Makayla Karr-Warner, Editor-In-Chief
Makayla Karr-Warner is a senior at Woodside High School. She is the editor-in-chief of the Woodside World and this is her second year in journalism. She has recently been accepted to Boston University and plans to be a communications major.
She enjoys being with her family and friends on the weekend and rowing for NorCal crew. She has competed all over southern and northern California and plans to continue rowing at Boston University.
Makayla will miss Woodside, but looks forward to attending Boston University in the fall of 2013.
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Kathleen Sandoval, Student Life Editor
Kathleen Sandoval is currently a junior at Woodside, class of 2014. Kathleen has had some experience writing in a newspaper. She has had a passion for writing since she was in the third grade and would like to continue to write following up into her career as a journalist.
Before Woodside, Kathleen had attended a small private school in Menlo Park known as Nativity for 4 years. There she learned great writing skills and was given a chance to write for a small newspaper with her class. Her love for writing then carried into high school. English is one of her favorite subjects and she enjoys writing in that class as well.
When she is not in school, she enjoys playing softball and is currently on the Woodside Softball team. She has an amazing family that supports her and wants her to do her best. Kathleen is excited about working with the Woodside World and hopes that this year will be great and filled with new experiences in writing.
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Christopher Guillen, News Editor
Christopher Guillen is a Woodside High School senior, class of 2013. He was born in Los Angeles, CA and moved to the bay area in August of 2004. In 2004 Christopher went to Adelante Spanish Immersion School and then went to Kennedy middle school where he was honored with be on the principals honor roll. This is his first year in journalism, he has recently discovered that he wants to be a broadcasting and journalism major. This year he is the news editor he is very excited about this he feels like its the start of his upcoming career. He also loves writing and getting the public educated about issues about our school. He can’t wait to embark on the journey to college and his career.
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Maya Kuipers, Art Director
Maya Kuipers is currently a sophomore at Woodside, and will be graduating in 2015. She was a writer for the Woodside World last year, along with being the art editor and the green editor, and looks forward to writing for it again this year. She was born March 10, 1997 in Vancouver, Canada, in a suburb called Burnaby. She moved to California when she was 6 due to her dad’s job, but she misses Canada a lot (especially Tim Hortons).
Before Woodside, Maya attended Clifford Elementary. Her favourite subject in school is and has always been English, due to her love for writing. Something notable that Maya has done is getting a poem published in a book. She enjoys reading, writing, and hanging out with her friends. She also feels like she is writing a bio for a dating website right now.
Maya played competitive soccer for about 4 years, but doesn’t anymore because she is very busy with school; however, she still loves it very much. She hopes to continue writing in her future, and is currently working on writing a novel. She is very excited for writing for the Woodside World, and making it better than it was last year.
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Abby Taussig, Sports Editor
Abby Taussig is a sophomore at Woodside, class of 2015. She was born and raised here in Redwood City where she went to Adelante Spanish Immersion School and then Kennedy Middle School, where she was the valedictorian of her graduating class.
This is her second year taking journalism, and she has always been very interested in all types of writing. Last year she was the Arts and Entertainment editor and this year holds the position of Sports Editor. She looks forward to covering all of the sports at Woodside this year and ensuring that every team receives their due recognition.
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Mackenzie Bray, Arts and Entertainment Editor and Webmaster
Mackenzie Bray has known since she was eleven exactly what she wants to be: the author of something as amazing as the Song of the Lioness. However, she has quite a lot to do before she reaches that point, including being the Woodside World Webmaster, the Arts and Entertainment Editor, and finishing high school. She joined the Woodside World team in 2011 as a sophomore and intends to stick with it until she graduates. (Since she’s a senior now, it’s pretty likely that she will.)
She attended Corte Madera middle school four years ago, and placed in a poetry contest two years before that. She was also a judge for an online tournament, but she looks forward to doing something a bit more noteworthy in the future, like winning an online tournament.
Mackenzie enjoys writing, especially in the third person perspective, and her favorite genre is fantasy. She gushes about bands and shows that she likes (while also pointing out all of their flaws) and laughs at bad pictures of actors.
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Alexis Carlson, Staff Writer
Ever since Alexis Carlson was a young student, she knew that she wanted to be a writer, editor, or journalist. To prepare for this dream of hers, she knew that her elective for Freshman year had to be Journalism I. However, before she can reach the point of being a journalist, she has many other responsibilities and goals in high school, including being one of the best JV dance team captains, Freshman Class Secretary, and overall student she can be.
Alexis previously went to St. Raymond School for her Kindergarten through Eighth Grade years and has won 1st place for English in the Academic Decathlon as her biggest achievement, proving that English was and is her favorite subject. Despite the fact that she is Creole and most of her relatives live in New Orleans, Louisiana, she was born in Palo Alto and has been raised in the same house in Redwood City since she was born.
Alexis spends most of her time dancing, whether it be here at Woodside High School on the Dance Team or at the studio she has belonged to since she was seven years old, Captivating Dance by Nona. In her free time, she loves to cook for her family, watch TV, and listen to music (She never stops spending her money on iTunes). Family is key to Alexis, especially her brother, Gavin and her dog, Beignet.
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Luci Cerrillo, Staff Writer
Luci Cerrillo is currently a Woodside Freshman, class of 2016. She has had no previous journalism experience but has always had an interest in writing. She is looking forward to a very fun and exciting year in Journalism I.
