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Carolina Aguilar

Carolina Aguilar

Staff, junior

This is Carolina’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. She contributed illustrations last year, and she’s glad that she is officially part of the team. In her spare time, Carolina enjoys drawing and painting. She is on the varsity swim team and contributes to the Animal Welfare Club, Art Club, Italian Club and International Culture Club. She looks forward to producing more illustrations and visual elements for the newspaper.

Andrea Aguirre

Andrea Aguirre

Staff, senior

This is Andrea’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. She has contributed illustrations since her sophomore year of high school. She is a part of the Art Club, Environmental Club and Unified Club. She is excited to learn about journalism and discover new ways to improve her illustrations.

Gianna Alberti

Gianna Alberti

Editor, senior

This is Gianna’s second year in the journalism program. As a member of the girls varsity basketball and softball team, she enjoys writing about sports. Gianna is looking forward to excelling at her position as an editor of The Lighthouse.

Nicoleta Antonesco

Nicoleta Antonesco

Staff, freshman

This is Nikki’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. She spends her free time styling clothes, watching anime and playing Minecraft. She is excited to improve her writing skills. Since this is her first year at LHS, she wanted to try everything, and journalism intrigued her.

Bartosz Balbuza

Bartosz Balbuza

Staff, senior

This is Bart's first year on The Lighthouse staff. Among many other things, computer science and politics are important topics to him.

Caila Barreiros

Caila Barreiros

Staff, sophomore

This is Caila’s second year in the journalism program. She enjoys dancing and holds a pageant title as Young Miss New Jersey. She aspires to have a career in fashion design and is planning to remain in the journalism program through her senior year. Her goal is also to improve as a writer.

Alexa Borino

Alexa Borino

Managing Editor, senior

This is Alexa’s third year in the journalism program. She plays basketball in the winter and varsity softball in the spring. Alexa also plays travel softball on her club team throughout the year. She enjoys writing and posting on social media for The Lighthouse.

Aidan Cabrera

Aidan Cabrera

Staff, junior

This is Aidan’s first year in the journalism program. He plays basketball in the winter and is also in an Amateur Athletic League year-round. He is very happy that he was able to join the journalism program after two years of seeing the type of journalism The Lighthouse produces.

Emilia Calabrese

Emilia Calabrese

Staff, sophomore

This is Emilia’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. She is excited to improve her writing skills and see what the journalism class has to offer. She loves spending her free time with friends and family, playing the piano, and watching Netflix. She is a member of the Animal Welfare Club and Italian Club.

Jessica Cerrito

Jessica Cerrito

Staff, freshman

This is Jessica’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. She looks forward to exploring all that the journalism program has to offer. She plays soccer and is hoping to play volleyball and participate on the track and field team. Jessica enjoys listening to music, reading and watching movies as well as TV shows. She is also a member of the Animal Welfare Club and Environmental Club.

Stephanie Cerrito

Stephanie Cerrito

Staff, junior

This is Stephanie’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. She hopes to take part in every aspect of journalism. She is the statistician for the girls varsity soccer as well as the swim team. Stephanie enjoys reading and going for long walks. Her dream is to travel the world and experience the individual beauties of life.

Casey Cirne

Casey Cirne

Staff, junior

This is Casey’s first year in the journalism program. She is a member of the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams. She also serves as the junior class vice president and vice president of membership for Future Business Leaders of America. Casey looks forward to improving her writing skills and sharing her opinions through interesting articles.

Jessica Conklin

Jessica Conklin

Staff, freshman

This is Jessica’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. They enjoy listening to music and reading. They want to improve their writing and photography skills. Their goal is to study English and psychology at Vanderbilt University.

Mirka Cuadros

Mirka Cuadros

Staff, sophomore

This is Mirka’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. She takes part in band, Debate Club and Future Business Leaders of America. Her ultimate goal by the end of this year is to become a better journalist and podcast host willing to offer an outlet to all points of view.

Joseph Delapena

Joseph Delapena

Staff, sophomore

This is Joseph’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. He enjoys listening to music and experimenting with new technologies. He plans to remain in the journalism program until he graduates high school.

Angelina DeLuca

Angelina DeLuca

Webmaster, senior

This is Angelina’s second year on The Lighthouse staff. She records times for the varsity swim team during the winter. She also is on the softball team and takes part in many clubs including the Athletic Trainers Club and Future Business Leaders of America. She hopes to attend college and study nursing.

