Kyle Banker, Coral Gables, FL
Sr. Communications Intern
Intern of the Month April 2019, January 2020, & March 2020
Kyle is a sophomore at University of Miami. He graduated in 2019 from Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. His favorite subjects include Biology, English, and Entrepreneurship. Some of his hobbies are playing soccer and hockey, volunteering, and being with friends and family. Kyle is studying Biological Sciences, while also pursuing his passions for writing and business.
Joanna Dakoyannis, Dover, MA
Sr. Communications Intern, Intern of the Month June 2019 & May 2020
Joanna Dakoyannis is a freshman at Providence College. She enjoys creative writing, traveling, going to the gym, running, and cheering on her team at sporting events. She plans to be a science major and hopes to eventually attend dental school.
Elizabeth Harvey, Boston, MA
Editor & Sr. Communications Intern
Intern of the Month: March 2019, July 2019, November 2019, & April 2020
Elizabeth first interned for Stacy Padula during the 2016-2017 school year. We are delighted to have her back as part of our team. Elizabeth attended Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications for one year before moving back to Boston and taking courses at Northeastern University. In the fall, she plans to attend Emerson College, as a communications major with a focus on public relations. She is originally from Needham, Massachusetts. Elizabeth enjoys creative writing and has a passion for traveling which she has pursued since high school. She looks forward to continuing her work on the Gripped book series!
Jennifer O’Sullivan, Dover, MA
Sr. Communications Intern, Intern of the Month July 2019 & June 2020
Jennifer O’Sullivan, a freshman at Boston College, enjoys reading, playing the piano, spending time with friends and doing volunteer work. In high school, Jennifer led the community service club, ran on her school’s cross country and track teams, and loved to travel—especially to Ireland where she spent time with friends and family. Jennifer also runs and operates her own childcare company in the metro west of Massachusetts.
Rebecca Ronning, New York, NY
Sr. Communications & Marketing Intern, Intern of the Month May 2019
Rebecca is a freshman at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, some of her hobbies include riding the subway and exploring the city with friends, making all kinds of art, traveling with her family, and experiencing new and exciting things along the way.
Sr. Communications Intern, Intern of the Month October 2020
Isabelle Semas is in her senior year of high school, and has been homeschooled most of her life. She looks forward to graduating and hopes to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time, she sings in a christian band named NHB with her friends, is very involved in her church’s children’s ministry, and enjoys art. She hopes to someday publish a book of her own.
Jared Thorbahn, Boston, MA
Scriptwriter, Intern of the Month December 2019
Jared Thorbahn is a graduate of Norwell High School. He is currently a student at the highly ranked Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, where he is studying screenplay writing and other forms of communication. Stacy Padula first met Jared when he was a high school student, and she was immediately impressed by his creativity and writing skills. Jared is currently working closely with Stacy on adapting the Gripped book series for television. The pilot they wrote together was pitched to a producer in Hollywood in December of 2019. More to come…
Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA
Social Media Marketing & Graphic Design Intern
Intern of the Month February 2020 & July 2020
Mackenzie is a recent graduate of University of Georgia, having majored in both English and public relations. She is a leader at the Wesley Foundation at UGA, the community outreach coordinator for UGA’s Undergraduate English Association, and a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Mackenzie has always had a passionate love for books and their ability to open doors to new worlds. She is excited to assist Stacy Padula in making a change in the young adult community.
Gianna Arcabascio, Pembroke, MA
Communications Intern, Intern of the Month November 2020
Gianna Arcabascio is a senior at Archbishop Williams High school. She plays lacrosse and is the manger for the football and boys hockey teams. In school, she’s a part of student council and admissions ambassadors, and she is also involved in a lot of leadership opportunities. She looks to pursue a future career as an athletic trainer.
Articles by Gianna:
Max Alva, Dedham, MA
Max graduated from Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts in 2016. After high school, he spent two years at Drexel University, but returned to Massachusetts to study at Boston College. Max has a passion for understanding how things work and optimizing systems. He hopes to have a successful career in the field of engineering. He also enjoys philosophy, architecture, and design, as well as attending Patriots and Bruins games, skiing, archery, and traveling.
Nicholas Alva, Tempe, AZ
Nicholas is senior at Arizona State University, where he studies Communications. Nicholas is originally from Needham, Massachusetts. He is an avid sports fan and world traveler. His main interests lie in journalism, sports statistics, playing hockey, and attending athletic events. Nick hopes to have a career in the field of sports journalism. He has been chosen to work on the Gripped book series before its release.
