The Observer announces 2020-2021 department heads
Observer Staff Report | Monday, February 24, 2020
Six new and two returning department heads will complete The Observer’s 2020-2021 Editorial Board, incoming Editor-in-Chief Maria Leontaras announced Saturday.
The eight editors will join Leontaras as well as incoming Managing Editor Mariah Rush and Assistant Managing Editors Maeve Filbin, Claire Rafford and Sara Schlecht in directing the editorial responsibilities of the paper.
Juniors Hayden Adams, Ryan Israel, Mia Marroquin, Diane Park and Serena Zacharias and sophomores Ellie Dombrowski, Nelisha Silva and Allison Thornton will lead their respective departments beginning March 16.
Adams will be filling the role of Sports Editor. A junior from Lexington, Kentucky, Adams is majoring in physics and film, television and theatre while pursuing a minor in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. Now in his second year in the department, Adams has covered football, volleyball, fencing and hockey, as well as men’s and women’s basketball and soccer. He currently resides in Zahm House.
Israel, a Stanford Hall resident hailing from Detroit, Michigan, and currently studying abroad in London, England, will take over as Scene Editor. A connoisseur of all things arts and culture, Israel has spent his time at the paper as a critic and reporter covering music, movies, television and campus events. Israel is majoring in sociology and television.
Marroquin, a Holland, Michigan, native, will take on the role of Saint Mary’s News Editor. Marroquin is majoring in communication studies with minors in PR and advertising and Spanish. She has written for The Observer since her sophomore year and has covered a range of topics including Miss Kenya USA’s visit to the College, access to grief and loss support groups on campus and new dining services initiatives.
Park has designed for The Observer since her freshman year and became the Graphics Editor last year. Continuing her position as department editor, Park is excited to contribute her creative background to The Observer. Studying industrial design, sociology and a minor in digital marketing, she hopes to lead new creative content with her design team.
Zacharias, a native of Mequon, Wisconsin, will take over as Notre Dame News Editor. A neuroscience and behavior major and Journalism, Ethics and Democracy minor, Zacharias has written for the Notre Dame News department since her freshman year. Throughout her time with the paper, she has reported on a number of events, including co-founder of Black Lives Matter Opal Tometti’s visit to campus, the 2020 student body government elections and James Mueller’s mayoral election, in addition to writing features on a variety of topics such as Notre Dame low-income student admission experiences.
Dombrowski, a New York City, New York, native, will serve as Social Media Editor. A program for liberal studies major, she has written for Viewpoint and served as the newsletter manager. As the newsletter manager, Dombrowski has covered a variety of topics, including the Iowa caucuses. She enjoys listening to The 1975, reading any and all books, cuddling with cats and drinking too much coffee. Dombrowski is currently a resident of Lewis Hall.
Silva, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, will take over as the Viewpoint Editor. She is majoring in English and global affairs, concentrating in civil and human rights, with a minor in the Hesburgh Program for Public Service. Silva currently works as a copy editor for the department and serves as the vice president of Pasquerilla West Hall. She will be studying abroad at Trinity College in Dublin during the fall semester.
Thornton will be returning as Photo Editor. At Saint Mary’s she is studying environmental studies and anthropology and is a native of South Bend, Indiana. Thornton is currently studying abroad in Maynooth, Ireland. She has photographed many events during her time at the paper, including the Camping World Bowl football championship this past season.