Pelham Examiner

2019 Staff

Charlotte Howard

Executive Editor

Charlotte is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School. She found her passion for writing, design and reporting from the Colonial Times and the yearbook committee. She is excited to be back and writing for the Pelham Examiner....

Nick Lieggi

Managing Editor

Nick is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School. His journalism career began with the Pelham Examiner as Sports Editor, eventually rising to Assistant Managing Editor, until he was promoted to his current position. When he’s n...

Margot Phillips

Assistant Managing Editor

Margot Wiehagen Phillips has previously written for the News of Pelham, Colonial Times, and DOOR Magazine. She is a junior at PMHS, with a passion for biology, reading, and writing.

Tommy Roche

Assistant Managing Editor

Tommy Roche is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School. In addition to contributing to the Examiner, he is a member of the Science Research program, Forensics Speech team, Model UN, and the PMHS Band as a trombone player. Roche...

Zoe Winburn

Assistant Managing Editor/Politics

Zoe is a junior at the Pelham Memorial High School. She plays tennis and competes in the high jump for the track and field team. She enjoys writing and is excited to contribute her skills to the Examiner.

Jack Dougherty

Sports Editor

Jack Dougherty is a rising junior at Pelham Memorial High School. In addition to writing for the Pelham Examiner, he is a member of both the hockey and lacrosse varsity teams.  Additionally, he is a member of the Science Research...

Victor Chang

Opinions & Ideas Editor

Victor is a freshman at Pelham Memorial High School. He is passionate for writing and has written for the News of Pelham and the Pelham Post. He is an amateur alto saxophonist in the PMHS jazz band. His snobbish musical palette...

Gabby Ahitow

News Editor

I'm an 8th grader here at the Pelham Middle School and the Pelham Examiner's News Editor. I have been with the paper since it first started and love reporting. I have written for the Colonial Times and PMS Pelham Post. I'm on...

Vikram Jallepalli

Entertainment Editor

Vikram Jallepalli is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School. Writing for the Examiner is his first role in journalism. He is also a member of Sock'n'Buskin and Model UN. In addition to those extracurriculars, Vikram especially...

Kate Sibery

Literary Editor

Kate Sibery is a student at The Masters School and a current staff writer for their school newspaper Tower. She has been writing since an early age and has done programs at Writopia Lab and the 92nd Street Y. Kate is also a p...

Ellianna Bryan

Social Media Editor

Ellianna Bryan is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School. She is a first time journalism writer but excited to develop a passion for writing for the Pelham Examiner. She enjoys listening to music and learning about new and up...

Julia Rosenberg

Food Editor

Julia is currently a senior at Pelham Memorial High School. She loves trying new and interesting foods and reviewing local restaurants. She runs track in the winter and is a pescatarian.

Soren Bushong

Photo Editor

Soren Bushong is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School and excited to become a photographer for the Pelham Examiner. He is in the school Student Association and a member of many clubs such as Model United Nations and Military...

Ella Stern

Washington Bureau Chief

Ella Stern is a freshman at the George Washington University studying journalism and mass communication. Ella's grateful for her experience on the Pelham Examiner her senior year and looks forward to continuing her contributions...

Bernadette Russo

Staff Reporter

Bernadette Russo is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School and has a passion for writing and music. She is an editor for the school’s newspaper, the Pel Mel, a member of the science research program, and a member of Model ...

Jamie Burke

Staff Reporter

Hi! I'm Jamie. From a young age, I enjoyed writing pretend "newspapers" for my family and neighbors. I always loved writing and am thrilled to be a part of the Pelham Examiner. I am currently a freshman at Pelham Memorial High...

Stella Winter

Staff Reporter

Stella Winter is a seventh grader at Pelham Middle School.  This is her second year writing for the Pelham Examiner and her fourth year writing for a newspaper in Pelham. Stella enjoys following politics, reading, doing math...

Julia Kindig

Staff Reporter

My name is Julia Kindig. I will be in seventh grade at Pelham Middle School. I love to read, write, sail, dance, do gymnastics and play the flute. I have two sisters (Caitlin and Hannah Kindig) and a dog (Ellie). I moved from...

