The Highlander Online

2019-2020 Staff

Olivia Van Laanen

Olivia Van Laanen

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

Kameron Westbrooke

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

Tori Brandenburg

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

Smeeah Haider-Shah

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

Luke Starsky

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

Maeve James

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

Kendall Coburn

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

Maddie Oppenheimer

Maddie Oppenheimer is a junior at Homestead High School. She is a member of Kids 4 Kids, HOME, GEMS, SHIFT and She's the First. When not in school, Maddie enjoys spending time with her friends and family and volunteering through...

Reilly West

Reilly West

Reilly West is currently a junior at Homestead High School. She is shows her athletics skills through competitive Irish dance and high school soccer. Reilly is on the board for GEMS club and is dedicated to She’s The First and...

Olivia Patel

Olivia Patel

Olivia Patel is currently a junior at Homestead High School. She has participated in 5 different sports since she came to Homestead: volleyball, cross country, basketball, soccer and ski. Livi currently holds the role as the WJCL...

Zoe David

Zoe David

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

Katie O’Hagan

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

Ainsley Feigles

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

Gabi Thomas

Gabi Thomas

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

Ellie Thomas

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

Francesca De Martino

Francesca De Martino, a senior 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

Claudia Sullivan

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

Alanna Devorkin

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

Caroline Crowley

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

Thailyr Perez

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

Abigail Moertl

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

Nora Raasch

Nora Raasch is a junior at Homestead High School. She has always had a passion for writing and graphic design and is looking to pursue a career in Psychology. Aside from Highlander Publications, Nora is involved in Homestead's...

Olivia Van Laanen

Olivia Van Laanen

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,...

Ethan Schlesinger

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...

Faith Schanowski

Faith Schanowski

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...

Danielle Kleiman

Danielle Kleiman

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...

Ariel Leykin

Ariel Leykin

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...

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Taylor Raskin

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...

Annie Brown

Annie Brown

Annie Brown is a junior at Homestead High School. She is passionate about education, maternal health, and cancer research, which is why she serves as president of She's the First and Relay for Life, among other clubs. In her free ...

Emily Padgett

Emily Padgett

Emily Padgett is a Homestead High School Junior. She is excited to develop her journalism skills through this course. When not in school, she enjoys playing volleyball, hanging out with friends and family. In school, Emily is...

Claudia Chedid

Claudia Chedid

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...

Ava Wojnowski

Ava Wojnowski

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

Annie McCormick

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, ...

Serena Said

Serena Said

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

Ashley Zaiss

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...

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Claire Baden

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

McKenna Marotta

McKenna Marotta, a Homestead High School senior, is excited to begin her story in journalism. Away from the classroom, McKenna takes part in the Homestead girl's golf teams. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her f...

Katie Price

Katie Price

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

Avery Bersell

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

Rachel Starsky

Rachel Starsky is a junior at Homestead High School. In room 405, she is often found designing yearbook or writing sports articles. In her free time, she enjoys dancing on the Homestead varsity dance team, playing soccer, and...

Alexandra Grosso

Alexandra Grosso

  Alexandra Grosso, a current junior 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 also enjoy...

Allison Yang

Allison Yang

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...

Christina Zingale

Christina Zingale

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...

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Katie Shirley

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...

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Lexi Buzzell

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. ...

Hannah Kennedy

Hannah Kennedy

Hannah Kennedy is a senior at Homestead and serves as editor in chief of Highlander Publications. She hopes to pursue journalism in college and as a career. When not in the pubs lab, Hannah can be found cooking, working out, ...

Sasha Shapsis

Sasha Shapsis

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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