NHS Chief Advocate

2021-2022 Staff

Kamden Bushka
Editor-in-Chief

Kamden Bushka

Kamden Bushka is a senior at Nonnewaug and a fourth year journalism student. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the NHS Chief Advocate  previously held the position of the Arts & Entertainment Editor. Kamden enjoys writing about fashion, music and movies. She is also the President of the National English Honor Society and Vice President of National Honor Society here at Nonnewaug. Kamden hopes to s...

Samantha Conti
Senior Editor and Sports Editor

Samantha Conti

Samantha Conti is a junior and a third-year journalism student. She is a senior editor and the sports editor for the NHS Chief Advocate and previously an editor for the Arts and Entertainment section. Samantha plays soccer, basketball and tennis for Nonnewaug. She has a brother who is a senior at Nonnewaug and is also a three sport athlete. She enjoys writing about sports, fashion and entertainment....

Izzy DiNunzio
Junior Editor and Community News Editor

Izzy DiNunzio

Izzy DiNunzio is the junior editor and community news editor and second-year writer for the NHS Chief Advocate. Izzy lives in Woodbury and is sophomore at Nonnewaug. When she graduates, she wants to go to Florida State University to become a cold-case detective. She enjoys writing about crime and the community.

Sophie Pape
Campus Community Reporter

Sophie Pape

Sophie Pape is a junior at Nonnewaug high school and a first year writer for the Chief Advocate. She enjoys writing about politics and upcoming events in the community. She is also a part of class council, the anchor program, and spirit club at NHS. She is from a family of nine; five out of her six siblings all graduated from Nonnewaug and her younger brother will be here next year. She has a five ...

Melanie Boria
Reporter

Melanie Boria

Mel is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate and a sophomore from Woodbury. She doesn't have much previous experience in journalism and would like to take this as an opportunity to gain skill in more types of writing. Out of school, she mainly enjoys music, whether it being listening or playing guitar.

Ryan Duda
Reporter

Ryan Duda

Ryan is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. He moved to Woodbury in 2016, which was a big change but better for him. Ryan was a very shy kid when he first moved to Woodbury, but he is not that shy anymore. Taking this class will let Ryan talk louder and try to help other people understand what he is writing about. He has plenty of experience to share with other people, and he...

Jason Eyring
Reporter

Jason Eyring

Jason Eyring is a reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate.

Autumn Johnson
Reporter

Autumn Johnson

Autumn Johnson is a senior at Nonnewaug High School and general assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. Johnson is from Woodbury and is a first year journalism student. Autumn enjoys partaking in the Agriculture program here at Nonnewaug and is looking into majoring in Nursing. While she has no prior knowledge in the journalism world, she is ready to take the challenge!...

Ellie Mansfield
Reporter

Ellie Mansfield

Ellie Mansfield is a sophomore from Bethlehem, and this is her first year writing for the NHS Chief Advocate. She hasn’t done anything like this before and thought it would be a fun thing to try. She hopes that she can make entertaining stories for the community to enjoy. In her free time, she dives into different forms of art like poetry, music, and various mediums of art....

Scott Meyer
Reporter

Scott Meyer

Scott Meyer is a sophomore from Woodbury who is in his first year writing for the Chief Advocate. He is a big sports fan and likes history. Scott is originally from Rocky Hill, and he has a little brother currently in seventh grade. He spent the previous school year in remote learning. He hopes to write great stories for the NHS Chief Advocate and have good interviews, as well as having his stories o...

Jano Nakhla
Reporter

Jano Nakhla

Jano Nakhla is a freshman at Nonnewaug High School, and this is her first year writing for the NHS Chief Advocate. Coming from New York originally, she has lived in Woodbury for three years now. She enjoys science, karate, and playing the piano. Her dream is to enter the medical field after high school, but she has always had an interest and passion for creative and expressive writing. She strives...

Judy Nakhla
Reporter

Judy Nakhla

Judy Nakhla is a freshman at Nonnewaug and this is her first year writing for the NHS Chief Advocate. She hopes to not only cover a wide range of topics on the Chief Advocate website, but also to cover unique topics that spark an interest in readers. Currently, she is a part of Nonnewaug’s Freshman Student Council. Outside of school, she does karate and plays piano. In addition to writing for the ...

