The Smoke Signal

2015-2016 Staff

Ryan McBride

Ryan McBride is a freshman at Pascack Valley and an avid sports lover, especially baseball. His favorite teams are the New York Mets and the New York Giants. He is looking forward to writing for the Sports Department of The Sm...

Brian Sumereau

Brian Sumereau is a junior at PV and is excited to be the editor of The SideLines (as well as other video content, but who's counting?) for the PV Smoke Signal. This is his first year with The Smoke Signal and he's surprised that he ...

Jake Aferiat

Jake Aferiat, better known by his nickname "Snake" is a sports writer for the Smoke Signal and a junior here at PV. He joined the paper last year in the sports department covering football, hockey, and lacrosse, and covered the...

Robert Saul

Robert Saul is a dedicated sports writer and a freshman here at Pascack Valley. He is very eager to continue to write for The Smoke Signal. Robert loves writing and when he isn't writing, you can find him playing baseball. Robert i...

Madison Gallo

Madison Gallo is a freshman at PV and is excited to be a part of The Smoke Signal crew. She loves to read and write and when she isn’t doing that, she can be found playing softball. She looks forward to her next four years a...

Maddie Brookstone

Maddie Brookstone is a sophomore here at PV and it's her first year with The Smoke Signal. She is an outgoing individual who plays three sports. She is also a member of  the clubs: Habitat for Humanity, DECA, and Camp Raspbe...

Emma Palamidis

Emma Palamidis is a freshman at Pascack Valley. She enjoys doing all sorts of things when she has the time of course. Some things she enjoys are being outdoors for sure, playing her guitar, being with friends and family, and co...

Kyle Comito

Kyle Comito is a Junior here at PV, and is a news writer, a sports writer, and an editor for The Smoke Signal. In addition to the newspaper, Kyle is also a Peer Leader and has a summer job camp counseling. In his free time h...

Claudia Ralph

Claudia Ralph is a senior at PV and the Sports Editor of The Smoke Signal. One of the two females of the sports department, her job is to keep the others in line. When she isn’t on the sidelines reporting, Ralph can be found d...

Robyn Roznitsky

Robyn Roznitsky is a sophomore here at PV. Other than being an editor for The Smoke Signal, Robyn is on the PV Debate Team, on the All-Girls (SSAA) Chamber Choir, she is a Jr. Black Belt in karate, and practices the guitar. Her...

Jaime Minervini

Jaime Minervini is a junior here at PV, and this year she is starting a fashion blog with The Smoke Signal called Off The Hanger! As for her personality, she is bubbly, super friendly, and loves to make people smile. Also, she has...

Rebecca Silverman

Rebecca Silverman is a junior at PV and is known to whip out a camera anytime or anywhere and ask, "Can I take a picture? It's for The Smoke Signal." She also loves to write about any new happenings at PV to keep everyone update...

Brianna Ruback

Brianna Ruback is a senior at PV and has been on The Smoke Signal for four years. Her one true passion is writing and dreams of pursuing it as her future career. In addition to writing, Brianna also loves to play tennis and has ...

Sam Cassidy

Sam Cassidy, a.k.a. Sam the Snake, is a sophomore and first year writer for the Smoke Signal. He writes and covers for PV sports. Along with being on The Smoke Signal, he plays football, basketball, and track, while also being ...

Calvin Ralph

Calvin Ralph is a senior at PV. Besides writing sports for The Smoke Signal, he plays on the varsity basketball and golf teams, where he is an All-League golfer. He is also the co-host of the greatest weekly sports and future Em...

Justin Lewbel

Justin Lewbel, a senior at PV,  runs the "Voices in the Valley" blog. If you like reading about the big scary world outside of PV, then check it out.

Billy Lyons

Billy Lyons is a sports writer for The Smoke Signal. He is also the cameraman for the soon to be Emmy award winning weekly sports show and greatest weekly sports show on the web, The SideLines, hosted by Calvin Ralph and Mich...

