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2018-2019 Staff

Emily Mendieta

Staff Writer

This is Emily Mendieta's first year in Niles West News. When she's not taking pictures and writing stories, you can find her preparing for a speech for speech team. She loves keeping up with the latest fashion trends and binge-watching...

Ethan Carey

Staff Writer

Ethan Carey is a junior this year and it’s his first year on the news team. He likes writing for the sports section of the news and doesn’t love anything more than playing baseball and hanging out with his friends. ...

Zubair Muhammad

Staff writer/blogger

Zubair is a senior and this is his third year on the Niles West News staff as a reporter and food columnist. He likes cooking and being a part of many extracurriculars including national honors society, homeroom mentors, FCCLA,...

Stefan Simic

Staff Writer

Stefan plays water polo and does club swimming. In his free time he plays video games.

Mateo Acosta

Staff Writer

Mateo Acosta is a sophomore and is entering his first year with the NWN. In his free time, he loves to play sports, but more specifically, he spends most of his time playing soccer. When he is not spending time playing soccer in t...

Lucas Rochester

Staff Writer

Lucas Rochester is a senior, yet this is only his first year working as a staff writer. When he’s not busily typing away on his Chromebook, he’s probably hitting the gym or recording his next hit rap single at the studio....

Pavle Vuksanovic

Staff Writer

When Pavle is not competing with Math Team or Scholastic Bowl, Pavle enjoys wakeboarding and rewatching The Office. He's also a member of Cross Country, Swimming, and Water Polo.  

Alyssa Pagan

Photo Editor

This is Alyssa's first year on Niles West News. When she's not taking pictures for the site you can find her editing almost all of the photos that are put on the site. She enjoys dancing, skating, doing makeup all the time, and...

Julia Matuszek

Video Editor

When she’s not running around taking videos, Julia can be found in front of a screen critiquing the newest film, or in the photography room editing her newest project. She also loves playing water polo, going shopping, and hammo...

Lexi Lee

News Editor

This is Lexi’s first year writing for NWN. When she’s not doing school work or writing stories, she can be found swimming/playing water polo, hanging with friends, or hammocking.

Sarah Waters

Staff Writer

Sarah Waters began writing for the NWN as a junior this year. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading law reviews, cooking, and spending time with her cat, Simone.

Wyatt Zwik

Academics Editor

This is Wyatt's third year on the NWN, where he primarily writes about politics and music. When not writing for NWN, he enjoys debating international issues in Model United Nations, collecting vinyl, or getting lost in a science-fiction...

Sidney Hines

Features Editor

Sidney Hines is the features for the NWN. When she's not playing basketball or spending time with her friends, she's usually taking care of her dogs.

Divitya Vakil

Editor in Chief

When she's not writing for the NWN, Divitya can probably be found on the nearest couch taking a nap or binge-watching movies on Netflix. She loves playing soccer, petting random dogs on the street, and brunching.

Isa Gil

Social Media Editor

Isabella Gil is a writer and the social media editor for the NWN. This her third year on NWN. Aside from writing and covering events on social media, she is the president of her class and enjoys going out and hanging out with her fr...

Christina Lappas

Editor in Chief

When she's not studying or doing homework, Christina loves to hang-out with friends and sleep. She is excited to be the editor-in-chief as a senior and looks forward to a successful year.

Michael McKay

Sports Editor

Mike is new to the NWN, and when he isn't writing sports stories, he is out playing football and baseball with his teammates. He is a huge Cubs fan, and loves being around his family and friends.

Aila Durakovic

Staff Writer

Aila Durakovic is a very nice and chill girl. She enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. This is her first year on the Niles West News staff, and she hopes to be writing features and doing social...

Sam Galanopoulos

Digital Media Manager

Sam Galanopoulos is a very fun, athletic senior who enjoys being outside, spending time with her family, and playing basketball. This is her second year on staff, and she enjoys directing multimedia projects, writing features,...

Ella Ilg

Arts and Entertainment Editor

Ella is a staff writer for NWN and is actively involved in honors classes during school and theatre daily after school. At home, she enjoys writing, eating sushi from Jewel-Osco, and falling asleep to podcasts.