Niles West News

2017-2018 Staff

Stefan Simic

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

Mateo Acosta

Mateo Acosta is a junior and is entering his second 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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah is a senior and is both the news editor and academics editor. This is her second year writing for the NWN. Her favorite things include her cat, sushi, and cute coffee shops. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sarahiwaters...

Vincent Bellissimo

This is Vincent Bellissimo's first year on the Niles West News. He loves making hype videos for different sports teams around the school and taking pictures. In his free time you can find him listening to country music or riding...

Sophia George

Sophia is the co-photo editor for Niles West News. She enjoys taking walks in the forest and likes to get fresh air. She is super excited to see what the new staff has to contribute to this years publication.

Sammy Butera

Sammy is a senior starting his third year on Niles West News, where he is the Media Editor in Chief. Outside of NWN, he can be found on the baseball field or listening to classical music to calm his nerves.  

Nicole Zelazko

Nicole Zelazko is the Arts & Entertainment editor for the NWN. When not playing for the school varsity volleyball and basketball teams, Zelazko enjoys exploring downtown Chicago and volunteering around the U.S. Zelazko spends ...

Abigail Davis

Besides being the features editor for the NWN, Abigail enjoys being involved in many other clubs at West, including High Fidelity, Dance Marathon, and Feminist Club.

Adisa Ozegovic

As a self-proclaimed book fanatic, senior Adisa Ozegovic enjoys re-reading David Sedaris' short stories in the late evenings while savoring her favorite Godiva orange and ginger-flavored dark chocolate bars. This is her second...

Nirvana Meseljevic

Nirvana Meseljevic is a junior who enjoys sleeping and watching Netflix in her free time. This year, she looks forward to participating in the photo section.

Diana Panoutsos

Diana is the current sports editor of the NWN. When she isn't writing, she enjoys listening to country music with the windows down and playing soccer.

Michelle Carrillo

Michelle Carrillo is one of the video editors for Niles West News. During her free time, Michelle enjoys playing soccer and making sculptures for her AP ceramics class. 

Grace Geraghty

Grace is a senior in her third year on Niles West News, where she is the Editorial Editor in Chief. Outside of NWN, she can be found figure skating, at one of her many clubs, or sleeping to avoid her responsibilities.

Sonja Malek

Sonja is a senior and the head of a brand new section, as well as the self-proclaimed 'voice of the nerds' on the NWN. She enjoys reading, spending time with her adorable boxer lab puppy, and messing around with Adobe Photoshop...

Wyatt Zwik

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...

Teodora Simic

Teodora Simic is a senior in her second year on NWN. She enjoys fashion, reading, and playing tennis. These past couple summers she’s spent traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with her friends. She’s excited to...

Sidney Hines

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

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

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...

Jena Lazar

This is Jena Lazar's first year on the Niles West News. She loves making short films in her free time and has had a passion for it since she was younger. When she's not doing that, she usually enjoys hanging out with friends,...

Christina Lappas

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

Mike heads the Niles West Sports Network, 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

I'm the social media editor for the program this year. This is my third year on the staff. My favorite TV shows are The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Outside of school, I play club and school soccer.

Katerina Paulos

Katerina Paulos is a very fun and energetic Junior. She enjoys fashion, makeup, and playing volleyball in her free time. This will be her second year on staff and looks forward to becoming a photo editor second semester. 

Sam Galanopoulos

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

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.

Aleksandar Stosovic

Aleksandar Stosovic is a senior in his first year as a staff writer for Niles West News. Other than writing, he enjoys watching Bob Ross painting videos and playing dominos.