NHS Chief Advocate

2020-2021 Staff

Thayer Daly Lehman
Community News/Ag Editor

Thayer Daly Lehman

Thayer Daly Lehman, a senior from Woodbury and third-year journalism student, is the community news and agriscience editor of the NHS Chief Advocate. She has run for Nonnewaug’s track team and is also a member of the National English Honor Society, among others. In addition to writing, her interests include running, skiing, and hiking. She enjoys helping people and hopes to be a nurse in the futu...

Annalise Rupe
Sports Editor

Annalise Rupe

Annalise Rupe is the sports editor of the NHS Chief Advocate. She is a senior and a second-year member of the journalism program, having served as a sports reporter last year. Annalise considers being named sports editor a major honor because she is a huge sports fan. She loves being able to follow Nonnewaug sports and produce information about them. Annalise is also a four-year member of the Chief...

Lindiana Frangu
Activities/Academics Editor and Social Media Editor

Lindiana Frangu

Lindiana Frangu is a senior at Nonnewaug, and this is her third year writing for the NHS Chief Advocate. She is the activities and academics editor, as well as the social media editor. Along with her experience writing for the paper, Lindiana has had experience with marketing and social media from being Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen 2019 and 2020. She also has been a subject of many articles...

Gillian Brown
Clubs/Activities Editor

Gillian Brown

Gillian is a junior and second-year journalism student who is the clubs and activities editor of the NHS Chief Advocate. She has been writing on her own for years and considers it one of her passions. Gillian is a member of Nonnewaug’s Drama Club and participates in the school’s musical production every year. She is also a member of Wingman, serving as a peer advisor for incoming freshmen. She beli...

Owen Brown
Assistant Sports Editor

Owen Brown

Owen Brown is a senior at Nonnewaug and the assistant sports editor of the NHS Chief Advocate. Owen is also beat reporter for Nonnewaug athletics and helps to cover all sports at the school. He's also a member of the Nonnewaug baseball team, jazz band, and Unified Buddies, as well as being a Wingman leader, an officer for our National Honor Society chapter, and a part of the Nonnewaug broadcast team...

Samantha Conti
Arts/Entertainment Editor

Samantha Conti

Samantha Conti is a sophomore and a second-year journalism student. She is an arts and entertainment editor for the NHS Chief Advocate. Samantha plays soccer, basketball and softball for Nonnewaug. She enjoys writing about sports, fashion and entertainment. 

Kamden Bushka
Arts/Entertainment Editor

Kamden Bushka

Kamden Bushka is a junior and a third-year journalism student. This is her second year as the arts and entertainment editor of the NHS Chief Advocate. She enjoys writing about fashion, movies and music.

Christopher Velleca
Business/Technology Editor and Digital Editor

Christopher Velleca

Chris Velleca is a senior at Nonnewaug, and this is his second year writing for the NHS Chief Advocate. He is the business and technology editor, as well as a digital editor, for the Chief Advocate. In addition to writing for the Chief Advocate, Chris is also active in the community through his achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 480 in Woodbury. Chris also is the captain of the wres...

Tyler Lavaway
Digital Editor and Academics Reporter

Tyler Lavaway

Tyler Lavaway is the digital editor and an academics reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. Tyler is a senior and is in his first year with the Chief Advocate. He reports stories as they pertain to the academic scene here at Nonnewaug and also updates the look and content of the website. Tyler is involved in multiple extracurricular activities, including the robotics team, the Math and National Honor Soc...

Andrew Coy
Ag/FFA Reporter

Andrew Coy

Andrew Coy is an agriscience/FFA reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. Andrew is a sophomore from Oxford who attends Nonnewaug for agricultural mechanics. Some of his interests are ATV riding, video games, working, and firefighting. When Andrew is not at school, he's out running his landscaping business for my SAE. His goal as a staff member is to provide accurate news and interesting articles....

Sean Hanley
Ag/FFA Reporter

Sean Hanley

Sean Hanley is an agriscience/FFA reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. His goal for this class is to provide interesting but relevant information to viewers of the Chief Advocate. He will be covering a range of topics from the wide selection of events that occur in the Ellis Clark Agriscience Program.

Tom Laneville
Ag/FFA Reporter

Tom Laneville

Tom is an agriscience/FFA reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. He lives in Bethlehem on his family's part-time farm -- the farm mainly focuses on making small square bales for horse farms, but it also has 10 beef cows. Tom loves farming and racing. He joined the Chief Advocate because he found it interesting and a nice alternative to a typical English class.

Charlie Stock
Ag/FFA Reporter

Charlie Stock

Charlie Stock is an agriscience/FFA reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. He is a junior at Nonnewaug who is actively involved in FFA and has competed in many events. He was a sophomore officer in 2019, and he also serves as the Nonnewaug 4-H Club treasurer. Outside of school, he has two dogs named Jax, an English setter, and Ruby, a black lab. He spends his free time working at Ace Hardware in Wood...

Ally Roche
Arts/Entertainment Reporter

Ally Roche

Ally Roche is an arts and entertainment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. Ally is a senior who is also an active member of the Nonnewaug drama program, giving her an insight into the behind-the-scenes news of the NHS arts and drama community -- such as what goes on during rehearsals and the setup which goes into making a production. Being her last year at Nonnewaug, she hopes to get the most out o...

