24 with ’24: Journalism Seniors

This is part of a series where we sit down with 24 members of the class of ’24 for a Q&A. This special edition features the four seniors on staff of The Pioneer Press.
Journalisms class of 2024 poses for a picture in Mrs. Marlings room. From left: Maddie Saiter, Paige Jestadt, Sidney Troesch, and FIona Petticrew
Journalism’s class of 2024 poses for a picture in Mrs. Marling’s room. From left: Maddie Saiter, Paige Jestadt, Sidney Troesch, and FIona Petticrew
Megan Marling
Photo Courtesy of Paige Jestadt
Paige Jestadt

Paige Jestadt has been on the staff of The Pioneer Press since her sophomore year, including serving as an editor this year, and she’s played volleyball since elementary school.  Next year, she plans to continue both her academic and athletic careers at Lake Erie College.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of your time at Alder?

A: All my times in journalism.

Q: What are three things you can’t live without?

A: My mom and dad, tropical smoothie, and concerts.

Q: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

A:  I actually really love dancing.

Q: How would you define yourself in three words?

A: Nice, optimistic, high achiever.

Q: What was your last dream?

A: I dream alot but I can’t ever remember any.

Q:  Best piece of advice you’ve received?

A: How can you expect others to love you if you don’t love yourself?

Q: If you made a documentary, what would it be about and why?

A: Hurricane Katrina… I don’t know, I just find it very interesting.

Q: Last piece of content you consumed that made you cry?

A: Those videos of the wedding speeches. Especially the best man speeches.

Q: Song you can listen to on repeat?

A: “Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi (Steve Aoki remix) and “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay.

Q:If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be?

A: Alix Earle because her life just looks so cool.

Q: Dream country to visit?

A: It doesn’t matter as long as it’s a beach.

Q: What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had?

A: My dad surprised me with a new phone the other day.

Q: If your life was a TV show, what song would be in the intro?

A: “Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun.

Q: What 3 people living or dead would you like to make dinner for?

A: Grimes, Azaelia Banks, and Jacob Elordi.

Q:The most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?

A: Cliff jumping on lake Norfork .

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: For being a free person that has traveled and got the best experience out of life.

Photo Courtesy of Paige Jestadt
Photo courtesy of Fiona Petticrew
Fiona Petticrew

This is Fiona’s first year on staff at The Pioneer Press, but she has also played on the soccer team and been involved in choir, musical, and show choir throughout her time at JA. Next year, she plans to take a year of classes at Columbus State before transferring to Ohio University.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of your time at Alder?

A: The bows for the musical Newsies we put on in my junior year. 

Q: What are three things you can’t live without?

A: My phone, my bidet, and my mascara. 

Q: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

A:  I love cooking. I make amazing mac and cheese. 

Q: How would you define yourself in three words?

A: Silly, dramatic, and confused. 

Q: What was your last dream?

A:  I got in my car and I drove and drove until I reached New York City.

Q:  Best piece of advice you’ve received?

A: It doesn’t matter what people think about you. Just do what makes you happy.

Q: If you made a documentary, what would it be about and why?

A:  It would probably be about a true crime that interests me. 

Q: Last piece of content you consumed that made you cry?

A: I watched a hopecore TikTok about a soldier coming home to his brother. 

Q: Song you can listen to on repeat?

A: “Golden Slumbers” from the movie “Sing.” 

Q:If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be?

A: Austin McBroom, so I could fix his life up. I feel like he’s going through a crisis. 

Q: Dream country to visit?

A: I would love to visit Greece. It’s so beautiful there. 

Q: What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had?

A: Finding out my sister was pregnant a couple of weeks ago.  

Q: If your life was a TV show, what song would be in the intro?

A: “Clay Pigeons” by Michael Cera. 

Q: What 3 people living or dead would you like to make dinner for?

A: Michael Cera, my Uncle Jeff, and Marie Antoinette. 

Q:The most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?

A: Going kayaking for like three hours in Michigan, upper peninsula.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: I’m going to be remembered as a theater kid anyways, so I want to be remembered as Cinderella.

Photo courtesy of Fiona Petticrew
Photo courtesy of Maddie Saiter
Maddie Saiter

Maddie Saiter has been a part of the band and marching band since 5th grade. She’s played guitar for the show choir band and been a part of The Pioneer Press for two years, including serving as an editor this year. Next year, she plans to study marketing at Ohio University and is participating in the Copeland Scholars Honors Program.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of your time at Alder?

