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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

2017-2018 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...

Sean Brown
Photographer

Sean Brown

Sean Brown is a photographer on staff and a senior at West. When he isn't microwaving hot pockets or looking through the five hundred pictures he took last night, you can find him scrolling through the Instagram explore page until he loses grip on reality.

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.

Frances Dai
Art Editor

Frances Dai

Frances Dai is a senior at West High. She is the Art Editor and a Designer on staff due to an addiction for aesthetically pleasing things. While she's not drawing and designing things that make her eyes happy, she instead brightens her soul with bubble...

Thomas Duong
Business Editor

Thomas Duong

Thomas Duong is a senior at West High. It is his second year on staff and he is Business Editor and Designer. In his free time, Thomas enjoys playing percussion, running, biking, and hanging out with friends.

Selina Hua
Art Editor

Selina Hua

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 spending time on the internet, she can be found drawing...

Lydia Guo
Co-Design Editor

Lydia Guo

Lydia Guo is a senior at West High and Co-Design Editor. This is her second year on staff. When she isn't struggling with inDesign, Lydia loves oil painting, listening to music, and quenching her thirst for bubble tea.

Hae-joo Yoon
Videographer

Hae-joo Yoon

Hae-joo Yoon is a senior at West High. This is her first year on staff, and she is a videographer. When she finds spare time, she likes to draw, hang out with friends, and in the summer, travel.

Natalie Katz
Print Editor-in-Chief

Natalie Katz

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 butter, running, or tending to her grapevine...

Jenna Wang
Editorial Editor

Jenna Wang

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, Jenna enjoys creating dancing videos for her YouTube...

Fatima Kammona
News Editor

Fatima Kammona

Fatima Kammona is a senior at West High. This is her second year on staff and works for the online and print publication as the news editor. When she isn't at school or extracurricular activities, she enjoys eating and sleeping.

Natalie Dunlap
Online Editor-in-Chief

Natalie Dunlap

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 downtown or laughing with friends. ...

Ken Wilbur
Podcast Editor

Ken Wilbur

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 two dogs.

Teya Kerns
Photographer

Teya Kerns

Teya Kerns is a sophomore at West High. It is her first year on the staff of the West Side Story newspaper as a photographer. In her free time Teya enjoys volunteering at the food pantry and doing show choir.

Ivan Badovinac
Photographer, Videographer

Ivan Badovinac

Ivan Badovinac is a junior at West High and it is his first year on staff as a Photographer and Videographer. When he isn't drowning in homework and tests, Ivan enjoys playing soccer and running, sleeping, and blasting music in the car with his friends.

Carmela Cohen Suarez
Entertainment Editor

Carmela Cohen Suarez

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 time with her friends, swimming and traveling...

Eman Elsheikh
Videographer

Eman Elsheikh

Eman Elsheikh is a senior at West High. It is her first year on staff and she is a Broadcast videographer. When she's not working on videos, Eman watches K-Dramas and cries about college applications.

Ting Gao
Reporter

Ting Gao

Ting Gao is a senior at West High, working as a reporter for the online section of the West Side Story. This is her second year on staff. When she isn't doing homework or working on articles, she enjoys reading, writing, surfing the Internet, taking long...

Sophie Stephens
Online Managing Editor

Sophie Stephens

Sophie Stephens is a senior at West; this is her second year on staff and her second year as an editor. She is the managing editor for the website and a print reporter. When she isn't in the newsroom, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family and friends,...

Anna Brown
Print Co-Copy Editor

Anna Brown

Anna Brown is a senior at West High. This is her second year on staff and she is the Co-Copy Editor for print. When she isn't working on WSS, Anna enjoys jamming out to K-pop, binge-watching videos on YouTube and taking long afternoon naps when she should...

Lucy Polyak
Columns Editor

Lucy Polyak

Lucy Polyak is a senior at West High and this is her second year on staff. She is a reporter and the columns editor for both web and print publications. Lucy spends most of her time onstage in choir, show choir, and theatre but also loves to sit in her...

Jessica Moonjely
Print Profiles Editor and Managing Editor

Jessica Moonjely

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 government. She loves eating chocolate, cheese,...

Abbie Callahan
Reporter

Abbie Callahan

Abbie Callahan is a sophomore at West High and a first-year staffer. She works for the print publication as a reporter. In her free time, she loves to sing and play guitar.

Luke Reynolds
Copy Editor, Anchor, Reporter

Luke Reynolds

This is Luke's first and only year as a member of West Side Story. He'll be kept busy with anchoring, editing and reporting, but he's gonna have fun while doing it. Luke can be found reading, writing, taking part in Anime Club, COLORS and singing in choir...

Maddi Shinall
Photo Editor

Maddi Shinall

Maddi is a senior, this is her second year on staff and she is the Photo Editor. If she's not taking photos, she is probably engaging in a lively political debate whilst drinking an iced chai latte.

Caecilia Shoppa
Reporter

Caecilia Shoppa

Caecilia Shoppa is a senior at West High. This is her first year on staff and she is a reporter for print this year. Outside of newspaper, Caecilia enjoys participating in show choir, baking and binge watching Americas Next Top Model on Hulu.

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. ...

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.

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. ...

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.

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.  ...

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.  ...

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.

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.

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.  ...

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.  ...

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.

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...

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