Staff Bios


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Rosa Cesareo is a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nevada, and it is her first year on staff as a reporter. She is an outgoing, energetic individual who spends much of her time with friends, singing, shopping, or playing piano. She loves music and wishes to have a career in show biz as a musician. Her favorite foods are pizza and pasta, and she enjoys travelling preferably to somewhere near/on a beach. Rosa is currently in the AP Academy and works hard to satisfy her goal of keeping straight A’s all year. As she is an adventurous, mysterious child, Rosa is always seeking a new thrilling activity for her and her best friend to try. Her favorite quote, by Bob Marley, is “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”

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Paula Dispa is a junior, and it’s her first year on staff. She moved from Cancun to Henderson five years ago and has a twin sister named Regina. She enjoys playing tennis, boxing/kickboxing, watching old movies, and reading books. Paula also takes part in the AP Academy and in NHS. She is very excited to be a part of the news staff this year and to thrive as a writer.

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Giana Haynia is a senior and a first time reporter. She enjoys writing news features and reviews. She was born in New York but moved to Henderson when she was eleven years old. After graduating, she plans on attending college for creative writing and hopes to work for Marvel Comics in New York City. In her free time, she enjoys watching WWE and slowly working towards getting a driver’s license. Her all time favorite movies are The Martian and Captain America: Civil War. She is excited to see how her senior year goes, and she is also very excited to be on staff this year.

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Lorin Enns is a sophomore. This being his first year on staff, Lorin was very excited but also very nervous to start school. He believes, however,  this year will be one full of memories and great opportunities. So far, Lorin has made lots of new staff friends and continues to enjoy writing just like he has all of his life. Lorin has been playing the viola for five years and the ukulele for one year. He loves to listen to music whenever he has a chance, including bands like Twenty One Pilots, Weezer, and The Strumbellas. He is involved in theatre outside of school and is currently going into his fifth semester at Hollywood Kids Academy. One thing Lorin is most proud of is his way of being kind to others and doing service whenever it is needed.

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Emerald Green, sophomore, is an open-minded girl with a sense of humor. Her favorite subject is English because it comes naturally to her and teaches her how to express herself more efficiently when communicating with others, for one of her biggest fears is being misunderstood. When she’s not concentrating on school work, she spends her time sketching, reading, and binge-watching, but she has the most fun spending time with her closest friends. She enjoys having insightful conversations with others, for she believes that reflecting on other perspectives is one of the best ways she can grow as a person. Her idols include her parents, Ellen DeGeneres, and Lilly Singh. Emerald currently plans on pursuing stand-up comedy, but if that doesn’t work out, her back-up plan is to become a book editor.

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Joshua Christensen, of the class of 2020, is a newcomer to the staff. He is native to Utah but has also lived in Iowa. He loves to write news and opinion pieces, but he also writes for the sports and features sections. This year he will help manage the website and hopes to learn all of McKenna’s secrets. His favorite food is pizza and chow mein noodles. Josh is an avid book reader and loves to play Rocket League. He would like to get a degree in Computer Science from BYU. His goal in life is to be successful, move to Utah, travel, and create an award-winning app.

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Ryan Kelleher is a freshman and first-year reporter. He is a member of the AP Academy and wrote for his middle school paper, The Paw Print. He enjoys writing feature and opinion pieces. After high school, Ryan plans to attend college and then law school. He hopes to then practice family law. He was born and raised here in Las Vegas but plans to live in Los Angeles. Once he is retired, Ryan wishes to move to Ireland and spend the rest of his days there.

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Kyle Musler is a sophomore, and this is his first year on staff. He has a positive outlook and hopes to make great contributions to The Roar. He’s most excited about writing opinion pieces, specifically humorous opinion. He enjoys writing and reading, as well as public speaking as much as his nerves may get to him at first. Because of this, he wants to have a profession as a lawyer, specifically the prosecution of violent criminals. Kyle loves spending his free time watching dramatic and humorous TV shows. He enjoys playing video games, as long as they have some sort of social aspect. He hates sunny weather and loves the rain. He loves quoting people because it allows him to put a meaning to almost any situation. His favorite quote of all time, said by Bill Gates, is “If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.”

