Staff Bios

Abbey Bowles joined the 2019-2020 “Roar Staff” junior year after completing a year in Journalism Foundations. She competes on the varsity swim and dive team as well as for her club team. When she’s not at school or in the pool, she enjoys hanging out with friends, traveling, and eating. In the future, Abbey wants to pursue her dream of becoming a CSI agent.

Co-Editor-In-Chief and sports editor Bryce Becker is a junior. He has been on “The Roar” staff for three years. His favorite subject is science because it’s fun to do labs and learn how things work. Bryce enjoys hanging out with his friends and playing sports, as well as writing sports stories for the website. His favorite movies include all of the Marvel and Star Wars films. He is excited to write for the website this year and hopes to pursue journalism in the future.

Ellis Sondrup is a junior looking forward to her first year on “The Roar” staff. She is often busy swimming with her club team as well as the school varsity team in the spring. Ellis also sings in a local choir. In her free time, she enjoys watching and talking about basketball and wants to cover the NBA in the future. Ellis is looking forward to watching many basketball games, as well as writing sports and opinion articles this year.

Isaac Anwar is a junior and a new addition on “The Roar” staff, after taking journalism foundations his sophomore year. He enjoys writing news and features stories but hopes to learn how to write all different kinds of articles. While not busy with school, he likes hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, and listening to music. Isaac is apart of Student Council and loves being involved with school activities. Although he doesn’t know the specifics of his future, he hopes to continue journalism.

Isabella Burnette, sophomore, is a first year writer for “The Roar.” She joined the news staff because she enjoys writing, but she does not know what style she enjoys yet. Isabella also plays soccer for both the school and her club team, Heat FC. Her favorite subject is math. In the future, she hopes to major in engineering and play soccer for a college close to home. In her little amount of free time, Isabella hangs out with friends and watches shows on Netflix. Isabella has a passion for traveling, and she has been to fifteen countries and hopes to visit many more in her lifetime.

Izzie Thornley, opinion editor, is a junior this year, and she has been on “The Roar” staff for two years. Along with writing and editing opinion pieces, she is also a copy editor. She’s a part of the varsity swim team and the president ofNational English Honor Society (NEHS). In her free time, Izzie enjoys listening to music, working out, religiously watching the “Bachelor” franchise, and obsessively cleaning her room. She hopes to attend college in California and either become a criminal defense or family lawyer. Even though she doesn’t appreciate the grammar, she agrees with Mason Ramsey and his lyrics, “If you ain’t got no giddy up then giddy out my way.”

Kiley Brown is a senior, and it is her third year on staff. She listens to music as much as possible and enjoys writing entertainment pieces. In her free time, Kiley enjoys biking, re-watching “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” for the millionth time, and hanging out with friends. Kiley is happy to be apart of “The Roar” again and hopes to have a great last year.

Lorin Alukonis, sophomore, is excited for her first year on “The Roar” news staff. She enjoys playing club, high school, and beach volleyball in her free time as well as making memories with her friends. Lorin likes writing all types of pieces, but her favorite sections are features and opinion. Her favorite types of music to listen to are indie pop and rap. One of her life goals is to visit the world’s most haunted locations to learn the history and experience the unknown.

Madison Kitch is a sophomore and the entertainment editor for “The Roar.” This is her second year on staff, and she is excited to continue gaining experience and making new relationships. She enjoys hanging out with friends, but values her time alone more than anything. She also enjoys writing, reading, baking, and filming. Her favorite shows are “Euphoria,” “Black Mirror,” and “That 70s Show.” Her top three movies are “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Empire Records,” and “The Princess Bride.” She doesn’t know where she wants to go to college yet, but she knows she’ll love it, no matter what.

Maya Fankulewski is a sophomore and a newcomer to “The Roar” staff. She is excited to write and take photos for the news website. In her free time, she volunteers at Key Club and the public library and practices clarinet as well as piano. In addition, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family. She hopes to pursue a career in either journalism or the film industry.

Myleigh Amrhein is a sophomore and a first-year on “The Roar” staff. Myleigh is also in the American Sign Language club at school. She really enjoys getting involved by assisting people with special needs and helping the deaf community. Although she has been learning sign language for five years, she still is not fluent. In her free time she usually is watching TV with her family or hanging out with friends.

Neesa Vang is a sophomore ready to write for her first year on staff. She was born and raised in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Now, she spends lots of her time blasting music and letting life pass her by. On the weekends, she’s either at work, by the pool, or avoiding people. She’s a big dreamer and loves reading poetry. Neesa is a humorous being and loves joking around with her family and friends. She is ready to share her writing pieces this school year. 

News editor Oliver Van Aken is a sophomore, and this is his second year on staff. Oliver loves to write news, features and take photos for the website. His other elective is French I and is taking French II online. In his free time he hangs out with friends, studies for AP World, and participates in Young Mens Service League.

Features and copy editor Riley Cable is currently a junior and this is her second year being apart of “The Roar.” Although a features editor, Riley loves to write sports pieces, specifically soccer, and humorous opinion. When she’s not editing and writing for the website, Riley spends most of her time being crazy with friends and searching for new coffee shops. Her favorite way to escape reality is to take a cycling class or drive around listening to some of her favorite artists like Surfaces, Still Woozy, or the Mamma Mia! Soundtrack. Life is unpredictable, so Riley likes to live by the very famous Hannah Montana song, “Life’s What You Make It.”

Senior Roby-Aliyah Tan is the social media editor, and this is her second year on staff. She has a passion for traveling and to learn more about different cultures. She also loves fashion and trying out the new trends or creating her own looks. She is her true self around her friends and family, and she spends her free time rewatching “Friends” and “How I Met Your Mother.” She looks forward to working well with other members of “The Roar” staff and to make her senior year one to remember..

Ryan Kelleher is a senior, and this is his fourth year on “The Roar” staff. He is Co-Editor-In-Chief and webmaster. Ryan loves writing sports pieces, specifically volleyball and football. In his free time, Ryan hangs out with friends and family, sleeps, plays volleyball, and watches TV. After high school, Ryan plans to attend college and then law school.

Valerie Perez is a slightly taller sophomore, attending her second year on “The Roar” staff. Her favorite sections to write features and trends. In her free time she loves to hangout with friends, listen to music, and watch “The Office”. She’s excited to see what this year brings, and hopes to branch out and write in new sections. 

Wyatt Boyle is a junior, and this is his first year writing for “The Roar” staff. He does not know what he enjoys writing yet, but cannot wait to try everything and find out. In his spare time, Wyatt enjoys hanging out, playing video games with his friends, running track, and reading.