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Bailey Kasal

This year is Bailey Kasal’s first semester in Journalism. In Journalism she is a page designer and enjoys how the class period flows among her peers. Outside of Journalism, Bailey is extremely involved in high school student consuel. After highschool she wants to study criminology. If Bailey could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Czechoslovakia to meet her great grandma who immigrated from there. Her favorite Netflix show is Call the Midwife. If she could live with only one social media platform it would be Instagram. When asked if she saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that she saw the white and gold dress in the photo.

Katie Probasco

This year is Katie Probasco’s first semester in Journalism. Her role in journalism includes being an editor and photographer and enjoys the positive atmosphere during the journalism class period. Katie is involved in volleyball in the fall, wrestling cheerleading in the winter, and works at the DK in the summer. After highschool she wants she wants to attend DMACC for dental schooling. If Katie could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Bora Bora because she just wants to be on the beach. Her favorite Netflix show is The Office. If she could live with only one social media platform it would be Snapchat. When asked if she saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that she saw the black and blue dress in the photo.

Michael De Jong

Michael De Jong has been in Journalism for one semester and his roles include being a part of the public relations committe and working on the new Journalism website. He enjoys his other enthusiastic classmates during the Journalism class period as there's always something new to talk about. Michael is involved in band, FFA, trapshooting, and speech & drama. He wants to continue his education after highschool by attending Iowa State University and majoring in industrial engineering. If Michael could travel anywhere in the world he would to Australia to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef. His favorite Netflix show is The Walking Dead. If he could live with only one social media platform it would be Snapchat. When asked if he saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that he saw the white and gold dress in the photo.

Brianna Massengale

This year is Brianna Massengale’s first year in Journalism. Her role within Journalism includes working with Chloe Latcham on organizations and clubs in addition to page design and photography. She enjoys the Journalism class period because of the other students in the class and how Mrs. Van Gorp cares about each and every student. Brianna is involved in track, volleyball, and works at DK in the summer. She also wants to continue her education and attend college for elementary education. If Brianna could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Bora Bora because it is beautiful and she loves warm destinations. Her favorite Netflix show is Grey’s Anatomy. If she could live with only one social media platform it would be Facebook. When asked if she saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that she saw the black and blue dress in the photo.

Cole Watts

This year is Cole Watts’ first semester in Journalism. His role in Journalism includes being a photographer and doing the dirty work. His favorite part about the Journalism class period is being able to socialize and have fun in class “... as well as getting stuff done”. Cole is involved in football, basketball, baseball, and always beats Nolan Havarn in chess. After high school he wants to go to college to be a professional table tennis trainer. If Cole could travel anywhere in the world he would go to Bloomington, IL because it is home to the largest Dairy Queen. His favorite Netflix show is the Benchwarmers. If he could live with only one social media platform it would be Snapchat. When asked if she saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that she saw the white and gold dress in the photo.

Trey Shearer

This year is Trey Shearer’s first semester in Journalism. He is a photographer and page designer and enjoys spending time with his buddies in class. Trey is involved in football, basketball, track, and likes causal mud wrestling with his best buddy, Cole. After highschool he wants to attend college to play basketball. If Trey could travel anywhere in the world he would go to Deep River, Iowa because there’s nothing more beautiful than Deep River. His favorite Netflix show is Division 3 Football’s Finest. If he could live with only one social media platform it would be Twitter. When asked if he saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, he stated that he saw the black and blue dress in the photo.

Madelyn De Jong

This is Madelyn De Jong’s first year in Journalism. Her role in Journalism includes being a page designer and a photographer. Her favorite part of Journalism class is creating something that people will be able to keep and look back on forever. Madelyn is involved cross country, basketball, track, speech & drama, and FFA. After highschool she wants to attend college and major in agriculture business. If Madelyn could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Italy because she loves history and architecture. When asked about her favorite Netflix show she responded with “Um… I read books? Lol”. If she could live with only one social media platform it would be Snapchat. When asked if she saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that she saw the black and blue dress in the photo.

Ashlyn Krousie

This is Ashlyn Krousie's first year in Journalism. In Journalism, her roles include being a page designer and photographer. Her favorite part of Journalism class is expressing her creative ideas on the pages she designs. Ashlyn is involved in volleyball, basketball, track, and the musical. She wants to continue her education and attend college in major in business or interior design. If Ashlyn could travel anywhere in the world she would go to French Polynesia because it’s beautiful, peaceful, and unique. Her favorite Netflix show is Friends. If she could live with only one social media platform it would be Snapchat. When asked if she saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that she saw the white and gold dress in the photo.

Adam Cheney

This is Adam Cheney’s first year in Journalism. His role in Journalism is being a page designer and enjoys it because he gets to know what is going on in the school, year round. Adam is involved in football, basketball, golf, FFA, 4-H, and 4-H county council. After highschool he wants to attend Iowa State for agriculture business. If Adam, could travel anywhere in the world he would go to Texas because he wants to be a cowboy. His favorite Netflix show is Hawaii Five-O. If he could live with only one social media platform it would be Facebook. When asked if he saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, he stated that he saw the white and gold dress in the photo.

