2014-2015 Spotlight Staff

Destiny Austin

Hey there my name is Destiny Austin, I am 15 years old. I am a sophomore at BD and this will be my first semester in newspaper, I am a writer for BD spotlight.  I am in Sounds show choir, which is the all-girls varsity show choir.... 

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Harley Anderson

Hi, my name is Harley Anderson. I am a sophomore and I decided to join the Spotlight staff because I love photography. I am always taking pictures. I enjoy drawing, singing,and dancing. I plan to attend Ball State for criminology.

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Aislynn Biven

I’m Aislynn, but my friends call my aissy. I am finally a senior!!! Publications is my favorite class because it’s chill and fun. I hope to have a great year.

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Shelby Sears

  Yo, I’m Shelby and I’m a sophomore. I joined the BD Spotlight crew because I love to write. I also enjoy reading (which is why I write book reviews) and I also love writing poetry. I guess I sound very cliché but... 

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Sucely Rivera

My name is Sucely Rivera. It’s my first year on Spotlight and I’m really looking forward to it. I am capturing the beauty of life and appreciating the moment in one quick snap. I am the first child and I have a big family.... 

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Miranda Dowell

Hey, my name is Miranda Dowell. I’m a typical 16 year old high school student. My life revolves around cheerleading and softball. I joined spotlight this year as a sophomore because I love to write and take pictures.

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Alma Rivera

Hi, my name is Alma Rivera. I am a sophomore and I decided to join the Spotlight because I love taking photographs and I would like to learn more about it and become a photographer. I don't really have any hobbies. After graduating... 

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Devon Rittenhouse

I’m 18 and a senior. This is my first year in newspaper. I’m also in ROTC and I plan to join the Marine Corps either before or after collage, I haven’t decided. I love to play guitar in my free time when I’m not at school... 

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Samantha Hoerger

Hi, my name is Samantha Hoerger. I am a sophomore and I decided to join Spotlight staff because I have always loved taking pictures and I would like to become a better photographer this year. Dancing ballet, jazz, and tap is my... 

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Noah Thomas

Howdy! My name is Noah Thomas I am a sophomore and this is my first year in Spotlight. I am passionate about nearly anything I do and I am privileged and enthusiastic about writing for Spotlight this year. I am a varsity athlete... 

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Nick Bertsch

I decided to join spotlight because my old teacher Mr. Hartman recommended me to join, and in learning about this great experience, I decided to join for better college preparation and learn more about Ben Davis.  I am currently... 

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Michael Casale

Hi, my name is Michael Casale. I am a sophomore and I joined the spotlight staff to write about sports. I play baseball, and I like watching sports on T.V. I would like to attend Northwestern or Ball State and pursue a Journalism... 

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Kondwani Mzumara

Hi, my name is Kondwani Mzumara. I am a junior and this is my first year on the Spotlight staff. I decided to join Spotlight because I love writing about things I really enjoy. I am interested in sports and gaming and love all... 

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Cory Vervynckt

Hi my name is Cory Vervynckt. I’m a sophomore and I wanted to join Spotlight to write sports and do movie and TV reviews. I am a member of the fantasy sports club and golf team. I enjoy playing video games and playing soccer.... 

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Shelby Jenson

My name is Shelby Jenson, I am a sophomore at and this is my first year in BD Spotlight. I am a photographer and I am looking forward to the semesters to come. I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I hope to become a... 

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Rebecca Crain

Hello, my name is Rebecca Crain. Although I am a senior, this is my first year writing in the Newspaper. My favorite subjects in school are math and science. Outside of the classroom, I’m involved in Key Club and Principal’s... 

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Chaz Stringer

My Name is Chaz Stringer. I’m currently a senior and this is my first year being a part of Spotlight. I love sports especially football. I play for the school where I am a varsity cornerback (#10). I’m also apart of BPA, Giant... 

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Abbie Vetters

Hi, my name is Abbie Vetters. I am a sophomore and super excited for my first year as part of the Spotlight staff! I decided to join the Spotlight because I love Newsies. I’m also on the soccer and swimming teams here at BD.

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Daniel Eanes

My name is Daniel Eanes. I am a senior and decided to join the Spotlight staff because I want to improve on my writing ability for college. I am a member on the Varsity Golf team and golfing is literally all that I do. I plan... 

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Ryan Eggers

Folks around here usually call me Ryan. I’m a sophomore, and this is my first year writing for Spotlight. I have a passion for many things, but above all my passion is writing, because I can take any of my passions and put them... 

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Nicole Thomas

My name is Nicole Thomas, and this is my first year being on the Spotlight staff. I’ve loved writing ever since my first grade teacher was so proud of me for productively using my notebook instead of making paper airplanes with... 

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Alizzah Anderson

This is my first time in newspaper, but I love it. This is a place where everyone can express themselves and be themselves. I like drawing, cooking and playing sports. I've done six sports through out my life: gymnastics, cheerleading,... 

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Michelle McElroy

My name is Michelle McElroy. I’m 16 years old and a junior. This is my second year in Spotlight. I really enjoy photography and capturing unique images through the lens. Additionally to Spotlight, I’m a part of the varsity... 

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Matthew Brown

Howdy, my name is Matthew Gregory Willice Cook Brown. I am a junior and joined the Spotlight because I like writing stories and experiencing something fun. I am in German club, Brain Game, and part of the Spotlight editor circle.... 

