The Black & White

2016-2017 Staff

Hanna Tanner

Hanna Tanner is a sophomore who loves to swim, eat pizza and wonder around Target. She is in her first year of Newspaper. If you ever need to find her she will probably be at home watching Grey's Anatomy or YouTube or is sometimes...

Jaden Neely

Jaden Neely '19 is on staff for his first semester.

Anika Schmitt

Anika Schmitt is a junior and this is her first semester on staff. She spends most of her time running or hanging out with friends. She really enjoys being around people and getting a 6-pack from laughing.

Hannah Short

Hannah Short is a junior whose name is a palindrome and who ironically matches the height description her last name holds. She shares an excitement for breakfast foods and can often be found wandering the aisles of Target. She...

Evan Newcomb

This is Evan Newcomb, he is a junior and he has been here for a little while (1 semester). He is a bit of geek as he loves Star Wars and playing video games. He also has a love of sports so great that he has to figure out which...

Noah Haynes

Noah Haynes '18 really loves sweatshirts and jackets. It is his first semester on staff.

Andrew Maresca

Andrew Maresca is a junior and it is his second semester on staff. He is a clumsy candle addict who likes to believe his life is as put together as his instagram account (@andrew.maresca). He enjoys photography and telling everybody...

Jacob Kim

Jacob is a senior who has been on newspaper for three semesters. He is high-key a beast, and there are few that compare.

Mackenzie Beck

Mackenzie Beck is a junior and is on her first year with the Black & White. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, watching Chicago Bears football and boating with her family.

Edin Sehic

Edin Sehic is a senior, making his debut appearance on the Black & White staff. He got a mug only his momma could love. he's doing his literal best in life which ain't much, and it's not just you, even he's appalled by how ...

Bobby Bailey

Bobby Bailey is a senior who enjoys computers more than humans, but enjoys seeing the facts reported and checked. He isn't always right, but he's never wrong. It is his first year on the Black & White....

Sloan Meader

Sloan is a sophomore and this is her first year on the Black & White. She enjoys coffee, Jane Austen books, classic rock music and videos of pandas on slides.

Gretchen Lagerblade

Gretchen Lagerblade is a senior. She loves dancing, watching Netflix, and sleeping. Her favorite thing to watch on Netflix is "The Office." This is Gretchen's second year on staff. She is also involved in band, choir, and d...

Brooke Willis

Brooke Willis is a first year senior who spends most of her free time writing too much and playing too many video games. AP style writing kills her because the Oxford comma is her personal hero. She has been involved in the d...

Jessica McKee

Jessica McKee is a junior and it is her first year on the Black & White. She spends most of her time running, hanging out with friends, eating, or sleeping.

Justin Gard

Justin Gard is a senior and it is his first year on the Black & White. He is a talented singer that is not in choir. His favorite song is "Firework" by Katy Perry. He is an avid outdoors fan and has in fact caught Bigfoot....

Nick Irwin

Nick Irwin is a senior and has been on staff for two years. He's always tired, he's far too awkward, and he puts more thought into works of fiction than the real world. he can also be found at twitter.com/niccboiirwinkle instagram....

Shabana Gupta

Shabana is going on her second year with newspaper. The majority of her time is consumed by fantasy, which is why she's constantly covered in paint and clay dust.

Sophie Cordaro

Sophie Cordaro is a senior and this is her first year on the Black & White. She enjoys reading, eating, taking naps, spending time with her family, and marching band.

Grace Ballesteros

Grace Ballesteros is a sophomore best known for having an apparently hard-to-pronounce last name. She’s often too tired to talk to you so just know she’s not rude, she just doesn’t know how to go to bed before 11. She g...

Abby Nichol

Abby Nichol is a junior who enjoys playing soccer and eating sushi. She is in her first year of Newspaper. If you ever need to find her, she's probably at her house with her dog. Also, she loves to listen to Twenty One Pilots...

Jack Lucas

-Tennis Player -Drummer -Jedi Knight -Aspiring/Inspiring Rapper -Star Debater -Local Celebrity The only difference between me and Floyd Mayweather, is that I can get to the bottom of a story....

Katelyn Kempkes

Katelyn Kempkes is a senior and on her second year of staff. She has a wide range of interests but her favorites are petting dogs and watching movies. She does too many activities and is constantly stressed out as a result. Katelyn...

Mason Lillegraven

Mason Lillegraven is a senior who enjoys comic books and movies. Outside of school he can probably be found in any comic shops in the Des Moines area, spending time with friends or simply at home.

Angela Cai

Angela is a sophomore who puts the pro in procrastinate. She is involved in too many activities for her to handle, so she's pretty salty most of the time. Some of these activities include mock trial, show choir, dance, and b...

Anna Losen

As a senior, Anna’s hobbies include petting dogs, taking naps, doing makeup, crying and anything music related. She plays eight instruments and enjoys jamming out in her band. She drives a dark blue corolla, which happens to be ...

Matthew Berry

Matthew was born with hair on his chest, has a handle bar mustache, mows lawns with the teeth of his vanquished enemies, tells the sun to get up when he is ready, gives his GPS it directions, ties fly fishing lures with one hand...

Ben Lunn

He is, the most interesting man in the world. He doesn't always eat, but when he does he eats food. He's so weak he can lift 5000 pounds. He doesn't always live, but when he does he lives dangerously. U2's favorite band is him. He o...

Molly Hauser

Molly Hauser is a senior and this is her third year on the Black and White. She likes alternative music, Netflix and anime/manga. She also can't wait for this year to end and to leave behind all the "haters". Molly likes Engli...

Kennedy Stone

This is Kennedy Stone, she is a senior this year. Daughter of the legendary Billy Jean Jackson Stone. She spends most of her time singing, writing, watching anime, or playing video games. When she is not doing that, she is wondering...

Will Reiher

Will Reiher is a senior on his fourth year with the newspaper staff. He enjoys Netflix, Mac and Cheese, video games, and soccer. He may not have paper towels, but at least he has tiny Fire J's on his soap dispensers....

Kathryn Ikeda

Kathryn is a senior who loves napping and caramel lattes. It is her fourth year on the newspaper staff. She loves bad puns, dogs and social justice, though not necessarily in that order.  She can be contacted at ikeda.kathryn@jdrago...

Erin Bockenstedt

Erin is a senior and a staff member on the Black & White. She likes to watch movies and her favorite is Guardians of the Galaxy. Her favorite TV show is Parks and Recreation because it makes her laugh when she feels sad. S...

Bryce Schulte

Bryce Schulte '17 has been on staff for three and a half years. He loves eating Pancheros while working on his assignments, as well as watching Project Runway and RuPaul's Drag Race. Don't hesitate and follow him on the following...

Kitarrah Mangra-Dutcher

Kitarrah Mangra-Dutcher is a senior. She is The Black & White's photo editor and part of the High School Science Olympiad team. She is also a mentor for the Youth Leadership Initiative class of 2017. She enjoys watchin...