Dylan Kaufman: Dylan is currently a senior at High School East and has been involved with the newspaper since his freshman year. Prior to being named Editor-in-Chief, Dylan served as the Professional Sports Editor, as well as a staff writer. Dylan enjoys writing about all topics, but specifically enjoys writing about sports, entertainment, and politics. Outside of the Thunderbird, Dylan is also the current President of the Key Club and is an active member of the National Honor Society. Dylan enjoys playing basketball and coaches a basketball team for middle school boys. Dylan can’t wait to get started in his new position and is looking forward to another great year for the Thunderbird.
Alexa Foodim: Alexa is currently a senior, and this is her third year on the newspaper club. Before being Print Layout Editor, she was the lifestyle and entertainment editor. Alexa is also Vice President of the Future Educators Club. She loves to try new restaurants and review them for The Thunderbird. In her free time, she loves to listen to new music and go to concerts. She cannot wait to see what this year will bring!
Kayla Menkes: Kayla is currently a senior at High School East. She has been writing for the Thunderbird since her sophomore year and is looking forward to taking on the position of online editor. Kayla is also a captain on the Speech and Debate Team and Vice President of Key Club. Kayla’s enjoys writing articles about entertainment because she loves discovering new music and writing about pop culture. She’s excited for this school year!
Sam Rochlin: Sam is currently a senior at High School East and is excited to be working as a Thunderbird photo editor in the 2018-19 school year. Sam loves technology which has a been a main focus for most of his articles. He has a passion for photography that is palpable throughout his work. He is specifically skilled in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and other photo manipulation software. Sam is also a member of the Future Educators of America Club and Key Club. He can not wait to be the photo editor this year and is excited about the future!
Alexa Jones: Alexa is a junior at High School East this year. This is her third year writing for the Thunderbird. In addition to her participation in the Thunderbird, she is also an active member of Spanish Club and SAAD. Alexa is a photo editor for the Thunderbird this year and couldn’t be more excited!
School News Editors
Sloane Levine: Sloane Levine is currently a junior at Half Hollow Hills High School East. She has expressed her passion for writing through the Newspaper Club and has written many articles for the Thunderbird. She is proud to be taking on the role as the co-editor for School News. In addition to the Thunderbird, she has been an active member in Student Government for the past several years, holding executive board positions. She recently became inducted into the National Art Honor Society. Outside of school, Sloane participates in volunteer organizations, holding leadership roles on the Sunrise STEAM Shack Junior Fundraising Committee and our local chapter of The Friendship Circle. She is looking forward to a great year of providing an exciting source of school and other news for our HSE community!
Brooke Gronich: Brooke is a junior at high school east and is the school news editor for the Thunderbird. She has been a part of the Newspaper club since she was a freshman and has had a great experience thus far. Brooke is looking forward to another great school year and wishes everyone success!
World News/Op. Ed Editors
Carson Leifer: Carson is currently a senior and enjoys writing for the Thunderbird. His strongest passions are politics and history, and he loves to cover political and world news for the newspaper. Carson has been following politics closely from a very young age and enjoys covering various political events while also sharing his own opinions on the news. Outside of newspaper, he is also a member of the National Honor Society and Amnesty International. He is looking forward to serving as an editor this year and expanding upon the Thunderbird’s political coverage.
Jake Nathan: Jake is currently a senior at High School East and is excited to be working as a World News editor during the 2018-19 school year. He has been writing for the Thunderbird since sophomore year, and his favorite topic is World News because he likes to stay up to date with issues occurring on both a local and global scale. Jake also participates in DECA and FBLA and is president of One World Youth Club. He also plays hockey outside of school. Jake can’t wait to see what this year will bring!
Brooke Blumberg: Brooke is currently a senior at High School East and has been working for the Thunderbird since Sophomore year. Her favorite topic is entertainment because she loves going to concerts and keeping up with pop culture. Brooke participates in DECA and photo club, and is a captain for the Speech and Debate team. Outside of school, she dances competitively at JAM dance and teaches a hip-hop class for kids with special needs. Brooke is excited for this school year!
Hayden Fishbein: Hayden is a junior and is the co-editor for the entertainment and lifestyles section of the Thunderbird newspaper. She has been writing for the newspaper for one year and is very excited to take on an editorial role. Hayden is also a member of the National Art Honor Society and Photography Club. She is looking forward to an exciting school year!
Emily Sobel: Emily Sobel is currently a junior at HSE and will be the STEM editor for the Thunderbird. In addition, Emily will be piloting a brand new business section in the Thunderbird and is very excited to bring something new to our readers. Emily has been a member of the Thunderbird since Freshman year. She is also involved in other clubs, such as DECA and National Spanish honor society, and is the president of XX Coders. Outside of school, she is an executive board member of an organization called the Friendship Circle. Emily is looking forward to taking on this new role as an editor and is excited for a great year to come!
Professional/School Sports Editors:
Hunter De Siver: Hunter is a senior, and this is his second year writing for the Thunderbird. Hunter is a professional sports writer who loves to write about the NFL and the NBA. Hunter likes to write about popular players and teams in order to captivate his audience. Hunter is also the Secretary for the Interact Club and is involved in Hebrew independent study. During the Summer, Hunter works as a counselor at a sleep-away camp that he attended when he was younger. Hunter’s favorite hobby is playing Fantasy Football, and he has won several championships. Hunter hopes to write more about the NFL and NBA in the future.
Noah Epstein: Noah is a senior, and this his second year writing for the Thunderbird. He is one of our main professional and school sports writers and editors, and he enjoys writing about the MLB, NBA, and NFL. Noah is involved in other clubs, such as DECA and Interact, and he is a board member for FBLA. Over this past summer, he was a sleep-away camp counselor for children entering the 5th grade. Noah’s favorite hobbies consist of playing fantasy football and playing basketball.