Meet the 2018-2019 Staff!
Abby Butler – Managing Editor, Front Page Editor and Graphics Editor
Abby is a coffee fanatic who loves Marian. As a senior, Abby just finished her final season of cross country. She loves being on The Network staff because graphic design and journalism are possible career interests of hers. When she isn’t studying or at school, you can find her cooking, hanging out with friends, or binge watching her favorite show “The Office”!
Emma Williams – Managing Editor
Emma is the second oldest out of the five kids in her family. She is a co-editor of the Burn literary magazine and is an active member of Project Welcome. Outside of school, she works at Taxi’s restaurant as a hostess and can usually be found sippin’ on a chai tea latte.
Lily Blake – Copy Editor
Lily is a caffeine-dependent senior who can commonly be found laughing at her own jokes, dancing through the halls, and/or double fisting an iced coffee and hydroflask. She has been a member of the Dance Team all four years of high school and is also the co-president of the Girls 4 Girls club. Outside of school, you can find her at your local Red Mango catering to the needs of the city’s frozen yogurt lovers (and having a few too many sample cups herself).
Caroline Drew – Copy Editor
When not at school or writing music, Caroline can often be found at B&G Tasty Foods, a 50’s diner where she works as a waitress. An avid supporter of her local library and coffee shops, few things make her happier than the chance to be outside with a good book and a cup of coffee, often joined by her dog, Ruby. A sagittarius with a soft spot for the color blue, Caroline is a firm believer of stove-popped popcorn and the restorative powers of a long walk.
Joey Carollo – Online Editor
Joey is the youngest of four in her loud, obnoxious family. When not found on Military Avenue, you can most likely find her working at Blue Sushi or watching vine compilations. She has danced on Marian’s Dance Team for four years and is involved in many clubs at Marian. She is a travel fanatic and will watch any scary movie your heart desires. Joey is a music guru at heart and some of her favorite artists at the moment are The 1975, Quinn XCII, Lennon Stella, and Ariana Grande.
Kaitlyn Rosenbaum – Photo Editor and Photo Story Editor
Kaitlyn is a senior at Marian High School. She is a member of Recruitment team, runs cross country, and is apart of Campus Ministry. She has a younger sister, a yellow lab, and a puppy on the way! When Kaitlyn isn’t at school you can find her slinging pizzas at Oscars Carry Out or enjoying a refreshing Capri Sun, but only Pacific Cooler. She joined the Network staff in hopes of spreading news to others in a fun, yet informative way.
Qwynn Watts – Graphics Editor and Feature Editor
When Qwynn isn’t at school, you’ll find her working at Pitch Pizzeria or on a walk with her Goldendoodle, Ziggy. Contrary to popular belief her name is supposed to be spelled that way…yes, with no vowels. Her guilty pleasures include popcorn, Ginger Ale, and ranch (Runza exclusively). Her current music obsessions consist of Bon Iver, Tame Impala, and BROCKHAMPTON. She loves Spring even though Nebraska continues to ignore its existence as a season. She actively participates in Dance Team, Campus Ministry, French Club, and Recruitment Team.
Ellie Farner – News Editor
Ellie is involved in Campus Ministry, Recruitment Team, and co-leads Marian’s Student Union club. Her go to drink at Starbucks is an iced chai tea latte. Her favorite color is yellow and favorite movie is The Sandlot. Ellie joined journalism because she believes that spreading real and truthful news is essential.
Tomi Huber – News Editor
Tomi is the youngest of three kids and has two cats (one with only three legs!). Outside of school you can find her working at Saddlebrook Community Center, hitting the gym, hanging out with friends, or playing her guitar. She loves movies and books, but her passion is music. Her favorite bands are The Growlers, Blue October, and Sublime.
Aileen Zitek – Feature Editor
Aileen is on the newspaper staff. She is involved in cheerleading, french club, and campus ministry. She is a big dog lover. She has one dog a chow chow poodle mix, and his name is Bill. She is also an avid supporter of iced coffee and The Office.
Jenna Cusick – Feature Editor
Jenna is a lover of dogs, iced coffee, the color blue, and traveling. She is involved in Campus Ministry and runs Cross Country. When she’s not at Marian, you will find Jenna making smoothies at Juice Stop, studying at a coffee shop, or having fun with her friends. Her favorite holiday is a Christmas and she is a Creighton basketball fanatic. Jenna wanted to be a part of journalism because she loves to write and share stories!
Kayla Gornall – Feature Editor
Kayla, member of campus ministry and recruitment team, is taking her last year of classes at Marian High School. She loves her Sociology II, World Literature, and, you guessed it, journalism classes the best. She loves fruit and makes smoothies as her part time job. Kayla is a mermaid at hear and friend of plants. She strives live by the ocean in the future. She’s not an artist, but surely paints with all the colors of the wind.
Maria Alessandro – Opinion Editor
When Maria is not drowning in hours of homework, you can also find her taking part in Campus Ministry, track and cross country, French Club and other activities. She enjoys going to Nebraska Husker football games with her two brothers in the fall and catching up on sleep on the weekends. She also believes that having the freedom to write the truth is important, which is why she chose to write for the Network.
