esPRESSo Staff Bios 2017

Carmen Miller

Co-Managing Editor

Carmen.jpgCarmen actively participates in Operation Welcome, Recruitment Team, Science Club, Operation Others, HETRA, club volleyball and the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. During her free time, she can be seen and heard advocating Hawktober to everyone who will or won’t listen. Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? Managing the Network like a pro. Noah from the Bible looks at Carmen’s collection of pets and says, “Woah. That’s a lot.”

Isabelle Swanson

Co-Managing Editor

isabelleIsabelle is actively involved in SAME, poetry club, Marian Academic Competition Club, and tutoring. She is an avid Boston Bruins hockey fan, and was a member on Marian’s golf team all four years of high school.




Kate Schwaller

Copy Editor

kateYou can catch Kate on the weekend handing out the best coffee known to man at Dunkin’ Donuts. She once wrote a book trilogy, and the first book has more than 11,000 reads online. On top of being the queen of Dunkin’ by day and a part-time famous online author by night, she also participates in theater and the Mime Troupe at Marian.


Amalea Poulos

Graphics Editor, Page 2 Editor

amaleaAmalea is an active member of Marian’s varsity dance team. In her free time, Amalea loves to play with her puppy, Luna, listen to Hamilton: An American Musical, and decorate for Halloween.


Sydney Monahan

Graphics and News Editor

SP Network Staff Pictures - 1.jpgSydney is a member of Recruitment Team, the Big Sister Program, Servite Connections, and the Environmental Club. She has played reserve soccer for three years at Marian, along with club soccer from 6th-11th grade. She is a member of National Honor Society, National English Honor Society Marcella Chapter and National Language Honor Society for Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys making calendars, taking naps, eating peanut butter and hanging out at Majestic Movie Theatre.

Susana Pettis

Co-online Editor & Page 7 Feature Editor

SP Network Staff Pictures - 14.jpgSusana isn’t afraid to get involved at Marian! She’s a Decade Darling, part of Novelettes, on the Varsity Cheer Team, and a is a proud member of the journalism team. This bilingual ballet dancer is part of the National English Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, National Foreign Language Honor Society, Rho Kappa Honor Society and Quill and Scroll Honor Society.

Brianna Wessling

Co-online editor and feature page editor

Brianna.jpgBrianna is part of the Burn staff, National English Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, National Foreign Language Honor Society, Rho Kappa Honor Society, Quill and Scroll Honor Society, and the Faith in Action Team. She volunteers at the Nebraska Humane Society and works at Bakers. Brianna is unbelievably passionate about Lin-Manuel Miranda and buttered noodles, and her spirit animal is a feral guinea pig.

Erin Walter

Front page editor

Erin.jpgErin is involved in Campus Ministry, Operation Others and Young Politicians Club. She is also the editor of Burn magazine. She is in National Honor Society, Rho Kappa, Spanish Honor Society, and Journalism’s Quill and Scroll. She works at Justice and volunteered for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Erin also volunteered in the DR in the summer of 2015. A fun fact (and unlikely combo) is that she loves dogs, Kanye West, and Fleetwood Mac. Along with being a busy girl, she remains a positive addition to the Network Staff!

Emily Doll

Circulation Manager and Feature Editor

Emily.jpgEmily has been the Dance Captain for Marian’s show choir, Marian Momentum, for two years. She’s been featured in a Marian musical during all four years of high school. She is a member of Marian’s Select Women’s Choir and of the French Club. Emily can be found wiggling her ears and listening to the High School Musical soundtrack.


Ellie Rommelfanger

Feature page editor

Ellie R.jpgEllie has been a Frosh Retreat leader twice, and volunteers for Ollie Webb (as a mentor for a child with developmental disabilities) and the Madonna school. She nannies frequently for three families. She has a favorite, but she won’t disclose who. If she was a food, she would probably be puppy chow, and coincidentally, she has a dog. This hard working dog’s name is Charlie. He dances when Ellie sings.

Ana Hingorani

Opinion Page Editor & Morale and Recognition Coordinator

Ana.jpgAna is currently a Service Site Leader for Seven Oaks Retirement Center. In addition to doing service, Ana is a Freshman Retreat Leader and a Technical Aid Resource (TAR). Ana is busy with being both a member of National Honor Society and a member of the Spanish Honor Society. Her spirit animal is an otter and she has a passion for making and eating grilled cheese sandwiches.

Lauren Mayer

Opinion Page Editor

Lauren.jpgLauren is on the cross country team, Junior Classical Language League, and National Foreign Language Society, and spends her weekends working at HyVee. Always a trendsetter, she can be seen strutting down the halls rocking her classic kindergartener-chic style or keeping up impeccable dental hygiene. Though she may be tiny, she’s just as feisty and passionate as a full-sized person, if not more. Lauren is the type of person who doesn’t do anything halfway. She puts every ounce of effort she has into every project, assignment and activity.

Ellie Mulligan

Columnist and In-depth Page Editor

Ellie M.jpgEllie was on the golf team for two years, ran cross country, and played on the tennis team. This year she is a French Club officer. Ellie is always a positive and encouraging team member, and she can always make the staff smile with her constant witty comments.



Morgan Hobbs

Sports Editor

SP Network Staff Pictures - 7.jpg

Morgan’s been involved with Campus Ministry for two years and Recruitment Team for four years. She’s been on the softball team since freshman year and became a state champ in 2015. Her favorite class she’s taken at Marian is AP Gov. Unofficially, she’s the World’s Biggest Popcorn Aficionado. She’s sporty and sassy and so excited to be one of this year’s sports editors!


Maddie Mingo

Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 1.35.43 PM.pngMaddie participates in any sport you could name, but competitively she competes in track. The clubs she participates in are: Robotics Club, SAME engineering, National Honor Society, and all of the sub divisions of honors societies. Maddie is also the sports page editor for the highly acclaimed Network Newspaper. A super fun fact about Maddie is that she could probably break any person’s bones in half if she tried, but she is nice enough that she will resist. Maddie is simultaneously the biggest fear and biggest inspiration for this staff.

Emma Herold

Entertainment Editor

Emma.jpgEmma has been part of 9th grade choir, Select Women’s Choir, and Show Choir at Marian as well as being part of the Fall Musical “The Little Mermaid.” She has been a member of Operation Others, Recruitment Team and has worked at Le Peep as a hostess, barista, cashier and currently, as a waitress. What people might not know is how well she works under pressure and can write up an article super quick if disaster ever strikes. If you ever need someone who can make a clover with their tongue, she’s got you.

Natalie Kemler

Entertainment Page Editor

SP Network Staff Pictures - 5.jpgNatalie is an honors student who has earned membership in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), Rho Kappa (National Social Studies Honor Society), Spanish Honor Society, Science Honor Society and Journalism’s Quill and Scroll.  She is involved in the Young Politicians Club at Marian and is a 4-year member of the track team with specialties in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.  She has taken community art classes and participated in Habitat for Humanity (and has built a deck) as well as various volunteer opportunities at the Open Door Mission and the Sienna Francis House.  Natalie and her family have hosted two exchange students, one from Germany and currently, a 17-year-old Slovakian named “Tinka” who is attending Roncalli.  

Allie Morrissey

Photo Essay Editor

Allie.jpgAllie is Secretary on Marian’s Student Board, and on Marian’s Dance Team. She’s a spunky gal that puts the “pep” in preppy. This Hamilton-enthusiast really knows how to organize a photo essay like nobody’s business. When not baking vegan treats, Allie is either dancing or watching New Girl. Allie is the type of gal that appreciates a good monogram.

Victoria Ackermann

Social Media Queen and Job Manager

Victoria.jpgThrough tutoring and volunteering at various organizations, Vicki makes a positive impact on her community. She tutors middle school students at St. Pius and high school students here at Marian. In addition, Vicki uses her spare time to serve as a student athletic trainer and volunteer at the Humane Society. If you are ever looking to make Vicki happy, bring her some guacamole or a dog.

Mrs. K


Mrs. K.jpgMarsha Kalkowski is the valiant adviser of the Network newspaper. Along with being the rock of the newspaper staff, she also advises the Crusader yearbook staff, teaches Honors Composition and Literature classes and Journalism 1 courses, and organizes the Decade Darlings club. A fun fact about Mrs. K is that she has donated 90 inches of her hair. She has worked tirelessly to establish a notable, award-winning journalism program at Marian. The Network staff is grateful for Mrs. K’s unwavering dedication to the newspaper we all love so very much!

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