Chandni Shah

Chandni Shah, is an editor on the Smoke Signal and a sophomore at PVHS. Some quick facts about her: she loves to dance, play the violin and clarinet, read, write, ski, and her goal every day is to make at least one person smile...

Ashley Lagrosa

Ashley Lagrosa is the social media coordinator for The Smoke Signal, if you didn't know already. She enjoys boxing in her free time, and plays basketball and softball at PV. She takes two language classes, Italian and Spanish...

Josh DeLuca

Josh DeLuca is a freshman here at Pascack Valley.  He loves sports, especially baseball.  His favorite teams are the New York Yankees and the New York Giants.  He is excited to contribute to The Smoke Signal as a sportswri...

Matthew Ricciardi

Matt Ricciardi is a freshman at PV and is ecstatic to be a contributing writer for The Smoke Signal.  He has a passion for all types of sports, especially baseball.  He is an avid sports fanatic and diehard Yankee fan. As a ...

Lauren Cohen

Lauren Cohen is a sophomore and has been on the Smoke Signal staff since the beginning of freshman year. She loves writing, and this summer, her love for journalism led her to participate in an investigative reporting program...

Jeremy Lesserson

Jeremy Lesserson, a freshman at PV,  is a new writer for The Smoke Signal. He is excited to learn about The Smoke Signal with help from the upperclassmen. He is most looking forward to covering sports events, taking pictures, and tweeti...

Evan Jones

Evan Jones is a senior here at PV. In his second year at The Smoke Signal, he will be continuing his coverage of PV sports, as well as writing the occasional news piece. Besides writing about sports, Evan also participates in ...

Curstine Guevarra

Curstine Guevarra  is a sophomore who has a passion for a lot of things like eating, dancing, singing and capturing photos. She was a photojournalist and a writer in her old school's newspaper since fourth grade, which made ...

Kayla Barry

Kayla Barry is a freshman here at PV and just started with The Smoke Signal. Even though, she has just started at PV, she hopes to take part in the Environmental Club, Habitat for Humanity, Camp Raspberry, and of course, The Sm...

Olivia Stabile

Olivia Stabile; pronounced sta-bee-ul is a freshman here at PV. She does not own horses. She promotes equal rights, drinks lemon water excessively, and dances on the Pascack Valley Dance Team. Being new to The Smoke Signal, she lo...

Abby Jones

Abby Jones is a senior and has been working with the newspaper since she transferred to PV last year. She enjoys writing human-interest stories. In her free time she likes to learn other languages and can normally be found singing...

Sara Cadiz

Sara Cadiz is an outgoing individual who loves to get involved in new activities. She has a strong passion for writing, which is why she writes for Litmag and the PV Smoke Signal. She likes to spend her free time reading ...

Shannon Culloo

Shannon Culloo is a junior here at PV. Her interests include listening to music, bacon cheeseburgers, and Jake Gyllenhaal. This is her first year on the Smoke Signal video team and she is very excited to see what she can crea...

Jake Topolosky

Jake Topolosky is a Freshman at PV. He is looking forward to contributing to The Smoke Signal so that it continues to be the awesome school newspaper it already is! He is a talented poet and writer and could often be found reading ...

Noah Schwartz

Noah Schwartz is a freshman at PV and is a sportswriter for the Smoke Signal. His favorite sports are baseball, basketball, football, tennis, and skiing. His favorite teams are the Mets, Knicks, Jets, Islanders, and the ...

Nicole Zamlout

Nicole Zamlout is very happy to be back at The Smoke Signal for yet another school year. She hopes to cover and inform the school about any news that comes along this year, along with covering what’s going on in the world of t...

Vanessa Rutigliano

Vanessa Rutigliano is a senior here at PV who has a passion for reading and writing and loves poetry, theater, and music. When not busy with The Smoke Signal or other activities, she is usually either sitting on her piano bench, napping in her bac...

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