The student news site of West High School

West Side Story

The student news site of West High School

West Side Story

The student news site of West High School

West Side Story

2021-2022 Staff

Owen Aanestad
Online Editor-In-Chief

Owen Aanestad

Owen Aanestad is a senior at West. This is his third year on staff working for the online publication as the online editor-in-chief In addition to playing football and baseball, he enjoys photography.

Kailey Gee
Print Co-Editor-In-Chief

Kailey Gee

(she/they) Kailey Gee is a senior at West High, and this is their third year on staff. She's working as the Co-Print-Editor-in-Chief with Hanah Kitamoto. When they have free time, they love listening to music and making collages.

Hanah Kitamoto
Print Co-Editor-In-Chief

Hanah Kitamoto

(she/her/hers) Hanah Kitamoto is a senior at West. This is her third year on staff and she is the Print Co-Editor-in-Chief with Kailey Gee. She enjoys meeting new people, along with reporting about West High and the surrounding communities. In her free...

Cameron Reimers
Yearbook Co-Editor-in-Chief

Cameron Reimers

Cameron Reimers is a junior at West. She is one of the editors-in-chief for the Trojan Epic. Cameron is on the girls golf team and loves to watch basketball and football in her free time. She also loves to paint and draw 24/7 and her room is filled with...

Zohrae McLaskey
Yearbook Co-Editor in Chief

Zohrae McLaskey

(she/her) Zohrae McLaskey is a senior at West. This is her second year working on the Trojan Epic working and her first year as the Co-Editor in Chief. Theater West is also a part of Zohrae's career at West, she is Co-chief of lights. Zohrae enjoys putting...

Camille Gretter
Online Managing and Sports Editor

Camille Gretter

Camille Gretter is a junior at West High and this is her second year on staff. She is the online managing editor as well as the online sports editor. Outside of West Side Story Camille does rowing and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Ella De Young
Print Assistant Sports Editor

Ella De Young

(she/her) Ella De Young is a junior at West. This is her first year on staff working for West Side Story as the assistant sports editor. When she's not on the tennis court, you'll find her drinking iced nutty caramel lattes and eating muffins, spending...

Zoe Smith
Assistant Sports Editor

Zoe Smith

(she/her) Zoe Smith is a sophomore at West. This is her first year on staff and she is excited to be working on the online publication as the assistant sports editor. In her free time, she plays soccer and drums. She also enjoys baking and photography.

Katherine Shoppa
Print News Editor

Katherine Shoppa

(she/they) Katherine Shoppa is a junior at West. This is her second year on staff working for the print publication and is now the print news editor. When they're not writing, you can find Katherine playing with her dog, baking, or hanging out with friends...

Xiaoyi Zhu
Design Editor

Xiaoyi Zhu

(she/her) Xiaoyi Zhu is a senior at West and this is her third year on staff as design editor. In her free time, she enjoys watering her new plant aloe named Patrick and making art masterpieces.

Sachiko Goto
Assistant Design Editor

Sachiko Goto

(she/her) Sachiko Goto is a junior at West and the assistant design editor for the print publication. This is her second year on staff for the print publication. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her cat, listening to music, playing the trumpet,...

Alaina Greenlee
Video Editor

Alaina Greenlee

(she/her) Alaina Greenlee is a junior at West in her second year on staff. When she's not making dope videos or ballin' on the volleyball court, she's probably eating fruit snacks while attempting to crack dad jokes.

Renee Gould
Opinion Editor

Renee Gould

(all) Renee Gould is a senior at West, it is their third year on staff and is currently the opinion editor for the online publication.

Heidi Du
Print Copy Editor

Heidi Du

(she/her) Heidi Du is a junior at West. This is her second year on staff and she is a copy editor for print. Outside of school, she enjoys swimming and walking her cat, Peanut.

Maddy Smith
Visual Editor and Feature Editor

Maddy Smith

(she/her) Maddy Smith is a senior at West. This will be her third year on staff. She is the online Features and Visuals editor. She enjoys music, photography, and traveling.

