Senior Staff Members
Elizabeth Harvey, Needham, MA
Editor | Senior Communications & Marketing Intern
Awarded Intern of the Month: March 2019 & July 2019
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!
Latest Articles by Elizabeth:
(Scroll down to the 2016-2017 posts to watch videos created by Elizabeth)
Rebecca Ronning, New York, NY
Senior Communications Intern
Awarded Intern of the Month: May 2019
Rebecca is a rising senior at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, New York. As a city kid, 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. She would like to study business in college.
Articles by Rebecca:
Jared Thorbahn, Norwell, MA
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.
Nicholas Alva, Tempe, AZ
Nicholas is sophomore 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:
Kyle Banker, Needham, MA
Awarded Intern of the Month: April 2019
Kyle graduated this spring from Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill. 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 plans to study Biological Sciences at the University of Miami this fall.
Articles by Kyle:
Sophia Coggeshall, Marshfield, MA
Sophia is a rising senior at Marshfield High School in Marshfield, Massachusetts. 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:
Joanna Dakoyannis, Dover, MA
Awarded Intern of the Month: June 2019
Joanna Dakoyannis is a rising senior at Dover-Sherborn High School. She enjoys creative writing, traveling, going to the gym, running track for her high school team and loves cheering on the team at school sporting events. She plans to be a science major in college and hopes to eventually attend dental school.
Articles by Joanna:
Michael Farinacci, Medfield, MA
Awarded Intern of the Month: August 2019 & October 2019
Michael is a senior at St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, Massachusetts. He is a part of his high school’s newspaper and multiple athletic teams. He has a passion for mathematics, which he plans to pursue in college.
Articles by Michael:
Jenna Finnerty, Norwell, MA
Awarded Intern of the Month: September 2019
Jenna Finnerty graduated in June from Norwell High School in Norwell, Massachusetts. She is planning to major in nursing next year and to attend 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.
Articles by Jenna:
Jack Gallagher, Norwell, MA
Jack Gallagher is a rising 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:
Caroline Markley, Marshfield, MA
Caroline is a senior at Marshfield High School, where she is 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.
Kate Nally, Scituate, MA
Kate is a senior at Scituate High School. 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.
Jennifer O’Sullivan, Dover, MA
Awarded Intern of the Month: July 2019
Jennifer O’Sullivan, a rising senior at Dover Sherborn High School, enjoys reading, playing the piano, spending time with friends and doing volunteer work. Jennifer leads her school’s community service club, runs on her school’s cross country and track teams and loves to travel, especially to Ireland where she spends time with friends and family.
Articles by Jennifer:
Olivia Syat, Sharon, MA
Olivia Syat is a rising senior at Sharon High School. 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:
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 is a senior at 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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