Articles by Nick:
Bradford Campbell, Duxbury, MA
Bradford Campbell is a freshman at Boston College. In high school, he was captain of Thayer Academy’s Varsity Soccer and Track and Field teams. He was a 2020 Student Government Representative and Peer Advisor for freshman students. He enjoys volunteering for Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity. Bradford participated in Thayer’s theatre program and his favorite subjects include science and history in addition to English.
Articles by Brad:
Y.A. Novel Shows Drugs Have No Boundaries: Good Kids Are Vulnerable Too
“Gripped 1: The Truth We Never Told” Recommended by Thayer Academy Senior
New Y.A. Novel Opens Up Conversations Between Teens and Parents
Brad Campbell on The Gripped Book Series Characters
Sophia Coggeshall, Marshfield, MA
Communications Intern, Intern of the Month November 2019
Sophia is a freshman at the University of Notre Dame. She is a competitive Irish Step dancer who has competed several times at the Regional, National, and World Championships, and she also plays on the Varsity Field Hockey team for her high school. With a great passion for math and science in the classroom, she looks forward to studying engineering in college.
Articles by Sophia:
Megan Farinacci, Medfield, MA
Megan is a junior at Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. She is a member of the Varsity Cross Country and Varsity Lacrosse teams at NCDS. She also plays club lacrosse for Mass Elite. She is involved in her school’s health science, yearbook, and running clubs. She has a passion for art and is currently studying 2D design. Megan also enjoys traveling. Over the summer, she traveled to Guatemala with School the World where she helped build a school for a community in need. Her favorite subjects are science and English. She plans to study science or nursing in college.
Michael Farinacci, Medfield, MA
Communications Intern, Intern of the Month: August 2019 & October 2019
Michael is a freshman at the University of Notre Dame. In high school, he was a part of St. Sebastian’s newspaper, The Walrus, and multiple athletic teams. He was also an editor for the St. Sebastian’s Journal. He has a passion for mathematics, which he plans to pursue in college.
Articles by Michael:
Jenna Finnerty, Durham, NH
Communications Intern, Intern of the Month September 2019
Jenna Finnerty graduated in 2019 from Norwell High School in Norwell, Massachusetts. She is majoring in science at the University of New Hampshire. Jenna has accrued years of experience as a cheerleader and gymnast. She also has a passion for traveling and looks forward to studying abroad in college.
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Abby Fusco, Marshfield, MA
Communications Intern, Intern of the Month August 2020
Abby Fusco is a senior at Marshfield High School. She has always enjoyed painting her dog, Teddy—a King Charles Cavalier. Her paintings made perfect gifts for her mother, and this inspired her to begin painting pet portraits for her friends and family. She founded A.R.F. Pet Portraits in 2020, where people can order paintings of their beloved animals by uploading a photo through her website. Abby’s love for animals inspired to donate 100% of the proceeds from her paintings to the Marshfield Animal Shelter.
Charlie Hallal, Hingham, MA
Charlie is a junior at Hingham High School. Some of his hobbies include wrestling, exercise, spending time with his friends and family, writing, and watching sports. He is looking forward to his senior year as he continues to prepare for college.
Emily Han, Mansfield, MA
Communications Intern, Intern of the Month September 2020
Emily Han is a senior at Oliver Ames High School in Easton, Massachusetts. She is the captain of her varsity field hockey team and a leader on her club team, Lead The Way. She is a member of National Honor Society and a founder of the PAWS Club and an active member of the Jimmy Fund Club. Her hobbies include scuba diving, exercising, and volunteering at local field hockey clinics and with Save The Bay. She plans to attend William & Mary next fall.
Articles by Emily:
Sophia Karnolt, Kingston, MA
Communications Intern, Intern of the Month December 2020
Sophia Karnolt is a senior at Thayer Academy. She loves traveling and spending time with friends and family. Last year, she went to the Galápagos Islands to help teach English to kids and clear out endangered species from planting fields. In school, her favorite subjects include English and science. She also runs for her school’s track and field team, and she loves the beach. She plans to attend the University of Alabama next fall.
Caroline Markley, Marshfield, MA
Caroline is a freshman at Villanova University. In high school, she was the goalie of the Varsity lacrosse team and in National Honor Society. She is an avid horseback rider who competes nationally and also an impressive artist. Caroline has a passion for the environment and hopes to study environmental science in college.
