Stephanie Speicher graduated from NL in 2013. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree with a minor in Agricultural Communications from Penn State University. While at Penn State, she was also a member of the elite Penn State Marching Blue Band. Speicher is the Regional Editor at Lancaster Farming newspaper, which reports farming news throughout Pennsylvania, and even covers news from Maine to Virginia. Her job description involves overseeing all news content from the Northern and Southern regions, which includes assigning and editing materials from freelance writers and helping design page layouts in the paper to feature those regions. She also also contributes to the Pennsylvania content by writing articles and opinion columns. In fact, her most recent article featured another NL grad (Wyatt Schriver at The Mum Farm). Additionally, Speicher is part of the paper’s digital team, and she helps to keep the website and social media pages up to date. Lancaster Farming is the leading agricultural paper in the Mid-Atlantic region; Speicher loves her work there and is proud to be a part of the Lancaster Farming team.
Speicher currently resides in Lebanon, PA and has a dog, Sookie (named from her favorite show, Gilmore Girls). In her free time, Speicher enjoys hiking on the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail with Sookie and going line dancing. She volunteers with her church, Zoar Lutheran Church, where she teaches Sunday School and helps lead the youth group. Speicher also volunteers with the Lebanon Area Fair as a member of the publicity committee. Reflecting on her time at NL, Speicher shares, “I really enjoyed my time at NL. I had so many wonderful experiences there, like being in musicals and in the marching band, which helped me be able to get into the Penn State Blue Band, and running track and cross country. I also made some of my best friends at NL, people I’m still best friends with to this day. I’m so thankful for the many wonderful teachers I had at NL who helped me grow into the person I am today (special shout out to Mr. Getz- you’re the best).” The following is Speicher’s advice for current NL students: Take advantage of every high school opportunity you can. If you put in the effort, you’ll get a great experience out of high school. Do activities, join clubs, get to know your teachers. You never know how the things you learn and do in high school will influence your life over the years. Also, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone; it might be scary at first, but it will help you learn and grow more as a person.