• Alice @ Wonderland will be performing May 9th - 11th at 7 pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2 pm.

  • Cannon Falls Art show is on May 15th through 18th

  • AP Exams begin next week and end May 17th. Good luck!

  • Academic award banquet is on Wednesday, May 15th

The Lantern

2018-2019 Staff

Laura Johnson


Senior, Laura Johnson, is an Editor-in-chief who enjoys Hulu. Speech and FFA also occupy her free time. She participates in many band activities such as flute choir and FFA band with a dash of sarcastic concert band rehearsals. Baby p...

Hannah Singewald


Hannah Singewald is a senior who participates in speech, softball and the musical. Except for  her passion for rollerblading and softball, her athletic life is almost nonexistent. During the summer she is almost always found defe...

Olivia Anderson

Special Projects editor

Hello, I am Olivia Anderson and I’m a senior. I am writer for features. I’ve been in the Lantern my whole high school career and I was a writer for the Torch in 8th grade. I enjoy playing with my yaks, dogs, chickens, pigs, ...

Nathan VanZuilen

News co-editor

Nathan Van Zuilen is a senior and a News Editor on the Lantern. When he’s not busy with Soccer, Speech, or Track, he enjoys spending his time finding new ways to keep himself busy and active in the school. ...

Lindy Edstrom

News co-editor

Lindy Edstrom is a co-editor for the news category. She is a senior who participates in many activities like Interact, church leader, student council, swimming, MHS, and track and field. Lindy is also commonly known as Melinda,...

Emma Conway

Feature co-editor

Emma is a co-features editor for The Lantern. She’s a junior who is involved in speech, debate, yearbook, and student council. Through her writing, she hopes to discuss relevant problems that aren’t discussed enough. ...

Sophie Epps

Feature co-editor

Sophie Epps is a senior and is one of the co-editors of the Features section. Even when not writing bios, she enjoys talking about herself in the third of person. This ice cream lovin’, kale devotee, and almond butter addict is occ...

Laurie Miller

A&E co-editor

Laurie is a senior this year. She is a part of the Bomber tennis team and Northfield Raider gymnastics team. When she is not busying doing her infinite pile of school work, she is either crying because of the new Netflix orig...

Paige Miest

A&E co-editor

Paige Miest is a senior and an A&E editor for the lantern. She is in tennis along with track, and she also volunteers through NHS and Interact. Watching Netflix and vines are some of her favorite things to do outside of school....

Graham Pearson

Sports co-editor

Graham is a Freshman this year. He plays football, basketball, baseball and water polo, and is involved in many other activities. He is a super-geek for superhero movies from Marvel and Batman, but also enjoys other romance m...

Aizlynn Thim

Sports co-editor

Aizlynn is a Sophomore who always has her earbuds in to listen to music. She eats like an elephant but is the size of a stick. This goofy gal has a master’s degree in sword techniques and she is a professional ribbon ...

Bryson Felton

Photography co-editor

Bryson Felton is a senior photographer and part editor for the Lantern. He is also involved in the school musicals and plays, speech, yearbook, and track. When he isn’t being a sneaky poo with a camera, he spends his time ea...

Zoe Jesh

Photography co-editor

Zoe is  junior and a Senior Photographer for the Lantern. When she isn’t taking pictures she enjoys participating in speech, track, and robotics. As well as reading, eating pizza, and binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix. ...

Katie Allen

Photography co-editor

Katie Allen is a photography editor, who enjoys activities such as Speech, band, and watching John Mulaney's New in Town. When she's not busy reading or ordering people around, she finds time to study whatever interests her at...

Luke Newinski

Video editor

Hello, my name is Luke Newinski. Soccer, lacrosse and the lantern are my three favorite things to do in my life. I am a senior, and I plan on attending Winona State University to major in movement science.

Kristy Allen

assistant video editor

Kristy is a junior who loves many opposite and contradicting things. When asked to do something, there's a 50% chance she'll say yes and a 50% chance she'll just stare at you until you leave.

Maggie Bahr

assistant video editor

Hi I'm Maggie Bahr, also known as Marge. I'm in weightlifting, basketball, and golf. All I want for Christmas is Ramen.

Jeffery Zimmerman


My name is Jeffry Zimmerman, and I am an artist who participates in Speech. I like things such as comic books, video games, movies, and music (mostly 60s-80s). My hobbies include drawing, writing, acting, and playing aforementio...

Mari Mendivill

Features writer

My name is Mari Mendivil and I’m a senior this year. I play soccer in the fall and I’m involved in yearbook, green club, choir/jazz choir, Interact, FFA, and I’m a featured artist this year. I enjoy watching the office, ta...

Jenae Quam

Features writer

Jenae is a Junior, and writes for the Features category. She is involved in tennis, speech, choir, jazz choir, and also plays violin for an orchestra. During the summer, Jenae is paid to scream “BUDDY WALK” at children at...

Izzy Souza


Izzy is a senior and an exchange student at Cannon Falls High School. He is a new photographer for The Lantern. He is involved in Robotics and Indoor Soccer in Hastings. In his free time, Izzy listens to music and learns abou...

Ellie Stodden


Ellie is a junior and participates in weightlifting, gymnastics, and track. She is very involved in activities and clubs, leaving no time for a social life. In her free time, she enjoys creating art, reading, binge-watching Ne...