Misha Canin
Print Managing Editor and Business Co-Editor

Misha Canin

(she/her) Misha Canin is a senior at West High. This is her third year on staff, where she is currently the business co-editor, social chair and the print managing editor. She is excited to continue creating unique publications with all of the amazing...

Maya Chu
Print Feature Editor and Artist

Maya Chu

(she/her) Maya is a junior at West and this is her second year on staff. In addition to being the print feature editor, she enjoys her positions as director of the CIA, trained astronaut, and certified starfish whisperer. She also likes to make music,...

Jack Harris
Online Copy Editor and Arts Editor

Jack Harris

(he/him) Jack is a junior and the online arts editor for WSS. He also occasionally makes videos for West and rock climbs. If he's not spending time with his friends it's probably because he's with his dogs.

Caroline Mascardo
Editorials Editor and Copy Editor

Caroline Mascardo

(they/them) Caroline Mascardo is a senior at West High, and they are the editorials editor and a copy editor for the print publication. In their free time, Caroline enjoys watching movies, eating Hi-Chews and improving their mad graphic design skills....

Caroline Barker
Print Photo Editor

Caroline Barker

(she/her) Caroline Barker is a senior at West. This is her third year on staff, and this year is the photo editor for the print publication. Outside of WSS, Caroline enjoys photography, baking, and being in nature.

Helelia Wa Kalala
Social Media Editor and Videographer

Helelia Wa Kalala

Helelia Wa Kalala is a junior at West. This is her second year on staff working as a social media editor and videographer. She enjoys editing videos as well as learning about new cultures.

Paige Albright
Podcast Editor

Paige Albright

(she/her) Paige Albright is a junior at West. This is her second year on staff working for the web publication, she is the Podcast Editor on staff this year. When not busy with school, she is most likely dancing either for the dance team at West or at...

Krisha Kapoor
Print Sports Editor

Krisha Kapoor

(she/her) Krisha Kapoor is a junior at West High. This is her second year on staff and she is the sports editor for print. Outside of the newsroom, you can probably find Krisha in the kitchen or on the court playing volleyball and basketball.

Zoey Guo
Art Editor and Designer

Zoey Guo

(she/her) Zoey Guo is a senior at West High. This is her second year on staff and she is an Art Editor, Discord Moderator, and designer for print. She enjoys attending art classes, listening to music, and playing video games outside of school.

Soomin Koh
Print Co-Profiles Editor

Soomin Koh

(she/her) Soomin Koh is a senior at West, and it is her second year on print publication staff as a co-profiles editor. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog Mocha and eating matcha ice cream. ...

Helen Zhang
Print Columns Editor

Helen Zhang

Helen Zhang is a senior at West. She is the columns editor and this is her second year on print staff. In her free time, Helen enjoys baking, reading and sleeping.

Grace Huang
Print Health & Science Editor and Designer

Grace Huang

(she/her) Grace Huang is a senior at West High. She is a second-year designer and artist for print, but this is her first year on staff as the Health & Science editor. She is addicted to boba and lofi.

Sila Duran
Print Entertainment Editor and Designer

Sila Duran

(she/her) Sila Duran is a junior at West High. This is her second year on staff as a designer and artist and is now the Entertainment Editor. If she's not doing homework you can probably find her biking or drawing.

Ruba Ahmed-Abdelmutalab
Print Profiles Co-Editor and Co-Business Editor

Ruba Ahmed-Abdelmutalab

Ruba Ahmed is a senior at West High. This is her second year on the newspaper staff and she is profiles co-editor as well as business co-editor. Outside of journalism, she is involved in the Black Student Union and science fair at West. Whenever bored,...

Audrey Parrish
News Co-Editor

Audrey Parrish

(she/her) Audrey Parrish is a junior at West High. This is her second year on staff. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, baking, and playing with her dogs.

Vivian Polgreen
Co-News Editor

Vivian Polgreen

Vivian Polgreen is a sophomore at West. She is the co-news editor for the online publication ad it is her second year working on staff. In her free time, she enjoys reading Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, rowing, and playing cello in the orchestra.

