Price is a sophomore at Homestead High school who spends her time dancing on a regular basis. Other than taking ballet(pointe), tap, jazz, and modern classes for an average of 3 hours a night every week, Kate maintains a s...

Meg Niedfeldt

Meg Niedfeldt, a sophomore, dedicates 95% of her time dancing. Although her parents say, “School comes first,” this is not how it usually goes in her head. She tends to spend around 20-35 hours at her studio per week… not ...

Trinidy Pate

Trinidy Pate is a Senior at Homestead High School and is attending Winona State University to play Women's Golf. She enjoys playing different types of sports but mostly golf. She has a very productive life, but her grades come first...

Frances Mackinnon

Frances Mackinnon, is a freshman. This is her first year having anything to do with journalism and she is so excited to be apart of this amazingly talented team. When she’s not doing homework she enjoys alphabetizing books by ...

Talia Eiseman

Talia Eiseman is a junior who spends most of her time at her dance studio, or at the JCC participating in BBYO events for her Jewish youth group. When not doing these things, she can be found listening to music, exploring the country...

Makenzie Christenson

Makenzie Christenson, junior, has a passion for drinking lattes. When she isn’t at Colectivo she can be found shopping online or hanging out with friends. Popular conversation topics include her favorite shows, Grey’s Anato...

Anne Schlageter

Anne Schlageter, Junior at Homestead. From playing golf on the course to the hallways of Homestead she just a normal students with friends who care for her and teachers that love her. At school she is nice, friendly, sometimes f...

Alyssa Bonfiglio

Alyssa Bonfiglio, a sophomore at Homestead High School, enjoys trying new things like soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse. She spends a LOT of time with her traditional Italian family and got to meet the rest of her family in Ital...

Nancy Martinez Ramirez

Nancy Martinez Ramirez, a junior at Homestead High School. Nancy was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico. That’s why she has two last names. One coming from her dad and the other one coming from her mom. She is very hard working and s...

Dehanna Billings

Dehanna Billings, sophomore at Homestead Highschool. Being her first year here she expected it to be a lot worse.  From watching mean girls and all the other teen dramas out there she expected it to be a lot like that, but ...

Pirthvi Raj Luhano

Pirthvi Raj Luhano, commonly known as Raj or Dodge is a Senior at Homestead High School Mequon. He is known by Raj because his first name, Pirthvi is hard to pronounce. Raj moved to United States from Pakistan in year 2014. It...

Matt Oates

Matt Oates a junior at Homestead.  From hanging out with his friends to playing lacrosse Matt loves to interact and enjoy fun times with others.  When not a school you can find Matt at home either spending time with his family,...

Cameron Buzzell

Cameron Buzzell is a freshman at Homestead High School who is fun, energetic, and creative. She loves to play basketball and volleyball. Whether it is on the court encouraging her teammates, or explaining the homework to one of her cla...

Sofia Mendoza

Sofia Mendoza is a sophomore at Homestead High School and moved here to the United States when she was going into 7th grade. She was nervous to make new friends and start speaking a language she had never spoken in her life be...

Rebekah Styles

Rebekah Styles is a sophomore who loves to spend her small amount of free time working at a horseback riding barn with her temperamental pony. If she can’t get out to her barn, she can be found at home attempting something a...

Emilija Mikalauskaite

Emilija Mikalauskaite, a sophomore, is essentially carefree and unique. She comes from Lithuania...that’s why her name is so unbearably hard to pronounce/spell. She’s the only Emilija in the school...and city…and state....

Sheetal Kumar

Sheetal Kumar, commonly called ‘Sheets’ by her friends and teammates, is an energetic, fun-loving, Homestead senior who is joining the publications staff for the first time. Outside of spending time with family, Sheetal freq...

Chelsea Rowe

Chelsea Rowe, a sophomore, loves her time here at Homestead. From playing on the volleyball team, to making costumes for the musical, to doing service for Interact Club, she loves to get involved. As a captain for the volleybal...

Thais Marques

Thais Marques, a senior, has had an unique life as an immigrant from Brazil. She has lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil for nine years until her parents received a life-changing opportunity to move to Florida. Like most other nine-year-olds,...

Jayci Scheff

Jayci Scheff is a freshman who can usually be found with her head underwater or in the clouds. She loves writing and photography, and is thinking about going into journalism some day. Hanging out with her friends and family an...

Rachel Writz

Rachel Writz is a sophomore at Homestead High School who has lived in Mequon her entire life with her mom, dad and sister.  In her free time she enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with friends and family.  Rachel likes...

Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith doesn't yet comprehend she is entering her fourth and senior year here at Homestead. Outside of school she enjoys music, cooking, pinterest, and spending time with friends and family. She runs cross country and at...

Talia Gottlieb

Talia Gottlieb is a fun-loving, hard-working sixteen year old with a passion for writing and journalism. When you can't find her buried in hours of homework, you'll probably find her in the pool, hanging out with her friends, or...

Liz Hacker

Liz is a junior at Homestead. She moved to Thiensville in 2011. Her middle school years were not the best ones in her life; high school is so much better! She has a pet cat named Riley. She has two older siblings in college. ...

Molly Plamann

Molly Plamann is a freshman who can most of the time be found with either her phone or a camera in her hand.  She loves photography and anything that requires her to be artistic. She loves to run with the Homestead cross county...

Gretchen Jones

Gretchen Jones is a freshman who moved to Mequon in late August. She moved from Chicago, where she had been living her entire life. Knowing nobody was difficult, but she made a bunch of new friends through cross country. She also...

Mackenzie Kurtin

Mackenzie Kurtin is a junior who loves spending time with family and friends. Her favorite hobby is dance, and she participates on the Homestead varsity dance team and North Shore Dance Studio. Besides dance and spending time...

Sage Austin

Sage Austin is just your average sophomore trying to get through the year one day at a time. Juggling her schedule with school and homework, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) and time hanging out with her friends, s...

Erin Carley

Erin Carley is a senior who spends most of her time outside of Highlander Publications participating in cross country and track, among other activities. If you can't find her out and about, it's probably because she's sitting ...

Lauren Klein

You have a good chance of finding Lauren quickly if you look first in two places: at school or at her desk at home. After school, she debates in the fall and participates in forensics in the winter. In the spring, Lauren enjoys ru...

Gleb Murashka

Gleb Murashka is a sophomore who lives by two rules: don’t be a bonehead and do things people say you can’t. Gleb is planning to be a biotechnical engineer when he grows up, but he will live life to the fullest until then....

Leah Neusen

Leah Neusen, a rowdy sophomore, wants to live her high school career to the fullest. She joined ski team her freshman year and frequently works out at the YMCA. Watching Hulu and YouTube is her favorite pastime. She’s not q...

Ty’Juanea Crosby

Ty’Juanea Crosby, also known as Ty, is a sophomore here at Homestead. She’s been at Homestead since freshman year. Coming to Homestead with no experience, no friends and no knowledge of where anything was were big issues f...

Megan Dauchy

Megan Dauchy is a freshman who just moved to Mequon about a month ago. She used to live about an hour south in Racine, WI. She lived in Racine her whole life and went to the same school for 10 years until she had to leave in late ...

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...

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!

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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,...

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...

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