WESS Side Stories

2021-2022 Staff

Elizabeth Alton
Editor-In-Chief

Elizabeth Alton

Elizabeth is an 12th grader at WESS, and this is her fourth year working as the head editor of WESS Side Stories. She enjoys writing about the different happenings of the WESS community as well as local news on the UWS. A fun...

Tamara Houck
Head of Digital Information Management

Tamara Houck

Tamara's a Senior at WESS, whose hobbies include dance, rock climbing, and board games. She enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with friends. She is the head of the digital information management department  and her...

Elisha V
Arts and Entertainment Editor

Elisha V

Elisha is a senior at WESS and is excited to be entering her third year in newspaper as an editor and reporter. Outside of school, Elisha also loves to draw, read, and ride her bike. 

Jacqueline Lovci
Multimedia Editor

Jacqueline Lovci

This is Jacqueline Lovci’s 4th year on staff. She's written Articles in both the News, and Op-ed sections. She's so excited to head up the Multimedia department of the paper for the second year, and continue to producing The...

Digital Information Management

Ainyr Benedis-Grab

Ainyr Benedis-Grab is a senior at WESS & is excited to join the WESS Newspaper Club. She enjoys her pottery class, free writing & listening to music.

Sydney Widensky
Digital Information Management

Sydney Widensky

Sydney Widensky is a Junior at WESS and she is excited to be joining the WESS newspaper this year. She is part of the DIM team for the newspaper, helping upload the bios, articles, as well as other technical aspects of the newspa...

Eden Zamir
Digital Information Management

Eden Zamir

Eden Zamir is a Senior at WESS who enjoys exploring, traveling and being part of the paper. She writes articles, formats the paper copy and helps with the website. She loves animals and hanging out with her pets. ...

Josephine Letchford
Multimedia Staff

Josephine Letchford

Josie Letchford is a freshman at West End Secondary School and has just joined the newspaper. She is a photographer/writer/reporter who would love to inform the school community about current news that impacts the students, and ...

Sonia Benowitz
Multimedia Staff

Sonia Benowitz

Sonia Benowitz is a 7th grader at WESS, and recently joined the newspaper this year. She works in the multimedia section, and is looking forward to writing/recording for WESS Side Stories newspaper. A fun fact about Sonia is that...

Brandon C.
Multimedia Staff

Brandon C.

Brandon C. is a WESS student co-hosting WESS Side Stories’ first podcast, Upper WESS Side. He has made other features with more on the way and currentling dipping his feet in writing articles. Brandon is also a triple threat...

Demie George
Multimedia Staff

Demie George

Demetra (Demie) George is a Junior at WESS, and she is excited to be joining the newspaper this year. She is a photographer and is looking forward to documenting and photographing the WESS community this year. A fun fact about Dem...

Daisey Marciano
Multimedia Staff

Daisey Marciano

Daisey is a Ninth-grader here at Wess. In Daisey’s free time she enjoys going on runs, reading, hanging out with family/close friends, freewriting, and trying out new baking recipes! For Newspaper, Daisey is a reporter and works ...

Daniel Lwin
Multimedia Staff

Daniel Lwin

Daniel is an 8th Grader at WESS, and he is excited to start his second year with the newspaper. He works with the multimedia team, co-hosting “Upper WESS Side '' with his peers, Mirella, Jackie, and Brandon. Daniel obsessively...

Mirella B
Multimedia Staff

Mirella B

Mirella B is a junior. She loves listening to music, reading, running, volunteering, and hanging out with friends. On the weekends, you can find her working on her short film sipping starbucks iced tea lemonade. This is her third...

Kiki Dattoma
Multimedia Staff

Kiki Dattoma

Kiki Dattoma is a senior at WESS and has been a member since the start! She is super excited to continue on with her journey. She is a part of the multimedia section for newspaper and is thrilled to work on new projects this ye...

Justin Marciano
Staff Writer

Justin Marciano

Justin Marciano is a 12th grader and is excited to join the newspaper this year. He enjoys watching/playing sports, fishing, reading, and videogames. Justin will mainly be covering the sports section whether it be WESS Athletics or...

Jack Collmer
Staff Writer

Jack Collmer

Jack Collmer is a Freshman at West End Secondary and is looking forward to helping out at the school newspaper this year! He is a reporter and is excited to keep the WESS population in the know on current events. Jack also lo...

Isabella Allensworth
Staff Writer

Isabella Allensworth

Isabella Allensworth is currently a freshman at west end secondary school and is thrilled to be joining the school newspaper this year. She is a photographer who is excited to be adding imagery to all the articles on the WESS...

Staff Writer

Alex Mitis

Alex is a photographer for wess. They are new to the school and really enjoy photography. They take photos and help people find the right photo for an article. They are Non-Binary and Greek.

Josie Letchford
Staff Writer

Josie Letchford

Josie Letchford is a freshman at West End Secondary School and has just joined the newspaper. She is a photographer and/or reporter who would love to inform the school community about current news that impacts the students, and ...

