The student news site of Smoky Hill High School

Smoky Now

The student news site of Smoky Hill High School

Smoky Now

The student news site of Smoky Hill High School

Smoky Now

2014-2015 Staff

Velencia Covarrubias

Velencia Covarrubias

Velencia Covarrubias is in her third year of high school and second year of Newspaper. She joined halfway through her sophomore year so she had enough classes but instead of just doing it to get through the year, she found a passion for it. Velencia dreams of going to University of Denver and earning her PHD in psychology. After, she hopes to help troubled children achieve great mental health. One of her...

Kelsey Long

Kelsey Long

Kelsey Long joined Newspaper during her freshman year and has loved t ever since. She joined out of a passion for writing and the First Amendment. Kelsey has written a lot of stories, both for Newspaper and fun. She is a published poet and has four published poems, is writing a fictional story on World War Three, multiple Creative Writing essays, and numerous articles for NEXT and SmokyNow. She also...

Kaylee Long

Kaylee is a senior at Smoky and has been on staff since her sophomore year. Newspaper has been a big part of her life and cannot imagine life without her newspaper family. She originally joined because her sister asked her to, but now she keeps coming back to hang out with her newspaper family and teach the community about what is going on. Kaylee’s favorite part about newspaper is the people...

Nisha Razack

Nisha Razack

Kyema Razack is a junior at Smoky Hill High School and has been on the NEXT and SmokyNow.com staff for a year.  She also likes to be called Nisha. Nisha joined Newspaper because writing is her passion and she wanted to learn new skills to make her writing better. While being on staff, she has learned another way that she can make a difference in the world by using something she loves to do. Sh...

Ivory Brallier

Hola, mi llamo Ivory Brallier. If you are reading this, then you have come to the right place. Let me tell you about my AWESOMENESS. I am a junior. This being my first year in newspaper, I am still learning the ropes. But so far, I feel as though I am in the right place, and although I'm not the best writer ever, I feel like I’ll be able to improve that here, with some help of course. In the time t...

Rachel Ellis

Rachel Ellis

Hey, name is Rachel Ellis, and I’m the Editor-In-Chief of SmokyNow.com and NEXT magazine. I’m a senior at Smoky Hill, this is my fourth year on staff, and I’ve attended three JEA conferences and I have attended multiple Rethink Camps. I spend my time after school working, doing schoolwork, and spending time with my friends. I plan on working in technical theatre and journalism after high school....

Jessica Slofkiss

Jessica Slofkiss

A sophomore on her second year in Newspaper, Jessica Solfkiss loves Newspaper. Originally joining newspaper unknowing of everything the class entails, she has learned helpful skills in unbiased writing and graphic design. The class was definitely a culture shock being that it is all student run and different than any other class. Her biggest surprise was the amount of work that goes into the magazin...

Kyna Fitzpatrick

Kyna Fitzpatrick

Kyna Fitzpatrick is a junior here at Smoky Hill. This is her third year on the Newspaper team and she is currently an editor on the Newspaper team. She joined Newspaper because she loves to write and tell stories that can impact people's lives. Kyna also joined Newspaper because it has helped her bring out her leadership skills, her conversation skills, and helped develop her writing skills. Newspaper h...

Devin Guttman

Devin Guttman

Devin Guttman is a senior at Smoky Hill and she has been a part of the school newspaper for the past three years. She decided to be in newspaper because she wanted to try some new activities, so she gave it a shot and she really enjoyed it. Newspaper really opened Devin up to new things, and taught her a lot of things about the community that she didn’t know. Devin is not only a part of the newspaper bu...

TGan Maxey

T’Gan Maxey

T’Gan Maxey is a senior at Smoky Hill and has been on the newspaper staff for the past two years. T’Gan decided to join newspaper because he has always liked hearing about what was going on around the world and wanted to be apart of covering serious news stories from around the world. From newspaper, he learned that news is all around us and it is all important. He also learned that meeting de...

