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2019-2020 Staff

Brynna Ray

Brynna Ray is a staff writer for AHS Journalism. She is most proud of the senior profiles she wrote about Grace Clay and Spencer Ray--and of course, showing up to class! Ray took journalism because she enjoys writing and it gives...

Allison Berryhill

Allison Berryhill is the adviser for the AHS journalism department. Berryhill has been teaching for 17 years at Atlantic High School. On top of advising journalism, Berryhill teaches honors English. Some of Berryhill’s favor...

Jeanna Kramer

Sophomore Jeanna Kramer is a staff writer for AHS journalism. Kramer’s favorite thing about journalism is taking photos and capturing the moment. She has been taking photos for AHSneedle since the beginning of her sophomore ...

Becca Folds

Junior Becca Folds has a newfound interest in journalism. Folds has always been fascinated with writing since a young age and likes scribing things that interest people. Writing and interacting with the student body is what F...

Den Tsybulnyak

Junior Den Tsybulnyak is new to journalism. He joined AHSneedle to “try new things and see how people do things." He looks forward to writing articles and making videos. Due to him being new to the journalism field, he only h...

Kyra Namanny

Kyra Namanny is a senior at Atlantic High School. She has chosen to take journalism because it is another English credit and it “is decent.” She enjoys it as she does her other classes. Namanny enjoys reading, writing and eve...

Brynna Kern

Sophomore Brynna Kern loves to write and enjoys the freedom of journalism very much. Kern hopes journalism will improve her overall writing skills. “I truly wish to be able to write something that gets noticed,” Kern said. In...

Harley Oliver

Senior Harley Oliver decided to dive back into journalism after taking a break since sophomore year. He became interested because there are no photography classes given at the high school, and he knew that it was a part of jour...

Troy Roach

Troy Roach is a staff writer for AHS Needle. Roach enjoys being active in journalism because it makes the school and community more knowledgeable of what is going on. Roach enjoyed writing a senior bio about one of the students i...

Jayden Ford

Sophomore Jayden Ford is a staff writer for AHS journalism. Ford likes to take pictures and write captions for sports photos. His favorite assignment thus far was the photo project. “It is satisfying to get the perfect shot when ta...

Chaylei Carey

Sophomore Chaylei Carey is one of the many writers in journalism. She chose to be in journalism because she really likes taking pictures. She also finds the style of writing interesting. Carey has been writing a lot in other cla...

Ava Bruckner

Sophomore Ava Bruckner wanted to join the journalism class because of her brother Noah and sister Grace. This year, Bruckner will be looking forward to learning more about the yearbook and working on Eye of the Needle. Her favor...

Eleanor Greving

Sophomore Eleanor Greving is a staff write for AHSneedle. She is an avid learner and is truly excited about working with the journalism team. Greving is happy adviser Allison Berryhill asked her to join this extracurricular. G...

Addi Schmitt

Sophomore Addi Schmitt has been involved in tennis since her freshman year, and is a staff writer for AHS Needle. In her free time, Schmitt enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, and shopping. “I have an obsessio...

Trista Flathers

Junior Trista Flathers is a staff writer for AHS journalism. She is looking forward to being on the Eye of the Needle staff. As part of the class, Flathers has taken many pictures and written some stories. Her favorite story she...

Dreyah Rutherford

Sophomore Dreyah Rutherford aspires to live up to the legacy that her brother, Noah Rutherford, left behind at Atlantic High School. Rutherford has been involved in drama, choir, and journalism so far during her high school y...

Drew Engler

"A little interesting," "creative," and "well-rounded" is how sophomore Drew Engler describes himself. Engler chose to take part in journalism as he wanted to write. In the past, Engler was told he had exceeded expectations in...

Ayden Brown

Sophomore Ayden Brown’s favorite part about journalism is the freedom to write his own stories the way he wants to.  Brown has a very interesting life. In his free time, he enjoys sleeping and playing his PlayStation 4. Wh...

Reagan Leonard

Sophomore Reagan Leonard is constantly looking forward to her seventh period journalism class. Leonard’s favorite part about journalism is “taking photos because I love to go back through the photos and find some cool shots...

Aspen Niklasen

Journalism is the highlight of sophomore Aspen Niklasen’s day at Atlantic High School. What she enjoys most is writing stories. Niklasen is most proud of the story she wrote about climate change in Atlantic.  Outside of th...

Taliya James

Sophomore Taliya James, staff writer of AHS journalism, joined journalism because she loves to write. James said, “The guidance counselor told me I’d be good at it.” Something James looks forward to in journalism is adv...

Carina Birkel

Carina Birkel is a sophomore at Atlantic High School. She is involved with activities such as band--where she is co-section leader of the clarinets, dance, journalism, and IHSSA Speech.  In her free time, she is “writing, taking ...

