DiFonzo, Prieto and Lauriello to Lead Gettysburgian in 2024-2025 Academic Year

From Left: Vince DiFonzo ’25, Ella Prieto ’26 and Katie Lauriello ’25

Staff Report

Vince DiFonzo ’25 will serve as editor-in-chief for The Gettysburgian in the 2024-2025 academic year for its 127th volume. Ella Prieto ’26 will act as managing editor in the fall, and Katie Lauriello ’25 will take over that position in the spring. The three of them, as well as the rest of the incoming editorial board, were elected unanimously by The Gettysburgian’s staff.

DiFonzo previously served as opinions editor, lead copy editor, content manager and staff writer. He will succeed Laken Franchetti ’24.

DiFonzo is an IGS international affairs and history double major with a political science minor. On campus, DiFonzo previously worked for the Eisenhower Institute, the English Department and Counseling and Wellness Services. He spent the Spring 2023 semester studying in Berlin, Germany, and this summer, he is interning at the newspaper Stars & Stripes in Washington D.C.

“I am thrilled to see Vince take on the role of editor-in-chief,” Franchetti said. “His prior experience on the editorial board will ensure that The Gettysburgian continues to engage with the campus community and pursue important stories. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for the publication!”

Prieto and Lauriello will work second in command to DiFonzo for the fall and spring semesters, respectively.

Prieto served as managing editor for the 2023-2024 academic year. She has held prior roles such as news editor, assistant news editor and staff writer. Prieto is a double major in public policy and women, gender and sexuality studies with a writing minor. On campus, Prieto volunteers with the Casa Swim program, acts as an It’s On Us Fellow in the Office of Sexual Respect and Title IX and serves as the President of the Panhellenic Council.

“I am so excited to continue in my role as Managing Editor,” Prieto said. “My time at The Gettysburgian has been nothing short of exceptional, and I am thrilled to stay on the editorial board with a new group of people, including Vince as the new Editor-in-Chief. A huge thank you is owed to our leaving Editor-in-Chief Laken, who was an amazing leader and someone I will always look up to and strive to model.”

Lauriello has previously served as Lead Copy Editor, copy editor and staff writer. Katie is an English major with a minor in business. They spent the Fall ’23 semester studying abroad in London and Lancaster, England, and Katie also sings in the concert choir on campus.

Additionally, Zach Brooks ’24 will lead the production of The Gettysburgian’s monthly magazine as the head of the magazine editing team. Brooks has previously served as social media manager and staff writer.

DiFonzo spoke on working with the newly elected editorial board.

“After studying abroad this semester, I am excited to return to the Gettysburgian and work to deliver high-quality writing and reporting for the Gettysburg College community,” DiFonzo said. “I am grateful to work with the Gettysburgian’s incredibly talented staff of writers, editors and photographers who make this publication great. I cannot wait to get started in August!”

The remainder of the editorial board staff is as follows:

  • News Editor: Brandon Fey ’27
  • Features Editor: Sophie Lange ’26
  • Arts and Entertainment Editor: Kenzie Smith ’26
  • Sports Editor: Owen Kutlu ’27
  • Opinions Editor: Terra Hobler ’26 (fall)
  • Lead Copy Editor: Katie Lauriello ’25 (fall) and Kenzie Smith ’26 (spring)
  • Director of Photography: Will Oehler ’26 (fall)
  • Social Media Manager: Zach Brooks ’26 (fall)
  • Content Managers: Sarah Daniels ’27 and Josh Fogg ’25

To learn more about joining The Gettysburgian, contact editor-in-chief elect Vince DiFonzo via email: difovi01@gettysburg.edu.

Author: Gettysburgian Staff

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