Julia Findikyan

Staff Reporter

My name is Julia Findikyan, I love the color blue and I love to travel to Michigan.  My favorite food is pasta. I have been in several plays therefore, I love to sing and dance. I have an identical twin sister named Kira (who...

Kira Findikyan

Staff Reporter

Kira is a seventh grader at Pelham Middle School and has been on the Pelham Examiner for two years. She wrote previously as the News Editor on the Colonial Times. Kira loves reading and writing therefore, newspaper is perfect...

Delia Lavallee

Staff Reporter

Hi! My name is Delia Lavallee.  I am so excited to be a part of this. I will make sure to be very active on the Pelham Examiner. I have done the Hutchinson School newspaper for two years. I will be a seventh grader at Pelham...

Gillian Ho

Staff Reporter

Gillian Ho is a staff reporter of the Pelham Examiner. Gillian has written for the Colonial Times before, also.  

Sophia Shulzhenko

Staff Reporter

Sophia Shulzhenko is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School. She is a coxswain for rowing and spends free time fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She is very excited to join the Pelham Examiner.

Margot Wies

Staff Reporter

Margot Wies is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial high school who has had experience writing for the Colonial Times. In her free time, Margot enjoys creating art, listening to music and fundraising for LLS. She is excited to resume...

Evan Kaplan

Staff Reporter

Hello! My name is Evan Kaplan, and I am in fourth grade. As well as being a staff reporter for this news site, I am also a staff reporter for the Colonial Times paper at my school. I feel that it is very important for the public...

Bryn Felgner

Staff Reporter

Bryn Felgner is a sixth grader looking forward to writing for the Pelham Examiner. She enjoys fencing, soccer and tennis. She also plays the French horn. Bryn likes sewing, animals and swimming. Bryn was a news editor for the...

Charlotte Cohn

Staff Reporter

Hi, my name is Charlotte Cohn. I am in fifth grade, and I will be entering sixth grade this fall. I write for the Siwanoy Spotlight and I am really excited to be a part of the Pelham Examiner. My hobbies are reading, singing and...

Ava Pursel

Staff Reporter

Ava is a 7th grader at Pelham Middle School, and is so excited to be writing for her first newspaper. Aside from loving to write, Ava also enjoys theater and anything that has to do with eating. She can't wait to pursue her career...

Kiran Schwaderer

Staff Reporter

Hi! My name is Kiran Schwaderer. I am so excited to be a part of this. I am in sixth grade at the Pelham Middle School. I have done the Hutchinson Bear newspaper for two years and want to continue writing.  When I have free time,...

Lark Martin

Staff Reporter

Lark Martin is a fun and sporty 12 year old girl. She is in 6th grade at Pelham Middle School. Lark loves playing sports like horseback riding, tennis, football, and volleyball. She can also play multiple instruments. She can...

Eloise McGibbon

Staff Reporter

Hi, my name is Eloise and I am in 6th grade. I was a student life editor for the Colonial Times. I liked being a part of the paper and interviewing students and teachers. I enjoy soccer, rock climbing, reading, writing and playing...

Maggie Memoli

Staff Reporter

I am Maggie Memoli, and I work for the Pelham Examiner. I love fixing and creating things.  My most favorite things to do are electrical engineering and dog sitting. My favorite color is purple. I play video games. I am in sixth...

Elliott Levine

Staff Reporter

Hello. My name is Elliott Levine, and I am a Siwanoy fifth grade graduate. I look forward to writing for the Pelham Examiner because writing is one of my favorite activities. I also enjoy reading, playing soccer and tennis, acting,...

Sophia Jackson

Staff Reporter

Hello, I'm Sophia Jackson. I graduated from Siwanoy Elementary. I wrote for The Siwanoy Spotlight, and I am so excited and honored to be writing for the Pelham Examiner. Writing is one of my favorite hobbies, along with soccer...

Dylan Nordstrom

Staff Reporter

I am a rising senior at Pelham Memorial High School and ecstatic to join the Pelham Examiner staff. I have been the boys' varsity swim team captain/co-founder for its three year lifespan.

