West Side Story

2016-2017 Staff

Kara Wagenknecht

Kara is a senior at West and this will be her third year on staff. She is the Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor this year. When Kara isn't covering a sporting event, she can be found playing...

Nick Pryor

Nick is a senior at West and it will be his second year on staff. He is an Anchor, Feature and News Producer.

Simran Sarin

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. 

Allie Schmitt-Morris

This is Allie's third and final year on staff. This is her second year being the Social Media Editor. When Allie is not doing newspaper she enjoys doing Theatre, West High School Dance Marathon, and hanging...

Megan Boland

Megan Boland is a senior at West High. This is her second year on staff as a designer. Outside of newspaper she enjoys participating in show choir and theater. She is excited for you to see all the work We...

Sadie Rhomberg

Sadie is a senior at West High. This is her second year as a reporter on staff. She enjoys participating in show choir, theater and tennis at school. Outside of school, Sadie likes to spend time with h...

Molly Howes

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 Net...

Kristina Rosebrook

Kristina Rosebrook is a senior at West High and this is her third year on staff. She is the Online and Broadcast Entertainment Editor. If she isn't busy with WSS, then she's chilling with friends or watching...

Crystal Kim

Crystal is a senior at West High. This is her third year on staff and she is a Co-Design Editor on the print section. In her free time, Crystal is either reading or at the Bread Garden enjoying their $5...

Alyson Kuennen

This is Alyson's second year on staff where she is a news editor and photographer. As a senior she spends her time working, working and working. "College is expensive folks," she said. "I mean no regrets, ...

Samalya Thenuwara

Samalya Thenuwara is a senior at West High. This is her second year on staff and she is the Broadcast Editor-in-Chief as well as the Broadcast Managing Editor. In addition to running about Iowa City with a...

Mary Vander Weg

Mary Vander Weg is a senior at West High, and this is her third year with the West Side Story. In her free time, she can be found writing - whether it be for the website or just for fun, watching satirical...

Deniz Ince

Deniz Ince is a senior in her third year on the West Side Story staff as the Print Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor. In her free time, Deniz likes going on runs, spending time with her dog and rewatching...

Asha Irani

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! ...

Grace Yarrow

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. ...

Lauren Katz

Lauren Katz is a senior at West High, this being her second year on staff, and is a Copy Editor and Editorials Editor for print. When she isn't writing articles, swimming, or playing piano, Lauren loves re...

Angie Zirbes

This is Angie's second year on staff as an artist and arts editor. In her free time she enjoys making art and other artsy art kiddo things.  ...

Grace Christopher

Grace Christopher is a senior at West High and this is her third year on staff. This year Grace is Managing Editor for Broadcast. When she is not getting footage for hype videos you can usually find her...

Anjali Huynh

Anjali is a senior and third-year staffer on West Side Story. She is the Print Managing Editor and Co-Copy Editor. When she's not complaining about Oxford comma usage, you can find her taking photos, biking,...

Ian Prescott

Ian Prescott is going to be a senior this year, and it will be his third year on staff. This year Ian will be the Broadcast EIC, responsible for managing all the videographers and their shenanigans.

Jessica Doyle

Jessica is a senior at West High and is enjoying her third year on staff. Though not a baller, she truly excels when it comes to taking the mic at karaoke night, familiarizing herself with the latest teen...

Olivia Dachtler

Olivia Dachtler is a junior at West High, this will be her second year on staff as a photographer. If she is not out shooting, she can likely be found downtown or down at her farm in Kalona. ...

Isabelle Robles

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 do...

Harry Westergaard

Harry Westergaard is a senior at West High and this is his third year on staff. He does a little bit of everything on staff, working primarily as the Arts Editor and Co-copy editor. When he isn't passionately...

Reagan Hart

Reagan Hart is a senior at West. It is her second year on staff and she is a reporter and distribution manager. Besides newspaper, Reagan is also part of the Trojan Marching band as a saxophone player. In ...

George Liu

George is on his third year on WSS as a senior. He is interested in video production, livestreaming and anchoring as a member of broadcast staff. He eats, completes homework and exercises when he's not...

Caroline Young

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! ...

Jenna Zeng

Jenna Zeng is a senior at West and this is her third year on staff. She is a designer and Print Entertainment Editor. In her free time, Jenna likes to eat, make new recipes, shop, and hang out with friends.

Will Conrad

Will Conrad is a reporter, anchor, and Assistant Sports Editor for Print. This is his third year on staff. In his free time he enjoys running, being outdoors, and hanging out with friends.

Pareen Mhatre

Pareen Mhatre is a senior and she is the Photo Editor and Online Managing Editor. This is her second year on staff. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and taking #artsy photos.  ...

Ala Mohamed

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

Ethan Goers

Ethan Goers will enter into his second year on staff as a senior. Ethan will be a broadcast anchor and sports producer this year. Ethan is a guy who appreciates the art of napping, biking with friends, and...

Tyler Thomasson

Tyler Thomasson is a senior at West High. It is his second year on staff as a designer for the print publication. When he isn't designing, Tyler enjoys singing in West Singers and doing backstage work for ...

Taylor Shelfo

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

Emma Brustkern

Emma is a senior at West High and this is her second year as the Print Entertainment Editor. When she isn't writing, Emma is busy helping Theatre West as the Head of Props, assisting the show choir as...

Teresa Knecht

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. ...

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...

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). ...

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...

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...

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. ...

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,...

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...

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. ...

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. ...

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...

Jiung Jung

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

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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