Rania Hanna- debut novel, The Jinn Daughter, published by Hoopoe, releases April 2, 2024. A stunning debut novel that pulls together mythology, magic, and ancient legend in the gripping story of a mother’s struggle to save her only daughter. Nadine is a Hakawati jinn and she has one job: telling the stories of the dead. She rises every morning to gather pomegranate seeds—the souls of those who have died—that have fallen during the night. With her daughter Layala at her side, she eats the seeds, tells their stories, and passes the departed through the final gate of death.
But when the seeds stop falling, Nadine knows something is terribly wrong. All her worst fears are confirmed when she is visited by Death herself, Kamuna who rules the underworld, who reveals her desire for a replacement: it is Layala she wants. Nadine will do anything to keep her daughter safe, but Kamuna too has little patience and a ruthless drive to get what she has come for. Layala’s fate, meanwhile, hangs in the balance.
Rooted in Middle Eastern mythology, Rania Hanna deftly weaves subtle, yet breathtaking, magic through this vivid and compelling story that has at its heart the universal human desire to, somehow, outmaneuver death.
Naiomi Gonzalez - The last few years have been a whirlwind. She graduated with her third master's degree right when Covid hit. As a result, her final semester pivoted online. Then she moved from Texas to Wisconsin and spent a year living and working at a deserted church camp because of well Covid. She then moved to Cincinnati, where she spent the last two years as part of Mercy Volunteer Corps. She lived in the community and served at Ignite Peace, a local nonprofit that focuses on education and advocacy. Her biggest project was creating and facilitating a 5 session certificate program on nonviolence. Now she is getting ready to move to Richmond, VA where she will live and work at an ecumenical Christian retreat center. She is hoping to set down some roots and catch her breath for a bit.
Nicholas Repko-Moschini '10 and Meredith (Lobb) Moschini welcomed a daughter, Vienna Lee, on May 6, 2022 (on mom's birthday). She joins big sister, Eliana.
Gary Zack and Natalie (Lawrence) Zack welcomed a daughter, Bianca Elise, on March 24, 2022. She joins a big brother, Levi.
Caitlin Dean Bach and Aaron Bach '10 welcomed a son, Caden Charles, in August 2021. He joins big brother Christian.
Michael Facchiano married Emily Bowden on April 25, 2021.
Anthony Kovacs and his wife, Laura, welcomed their son, Max Quicy, on December 18, 2020.
Armando Moritz-Chapelliquen and his wife, Ada, welcomed a son, Miles Astyanax, on April 18, 2020.
Gary Zack and Natalie Lawrence Zack welcomed their first child, Levi John, on October 10, 2019.
Mark Koelbel and Jennifer Gerlach Koelbel '11 welcomed their first child in 2019. Their daughter, Penelope, was born on August 20, 2019.
Abigail Schaffer, a two-time PIAA pole vault champion, has been elected to the Pennsylvania High School Track and Field Hall of Fame. She was an elite pole vaulter at Easton with two PIAA Class 3A gold medals. She also won three medals, including gold in 2008, at the PA Track & Field Coaches Association indoor championships. Schaffer also competed at Moravian and won four Landmark Conference championships and two NCAA Division III titles. Schaffer is an assistant women’s track coach at Moravian. She will be inducted on March 1 at a ceremony at Penn State.
Nicole Churilla married Tyler Merrick '14 on June 29, 2019. In attendance was Christina Haas Churilla '83, Tess Piantadosi Lick, Lauren Pugliese, Katie Schumm Dharte, Natalie Lawrence Zack, Brooke Prelovsky Czarnecki '10, Mackenzie Merrick '17, Tim Lorah '14, Eric Schultz '14, Katie Crane, Rachel Tenneson, Courtney Totten, Mike Facchiano, Gary Zack, Phil Torres '13, Tommy Czarnecki '09, Katie Gill '15, Dave Butz '13, BethAnn Schrey Folcher '97, Kyle Geiger '00, Josie Novak '18, Parker Munson '15, Andrew Loehwing '15, and Evan Lick '13.
Caitlin Dean Bach and her husband, Aaron Bach '10, welcomed a son, Christian Richard, in November 2019.
Anna Whetstone and Will Regan '09 got married. Pictured is Carolyn Latkovich Johnson, Ali Zucal, Kelly Pettit, Brianna Kavanagh Borton, Anna Whetstone, Louis Baio '10, Will Regan, and Melissa Andreas.
Caitlin Worrich Heckman and her husband, Max, welcomed a daughter, Claire Elizabeth, on September 3, 2019.