Anthony DeMarco

Anthony DeMarco

Staff, senior

This is Anthony’s fourth year on The Lighthouse staff. Over the past four years, he has contributed opinion pieces and music reviews. He is also a part of the varsity football, wrestling and baseball teams. Anthony is looking forward to continuing to entertain his readers in his final year at LHS.

Amerie Diaz

Amerie Diaz

Staff, freshman

This is Amerie’s first year in the journalism program. She is excited to be a part of The Lighthouse staff and hopes to improve her writing. She likes to read and watch anything related to horror. She also loves to go shopping. She is interested in learning about graphic design as a career. She joined journalism to help out with the school newspaper.

Angela Ellis

Angela Ellis

Editor, sophomore

This is Angela’s second year on The Lighthouse staff. Some activities she enjoys are drawing, watching Netflix, hanging out with her friends and playing with her two dogs. She also runs cross country and track. Angela is looking forward to excelling at her position as an editor.

Camille Echols

Camille Echols

Staff, freshman

This is Camille’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. In her spare time, she likes to watch shows with her sister, write stories and play video games. She is not on any sports teams, but she is a part of the Animal Welfare Club and Book Club. She does not yet know what she wants to study in college, but she would like for it to be science-related.

Alexa Espinoza

Alexa Espinoza

Staff, junior

Alexa is a junior, and this is her first year on The Lighthouse staff. Alexa loves to illustrate and show off her creative skills. Alexa is also student director of the annual play, president of the International Culture Club, secretary of the junior class and a member of the swim team. In her free time, Alexa likes to watch movies and hang out with her dog. Alexa is excited to share her artwork with The Lighthouse.

Matthew Fata

Matthew Fata

Staff, freshman

This is Matthew's first year on The Lighthouse staff. He likes to write about modern politics and political issues. His favorite sport is hockey and favorite team is the Los Angeles Kings. He also likes to play video games. His favorite video game is Destiny 2.

Emma Ferschweiler

Emma Ferschweiler

Edtior-in-Chief, senior

This is Emma’s third year on The Lighthouse staff. She is captain of the color guard and enjoys debating on the mock trial team. Emma is also a member of the varsity swim team and is in the International Culture Club. Emma likes to bake and settle down with a long book. She hopes to bring all her skills to her role as editor-in-chief and make this year the best yet for The Lighthouse.

Emily Gabriel

Emily Gabriel

Managing Editor, senior

This is Emily’s second year on The Lighthouse staff. She is president of the Student Government Association and secretary for the Class of 2021. She is on the varsity swim team and captain for the varsity cross country team. She participates in the Art Club, Athletic Trainers Club as secretary, Environmental Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Peer Group and National Honor Society as treasurer. She enjoys writing and hopes to expand The Lighthouse’s social media presence as managing editor.

Maria Gamez

Maria Gamez

Staff, junior

This is Maria’s first year in the journalism program. She likes to illustrate and wishes to learn how to animate by the end of the school year. She is also a part of the band and participates in clubs including the Animal Welfare Club, Environmental Club, Italian Club and Robotics Club. She is also part of the pit in the spring musical. She is excited to show her illustrations in the newspaper.

Julia Glowacki

Julia Glowacki

Webmaster, senior

This is Julia’s second year in the journalism program. She enjoys spending time with her family and going shopping. As a first-year webmaster, she hopes to influence The Lighthouse website effectively over the course of the school year and learn new concepts along the way.

Ghita Kdiry

Ghita Kdiry

Editor, senior

This is Ghita’s second year in the journalism program. She looks forward to learning new illustration techniques as well as animation. She hopes her final year on The Lighthouse staff will be successful.

Aliya Keith

Aliya Keith

Staff, junior

This is Aliya’s first year working on The Lighthouse staff. She is a part of the soccer, basketball and track teams. She is looking forward to improving her reading and writing skills.

Maya Malizia

Maya Malizia

Staff, senior

This is Maya’s third year in the journalism program. She is the captain of the LHS cheer team. She enjoys writing and knowing that people have enjoyed reading what she has written.

Samantha May

Samantha May

Staff, sophomore

This is Samantha’s first year working on The Lighthouse staff. She enjoys writing, especially when it comes to opinion pieces and poetry. She is currently a member of the Animal Welfare club as well as the Gay Straight Alliance Club. Overall, Samantha has a passion for sharing her thoughts and ideas with those around her, and she is ecstatic to have that opportunity because of The Lighthouse.

