WESS Side Stories

2020-2021 Staff

Elizabeth Alton
Editor-In-Chief

Elizabeth Alton

Elizabeth is an 11th grader at WESS, and this is her third 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 fact...

Elisha V
Arts and Entertainment Editor

Elisha V

Elisha is an 11th grader and going into her second year at WESS/NYC. She is the Arts and Entertainment section editor and a staff writer. She has lived in Hong Kong and is originally from London, so she enjoys writing about global...

Daisy Koffler
Sports Editor

Daisy Koffler

Daisy Koffler is an eleventh grader. She runs cross country/track for school and enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with friends. Daisy writes her own column of top ten lists on various subjects. She also writes for the...

Pia Sharma
Opinion Editor

Pia Sharma

Pia Sharma is a 11th grader. She is an author as well as the editor of the op-ed column of the newspaper. She's always loved to write and also loves dancing!

Jacqueline Lovci
Multimedia Editor

Jacqueline Lovci

Jacqueline Lovci has been a Newspaper correspondant for the past 3 years. She's written Articles in both the News, and Op-ed sections. She's so excited this year to head up the Multimedia department of the paper.

Tamara Houck
Digital Information Editor

Tamara Houck

Tamara's an eleventh grader at WESS, whose hobbies include dance, rock climbing, and playing with her dogs. She enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with friends. She is the head of the digital information managem...

Jasmine Sanchez
Copyeditor and Digital Information Management

Jasmine Sanchez

Jasmine Sanchez is an 11th grader who has a passion for debate, the law, and also enjoys playing tennis, piano, and crocheting in her free time. She is a copyeditor who reviews the structure and grammar of articles prior to th...

Digital Information Management

Talia Alton

I'm Talia Alton and I am an 8th grader. I enjoy soccer and art. I help control the instagram and website.   

Daisey Marciano
Digital Information Management

Daisey Marciano

Daisey Marciano is currently in the eighth grade. When Daisey is not in school, she loves to go on long runs outdoors, hang out with friends, and read books of her interest. Daisey is a part of the digital information managme...

Admin

Carly Belena

Carly Belena is a 10th grader at wess. She enjoys skiing, playing tennis, hanging out with her friends and writing. Carly is part of the admin section in newspaper and helps come up with article ideas. She is really excited to...

Maddie Bontempo
Admin

Maddie Bontempo

Maddie Bontempo is a 7th grader at WESS. Maddie enjoys reading, and does ballet five times a week. She is new to the newspaper, but excited to work there! Maddie will help out with admin tasks and portions of the newspaper. This...

Daniel Lwin
Multimedia Staff

Daniel Lwin

Daniel is a 7th grader, this is his first year at WESS. He recently joined the WESS Side Stories’ podcast, Upper WESS Side. He likes to play video games and video edit. He also recently created Upper WESS Side with his buddie...

Mirella B
Multimedia Staff

Mirella B

Mirella is a 10th grader. She enjoys photography, ice skating, and debating people on world issues. She is really excited to be a writer for newspaper! 

Kiki Dattoma
Multimedia Staff

Kiki Dattoma

Kiki Dattoma is a 11th grader. Kiki loves to make films and capture beautiful pictures with her free time. Kiki is also a competitive figure skater and loves to hangout with friends. Kiki is a part of the multimedia section in ne...

Eden Zamir
Multimedia Staff

Eden Zamir

Eden Zamir is an 11th grader who likes to be active by going on bike rides around Central Park and going swimming with family and friends. For newspaper she is in multimedia and helps write scripts for podcasts and taking photos ...

Patrick Klopp
Middle School Multimedia Staff

Patrick Klopp

Patrick is a 7th grader. He enjoys walking, skiing, and playing with friends. He is part of the Multimedia team on the WESS newspaper. Patrick loves white cheddar smartfood popcorn. 

Veronica Aliaga Vanderdy
Middle School Multimedia Staff

Veronica Aliaga Vanderdy

Vero is a  6th grader. She plays tennis for fun and loves to dance. She does  visual arts for the newspaper  but specifacitlly does photography. Veronica has meet Rafael Nada her role model and loves to travel with her family  ...

Macalister Strong
Middle School Multimedia Staff

Macalister Strong

Macalister Strong is a seventh grader who likes to play roblox and listen to podcasts for fun, Mac works in the multimedia department making podcasts and videos with the rest of the department about social media trends, racial awa...

Brandon C.
Middle School Multimedia Staff

Brandon C.

Brandon C. is in 6th grade and a triple threat. He is currently making history with WESS Side Stories’ first podcast, Upper WESS Side. He works in the multimedia section of the newspaper. A fun fact about Brandon is that ...

Lane Santoli
Staff Writer

Lane Santoli

Lane Santoli is an 11th grader. She loves music, mostly singing and playing guitar, but she also does some wiccan/spiritual practices like tarot reading, crystal healing, manifestation, etc. She also loves astrology and readin...

Madden Shuffler
Staff Writer

Madden Shuffler

Madden is an 11th grade staff writer. He enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and playing video games

Julia Kess
Staff Writer

Julia Kess

Julia Kess is a 9th grader. She enjoys theater, science, music, film and writing. She also enjoys going to Central Park. Julia is a reporter for the WESS Side Stories Newspaper. Julia’s favorite shows are Parks and Rec, Crimin...

