Lions' Digest

2016-2017 Staff

Grace Biddle

My name's Grace. I joined Journalism because I love to write about myself. My favorite place to produce my work is on my Facebook page, which currently has over 70 followers. Not trying to brag but that's pretty good. Honestly...

Owen Isham

My name is Owen Isham, I’m sixteen and a sophomore here at State High.  I was born in Portland, Maine, and every summer and winter break I go on vacation in Maine to visit my family.  I run on the State High Track and Cro...

Ethan Sims

My name is Ethan Sims, a freshman from Park Forest. I chose to take Journalism because I thought it would be interesting, fun and a way to improve my writing skills. I am interested in filmmaking and thought that this class wou...

Tanner Brandimarte

My name is Tanner Brandimarte, I am a sixteen years old and a  sophomore here at State College Area High School. Besides my mom and dad, I have one sister named Sophie and a dog named Molly.  I play football and baseball. In ...

Anne Garrett

Hi, I'm Anne and I am a sophomore at State High. I have two older brothers, one of whom is in my Journalism class, which is part of the reason I am taking this course. In my free time I like to draw and play video games. I wa...

Noah Garrett

Hi, I'm Noah Garrett, a senior at State High. I became interested in Journalism after coming to the morning announcements and picked up the course for the second semester. This is my first year at the high school, or in any s...

Osama Algharaib

My name is Osama Algharaib, I’m a senior at State High. I’m taking Journalism 1, I took this class because I’m interested to see and learn about the people behind the papers. I’m also interested in photography. At the moment, ...

Bella Spicer

I am Isabella Spicer, but I prefer Bella. I am 15 years old and I am a freshman at State High. I come from a large family of 4 brothers and 2 sisters. I like having a large family because I never get bored and there is always so...

Olivia De La Nuez

My name is Olivia De La Nuez, I’m 16 years old and I attend State High as a sophomore. I moved to State College when I was in first grade. Throughout the years, I’ve become to like hiking and playing sports. As a State High...

Kevin Karstetter

My name is Kevin Karstetter, I am in 9th grade. I go to State High where I enjoy playing baseball and basketball. I have one brother and one sister. My brother attends a Junior College and my sister attends Penn State. My family a...

Michael Manyak

I’m Michael Manyak, 16 years old, and a sophomore here at State High. The main reason I took this class was to explore State High a little more. In this class I hear you meet new people, and have new experiences. I am more ...

Olivia Webb

My name is Olivia Webb and I am currently a junior at state high. I chose to take Journalism 1 this year because I have always loved English and wanted to use my writing to effectively let people know what is going on around th...

Kyra Gines

My name is Kyra Gines, 14 years old, a proud freshman, and I’m a new member of Journalism. I enjoy reading, writing, talking, being happy -just being a fun person overall, really. I participate in three clubs: Forensics, Dive...

Adam Stover

My name is Adam Stover, I’m a senior at State High and have grown up in State College since I was born. I live with my mom and dad, and also have a brother attending Penn State as a Junior. Here at state high, I participate on...

Patrick Kelly

Hi? My name is Patrick Kelly I am a sophomore at State High and am currently enrolled in Journalism. I was born in Santa Barbara, California, but moved here when I was three and I have lived here ever since. I am on the State H...

Ben Vollmer

My name is Ben Vollmer, I am fifteen years old and I am currently in tenth grade, here at State High. Besides Journalism, I am involved in the State High Boys Soccer Team. Outside of school I play for a soccer team called, HMMS ...

Cole Urbas

My name is Cole Urbas and I am a sophomore.  My younger brother Lance and I were both born in Pittsburgh, PA and were best friends from the start.  I am a proud member of a Pittsburgh sports team family.  In my free time, I en...

Caycee Ohl

Hey! I'm Caycee. This is my second year in journalism, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I guess you could say communicating is my passion. I love to talk and write to share my ideas as well as news with other people. I ho...

Mikayla Martin

Hi my name is Mikayla, I am currently in ninth grade. I enjoy photography, drawing, and listening to music in my free time. I joined Journalism because I like to  do creative writing and take pictures. ...

Christian Friberg

Hello my name is Christian Friberg and I am a senior at State High. I am currently taking Journalism 1. I decided to take Journalism due to my interest in Sports Journalism as well as my interest in being current with the news....

Kayla Moran

Hi, I’m Kayla Moran. I’m a Sophomore at State High and I play volleyball for the Girl’s State High team. I live in Boalsburg with both of my parents. My older sister is enrolled at South Hills Business college currently...

Grace Roeshot

Hi, I'm Grace and I'm a senior at State High. I enjoy cooking, biking, and finding new artists to listen to. I  joined journalism to sharpen my writing and interviewing skills and gain experience with writing articles. This is...

Sierra Hockenbury

Hi, my name is Sierra Hockenbury and I’m a junior here at State High! Traveling and exploring new places is one of my many passions. Whether it’s down the street or across the world, count me in. When home, I try to hang out with...