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Isabella Bertoni

Hey, I’m Isabella Bertoni, I’m a Junior. My birthday is September, 16th, I’ll be 17. I joined spotlight because I love newspaper and I also love writing. I’m indecisive about what I want to do after I graduate.... 

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Taylor Pringle

My name is Taylor Pringle! I’m a junior, and this is my second year in Spotlight. I’m a photographer but also plan on improving my writing skills this year. I have full intentions of staying involved in Ben Davis’s journalism... 

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Carlin Underwood

There's nothing that could keep me off of the volleyball court. I enjoy listening to Machine Gun Kelly. Sports photography has really grown on me this year.

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Autumn Miller

My name is Autumn Miller, and I'm a junior. My motto for life is if you're not dead, you're not done.

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Lacey McLaughlin

This is my second year in newspaper. Getting involved in school is kind of my thing. My peers and I enjoy the journalism conventions. Learning the little things makes such a huge difference in my everyday life.

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Cambria Sharp

I reach for the moon, but I'm too busy gazing at stars.

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Devon Fisher

I am Devon Fisher. I like long walks on the beach and staring at the starry night. I also enjoy the occasional cry. I review concerts and albums for bands that probably don't even like themselves. I also take pictures of people.... 

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David Newman

My name is David Newman. I enjoy long walks on the beach and going to concerts for bands that suck. I also enjoy tanning in the winter and building snowmen in the summer. Based God is my lord and savior. Shrek is love, Shrek is... 

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Tom Hayes

After 20 years of covering sports in the Indianapolis area, I found myself teaching high school journalism in New Castle, Indiana. That was a decade ago. This is my eighth year at Ben Davis, and I love the creativity displayed... 

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Maddie Cook

Though this is my first year in Spotlight, I plan to return my junior and senior year. I'm in publications because I enjoy taking pictures. Aside from being a photographer in newspaper, I am a diver on the schools swim team, and... 

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Jannette Aguirre

I’m a senior. This is my third year on staff and I really love it. I’m a soft spoken person. I love music and tattoos. I come from a Mexican/Honduran family. My little brother is my world. I’m addicted to my phone. Writing... 

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Liwam Beraki

Hello there! My name is Liwam, and I am managing editor of Spotlight. I’m a senior, so this is my third year on staff I’m from L.A. and moved to Indiana when I was six. My parents are from Eritrea, which is in East Africa.... 

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Tiffani Lang

I’m Tiffani. Most people call me Tiffi. I love taking pictures. I’m very outgoing. I play clarinet in the marching band.

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Emily Rasmussen

I'm Emily Rasmussen, and I'm a junior and features editor for Spotlight. I am also a few other things, including a reader who can fall in love with any kind of book, a lover of sweater weather who wears scarves until late May,... 

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Tre Redeemar

Hi, I'm Tre Redeemar...  I am a senior and a second year photographer. I love sports photography, especially football; yet, I don't get football at all. I'm in show choir, and I love music. After graduating, I plan on attending... 

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Nakiyah Kilpatrick

I am Nakiyah Kilpatrick, and this is my first year at Ben Davis. I have a strong passion for music and photography. One word that describes me is clumsy. I enjoy hanging around people that make me laugh. My favorite cartoon character... 

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Adrian Carter

I am a junior and first year editor. I'm taking newspaper because I want to be an professional photographer as a career choice, so taking newspaper as a photographer is great practice. I am not very social, but I try to talk to... 

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Claire Smith

Hi, I’m Claire. I’m a junior and have been in Spotlight since first semester of my sophomore year. I absolutely love taking pictures, and am proud to say I’m a photo editor.  There are not many things that feel better than... 

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Brittany Baker

Hi, my name is Brittany Baker. I am a senior and I have been with Spotlight for two years. I started off as a writer and then I moved up to News editor this year.  I joined Spotlight because I’ve always had a passion for writing... 

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Ally Johnson

Hello my name is Ally Johnson. I'm a junior and this is my second year on staff. When not writing you might find me scrolling through Pinterest, reading a good book, or watching my favorite reality shows.

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Atzy Nunez

Hey, I'm Atzy. I am sophomore, and I enjoy writing and playing the violin. I can speak English and Spanish, and I'm learning French and Korean. It's my first semester being part of Spotlight and so far, I am having lots of fun... 

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Kristin Crouch

My name’s Kristin, this is my first year as a staff writer for Spotlight. Writing is a passion of mine, and I am inspired by everything around me. I am obsessed with music; my playlist has artists from Brad Paisley to Katy Perry... 

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Aaron Smith

Hi! I am a senior this year. I have been in Spotlight since my sophomore year.  I admit I am a strange person. I love to learn different languages, but I am only fluent in English.

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Jannette Aguirre

I'm a second year staff writer. I was born in Chicago and come from a Mexican and Honduran family. I like having fun with my friends. I'm obsessed with music and tattoos .I have three tattoos and still planning on getting more.... 

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Breanna Cooper

Breanna Cooper has been on the Spotlight staff for two years and is currently in her senior year. She started writing in elementary school and hasn’t stopped since. She hosts the Brewind on WBDG, playing music your grandparents... 

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Taylor Grace

My name's Taylor. I'm a senior here at Ben Davis. This year I am the online editor for the Spotlight. Go me! The one thing I am truly passionate about would have to be Ed Sheeran, because he's glorious. My main hobbie is Tumblr.... 

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