Travis Bambino
Sports Reporter

Travis Bambino

Travis Bambino, a senior at Nonnewaug, is a member of the NHS Chief Advocate's sports reporting team. In addition to general sports reporting, Travis specializes in news related to Nonnewaug's football team. Travis is an avid baseball player and has been a member of the school's DECA organization.

Cosmo Lovig
Sports Reporter

Cosmo Lovig

Cosmo Lovig, a senior at Nonnewaug, is a sports reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. A life-long Woodbury resident, Cosmo participates in a number of sports and clubs at NHS, including tennis and basketball. In addition, he is the president of Nonnewaug’s DECA chapter (Distributive Educational Clubs of America). DECA is a national marketing club that gives students across the country the chance t...

Dan Paganelli
Sports Reporter

Dan Paganelli

Dan Paganelli is a sports reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate.

Christian Swanson
Sports Reporter

Christian Swanson

Christian Swanson is a sports reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. He is a sophomore from Woodbury who enjoys playing and writing about sports, specifically soccer. He also enjoys playing basketball in his free time. This is Christian's first time in a journalism class, and he's looking forward to writing about Nonnewaug sports.

Amanda Taddeo
Sports Reporter

Amanda Taddeo

Amanda Taddeo is a sports reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. She is a senior who covered the field hockey team during the fall season. Amanda is curious how the pandemic will change high school sports programs, and she's looking forward to writing about these changes. While playing volleyball in the midst of this pandemic, Amanda learned that it can be a difficult experience and she missed seein...

Carson Buck
Reporter

Carson Buck

Carson Buck is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. He is a freshman from Woodbury who is interested in sports and athletics. He also has a dog named Shadow. Carson joined this journalism class because it sounded interesting and he thought it would be a great experience for a freshman at NHS. His previous writing experience has included sports opinion essays. Carson looks forward to...

Mitchell Brooks
Reporter

Mitchell Brooks

Mitchell Brooks is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. He is currently a senior at Nonnewaug and has not had any past experience in journalism. Mitchell hopes to inform all students of events and happenings at Nonnewaug that he may not have heard of previously in hopes of helping everyone feel included in these future events. He wants to recognize things that aren't noticed very...

Dylan Chung
Reporter

Dylan Chung

Dylan Chung is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. Dylan lives in Woodbury and was born in New York City. He is a sophomore who spent his freshman year at Canterbury, and he plays soccer and baseball. Dylan's brother, Derek, is in seventh grade at Woodbury Middle School and his sister, Skylar, is a freshman at Nonnewaug. Dylan also played JV hockey for the first time at Canterbur...

Phoebe Criscuolo
Reporter

Phoebe Criscuolo

Phoebe Criscuolo is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. Phoebe is a sophomore who is originally from Naugatuck but now lives in Woodbury. She likes to sing, draw, and sometimes cook. She also has previous experience with acting, she owns almost all of the "Just Dance" video games, and she likes listening to music to help her focus while writing. When there’s a time to be cre...

Izzy DiNunzio
Reporter

Izzy DiNunzio

Izzy DiNunzio is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. Izzy lives in Woodbury and is freshman at Nonnewaug. When she graduates from Nonnewaug, she wants to go to Florida State University to become a cold-case detective. Izzy plays softball and is a fan of the New York Mets. She loves writing, and it's her favorite subject. Izzy's goal by the end of the year is to learn more about...

Rich Groben
Reporter

Rich Groben

Rich Groben is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. Rich is a senior from Woodbury who is in the agriscience program and is currently taking vet science. He loves animals and mechanics, which help him work through writer's blocks by finding creative ways to work around a problem. Rich looks forward to this year of writing because of this. His goals for this class are to work to b...

Ryan Kostenko
Reporter

Ryan Kostenko

Ryan Kostenko is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate.

Lauralee Pelletier
Reporter

Lauralee Pelletier

Lauralee Pelletier is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate.

Ally Southard
Reporter

Ally Southard

Ally Southard is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. Ally is a junior from Woodbury and loves to show her school spirit by attending Nonnewaug sporting events. She was in the ag program for two years and really loved working with the animals. She joined journalism this year in hopes of being more involved in the school community and gaining stronger writing skills. ...

Sierra St. George
Reporter

Sierra St. George

Sierra St. George is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. As she entered her senior year, she wanted to join journalism because it was interesting to be in a class that forced students to be involved in current news -- not just at Nonnewaug, but from all the towns that surround Woodbury. She also appreciates the opportunity to watch and report about the sports played at Nonnewaug ...

Noah Vincent
Reporter

Noah Vincent

Noah Vincent is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. Noah is sophomore from Woodbury, and this is their first year writing for the Chief Advocate. Noah's interests include music, art, and creative writing.

Nico Wenis
Reporter

Nico Wenis

Nico Wenis is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. Nico is a junior from Woodbury. This is his first year writing for the NHS Chief Advocate, but he’s ready to take on new challenges and have some fun on the way. Nico enjoys playing guitar, film, photography, and skateboarding.

Louis Williamson
Reporter

Louis Williamson

Louis Williamson is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. He is a sophomore from Bethlehem and enjoys writing fiction, playing games, and drawing. Louis wishes to find a career as a mechanical engineer, a mechanic, or an architect.  

Raine Wood
Reporter

Raine Wood

Raine Wood is a general-assignment reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. Raine is a senior from Naugatuck. She writes music and plays around with photography, but her passion lies in writing and directing films. She hopes to become a photographer for the Chief Advocate and plans to pursue a career in filmmaking.

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