Keally Haushalter

Hi! My name is Keally Haushalter and I am a junior at State High. I was born in Oregon and Philly and then moved to State College where I have lived for 10 years. I play lacrosse and soccer along with participating in indoor tr...

Trevor Steffen

Hi, I’m Trevor and I’m a sophomore writer.  I have two older siblings, both attending PSU in the spring. After highschool, I plan to attend PSU as well. I have two dogs; Ekko and Milo. In my freetime I like to write, trave...

Neal Singer

Hi, I’m Neal Singer I am a sophomore in journalism. In my freetime I enjoy to play baseball and play guitar. I have 3 brothers, one who is currently attending PSU. After High school I plan on going to Penn State and hopefully...

Sydney Asencio

My name is Sydney Asencio and I'm currently a junior.  This year I chose to enroll in Journalism 1 and I am beyond thrilled to be involved.  I've always had an interest in English as a class, with a focus on the writing aspects...

Jackson Harper

Hello! My name is Jackson Harper. I am (obviously), a student here at State High, and although I am a bit saddened by the end of summer, I am equally as excited for the beginning of a new school year! My father works at PFMS a...

Joey Clark

Hi I’m Joey, a junior at State High. I was born and raised here in State College and I’ve only just started to explore all of the classes the high school has to offer. I joined the State High swim team my freshman year and ...

Anna Garban

My name is Anna Garban and I’m a sophomore at state high. This is my first year of Journalism but it won’t be my last! I devote a good amount of time to writing and reading. Writing helps me take time to relax and reading ...

Jordaan Ahlkvist

Hello my name is Jordaan Wadsworth Ahlkvist, I was born on February 2, 2002 in Denver, Colorado. I have a brother named Riley and I live with my mom and dad. I enjoy watching anime and playing video games. I also like to hang out ...

Justin Korman

My name is Justin Korman, and I’m a junior at State High. I am currently enrolled as a Journalism 1 student, choosing the class because of my longtime affinity for writing. Born and raised in the State College area, I live ...

Abby English

Hi! My name is Abby English and this is my second year as a part of the journalism team. I work as the copy editor on the yearbook. Initally, I joined the journ team to learn more about journalism in general, but have found it...

Mike Hopp

Wow I look good in that photo! Hello, my name is Mike Hopp. I was originally born in New York City on September 29, 2000. I moved here to State College over 10 years ago. I live with my mom, dad, brother and sister. I am a juni...

Hanna Yu

I’m Hanna, a junior here. I’m an Asian Québécoise, yet you’ll find my English fluent enough (to indoctrinate you with my ideas). My hobbies include listening to music, playing piano, and reading articles. In an inabili...

Katie Ache

Hi my name is Katie Ache. I was born right here in State College. I have one older brother named Owen, who is in 10th grade. I also have two cats, named Kima and Trey. My favorite sport is soccer, and I’ve been playing my whol...

Hannah Oleynik

Hi, my name is Hannah Oleynik.  I am junior in Journalism 2.  I was born in Maryland, and when I was ten I moved to State College.  I have two younger brothers, one in 9th grade, and one in 7th.  My favorite family member is ...

Thomas Bucha

Word up homez, this is yo boi T. Imma spit some ‘bout myself. Off the street you’ll find me in the lab putting in work. Check out my newest fire “Tom Bucha’s highlite tape” on hudl. On the street you’ll find me wit...

Addie Orndorff

Hey I’m Addie, a Journ 1 staff member. I’m a sophomore who loves writing and art. I decided to take journalism because I’ve always had a fascination for the school’s yearbook and WSCH. This class was a great chance for...

Angel Zheng

‘Sup. I’m Angel but you probably know me as that-one-really-weird-Asian-sophomore.  I guess I am a pretty generic high school student -- I like to listen to music, hang out with my friends, and I have a strong opinion abo...

Gillian O’Neill

Hi, my name is Gillian O’Neill. I was born in Providence, Rhode Island but my family moved to State College shortly after I was born. I have two older brothers Michael and Evan. They are both in College at Penn State right now....

Hannah Nelson

My name is Hannah Nelson and I am Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Lions’ Digest. I have been in the Journalism program here at State High for three years. I am a fashionista, cupcake enthusiast, feminist, cat lover, coffee drinker, and ...

Abby Fortin

My name is Abby Fortin and I’m a senior this year (yayyyy!). I've been a part of Lions' Digest all four of my years at State High and have loved it. My job here consists mostly of writing fashion and people-related articles,...

Helena Haynes

Hi, my name is Helena and I am very happy to be a part of journalism this year. Writing and taking pictures have always been things that I enjoy doing so working on the yearbook and the newspaper is very fun for me. Outside of ...

Conor Camazine

My name is Conor Camazine and I have been a part of the journalism program for the past four years. While working in journalism, I have had the pleasure of doing a variety of things, such as covering various sporting events and wri...

Owen Ache

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