Oliver Tam

Staff Reporter

Oliver is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School. He is excited to be working for the Pelham Examiner. Along with contributing to the Examiner, he is a member of the science research program, a participant in both the Sock...

Lucy Edmunds

Staff Reporter

Lucy Edmunds is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School. Aside from her contributions to the Examiner, she is the photography editor for the Pel Mel. She is a member of the SUNY Maritime High School Sailing team and the founder an...

Brett Bober

Staff Reporter

Brett Bober is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School. She sprints for the school's track team in both winter and spring. During her free time, she pursues her passion for the environment through the science research program,...

Eliza Bratone

Staff Reporter

Eliza Bratone is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School. In addition to writing for the Examiner, she is a member of the PMHS science research program, forensic speech program, Model UN, as well as co-president of the political...

Sophia Leung

Staff Reporter

Sophia Leung is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School, where she is the school Vice President and a coxswain on the varsity crew team. She pursues a number of passions in and outside of the school, including Model UN, forensics...

Nevan Malwana

Staff Reporter

Nevan Malwana is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School who is heavily invested in journalism, his first experience coming writing for the high school newspaper, the Pel Mel, for which he is currently an editor. Malwana is a...

Caitlin Kindig

Senior Editor

Caitlin (Cait) is a rising second-year student at McGill University majoring in English-cultural studies. She was a news editor and co editor-in-chief of The Pel Mel and is currently a news editor for her university's primary...

Jack Howard

Senior Editor

From an early age, Jack discovered a love for writing. In his sophomore year of high school, Jack's journalism career began. Jack joined the Pel Mel, which is the longtime school newspaper at Pelham Memorial High School. He worked...

Ben Glickman

Senior Editor

Ben Glickman is a freshman at Brown University. He started his journalism career writing for the school newspaper, the Pel Mel, as a columnist and editorial writer. He served as Executive Editor of the Examiner from August 2018...

Francesca Di Cristofano

Senior Editor

Francesca Di Cristofano’s journalism career began in 2011 as a founding editor of the Colonial Times. She is now a senior at Pelham Memorial High School who is on the varsity volleyball team, plays the flute, is part of the...

Violet Massie-Vereker

Senior Editor

Violet Massie-Vereker is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School. Her experience in journalism includes writing for the News of Pelham for the past two years, serving as Youth Beat Senior Editor and photographer in 2018. In addition...

Daniella Cherner

Senior Editor

Daniella Cherner is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School. In addition to writing for the Pelham Examiner, she runs on the cross country and track teams at PMHS and plays both the violin and the trumpet.

Sam Rodd

Senior Editor

Sam Rodd is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School and a lover of theater, music and movies. He spends most of his time rehearsing in musicals and plays. In his free time, he loves to over-analyze movies and other artistic works....

Michael Salama

Senior Editor

Michael Salama, a co-founder of the Pelham Examiner, is a Pelham Memorial High School graduate of the Class of 2019, and a current member of the Princeton University Class of 2023.

Julia Plourde

Senior Editor

Julia Plourde is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School. She is involved in Science Olympiad, Habitat for Humanity, Model U.N., and the PMHS concert chorus. She also participates in the Science Research program, where she is...

Lily Burns

Senior Editor

Lily Burns is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School. She is passionate about photography and has a new found interest in journalism. Lily is eager to expand her journalism and photography skills through the Pelham Examiner....

Daniel Bernstein

Senior Editor

Daniel Bernstein is a rising senior at Pelham Memorial High School. He has been a member of the Pelham Varsity Football and Lacrosse teams, as well as the Secretary General, or President, of Pelham Model UN. He participates in...

Julian Wisdom

Senior Editor

The more one knows about the world, the better they can act in it. I hope that my writing helps people understand the world so that they can accomplish their goals and live satisfying lives.

Maddy Lyons

Staff Reporter

I'm a 13 year old in eighth grade. I enjoy doing musical theater and reading in my free time. I play field hockey and basketball.

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