Maria Piperis – Opinion Editor
Maria is an Honors Art IV student, an active member in various clubs at Marian, and the founder and co-president of Girls 4 Girls club. When she’s not at school, you can probably find Maria reading a Stephen King book and sipping an iced caramel latte with an extra shot. She is 100% Greek, she loves Led Zeppelin, and she is arguably the most opinionated girl in all of Marian High School. If you ever need someone to discuss rock music, politics, or renaissance art with, Maria’s your girl!
Audrey Otwell – In-Depth Editor
Green sweatshirts pulse through the Marian hallways, and I am proud to be wearing one of them. But to me, being a ‘journ girl’ is more than Room 304 and picture-taking at mass. Journ girls investigate, they form conclusions, have breakthroughs and they say, “I want to write a story about that!” Because journ girls know. They know a story is more than an assignment, they know that it is someone’s passion project, livelihood, or nightmare. And Journ girls believe. They believe in the power of words and the resounding impact that a story can have. They believe their words can change minds, educate people, and save the world. Journalism is a powerful tool and I am undertaking it with conviction, high regard and a green sweatshirt on.
Caitlyn Virgillito – Sports Editor
Caitlyn is the oldest for four siblings, who are all her best friends. She loves to cuddle and play with her furry airedale terrier, Albus. Outside of school Caitlyn enjoys reading and running. She will listen to pretty much any genre of music, but her favorite band is B∅RNS. Her favorite colors are pink and yellow and she adores homemade Italian meals from her Nonno. Caitlyn hopes to become an orthodontist in her future. She joined journalism because she wants to expand her writing abilities and spread news around Marian.
Daylee Daubert – Sports Editor
Daylee is a part of the Class of 2019 at Marian High School. She loves Marian and all it has to offer. She enjoys spending time with her friends and listening to an unhealthy amount of music. Her favorite holiday is Halloween, and she loves carving pumpkins. Her favorite color is yellow, and it always reminds her to be happy and smile. She loves wearing her hair in a bun no matter how nice she has to dress up. She enjoys sushi, oreos, or any and all things Shawn Mendes related. Wait, did I just say that?
Anna Kenney – Entertainment Editor
Anna is active in Campus Ministry, is the President of the Marian Students for Life club, apart of Select Women’s Choir, and involved in Marian theatre. The oldest of six brothers and one sister, she knows the true meaning of “crazy.” Outside of school she likes to hang out with friends, play football in the backyard with her crazy family, watch black and white movies, and read good books. On the weekends she also works in a retirement home. Her favorite color is blue and she loves anything chocolate. She loves to spend time outdoors especially in the fall! She enjoys English class and loves the book Pride and Prejudice. She joined the Network because she loves to write like her dad who is an author. A fun fact is that her favorite musical is The Sound of Music and this year she is playing Mother Abbess in Marian’s production of The Sound of Music!
Jolie Peal – Entertainment Editor
Jolie is involved in Show Choir, Select Women’s Choir, and Sundae Wednesday. She is also playing the role of Liesl in Marian’s fall musical “The Sound of Music.” Outside of Marian she stays busy with work as a barista and dancing for Stars Dance Academy. Her favorite movie is “Lilo and Stitch,” and her favorite t.v. show is “Gilmore Girls.” In her free time she loves binge watching Netflix and solving escape rooms with her friends.
Meet Our 2017-2018 Staff!
Grace Sall – Co-Managing Editor
Grace is an active member of Campus Ministry, Recruitment team and is the swim team manager. The oldest of four brothers, she doesn’t know the meaning of the term “a quiet home.” When Grace isn’t at school or parading brothers around Omaha, you’ll most likely find her in a pool, teaching kids how to swim. She enjoys Pringles, sushi and talking about any and all things camp related. Her favorite movie line comes from the iconic Sandlot, “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”
Maddie Robertson – Co-Managing Editor
Maddie does indeed have a life outside of room 304. When not annihilating the Oxford comma, she is an active member of Marian’s Academic Competition Club, Recruitment Team and Slam Poetry. Outside of school, Maddie loves to play with her little sister Eloise, take Buzzfeed quizzes and work at her favorite place in the world (aside from Marian and Sonic) Camp Cedars.
Delaney Stekr – Copy Editor
Delaney is involved in soccer, NHS Treasurer and volleyball videographer. After school, she volunteers with Youth Emergency Services and works at a daycare in a gym, taking care of tiny people. Her biggest pet peeve is when people walk slowly in any hallway. Her favorite color is yellow and her favorite animal is a giraffe. Avid member of Pinterest, and just wants a house full of puppies.
Maggie Prosser – Online and Graphics Editor
Maggie actively participates in Cross Country, Recruitment team and volunteers at Children’s Hospital. On weekends you can catch her working at Smoothie King on Center! In her free time you can see her hanging out at your local Dunkin’ Donuts Coffeeshop.
Katherine Martin – Opinion Editor
Katherine is a senior at Marian High School. Katherine decided to take journalism because she wanted a place to be creative and learn how to be a better writer. Katherine’s favorite subject is social studies. When Katherine is not at school she is watching Desperate Housewives or hanging out with her dogs, Max and Duffy.