Haley Rasmussen

Lights, camera, flash goes junior Haley Rasmussen’s camera as she takes pictures for AHS Journalism. This is her favorite task in journalism. Her favorite photos she has taken for the Needle were of a boys basketball game. R...

Addie DeArment

Sophomore Addie DeArment is very involved at AHS. Whether she’s running hills in cross country or tearing up the track, she always has a positive attitude. “Being positive affects everybody around you, and it makes life m...

Malena Woodward

Sophomore Malena Woodward is a very involved student at AHS. She takes part in softball, basketball, volleyball, track and field, and FFA. Outside of school, she participates in 4-H. When she isn’t at her activities, she enjoys t...

Cael Pulido

Junior Cael Pulido has a passion for writing his own stories. Pulido serves the journalism department as a staff writer, but hopes to write for AHS Needle next year as an editor. Pulido is interested in writing about changes in the...

Kenzie Hoffman

Sophomore Kenzie Hoffman has been involved in track, softball, girls wrestling, and journalism throughout high school. Hoffman is a staff writer for AHS Needle. In her free time, she enjoys lifting, spending time with friends, and...

Alex Harper

Atlantic High School senior Alex Harper is an editor for the Eye of the Needle. He works on creating videos with junior Kolby Parrott for the “Trojan Buzz” section. “Trojan Buzz” is a comedic portion of the weekly Eye of th...

Da’Jai Wesson

Da’Jai Wesson is an editor for the AHSNeedle. She writes stories that vary from school news to things related to the media. Wesson puts out at least one story a week. Her favorite story so far was the story she wrote about B...

Caroline Pellett

When Caroline Pellett, a junior at AHS, isn’t playing volleyball, track or softball, you can probably find her with her three corgis, Jake, Sadie and Windsor. She is also involved in FFA, the MVP Program, NHS, wrestling man...

Kennedy Goergen

Yearbook editor and photographer Kennedy Goergen said that her favorite task in journalism is taking photos at sporting events. She especially enjoys cross country meets because of all the “emotion” in the photos she captures. Som...

Makynzie Steffens

Junior Makynzie Steffens is a photo editor for all of the journalism programs at AHS. Steffens earned her journalism letter at the beginning of her junior year. Steffens’ favorite part about journalism is taking pictures and helping ...

Lauren Nicholas

Lauren Nicholas is a junior that loves sports and hanging out with friends. You may know Lauren as only an athlete but she is much more than that. She found her interest in journalism in Intro to Journalism writing stories and ...

Bryer Rose

Bryer Rose is a rising star in the AHS Journalism lineup. She currently works as a Fine Arts anchor on the weekly newscast "Eye of the Needle," covering theater, chorus, band, and the arts. Rose has attended a number of worksh...

Kolby Parrott

Sky diving, bull riding, climbing a mountain, bungee jumping, and basically, anything that has to do with adrenaline or is physically challenging are things junior, Kolby Parrott would love to try. Parrott is one of the editors f...

Haylie Handel

Junior Haylie Handel is an editor of Eye of the Needle. She has been involved in softball, choir, broadcasting, show choir and dance throughout her high school years. Handel says that she joined journalism because she likes ...

Jenna Pelzer

Jenna Pelzer, a junior at Atlantic High School, has been involved in track, dance, dance team and journalism. She has been a journalist student since her sophomore year and is now in broadcasting. “It’s really fun being on c...

Colin Mullenix

Colin Mullenix, a junior at Atlantic High School, is a multi-sport athlete and is in the process of his third year of journalism. During high school, Mullenix has competed in football, wrestling, track and field and baseball....

Grace Barkley

Grace Barkley, a Junior at AHS, is a part of the broadcasting team for AHS Eye of the Needle which is posted every Friday on Youtube. Barkley is the sports anchor, writes scripts and creates packages. A “package” is an interview...

Madison Botos

Junior Madison Botos loves sports, hanging out with friends and listening to music, found her interest in journalism from her upperclassman friends that were involved, who said it was a blast. She is in broadcasting and makes ad...

Mia Trotter

It’s Friday afternoon and all of the Atlantic student body is rushing to their laptops to open up this week's Eye of the Needle. They thrust the computers out of their bags and fumble with the zippers. They put in their pass...

Shayla Luke

Coming into high school, Shayla Luke wanted to become more involved in the community so she joined journalism. When Luke first joined journalism, she planned on using her writing skills to publish articles, but instead took inte...

Maycie Waters

Maycie Waters, junior at Atlantic High School,  has four siblings, three sisters and one brother. Waters’ oldest sister McKenzie is the reason she decided to go into Journalism. Water is in all sorts of other activities other...

Dani Mathisen

Dani Mathisen, a junior at AHS, is an editor for the school newspaper AHS Needle and a co-creator of the senior magazine. Mathisen is writing 20 senior spotlight stories this semester. In her free time, she likes to cuddle with ...

