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The Occidentalist

The Occidentalist

The Occidentalist

2020-2021 Staff

Ashley McFadden

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

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...

Shelbie Gray

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

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...

Ben Anderson

Ben Anderson

Ben Anderson is a freshman at West.  He decided to take newspaper just to get a head start on becoming a sports journalist. Ben's life revolves around sports and he plays and watches a lot of sports on a daily basis. Ben has...

Sammy Schaub

Sammy Schaub is a senior who decided to join the Occidentalist staff this year. She joined Newspaper as an extra class for her final year in high school to try something new. She wanted to see the different ways of writing stori...

Emma Hallock

Emma Hallock

Emma Hallock is a junior that joined the newspaper this year. She is a staff writer and a photo editor. She enjoys spending time with her siblings, going outdoors, and spending time with members of the Autism Spectrum Disorder...

Ava Whinnery

Ava Whinnery

Ava Whinnery is a freshman and this is her first year in newspaper. She is a staff writer who enjoys the outdoors, shopping, cooking, and spending time with loved ones. She joined newspaper because she enjoys writing and would li...

Kate Zanavich

Kate Zanavich

Kate Zanavich is a senior that joined the newspaper this year. She is a staff writer. She likes to hunt, fish and go out to shop. She is a part of the Early Childhood Education program and loves working with children. She hope...

Ava Nelson

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

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

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...

Anna Sperry

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...

Kristin Taylor

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....

Austin Davis

Austin Davis

Austin Davis is a freshman and this is his first year in newspaper. There’s nothing more enjoyable for him than reading a story he wrote himself. He loves reading and writing, especially when its about bringing awareness to...

Riley Ashbury

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...

Isabelle Baumann

Isabelle Baumann

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

Shep Slack

Shep Slack

Shep joined the staff senior year to write for the political opinion page in order to share his political opinion and values with others in the school and to have meaningful discussions with others about the current state of politics....

Arielle Jean

Arielle Jean

Arielle Jean is a senior who joined the Occidentalist staff in 2020 as a political columnist in order to continue her involvement in educating herself on political issues, and to gain experience in communicating her opinio...