The X-RAY

  • May 25Class of 2021--Be sure to complete the X-ray's senior survey!
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  • May 25Congratulations, Class of 2021!

2020-2021 Staff

Jeff Pape
Editor-in-Chief

Jeff Pape

Jeff is now a senior who has been serving as Features Editor on X-ray for the past two years.  He says of his work, "I'm known on staff for my love of big words and philosophical sounding language, but equally I love a good r...

Katie Kempff
Editor-in-Chief

Katie Kempff

Katie is currently a junior who has been on the X-Ray for all of her years at East, and now holds the position of co-Editor. Katie participates in a number of other extra-curricular activities, including the track, diving, and spee...

Harry Graham
News Editor

Harry Graham

Harry is a junior and is a staff writer and news section editor for X-ray. This is his third year on the staff. Of his X-ray experience, he says, "I really enjoy journalistic and informative writing because it allows me to learn...

Serena Thakkar
Features Editor

Serena Thakkar

Serena is a junior who has been a part of the X-Ray for all her years at East. She is the Features Editor  this year, and her favorite part about X-Ray is getting to learn about others through interviews. Along with journali...

Chloe Ladines
Graphics Editor

Chloe Ladines

Chloe is now in starting her third year on the X-ray staff. She likes to write news stories. She also likes to draw. She was planning to compete in the editorial cartoon and advertising events at Sectionals this year, but our ...

Jaden Venziano
Photographer

Jaden Venziano

Jaden is a junior and is in his third year on the newspaper staff. He has worked on sports and entertainment, but this year he is focusing on photography for the X-ray.

Dom DiPalermo
Photographer

Dom DiPalermo

Dom is a senior at East and has been on the X-ray staff since his freshman year. He is an accomplished photographer who also works on the school's yearbook. In 2019, he qualified for IHSA state competition in the Photo Storytel...

Kai Huang
Staff Writer

Kai Huang

Kai is a junior at East, and it is his first year on the X-ray staff. He says, "I’m excited to get involved in a new club and discover a new passion for journalism.”

Quinn Sidor
Staff Writer

Quinn Sidor

Quinn is a Junior at East. He is passionate about movies and music, and enjoys writing and reading. This is his first year on the X-ray staff, but he has been a longtime reader and is excited to join the team.  ...

Jazmin Morales
Staff Writer

Jazmin Morales

Jazmin a sophomore on staff. She loves writing stories about entertainment and politics. She’s the parliamentarian for the Sophomore student council and usually spends her free time walking around Saint Charles while listening...

Max Nawa
Staff Writer

Max Nawa

Max is a freshman on the staff this year. He enjoys writing about video games.

Nia Cocroft
Staff Writer

Nia Cocroft

Nia is a freshman at East and so it is her first year on the X-ray staff. She started off her newspaper career with a column in the Opinions section about the impact and importance of remote learning. A highlight of her summer w...

Peyton Smith
Staff Writer

Peyton Smith

Peyton is a junior this and a third-year member of the X-ray staff. She enjoys working with the newspaper crew, but if you are looking for her after school, you will most likely find her working on the stage or set of the current...

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...

Christa Holes

Christa Holes

Christa is a junior who is in her first year on the newspaper staff. This year, she will be focusing on community service stories and Key Club news. 

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