West Side Story

2015-2016 Staff

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 w...

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...

Lily Westemeyer

Lily is a junior, and this is her second year on staff. She is a design co-editor on staff and an avid lover of dogs.

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

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, stalk...

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

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 ...

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 chan...

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.

Ellie Gretter

Ellie Gretter is a senior at West High. It is her third year on staff and she is Online and Print Sports Editor. When Ellie isn't covering a sporting event, she enjoys online shopping, going on runs, and...

Abby Jans

Abby is a junior and this is her first year on WSS staff. She is one of the broadcast producers for West High Weekly. ...

Louis Ho

Louis loves to play violin and soccer. In his free time he likes to mess around with computers and make videos. Additionally, he greatly enjoys shopping for computer parts and browsing memes. He's very exci...

Sarah Longmire

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

Fenna Semken

Fenna Semken is a senior at West High. It is her third year on staff and she is Online Editor-In-Chief this year. When she isn't working on the website, Fenna enjoys taking long hikes at Macbride, listenin...

Ryo Ohashi

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

Catherine Ju

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

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

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

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....

Nina Elkadi

Nina Elkadi is a senior at West and a third-year staffer. She is the Print Editor-in-Chief this year and would like to thank Kanye West for helping her get there. She enjoys being outside and on the water,...

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 t...

Christian Zirbes

Christian is the new Podcast Editor at the West Side Story. School confuses him as much as it does you, but he has found that copious amounts of caffeine and Google has gotten him through. Christian look...

Wingel Xue

Wingel Xue is a senior at West High. She is the columns editor and a designer for the West Side Story.  ...

Leah Dusterhoft

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 mil...

Anthony Pizzamenti

From Iowa City, Iowa, Anthony is one of the West Side Story's web developers. Outside of school, he plays hockey and enjoys eating. Inside school, Anthony goes to class. His favorite books are The Martian...

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 dec...

Paige Brazina

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

Maddie Moriyama

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 cu...

Junhee Lee

This is Junhee's third year on the West Side Story staff. He would greatly appreciate it if you go to the homepage (wsspaper.com) and read some actual stories instead of this bio.  ...

Prateek Raikwar

Prateek Raikwar is a senior at West High. It's his third year on staff and second year as the print profiles editor. Beyond the walls of the newsroom and West High, he enjoys watching and playing soccer, e...

Shawn Thacker

Shawn Thacker is a senior and the Print Managing Editor and Feature Editor. This is his third year on staff. When he isn't busy with the West Side Story, Shawn enjoys drinking coffee and judging people...

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 t...

Olivia Read

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

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...

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. ...

Madeline Silva

Madeline is the beauty editor of WSS. She is a senior and this is her first year on staff....

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...

Meg Moreland

Meg Moreland is a first year photographer on staff. Her life motto is when life gets you down, make a comforter. ...

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...

Ebony McKeever

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

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

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

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 ...

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.

Mason Wang

Mason Wang is a Broadcast Copy Editor. This is his third year on staff. If you’re reading through staff bios right now, you must be really bored. Since nobody will read this, I like attaching a toilet...

Katie Fuhrmeister

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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