Mishka Mohamed Nour
Profiles Editor

Mishka Mohamed Nour

Mishka Mohamed Nour is a senior at West. This is her second year on staff working for the online publication as the online profiles editor. She enjoys writing and skateboarding, along with doing all kinds of art occasionally.

Reporter and Designer

Ginger McCartney

(she/her) Ginger McCartney is a sophomore at West. This is her first year on staff working for the print publication as a reporter and designer. She enjoys baking in her spare time.

Reporter and Designer

Zaira Ahmad

(she/her) Zaira Ahmad is a sophomore at West. This is her first year on staff as a reporter and designer for print. When she's not at school, you can find Zaira reading, singing, or baking cookies.

Eva Jordan
Reporter and Designer

Eva Jordan

Eva Jordan is a junior at West and this is her second year on the Print staff as a designer. She also enjoys sitting on the ground for long periods of time and has an undying love for 2000's pop-punk.

Eleanor Weitz
Reporter

Eleanor Weitz

(she/her) Eleanor Weitz is a sophomore at West. This is her first year on staff for the online publication and she is a reporter. She also enjoys singing and dancing in show choir.

Lily Prochaska
Reporter

Lily Prochaska

(she/her) Lily Prochaska is a junior at West. This is her first year on staff working as a reporter in addition to playing volleyball, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Jane Lam
Reporter

Jane Lam

(she/her) Jane Lam is a sophomore at West High. This is her first year working as a reporter for the print publication. When she's not pouring over her homework, she can be found baking, debating, and with her head in a book.

Laney Prelle
Reporter

Laney Prelle

(she/her) Laney Prelle is a junior at West. This is her third year writing for the online paper and she also plays basketball in her free time.

Reporter

Lilly Graham

(she/her) Lilly Graham is a sophomore at West, and this is her first year on staff. Lilly is a reporter for the print edition. Outside of school, Lilly enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her friends and pets.

Kamakshee Kuchhal
Reporter

Kamakshee Kuchhal

(she/her) Kamakshee Kuchhal is a sophomore at West High School. This is her second year working for WSS as a writer for "From the Archives" and a reporter for print. When she isn't busy being a perfectionist (it's a full-time job), you can find her singing,...

Rosemary Timmer-Hackert
Reporter

Rosemary Timmer-Hackert

(she/they) Rosemary Timmer-Hackert is a junior at West High and in her second year on staff as a reporter. When she is not researching or writing news stories, she can be found reading or writing fictional ones.

Tess Degrazia
Photographer

Tess Degrazia

Tess DeGrazia is a sophomore at West High School, as she recently joined the WSS and is a photographer on staff. Tess enjoys participating in Theatre West, show choir, and loves being with her family.

Mohana Sunkara
Videographer

Mohana Sunkara

(she/her) Mohana Sunkara is a junior at West. She is a first-year staff member working as a videographer. In her spare time, she's most likely on the tennis courts, running, or eating watermelon.

Benjamin Mwamba
Videographer

Benjamin Mwamba

(he/him)

Artist

Aria Khalil

(she/they) Aria Khalil is a junior at West. This is their first year on staff working as an artist in addition to being in show choir. She enjoys drawing.

Cassandra Michaels
Artist

Cassandra Michaels

(she/her) Cassandra Michaels is a senior at West. This is her second year on the staff for the online publication as an artist. When she isn't busy she usually can be found drawing, writing, sewing, or crocheting.

Rachel Swack
Designer

Rachel Swack

(she/her) Rachel Swack is a junior at West. This is her second year on staff working for yearbook, her first as managing editor. She enjoys photography and has been getting into some sports photography this year. She swims for West and is also a crew...

Madelyn Grueter
Yearbook Staffer

Madelyn Grueter

Madelyn Grueter is a sophomore at West High. This is her first year on staff as a yearbook designer. In her free time she enjoys swimming and playing board games with her family.

Zoe Scott
Yearbook Staffer

Zoe Scott

(she/her) Zoe Scott is a junior at West. This is her second year working for the Trojan Epic publication. She enjoys swimming, trying new things, and spending time with her friends.