Madelynn Orosz
Ag/FFA Editor

Madelynn Orosz

Madelynn Orosz is Ag/FFA correspondent and editor of the NHS Chief Advocate. She is from Seymour and has a rabbit and turtle at home. At Nonnewaug, she is on the softball team, volleyball team, swim team, class of 2023 class council, and the NHS band. Orosz is also part of the Agriculture program where she does numerous clubs and shows cattle for the Woodbury FFA livestock show team. Orosz wants to major...

Genieva Pawlowski
Reporter

Genieva Pawlowski

Genieva Pawlowski is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. She is a junior from Naugatuck that enjoys watching movies and hanging out with friends. She joined journalism because she wanted to see what her full potential is when it comes to writing for a newspaper. Pawlowski is excited for her future as a journalist with the Chief Advocate.

Eva Ripperger
Reporter

Eva Ripperger

Eva Ripperger is a freshman at Nonnewaug, and this is her first year writing for the NHS Chief Advocate. She is looking forward to being a general reporter. Her hope for this position is to inform everybody about the happenings at the school, from sports to art to academics to entertainment.

Izzy Rivera
Reporter

Izzy Rivera

Izzy Rivera is a reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. She is from Woodbury, and she likes to listen to music and read. While Izzy has never written journalism before, but it interests her and she hopes to get stories published.

Neal Waites
Reporter

Neal Waites

Neal Waites is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. He is a junior from Bethlehem and enjoys listening to music, painting, and playing games. He wants to start his own business when he graduates, and then travel around the world. He will be writing about things that he finds interesting and he wants to share new ideas and opinions with his peers. ...

Ben Stewart
Sports Reporter

Ben Stewart

Ben Stewart is a junior at Nonnewaug High School and writes for the NHS Chief Advocate as a sports reporter. This is his first year as a Chief Advocate writer. Ben has played soccer in his freshman and sophomore year and is also a member of the baseball and basketball teams. Ben is an experienced sports writer, taking on specific sports pieces before in other classes. He is excited to take on this r...

James Brooks
General Assignment Reporter

James Brooks

James Brooks is a general assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. He is a junior and lives in Bethlehem. James likes to play sports and video games with his friends. He joined journalism to try and get more involved in local news, the community, and becoming a better writer. James loves to go to Nonnewaug sports games and cheer on the team, he also played unified basketball in his freshman year...

Shelby Rushin
Reporter

Shelby Rushin

Shelby Rushin is a senior at Nonnewaug and a first year journalist for the Chief Advocate. She is head of the sports coverage across all sports and seasons. Since she is an active FFA member she is also a beat writer for the agriscience/FFA program and competitions that they participate in.

Lily Fairbairn
General Assignment Reporter

Lily Fairbairn

Lily Fairbairn is a junior at Nonnewaug and a first year journalism student. She is a general assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate and enjoys writing about current events, music, and entertainment. This year, she hopes to provide readers with interesting stories and practice her skills in journalistic writing.

Jacob Wells
General Assignment Reporter

Jacob Wells

Jacob Wells is a general assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate.  He is a junior and one of the few Nonnewaug students from Middlebury.  He likes to watch movies and play video games but during the weekend he spends his time working on his family's farm or working in their ice cream shop.  He is looking forward to learning how to write captivating stories this year and supplying people ...

Robert Assard
Reporter

Robert Assard

Robert is a junior at Nonnewaug High School and a first year journalist for the Chief Advocate. Assard likes to farm and likes to hear what other people's opinions are. He is part of the Agricultural Program at Nonnewaug.

Bianca Gracia
General Assignment Reporter

Bianca Gracia

Bianca Gracia is from Bethany and is a junior at Nonnewaug High School. This is her first year writing for the Chief Advocate. Gracia is a general assignment reporter as well as an entertainment writer. She is a swimmer, and she enjoys writing about general entertainment, movies, and music.

Megi Gorka
Reporter

Megi Gorka

Megi Gorka Megi Gorka is a junior at Nonnewaug High School and  first year journalism student for the Chief Advocate. Gorka is from Woodbury and loves to bake, paint and read Vogue magazine. She enjoys writing about the latest fashion trends and celebrities.

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