West Side Story

2019-2020 Staff

Natalie Dunlap

Online Editor-in-Chief

Natalie Dunlap is a senior and the Online Editor-in-Chief for the West Side Story. She is also involved in theatre and West High Democrats. When she's not in school, Natalie is probably roaming around...

Alex Carlon

Managing and News Editor

Alex Carlon is a junior at West High and a news editor for the web publication. When she's not writing, she enjoys playing in the band, taking part in BPA and Student Senate and spending time with friends...

Aditi Borde

Photo Editor

Aditi Borde is a junior at West High. This is her second year on staff and she is the photo editor and social media editor. Outside of the newsroom, Aditi enjoys volunteering, biking, and eating way too...

Ken Wilbur

Podcast Editor

Ken Wilbur is a senior at West and a third-year staffer on West Side Story. While not recording podcasts or writing articles, Ken can be found running along trails or spending time with his family and...

Bess Frerichs

Feature Editor

Bess is the Feature Editor for the website. She is a junior and second year staffer. In her free time, Bess can be found reading, volunteering at the library or playing the harp.

Edward Keen

Arts Editor

Edward Keen is a senior and this is his second year on staff, where he is Arts Editor. In his free time, he enjoys reading.

Abby McKeone

Graphics Editor

Abby McKeone is a junior and this is her first year on staff. She is the graphics editor and a reporter for the online publication. Abby enjoys listening to music, hanging out with her amazing friends...

Carmela Cohen Suarez

Entertainment Editor

Carmela Cohen Suarez is a senior at West high and this is her third year on the West Side Story. She is the online Copy Editor and Entertainment Editor. Along with enjoying writing, Carmela likes to spend...

Joe Goodman

Sports Editor

Joe is in his second year working for the West Side Story publications as the sports editor. Joe plays golf, basketball and runs track at West High. He also enjoys biking and watching movies with his family.

Caroline Chandler

Assistant Sports Editor

Caroline Chandler is a junior at West High. This is her first year on staff as the assistant sports editor for print. Caroline is a member of the tennis team but also enjoys eating ice cream, and listening...

Owen Aanestad

Assistant Sports Editor

Owen Aanestad is a sophomore at West. This is his first year on staff working for the online publication as an assistant sports editor. In addition to playing football and baseball, he enjoys taking pictures.

Jillian Prescott

Broadcast Editor-in-Chief

Jillian Prescott is a junior and a second year staffer. She is the broadcast editor-in-chief. When she's not working on journalism she usually spends her time studying, trying to figure out if her dog...

Tosh Klever

Videographer

Tosh Klever is a junior at West High. This year marks his first year in staff as a videographer. His favorite pastimes are smelling new shoes, driving forested roads and running cross country.

Marta Leira

News Editor

Marta Leira is a junior at West High. This marks her second year on staff as a news editor for print. When she's not at school, you can probably find her showing other people pictures of her dog, Chispa.

Natalie Katz

Print Editor-in-Chief

Natalie Katz is a senior at West High. This is her third year on staff and she is the print editor-in-chief and an online reporter. In her free time, she can be found eating excessive amounts crunchy peanut...

Jessica Moonjely

Print Profiles Editor and Managing Editor

Jessica Moonjely is a senior at West High, and this is her third year on staff. She is the print managing editor & profiles editor. Jessica is also a member of the tennis team, show choir, and student...

Jack Harris

Film Critic

Jack Harris is a sophmore and is a first year staff member who works as a film critic and online reporter. Jack likes to spend as much time with friends as possible unless he's taking care of his dogs....

Alice Meng

Reporter

Alice Meng is a junior at West. This is her first year on staff as a reporter for print. In her free time, she likes to sleep, eat and drink boba.

Alexis Dick

Reporter

Alexis Dick is an 11th grade reporter and this is her first year on staff. When she isn't writing articles she enjoys reading, writing, and doing Taekwondo.

Renee Gould

Reporter

Renee Gould is entering her first year on the online staff as a sophomore working as a book critic and a reporter. When she's not writing or reading, she's training dogs or playing video games.

Hanah Kitamoto

Reporter

Hanah Kitamoto is a sophomore at West. This is her first year on staff and she is a reporter for print. When she isn't writing, you can probably find her either swimming, playing soccer or complaining...

Isaac Young

Reporter

Isaac Young is a junior at West High, and it is his first year on staff. He is a print reporter and podcaster.

Mariam Keita

Reporter

Mariam Keita is a sophomore here at West. Mariam will be an online reporter on staff. She likes to hang out with friends, listen to music, and scroll for memes.

Misha Canin

Reporter

Misha Canin is a sophomore at West High. It is her first year on staff and she is a reporter for print. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her friends and playing volleyball.

Luke Krchak

Reporter

Luke Krchak is a junior at west. This is his second year on staff working for the online publication as a columnist and a reporter. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports and playing the latest sports...

Maddy Ephraim

Business Editor

Maddy Ephraim is a junior at West High. This is her second year on staff as a designer and as the business editor. In her free time, she enjoys playing music, reading and volunteering.