Mona Jabr

Mona Jabr

Junior Mona Jabr, has been on the newspaper staff for 3 years. At first Mona Joined Newspaper as a recommendation from her sister who is in yearbook, now Mona loves newspaper and would not give it up for any other class. She is very interested in designs, which leads to what she wants to study after high school. Even though her interest is wedding event planning, moving things around on a spread is li...

Kade Reed

My name is Kade Reed and I am in my first year of newspaper. I joined newspaper to create better college journalism opportunities. I also want to strengthen my writing while in newspaper. Sports is my passion and I know more about them than anyone I know, even though I am not very good at them. I want to go to Michigan State University and major in journalism and minor in food science. After college...

Elena Muniz

Hey. My name is Elena Muniz and this is my second year in Newspaper. I started it when I was in my freshman year and took a break from it sophomore year to take on harder classes. But I am back for my junior year to spend it writing and working on my social skills. My life after high school is most important to me because I want to be able to do what I love most: helping people. I plan on getting a...

Devin Pomerleau

Devin Pomerleau

Devin Pomerleau a sophomore is in his second year of being the staff of Smoky Now. He is in newspaper because he really enjoyed the class last year and wishes to continue his career in Smoky Now. Devin had joined Newspaper to develop his skills on writing and graphic design. This year he wishes to develop a more complete interview for the articles. He has also developed not writing a bias story. Newsp...

Rebekah Brazelton

Hi! I’m Rebekah (Bekah) Brazelton. I am in 10th grade, this is my first year in newspaper, and so far it has been a blast. A big part of my life is theatre. I would like to go to college for theatre. I have two really cute dogs of a mixed breed and eight siblings. I love music and I think you can tell a lot about people just by knowing the kind of music they listen to. My favorite genre of music...

Amber Badger

Amber Badger

A junior at Smoky Hill, Amber is currently in her second year of newspaper. She is in Newspaper because she enjoys writing, thus she enjoys the class. Newspaper has helped her with completing things on deadline, it also helps with meeting new people, and helping her with writing. Amber also loves softball and spending time with her friends. She works at Family Sports Center as a Skate Host. Amber ...

Brandy Holm

So..I’m back again. I once again sold my soul to the newspaper and Faust. This year I am the Editor-in-Chief of SmokyNow.com and NEXT Magazine and this is my third and final year in the class seeing as I’m a senior. I keep coming back because I live for the experiences that I get in this class. I enjoy being able to write and being an editor and watch the new kids each year discover this little...

Issac Rodriguez

Issac Rodriguez

In his second year in newspaper at Smoky Hill High School, Issac Rodriguez spent a lot of his free time writing stories. His passion for writing is the sole purpose he is in newspaper. Newspaper helps him improve his writing skills. Issac is not the kind of person to put himself out there, expand his perspective on meeting and talking to people. Last year it was much harder to talk to people becaus...

Ashley Nubine

Ashley Nubine

Hi! I’m Ashley Nubine, I’m a 15 year old sophomore. I enjoy hanging out with friends and having fun. Of course I attend Smoky Hill High School and I’m currently in two clubs: sisterhood and  JV newspaper. I picked JV Newspaper as one of my electives on accident actually, and when I saw it on my schedule I immediately wanted to change it, but I couldn't so I had no choice but to stay in it. The...

Stephanie Braun

I’m Stephanie Braun, I am a junior. This is my third year being apart of the newspaper staff, I originally joined purely out of curiosity. I was eager to learn about journalism because I didn't know what it was. Over the years I’ve grown really fond of it, I love it! Other than newspaper/journalism, I enjoy studying psychology.

Loralee Bandy

I’m Loralee Bandy. I joined Newspaper as an honorary staffer last year, and am an official staffer this year as a Junior. I love being a part of the crew, getting the news out to you ASAP. I’m excited to see Smoky’s newspaper improve this year as we push out innovative magazines and constantly update our website. Newspaper has helped me to improve my writing skills and learn to write in new ways....

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