The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

2022-2023 Staff

Camille Gretter
Online Editor-In-Chief

Camille Gretter

(she/her) Camille Gretter is a senior at West High and this is her third year on staff. She is the Online Editor-in-Chief, and outside of West Side Story she does rowing and works at 30Hop in Coralville. She loves to spend time with her family, friends...

Krisha Kapoor
Print Co-Editor-In-Chief

Krisha Kapoor

(she/her) Krisha Kapoor is a Senior at West High. This is her third year on staff, and she is the Print Co-Editor-In-Chief. Outside of the newsroom, you can probably find Krisha outside, in the kitchen or on the court playing volleyball and basketball.

Katherine Shoppa
Print Co-Editor-In-Chief

Katherine Shoppa

(they/them) Katherine Shoppa is a senior in high school and this is their third year on staff. They are the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the West Side Story news magazine. In their free time, they like to read, write (duh) and cook. ...

Paige Albright
Managing Co-Editor, Podcast Editor

Paige Albright

(she/her) She is a senior this year, and she is also the Co-Managing Editor and Podcast Editor for web this year. In her free time, you can find her at practice for the West High Dance Team or at Nolte academy taking dance classes. She really enjoys reading,...

Vivian Polgreen
Managing Co-Editor, News Editor

Vivian Polgreen

(she/her) Vivian Polgreen is a senior at West and it is her third year working on staff. She is the news editor and co-managing editor for the online publication. In her free time, she enjoys reading Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, rowing and playing...

Audrey Parrish
Copy Editor

Audrey Parrish

(she/her) Audrey is a senior and has been on the West Side Story staff for 3 years. She is the Copy Editor for the WSS website this year. For fun, she likes to spend time with friends, read, write and bake. ...

Alaina Greenlee
Video Editor

Alaina Greenlee

(she/her) Alaina Greenlee is a senior at West and is in her second year as the WSS Video Editor. Between creating half-decent videos and being below average at volleyball, she enjoys boating and watching IndyCar races with her family....

Nicole Lee
Opinion Editor

Nicole Lee

(she/her) She is currently a junior and this is her second year on staff. However, this is her first year as an editor, opinion editor, to be more specific. During her free time, she just enjoys discovering and watching non-mainstream films and listening...

Laney Prelle
Profiles Editor

Laney Prelle

(she/her) Laney Prelle is a senior at West High and this is her fourth year on staff. She is the online profiles editor and her hobbies outside of writing include playing basketball and working at the Hawkeye Fanshop. She loves to spend time with her...

Zoe Smith
Sports Editor

Zoe Smith

(she/her) Zoe Smith is entering her second year on staff. She is a junior at West High and is super excited to be this year's sports editor. When she is not in the newsroom you can find Zoe on student government, at the soccer field, working at Maggies...

Tessa Gibson
Entertainment Co-Editor

Tessa Gibson

(she/her) Tessa is currently a junior at school and has been on staff for one year. She is one of two entertainment editors. Tessa loves Harry Styles, watching movies, baking treats, and reading from time to time!

Eleanor Weitz
Entertainment Co-Editor

Eleanor Weitz

(she/her) Eleanor is a junior this year and it's her second year on staff. She's one of the entertainment editors for the online edition of WSS. In her free time she enjoys participating in show choir, theatre, 1440 Interact club, and student government.

Isabella Tisdale
Feature Editor, Visual Editor

Isabella Tisdale

(she/her) Isabella Tisdale is a junior at West and is excited for her second year on staff! In her free time, she participates in varsity show choir and is stage manager for Theatre West. She also loves to spend time with her three cats and family. ...

Helelia Wa Kalala
Social Media Editor

Helelia Wa Kalala

(she/her) Helelia is a senior war at West and has been on staff for 3 years. She is the social media editor of all WSS accounts. She enjoys golfing and organizing things on Notion.

Ashlyn Brady
Assistant News Editor

Ashlyn Brady

(she/her) Ashlyn Brady is a sophomore at West High. This is her first year on staff, and she is the Assistant News Editor. When she's not in the newsroom, you can find her hanging out with her friends, family, and her dogs.

