Meet the Staff: Lions’ Roar 2020 student newspaper

Cora DeWyre ‘21, Circulation Manager and Business/AD Manager

The very first online print edition of the Lions’ Roar is here for the 2020-2021 school year. With the new academic year, and our first online print since our lengthy break, the newspaper staff would like to introduce ourselves. Some students are returning, and for others, it is their first year on staff. We are all excited to work to our highest ability, making the Lions’ Roar the best newspaper in town.

Cameron Allerton ‘21, Social Media Manager (First Year)

Grade: Senior

Extracurriculars/Hobbies: South Lyon Unified Varsity Hockey

Looking forward to: Working with my classmates to inform all the students of what’s going on

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? To fly because I would never have to spend money on a plane ticket.

Where is one place you have always wanted to travel to and why? I want to travel to Paris for fashion week.

Grace Cook ‘21, Sports Editor (First Year)

Grade: Senior

Extracurriculars/Hobbies: Varsity runner and Captain of Girls’ Cross Country, Varsity Track and Field, NHS, and SLC3

Looking forward to: I’m super excited to develop my creative writing skills, see my work printed in the newspaper, and form close bonds with my writing for publication peeps!

What is your special or hidden talent? One of my hidden talents is finding petoskey stones—I could spend hours searching for their sunburst patterns on sandy beaches of Lake Michigan! I’ve been collecting petoskey stones for years and can now find them almost anywhere. I’ve found them in the water, on dry sand, in parking lots, and even off the side of dirt roads.

What is your favorite song AND artist? All of my favorite music comes from the band Of Monsters and Men. I love their music because their songs all tell a story. They always spark my imagination and make me feel something. Every time they release a new song, it becomes my new favorite (at least until I overplay it and then need to move on). Their current latest release is the song “Visitor.” 

Cora DeWyre ‘21, Circulation Manager and Business/AD Manager (First Year)

Grade: Senior

Extracurriculars/Hobbies: NHS, South Lyon Varsity Pom, Competitive Figure Skater, Figure Skating Coach, Student Council, LINK Crew, and CHUM

Looking forward to: Being able to write creative pieces and showcase my work to the students and community of South Lyon. 

What is your favorite food AND restaurant? My favorite food is definitely tacos, but my favorite restaurant is Culvers because I love their custard and butterburgers. 

Where is your favorite place you have been to and why? My favorite place that I have traveled to is New York City because I love the big city and all of the attractions. My favorites are the following: shopping in Times Square, ice skating in Central Park, riding the subway, viewing the city from the top of The Empire State Building, and seeing the Statue of Liberty. 

Aly Furstenau ‘21, Photo Editor (First Year)

Grade: Senior

Extracurriculars/Hobbies: South Lyon Varsity Pom Captain, President of NHS, Future Medical Professionals Club, Career Exploration Club, LINK Crew, and Mid American Pompon Allstar Team. She has also taken a strong interest in exercising to help improve both her physical and mental health, and loves reading and listening to music. 

Looking forward to: I look forward to writing articles about things I am passionate about. It isn’t very often that I get to utilize my own voice in my writing, so being a member of the Lions’ Roar Newspaper Staff gives me that opportunity.

Where is one place you have always wanted to travel to and why? I have always wanted to travel to Europe, but Italy especially. A few of my dream destinations include Capri, Naples, Tuscany, and Venice. There’s a restaurant in Capri called Da Paolino where you’re actually seated under lemon trees! How cool is that?

What is your favorite song AND artist? My favorite song is definitely “Speechless” by Dan + Shay. It makes me tear up every time I listen to it, and I promise you that that will be my wedding song one day. My favorite artist, though, is Demi Lovato. I find her to be not only extremely talented, but extremely inspirational as well.

Peyton Lewis ‘23, Feature Editor (First Year)

Grade: Sophomore

Extracurriculars/Hobbies: Girls’ Swim and Dive Team and Student Council 

Looking forward to: I am excited to meet new people and improve my writing skills.

Where is one place you have always wanted to travel to and why? The one place I have always wanted to travel to is Hawaii because it seems like a really beautiful and interesting place.

What is your favorite TV show AND movie? My favorite TV shows are Criminal Minds and Supernatural and my favorite movies are any of the Harry Potter movies.

Ava Mac ‘21, Print Editor-in-Chief (Third Year)

Grade: Senior

Extracurriculars/Hobbies: Theatre, Chinese Club, thrifting, and writing.

Looking forward to: With newspaper looking a lot different this year, I hope to make the most of what we can do and I look forward to spending more time with my fellow staff members!

What is your favorite food AND restaurant? A hibachi dinner from Sagano Japanese Steakhouse is not only the best food ever, but also gives you leftovers for days to come.

What is your favorite song AND artist? “Hanging on the Telephone” by The Nerves is definitely my favorite song, but my favorite artist would have to be The Killers for absolute bangers like “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me.”

Sydney Mathis ‘21, Student Life Editor (First Year)

Grade: Senior

Extracurriculars/Hobbies: Soccer, Painting, job at a golf course and Texas Roadhouse.

Looking forward to: Interviewing people around the school and our new podcast.

What is your favorite TV show AND movie? My favorite TV show is Black Mirror and my favorite movie is Coraline.

What is your favorite song AND artist? My favorite song right now is “Dead To Me” by Kali Uchis, and my favorite artist is Tyler, The Creator. 

Kenzie Pagels ‘21, Web Editor-in-Chief (Second Year)

Grade: Senior

Extracurriculars/Hobbies: South Lyon Varsity Pom and Biggby barista

Looking forward to: I look forward to bonding with the new staff and creating newsworthy articles to be published.

What is your favorite food AND restaurant? I love Mexican food, especially burrito bowls from Chipotle.

What is your favorite TV show AND movie? My favorite TV show is That 70s Show, and my favorite movie is called The Platform. It is a very disturbing but an interesting movie; I highly recommend.

Jessica Sarrach ‘24, News Editor (First Year)

Grade: Freshman

Extracurriculars/Hobbies: Competitive dancer at Big City Dance Center, Student Council, and Key Club

Looking forward to: I’m really excited to get to voice my own opinion to others through writing.

Where is one place you have always wanted to travel to and why? I’ve always wanted to travel to Greece; the architecture is breathtaking, and the beaches are amazing.

Where is your favorite place you have been to and why? My favorite place that I’ve visited is the Grand Canyon. It was a view like no other, and there’s nothing like eating a meal at the bottom.

Jake Sarrach ‘21, Entertainment Editor (First Year)

Grade: Senior

Extracurriculars/Hobbies: Boy Scout and DoorDash Driver. 

Looking forward to: Producing quality news. 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? The power to predict the future because who wouldn’t want to be able to predict the future.

Where is one place you have always wanted to travel to and why? I have always wanted to travel to Africa because I want to go on a safari.

Kelly Thorell ‘21, Opinion Editor (First Year)

Grade: Senior

Extracurriculars/Hobbies: Girls’ Cross Country, NHS, Student Council, LINK Crew, and her job as a waitress. She also really loves cats, world studies/studying world cultures and religions.

Looking forward to: Passing out the papers to do the classrooms. 

Where is one place you have always wanted to travel to and why? Israel because of the history, diversity in culture and thinking, and the fact that it is a very important place to many people. What is your favorite food AND restaurant? Ice cream, chicken sandwiches or pasta and the Cheesecake Factory I suppose.

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