Hayley Golden – Feature Editor
Hayley is actively involved in French Club, Select Women’s Choir and is a core team member for Operation Welcome. Some of her passions include photography, volunteering and eating dessert. A fun fact about Hayley is that she is double jointed in her arms, and can technically use them as a jump rope. In addition to her funky arms, she can put both feet behind her head.
Audrey Yost – Photography and Sports Editor
Audrey is thoroughly involved in Campus Ministry and Recruitment team. She is the youngest of three siblings, and is the “only child” now that her siblings are off to college. You’ll most likely find Audrey with her camera taking pictures or somewhere singing in choir. She loves Mexican food including chips and queso, tacos, etc. She loves traveling and hopes to explore the world in the near future.
Samantha Fabian – Feature Editor
Outside of the journalism room, Samantha is involved Campus Ministry, Burn Magazine and Recruitment Team. She has been on the FIAT team for three years and has been a Core Team member for the past two. She has a passion for learning and traveling to new places; she has currently visited 16 states and 2 countries, and plans to visit more in the near future.
Julia Veik – Feature Editor
Julia is a member of the Marian Momentum show choir and the Mime troup. She enjoys music, writing and helping others. She takes inspiration from the people around her and hopes to make other people happy.
Allison Ostapowicz – Front Page Editor
Allison hopes to become a writer/poet in her future. She’s obsessed with punk rock music, and you’ll always find her at a concert. She practices Buddhism and lives a happy life sending positive vibes to this beautiful universe. Allison isn’t into sports, but ask her any fact about Kurt Cobain or Marilyn Manson and she’ll answer in a heartbeat.
Hailie Rydel – Circulation Manager
Hailie participates in the school musicals, whether it be in the pit, or helping through the STAR program. She plays with the Omaha youth symphony. She plays the violin, guitar and dabbles in the piano. Hailie loves music of all kinds. She enjoys listening to it, writing it and playing it. She also enjoys weightlifting and participating in Mixed Martial Arts.
Lily Watkins – Feature Editor
Lily is the president of Slam Poetry Club and a major grammar stickler to boot. The Oxford comma is her favorite grammar rule. She survives off of sugar-free Redbull, coffee and Fuego Takis. When she’s not overusing semicolons, she’s usually on Youtube watching videos of parrots. Lily still doesn’t know what she wants her first pet when she moves out to be: a cockatiel, bearded dragon or pit bull. Maybe all three!
Sofia Herrera – Entertainment Editor
Sofia is a senior who loves Marian and all it has to offer. She decided to take journalism because she loves to read and write. She is a class officer, runs cross country and loves Latin class and photography. She believes spreading news in a truthful way is extremely important. Find her drinking copious amounts of coffee and eating ice most likely while hiking up Soph lot.
Abby McLaughlin – Opinion Editor and Morale Booster
Abby is a French Club Officer, is a part of Operation Others, Operation Welcome and other clubs and activities at Marian. She is a member of the Lolo’s Angels Junior Board and had one short lived year on the track team. When she is not playing with her dog, Zoie, she is living her vegetarian lifestyle. Abby also loves The Office and Parks and Recreation.
Audrey Hertel – Column Writer and In-depth Editor
When Audrey’s not in school, she enjoys camping out for hours with her friends to see her favorite bands or spending a whole day at a coffee shop. Her favorite holiday is Halloween, and she loves horror movies. Her favorite color is black, and it takes up the majority of her wardrobe. She loves wearing her vans no matter how nice she is supposed to dress up. No, she doesn’t skate.
Anna Cook – Sports Editor
Anna enjoys Raising Cane’s and long walks on the beach. She’s an avid reader and dog enthusiast. Contrary to popular opinion, she doesn’t really like to cook. In her free time she is in a band called “La Vie.” She plays tennis and the co-creator of Marian School of Rock.
Shannon McSweeney – Entertainment Editor
Shannon is a part of the Class of 2018 at Marian High School. She is a member of student government, French club, Hearts of Marian and other various clubs and activities. Shannon is very involved at Marian. If you want to talk about dogs, Parks and Rec or cereal flavors, she is your girl. A self-proclaimed “Halloween Queen”, Shannon didn’t get the nickname “McSpooky” for nothing.
Julia Hingorani – News Editor
Julia is a speech MAMA. Her favorite categories are oratory and extemp. When she is not running on the cross country team or reading Harry Potter, she is a co-editor for Burn Magazine.
Maria Determan – Photo Essay Editor
Maria is an active member of the Campus Ministry team, Hearts of Marian and Decade Darlings. She is thrilled to be one of the co-founders of a new club called Sundae Wednesday for this year. Maria is a passionate Select Women’s Choir council member and a 3rd year member of Marian Momentum. She loves decorating cakes, playing piano and making people smile!
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Meet the “Espresso” Staff from 2016-17!
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 after school prayer group. She joined forces with Art Teacher Mrs. Lindsay Cisco, to moderator BURN literary/arts magazine starting in the fall of 2018, too. 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!