Delaney Broad - Editor-in-Chief

I’m Delaney Broad- a junior, the editor in chief of the newspaper staff, flute/piccolo player in the marching band, and a proud member of the swim team. In my spare time, the little of it I have, I enjoy watching 90’s movies and TV shows. My favorites are Dazed and Confused, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Daria. I enjoy photography and reading science-fiction novels. I love spending time with my lovely friends and wonderful family.

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Harleigh Wiesenbach - Features Editor

 Hello! I’m Harleigh Wiesenbach and this is my second year as features editor on the Montour Monitor. My sophomore year I worked on the centerspread each month as the centerspread editor, so I’m no stranger to the newspaper staff. Unfortunately, this is my senior year, but I plan on making it amazing by working hard on our issues each month and making as many new ideas get put into action as possible! So keep an eye out for all of our work; we really work hard each month to make sure we produce great daily articles and amazing monthly issues on our website.

  Not only am I involved with my school’s newspaper, I’m also a member of Poetry Club, Lost Arts Club, Girl Up, and Stand Together as well as play trumpet in marching band. Based on that, I’m sure that you can figure out that I’m a huge fan of poetry, although I love to read books as well. My favorite genre is modern fantasy but I’ll read just about anything. My favorite series is The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Other than reading, I also love to knit, draw, and write in my free time.

  Another passion of mine is mental health. I want to be a type of psychologist/therapist once I graduate, although I’m not 100% sure what type as of yet. I love helping others, especially when it comes to cheering them up and talking about their issues.

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Nico Casciato- Sports Editor

Hello! My name is Nico, and I guess I will be sharing some information about myself! To start, I am a freshman and this is my first year on the Newspaper staff here at Montour High School. I enjoy playing Dek Hockey, and I love to read books. I love history, and most of the books I read are about history. As I am new to the Newspaper staff, I am still learning, and because of my position as an editor, I will have to learn fast. I am eager to learn the position, and I hope to get the hang of this soon.

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Leah Hess - Reporter

Hi! My name is Leah Hess and I am a senior at Montour High School. I am new to Newspaper and excited to be apart of the team to write center spreads! I enjoy playing tennis, relaxing, and being with my friends. As well as being a part of this, I am also a part of MAMA and Stand Together. I wanted to become a part of newspaper because I like to write and express topics I feel need to be talked about more. I want to be able to make a difference through my writing.

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Maysen Moll - Reporter

Hello! My name is Maysen Moll, and I’m currently a junior here at the high school, and I’m going to be doing photography and some writing for the paper this year. I’m interested in art and writing, as well as buying books that I’ll never get around to reading, because I always end up rereading the same three. Fantasy and science fiction are my favorite genres in books and film. As for video games, long story-based RPGs are where it’s at. I also like the color green, birds of all sorts, and telling too many--can you ever have too many--awful puns. This is going to be my first year here at the Monitor, and I’ll do my best to make it a good one.

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Jack Pockl - Assistant Editor

   Well ‘thank you’ for taking a look at my profile, as I know this website is not heavily sought after.  Since I have to say a little bit about myself, I guess I will! This will be my second year on the Monitor staff, and I am so very grateful for earning the position of Assist Editor.  I feel very fortunate to work alongside with the other editors and reporters on the staff, that I can call my friends.  I am an avid supporter of mental health awareness and literacy of all ages. I urge everyone to have the fire in them to learn and become successful human beings.  On a more personal note, I read books, do homework, procrastinate, and stress about almost anything… If I were to recommend any good reads, I would suggest: It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Guilt by Association, Guilt by Degrees, and of course, Wonder.  As for the newspaper, I think this will be one of our most productive and conducive years, since this will be Mrs. Shaffer’s last year as advisor upon retirement.  In the end, always remember to check our website often and do not be a stranger of reading about the school’s current events!

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Rebecca Havko - News Editor

It’s my third year in the newspaper staff and I’ve learned one thing: Shaffer likes cheese. My name is Rebecca Havko and I love writing. I got a book that’s 40,000+ words, about 30 poems, and countless articles to my name, and I don’t plan to stop anytime soon. Like I said, I’ve been on the newspaper staff for three years, and I’ve done bowling, marching band, and book club for the same amount of time. While I take all the smartie-people’s classes, the most I’ve said in my calc class so far has been “I don’t know;” lucky me it’s such an encompassing phrase. So if anyone needs me, I’ll be drowning in my homework, unless it’s a Friday night. Then I’ll see you in the stands at the football game.

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Jaden Nelson - Reporter

  My name is Jaden Nelson and I am a senior here at Montour High School. I was a transfer student last year from Trinity High School. I enjoy playing basketball, training, drawing, and painting in my freetime. I currently have a full ride to Seton Hill University and am receiving lots of interest from college coaches for basketball.

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Julien Shelton - Reporter

My name is Julien Shelton, and I was born in Naples, Florida, in October 2001. I am part of the class of 2020, and I’ve been in Montour since grade 5. My favorite subject in school is history. After I graduate high school, I don’t plan to go to college. Instead, I’ll likely go to a trade school for something like welding or mechanics. I want to pursue something that deals with mechanics, whether it be cars, motorcycles, or even planes. Additionally, I’ve been considering a career as a freelance journalist.

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Zachary Somma - Freelance Reporter

I’m Zachary Somma and I write mainly sports articles for the newspaper while also doing the occasional news or feature story. This is my second year writing for the paper, as well as my Senior year of high school. I am a huge hockey fan and though my favorite team is the Montreal Canadiens, I try my best to stay unbiased when writing about the NHL. I am a huge history buff, but plan to go to college to do sports journalism.

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Mrs. Shaffer - Advisor
I have been the newspaper advisor and teacher for 33 years, 31 of which have been at Montour.  During my teaching tenure, I have been involved with students in many activities such as coaching volleyball, chaperoning dances, Cluster G Halloween hall decorating winners, English department costume winners, poetry contests and more.  Currently for PLT, I am running two groups:  Book Club with Mrs. DiIanni and Robin Roundtable.  My hobbies are crafting, scrapbooking, writing poetry, journaling, and making wine.  I have seen amazing technological advances in producing the school newspaper over the many years as advisor.  It has been both exciting and frustrating, but mostly exciting.  I am so pleased with the innovative ideas my students come up with every year in order to bring you Montour news.  This year, the launching of our website was the collaboration of the most creative and innovate students I have had.  I hope you enjoy the new look to our paper and will visit our site often.  As I approach retirement age 2 years from now, it will be bittersweet.  I will not miss the early morning alarm, the rushing to work, or the endless hours that I spend every night grading papers; however, I will miss all the thousands of students that I had the pleasure of meeting and teaching.  There is no other job more fulfilling than teaching our young people to think critically and become good citizens.  So, in ending my bio I would like to leave you with these words:  “Always love yourself because you are a special individual with no one else like you in the entire world.  Be kind to one and other and develop compassion for humankind, for no man is an island.”