Friday, July 30, 2021

Our Staff

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Peyton Gelinger

News and Sports Content Manager

Peyton Gelinger is a senior in High School. She is a player for the blue ridge Lady raiders varsity volleyball team and a competitive dancer. When she is not busy doing her school work along with sports Peyton loves to spend time with her family and friends. She plans to attend college to major is Sociology / Human services At Indiana University Of Pennsylvania.

Ben Marble

Web Master

Junior Ben Marble is a second year journalist. He aspires for a career in forensic science and would love to work for the CSI. His many hobbies include gaming, collecting horror films, participating in shooting sports and buying horror games that he is too scared to finish. Ben will talk to you about Star Wars any time of the day and he's been a die hard fan of the series since his Dad gave him a Chewbacca action figure when he was little.

Rayne Glover

Social Media Director

Rayne Glover is a first year student in journalism who enjoys learning, reading, and writing about current news/events. She’s a junior who participates in softball, basketball, and other out of school activities. Inspired by a past graduate, Savannah Glover, Rayne decided to join journalism. She is planning on attending college, but is still indecisive about where she wants to go and what she wants to major in.

Reese Allen

Content Editor

Reese Allen is in her first year of journalism. She is entering her junior year of high school. She participates in National Honor Society, Student Council, Class Officer, and basketball. In her free time she likes to hangout with friends and watch Netflix.

Garrison Strohl

Video Editor

Garrison Strohl is a Senior at Blue Ridge. He has a big passion for music and art and would love to move down to Flordia to a full career in music. His Favorite sport is Hockey and Favorite team is the Bruins. Growing up wanting to be a lawyer or a game designer many interests he has contrasts, but now the love for all music and other things online like making videos, editing and photoshop has come hand in hand.

Carissa Zawiski

Editor in Chief

Carissa Zawiski is a senior in high school who loves to try new things! She keeps herself entertained with cheerleading and spending time with friends and family. She hopes to attend college after high school and get a degree in teaching. She sees teaching as something she would love to do, and help others understand how important education is.

Danielle Tierney

Content Editor

Danielle Tierney grew up in Hallstead, Pennsylvania. She is a full-time student, with many hobbies on the side. Some of those hobbies include playing guitar, playing piano, playing ukulele, listening to music, lyrical ballet, riding bikes, and swimming. She would love to talk to you about the band The Strokes at any time of the day. Because she didn't have games on her old Windows XP desktop as a young kid, she wrote stories on Microsoft Word for fun.

Kayla Blaisure

Content Editor

Ashley Torres

Staff Artist

Ashley Torres is a first-year journalism student. She loves playing sports and being involved in school activities/clubs. Ashley is an amazing artist and loves spending free time drawing, after high school, she aspires to be a physical therapist and play college basketball.

Chase Cosgrove

Opinion Editor

Chase Cosgrove is a sophmore who enjoys reading, writing, and playing video games.

Senior Writers

Clayton Whitney

Senior Writer

Clayton Whitney is a first-year journalism student, working to complete his senior year of high school. He spends most of his weekends racing ATV's up and down the east coast. He enjoys spending the rest of his free time hunting, fishing, boating, or pretty much anything else outdoors. 

Makenzie Cook

Senior Writer

Makenzie is a first-year journalism student who is taking on her senior year. She is an active member of the national honor society and Leo club and is a three-year varsity volleyball player. On her free time, she plays recreational volleyball, golfs, and goes skiing

Giavonna Fiore

Senior Writer

Giavonna Fiore is an artistic senior in her first year of journalism. Gia has been passionate about her sports since middle school, as she is starting her sixth year of track and field, and second year of cross country and managing varsity boys basketball. She is also President of the senior class, Student Council, and President of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Honor Society. Following high school, Gia would like to pursue a career as an officer in the United States Army and following her service, possibly a career in government and politics.

Christie Baldwin

Senior Writer

Christie Baldwin is a first year journalism student. She is an energetic junior, who plays basketball and softball. She enjoys being apart of the geocaching club. During the summer she works as a lifeguard at the New Milford Pool.

Alyssa Monks

Senior Writer

Senior Alyssa Monks has returned to Blue Ridge after leaving in her early elementary years. This is Alyssa's first year in journalism. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a 4-year varsity cheerleader. She plans on attending the University of Tampa after graduating.