Olivia Boeglin
Yearbook Staffer

Olivia Boeglin

(she/her) Olivia Boeglin is a sophomore at West High and this is her first year as a Yearbook staffer. In her free time, Olivia enjoys playing in the orchestra and is a member of the cheer team and BPA.

Photographer and Designer

Defne Bayman

(she/her) Defne Bayman is a sophomore at West. This is her first year on staff in News Lab as a photographer and designer. She enjoys painting, drawing, and reading.

Samuel Rosenthal
Podcaster

Samuel Rosenthal

(he/him) Samuel Rosenthal is a sophomore at West. This is his first year on staff working for the online publication as a podcaster. Samuel also enjoys watching films, bowling, and ping pong-ing.

Nicole Lee
Podcaster

Nicole Lee

(she/her) Nicole Lee is a sophomore at West High School and this is her first year as a podcaster working on staff for broadcasting. She is a Korean-American with divorced parents and a little sister by two years. Her hobbies included mobile and online...

Nate Gudenkauf
Sports Reporter

Nate Gudenkauf

Nate Gudenkauf is a senior at West. This is his first year on the online publication as a sports reporter in addition he is a part of the baseball, football, track and bowling teams.

Isabella Tisdale
Sports Reporter

Isabella Tisdale

(she/her) Isabella Tisdale is a sophomore at West. This is her first year on staff working as a sports reporter. In her free time, she enjoys photography and participates in multiple choral extracurriculars.

Miguel Cohen Suarez
Sports Reporter

Miguel Cohen Suarez

Miguel Cohen Suarez is a senior at West. This is his first year on staff; he currently works as a sports reporter for the online and broadcast publication. In addition to playing soccer, Miguel enjoys studying chemistry.

Barry Diallo
Sports Reporter

Barry Diallo

Barry Diallo is a first-year sports reporter and a junior at West. He is involved in sports year-round- playing football, basketball, and track. He's excited to be a part of the staff.

Sophie Richardson
Reporter and Photographer

Sophie Richardson

(all) Sophie Richardson is a sophomore at West High. This is their first year on staff and hopes to achieve as much as possible. She enjoys photography and is very excited for the future.

Jack Alden
Reporter and Photographer

Jack Alden

(he/him) Jack Alden is a junior at West High. This is his first year working on the WSS staff. He is a reporter and a photographer. Jack is a trans guy. He also has an amazing cat named Happy.

Ijin Shim
Photographer and Videographer

Ijin Shim

(she/her) Ijin Shim is a sophomore at West. This is her first year on the staff working as a videographer and a photographer. Ijin is also part of the cross country team and runs track in the spring. She loves shopping.

Melissa Uc
Yearbook People Editor

Melissa Uc

(she/her) Melissa Uc is a junior at West. This is her second year on the Trojan Epic Yearbook staff and her first year as the People Editor. Outside of school Melissa enjoys spending time with her friends, being outside, dancing, and biking.

Willow Oleson
Yearbook Copy Editor

Willow Oleson

(she/her) Willow Oleson is a junior at West. This is her second year working on the Trojan Epic staff. In addition to being the copy editor, she participates in show choir, theater, and enjoys reading.

Yearbook Photographer

Clayton Bopp

Clayton Bopp is a senior at West. This will be Clay’s first year working on the Trojan Epic yearbook staff as a photographer. Along with running track, and co-head of lights for Theatre West.

Yearbook Designer

Leah Moenning

(she/her) Leah Moenning is a senior at West. This is her first year working on the Trojan Epic as a designer. In addition to working at a daycare and babysitting, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Yearbook Academic Editor

Ceci De Young

Ceci De Young is a sophomore at West. This is her first year on staff, and she is the clubs and academic editor for yearbook. Outside of school, Ceci enjoys track and field, photography, and spending time with friends.

Yearbook Reporter and Designer

Alexandra Fileiro

(she/her) Alexandra Filerio Junior at West. This is her first year on the yearbook as designer and reporter at West High School.