The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

2014-2015 Staff

Maggie Terry
Reporter

Maggie Terry

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 of her two dogs, Ol...

Allie Biscupski
Online Managing Editor

Allie Biscupski

Allie is Online Managing Editor. This is her second year on staff and first year as Online Managing Editor. She enjoys coffee, bad early 90s rom-coms and traveling. She will be graduating in 2016 and will be an exchange student in Spain, but will stil...

Schyler Davisr. A cool guy with an extra long caption  that might just block out his face.
Web Master

Schyler Davis

Schyler is a 12th grader in his third year as web master on staff. He loves technology (Especially all things Apple), cars, food, politics and cats.

Michael Moonjely
Print Managing Editor

Michael Moonjely

Michael Moonjely (pronounced MAE-kel MUn-JaLLY) is the print managing editor for the West Side Story. Some of his most valuable skills include (but are not limited to) making the light on Melrose, stalking student/substitute teachers online and eating asiago bage...

Gabby Skopec
Sports Editor

Gabby Skopec

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). ...

Sharon Xiang
Co-Editor-in-Chief

Sharon Xiang

Sharon is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the WSS and she is half of Karen (Kelsey, the other EIC + Sharon). She is currently a senior and has been on staff for two years. Her obsession for High School Musical may become too much for some people at times....

Mary Mondanaro
Photographer

Mary Mondanaro

Along with WSS, Mary is involved with many other things at west high, including choir, theatre and student government. Mary is a photographer for WSS, and loves to take photos whenever she gets the chance.

Shanthi Chackalackal. A cool gal with an extra long caption  that might just block out her face.
Artist and Writer

Shanthi Chackalackal

Shanthi is an artist and writer for the West Side Story. She is a junior, and this is her second year on staff. Shanthi enjoys baking, reading and doodling on her homework.

Ryo Ohashi
Designer

Ryo Ohashi

Ryo is a second-year designer with a weird pinky. 

Claire Murray
Social Media Editor, Broadcaster

Claire Murray

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

Eleanor Ho
Opinion and Blogs Editor

Eleanor Ho

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

Nick Deerberg
Photographer

Nick Deerberg

Nick enjoys music, gaming, and skateboarding. Between playing music with his band and grinding levels in Diablo, he finds time to take pictures for West Side Story....

Morgan Schmitt-Morris
Circulation Editor and Designer

Morgan Schmitt-Morris

Morgan is a senior and is on her second year as a member of the staff. She is a designer and the circulation editor. Besides being a member of newspaper, Morgan plays soccer and does homework in her free time. She is also a self-proclaimed crazy cat la...

Aaron Carter
Writer and Sports Editor

Aaron Carter

Aaron is a senior at West High School. He has been on the West Side Story staff for three years now, all as sports editor. After playing basketball and baseball early in his high school career, he decided he was better at covering the events than ac...

Paige Brazina
Design Editor

Paige Brazina

Paige is a Co-Photo Editor in her third year on staff.

Braedyn Dochterman
Editorial artist

Braedyn Dochterman

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...

Olivia Read
Designer

Olivia Read

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

Miriam Perez
Photographer

Miriam Perez

Miriam is a Junior and a photographer for the West Side Story. This is her second year on staff. She like to take photos (obviously). She loves taking photos of nature and especially sunsets. She has a secret love for Silhouettes and watching Netflix...

Cameron Cook
Reporter / Videographer

Cameron Cook

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. ...

Taylor Libby
Designer

Taylor Libby

She is a designer for the west side story for year number 2. Her job is to make pages stand out so much that the audience has no choice but to dive into the masterpiece that is the article. Fun fact she is a dual citizen in the U.S and Canada...

Layla Hannaford
Video Editor and Broadcast Manager

Layla Hannaford

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...

Ebony McKeever
Profiles Editor

Ebony McKeever

Profiles Editor at the yong age of 17 xoxo. Avid hater of chocolate and mom of all....

Jiung Jung
Copy Editor

Jiung Jung

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

Lexi Shaffer
Writer

Lexi Shaffer

Lexi is a reporter for West Side Story. She is a junior and her favorite joke is: two fish run into a wall- haha, fish don't run...

Danetta Dobre
Copy Editor

Danetta Dobre

Danetta is a copy co-editor for the West Side Story. She is a junior and is in her second year of newspaper. She would like to thank her cat, Myron, for his continuing support as well as all those times he jumped on the keyboard to help her write. ".....

Barbara Badovinac
Social Media Editor, Broadcast Co-Editor, Videographer and Designer

Barbara Badovinac

Barbara is a senior this year and is the Social Media Editor, Broadcast Co-Editor, Videographer and Designer on staff. She enjoys roof hopping, rock climbing and long walks along the vast Iowa City coastlines.

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