The X-RAY

2019-2020 Staff

Klara Barej

Klara is a senior and in her second year on the newspaper staff. She has written several columns for our "opinions" pages.

Valeria Rybkin

Valeria is a junior at East. She is a new recruit to the X-ray staff graphics team. She LOVES to doodle and draw.

Erik Anderson

Erik is a senior at East. He agreed to share his thoughts about The Last Dance series with the X-ray. So far he has escaped becoming an official staff writer.

Rachel Cornille

Rachel is a freshman on the staff. So far she has written several articles on the environment and assisted in news stories. Her most recent is a piece on this year's presidential election.

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

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...

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...

William “Harry” Graham

Harry is a sophomore and is a second-year staff writer for X-ray. Of his X-ray experience he says, "I really enjoy journalistic and informative writing because it allows me to learn about the topic myself, as well as convey information...

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...

Dylan Kissner

Dylan is a senior this year and was a new staff writer last year. He is interested in international affairs, politics, and economics. In addition to X-Ray, he says, "I enjoy being active in BSA Troop 80, learning guitar (emphasis on '...

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 ...

Quinn York

Quinn York is new to the staff this year. He loves animals, being outside and being active. He says, "Taking photos is one of my most favorite things to do, but I also love sing and playing my trombone."

Jaden Venziano

Jaden is a junior and is in his third year on the newspaper staff. He is currently working in graphics and entertainment.

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...

Olivia Furmanek

Olivia Furmanek is a junior at East and a member of the class of 2021. This is her first year on the newspaper staff, and, she says,  "I couldn't love it anymore than I already do. I am part of our school's Varsity Swim and Water...

Gabe Delaney

Gabe is a senior at East for the 2019-2020 school year. He took on the role of managing editor and continued to write stories and share his interests in music.

Claire Otte

Claire Otte is a senior this year and is looking forward to continuing her work as editor of the entertainment section. She loves pie charts!

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...

Katie Kempff

Katie is currently a juior 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...

Joseph Beeson

Joseph is a senior who started contributing to the X- Ray his freshman year as a staff writer. He followed  this up by working as the Entertainment Editor for the next two years. He presently is the co-Editor-in-Chief, along wi...

John Michelotti

John has been on the staff of the X-ray for all four years of high school after working as a staff writer and editor for Features for three years, and now focusing on the In-Depth spread, editorial, and general management. John, al...

Catrina Crones

Cat is one of the news editors this year on X-ray. She is a senior and in her second year on the staff, and her first year as an editor.  Last year she went to the IHSA state competition for journalism and competed in the news...

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