Meet the Senior Staff

Mrs. Lombard

Mother of two and honorary mother to countless, Mrs. Lombard is the invisible hand behind The Commentator.  She is brave enough to teach freshmen English, and all the more brave to teach them again as juniors and seniors in journalism, for parting is such sweet sorrow.  In her Honda CR-V can be found a car seat, a pink Nalgene bottle, and freshly printed copies of the paper, depending on the day.  She enjoys reading The Commentator but only for grammar mistakes.  Her love for news is matched only by her love for Shakespeare; for this, she is the Staff Advisor for The Commentator.

Braxton Berry

Token minority to end all token minorities. Frequent master of the side-eye to West-end tendencies.  Jacket connoisseur, particularly of the denim and army types.  Actually an H&M model.  Insane ability to throw shade with them sick transition lenses.  Possesses approximately as much chill as a bonfire. Math protégé, seriously.  Can and will solve any math problem, star math student, very popular among math teachers of freeman.  Enjoys lasagna, like, a lot.  Will shamelessly cackle at the misfortune of others.  Also responds to “Caramel Drizzle.” Is an Opinions Editor for The Commentator.

Lauren Bruns

Lauren Bruns: God’s gift to the world. Lauren Bruns is the definition of perfect, just look on Urban Dictionary. Also, according to, Lauren Bruns is a synonym for perfect, flawless, divine, godlike, fabulous, sumptuous, luscious, heavenly, impeccable, pristine, deluxe, exquisite, and glorious. One may only speak to The Lauren Bruns after first being spoken to; unauthorized eye contact is strictly forbidden.  Notable aspects of Lauren include: doing an exact tomato impression when anyone talks to her, wearing a lot of bling, and being a dedicated student athlete. Lauren is an amazing soccer player, and she has committed to play for Clemson University. The Lauren’s worst fears are donuts, pizza, and intimidating others. You can easily find her when walking in the hallway because the hallway parts for her like the Red Sea. She is Sports Editor for The Commentator.


Julia Cassidy

Julia Cassidy can be found doing homework in the DSF library every morning, speed walking to class, and looking up cute pictures of dogs on google. Julia loves Harry Potter, old episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, milky ways and sour patch kids, making Spotify playlists, and listening to the High School Musical soundtrack over and over. Julia is excited to be a Features Editor for The Commentator.


Katie Cooper

Health nut Katie Cooper refuses to end health program “The Whole 30” after thirty days. No one knows why; she may have trouble counting. But to her, “the Whole Thirty” includes “occasional” cake and Panera. When she’s not “avoiding” bread, she’s probably driving her alarmingly bright Mini Cooper to swim practice at 4 am. If your’e trying to reach Katie, dont. She’s either writing an article as the Editor-in-Chief of The Commentator Online, or listening to…questionable…music. She’s nice though.


Zoe Costello

Zoe Costello is just your average girl. When you walk down the halls between classes, you might catch a glimpse of her lanky frame bounding down the stairs. Her daddy-long-legs help Zoe to be a star long jumper on the spring track team. As a student-athlete, Zoe can find it difficult to manage her time between sports, school, and her job as chief ice-cream scooper at Ray’s Italian Ice, but she still finds time for herself every once in a while. When she’s not hard at work at Ray’s, she’s sitting down with her dog, Boo, to binge-watch every Shrek movie ever made. She is a News Editor for The Commentator.

Maggie Flournoy

When she’s not visiting the Cayman Islands for the millionth time, Maggie Flournoy can be found watching live streams of said beaches on the internet, yearning to be scuba diving and surfing (she says the cameras are for tourists, but at least one is probably a security camera. She hopes not to be arrested one day). More locally, she can likely be found in Mr. Collins’ AP Physics 1 class, crying. She is constantly sporting at least one article of clothing from her favorite brand, Vans. Maggie enjoys somehow killing all plants in her bedroom (“It’s probably because I don’t water them…but they’re desert plants? They should live,”), watching scary TV shows and consequently getting scared, and eating most things that are not meat (fish not included). Maggie is excited to be an Arts & Entertainment Editor for Commentator this year.

Mark Graff

Meet your future president.  Like all presidents, Mark has many deep secrets.  He keeps them locked in his diary found under a rocking-airplane chair in his room.  The most personal of them all is that Mark has a passion for swimming.  SHHHHH-it’s a secret.  When the whole world is asleep Mark is putting on his bikini-like speedo and heading to swim practice.  Revving the engine of his tiny, white feminine car Mark owns the road at 4 AM.  The only thing more blinding than Mark’s pasty white legs at practice is his bright bright future.  His success is not just in the pool but also in the classroom where he takes the spotlight on every discussion and debate he has with himself.  After swimming in college, Mark will be found serving in the Navy, just like his father.  Finally, the oval office will be the place to go if you want to see Mark or his plenitude of dogs in place of a family.  Another secret about Mark is he has a twin sister, also known as the Alpha Twin.  No more needs to be said. Mark Graff is just a name you should know, he’s kind of a big deal. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Commentator.


