The Seahawk

2018-2019 Staff

Noah Thomas

Editor in Chief

Noah is a senior from Sanford, N.C. majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Journalism. Since starting his journalism career, he has spent time working for the Sanford Herald, Wilmington StarNews, and The Seahawk as both a news and sports reporter. Noah loves Star Wars, Stephen King, and Oxford commas. Email:

Helen Rogalski

Managing Editor

Helen is a senior in the Honors College double-majoring in International Studies with a concentration in the Middle East and Political Science with minors in Spanish and Women and Gender Studies. She is deeply passionate about human rights, intersectional feminism, global health, and national and international politics. Email:

Meredith Hoffman

News Editor

Meredith is a senior from Columbia, S.C. majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. She is passionate about reporting local and national political news. In addition to her love of writing and politics, Meredith enjoys rock climbing and works at Wilmington Rock Gym. Meredith hopes to one day hold a job where she can work for the improvement of women’s health options in the United States....

Brandon Sans

Sports Editor

Brandon is a senior from Fayetteville, NC majoring in Communication Studies, minoring in English with a certificate in Professional Writing. An avid sports fan, Brandon joined The Seahawk in 2016 and has covered UNCW Athletics ever since. He was a Spring 2018 intern with the Walt Disney Company at its Walt Disney World Resort in Florida....

Maddie Driggers

Lifestyles Editor

Maddie is a senior and an English major with a professional writing concentration and a journalism minor. She has always had a love for English and knew writing was something she wanted to incorporate into her career and hopes to go to grad school for journalism and work for a hip, trendy magazine a la Carrie Bradshaw.

Veronica Wernicke

Opinion Editor

Veronica is a sophomore majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Journalism. After college Veronica hopes to write for a print newspaper like The New York Times or Boston Globe. Outside of writing, Veronica enjoys riding her bike, hammocking, reading, volunteering, and cheering on the Cubs.

Travis Stoker

Photo Editor

Travis is a senior from Raleigh, North Carolina majoring in Business with a concentration in Economics. In addition to his love for photography, he enjoys rock climbing, surfing and working out (in tank tops). His guilty pleasures include indulging in his caffeine addiction and spending too much time on his hair and in front of mirrors.

Tyler Newman

Assistant News Editor

Tyler is a senior from Virginia majoring in Political Science. He enjoys reading and writing on international news, politics, humanitarian issues, the global environment and the film industry and hopes to one day write for the New York Times. 

Noah Powers

Assistant Sports Editor

Noah is a sophomore from Sanford, NC, majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Journalism. He loves photography, bowling, and professional wrestling. For as long as he can remember, he has loved college sports.

Jack DeVries

Copy Editor

Jack is a senior from Charlotte, N.C. double majoring in supply chain management and business analytics.  He began writing opinion pieces for The Seahawk in Fall of 2017. Jack has a passion for politics and a love for the ocean.

Genevieve Guenther

Marketing Intern

Genevieve is a senior majoring in Marketing and minoring in French. She joined The Seahawk marketing team her sophomore year in an effort to refine her marketing skills and spread the word on campus about The Seahawk. She became the Social Media Director of STYMO her freshman year and continues to do so.

Alex Putman

Marketing Intern

Alex is a senior Marketing major with a concentration in Professional Selling. On campus, she is also involved with the Paws4People organization. She was highly dedicated to basketball throughout high school and before and was once featured on ESPN for her game winning, half-court buzzer shot in The Dean Dome.

Lanre Badmus

Staff Writer

Lanre is a senior from Westfield, New Jersey majoring in International Business. He is looking to potentially work internationally at some point during his career, either in trading stocks or banking. Lanre is a huge sports fan, and particularly enjoys watching soccer and basketball. 

Brian Carpenter

Staff Writer

Brian is a senior from Waxhaw, NC studying Communication Studies and minoring in Journalism. He is an avid sports fan whose favorite sports include hockey, baseball and wrestling. Brian loves to travel to different amusement parks with his big sister Ashley and ride roller coasters. Brian’s dream job would be becoming a beat writer for either the Boston Bruins or the Boston Red Sox.

Ava Hicks

Staff Writer

Ava Hicks is a senior from Charlotte, NC majoring in Communications with a minor in Journalism. She is a staff writer for the Opinion section and greatly enjoys writing for this section because the topics allow her to take on a more lighthearted and personable tone. Ava hopes to one day get paid to travel the world and eat good food.

Kristen Rodriguez

Staff Writer

Kristen is a sophomore from Tampa, Florida and majoring in political science with a minor in campaign management. She has intense interests in political analysis and therefore enjoys being able to inform other people on current events through The Seahawk. Other than politics, she does a lot of reading, historical fiction being some of her favorites. In addition, she watches a lot of TV shows on Netflix...

Jonathan Montague

Staff Writer

CJ Montague is a senior studying Performance Theatre and Communication Studies. As the Seahawk's resident film critic, he is able to indulge in his love of film and television. In his spare time, he runs a YouTube channel called The Freak's Sanctum, where he discusses the nerdy topics that engross him. He also is a member of the UNCW Quidditch Club, playing chaser and keeper. He aspires to be a professional...

Chris Ingham

Staff Photographer

Chris is a senior from Apex, NC with passions for photography, rock climbing and film.

Cate Whiteley

Staff Video Producer

Cate Whiteley is a freshmen with an interest in film. She enjoys interviewing and editing videos for fun. Her favorite person in the world is her dog Astro.

Hannah Bonet

Staff Video Producer

Hannah is a freshmen majoring in film and minoring in journalism. She loves to edit videos and play with her two dogs, Sammie and Maeby. Her brother, Aden Bonet helps create the audio in her videos.

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