Niles West News

2018-2019 Staff

Stephana Ocneanu

When she's not writing, Stephana is usually spending time with friends and family. She loves traveling, running, and playing with her dog.

Alma Duskic

When Alma isn't on her computer, she's probably listening to music or stressing about school. She also enjoys hanging out with her friends and family. ...

Alli Lipsit

When Alli isn't spending her after school hours running in track or cross country, she can be found spending time with friends and family.

JoJo Beiza

Ready for senior year, Jojo is still stressing over math. After school, she can be found at poms or orchesis practice. And in her free time, she continues to stress over math. 

Violet Gilbert

When she's not in class, Violet can be found building sets in the Black Box Theatre. She loves elephants, watching YouTube videos, playing with her cats, and hanging out with her friends.

Marija Kraljevic

Marija Kraljevic is the Arts and Entertainment and Photo editor for the NWN. When she's not dancing in her Croatian Folklore group, she's typically getting Starbucks and spending time with her friends and family.

Andrea Espino

She loves to watch Netflix, YouTube and eat (A LOT) during her free time when she’s not at practice. Her favorite food is Alfredo and she’s very excited to be apart of Niles West News! ...

Nadia Firozabadi

When she's not doing school or debate work, Nadia loves hanging out with friends, cooking, or eating fries. Nadia is a senior and a staff writer for the NWN. She also is apart of the debate team, is a tutor, member of senior cabinet,...

Emily Mendieta

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

One thing that will never leave Ethan’s life is sports, which is exactly why he took the role as the sports editor this year. It is Ethan’s senior year and second season with the NWN and hopes to keep the sports section in t...

Zubair Muhammad

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

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.