Rosemary Timmer-Hackert
Print Opinion Editor

Rosemary Timmer-Hackert

(she/they) Rosemary is a senior at West High. While this is her third year on staff, it is her first year as the print opinion editor. When she is not researching or writing news stories, she can be found reading or writing fictional ones.

Sila Duran
Print Assistant Design Editor

Sila Duran

(she/her) Sila Duran is a senior at West and it's her third year on staff. Sila is the Print Assistant Design Editor. You can typically find Sila at art club, folding origami or rewatching comforting YouTube videos. ...

Kamakshee Kuchhal
Print Assistant Copy Editor

Kamakshee Kuchhal

(she/her) Kamakshee Kuchhal is a junior at West High School and is excited for her second year on print staff for West Side Story. As an assistant copy editor, being a perfectionist is her full-time job. You can also find her on the Speech and Debate...

Lilly Graham
Print News Editor

Lilly Graham

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

Lily Prochaska
Print Sports Editor

Lily Prochaska

(she/her) Lily Prochaska is a senior and this is her second year on staff. She is the print sports editor this year. She plays volleyball and loves to hang out with friends and family.

Ella De Young
Print Managing Editor

Ella De Young

(she/her) Ella De Young is a senior at West. This is her second year on staff working for West Side Story as the print managing editor. When she's not on the tennis court, you'll find her drinking an iced chai latte, spending time with her family or traveling.

Sachiko Goto
Design Editor, Photographer

Sachiko Goto

(she/they) Sachiko is a senior at West, and this will be their 3rd year on staff. She is a design editor and photographer for the print publication. In their free time, they like to play trumpet, play with their cats, consume a little too much coffee,...

Marie Stier
Reporter

Marie Stier

(she/her) Marie Stier is a sophomore and this is her first year on staff. She will be a reporter for the WSS. In her free time she likes to be outside with her dogs, Frankie and Ellie, biking or running with the XC and Track team at West.

Mrudani Ramkumar
Reporter

Mrudani Ramkumar

(she/her) Mrudani Ramkumar is a sophomore at West High and this is her first year on staff. She's a reporter, and outside of West Side Story, she plays tennis and participates in debate and Science Olympiad. She likes to spend time with her friends, family,...

Reporter

Jessie Li

(she/her) Jessie Li is a sophomore and this is her first year on WSS staff. She is currently a full-time reporter. She likes to hang out with her friends in her free time, and is addicted to WEBTOON.

Jules Keranen
Reporter

Jules Keranen

(they/them) Jules is a junior at West High School and this is their first year working for the online publication as a reporter. Along with rotting in bed with their cat, Jules enjoys thrifting, reading and fashion design.

Jack Alden
Reporter

Jack Alden

(he/him) Jack is a senior who is excited for his second year on newspaper staff. As a person who loves to write it is no surprise that he is a reporter. Jack believes cats are the best pets although he admits he might be biased since he has a cat himself.

Rosellyn Rubio
Artist

Rosellyn Rubio

(she/her) Rosellyn Rubio is a senior at West High. This is her first year on staff working as an artist. In her free time she enjoys making jewelry and spending all of her money at craft stores.

Leo Corlette
Podcaster

Leo Corlette

(he/they) Leo is a Junior and this is his first year on staff. He is a Podcaster on the West Side Story online staff. He likes to listen to DnD podcasts and learn the history of ancient civilizations.

Elena Garcia Van Auken
Podcaster, Reporter

Elena Garcia Van Auken

(she/her) This is Elena's sophomore year at Iowa City West and her first year on staff. She specializes in podcasting and sports reporting. She also enjoys curling up with a book, pencil sketching and drinking too much coffee.

Abby Guo
Reporter, Videographer

Abby Guo

(she/her) Abby is a sophomore at West and this is her first year on staff. She's a reporter and a videographer. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends and play video games.

Reporter, Videographer

Jack Furlong

Howaida Musa
Podcaster, Videographer

Howaida Musa

Howaida is a senior at West High and this is her first year on staff. She's a podcaster on WSS. In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time at Dollar Tree.

