With a staff of about 40 students, The Southerner publishes a print issue each month and updates its website each week. The publication was named Columbia Scholastic Press Association Silver Medalist in 2011 and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Medalist in 2012 and 2014.
Lori Cresci, Faculty Advisor
Jennifer Hastings, Faculty Advisor
Celine is the Print Editor-in-Chief of The Southerner and her favorite topics to write about are food and special events. She’s been on the paper for four years, and plans to continue studying journalism in college. When she’s not freezing in the Southerner office, she enjoys playing with her dog, hanging out with friends, and eating sushi.
Although initially hesitant to take journalism, Lynne quickly fell in love with writing articles and drawing cartoons. She is extremely excited to spend her senior year as Editor-in-Chief of the paper, where she enjoys writing about controversial and thought-provoking topics. When she isn’t stuck in the office making last-minute, pedantic changes to layouts, she enjoys listening to new piano pieces, baking all types of cookies, gulping down gallons of water a day, binging tv shows and movies with friends, and debating about psychological issues.
Adam Bernstein has been part of The Southerner since Freshman Year. Outside of The Southerner, you could catch him riding the bench on various sports teams, hanging out in Model Congress, or watching, talking about, or cheering on the Mets. He loves writing about sports, music, and movies. He loves writing for The Southerner and loves being the Managing Editor for the paper!
My name is Gabe Lefkowitz. If I was a tree, I would be a redwood. My favorite rapper is J Cole.
Cara Becker is very excited to be Web-Editor-in-Chief alongside Annie Zhang of the Southerner online! Cara has been apart of the Southerner for three years. She is most excited about the new video series that the website has launched called Taking the L. Cara’s favorite section to write for is news, and she is looking forward for the year to come.
Annie joined The Southerner in her freshman year and is now the Web-Editor-in-Chief alongside Cara Becker! She loves writing and coding for the website. Outside of the newspaper, her interests include doing science research, playing the ukulele, learning computer science, and fighting climate change.
Senior Web Team
My favorite part of Journalism is being some of the first people to have an inside scoop on the latest school news and then deciding how to portray such news/events to the rest of the school. I especially like writing for web not only because of the colored pictures included in each article (LOL) but because it allows me to write about literally anything I find interesting (usually food and most importantly, My South Speaks column!) This is my third year taking Journalism and contributing to the paper.Besides Journalism I am part of Class Planning, Teens Teaching Tech, and many other clubs. I have also played soccer for the last five years at the high school and basketball for the past four.On my free time I like to hang out with friends and eat food (chocolate is definitely a favorite!)
Senior Web Team
Hannah Weinberger is a senior at Great Neck South High School. She joined The Southerner during her sophomore with the hopes of creating content for the school newspaper. Since then Hannah has been an Assistant Section Editor, a Section Editor, and is currently the Web-Manager Creative Director of the web team. She most enjoys writing profiles about people with compelling personal stories. The most interesting were pieces about aspiring stage actress Kelly Grago, ballerina prodigy Sophie Hod, vintage coat designer Romi Soffer, and entrepreneurs Julia Kelly and Isabelle Ugolini (founders of the Fashion Forecasting club.) Hannah has enjoyed the opportunity to feature inspiring stories, and hopes to continue her work in journalism throughout her college journey.
Elana Amir, Section Editor
Sehyun Chung, Section Editor
Elina Malamed, Section Editor
Jenny Ye, Section Editor
Noah Sheidlower, Section Editor
Rachel Schneider, Section Editor
Jake Raphael, Section Editor
Michael Zhang, Section Editor
Joyce Lee, Section Editor
Gloria Moon, Section Editor