2020-2021 Staff

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


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...

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...

Serena Thakkar

Features Editor

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 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 ...

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.

Nia Cocroft

Staff Writer

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...

Rachel Cornille

Staff Writer

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.

Peyton Smith

Staff Writer

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

Staff Writer

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 '...

Jaden Venziano

Staff Writer

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

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...

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