West Side Story

2018-2019 Staff

Joe Goodman

Joe is in his second year working for the West Side Story publications as the sports editor. Joe plays golf, basketball and runs track at West High. He also enjoys biking and watching movies with his family.

Marta Leira

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

Rain Richards

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.

Jillian Prescott

Jillian Prescott is a junior and a second year staffer. She is the broadcast editor-in-chief. When she's not working on journalism she usually spends her time studying, trying to figure out if her dog...

Vivien Ho

Vivien Ho is a junior and second-year staffer. She is print feature editor as well as a triple-threat designer, artist and videographer. In her free time, you can find her practicing flute, staying up...

Maddy Ephraim

Maddy Ephraim is a junior at West High. This is her second year on staff as a designer and as the business editor. In her free time, she enjoys playing music, reading and volunteering.

Annabel Hendrickson

Annabel Hendrickson is a junior in her second year on staff as a co-copy editor on print. In her free time, she enjoys reading books by Stephen King and hanging out with her cat.

Alex Carlon

Alex Carlon is a junior at West High and a news editor 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 with friends...

Nicu Curtu

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

Aditi Borde is a junior at West High. This is her second year on staff and she is the photo editor and social media editor. Outside of the newsroom, Aditi enjoys volunteering, biking, and eating way too...

Mohammedhilal Al-Ani

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

Amy Liao

Amy Liao is a junior at West High and the design editor for WSS. She is an avid procrastinator and enjoys wasting her free time laughing at memes and bingeing Criminal Minds. If not, she’s suffering a...

Lily Meng

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.

Simon Jones

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...

Brenda Gao

Brenda Gao is a junior and this is her second year on staff. She is the print Entertainment Editor and a designer. She likes playing Minecraft, painting her nails, and listening to podcasts.

Sidney Kiersch

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...

Edward Keen

Edward Keen is a senior and this is his second year on staff, where he is Arts Editor. In his free time, he enjoys reading.

Luke Krchak

Luke Krchak is a junior at west. This is his second year on staff working for the online publication as a columnist and a reporter. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports and playing the latest sports...

Holden Logan

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...

Alyssa Skala

Alyssa Skala is a junior at West High. It is her second year on West Side Story staff and her first on Yearbook Staff. When Alyssa isn't taking photos she is usually taking part in Rowing or Softball.

Bess Frerichs

Bess is the Feature Editor for the website. She is a junior and second year staffer. In her free time, Bess can be found reading, volunteering at the library or playing the harp.

Noah Krchak

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.

Gwen Watson

Gwen Watson is entering their second year on staff as a photographer. In their free time they enjoy playing guitar and cuddling their five cats.

Emma Hall

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

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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,...

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 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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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