Staff Writer

Mollie Butler

Mollie Butler is a Junior at WESS, and is excited to be participating in the newspaper this year. She is a reporter and is looking forward to contributing to future articles about current events. A fun fact about her is that sh...

Isabella Kroll
Staff Writer

Isabella Kroll

Isabella Fraute Kroll is an 11th grader, and is excited to join the newspaper this year. She is a reporter/photographer, looking forward to exploring different ways to keep the wess community informed. A fun fact about Isabella...

Camilla Fiordaliso
Staff Writer

Camilla Fiordaliso

Camilla Fiordaliso is a junior at WESS, she’s excited to join the newspaper and keep WESS students informed about their school! She is a writer for WESS side stories and looks forward to keeping the WESS community up to date. ...

Staff Writer

Andrew Charles

Andrew Charles Klopp is a 10th grader at WESS. He enjoys playing video games, taking walks, and reading various DC and Star Wars comics. Some fun facts about Charles are that he has a dog named Cooper and he’s been at WESS ...

Staff Writer

Alba Medina

Alba Medina is a Senior at WESS, and is excited to bring her passions to the newspaper this year. She looks forward to keeping WESS updated on events happening around the WESS community, along with other fun and trending topics....

Madden Shuffler
Staff Writer

Madden Shuffler

Madden Shuffler is a Senior at WESS, who reports about issues important to the WESS student body. A fun fact about Madden is that he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Julia Kess
Staff Writer

Julia Kess

Julia Kess is a 10th grader in her second year writing for WESS Side Stories. Julia is a reporter. She looks forward to writing topical pieces. Julia is also in the Student Council. Julia likes comedy, music, and being a part...

Djeneba Sanogo
Staff Writer

Djeneba Sanogo

Djeneba Sanogo is a senior at WESS. She joined the club during her 11th grade year. I am a podcaster, and look forward to creating podcasts on diverse topics. A fun fact about Djeneba is that she loves going on hikes with her s...

Jose Carlos Serrano
Staff Writer

Jose Carlos Serrano

Jose Carlos Serrano is a 10th grader at WESS. He enjoys hiking with his family, playing baseball, and Stop Motion Animation. Carlos writes reviews for movies and books as well as writing about current events. A fun fact about Carlos...

Catherine Auerbach
Staff Writer

Catherine Auerbach

Catherine is a 12th grader. In the newspaper, she is a Staff Writer and also runs a bimonthly environmental column. She is especially interested in environmental conservation and politics. Catherine enjoys writing, playing guitar,...

Yelnur Abdushev
Staff Writer

Yelnur Abdushev

Yelnur is a junior at WESS, and it is his 5th year working on the school newspaper and his 2nd year on the WESS newspaper staff. He enjoys writing about real world problems and raising awareness in our community. For fun, he e...

Staff Writer

Ruby Sklar

Ruby Sklar is a Senior at West End Secondary School, this is her 3rd year being a part of the newspaper. She is a reporter that keeps the community updated on domestic and international issues that pertain to women. A fun fact ab...

Staff Writer

Eloise Gordon

Eloise Gordon is a sophomore at WESS. This is her second year as a reporter and she is very excited to continue writing for WESS Side Stories and keeping the WESS community up to date on important issues! A fun fact about her is...

Emily Kaplan
Staff Writer

Emily Kaplan

Emily Kaplan is a senior at WESS, she is a reporter and enjoys writing op-ed and feature articles. She has a cat with one eye named Pirate who she loves hanging out with.

Lousia Blakely
Staff Writer

Lousia Blakely

Louisa Blakely is a senior at WESS and is excited to be a part of the newspaper again. She will be doing photography along with articles about sustainability and the WESS community. A fun fact about Louisa is she loves chickens, n...

Bella Bursor
Staff Writer

Bella Bursor

Bella Bursor is a Senior at WESS. She reports on various topics for the WESS newspaper. She enjoys baking, reading, and playing with her dog.  

Pilar Gomes
Staff Writer

Pilar Gomes

Pilar Gomes is excited to finish her fourth year of newspaper! She wants to continue to write opinion pieces or interview students based on issues involving WESS and the outside world. A fun fact about her is that her favorite ...

Mia Blattmachr
Staff Writer

Mia Blattmachr

Mia Blattmachr is a Senior at WESS, and this will be her fourth year on the newspaper team. She is a reporter and also writes short stories. A fun fact about Mia is that she was born on Friday the 13th....

Devan Carey

Devan is a sophomore at WESS. She just joined the Newspaper this year and finds it very exciting. Devan wants to write for the newspaper in the sports section! Devan loves animals but isn't allowed to have a pet at her house.  S...

Dylan Rem

Dylan Rem

Dylan Rem is an 11th grader at West End Secondary School. He reports on current events at WESS, and how they reflect larger developments on the city, state, and national level. His hobbies include skiing, travel, and talking wit...

Annabelle Alton

Annabelle Alton

Annabelle Alton is a senior at WESS, and she has been in the newspaper for the past four years. In the past, she has helped to manage the West-Side-Stories website and works in the multimedia section. A fun fact about her is that sh...

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