Born at Sequoia Children’s Hospital, she has lived in Redwood City her entire life. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family but you will most likely find her face glued to her cell phone screen. Before coming to Woodside, she has attended private schools her entire elementary and middle school career. She was a student at Peninsula Christian School for elementary school and then went on to attend Redeemer Lutheran School for middle school.
Her favorite subjects include English and History. She also enjoys dancing and singing. She wants to go on to study theater and the performing arts after graduating from high school. She loves listening to music, shopping, and hopes to learn how speak Spanish and Italian. Luci is very excited about her upcoming years here at Woodside.
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Ben Gumbley, Staff Writer
Ben Gumbley is a sophomore at Woodside. He was a writer for his middle school paper, and his hobbies included reading and creative writing. Ben is interested in comparative religion, psychology, history, and art.
He was born in San Francisco. Ben prefers being in nature, small towns, and libraries, he also enjoys pranks, long summer days, hanging out with friends, and going to the movies. He wants to go to college and get a degree in writing, and looks forward to a career as either a teacher, architect, or small business owner, but will try to write and get his books published. Ben is also proud of his Irish heritage, and often mentions it. Finally, his favorite holiday is Halloween, and he always finds a creative way to celebrate it.
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Kenzie Humphries, Staff Writer
Kenzie Humphries is a sophomore at Woodside and will graduate in 2015. She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and moved to the Bay Area when she was three. She went to Children’s Day School in San Francisco until the third grade, going to Corte Madera Middle School from the fourth grade to the eighth grade. This is her first year taking Journalism, although she has been fascinated with writing and literature since a young age. She also finds it a little strange to speak of herself in third person, but she thinks this could become a regular thing. It’s strangely entertaining.
Among other things, Kenzie enjoys playing video games and writing in her spare time.
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Caleb Levine, Staff Writer
Caleb Levine is a freshman and is eager to be writing for the Woodside World. He says, it seems pretty cool and it was better than robotics. He hasn’t really had any past experiences with journalism but many of his former teachers say he’s an excellent writer. He is optimistic about his participation in the Woodside World and looking forward to working with the rest of his staff.
Caleb was born in New York, moved to Hell (New Jersey) at age 3, moved to California at age 8, moved back to Hell at age 10, and finally moved back to California this August. He has been to many a schools including six pre-schools, three elementary schools, and one terrible, terrible middle school. Along with moving a lot Caleb has accomplished some notable things. He has received the Joseph “Rex” Pott’s award for acting, started his own foundation to save the oceans and…yeah…
Caleb has many talents such as playing the drums and acting, but he doesn’t know how that will apply here… He’s a shark nerd and hopes to use his journalistic powers to raise awareness about overfishing and exploiting the oceans. Caleb also like Breaking Bad and talking in the third person.
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Leira Montemayor, Staff Writer
Leira Fae J. Montemayor is now a sophomore at Woodside High School for the school year 2012-2013. Leira is a member of the Church of Christ, a fighter, and a hundred percent Filipina. She just came here from the Philippines last April. She already competed in different writing contests in the Philippines like news writing feature writing, essay writing, and radio broadcasting.
Leira loves to eat, travel, surf, and spend her free time with her beautiful family. Her mother Fe Montemayor and father Ariel Montemayor were both filipinos too, they love their sons and only daughter so much that they decided to settle here and sacrifice a lot for their children, to have better futures. Leira was born on October 16 1996, in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines and was raised in the town of Lubao. Leira loves talking a lot and wants to be a TV reporter someday.
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Emily Orrego, Staff Writer
Emily Orrego is currently a sophomore at Woodside High School, graduating class of 2015. Although Emily has no previous journalistic experience she is eager to be a part of the Woodside World and begin something that could one day become her career. She has always enjoyed writing about interesting topics and dreams of the day she will be able to share her thoughts with the world.
Emily was born and raised in Redwood City, California. February 7, 1997. Before attending Woodside she went to Mckinley Middle School. There she took video, where her love for being on camera, producing daily morning shows, and reporting school events was born. Emily has been surrounded by wonderful people most of her life, who support her dreams, including two loving, Guatemalan parents and four annoying, but amazing siblings.
Outside of school, Emily enjoys cheer, eating, listening to music, and playing with her dog, which I might add, is the cutest thing ever! Her goals in life include: Moving to New York City after high school, attending Columbia and pursuing a career as a sports broadcast journalist, and eventually marrying Buster Posey. Before Emily goes off into the world to start her dream life she will continue showing off her Wildcat spirit . Be sure to expect her on your TV screens in no time!
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Haley Sheetz, Staff Writer
Haley Sheetz joined the Woodside World at the start of her senior year. She was born and raised in Redwood City and is excited to attend college next fall. She plans to attend a Junior College before transferring into a four year. Her goal is to major in creative writing.
Before attending Woodside, she went to St. Pius School, a small private school in Redwood City. She has enjoyed creative writing since the fourth grade. In the following years she completed a 300 plus page novel, which she then hated. However, she continues to enjoy writing and is currently drafting a new novel. She is excited to incorporate her writing into the Woodside World.
Outside of school, Haley enjoys film critique, reading, and horseback riding. She has been riding at Webb Ranch since she was nine, and currently leases a horse named Brownie. Her family is extremely supportive of all of her present and future goals. Haley hopes to gain a more intimate knowledge of writing through the journalism class and is excited for the year to come.