A: Going to Disney with the marching band and riding the Tower of Terror with my friends.

Q: What are three things you can’t live without?

A: My phone, my millions of key chains, and my parents

Q: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

A: I go to church usually twice a week.

Q: How would you define yourself in three words?

A: Hater, lover, funny

Q: What was your last dream?

A: I can’t quite remember but probably something with my ex who I always dream about for some reason.

 Q:  Best piece of advice you’ve received?

A: Don’t listen to the chicks of the booms, you’ll always be late.

Q: If you made a documentary, what would it be about and why?

A: I’ve taken a couple of environmental science classes so probably something about the environment and how everyone is destroying it.

 Q: Last piece of content you consumed that made you cry?

A: Hopecore Tiktoks that always make me cry

 Q: Song you can listen to on repeat?

A: Linger by the Cranberries 

 Q: If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be?

A: Hailey Williams. I just think she’s so awesome and I want to know what she thinks about and what she does every day.

 Q: Dream country to visit?

A: Somewhere romantic like Paris or something.

Q: What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had?

A: Opening my acceptance email from Ohio University; I just felt such a rush to get life started. 

 Q: If your life was a TV show, what song would be in the intro?

A: “Only Happy When It Rains” by Garbage.

 Q: What 3 people living or dead would you like to make dinner for?

A: Barron Trump, Eddie Van Halen, Liz Cheney

Q: The most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?

A: Ziplining in Belize over the canopy

 Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Writing fire articles and running @jahs_news and being pretty and funny

Photo courtesy of Maddie Saiter
Photo Courtesy of Sidney Troesch
Sidney Troesch

Sidney Troesch has been on staff at The Pioneer Press since her sophomore year, working as a writer, photography editor, and editor. She also plays volleyball and has committed to playing at Heidelberg University next year, where she will also study criminology and psychology.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of your time at Alder?

A: Going to football games with my friends, playing volleyball, and being in journalism. 

Q: What are three things you can’t live without?

A: My friends, family, and my dogs. 

Q: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

A:  I like going hunting with my dad.

Q: How would you define yourself in three words?

A: Outgoing, optimistic, and hard-working. 

Q: What was your last dream?

A: I was driving to Colorado with my two dogs, Jimmy and Shelby.

Q:  Best piece of advice you’ve received?

A: “Can’t never did anything for you.” This means you always have to try, even if you fail, because you will never know if you don’t.

Q: If you made a documentary, what would it be about and why?

A: It would be about the criminal mind and how it works. I feel like there are lots of unknown facts about it. 

Q: Last piece of content you consumed that made you cry?

A: Military coming home videos. 

Q: Song you can listen to on repeat?

A: “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin.

Q:If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be?

A: A behavioral analyst in the FBI.

Q: Dream country to visit?

A: Italy

Q: What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had?

A: My 17th birthday surprise party. 

Q: If your life was a TV show, what song would be in the intro?

A: “Left Hand Free” by alt-J

Q: What 3 people living or dead would you like to make dinner for?

A: Princess Diana, Zach Bryan and David Bowie.

Q:The most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?

A: Ziplining over Lake Michigan. 

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: How nice I was to people.

Photo Courtesy of Sidney Troesch
Pioneer Press Accomplishments

This year’s class of journalism seniors has contributed numerous articles to both our print and online editions. They’ve also helped us to earn several SNO Badges so far in their high school career, including the following:

  • Engagement Badge (21-22, 22-23, 23-24)
  • Story Page Excellence (22-23)*
  • Site Excellence (22-23)*
  • Continuous Coverage (22-23)

We also have one current member (Sidney Troesch) of Quill & Scroll International High School Honor Society for journalism, and several others working on their membership with the potential to be inducted this spring. Those inducted will wear gold cords at graduation.

Check out online articles from our graduates below:

Paige Jestadt

Fiona Petticrew

Maddie Saiter

Sidney Troesch

*actively working on completing these badges this year

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    Patricia jestadtMar 3, 2024 at 4:34 PM

    What beautiful girls with promising futures. Kudos to the whole staff and the opportunities the Pioneer Press has given them to pursue their dreams. I learned more about my wonderful granddaughter Paige through the insightful questions that were asked. What an awesome tradition to honor their work! Good luck to all. Pat and Jim Jestadt.

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