Justin Mayewski

Justin Mayewski

Staff, sophomore

This is Justin’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. He is excited to be a part of the team and thinks his personality and interests will be a great addition to the staff. Justin has been inspired to pursue a career in medicine. He is a two-sport athlete and really values teamwork. Writing is crucial to his future goals, and he believes studying journalism will be a great way to improve his writing.

Jake McCann

Jake McCann

Staff, senior

This is Jake’s second year working on The Lighthouse staff. He is a three-sport athlete and the captain of the ice hockey team. He enjoys writing sports articles.

Jude McElroy

Jude McElroy

Staff, freshman

This is Jude’s first year in the journalism program. He enjoys playing video games in his free time, and he is excited to be a part of the journalism program. Jude enjoys writing about a variety of topics.

Nickolas Medina

Nickolas Medina

Staff, junior

This is Nick’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. He hopes to inform readers about current events and encourage them to share their opinions. Outside of school, Nick spends a lot of time playing with his two dogs.

Emily Melleno

Emily Melleno

Staff, sophomore

This is Emily’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. Over the course of the year, she hopes to improve her writing and photography skills. Emily also loves to watch sports and attend games. In her free time, she enjoys visiting national monuments with her grandparents.

Carolyne Mooney

Carolyne Mooney

Editor, sophomore

This is Carolyne’s second year participating in the journalism program. She is prepared and excited to take on the role as an editor for the first time. Writing is one of her strongest skills, and she is excited to share that with The Lighthouse. Her favorite sport to play is softball, and she hopes to play it this year. Her goal for this year is to keep learning and growing as a journalist.

John Mulvaney

John Mulvaney

Staff, junior

This is John’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. He is very interested in history and English as well as reading and writing. His goal for this year is to achieve better grades than he did last year. Through the journalism program, he hopes to improve his writing skills and become better at expressing his opinions as well as reporting on the news.

Francesca Muravin

Francesca Muravin

Staff, freshman

This is Francesca’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. She is happy to be in this class and wants to improve her writing skills. Francesca likes sports, and her favorites are soccer and volleyball. She hopes to have good grades for the next four years and remain in the journalism program for the next four as well.

Valentina Novak

Valentina Novak

Editor, junior

This is Valentina’s second year in the journalism program. She is very excited to take on the role of an editor. She is on the volleyball team and is also involved with the Debate Club. She enjoys writing, listening to music and painting. Her goal for this year is to help her classmates improve their skills in order to become a lot more comfortable in this program.

Olivia Oliveira

Olivia Oliveira

Staff, freshman

This is Olivia’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. She is looking forward to being a writer for the school newspaper. Olivia joined the journalism program because she is very interested in the topics covered by The Lighthouse. She enjoys music and dancing and is a member of the chorale. This year, she is hoping to improve her writing skills and work with new people.

Rafaella Paes

Rafaella Paes

Staff, senior

This is Rafaella’s second year in the journalism program. She is a member of the varsity track team and volleyball team. She enjoys writing and reading. Her goal is to attend Rutgers University where she plans to study marketing or history.

Andrew Palma

Andrew Palma

Editor, senior

This is Andrew’s third year in the journalism program. He is excited to be an editor. Andrew hopes he can help others discover their love for journalism and help them improve their writing skills. In addition to being part of The Lighthouse, Andrew is a member of the swim team, Environmental Club and International Culture Club. He likes to draw, paint and listen to music, but napping his favorite pastime.

Adrien Reyes

Adrien Reyes

Staff, freshman

This is Adrien’s first year in the journalism program. He hopes he can learn from the journalism program and take what he learned from the program through life.

Adriana Rodriguez

Adriana Rodriguez

Staff, sophomore

This is Adriana’s first year in the journalism program. She hopes she can improve her writing skills and contribute to The Lighthouse’s success. Adriana is an avid reader, a creative writer and has a passion for outer space. She is involved in the Debate Club and enjoys meeting new people as well as making new friends. She hopes to excel in her classes and write articles that express her opinions. Adriana is looking forward to the new year and is ecstatic to see where this year takes her.

Christa Ruiz

Christa Ruiz

Staff, senior

This is Christa’s first year working on The Lighthouse staff. She participates on the cross country, swim and softball teams. She is also a member of the Athletic Trainers Club and Computer Club. Christa joined journalism because she enjoys writing and wants to improve her skills as well. Her goal is to write articles that people will enjoy reading.