Saundra Stodden


Saundra is a junior and a gymnast for the Northfield Raider team. She loves taking photos, painting, and watching rom coms. Her greatest skill is procrastinating. While she’s procrastinating, she takes multiple naps, watche...

Mia Jesh


Mia is a freshman this year she is a lantern photographer. Some things she likes to do is participate in gymnastics and she also likes to watch Netflix all the time. some facts about her is she likes pizza her favorite color...

Nathan Baszuro


Nathan is an 8th grader who loves taking pictures and editing them for the Torch/Lantern. He also likes playing soccer, speech, and singing in choir. He thinks the Lantern is the best newspaper in the entire world.

Sydney Niehaus

staff writer

My name is Sydney Niehaus, and I'm a sophomore. I enjoy reading poetry, listening to music, and writing. My favorite activity is playing my violin and playing in the school's pep band.

Hailey Newinski

staff writer

Hello everyone. My name is Hailey Newinski and I am a sophomore this year. I am involved in soccer in the fall, speech in the winter, track in the spring and softball in the summer. I also enjoy being in the green club and obv...

Ethan White

Staff writer

Ethan White is a freshman this year. He is in Robotics as their Safety Captain, and Ethan has fun reading fantasy and sci-fi books. In his free time, he likes to play D&D with his family as the game master for their campa...

Bianca Caputo

Staff writer

Bianca is in Speech and Theater. When she’s not at the school, she’s dead because she’s always at the school doing . . . something. In her “spare time” she plays video games, eats food, and loudly sings musical soundt...

Nick Bultena

Staff writer

I am Nick Bultena and I am a sports writer for the Lantern.  I play football, basketball, and baseball. I enjoy throwing hay bales and listening to country music.  Yeehaw!!!

Preston Heckmann

Staff writer

Preston Heckmann is a junior in high school. He is a new photographer and writer for the Lantern. He is also involved in student council, baseball, and soccer. In his free time he loves to splay out in the sun to soak up all t...

Anna Dubbels

Staff writer

Anna Dubbels is a freshman in highschool. She is involved in Dance Team, Student Council, and Golf. She enjoys reading and hanging out with her friends.

Chris Baszuro

Staff writer

Chris Baszuro is a junior writer for the Lantern. Outside of his academics, he stays busy on the soccer field year-round, does speech because apparently public speaking is a good thing, is involved in MHS, and plays saxophone in ...

Marguerite Holes

Staff writer

Marguerite is a freshman staff writer involved in other activities like volleyball, dance team, track, student council, and yearbook. In her very little free time she hangs out with her dogs and watches movies on Netflix. Her ...

Belle Freeberg

Staff writer

Belle is a sophomore this year. She plays soccer and basketball. She likes to spend time with her friends and eat as much as possible. She is involved in some other activities like SADD and interact. In her spare time she fights dr...

Vanessa Peer

Staff writer

My name is Vanessa Peer, and I work on the Sports Center for the Lantern. I am a Junior this year, and I enjoy constantly playing sports such as soccer, dance, softball, and trap shooting. I enjoy the cheesiest of snacks. ...

Emma Shepersky

Staff Writer

Hey I'm Emma! I'm a sophomore who loves watching Riverdale, Friends, and The Office, taking buzzfeed quizzes, and spending hours scrolling through useless pins on Pinterest. I’m involved in choir, pop girls choir, band, and jazz...

Sara Auger


Hi, My name is Sara Auger! This year I am a 7th grade torchie. My favorite thing to do is curl up in a dark corner and read a book for hours on end. If I’m not curled up in a corner with a book, I’m probably curled up in a c...

Ava Brokate


This is 8th grader Ava Brokate. Or so she wants us to think. She is actually a gecko in disguise. She keeps herself busy by climbing trees, engrossing herself in the wonderful world of reading, bouncing along trails on her fa...

Lydia Pedersen


Lydia is an 8th grader who loves engineering and architecture. She is in Speech, Track, and the Fall musical. Some of her favorite pastimes include reading, climbing trees, and photographing nature around her house....

Jessica Baszuro


This is Jessica Baszuro. Other activities she is in includes Soccer, Speech and Track. She is in 8th grade and loves to read, write, play soccer, make music, and hang out with her friends.  This is her first year on the Torch....

Bianca Caputo


Bianca is in Speech and Theater. When she’s not in the school, she’s dead, because she’s always at the school doing something. In her “free time”, she plays video games, eats food, and harasses her cat Lily....

Tristin Qualey


This is Tristin, an 8th grade theatre nerd with a love for writing and speech. This energetic eighth grader has been writing on the torch for a year and plans to continue writing until he graduates.

Teagan Strecker


This is 8th grader Teagan Strecker. She is outgoing, talkative, and nerdy. She likes to try everything, and because of that, needs to get her priorities straight. She is a thrill seeker who loves heights and water. She is a mus...



Elias Wojahn is an 8th grader who takes pictures for the lantern/torch. He also participates in choir and likes to knit in his free time. His favorite subject is math.

Angel Zheng

Torch writer

Angel Zheng is in 7th grade this year. Her favorite subject is math. She is involved in speech, coding, band, and math league. When she isn’t busy she enjoys reading and singing during her free time. This is her first year in...

Lauren Ritz

Torch writer

This is Lauren Ritz, and she is in 8th grade. In her free time she enjoys reading, art, and trying new things, like the Torch. Tennis and speech are two other activities she participates in. She also really likes the Incredibl...

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