About the Staff

Fall Semester 2019 Clarion Staff


Executive Editor

Richard Foltz

Major: English

Bio: A friend and I used to write for a blog based out of Boston, covering the site’s film section. I’ve also written for a handful of other blogs, mostly on film and music, and I’ve always wanted to write for some form of a periodical. I first started as a reporter and have loved the experience, working with a large array of talented, wonderful people.

Interests: Writing, reading, movies (both popcorn flicks and artsy stuff) indie music, depressing folk music, murder podcasts, walking my dog whilst listening to any of the past three, and comic books.

Managing Editor

Samuel Claude

Major: Journalism

Bio: Ever since 7th grade, I knew I possessed a passion for writing. However being a young, inexperienced 7th grader, I wasn’t quite how I could use my gift in a productive way that could make money. Years passed, and My skills progressed until I came to Sinclair. There I attended two English classes taught by Professor Scott Johnson. In English Composition II, I was assigned to get an article published in a newspaper, magazine, website, etc. That’s when I discovered the Clarion. I submitted an article, “Claude’s Column: What to expect from Incredibles 2,” and it was published roughly a month later. I was then offered a job as a reporter and the rest is history. Now as an Editor, I hope to bring the clarion further as a newspaper and as a brand than ever before.

Interests: Old-school Nintendo games, film criticism, and a hot slice of cheese pizza.

Associate Editor

Henry Wolski

Major: Communications/Multimedia Journalism

Bio: “I started at the Clarion as a reporter in fall 2016. I had just committed as a Journalism major and was taking my first course in the subject concurrently with my employment. It was the bold start to a new career path, and I’ve fallen in love with journalism. Running the paper has led me to so many rewarding friendships and helped me perfect the skills needed to go out in the field and cover the news.”

Interests: Rick and Morty, football, pro wrestling, writing, and fun nights with friends and a good beer.

Sports Editor

Jeff Allen

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Creative Director

Sophia Hayden

Major: Visual Communications

Bio: My major is Visual Communications – (Graphic Design) the major for people who don’t like to talk so they speak through their designs. I chose to work at the Clarion because it’s a great place to build my resume while working with great people in a relaxed atmosphere. My position is Creative Director, I am the one who puts all of the content into the final layout of the paper so it’s ready to go on the release date. Follow me on Instagram @sophsue23

Interests: Reading, ink wash art, micron line art, and photography.

Business Manager

Britney Haddon

Major: Business Management/Digital Marketing

Bio: Ever since my first steps onto Sinclair, I’ve been involved in the community. I was hired as a student ambassador for the college in my first semester and since I’ve discovered a passion for people.  I joined the staff at The Clarion because I wanted to get my foot into the door of the business world. When I’m not in classes or work I’m somewhere in Sinclair, drawing or socializing. Follow me on Instagram @ x_art_by_charlie_x

Interests: Art, Philosophy, Literature, Music, Dj-ing, Poetry, Video games

Marketing Representative

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Social Media Coordinator

Ashley Brown

Major: Psychology

Bio: I have always enjoyed helping and working with others. Which led to me deciding to major in psychology, to become a clinical psychologist. I joined the Clarion to expand my knowledge and work with others. Which I have enjoyed since I began working here.

Interests: Reading books, listening to true crime podcast, watching documentaries on crime and serial killers and being outdoors.

Staff Writers

James Novonty

Major: Art

Bio: I believe education doesn’t just come from the classroom and certainly doesn’t stop in college. With this mentality in mind, I like to share my ideas on cultural topics including fashion, theater, art and other forms of expression. My background is in events and wedding planning so helping provide knowledge to soon-to-be couples is a cornerstone of my experience with the Clarion.

Interests: Reading, Writing, Art-with a focus on weddings and culture.

Reporters

Nicole Neumann

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Bio: My name is Nikki Neumann and I am a sophomore at Sinclair pursuing a liberal arts degree. I
hope to receive my bachelors in Elementary Education and eventually receive my masters to
become an Intervention Specialist. I work at Frisch’s as a waitress and pet/house sit quite
regularly. I chose to work at the Clarion for a fun way to get involved at Sinclair! I also wanted
to become a better writer and to get more experience with photography.

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Photographers

Elliana Miller-Young

Major: ASL (American Sign Language)

Bio: I am a 19-year-old graduate from Stebbins High School. I joined the Clarion in late May. I’m involved in my community by volunteering and supporting Dayton.

Interests: Photography, any kind of music, and dancing. Along with painting and volunteer work.

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Graphic Designers

Justin Pokorski

Major: Visual Communications

Interests: Design, cycling, bowling, and football.

Andrew Brown

Major: Visual Communications

Bio: I am a third year at Sinclair who is graduating in May 2020. I decided to work at the Clarion because I thought it would be cool to work at a newspaper, use the skills as a designer and to be part of a team!

Interests: Art, Drawing, Music, Movies, Superheroes, Animation, Video Games

Sarah Kusnerik

Major: Visual Communications

Bio: I chose to work for the Clarion because, one, they all seemed like really fun people to work with, and two, it’s a great chance to get some experience in working with a group of people. I’m very excited to be here and can’t wait to gain experience and grow into a better designer by working with the Clarion crew!

Interests: Art, reading, watching T.V. shows, drawing, hanging out with my friends and meeting new friends!

Zoë Pirslin 

Major: Visual Communications

Bio chose to work for the Clarion because I love designing, not only for my degree but in my free time. I enjoy being a part of a team that is so diverse that comes together to form one final product. I’m also glad that I get hands-on experience, especially since it’s team orientated. It’s awesome to meet new friends and to do the thing you love, in my case, design! Some of my interests include

Interests: Drawing, writing, poetry. reading, playing video games, watching Netflix, videography sometimes, cuddling with my cat and crafts.

Cartoonist

Leo Walter

Major: Visual Communications

Interests: I am a firm believer that if the design were intelligent… we would be out of a future…

Distribution Coordinator

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Contributing Writers

Quinton Bradley

Major: Multimedia Journalism

Interests: Reading, Writing, Politics, Philosophy, Music

Bio: I chose to work for the Clarion because I wanted to hone my writing skills and gain real-world experience in writing for a news outlet. I felt that interning for the Clarion would be the best choice in doing so.

Maxwell Patton

Major: Graduated (AA in Multimedia Journalism, Pursuing a BA in Media Studies)

Bio: I am an aspiring journalist and current Wright State student who loves writing about and discussing entertainment and pop culture.  That includes music, movies, television shows, video games and the like. I’ve been interested in writing and sharing my opinions with the masses for most of my life, but only got into the journalism field after a switch of university and major.

As you can tell, I have a lot of opinions.

Interests: Marvel movies, sleeping, poetry, cosplay, listening to music, hiking, trivia, karaoke, Dungeons & Dragons, spending time with friends and most combinations of what I just listed.

Clarion Adviser

Jessica Graue

Department: Journalism

Bio: “I started my journey at Sinclair Community College in 1999 as a student. I also played volleyball for the school. After I graduated with a degree in communication, I went to Wright State and received my bachelor’s degree in mass communication. After working for various newspapers, I went back to school and got my master’s degree in English Composition and Rhetoric and that’s when I began teaching and fell in love. After five years at Cox Media, I was offered my dream job as a journalism instructor and Clarion advisor. A few facts about me are I am a comedian, I have won five Associated Press awards, and I love to go to the casinos with my family.”

Interests: Reading, writing, performing comedy, eating good food and helping out my students in any way I can!