Sami Broadston

Sami Broadston has been in Journalism for one year. Her role in Journalism includes being a photographer and page designer. Her favorite part of Journalism is having met new friends which makes up a part of a bigger family. Sami is involved in Football, Cheerleading, speech & drama, and Golf. After highschool she would like to become an elementary teacher. If Sami could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Bora Bora because it is a beautiful place. Her favorite Netflix show is Friends. If she could live with only one social media platform it would be Snapchat. When asked if she saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that she saw the white and gold dress in the photo.


Kylee Taylor

This year is Kylee Taylor’s first semester in Journalism. Her role in Journalism includes being a part of the public relations committee and enjoys getting to work in a positive, hard working, environment. Kylee is involved in Basketball, Volleyball, Track, National Honor Society, and Student Council. After highschool she wants to attend DMACC for dental hygiene. If Kylee could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Bora Bora because she loves warm weather and the beach. Her favorite Netflix show is Grey’s Anatomy. If she could live with only one social media platform it would be Snapchat. When asked if she saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that she saw the black and blue dress in the photo.


Amber Lechtenberg

Amber Lechtenberg has been in Journalism for one semester now. Her role in Journalism includes being the sport page designer and enjoys the freedom and laid back environment. Amber is involved in cheerleading, dance team, speech & drama, pep band, National Honors Society, and student council. Amber wants to continue her education after high school by attending UNI for interior design. If Amber could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Spain because it’s beautiful, has old history, and is fascinated by the culture. Her favorite Netflix show is The Office. If she could live with only one social media platform it would be Snapchat. When asked if she saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that she saw the black and blue dress in the photo.


Alyssa Cline

Alyssa Cline has been in Journalism for a semester now and her responsibilities include page layout, photography, and decorating. She enjoys the Journalism class period because of the people who are also involved in Journalism, which makes it fun for her. Alyssa is involved in cross country, basketball, track, student council, spanish cub, and speech & drama. After highschool she wants to major in education and become a kindergarten teacher. If Alyssa could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Africa to help the kids in need. Her favorite Netflix show is One Tree Hill. If she could live with only one social media platform it would be Snapchat. When asked if she saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that she saw the white and gold dress in the photo.

Ms. Van Gorp

Ms. Liz Van Gorp has been involved in Journalism for three years now. Her role in Journalism includes being the advisor, supervisor, and (honestly) CEO of the Journalism staff. Her favorite part of Journalism is getting to work in conjunction with her staff to make the best yearbook possible. When asked what she wanted to do after high school through this general survey, Ms. Van Gorp responded with “lol”. Outside of school Ms. Van Gorp is involved in an orchestra as a violin player and a small group leader at church. If she could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Peru-Machu Picchu. She would go there because it’s a historical site on top of a mountain where you can climb to see and pet llamas that live at the top. Her favorite Netflix show is Parks and Rec. If she could live with only one social media platform it would be “NONE” of them. When asked if she saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that she saw the black and blue dress in the photo.

Olivia Moretz

This is Olivia Moretz’s first semester in Journalism and is a page designer. Her favorite thing about being a part of Journalism is having the freedom of creativity when it comes to designing things. Olivia is involved in cross country, softball, track, and pep band. After highschool she wants to attend the University of Iowa and major in cinematic arts. If she could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Greece because of its beauty and unique culture. Her favorite Netflix show is The Office. If she could live with only one social media platform it would be Twitter. When asked if she saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that she saw the black and blue dress in the photo.


Mariah Seaton

This is Mariah Seaton’s first year in Journalism and her responsibilities include being a photographer and page designer for athletics. Her favorite thing about about the Journalism period is how everyone works so close together as one team. Mariah is involved in FFA, speech & drama, and golf. After highschool she wants to go into an agriculture career. If Mariah could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Bora Bora because its so pretty. Her favorite Netflix show is Grey’s Anatomy. If she could live with only one social media platform it would be Snapchat. When asked if she saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that she saw the black and blue dress in the photo.


Chloe Latcham

Chloe Latcham has been involved in Journalism for one year now and is a photographer and page designer. Her favorite part about the Journalism period is being able to spend time with the people in. Chloe is involved in volleyball, softball, speech & drama, FFA, and musicals. After highschool she wants to go to college. If Chloe could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Bora Bora because it’s beautiful and she likes to travel. Her favorite Netflix show is Grey’s Anatomy. If she could live with only one social media platform it would be Facebook. When asked if she saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, she stated that she saw the white and gold dress in the photo.

Weston Shirk

Weston Shirk has been in Journalism for one semester now and is a page designer. His favorite part of Journalism is all the fun that occurs in class. Weston is involved in Football. After highschool he wants to live the life. If Weston could travel anywhere in the world he would go to the top of Mount Everest because it has a beautiful view and he could say he climbed Mount Everest. His favorite Netflix show is The Office. If he could live with only one social media platform it would be Snapchat.When asked if he saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, he stated that he saw the black and blue dress in the photo.


Nolan Havran

Nolan (Richard) Havran has been in Journalism for two years now. When asked what his role was in Journalism, he answered with “the stud”. His favorite part of the Journalism class period is being the stud. Nolan is involved in cross country, basketball, golf, and the chess club. After high school he wants to be a stock broker. If Nolan could travel anywhere in the world he would go to Europe because it’s old. His favorite Netflix show is Supernatural. If he could live with only one social media platform it would be Snapchat. When asked if he saw a black & blue, or white & gold dress, he stated that he saw the white and gold dress in the photo.


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