The Student News Site of Traverse City West Senior High

The Occidentalist

The Occidentalist

The Occidentalist

Ashley McFadden

Ashley McFadden, Editor-in-Chief

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 the newspaper because she enjoys writing and wanted to improve those skills. She volunteers through Kiwanis Key Club and has made the honor roll with a 4.0 for the past three years. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing fictional stories, and hanging out with her family, though it has become hard to find time for most things with a full course load and AP classes.

All content by Ashley McFadden
Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Ashley McFadden, Editor-in-Chief May 26, 2022

  When I joined the Occidentalist my sophomore year I had no idea what I was getting myself into. In reality, I only joined because I knew it would look good on my transcript. On our first day when Ms....

Since its launch, the popular reading tracker has only grown in popularity.

Goodreads’ Side of the Story

Ashley McFadden, Editor-in-Chief February 17, 2022

  At some point between seventh and eight grade, the book community on YouTube grabbed me and said buckle up. It was then that I began recording what I was reading and what I was rating said books. Logging...

After overnight popularity, users continue to give the new reading tracker a chance.

StoryGraph’s Side of the Story

Ashley McFadden, Editor-in-Chief February 17, 2022

  Thanks to TikTok (specifically the “BookTok” side of the app), StoryGraph was popularized overnight during the summer of 2021. Not only is the app not in the hands of a company looking for more...

GoodReads vs StoryGraph: the Ultimate Battle of the Book Community

GoodReads vs StoryGraph: the Ultimate Battle of the Book Community

Ashley McFadden, Editor-in-Chief February 17, 2022

  In the book community, there has always been one dominating presence to track your reading, connect with bookworms from around the world and create discussion posts and online book clubs. Goodreads...

TCAPS Mask Mandate Moves Back to Mask Optional

Ashley Mcfadden, Editor-in-Chief February 15, 2022

  After the Jan. 10 TCAPS board meeting, the board members voted to follow the mandates set by the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department (BLDHD). This means “the decision that the TCAPS directive...

Spooky Season Reading Recommendations

Spooky Season Reading Recommendations

Ashley Mcfadden, Editor-in-Chief October 26, 2021

"House of Hollow" by Kathrine Sutherland      Iris Hollow and her two sisters go missing when their parents look away for two seconds on New Year’s Eve. One month later, they return to the same...

She’s the First Helps Girls First to Graduate Around the World

Ashley McFadden and Peter Worden September 29, 2021

  She’s the First (STF) club is only a chapter of the larger organization that aims to help girls who are the first in their families to graduate from high school. It’s a student-run club that has...

The Northwest Michigan fair will be open Aug. 8-14, most events still planned to occur

Going to the Fair

Ashley Mcfadden, Editor June 9, 2021

  Despite most major events that would draw tourists to Northern Michigan being canceled for a second time, the Northwest Michigan Fair is still planning on holding their typical events the week of Aug....

Senior Skyler Barfield smiles for her senior photos

Always Known

Ashley McFadden, Editor June 1, 2021

  The military isn’t always students’ first choice after high school. Some will join out of necessity, but others, like senior Skyler Barfield, it’s a career path they’ve always planned on. Barfield...

Review: A Standing Ovation for Kate In Waiting

Review: A Standing Ovation for “Kate In Waiting”

Ashley McFadden, Editor May 13, 2021

  Reader's like to say they couldn't put down a book, but I honestly couldn't. I read "Kate in Waiting" by Becky Albertalli cover to cover in nearly one sitting. I was so enveloped in Kate's story I didn't...

Jacob Bruesch (left) and Kass Caugh (right) work together on the construction of this year’s FRC robot photo: A. Mcfadden

Changing Gears

Ashley Mcfadden, Editor April 15, 2021

  In a normal school year, there would be more than 30 active clubs ongoing throughout the year, but due to COVID-19, there are only a handful of these clubs that are still meeting. The robotics team...

The Story Behind Black History Month

Ashley McFadden, Editor March 10, 2021

  Black history has largely been erased to fit a white narrative, and Black History Month (BHM) brings forward many of these Black stories and accomplishments during the month of February. BHM is not...

Recognizing Social Injustice

Ashley McFadden, Editor March 5, 2021

Black history has largely been erased to fit a white narrative, and Black History Month (BHM) brings forward many of these Black stories and accomplishments during the month of February. BHM is not typically...

Load More Stories

Comments (0)

All The Occidentalist Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest