West Side Story

  • Girls basketball plays at Western Dubuque High School on Dec. 4

  • Boys swimming meet at Coralville Recreation Center against Washington Dec. 4

  • Boys bowling plays Prairie High School at Lancer Lanes on Dec. 6

  • Girls bowling plays Prairie High School at Lancer Lanes on Dec. 6

  • Girls and boys basketball doubleheader at City on Dec. 7

2018-2019 Staff

Ian Prescott

Broadcast Editor-in-Chief

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.

Grace Christopher

Broadcast Managing Editor

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...

Sophie Stephens

Online Managing Editor

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

Print Co-Copy Editor

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...

Will Conrad

Assistant Sports Editor

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.

Fatima Kammona

News Editor

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...

Lucy Polyak

Columns Editor

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...

Thomas Duong

Business Editor

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.

Jenna Wang

Editorial Editor

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...

Allie Schmitt-Morris

Social Media Editor

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...

Frances Dai

Art Editor

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...

Maddi Shinall

Photo Editor

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.

Jessica Doyle

Podcast Editor

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...

Natalie Dunlap

Online Feature Editor

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...

Natalie Katz

Print Feature Editor

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...

Kristina Rosebrook

Online and Broadcast Entertainment Editor

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...

Jenna Zeng

Print Entertainment Editor

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.

Jessica Moonjely

Print Profiles Editor

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...

Lydia Guo

Co-Design Editor

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...

Crystal Kim

Co-Design Editor

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...

Emma Hall

Artist

Emma is a sophomore and it's her first year on staff. She is an artist on staff who loves to draw and read.

Rain Richards

Designer

Rain Richards is a senior at West and this is his first year on staff. He is a designer for both Online and Print. In his spare time, he plays retro and indie video games.

Maddy Ephraim

Designer

Maddy Ephraim is a sophomore at West High school. This is her first year on staff where she is a designer for print. Maddy enjoys reading, procrastinating, and spending time with her dogs.

Simon Jones

Designer

Simon Jones is senior at West High. This will be his first and only year on staff as a designer. When he's not being crushed by school, you can find him working at the movie theaters, colorizing black...

Selina Hua

Designer

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,...

Sidney Kiersch

Online Graphic Designer

Sidney Kiersch is a senior and this is her first year on staff as an online graphic designer. Sidney is involved in choir, show choir and theater at West High. Sidney is a gal who immensely appreciates...

Mary Vander Weg

Online Graphic Designer

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...

Marta Leira

Reporter

Marta Leira is a sophomore at West High. This marks her first year on staff as a reporter for print. When she's not at school, you can probably find her showing other people pictures of her dog, Chispa.

Annabel Hendrickson

Reporter

Annabel Hendrickson is a sophomore in her first year on staff as a reporter for print. In her free time, she enjoys reading books by Stephen King, hanging out with her cat, and re-watching The Office for...

Alex Carlon

Reporter

Alex Carlon is a sophomore at West High and a first-time reporter for the web publication. When she's not writing, she enjoys playing in the band, taking part in BPA and Student Senate and spending time...

Edward Keen

Reporter

Edward Keen is a junior at West and this is his first year on staff as a reporter. When he isn't writing for WSS, he enjoys reading fantasy novels and watching movies. Contact him at [email protected]

Luke Krchak

Reporter

Luke Krchak a sophomore and is a first year staff reporter. Luke also loves to watch football.

Bess Frerichs

Reporter

Bess Frerichs is a Sophomore and she is starting her first year on staff as a reporter. Outside of West Side Story, she enjoys reading and playing the harp.

Ken Wilbur

Reporter

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...

Carmela Cohen Suarez

Reporter

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,...

Ting Gao

Reporter

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...

Jillian Prescott

Videographer

Jillian Prescott is a sophomore at West High School. This is her first year on staff, and she is a videographer. In Jillian's free time she enjoys spending time with her dog, and doing art.

Nicu Curtu

Videographer

Nicu Curtu is a senior at West. It is his first year on staff, and he is a videographer. When Nicu isn’t playing tennis, he is reading about history, or current events.

Aditi Borde

Photographer

Aditi Borde is a sophomore at West High. She is a photographer, and this is her first year on staff. In her free time, Aditi enjoys biking, volunteering and spending time outside.

Mohammedhilal Al-Ani

Photographer

Mohammedhilal Al-Ani is a Sophomore at West this is his first year in staff. He is a photographer. 

Alyssa Skala

Photographer

Alyssa Skala is a sophomore at West High and she is a first year photographer on staff. In her free time she likes to play volleyball and is involved in a lot of clubs.

Gwen Watson

Photographer

Gwen Watson is a sophomore and this will be their first year on staff as a photographer. In their free time they enjoy most things music related and being with friends.

Sean Brown

Photographer

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...

Holden Logan

Podcaster

Holden Logan is a sophomore at West High. It's his first year on staff and is a podcaster. Holden's hobbies are playing video games for longer than he cares to admit, binge-watching entire shows on Netflix...

Noah Krchak

Podcaster

Noah is a Senior and a first year on staff and is a Podcaster. When he is not podcasting he is catching up on anime and playing Video Games such as Destiny 2 and Overwatch.

Vivien Ho

Designer, Artist, Videographer

Vivien Ho is a sophomore and first year staffer. She will be a designer, artist and videographer. In her free time, Vivien accidentally falls asleep with her contacts on, spends time with friends and goes...

Amy Liao

Designer, Artist

Amy Liao is a sophomore at West High and new to the WSS staff. She is a designer, artist, and freelance videographer. During her free time, Amy enjoys scrolling through Instagram memes and catching up o...

Lily Meng

Online Co-Copy Editor

Lily Meng is a senior at West High. It is her first year on staff and she is Online Co-Copy Editor. In her free time, she likes to play violin, write and drink bubble tea.

Brenda Gao

Designer, Artist

Brenda Gao is a sophomore at West and this will be her first year on staff as a designer and artist. She likes using excessive amounts of the various heart emojis and telling bad jokes.

Kara Wagenknecht

Online Editor-in-Chief, Co-Sports Editor

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...

Deniz Ince

Print Editor-in-Chief, Co-Sports Editor

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...

Anjali Huynh

Print Managing Editor, Co-Copy Editor

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,...

Harry Westergaard

Arts Editor, Co-Copy Editor

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...

George Liu

Videographer, Anchor

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...

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