• The Choir Swing Show will take place at both 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25

  • Coe College Jazz Festival will be on Feb. 24

  • The WHS Library will be open from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 for finals studying

  • Bowling State will take place on Feb. 22

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West Side Story

2016-2017 Staff

Simran Sarin

Print Editor-in-Chief

Simran is a senior and this is her third year on staff. In her free time she enjoys trying various pomegranate-flavored items. Her current favorite is pomegranate yogurt. 

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Allie Schmitt-Morris

Photographer

This is Allie's first year on staff and she's super excited. She started taking photos a few years ago for fun. Allie is a Sophmore and loves to take photos of sports.  ...

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Megan Boland

Designer

Megan is a junior this year at  West High and this is her first year being a part of West Side Story as a designer ...

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Sadie Rhomberg

Reporter

Sadie is a junior at West High and is a reporter for the West Side Story. ...

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Molly Howes

Reporter

Molly Howes is a reporter for the print edition of the West Side Story. She is a senior this year, and when she isn't writing for newspaper she is either sleeping or binge watching scary amounts of Netflix. She also enjoys ice cream and the comforts of foo...

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Kristina Rosebrook

Videographer

Kristina Rosebrook is a sophomore at West High, and this is her first year on staff. She is a videographer, but likes to write creatively in her free time. Kristina also likes pugs, an assortment of quality music and tennis. ...

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Crystal Kim

Designer & Ad Representative

Crystal is currently a sophomore at West and she is stoked for her first year on staff! ...

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Alyson Kuennen

Photographer, Ad Representative

This is Alyson's junior year at West, and first year on staff. She is a photographer for the web, as well as an ads representative for the West Side Story as a whole. ...

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Samalya Thenuwara

Digital Feature Editor and Feature Producer

Samalya Thenuwara is in her third year of attending West High School and in her first year of being a part of the West Side Story staff. ...

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Mary Vander Weg

Reporter

Mary Vander Weg is a sophomore at West, and it is her first year on staff. ...

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Deniz Ince

Reporter

Deniz is a sophomore in her first year on West Side Story as a reporter. At West, she is a member of the girls cross country and track and field teams. She is a lover of desserts, dogs and dancing. ...

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Asha Irani

Videographer

This is Asha's first year on staff at the WSS, as a senior. She took a gap year from journalism junior year, but is back and ready to help make the West Side Story the best it can possibly be!  ...

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Grace Yarrow

Digital copy editor and Humans of West High Reporter

Grace is a sophomore, digital copy editor and Humans of West High reporter, this being her first year on West Side Story. Aside from sleeping, she enjoys debating, painting walls, and playing violin. ...

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Lauren Katz

Reporter

Lauren is a junior this year at West, this being her first year on West Side Story staff. When Lauren isn't swimming or playing tennis, she can be found in the library cuddled with Louise Penny's latest Chief Inspector Gamache book. ...

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Angie Zirbes

Artist

Angie is a junior at West and a newbie (first year !) on staff. She is a future Disney/Pixar artist who loves art (typical), music, being outside, chacos, Kylo Ren, and large rabbits. You can often find her in her natural habitat of the art room, painting ...

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Grace Christopher

Videographer and Reporter

Grace is a sophomore and this is her first year as a member on staff. She is a videographer and reporter. Besides being a member of newspaper Grace enjoys volunteering and participating in the theatre program. ...

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Anjali Huynh

Print reporter and ad representative

Anjali is a sophomore reporter in her first year on WSS staff. In addition to being a part of WSS, she is a band geek with a mild Java obsession and an undying love for food and travel. ...

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Ian Prescott

Co-Distribution Manager and Reporter

Ian is a sophomore working as one of the distribution managers, and as a reporter. This is his first year on staff. Like many he enjoys long walks on the beach and sarcasm. Though his main interests are writing and art. ...

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Jessica Doyle

Reporter

Jessica Doyle is a sophomore at West High and this is her first year on staff. She's super pumped to be working as a reporter for West Side Story. ...

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Olivia Dachtler

Photographer

Olivia Dachtler is a West High sophomore and this will be her first year on the West Side Story staff. She can almost always be found in Downtown Iowa City trying new restaurants and taking photos.  ...

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Isabelle Robles

Digital Editor-in-Chief

Isabelle is a senior this year at West and has been on West Side Story staff since she was a sophomore. When she's not working on school work or live broadcasting, you can find her watching loads of documentaries whilst drinking way too much chocolate milk...

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Harry Westergaard

Movie Columnist and Reporter

Harry is a Sophomore at West High. This is his first year writing on staff as a film columnist and he is looking forward to putting his love of cinema to work for West Side Story. He enjoys many different types of media in spare time, including movies, boo...

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Reagan Hart

Distribution Co-Manger and Reporter

Reagan is a junior. This is her first year as part of the West Side Story staff. She is also part of the Trojan marching band, and loves performing with her saxophone named Kenny. ...

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George Liu

Reporter & Web Programmer

George is a sophomore who has just joined the West Side Story staff this year. When he is not writing stories or tweaking wsspaper.com, he is most likely studying for a random college admission exam or building the WSS android app. ...

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Caroline Young

Photographer

Caroline Young '19, is a photographer on West Side Story. This is her first year on staff. When not taking photos, she's at home on her farm taking care of goats, chickens, turkeys, and a llama! ...

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Jenna Zeng

Designer

Jenna Zeng is a sophomore this year at West and this is her first year on staff as a designer. When she's not at school or doing homework, you can find her swimming at the pool, playing piano, or attempting to bake, even though it usually ends up in a disa...

