The Eyrie

2020-2021 Staff

Alex Burbidge

Editor-in-Chief

Alex Burbidge, senior, is the editor-in-chief for the 2020-2021 Eyrie. Other than journalism, Burbidge enjoys playing baseball, as he is a member of the Olathe South baseball team as well as a club academy. He also enjoys music, ...

Grace Price

Managing Editor

Grace Price, senior, is a managing editor for the 2020-2021 Eyrie. Outside of newspaper, Price is involved in NHS, Spanish NHS, History Club, Scholar's Bowl, and is a tutor for the OS Writing Center. This is her second year on...

Mark Elliott

Managing Editor

Mark Elliott, junior, is the Managing Editor for the 2020-20201 Eyrie. Other than journalism Elliott enjoys playing baseball, watching professional sports, playing video games, and eating tacos. This is his 3rd year on staff....

Cael Baumgarten

Copy Editor

Cael Baumgarten, senior, is a copy editor for the 2020-2021 Eyrie. Outside of the newspaper, he is involved in Debate, Forensics, and he plays guitar. He enjoys listening to many genres of music, but especially heavy metal. Thi...

Emily Gray

Copy Editor

Emily Gray, junior, is a copy editor for the 2020-2021 Eyrie. In her free time, Gray enjoys reading, hanging out  with her siblings, and being a tutor for the writing center. This is her third year on staff. ...

Gagani Liyanawaduge

Design Editor

Gagani Liyanawaduge, senior, is the layout and design editor for the 2020-2021 Eyrie. Outside of journalism, Gagani enjoys obsessing over BTS, creating art, and watching Netflix. This is her second year on staff. ...

Morgan Montgomery

Business Manager

Morgan Montgomery is a junior on the 2020-2021 Eyrie staff. This is Montgomery’s second year on staff and first as Business Manager. Outside of journalism, Montgomery enjoys reading and writing novels, drawing, and singing he...

Skye Pancer

Social Media Manager

Skye Pancer, junior,  joined newspaper staff last year. Along with now being the social media manager, a journalist and reporter, she likes writing music and fictional stories in her off time. She enjoys all kinds of music, ...

Sydney Slaton

Reporter

Sydney Slaton is a sophomore, this is her first year on staff and she is a reporter. Outside of journalism she is involved in Band and plays the flute. She also likes to read, paint and watch tv. 

Dalton Roberts

Reporter

Dalton Roberts, sophomore, is in his first year on staff. Roberts enjoys playing hockey and reading. He goes on runs every other day and listens to music. In his free time he goes to hang out with his friends. He likes to watch ...

Daniel Palacio

Reporter

Daniel Palacio is a sophomore photojournalist and reporter. He likes cake and sports, and LOVES Taco Bell! 

Ember Schroer

Reporter

Ember Schroer is a sophomore reporter. This is her first year on staff. In her free time Schroer likes to sleep and eat and listen to music. Her favorite music genres are Rock and Jazz. She loves strawberries. She spends most of h...

Corey Rott

Reporter

Corey Rott is a sophomore and this is her first year on the Eyrie staff. Rott is also a part of the Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. She enjoys baking, snuggling with her three dogs, Criminal Minds, and a good horror movie....

Lola Cooper

Reporter

Lola Cooper, freshman, is a first year reporter for the Olathe South Eyrie. Cooper enjoys basketball, skateboarding, photos, making tiktoks, and hanging out with friends! Her favorite music artist is Boy Pablo and Trippie Redd. ...

Gavin McAferty

Reporter

Gavin McAferty, junior journalist, likes to play basketball, football, and video games. His favorite subject to write about is sports.  

Abby Wallace

Reporter

Abby Wallace is a freshman reporter for The Eyrie. Her interests outside of school include baking, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her dogs. Her favorite show to watch is either Grey’s Anatomy or Frie...

Jalil Smith

Reporter

Jalil Smith is a sophomore in his first year on the staff of The Eyrie. He is a reporter who, outside of journalism, plays video games and learns how to cook.

Gianna Comelli

Reporter

Gianna Comelli is a junior. This is her first year on staff. She’s a reporter, and outside of school she dances.

