Staff Bios


saraSara Heilman is a senior and is spending her sixth (and final) semester in journalism as editor-in-chief of The Omniscient. An avid bees’ rights activist, Sara is captain of the dance team, a Link Leader, a science club member and a participant in Girls Learn International. Sara is heavily involved in Northwood’s dance program as a member of the dance ensemble and the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, and she dances outside of school at Chatham Dance Connection. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, volunteers for Special Olympics and is an online student at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. She spent her last two summers attending Governor’s School West for Dance at Salem College and Summer Ventures in Science and Math for Aquatic Ecology at Appalachian State University. Sara enjoys spending all of her money on poetry books, going to local music gigs, petting dogs and expanding her film repertoire. You can contact her at or by tying a note to a balloon and releasing it into the sky.


unnamed-9Bella Goupil is a senior. This is her second semester at Northwood as well as of journalism. She is an animal enthusiast, avid thrift-shopper and overall cool kid. She also feels really passionate about plants. Love those. 10/10 would recommend. You can find contact her at, or at the local coven.



Ava Johnson is a senior in her fourth semester of journalism. She is passionate about photography and DECA, a business and marketing club. Ava has been a confirmed state officer candidate for DECA and a finalist at states. She enjoys both playing and listening to music and loves to spend time and travel with her friends. Ava intends to go to the University of Georgia and one day be a social worker in a far away place. You can contact her at, or by skywriting or a well-aimed paper airplane.


Grace Lake is a junior at Northwood in her first semester in journalism. She is involved in the arts department, the cross-country team and is a Link Leader. Grace lives in Chapel Hill with her family and dog and cat. After high school, she hopes to attend an in-state university with a major in either neonatal or pediatrics. You can contact Grace at


 Jeffrey Marcin is a junior and is currently in his second semester of journalism. He is a member of the Twelve Club and plays baseball at Northwood. He enjoys playing sports with friends and video games. He has two dogs, Pedey and Tessie, and a brother, Michael, at UNC Charlotte. You can contact Jeffrey at, by using echolocation or by adding him on PS4 @MJMarcin515.


chloe Chloe Maynard is a senior in her fourth semester of journalism. She is involved in French Honor Society, Art Honor Society and Nut House. She enjoys the mountains, traveling, making her friends laugh and photography. Chloe hopes to attend a good college where she intends to study political science and go on to earn her law degree. You can contact her at or by carrier pigeon.


Chase Miller is a sophomore in his second semester of journalism. He is a member of Toys for Tots, Twelve, GLI, Relay for Life, Key Club and the marching band. In his free time, he enjoys picking up instruments, watching trashy TV and going on adventures. Though he isn’t sure what he’ll do after graduation, he is sure he’ll be doing it somewhere far away. You can contact him at, or by shouting his name in the halls.



Davis Palermo is a senior in his third semester of journalism. He is a member of DECA, Link Crew and plays baseball at Northwood. He enjoys sports and hanging out with friends. Davis lives at home with his parents, two dogs, Luther and Brady, and has a sister away at college. Davis is committed to UNC-Chapel Hill for baseball, and he will be majoring in either computer science or business. You can contact Davis at



Harper Johnson is a junior in his first semester of journalism. He is a member of DECA and plays three varsity sports: football, lacrosse and swim. You can contact him at or by leaving handwritten sentiments under his windshield wipers (red 2004 Ford Expedition, main gravel lot next to bus parking).


lannaLanna Read is a senior in her second semester of journalism. At Northwood, she is the co-president of National Art Honor Society, the vice president of National Honor Society and a Link Leader. This year, she won two Scholastic Awards for jewelry she made as one of the two students in AP Studio Art: 3-D Design. Lanna takes an unnecessary amount of AP classes and spends most of her time doing work for her favorite: chemistry. She was recently accepted to UNC Chapel Hill and NC State (which she will eventually painstakingly choose between) where she plans to have lots of fun and major in a science field to be decided upon. You can contact her at or


Rachel Stoner is a senior in her first semester of journalism. She is a class officer for the student council, a member of National Honor Society and plays soccer at Northwood. Rachel lives at home with her parents and her younger brother. She plans to attend NC State University and major in either chemistry or biology. You can contact Rachel at



Zoe Willard is a senior, you probably have seen her, she’s written for this newspaper four semesters in a row. For a couple of clubs she’s a resident, she’s even your Senior Vice President, and her VEI class calls her Ms. CEO. Northwood Nuthouse Captain is her title, she’s been a Brewery hostess for a while, she practices yoga and with the ukulele she’s a pro. In her free time she watches ball games, The Panthers are the team that she claims, and twice a year she calls Shakori Hills home. After she graduates she’s leaving, to college where she’ll be achieving, if you see her around make sure to say hello! This newspaper holds Zoe’s heart, of it you should be a part. If you must contact her do as so: email her at, hit her up on the Gram @zoewillar.d or send clear smoke signals for her to decipher.

courtneyCourtney Wolfe is a senior in her second semester of journalism. She is captain of the varsity basketball team and dedicates a lot of her time to playing the sport. She’s involved with National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and Nut House. She also loved being involved with PEPI and gives a lot of her heart to the basic life skills part of the school. She hopes to continue her own education into educating others and will potentially be a basketball coach one day. You can contact her at, or release a loud howl into the night, and the Wolf(e) gang will be there in seconds.

madelineMadeline Conte is a junior in her first semester of journalism. She is an active member of Key Club, science club and the National Science Honor Society. She dedicates most of her time to running cross-country in the fall and playing varsity soccer in the spring. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the mountains, spending time with friends, reading and is an avid watcher of college sports. Madeline lives with her parents and has 3 other siblings. After Madeline graduates, she plans to attend a university (preferably in-state) and hopes to become a veterinarian. You can contact her at or at

samSam Vanolinda is a junior in his first semester of journalism. He enjoys sports and video games. He is from England and has lived here for 6 years. He isn’t a member of any clubs and doesn’t really do much around school. He hopes to go to Wake Tech for a couple of years before transferring to a bigger school. He can be contacted at or by morse code.


unnamed-17Neal Morgan is the journalism adviser and founder of Northwood High School’s award-winning student newspaper, The Northwood Omniscient. A National Board Certified teacher and an educator for 15 years, Morgan has been honored as the Chatham County Teacher of the Year and selected for the Governor’s Teacher Network. He can be reached at

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