Djeneba Sanogo
Staff Writer

Djeneba Sanogo

Staff Writer

Jose Carlos Serrano

Jose Carlos Serrano is a 9th 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...

Staff Writer

Casey Furey

Casey Furey is in her junior year at WESS. She enjoys learning new things, drawing, debating, running, ext. Casey writes for the news/reporting side of the newspaper, and is very excited to start writing as it is her first year...

Catherine Auerbach
Staff Writer

Catherine Auerbach

Catherine is an 11th grader. She enjoys writing, playing guitar, cooking, and hiking with her dogs. You’ll likely find her hanging out in Riverside Park in her free time, possibly with a bubble tea in hand. Catherine is excit...

Michael Lubin
Staff Writer

Michael Lubin

Michael Lubin is an 11th grader. He plays sports in his spare time. He is a Sports Writer for the paper. He thinks, sleeps, and breathes sports.

Yelnur Abdushev
Staff Writer

Yelnur Abdushev

Yelnur is a 10th grader at WESS, and it is his 4th year working on the school newspaper and  his 1st year on the WESS newspaper staff. He enjoys writing about real world problems and raising awareness in our community. For fun, he e...

Erlan Benedis- Grab
Staff Writer

Erlan Benedis- Grab

Erlan is a 11th grader. He enjoys gaming and reading about history and politics. Erlan writes opinion articles for the newspaper mostly about current affairs.

Staff Writer

Ruby Sklar

Ruby Sklar is a 11th grader at West End Secondary School. She enjoys tutoring 1st graders at a local public school, playing volleyball, and being a youth leader for Integrate NYC. In the newspaper club, she is a reporter that ke...

William French
Staff Writer

William French

William French is an 11th grader. This is his first year on the newspaper staff and he looks forward to contributing creative work. He studies game design and computer science. He also loves to write poetry and experiment with...

Simone Schwartz
Staff Writer

Simone Schwartz

Simone Schwartz is a 10th grader. For fun, she enjoys playing for her soccer team and likes discussing current events. She writes for the reporting column. She is excited to be writing for the newspaper this year!

Eloise Gordon
Staff Writer

Eloise Gordon

Eloise Gordon is a 9th grader at West End Secondary. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies and acting. As a reporter of WESS side stories, Eloise reports on current events around the world and in WESS. Eloise a...

Emily Kaplan
Staff Writer

Emily Kaplan

Emily Kaplan is an 11th grader. She likes playing tennis, reading, writing, and biking. She is a reporter for the newspaper. She loves animals, especially cats, elephants, and goats. 

Annabelle Alton
Staff Writer

Annabelle Alton

Annabelle Alton is an 11th grader at WESS. Every now and then she enjoys skiing and writing. Annabelle works in admin to help draft article ideas for other reporters to write about. A fun fact about Annabelle is that she has a twi...

Bella Bursor
Staff Writer

Bella Bursor

Bella Bursor is an eleventh grader. She enjoys baking, making her own pasta, crocheting, and playing with her dog. She writes articles for the wess newspaper usually in the A&E section. One fun fact about her is that she ...

Pilar Gomes
Staff Writer

Pilar Gomes

Pilar is in 11th grade and she loves to play soccer and paint. She would love to do photography for the newspaper as well as writing fun articles for the student body to enjoy! She would love to write interactive as well as interesting...

Mia Blattmachr
Staff Writer

Mia Blattmachr

Mia Blattmachr is an 11th grader who loves to play volleyball. Mia is a writer for WESS Side Stories. A fun fact about her is that she was born on Friday the 13th!

Middle School Staff Writer

Sahara Bullington

Sahara Bullington is a 6th grader. Sahara loves to play soccer and she has a passion for sports in general. She enjoys running with her friends. Sahara also loves dogs, she has been around them since she was a baby, she recen...

Yaretzi Guerrero
Middle School Staff Writer

Yaretzi Guerrero

Yaretzi's mom is from Ecuador. She was born and raised in the United states. She has loved to read and write since she was a little girl. Her old school was Ps 84 Lillian Weber School. Yaretzi is a 6th grader. One of her hobbie...

Emmanuelle Blanchard
Middle School Staff Writer

Emmanuelle Blanchard

Emmanuelle Blanchard is a 6th grader. She loves to draw, hike, and bike.  Emmanuelle and her family normally go up to New Hampshire to enjoy the outdoors.  She likes to write stories on Google Docs, and then share her storie...

Sophia Houck
Middle School Staff Writer

Sophia Houck

Sophia Houck is a 7th grader at WESS. She loves spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys horseback riding and dancing. Sophia has two dogs that she loves sending time with!

Aleeyah Slater
Middle School Staff Writer

Aleeyah Slater

Aleeyah Slater is an 8th grader at WESS. She enjoys reading, writing, and playing with her cats in her free time. Aleeyah writes mostly Op-ed pieces and fiction stories for the WESS newspaper. When she grows up, she wants to be a...

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