Fletcher Smith

Reporter

Fletcher Smith, senior, is a reporter for the 2020-2021 Eyrie. Other than journalism, Fletcher is involved in year-round swimming with the City of Olathe Lightning, and is also a swimmer on the Olathe South Swim Team. He enjo...

Megan Proberts

Reporter

Megan Proberts, sophomore, is a reporter for the 2020-2021 Eyrie. Outside of Journalism, Proberts spends her time playing volleyball. She is a setter and middle hitter for the Olathe South volleyball team. This is her first year on...

Avery Hoisington

Reporter

Avery Hoisington, sophomore, is a first-time reporter for The Eyrie. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, listening to music, and camping.  

Skylar Saragusa

Reporter

Skylar Saragusa, Freshman, is a reporter for the 2020-2021 Eyrie. Other than journalism, Saragusa enjoys writing poetry, acting, dancing, and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys watching musicals and listening...

Scott Letourneau

Reporter

Scott Letourneau is a 2020-2021 senior, but this is his first year as a reporter for the Olathe South Eyrie. Scott used to be a cellist in the orchestra & continues to be involved with theatre, as well as being a tenor for th...

Alek Mackey

Photo Editor

Alek Mackey is a senior and the photo editor for the Eyrie. He has been on staff for three years. Outside of taking pictures for The Eyrie, Mackey likes to play video games, play D&D, and do what is called Dagohir which is...

Ethan Runyan

Photojournalist

Ethan Runyan, senior, dislikes writing bios. Often, he leaves the entire bio blank, but was forced to make one. Outside of photography and hating biographies, he likes music and going to shows. His favorite moment was being i...

Katie George

Photojournalist

Katie George is a new student at South for her senior year. She enjoys dancing, softball, and cheer. Football is her favorite sport to watch. She loves dogs and connecting with people and making new friends!...

Danielle Desmarteau

Photojournalist

Danielle Desmarteau is a sophomore, and this is her first year participating in the Olathe South Eyrie. Desmarteau is a photographer for the 2020-2021 school year. Outside of school Desmarteau plays competitive soccer for Kansas R...

Jordyn Napier

Photojournalist

Jordyn Napier, junior, is a photographer for 2020-2021 .  This is Napier's second year on staff and she loves it. Other than photojournalism, Napier loves to do martial arts and spend time with her family and friends. Napier ...

Abby Burkhart

Photojournalist

Abby Burkart, sophomore, is a first year photographer. Outside of photojournalism she participates in gymnastics. 

Gracie Akers

Photojournalist

Gracie Akers is a sophomore at Olathe South. This is Akers’s first year on newspaper staff. She is a photojournalist and in her free time she loves to golf, and is on the Olathe South team. She also loves musical theater and ...

Kate Tankersley

Photojournalist

Kate Tankersley is a sophomore, and this is her first year on photojournalism staff. In her free time she likes to hangout with friends and family, play golf, play with her puppies, travel, and shop. ...

Lineiry Melendez

Photojournalist

Lineiry Melendez, senior, is a photographer for the 2020-2021 school year. She is involved in Chorale and SouthSide. In her free time she enjoys playing Animal Crossing, sleeping and spending time with family and friends. ...

Anna Palacio

Photojournalist

Anna Palacio is a senior photojournalist. This is her third year on staff, and she is excited about spending it on the Eyrie! Outside of journalism Palacio enjoys reading books, traveling (preferably somewhere with mountains),...

Melody Jiang

Photojournalist

Melody Jiang, junior, is a photojournalist for The Eyrie. Though this is only her first year on staff, she has spent the last sixteen years of her life mostly daydreaming, and occasionally doing more productive things such as ...

Olivia Pierce

Photojournalist

Olivia Pierce is a senior photojournalist. This is her first year on staff. In her free time, she enjoys art, playing and listening to music, thrift shopping, playing competitive soccer, watching movies, and messing with her do...

Phoebe Blair

Photojournalist

Phoebe Blair, sophomore, is a first year photographer for the 2020-2021 Eyrie. Other than photography, Blair enjoys painting, baking and spending time with her friends and family.

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