Yaya Orszula
Videographer, Podcaster, Reporter

Yaya Orszula

(she/her) Yaya is a junior and this is her first year on staff. She is a reporter and videographer. She enjoys running cross country and track, playing basketball and rock climbing.

Vera Tanas
Artist, Reporter

Vera Tanas

(she/her) Vera Tanas is a sophomore at West High. She is a reporter and this is her first year on staff. Vera enjoys playing soccer, riding her bike, and being outside.

Defne Bayman
Artist, Designer, Photographer

Defne Bayman

(they/she) Defne Bayman is a junior in their second year on WSS. They are a designer, photographer and artist. In their free time, they read, draw, bake, or play games with their friends. ...

Designer, Photographer

McKenna Stephens

(she/her) McKenna Stephens is a junior and this is her first year on staff. Her job on staff is designer and photographer. Outside of WSS she is on the drama board and is a member of Good Time Company.

Athena Wu
Artist, Designer

Athena Wu

This is Athena's first year on staff. They are an artist and designer.

Anna Song
Artist, Designer

Anna Song

(she/her) Anna Song is a sophomore at West High. She is an artist and designer this is her first year on staff. Outside the newsroom, she is part of the swim team and plays the violin. Her hobbies include reading, eating, and sleeping.

Artist, Designer

Esther Park

(she/her) Esther Park is a sophomore at West High and this is her first year on staff. She is a designer and artist for the print publication. When she's not in the newsroom, you can find her browsing through Zillow, listening to sad music, watching kdramas...

Helen Orszula
Artist, Designer

Helen Orszula

(she/her) She is a junior and this is her first year on staff. She runs cross country and track, but her favorite sport is wrestling. In her free time, you can find her reading fantasy and watching Criminal Minds.

Artist, Designer

Erinn Varga

(she/her) Erinn Varga is a junior and this is her first year on staff. She is a designer and artist for the print publication. If she's not running, you can find her drawing, listening to music, or consuming media.

Ginger McCartney
Artist, Designer

Ginger McCartney

(she/her) Ginger McCartney is currently a junior at West and this is her second year on staff. She is currently designing for the West Side Story paper. Outside of school, she spends her time graphic designing (for fun this time) and baking.

Jay Mascardo
Photographer, Reporter

Jay Mascardo

(she/they/he) Jay Mascardo is a senior and this is his first year on staff. They are a reporter, writer, designer, photographer and artist. In her free time, Jay enjoys playing violin and making art for their small business.

Reem Kirja
Photographer, Reporter

Reem Kirja

(she/her) Reem Kirja is a sophomore reporter and photographer and this is her first year on staff. She enjoys exploring different world issues and learning about what she can do to improve them. She also loves spending time with her family, embarking...

Gianna Liu
Photographer, Reporter

Gianna Liu

(she/her) Gianna Liu is a sophomore at West High. She is a photographer and writer and this will be her first year on print staff. She loves taking photos of anything (especially portraits), playing volleyball, biking, and watching random shows.

William Cheng
Artist and Designer

William Cheng

(he/him) William Cheng is a Junior at West. This is his first year on staff and he is an artist and designer for the Print Publication. Outside of school, he enjoys playing the guitar, making music, creating art, and spending time with friends.

Zaira Ahmad
Print Profiles Editor

Zaira Ahmad

(she/her) Zaira Ahmad is a junior at West High. This is her second year on staff, and she is the Print Profiles Editor. Outside of the newsroom, you can probably find Zaira reading, journaling, or watching a movie.

Heidi Du
Print Copy Editor

Heidi Du

(she/her) Heidi Du is a senior and this is her third year on staff and second year as copy editor of the newsmagazine. Her favorite pastimes include eating peanut butter, swimming and walking her cat.

Maya Chu
Print Feature Editor

Maya Chu

(she/her) Maya is a senior and this is her third year on staff. She is the feature editor for print and is super excited for another great year. She loves to make Spotify playlists and pretend astrology is real. If you ever see her articles not use an...

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