Sumaia Safi

Sumaia Safi

Senior Editor, senior

This is Sumaia’s second year in the journalism program. After being a staff writer her first year, she is excited to take on the senior editor position. She hopes to major in international relations in college and hopefully do something that involves journalism in her future.

Prires Sahiti

Prires Sahiti

Staff, senior

This is Prires’ first year working on The Lighthouse staff. He is excited to write articles and get some experience as a journalist. He hopes to work as a sports analyst in the future.

Barbara Sales

Barbara Sales

Staff, senior

This is Barbara’s first year working on The Lighthouse staff. She is excited to experience this side of journalism and start writing more. She hopes to excel in her interviewing and writing skills. Barbara loves to spend quality time with her friends and family. In the future, Barbara would like to go to college and become rich and successful in life.

Laura Sanchez

Laura Sanchez

Staff, sophomore

This is Laura’s first year in the journalism program. She plays volleyball, enjoys drawing and loves reading. She is interested in pursuing medicine after high school in hopes of helping people in need. Laura hopes to improve her interviewing as well as writing skills throughout the year. She wants to contribute to the program and actively participate within her school community.

Alexandra Shapiro

Alexandra Shapiro

Editor-in-Chief, senior

This is Alex’s third year in the journalism program. After being an editor and a webmaster her junior year, she is excited to take on the editor-in-chief position and hopes to make a positive impact on the program. She is also president of the National Honor Society, a peer group leader, and participates in athletics. She hopes to major in nursing when she attends college.

Michael Simeone

Michael Simeone

Staff, sophomore

This is Michael’s first year in the journalism program. He is excited to work hard in journalism class this year and improve his skills in interviewing and writing. He wrestles for LHS and likes to report on sports as well as write reviews.

Ella Sorg

Ella Sorg

Staff, freshman

This is Ella’s first year in the journalism program. She hopes to improve her writing skills and maybe even interviewing skills. Since she is a shy person, interviewing will force her to talk, bettering her speaking skills and charisma. She does not play sports, but some hobbies of hers are watching TV, bike riding and relaxing at home. She also hopes to make a good impact on others by participating in this program.

Jason Swayze

Jason Swayze

Staff, senior

This is Jason’s first year in the journalism program. He hopes to share his knowledge by writing about school sports and professional sports. Some of his hobbies are playing video games and working. He wants to major in criminal justice in college. Jason loves to spend time with his family and friends. He enjoys watching football on Sundays and doing tailgates with his dad.

Brianna Tartaglia

Brianna Tartaglia

Staff, sophomore

This is Brianna’s first year in the journalism program. As a member of The Lighthouse staff, Brianna hopes to freely talk about her opinions and improve her writing skills. She enjoys listening to music and thinking openly about certain topics. Brianna looks forward to gaining friendships, growing more knowledgeable about how to write articles and learning how to properly socialize with people in a professional way.

Tara Tiyaloglu

Tara Tiyaloglu

Staff, freshman

This is Tara's first year in the journalism program. She is an aspiring writer who looks forward to showing others her love for writing and working with the amazing staff that's already contributed to The Lighthouse’s success. Tara plays for the girls soccer team and enjoys everything she does. She loves to hang out with friends and family and help them whenever they are in need.

Ella Tozduman

Ella Tozduman

Staff, junior

This is Ella’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. She is the pitcher for the varsity softball team, and she plays volleyball as well. She enjoys playing sports and spending time with family and friends. Ella looks forward to contributing her articles and graphics to LHS’ amazing student newspaper. She hopes to remain in the journalism program for the remainder of her time in high school.

Tomas Velasquez

Tomas Velasquez

Staff, freshman

This is Tomas’s first year on The Lighthouse staff. He hopes he can improve his skills in reading and writing. He also likes to mountain bike and play sports including soccer. Even though he does not play for the high school’s soccer team, he hopes he can be as good as the other players. Tomas would like to make more friends while taking this class and looks forward to providing information to the LHS community.

Adam Venezia

Adam Venezia

Staff, senior

This is Adam’s second year in the journalism program. He decided to continue in the program because of how much fun he had writing for the newspaper. Adam plays baseball for LHS. He enjoys watching sports and being able to write about them.

Maryam Yabroudi

Maryam Yabroudi

Staff, junior

This is Maryam’s first year on the The Lighthouse staff. She loves playing sports, watching Netflix, and hanging out with her friends. In journalism class, she loves to create sketches. Maryam believes art is one of the most relaxing activities, and some soothing music goes amazing with it.

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