Jenna Wang

Editorial Editor

Jenna Wang is a senior at West High. It is her third year on staff and she is the Editorial Editor, Co-Copy Editor and a reporter for the print publication. When she isn't busy with articles and homework,...

Sumner Wallace

Columns Editor

Sumner Wallace is a senior and the columns editor. Although this is her first year on staff, she has been a guest writer and avid supporter of the WSS for the past two years. When not writing she is most...

Selina Hua

Art Editor

Selina Hua is a senior and this is her third year. She is the art editor and a designer on the West Side Story staff. She enjoys the rain, music, grapes, sightseeing, and lots of art supplies. When not...

Sam Westergaard

Videographer and Photographer

Sam Westergaard is a junior at West High. He is a mainly photographer, and videographer, and it is his first year on staff. He really likes Star Wars, superheroes anime and Game of Thrones.

Vivien Ho

Print Feature Editor

Vivien Ho is a junior and second-year staffer. She is print feature editor as well as a triple-threat designer, artist and videographer. In her free time, you can find her practicing flute, staying up...

Brenda Gao

Print Entertainment Editor

Brenda Gao is a junior and this is her second year on staff. She is the print Entertainment Editor and a designer. She likes playing Minecraft, painting her nails, and listening to podcasts.

Cameron Reimers

Artist

Cameron Reimers is a sophomore at West High. She is an artist on WSS Staff and  so excited to be working with everyone on the journalism team! In her free time, she tap dances and takes art lessons....

Kailey Gee

Designer

Kailey Gee is a sophomore at West High, and this is her first year on staff. She's working as a designer and news reporter for print. When she has free time, she loves listening to music, spending time...

Youjoo Lee

Designer

Youjoo Lee is a junior at West High. This is her first year on staff and she is a designer. She enjoys spending time with kids, playing piano and watching Youtube in her free time.

Ella Rosenthal

Designer

Ella Rosenthal is a junior and is spending her first year on staff as a designer. Outside of school, Ella loves being a part of West High's colors club and diy-ing anything she can think of, including...

Xiaoyi Zhu

Designer

Xiaoyi Zhu is a sophmore and this is her first year on staff. She will be a designer for print and also help with the yearbook. When she's not loaded with school work, she likes to lay on her bed and watch...

Sara Baroncini

Photographer

Sara Baroncini is a junior at West High. She is a first year photographer on staff. When she is not snapping photos, Sara is contributing as a member of the BPA Executive Board, marketing the school coffee...

Cymry Hieronymus

Photographer

Cymry Hieronymus is a junior at West, and it is her first year on staff. She is a photographer, and when she isn't taking pictures, she likes to watch Netflix, weave, and play Animal Crossing.

Caroline Barker

Photographer

This year is Caroline Barker's first year on West Side Story staff. She is excited to be a photographer for the paper and looks forward to continuing to contribute to West Side Story throughout high school!

Paras Bassuk

Photographer

Paras Bassuk is a junior at West and this his first year on staff as a photographer. When he isn't sifting through photos, he is probably baking bread or watering his plants.

Sydney Wildes

Photographer

Sydney Wildes is a junior at West High. This is her first year on staff as a photographer and videographer. When she's not at school she is either on the softball field or playing one of the many instruments...

Kiley Butcher

Photographer

Kiley Butcher is a sophomore at West High School. This is her first year on staff, and she is a photographer. In Kiley's free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading and playing...

Gwen Watson

Photographer

Gwen Watson is entering their second year on staff as a photographer. In their free time they enjoy playing guitar and cuddling their five cats.

Annabel Hendrickson

Copy Editor

Annabel Hendrickson is a junior in her second year on staff as a co-copy editor on print. In her free time, she enjoys reading books by Stephen King and hanging out with her cat.

Amy Liao

Design Editor

Amy Liao is a junior at West High and the design editor for WSS. She is an avid procrastinator and enjoys wasting her free time laughing at memes and bingeing Criminal Minds. If not, she’s suffering a...

Abdul Ahmed

Yearbook Co-Editor-in-Chief

Abdul Ahmed is a yearbook staff member and this is his second year on staff. In his spare time, he likes to play volleyball, binge Netflix shows, and hang out with friends. 

Sarah Callanan

Yearbook staffer

Sarah Callanan is a junior at West high and this is her first year on yearbook staff. She likes to pet dogs and watch movies in her free time 

Nicole Trout

Yearbook Editor-in-Chief

Nicole Trout is a a yearbook staffer. In her free time she does cheer at West. 

Fareeha Ahmad

Yearbook Copy Editor

Fareeha Ahmad is a junior at West High. She is a print reporter new to staff this year and is exploding with excitement for the new stories to come. In her free time her guilty pleasures are watching cartoons...

Maddy Smith

Photographer and Student Life Editor

Maddy Smith is a sophomore at West High School. This is her first year on the West Side Story staff and she is working as a photographer. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing...

Alyssa Skala

Photographer and Yearbook Managing Editor

Alyssa Skala is a junior at West High. It is her second year on West Side Story staff and her first on Yearbook Staff. When Alyssa isn't taking photos she is usually taking part in Rowing or Softball.

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