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Will Conrad

Reporter

Will Conrad is a sophomore and this is his first year on staff. In addition to newspaper he is also involved in cross country, track, and showchoir.  ...

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Pareen Mhatre

Photographer & Ad Representative

Pareen Mhatre is a junior, and she is a photographer and ad representative for the West Side Story. This is her first year being on staff. She is involved in extra curricular activities, such as J.E.T.S. and policy debate. In her free time, she enjoys watc...

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Ala Mohamed

Digital Profile Editor

Ala Mohamed is a senior this year and is serving her first year on staff as Online Profile Editor. ...

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Ethan Goers

Videographer and Sports Correspondant

Ethan is a Junior, who will be enjoying his first year on the West Side Story staff! When he's not studying for tests while listening to classic rock, you can find him running cross country, playing video games, or getting 52 oz slushees from "Kum n Go" wi...

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Tyler Thomasson

Designer

Tyler is a junior at West and this is his first time designing for the West Side Story. Besides being a WSS staff member, he is involved in show choir and theatre. He looks forward to working hard and having a creatively fulfilling year. ...

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Taylor Shelfo

Broadcast Anchor

Taylor Shelfo is a senior at West (class of 2017) and this is her first year on staff. ...

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Emma Brustkern

Entertainment Editor (Print)

Emma is a junior and this is her first year on West Side Story Staff. In her free time, she is a member of crew for both Theatre West and West High show choir. She also enjoys petting her cats and making awful puns.

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Teresa Knecht

Photographer

Teresa is a Photographer. Teresa Knecht is a junior at West High. It is her first year on staff and she is a photographer. She enjoys Fenna Semken's homemade pasta. ...

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Maggie Terry

Reporter

Maggie Terry is a reporter. This is her 3rd year on staff and she loves news and writing. She is excited to be part of the first ever digital section of WSS and is looking forward to this year. She will probably show you pictures o...

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Gabby Skopec

Sports Editor

Gabby Skopec is a senior and is in her third year on newspaper staff. Outside of newspaper, Gabby enjoys running, cooking and sleeping (in that order). ...

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Sarah Longmire

Photo Editor

Sarah is a senior and has been on staff for two years and this is her first year as photo editor.

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Fenna Semken

Online News Editor, Online Managing Editor and Broadcast News Compiler

Fenna Semken is a junior at West. This is her second year on staff and she is the Online Managing Editor and News Editor. She enjoys spending her free time having epic dance parties and spending time outside. She is an enthusiast of chocolate malts and 200...

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Catherine Ju

Design Editor

Catherine (pronounced Katherine or Kathryn) is a junior here at West High School. This is her first year as design editor, and second year on staff. ...

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Claire Murray

Social Media Editor, Broadcaster

Claire Murray is a senior and this is her third year on staff. She is an avid follower of rules and dope Spotify playlists. ...

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Eleanor Ho

Opinion and Blogs Editor

Eleanor is a senior in her third year on staff, her second as opinion and blogs editor. ...

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Wingel Xue

Designer

Wingel is a junior and has been a designer for the West Side Story for two years.  ...

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Leah Dusterhoft

Art editor, Sports Producer, and Designer

Leah is a senior this year and it is her second year on staff. She serves as a do-all on staff, working as Art Editor, a designer, amature photographer and sports reporter. When she isn't milling around in the newsroom, she's most likely t...

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Maddie Moriyama

Ad Designer and Print Designer

This is Maddie's second year on WSS staff. For her junior year, she's excited to learn more and experience new things. Catch her at choir rehearsal or Scratch Cupcakes where she'll sell you the best cupcakes Iowa has to offer. ...

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Junhee Lee

Print Copy Editor, Reporter, Ad Representative

Junhee is a junior this year at West and this is his second year on staff. He'd like to suggest to the reader to go to the homepage (wsspaper.com) instead of reading this bio. ...

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Prateek Raikwar

Print profiles editor

Prateek Raikwar is a junior at West and in his second year on staff. ...

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Braedyn Dochterman

Editorial artist

Braedyn Dochterman is a senior, and has been an editorial artist for West Side Story since his sophomore year. His WSS art are satirical, mostly focusing on current events, politics, pop culture, and the school itself. He is also planning his own independe...

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Olivia Read

Designer

Olivia Read is a senior at West and this is her third year on staff. ...

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Cameron Cook

Reporter / Videographer

Cameron is a senior on staff and has been in the paper gang since she was a sophomore. She enjoys YouTube videos, cooking and taking pictures for her food blog. ...

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Layla Hannaford

Video Editor and Broadcast Manager

Layla is a senior at west this year and this will be her 3rd year as a West Side Story staff member. If not found doing many of her hobbies include reading, listening to music or watching inspirational videos, you can find her filming short films around to...

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Jiung Jung

Copy Editor

Jiung is a senior at West, and this is his 3rd year on staff. He enjoys parking trucks and #2 pencils. ...

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Mason Wang

Web developer/videographer

Mason is the coolest person you will ever meet. He's a junior on his second year on staff, and does some nice videos and helps the website function. If you want, he can make you a WSS subscriber. Don't spam him at: mwanger32@gmail.com.   Are...

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Katie Fuhrmeister

Reporter

Currently a senior at West High, Katie Fuhrmeister is a reporter for the West Side Story. This is her third year on staff, but previously worked as a designer for the newspaper. ...

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