West Side Story

2018-2019 Staff

Joe Goodman

Joe Goodman is a junior at West. This is his first year on staff working for the online publication as a sports reporter. In addition to playing basketball and running track, he enjoys bike riding and...

Marta Leira

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.

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 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.

Vivien Ho

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...

Maddy Ephraim

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.

Annabel Hendrickson

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

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...

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 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

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 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

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 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.

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 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

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

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 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.

Bess Frerichs

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.

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 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.

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 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...

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...

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,...

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...

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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