Molly McFadden

“Thank you! Thank you! Thank You!” echoed through the halls last winter as Molly McFadden prepared Meryl Streep’s Grammy’s acceptance speech for her Public Address event during the 2019 speech season. Her obsession wi...

Ariel Clark

Ariel Clark is just one of the many journalism editors at Atlantic High School. She first joined the journalism team because she adored advisor Allison Berryhill’s personality and had a fond interest in writing. She is writing for ...

Camryn Church

Camryn Church, a junior at Atlantic High School, said that she joined journalism because she didn’t really know much about it and wanted to learn more about it. She also wanted to have more classes with journalism and English tea...

Lucas Behrens

Lucas Behrends is an editor and videographer for the broadcasting class. His main role in journalism is to take pictures and short videos for Eye of the Needle. While in high school he has been involved in band, fall play, sp...

Reagan Pellett

Reagan Pellett became involved in journalism because of her older friends and her interest in taking pictures. Pellet is a yearbook editor, so she takes pictures for and designs pages in the yearbook. Pellett’s favorite part of jo...

Anna Lowary

Junior Annamaria Lowary has been involved in journalism since her sophomore year, which is when the class is first offered to students. Lowary creates many of the ads for Eye of the Needle (EON) with Kenzie Waters and Chloe Da...

Grace Bruckner

Grace Bruckner, an AHS senior, edits Eye of the Needle when it is her team's week but will help the other team to make sure they are putting out the best show they can. Bruckner also has many photographs in the yearbook and on Eye of t...

Connor Church

Connor (Churchy) Church, is a senior at Atlantic Highschool. He said he got into journalism from “people telling (him) to get into it to write the sports news.” Church has 30 or more stories on his sleeve and said, “(He)...

Kelsie Siedlik

Sophomore Kelsie Siedlik is a journalism production student with an interest in broadcasting. “It makes me feel like I’m in charge almost,” she said. She enjoys the editing aspect of broadcasting. Siedlik is also involved in stu...

Grace Clay

Grace Clay is an editor on the AHS Needle journalism team. Clay mainly writes reviews, but this year she has “branched” out and begun writing cross country stories. Journalism has helped her writing over all, and it has also...

Emma Templeton

Senior, Emma Templeton is the lead editor of the yearbook. Her job is to make sure that all of the editors are on the same page, she creates templates and spreadsheets, and she is the final step of review before the editors tu...

Pluma Pross

Senior Pluma Pross has been involved in all aspects of AHS journalism over the past three years. This year she is a yearbook editor. Pross said her favorite part about yearbook is “the freedom we get to design our own pages....

Madison Fell

Maddy Fell, an AHS senior, has been involved in journalism since her sophomore year. She is a Social Media editor for the journalism department while also working in the yearbook and conducting teacher interviews for Eye of t...

Kylie Neal

Kylie Neal is a senior at Atlantic High School and has partaken in several activities throughout her high school career. She has been involved in journalism, track, National Honor Society, mentoring, student council, AHS Fuel, wres...

Aleigh Bean

Senior Aleigh Bean has been in AHS Journalism since her sophomore year. Her role is making videos and making specials for the show Eye of the Needle (EON). One of Bean’s favorite parts about journalism is making videos. Her favorite ...

Cale Roller

Cale Roller, senior, goes to Atlantic High School and takes part in many activities such as journalism, football, wrestling as well as track and field. Roller is in broadcasting and said he enjoys making entertaining videos for ...

Anastasia Muell

It’s difficult to find a more energetic, positive and kind girl than senior Anastasia Muell. She has dedicated the past three years of her life to excelling in her activities and academics. She has participated in a myriad of...

Hana Holtz

Hana Holtz, the lead editor of AHS Needle, assigns and edits stories for the school website. Holtz is the lead editor with 86 stories in total, the most published of the team. Originally, she didn’t plan on joining the journalism ...

Alyssa Brockob

Alyssa (Aly) Brockob, is a lead editor and author for AHS Needle. Brockob, along with Dani Mathisen, is in charge of the Senior Spotlight Magazine. They both write around 20 stories for the Senior Spotlight and figure out design...

Kathryn Saluk

Senior, Katie Saluk, takes part in numerous activities in Atlantic High School. This would include cross country, soccer, Student Council, AHS fuel, and she takes an active part in the musical. Saluk was congratulated with th...

Chloe Davis

Chloe Davis, a senior at AHS is a part of the broadcasting team. Davis’ role in broadcasting is being the news anchor for the “black team.” Davis said her favorite part of journalism is “walking in and seeing food in the cubbi...

McKenzie Waters

McKenzie Waters, a senior at Atlantic High School, joined journalism because she wanted to learn more about how to take videos and pictures as well as work cameras. Her favorite part about journalism is being able to make scripts a...

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