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Meet the Staff

Chris Lenerz

Advisor

Chris Lenerz teaches middle and high school journalism at Pine View School in Osprey, FL. He is the adviser for two print newspapers, a news magazine, an online publication, two yearbooks, a broadcast program and a literary magazine. He’s been an FSPA member since 2012. His favorite part of advising is seeing students develop as leaders through being involved with student-run publications. He believes journalism students are presented with the opportunity to foster skills and form relationships that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Leo Gordon

Torch Editor-in-Chief

Leo is the Editor-in-Chief of the Torch and has been at Pine View since second grade. Outside of Torch, he can be found playing his viola named Bethany, watching history documentaries, getting distracted at Starbucks, and boring friends with his Victorian-era expertise.

Anna Labiner

Torch Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Anna has been at Pine View since the second grade and has loved the opportunity to write for each of our publications and serve as a section editor for some of the more creative sections all four years of high school. She also participates in journalism through Pine View's literary arts magazine: "The Luminary" and is a student writer for the Southside Village Life Magazine.

Naina Chauhan

Torch Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Naina is Assistant Editor-in-Chief of The Torch. She loves cooking, online shopping for things she doesn’t need, and reading. When she isn’t in school (or a pandemic) she’s probably hanging out with her j4s.

Madi Holmes

Copy Editor

Madi is excited to be a part of the Torch staff as Copy Editor after spending the last three years with PVtorch.com. She enjoys playing tennis, listening to podcasts and going on Youtube deep dives.

Olivia Hansen

Copy Editor

Olivia is a senior Copy Editor for The Torch. She used to be editor of the Humor section and loves writing and reporting! When she's not helping out with the newspaper, she's probably boxing or hanging out with friends.

Kasumi Wade

Managing Editor

Kasumi is a senior and Managing Editor of the Torch, Match, and Spark. She will most likely be found running somewhere in Sarasota and eating poke. #pescatarianvegan

Odelia Tiutyama

Torch News Editor

Odelia is News Editor of The Torch. In her free time, she loves to eat Ukrainian cakes and watch sunset at Siesta. She’s always ready to troll! And if you see her inside Clever Cup 24/7, no you don’t.

Sarah Hassan

Torch News Editor

Sarah is currently a junior in Torch this year and serves as News Editor and Humans of Pine View Editor. You can often see Grace frantically trailing behind her to match her fast walking pace. One of her pastimes is consistently yelling at Joanna, the human alarm!

Courtney Nelson

Torch Assistant News Editor

Courtney likes being creative and expressing that in different ways. She spends a lot of time cooking for and with her family, and experimenting with baking. She spends the rest of her time working on her interests in art and painting.

Mahitha Ramachandran

Torch Sci & Tech Editor

Mahitha is a sophomore and the section editor for the Sci&Tech section of the Torch. She is passionate about the fight for climate justice and hopes you love Sci&Tech as much as she does. She likes the moon, cool earrings, and prime numbers. Her favorite pastime is convincing people that tea is better than coffee.

Zoe Merritt

Torch Entertainment Editor

Zoe is a junior and entertainment editor for the Torch. When not busy scrambling to stay on top of her homework, she likes to spend her time obsessing over music and drawing her friends.

Gabriele Navickis

Torch Assistant Entertainment Editor

Gabrielle is a freshman and this year’s Assistant Entertainment Editor. She is also a lover of weird earrings and eco candles.

Sarah Catalano

Torch Features Editor

Sarah has been at Pine View since third grade, is a clown in the circus, and can solve more than ten types of Rubik’s cubes. She enjoys making last-minute graphics on press night and long walks under the covered walkways.

Alyson Mizanin

Torch Sports Editor

Before you even try, don’t worry about pronouncing her last name. It is, however, what connects her to professional wrestler and reality TV star Mike “The Miz” Mizanin. Perhaps a meeting in the squared circle is due sometime soon.

