The Occidentalist

The Student News Site of Traverse City West Senior High

The Occidentalist

The Occidentalist

2021-2022 Staff

Ashley McFadden
Editor-in-Chief

Ashley McFadden

Ashley McFadden joined The Occidentalist as a sophomore in the 2019-2020 school year. She was added to the Editorial Board her first year and became a page designer her second year. Now she's a Co-editor in chief. She joined ...

Alyssa Masiewicz
Editor-in-Chief

Alyssa Masiewicz

Alyssa Masiewicz is a senior and has been on The Occidentalist staff for three years now. She was on the Editorial Board her sophomore year and worked her way up to Editor-in-Chief her junior and senior years. She is on the Tra...

Delaney Cram
Opinion Editor

Delaney Cram

Delaney Cram is a junior and in her first year of newspaper. She is a writer and took the class to strengthen her skills. Delaney is involved in Math and Chess Club at school. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, an...

Anna Sperry
In-Depth Editor

Anna Sperry

Anna Sperry is a junior who has been writing for The Occidentalist for over two years. As she has learned more about journalism and writing, Anna has become a part of the Editorial Board and has learned how to page design. She...

Will Stanton
Local News Editor

Will Stanton

Will Stanton is a senior in his second year of newspaper. He enjoys playing videogames, reading books and looking at photos of apes online. He joined newspaper to get better at writing and editing.

Ella Rintala
School News Editor

Ella Rintala

Ella Rintala joined The Occidentalist as a freshman in the 2018-2019 school year. After going to school in Pennsylvania for two years, she is excited to be back on Occidentalist staff for her senior year. She joined the newspa...

Isabelle Baumann
A&E Editor

Isabelle Baumann

Isabelle Baumann joined the Occidentalist staff in 2020 as a staff writer and Editorial Board member. Currently, she serves as the Occidentalist's social media manager and is also the Arts and Entertainment editor. Outside of newspaper, s...

Anna Childs
Features Editor

Anna Childs

Anna Childs is a senior who has just joined the newspaper staff this year. Anna joined the newspaper staff to improve her graphic design skills and gain journalism experience. She is writing the liberal side of the “Taking S...

Kate Barnum
Sports Editor

Kate Barnum

Kate Barnum is a junior in her first year of newspaper. She enjoys writing and designing. She joined the newspaper to be more involved with what is going on in the school community. She also joined the newspaper to improve her wr...

Ainsley Rosenburg
Photo Editor

Ainsley Rosenburg

Ainsley Rosenburg is a senior in her first year of newspaper. She took this class to explore photojournalism and improve her leadership skills.  Ainsley enjoys photography, biking along Lake Michigan, and writing memoirs. After high...

Peter Worden
Staff Writer

Peter Worden

Peter Worden is a senior who joined The Occidentalist this year. He joined The Occidentalist staff to further strengthen his writing skills and hopes to learn what it means to work on a newspaper staff. He enjoys running cross ...

Mogen McAllister
Staff Writer

Mogen McAllister

Mogen McAllister is a senior in his first year of high school. He enjoys tennis, cooking and skiing. He joined the newspaper because he loves writing and wanted to be a part of a community built around that....

Lauren Tkach
Staff Writer

Lauren Tkach

Lauren Tkach is a sophomore in her first year of newspaper with the Occidentalist. She enjoys taking pictures and writing about current events, which is what made the class so appealing to her. In her free time, Lauren plays ...

Landon Foster
Staff Writer

Landon Foster

Landon Foster is a freshman in his first year of newspaper. He enjoys watching football, writing, and playing video games. He joined newspaper because for the past couple of years he has been writing his own newspaper and wanted to...

Koa Sheppard
Staff Writer

Koa Sheppard

Koa Sheppard is a freshman here at West and this is his first year in newspaper. Koa took this class because he is skilled at editing stories and looking for typos.

Eva Lawson
Staff Writer

Eva Lawson

Eva Lawson is a sophomore in her first year of newspaper. She enjoys social media and photography. Eva joined the newspaper to know more about school-related events and to become a better writer.

Emilia Shoemaker
Staff Writer

Emilia Shoemaker

Emilia Shoemaker is a sophomore in her first year of newspaper. She enjoys design and photography. Emilia joined the newspaper to become more involved with the school and to improve her writing skills. ...

Cici Copenhaver
Staff Writer

Cici Copenhaver

Cici Copenhaver is a sophomore who joined the Occidentalist newspaper this year. She enjoys photography and writing, and took this class to expand and better her skills in these subjects. Cici enjoys reading and biking in her free ...

Brenna Baldwin
Staff Writer

Brenna Baldwin

Brenna Baldwin is a sophomore in her first year of newspaper. She enjoys reporting school events and photography. Brenna joined the newspaper to feature more school events around the school in the newspaper and to learn more abo...

Elizabeth Nielson
Staff Writer

Elizabeth Nielson

Elizabeth Nielson is a junior in her first year on The Occidentalist’s crew after serving on the staff at their previous school. After high school, she plans on double-majoring in psychology and criminal justice. Along with wr...

Shelbie Gray
Staff Writer

Shelbie Gray

Shelbie Gray is a junior who joined The Occidentalist staff in 2020. Shelbie is a staff writer who enjoys digging a little deeper for her stories. She took the class because she loves to write and is thinking about pursuing a ca...

Lily Galnares
Staff Writer

Lily Galnares

Lily Galnares is a junior who joined newspaper sophomore year. Her current position  is a staff writer and graphic designer. Lily has a strong passion for art, specifically writing and drawing. Joining the Newspaper class has...

Ava Nelson
Staff Writer

Ava Nelson

Ava Nelson is a sophomore who joined the Occidentalist staff this year. She is a staff writer who also does some graphic design for the newspaper. She likes writing and hopes to learn more and continue being in newspaper throughout h...

Ella Smith
Staff Writer

Ella Smith

Ella Smith is a senior who joined The Occidentalist staff in 2020. She decided to take newspaper because she wants to be a journalist in the future. She’s a part of the National Honors Society, volunteers with the Human Right...

Wave Spence
Staff Writer

Wave Spence

Wave Spence is a junior who has been in newspaper for two years. She enjoys writing and the design aspects of the class. She joined the newspaper to strengthen her writing skills and to be more involved in the school communit...

Kristin Taylor
Staff Writer

Kristin Taylor

Kristin Taylor is a junior who has been in newspaper for three years. She is a staff writer and a lead page designer. She was trained in page design her freshman year and has been doing it ever since and she really enjoys it....

Riley Ashbury
Staff Writer

Riley Ashbury

Riley Ashbury is a senior who joined The Occidentalist four years ago. Throughout growing, she has learned what it means to be on a team and how to become not only a better writer but a stronger one too. Riley has joined the E...