Articles by Caroline:
Kate Nally, Scituate, MA
Kate is a freshman at Boston College. She is actively involved in a variety of extracurriculars, with a clear passion for serving others. She has ventured twice to West Virginia with the Appalachia Service Project and looks forward to doing more service trips in college. She is also an active member of Best Buddies and Student Government. In college, Kate is looking forward to exploring a broad array of coursework from English to science and beyond.
Articles by Kate:
John Savage, Weymouth, MA
John is a senior at Weymouth High School. He plays Unified Basketball, Basketball, and Volleyball, and he is a leader on all teams. His favorite subjects are World History, English Literature, and Sports Management. His hobbies include playing basketball at local parks with his friends, being around his Unified Basketball teammates, and volunteering. He would like to major in Sports Management in college.
Joseph Siracusa, Braintree, MA
Joseph Siracusa is currently the president of the senior class at Xaverian Brother’s High School. In his free time, Joseph enjoys graphic designing, playing soccer, watching sports, and learning about many different topics. Joseph plans on studying finance in college, in hopes of pursuing a career in it.
Olivia Syat, Sharon, MA
Olivia Syat is a freshman at the University of Illinois. She has a passion for learning, volunteering, and special education. She is a leader in her community through programs such as friendship circle, E.D.A.F, teen speak out, and pathways. She hopes to go into a field pertaining to special education and to always encourage others to keep an open mind.
Articles by Olivia:
Jack Gallagher, Norwell, MA
Jack Gallagher is a senior at Norwell High School. At school, some of his favorite subjects include History, English, and Biology. Outside of the classroom, he competes in sports such as football, swimming, and lacrosse. He looks forward to the challenges that this school year will hold and the ways he will figure out how to overcome them!
Articles by Jack:
Caitlin Shields, New York, NY
Caitlin attended Fordham University where she studied Communications before transferring to Boston College. Her interests include reading about psychology, photography, fitness, community service, and traveling. Caitlin has been heavily involved with volunteering and raising funds for The Boys & Girls Club of Brockton since age fourteen. She has a passion for connecting with others and hopes to have a career focused on helping others.
Articles by Caitlin:
Sophia Tufankjian, Duxbury, MA
Sophia graduated from Duxbury High School in the spring of 2019. She plans to attend Bentley in the fall. Some of her hobbies include volunteering, being involved in her church, and writing.
Articles by Sophia:
Montana Aldridge, Plymouth, MA
Montana graduated from Plymouth North High School. She loves the beach, psychology, writing, reading, and working. Montana plans to study business or communications as an undergraduate.
Articles by Montana:
Caroline Forbes, Needham, MA
Caroline is a senior at Needham High School. She is an avid cheerleader, who coaches an All-star team. Caroline plans to study communications or marketing in college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst!
Articles by Caroline:
Charlotte Silverman, Needham, MA
Charlotte Silverman is a senior at Needham High School. At school, her favorite subjects include English, Biology, and Computer Science. Outside of school, she runs indoor and outdoor track, and loves spending time with friends and family. She looks forward to overcoming challenges and exploring new experiences during her senior year. Charlotte has committed to attend the University of Georgia for communications!
Samantha Waxman, Easton, MA
Sr. Communications Intern
Samantha is a senior at Oliver Ames High School in Easton, MA. Some of her hobbies include cheering for her high school’s team, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her dog Rosie. Samantha’s favorite subject in school is history, and she is excited to start her senior year.
Articles by Samantha:
Kelly Mitchell & Charlotte Moynihan of Needham, MA
Kelly Mitchell and Charlotte Moynihan are seniors at Newton Country Day School in Newton, Massachusetts. They both demonstrate an uncanny ability to understand complex texts and perceive underlying themes within stories. Kelly and Charlotte actively read and analyze each Montgomery Lake High book. They provide constructive feedback from a teenager’s perspective on characters and plot points, as well as write book reviews and complete Q&A’s that are published online. This winter, Kelly and Charlotte will be creating thematic video trailers to advertise the series to a teenage audience. As top students in their graduating class, their feedback is highly valued. Kelly will be attending Notre Dame in the fall of 2018 and Charlotte will be attending the University of Richmond. We are extremely proud of all of their accomplishments!
Articles by Kelly & Charlotte:
Elizabeth Harvey, Needham, MA
Elizabeth graduated from Dana Hall School in 2017 (Wellesley, Massachusetts). She currently attends The SI Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University with a focus on Public Relations. We are so proud of her acceptance into such a renowned program!
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