Sebastian Genelhu-Bazan

Torch Humor Editor

Sebastian Genelhu-Bazan is a tenth-grader at Pine View and a member of the Torch staff. He has a sister, two dogs, and plays football for the Riverview Rams. He loves to play video games in his (spare) time and loves Latin/Hispanic food, though he will eat everything.

Peyton Harris

Torch Opinion Editor

Peyton is a junior and Opinion Editor. She loves the color pink and the smell of cookies coming out of the oven. She can be found at any point crying in her car or staring silently at pictures of Don Cheadle and Facebook memes.

Joanna Malvas

Torch Focus Editor

You can spot Joanna spontaneously frolicking and dancing at any given moment, whether or not she is sleep-deprived. Despite having attended Pine View since the second grade, she can't walk a meter without running into a pole. As the Torch's human alarm, you can frequently find Joanna being yelled at by Sarah Hassan.

Brianna Nelson

Spark Editor-in-Chief

Brianna is a senior and Editor-in-Chief of the Spark and Graphics Editor. She spends her days scaring middle schoolers and getting a little ~too~ political. Her hobbies are screaming passionately and loving you immediately. Yes you.

Lily Quartermaine

Spark Assistant Editor-in Chief

Lily is a sophomore at Pine View and the Assistant EIC of the middle school magazine, AKA the Torch's resident Tween Expert. She enjoys yelling about romcoms, dying her hair impulsively, and managing eighth grade drama. Beyond that, she considers herself a passionate artist and professional daydreamer.

Grace Johnson

Match Editor-in-Chief

Grace is a junior this year, and, while she only came to Pine View her freshman year, she has embraced the Pine View lifestyle in its entirety- stretching her sleep schedule as far as it can go and spending more time with homework than humans. Desperately sprinting after Sarah Hassan on the way to class, Grace gets her exercise in and still remains upbeat, often narrating her to-do list through song, a British accent, or both.

Lora Rini

Match Assistant Editor

Lora is a sophomore and Match Assistant Editor. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and buying cool room decor.

Tiffany Yu

Match Assistant Editor

Tiffany is a sophomore and an Assistant Editor of the Match. She loves meeting new people and can often be found either taking forever to reply to your snaps or spouting about her current favorite album. Her favorite things in life include the ocean, the beach, the sea... wait, those are all the same thing.

Kai Sprunger

Match Layout Artist

Kai Sprunger is currently a freshman, Match Layout Artist, and Graphics Assistant Editor. All her brain cells are dead and she has spent a decade coming up with this bio!

Eva-May Elmer

Match Layout Artist

Eva May is an “indecisive overthinker”, a perfect combination! She is learning Latin, French, and Italian. Before Pine View, she attended an all-girls school in England. She strongly dislikes spring onions, celery, radish and coconut.

Ben Gordon

Web Editor-in-Chief

Ben is the Web Editor-in-Chief and has been a PV student since second grade. He can be found obsessively reading Wikipedia articles or making iced lattes. Don’t try to convince him which Starbucks is superior (it’s the Sprouts one).

Isabella Gaskill

Web Administrative Director

Isabella is a junior and this year's Web Administrative Director. When not working on the Torch, she is probably binging horror movies or devouring a book. She loves listening to music and plays bass guitar.

Lucy Collins

Social Media Editor

Lucy is a junior and Social Media editor. She enjoys reading and working out. She loves to box, run, and weight lift. Her happy place is the ocean, and is continuing her scuba diving education to explore it more.

Felicity Chang

Multimedia Editor

Felicity is the Multimedia Editor for PVTorch.com along with Photos Editor for The Torch and The Match. She spends her afternoons configuring far too many posts and pages to count – yes, including the one that you’re reading through right now. Unhealthily obsessed with cinematography, you'll find her either holding a grudge against Premiere Pro for crashing three times in one hour or convincing you that Canon is far superior to Nikon, obviously.

Isabella Kulawik

Web Section Editor

Isabella is a freshman and Web Section Editor and Humans of Pine View Assistant Editor. She enjoys watching 80's movies and singing far too much for her own good. Her favorite things are listening to folk music with obscure lyrics and trying to golf.