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Robert Ayala is a first time staff member, but a fourth year student. He is currently enlisting in the USMC as an active duty force recon soldier. In his free time though he loves long walks on the beach and being left alone. He absolutely adored writing imaginary stories for Mrs. Thompson in her J. Foundations class. He is incredibly ecstatic for how well the Roar will do this year, and dearly hopes that he can be an amazing addition to the team and their exploits. One of the best quotes that really applies to his life is, “When I’m not longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg” by Snoop Dogg. Robert would like to thank Mckenna for the format she used on her staff bio and all credits go to her.

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Maddie Baker is a sophomore, a second year reporter, and the Opinion editor. She loves editing other people’s work, and she loves to write opinions and features. Maddie was born and raised in Henderson. She loves reading, writing, listening to music, hanging out with her friends, and watching Netflix. She strongly believes in the quotes, “She believed she could, so she did.”

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McKenna Cooley is a senior this year as well as co-editor-in-chief with Karen Pegueros. This is her third year on staff. She enjoys writing news and feature stories. She is very excited about the upcoming year and the future of the website. Her favorite quote, which relates to her sport archery, is “An arrow can only be shot by being pulled back. When life is pulling you back with difficulties, it is about to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.”

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Bekah Denny, junior, is the feature editor, which consists of features, trends, and lifestyles pieces. This is her first year as an editor and second year as a staffer. Her favorite food is pizza, and she loves Christmas music. She hopes to get her PhD in Library Sciences, move to New York City and work at the New York Public Library. With so much to look forward to, she hopes this 2016-17 school year is the best one yet.  

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Faith Evans is a sophomore and a freelance writer for the Roar. She enjoys listening to music, drawing editorial cartoons, writing (of course), reading, dreaming (both day and night), baking, laughing, taking pictures, volunteering at the public library, and singing opera in the shower. She hopes to someday start a secret society of anonymous authors whose goal is to start a revolution, but her more realistic desires for the future include getting into a college in Washington or Oregon and eventually traveling to Nunavut to meet the Inuits and try to drive a dogsled.

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Saveria Farino is a junior and is the News and Sports section editor on The Roar staff. She was born in New York but moved to Henderson when she was five years old. Her favorite pieces to write are personality profiles and features. She loves writing, shopping, and watching movies. Currently she is obsessed with the shows Grey’s Anatomy, Friends, and The Bachelor/Bachelorette. After high school, she plans to go to college, move back to New York, and travel the world.

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This is Rayne’s second year on staff; she enjoys writing sports and opinion pieces. Born in Tacoma, Washington, Rayne moved to Henderson when she was two. Her hobbies include anything to do with the outdoors, hanging with her friends, and living on the tennis courts. She participates in NCL and varsity tennis. In her free time she loves sitting by the pool, hiking, and listening to music.

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Lexi Lane is the entertainment editor for The Roar, and it is her second year on staff. She has lived in Vegas her whole life but wants to live in NYC as a music reporter after graduation. Her favorite color is red, and her favorite food is sushi.

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Karen Pegueros is an open-minded yet outspoken junior and this year’s co-editor-in-chief. It is her third year on staff. She is a mid-distance runner in track and field, trainer for Polynesian Dance Club, and a member of the AP Executive Council for the AP Academy. Karen has an odd fascination with potatoes and an endless love for macaroni and cheese. Known for her long flowing hair, she is your typical girl who adores traveling around the world and learning new things. Karen is fluent in Spanish and is currently in Japanese 3H. Since the age of four, she has wanted to graduate from Harvard Law School. Her life goal, however, is to be happy.

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Sara Seibel, junior, is returning for a second year on staff. She loves to write and is currently thinking about becoming a magazine editor in the future. Her interests include playing the piano, Kung Fu, listening to music, and watching Korean dramas in her spare time. She also loves to travel and wants to accomplish her goal of traveling the globe. Sara is thrilled to be joining the staff for another year as a reporter and will work hard to improve being more outgoing and optimistic than ever before.

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Sage Tippie is a sophomore, and this is her second year as a member of the staff. She is this year’s social media editor. Her favorite pieces to write are trends and lifestyle features, as well as humorous opinion articles. She loves dogs, shopping, and chocolate. In the future, she hopes to pursue something involving fashion or journalism.