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Isabelle Baumann

Isabelle Baumann, Local News Editor/Social Media Manager

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 newspaper, she is a varsity rower for the Traverse City Tritons and is president of the National Honors Society here at West. She decided to do Newspaper because she is interested in journalism and wanted to strengthen her writing skills. In her spare time, she enjoys going on walks with her dog, listening to music, and hanging out with her friends. 

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Junior Hannah Johnson and ensemble in Money Money Money.

“Take a Chance” on West’s Spring Musical

Isabelle Baumann, Local News Editor/Social Media Manager March 18, 2022

  After having to do a smaller production last year for their spring musical, West Senior High’s theater department wanted to deliver something special this year, and with their adaption of the Broadway...

Misogynistic Comments Begin to Wear Down Female Athletes

Isabelle Baumann, Local News Editor/Social Media Manager February 17, 2022

  It's a Friday night and the gym is filled with hundreds of Bleacher Creatures decked out in costumes for the men’s basketball game, they erupt in cheer after every basket, perform memorized chants,...

SOUR Album Review

“SOUR” Album Review

Isabelle Baumann, Editor June 16, 2021

On May 21, 2021 Olivia Rodrigo released her debut album "SOUR," an alternative rock masterpiece that quickly ascended to number one on the Billboard 200. Rodrigo first gained popularity after releasing...

Traverse City Community comes together for Earth Day 2021

Traverse City Community comes together for Earth Day 2021

Isabelle Baumann, Editor April 22, 2021

  Each year many people, organizations, and communities come together to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. The holiday was created in 1970 to educate citizens about environmental issues and encourage them...

Weekly COVID-19 Testing for Student Athletes

   On March 19, 2021, Gov. Whitmer issued an order stating that all student-athletes ages 13 to 19 must get a weekly COVID-19 rapid test in order to participate. There have been many mixed feelings...

Cultural Confections – Pistachio Baklava

Isabelle Baumann, Editor April 14, 2021

  Baklava is a traditional dessert with its first form coming from the Assyrian Empire, around 800 BC. Great British Chefs, an online community of “passionate food lovers,” explains that this first...

Curriculum Changes Within TCAPS In Response To Black Lives Matter

Isabelle Baumann, Editor March 5, 2021

   During the Black Lives Matter movement that took place this past summer, a petition created by former Traverse City Central High School student,  Ashley Ko,  encouraged TCAPS to make...

Black History Month and Downtown Businesses

Isabelle Baumann, Editor March 4, 2021

In response to the Black Lives Matter movement this summer, many businesses made statements pledging to be inclusive, educated, and aware in order to hope end the discrimination and inequalities that are...

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