The Network is the student newspaper of Marian High School, Nebraska’s only Class A College-Preparatory School for young women. The Network is written and edited by students.
Meet the Staff!
Carmen Miller, Co-Managing Editor
Carmen 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
Isabelle 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 4 years of high school.
Kate Schwaller, First Semester Copy Editor
You 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 over 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.
Amelia Poulos, Photo Editor & News Editor
Amalea 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 decorating for Halloween.
Sydney Monahan, Graphics Editor and News Editor
Sydney 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 Honors 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 & Feature Editor
Susana 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 Honors Society, National Science Honors Society, National Foreign Language Honors Society, Rho Kappa Honors Society and Quill and Scroll Honors Society.
Brianna Westling, Co-online Editor & Feature Editor
Brianna is part of the Burn staff, National English Honors Society, National Science Honors Society, National Foreign Language Honors Society, Rho Kappa Honors Society, Quill and Scroll Honors 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 & Second Semester Copy Editor
Erin 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 volunteers 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 & Feature Editor
Emily 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 Editor
Ellie is a part of Marian Momentum and is on the Campus Ministry. Ellie can be found singing to her dog, who dances when she sings.
Ana Hingorani, Opinion Editor & Morale and Recognition Coordinator
Ana 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 Editor
Lauren 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 & In-depth Editor
Ellie 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
Popcorn aficionado, softball superstar and the world’s fastest scurrier. She’s sporty and sassy and so excited to be one of this year’s sports editors!
Maddie Mingo, Sports Editor
Maddie participates in any sport you could name, but competitively she competes in basketball and 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 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 Editor
Natalie 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 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 & Job Manager
Through 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 spares 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, Adviser
Marsha 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 several english 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!