Emme Levenson

Emme Levenson pulls up to her tennis match in her whip, a 2000 Blue Jeep Grand Cherokee.  The look of determination on her face as she prepares to dominate another match.  When Emme is not on the Freeman tennis court she can be found looking for her next homecoming date at any Freeman football or baseball game, she has a golden booster card, she’s just that enthusiastic.  As for Emme’s summer she can be found living it up in Bay Head New Jersey which is on her mind whether she is there or not, as evident on her massive pencil case sporting Bay Head in big letters.  Emme dreams of driving her Jeep through Bay Head sporting her favorite pair of shoes, tretorns. These stylish shoes bring back an avid 80s fashion that Emme refuses to let die.  As for the 80s trend Emme keeps it going by blasting her favorite 80s songs through her AUX cord as she barrels down Three Chopt headed to Freeman or on the beachfront roads of Bay Head.  For now, Emme is living it up as a Sports Editor for the Commentator.

Cameron McCarty

You might find Cameron hiking in Iceland… or visiting her cousin in the Bahamas… or surfing in Mexico…or saving turtles in Costa Rica. Basically, Cameron is already living out all of our dreams of being a world traveler. But, she’s really not as cool as she seems. She’s only a three sport athlete. She’s on Varsity field hockey and gymnastics..and went to states for pole vaulting. Big deal. If you want to get in touch with her, be on one of her sports teams. If you’re not, then she’s too busy for you. She is a Sports Editor for The Commentator.


Juliana McKean

Juliana McKean: crazy cat witch, gum dispenser, spaz. She responds to any of the above. Just cross your fingers that four years from now she’s not behind the controls of any kind of flying vehicle. She doesn’t even know how to properly drive a car. It’s also safe to say that she needs to improve her push-up abilities before attending Air Force Academy in two years. Maybe spending less time shopping at Nordstrom or Urban Outfitters would be a good idea. Until then, she is the Center Spread Editor for the The Commentator.


Caitlin McSorely

If you happen to see a blue Ford F-150 drive by, and you can’t see the driver, it’s probably because Caitlin McSorely is hidden behind the wheel. Although, however, she puts her truck, named Henry, to good use. Caitlin goes kayaking or climbing as often as she can fit in with her busy schedule. At school, you might see her nodding off as she gets up at 4:00 AM almost every day to swim. And although no teacher expects it with her flawless reputation, Caitlin can also be found sneaking food throughout the day; likely necessary with all the swimming and kayaking she does. She also has an older brother, Jack, who graduated DSF and is in his freshman year at Cornell. Though a perfect student and a likely beneficiary from a halo effect that Jack gave, teachers are (pleasantly?) surprised find a “sassy side” to Caitlin that might not be expected at first (quote from Dave Inman). She is the Editor-in-Chief for The Commentator.

Greer Peacock

Peacock: you’ve probably heard this name before, whether its Greer, Archer, Graham, Harrison, or Redmon, all could be true because one of five and the only girl is the fourth person in her family to come through Freeman. Not only is she a twin, but so is her twin brothers. When not spending time with family or friends, Greer Peacock is probably reciting a vine. This Catholic school graduate and avid dancer can be often seen in the line of cookout getting a ridiculous order of quesadillas with a side quesadilla. But for now, Greer Peacock is just a Sports Editor for The Commentator.


Grace Powers

A pro Mario Karter, shot putter, cheerleader and cat enthusiast, there isn’t much Grace Powers can’t do. If you’ve ever been to Gelati Celesti and been helped by someone who was far too enthusiastic about their job, it was probably Grace. She likes historical dramas more than the average person, and she’s seen every episode of Friends multiple times. In her free time, you can find Grace binge watching Greys Anatomy, cruising around the city in her Ford Focus, or scootering around her neighborhood. Other hobbies include drinking copious amounts of tea, obsessing over Grant Gustin, and listening to songs from Hamilton. She is the Arts & Entertainment Editor for The Commentator.


McBride Rawson



Cole Ryland

New phone, who dis?


Remy Schimick

Who? Remy Schimick, an Editor-in-Chief for The Commentator Online.

What? A spirited, spunky, stylish, and silly lady who spends all her time making Quizlets for her classmates, hitching rides to various Freeman sporting events, singing songs that no one really knows, feasting on candy corn (even in the middle of summer!) and planning her wedding to her dreamboat, Lil Yachty.

Where? Probably at Chick-fil-A or Sugar Shack around 8:57am, sprinting across parking lots to get to school on time.

When? All day, every day.

Why? I have absolutely no idea.


Laney Van Lenten

Never heard of her.


Kate Yarbrough

Kate Yarbrough is a vegetarian dancer who watches videos of actually good ballerinas on her explore page and cries.  You can often find her listening to the Star Wars soundtracks and les miserables original French cast.  If she’s not watching ballerinas or listening to Star Wars, there’s a good chance that Kate is in downtown RVA getting boba with her friends.  Seriously.  Every weekend.  With two times the normal amount of bubbles?  She loves fries and chip and guac along with bread.  Basically all carbohydrates and you’re good with Kate.  It’s okay though, she dances almost every weekday.  She also watches the Disney channel original movies on Netflix religiously.  Kate is excited to be an Opinions Editor this year.