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

2016-2017 Staff

Kara Wagenknecht
Online Editor-in-Chief, Co-Sports Editor

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 with her dogs, editing photos, hanging out with her...

Nick Pryor
Anchor, Feature and News Producer

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
Print Editor-in-Chief

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
Social Media Editor

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 out with her pets Lily, Hugo, Cozy, Eve, and...

Megan Boland
Designer

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 West Side Story does this year.  ...

Sadie Rhomberg
Reporter

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 her dog or watch shows on Netflix. ...

Molly Howes
Reporter

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 Netflix. She also enjoys ice cream and the comforts of foo...

Kristina Rosebrook
Online and Broadcast Entertainment Editor

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 Seinfeld with her mom. She also enjoys writing...

Crystal Kim
Co-Design Editor

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 pizza.

Alyson Kuennen
News Editor, Photographer

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, but maybe I should've had one less trip to Pancheros." ...

Samalya Thenuwara
Broadcast Editor-in-Chief

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 tripod and camera, she is happily buried in an AP text...

Mary Vander Weg
Online Graphic Designer

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 sitcoms, or sleeping for disconcerting amounts...

Deniz Ince
Print Editor-in-Chief, Co-Sports Editor

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 Friends on Netflix.

Asha Irani
Videographer

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
Copy Editor

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
Copy Editor, Editorials Editor

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 reading mystery novels--especially Louise Penny's latest ...

Angie Zirbes
Arts Editor

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
Broadcast Managing Editor

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 volunteering, hanging with friends or napping with...

Anjali Huynh
Print Managing Editor, Co-Copy Editor

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, or stealing food from her friends.

Ian Prescott
Broadcast Editor-in-Chief

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
Podcast Editor

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 lingo and using her Bitmoji when appropriate.

Olivia Dachtler
Photographer

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
Digital Editor-in-Chief

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 documentaries whilst drinking way too much chocolate milk...

Harry Westergaard
Arts Editor, Co-Copy Editor

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 contributing to WSS, he enjoys reading, watching...

Reagan Hart
Reporter, Distribution Manager

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 her free time she researches history facts and practice...

George Liu
Videographer, Anchor

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 sleeping.

Caroline Young
Photographer

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
Print Entertainment Editor

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
Assistant Sports Editor

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
Photo Editor, Online Managing Editor

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
Digital Profile Editor

Ala Mohamed

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

Ethan Goers
Broadcast Anchor, Sports Producer

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 running... for fun. Hit Ethan up at [email protected]

Tyler Thomasson
Designer

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 Theatre West.  ...

Taylor Shelfo
Broadcast Anchor

Taylor Shelfo

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

Emma Brustkern
Print Entertainment Editor

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 a crew member, or spending time with her best friends.

Teresa Knecht
Photographer

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
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...

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). ...

Ellie Gretter
Sports Editor

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 spending time with her friends.

Sarah Longmire
Photo Editor

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
Online Editor-in-Chief

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, listening to live music on Friday nights, and going on road tri...

Catherine Ju
Design Editor

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
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. ...

Nina Elkadi
Print Editor-in-Chief

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, but can also enjoy a nice day inside laughing...

Wingel Xue
Columns Editor, Designer

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
Art editor, Sports Producer, and Designer

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 milling around in the newsroom, she's most likely to be found throwing discus, managing the wre...

Maddie Moriyama
Ad Designer and Print Designer

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 cupcakes Iowa has to offer. ...

Junhee Lee
Business Manager, Print Copy Editor, Designer & Reporter

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
Print Profiles Editor

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, exploring nature, and running.  ...

Shawn Thacker
Print Managing Editor, Feature Editor

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 who use Oxford commas.

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. ...

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. ...

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...

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. ...

Mason Wang
Broadcast Copy Editor

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 paper roll and pretending to be a unicorn. Besides...

Katie Fuhrmeister
Reporter

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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