The X-RAY

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2022-2023 Staff

Sophia Smallwood
Editor in Chief

Sophia Smallwood

Sophia is excited to begin her second year on X-ray as a junior at STCE. Sophia is a two-time published author, with her first book titled “The Essence of Her” and her second book written in both English and Spanish, "Con...

Nia Cocroft
Editor in Chief

Nia Cocroft

Nia is a junior at East and it is her third year on the X-ray staff. After assuming the role of News Editor last year as a sophomore, she has moved up to an Editor in Chief for the 2022-2023 school year.

Brynn Copp
Features Editor

Brynn Copp

Brynn is a sophomore and second-year member of the X-ray staff. She´s excited to take on being Features Editor this year and compete in IHSA! In her free time, she loves to read, write and play guitar.

Noah Wang (pictured on left)
Artist

Noah Wang

Noah (left) is a freshman at East, and it is his first year on the X-ray staff as a comic artist. His first comic, titled ¨Rush Hour at East¨ was published in X-ray´s September 2022 issue. Outside of illustrating comics, Noah...

Yzabelle de Luna
Artist and Staff Writer

Yzabelle de Luna

Yzabelle is a sophomore at East and it is her first year on the X-ray staff. She is most interested in the News, In-depth and Features sections, as well as digital art. Her first collaborative story--regarding D303´s recent switch...

Jenna Hubbard
Staff Writer and Photographer

Jenna Hubbard

Jen is a sophomore at East, and it is her first year on the X-ray staff. They began their time on staff with two investigative news pieces regarding the ongoing nationwide bus shortage. "I'm thrilled to be on the staff and hope...

Lillian Robles
Staff Writer and Photographer

Lillian Robles

Lillian is a freshman this year at East and is excited to begin her journalism experience on staff. She is most interested in writing in the In-Depth, Entertainment and Features sections. In addition to writing, Lillian is in...

Aarav Jiyanj
Staff Writer and Photographer

Aarav Jiyanj

Aarav is a sophomore at East, and it is his second year writing for the X-ray. So far, he has written primarily in the Sports and Entertainment sections, although he is also interested in editorial and sports photography. Outside...

Emily Olson
Staff Writer and Photographer

Emily Olson

Emily is a senior at East, and it is their first year on the X-ray staff. They are most interested in the Features and Entertainment sections. Their first story--a review of Elvis--was published in X-ray's September 2022 issue. O...

Cassidy Flanagan
Staff Writer and Photographer

Cassidy Flanagan

Cassidy is a freshman at East, and it is her first year on the X-ray staff. They are most interested in the Entertainment and Features sections, and their first collaborative story--covering Homecoming Small Games--was published...

Lauren Voigt
Staff Writer

Lauren Voigt

Lauren is a freshman at East and first-year member of the X-ray staff. She is most interested in writing for the In-depth and Features sections of the paper. Outside of X-ray, she enjoys dancing and is looking forward to joining ten...

Evan (far left)
Staff Writer

Evan Luxton

Evan (far left) is a freshman at East and first-year member of the X-ray staff. He is most interested in the entertainment section, having written reviews for movies including "The Mist." Outside of X-ray, Evan enjoys playing...

Ava Brucal
Staff Writer

Ava Brucal

Ava is a junior at East, and it is her second year on the X-ray staff. She is most interested in writing Features, In-Depth and Entertainment pieces. She is also on the Halo yearbook staff, likes fashion, enjoys making jewelry...

Evan Lagana
Staff Writer

Evan Lagana

Evan is a sophomore at East, and it is his second year writing for X-ray. He focuses much of his writing in the Sports section of the paper. Outside of X-ray, Evan enjoys playing video games, hanging out with friends and pole-vaulting.

Nishi Patel
Staff Writer

Nishi Patel

Nishi is a junior, and it is her first year on the X-ray staff. Prior to The X-ray, she had experience working on her school magazine. In her free time, she loves to read and enjoys art. Nishi is a published author, and her first...

Anthony Herrera
Staff Writer

Anthony Herrera

Anthony is a freshman at East, and it is his first year on the X-ray staff. He is most interested in the News, Features and Opinion sections. His first story, ¨' Listen, Learn and Return' at D303¨ was published in X-ray's September...

Maggie Gorham
Staff Writer

Maggie Gorham

Maggie is a senior at East, and it is her first year on the X-ray staff. She is most interested in the In-depth, Entertainment and Opinion sections. Outside of X-ray, she is an artist, with her media of choice being watercolor....

Aundrea Woods
Staff Writer

Aundrea Woods

Aundrea is a sophomore at East, and it is her first year on the X-ray staff. She is most interested in the News and Opinion sections. Her first story--an update on the Pheasant Run fire--was published in X-ray´s September 2022...

Valerie Barrett
Staff Writer

Valerie Barrett

Valerie is a sophomore at East, and it is her first year on the X-ray staff. She is most interested in the Opinion, Entertainment and Features sections. Her first collaborative story--regarding D303´s recent switch to Schoology--will...

Leslie Ladowski
Adviser

Leslie Ladowski

Leslie Ladowski is an English teacher at East. She has taught here for a total of 20 years. She has been a yearbook adviser for five years and a newspaper adviser for five years. Some of her favorite parts of being a publications...

Jacob Stewart
Adviser

Jacob Stewart

Jake Stewart is an English teacher and instructional coach at St. Charles East High School; he has been teaching for 16 years.  He has been co-adviser to the newspaper since 2015. Mr. Stewart finds the most engaging part of worki...

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