West Side Story

  • Boys basketball scrimmage at Kennedy on Nov. 19

  • Girls bowling plays City High at Colonial Bowling Lanes on Nov. 20

  • Boys bowling plays City High at Colonial Bowling Lanes on Nov. 20

  • Boys swimming meet at Muscatine on Nov. 20

  • Girls basketball scrimmage against Iowa City Regina on Nov. 20

2017-2018 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...

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...

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

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...

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

Selina Hua is a junior and this is her second year as 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,...

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...

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

Natalie Katz is a junior at West High. It is her second year on staff and she is Print Feature Editor and reporter. When not chasing down the latest news story, you can find her running, eating peanut...

Jenna Wang

Jenna Wang is a junior at West High. It is her second year on staff and she is the Editorial Editor and a reporter for the print publication. When she isn't busy with articles and homework, Jenna enjoys...

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...

Natalie Dunlap

Natalie Dunlap is a junior and the Online Feature Editor. This is her second year on staff. Outside of the newsroom Natalie enjoys trips to the Java House, wearing fuzzy sweaters and pretending she knows...

Ken Wilbur

Ken Wilbur is a junior at West and a second-year staffer on West Side Story. While not interviewing sources or writing articles, Ken can be found running along trails and through parks or spending time...

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...

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,...

Carmela Cohen Suarez

Carmela Cohen Suarez is a junior and this is her second year on staff. She is a reporter for the online publication and is looking forward to a year filled with reading, writing, swimming, friends, family,...

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

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Jessica Moonjely

Jessica Moonjely is a junior at West High. It is her second year on staff and first year as the Print Profiles Editor. Jessica is also a member of the tennis team, show choir, and student government. She...

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

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,...

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

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

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...

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.  ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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.  ...

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.  ...

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...

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...

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