Clarisa Millard

Senior Writer

Clarisa Millard is a senior in her first year in journalism. Clarisa is the varsity cheer captain on the basketball cheer team and also plays softball. 

Bryce Thompson

Senior Writer

Bryce Thompson is a senior in his first year in journalism. Bryce enjoys making music for people in his free time. This includes doings things such as writing lyrics, recording vocals, and producing instrumentals. Bryce hopes to make it big someday.

Mykenzie Layton

Senior Writer

Mykenzie Layton is a current senior and in her first year of journalism. She is doing her first year of basketball cheer this year and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her lovable animals. Mykenzie also wants to attend college but is very indecisive about her future. 

Dylan Stone

Senior Writer

Dylan Stone is a second-year journalism student in his senior year of high school. He participates in Track and in addition, he enjoys spending most of his time outside exploring what the world has to offer. He also actively challenges himself academically by taking advanced placement and honors classes.

Kyle Maginley

Senior Writer

Kyle Maginley is a senior at Blue Ridge taking on his first year of journalism. Alongside his friends, he makes music as a hobby and respects everyone in his life and circle. He hopes to do the best he can this year and move to Florida to follow his dreams of pursuing a career in music.

Madison Lord

Senior Writer

Madison is a senior and taking on her first year of journalism. Madison is indecisive about her future, although she plans to attend college. She is cheering this year for the Blue Ridge basketball team.

Olivia Martin

Senior Writer

Olivia Martin is a first-year journalism student who is entering her senior year. She is involved in many clubs and activities including Leo Club, National Honor Society, softball, and managing the boys Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball teams. She loves her dog Paisley, being outdoors, and working at Barbour Farms helping with the animals, harvesting vegetables, and all things in between. Liv would love to visit Alaska and Hawaii one day. She hopes to have a career in environmental science, agriculture, or wildlife biology so she can continue enjoying the great outdoors.

Madison Swisher

Senior Writer

Madison Swisher is a senior and a first-year member of journalism. She decided to take journalism her last year of high school because she wants to try something new and experience this to see if this is something she would like to continue in college. Madison’s career choices are involved around music, she is interested in pursuing a career in playing her trumpet for others and/or teaching other students with the same interests.

Elliot Maginley

Senior Writer

Elliot Maginley is a first-year senior journalism writer. He enjoys hanging out on the weekends with his friends.

Junior Writers

Peyton Gelinger

Junior Writer

Peyton Gelinger is a junior in high school. She spends most of her time keeping herself busy with volleyball, competitive dance and cheerleading. Spending times with friends and family is an important factor in her life. After high school, she hopes to attend IUP with an undecided major.

Ryan Glatzel

Junior Writer

Ryan Glatzel is a first-year journalism student who likes to try new things. He's a junior who participates in band, theater, track, and FBLA. After high school, he would like to attend college to pursue an associate's degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences.

Sophomore Writers

Ben Marble

Sophomore Writer

Ben Marble is a first-year journalist and a sophomore. Ben is interested in working in the criminology field. He is also an avid gamer and horror fan.

Madison Gelinger

Sophomore Writer

Madison Gelinger is a first-year journalism student. She is a sophomore and someone who enjoys school and all things in life. In the future, she wants to travel and live life to the fullest.

Neo Choplosky

Sophomore Writer

Neo is a first-year journalist.  He likes to play games and make art along with an eager excitement to finish school soon to eventually try to get to his life goal.

Elizabeth Smith

Sophomore Writer

Liz Smith is a sophomore who hopes to study criminal justice after highschool. Liz loves animals, especially horses and donkeys. In her free time, Liz can be found caring for animals on a friends farm, horseback-riding or in the barn. Liz also volunteers for AWANA on Friday nights.

Leah Rippy

Sophomore Writer

Leah Rippy is a first-year journalism student walking the halls of Blue Ridge for the first time. She is an avid reader and gamer who is excited to see what Blue Ridge has in store for her that her old school did not.

Milia Stilloe

Sophomore Writer

Milia Stilloe is a first-year sophomore journalism writer. She participates in volleyball as well as multiple clubs. She enjoys playing outside with friends, family and her dog in her free time!