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

2022-2023 Staff

Gloria Namgung
Editor-in-Chief

Gloria Namgung

Gloria Namgung is a second-year staffer and the first-year Editor-in-chief for Smoky Now. She is a current student in the IB program and is involved with clubs like IB Council and Key Club. On the weekends, you can see her volunteering at her local church with younger kids and helping teach at a Korean school. Her goal for the 2022-23 school year as a junior is to be more active with the school and...

Gabriel Jojola
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Gabriel Jojola

Gabe is a freshman at Smoky Hill High School and looks forward to getting good grades and having a smooth first year of High School. He loves to play baseball and plans on joining the team when the season approaches. When he gets home he loves to play Call of Duty when he should be doing homework. He also loves music, always having his air pods in his ears in class but still gets work done. He likes...

Joseph Serna
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Joseph Serna

Joseph Serna (Joe) is from Fremont, California and is a Senior at Smoky Hill. He has lived in California, Arkansas and has lived in Colorado for ten years. Joseph has played baseball for Smoky for four years and previously played football up until his junior year. After he graduates he wants to be a firefighter in the Air Force, and later in life hopefully for Denver.  Outside of school he enjoys working out, h...

Yahir Moreno-Arreola
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Yahir Moreno-Arreola

Freshman Yahir Moreno-Arreola is a first-year member of the SHHS newspaper team. In his spare time he likes to hang out with his friends, play volleyball, and watch movies like Shrek. While he isn't in any clubs yet, he is a good person to have on the newspaper team. He likes to listen to mariachi music. His favorite thing to eat is McDonalds and other fast food joints. He enjoys being around animals,...

Lily Gibson
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Lily Gibson

Lily Gibson is 14-year old freshman at Smoky Hill Highschool, this is also her first year in Newspaper. She joined Newspaper for her love of writing and photography. She was born in April, and was born in Colorado. Outside of school, Lily loves watching shows on Netflix, playing volleyball, and baking for her family and holidays. She doesn't like messy, unorganized things, and distractions while working....

Amna Muminovic
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Amna Muminovic

Amna Muminovic is a first-year staff member at Smoky Hill and a freshman. She likes to read and write stories. She has one brother and Language Arts is her favorite subject. She speaks two languages. Her interests include hiking and art. She has several traits, like being extremely nice and intelligent, and her favorite colors are pink, black, and blue. Her preferred restaurants are Chick-Fil-A and...

Nalija Gutierrez
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Nalija Gutierrez

Nalija Gutierrez is a first-year staffer and sophomore at Smoky Hill High School. She's widely known for pushing herself to work harder and is excellent at getting along with others. She really likes to play softball but doesn't play it for the competition. She has expressed she never really took the sport seriously because she just likes being out on the field and meeting new people to have fun...

Jonathan Fonseca David
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Jonathan Fonseca David

Jonathan Fonseca is a first-year student that attends Smoky Hill High School. His favorite class is biology, he also likes to play baseball. He is on the Junior Varsity team but jumps up to varsity sometimes. Jonathan was born in Colorado but most of his family lives in California or in El Paso. Jonathan likes to travel around, he went to Las Vegas, Nevada, Phoenix, Arizona, El Paso, Texas, Temecula,...

Tayshaun Ibarra
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Tayshaun Ibarra

Tayshaun Ibarra is a freshman at Smoky Hill and is in his first year of Newspaper. He is not very good at asking questions and could do well on his news reports if he finds out about the latest things. He does his work and gets to class on time. He didn’t pick this class but is going to try his best. He could do better at asking questions, work on his social skills, and needs to get out of his com...

Lucas Espinoza
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Lucas Espinoza

Sophomore Lucas Espinoza is a 1st-year Newspaper staffer at Smoky Hill High School. Lucas loves sports and would one day want to become a sports reporter born in Cleveland, Ohio. He has two brothers, a sister, and a dog. His favorite color is blue and his favorite food is pasta.

Sophia Gnyra
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Sophia Gnyra

This is Sophia Gnyra, She’s a new student in the Smoky Hill community. She’s a freshman who participates in track and field. Sophia is originally from Alberta, Canada. Sophia’s hobbies consist of reading and sports. Her favourite book is Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Sophia’s favourite subject in school is English and Sophia also likes Chick-fil-a and Sushi. When Sophia grows up, her dream...

Rainey Sharp
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Rainey Sharp

Rainey is a sophomore student that attends Smoky Hill High School. Her favorite color is gray-ish green, and her dream job is to be a physical therapist and help people with illnesses and better their health. She also loves sushi, her favorites being spicy tuna along with tempera rolls. Rainey loves to visit the zoo and aquarium, her favorite animals are giraffes and sharks. Her most loved seaso...

Nellie Light
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Nellie Light

Sophomore Nellie Light is a 1st-year newspaper staffer at Smoky Hill High School.  Her favorite subject is math and her dream job is to become a chemical engineer.  She is on the Smoky Hill Cheer team and is in Student Government. Nellie has four brothers and the only girl of five kids. She has two dogs. Her favorite color is navy blue and her favorite food is nachos.

Ivan Parfonov
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Ivan Parfonov

Ivan Parfonov is a freshman at Smoky Hill High School and loves to skateboard, listen to music, and play the piano, His favorite food is sushi and pho. He loves to travel to new places and explore. He likes to take pictures of random things with his camera, especially cars. Hanging out with friends is his favorite thing to do, he loves to go with friends to different places to eat and try different...

Kalani Winchester
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Kalani Winchester

Kalani Winchester is a first-year staff member on the SmokyNow staff. He is in 10th grade and a future basketball player for the Smoky Hill Buffs. He has joined our team because he wants to keep the students of Smoky Hill in tune with NASCAR news and more car-related news.  Born and raised in beautiful Hawaii, Winchester, Kalani moved out to Colorado with his family and joined Smoky Hill’s herd t...

Corbin Jenkins
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Corbin Jenkins

Corbin Jenkins is a sophomore here at Smoky Hill High School and is a first-year staffer. Corbin likes sports, specifically football and wants to be a sports reporter. He has very good social skills and asks a lot of good questions. Corbin is a very hard-working student and is up for a challenge, he also has a great support system and is very nice. In his free time, he likes to hang out with friends...

Celia Duran
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Celia Duran

Celia is a colorado native born and raised a newly made senior at Smoky Hill who likes this school but finds the other students exasperating.  Once she graduates will become a hair stylist and beautician at  beauty school. She wants to become a beautician because she loves to do hair and makeup. She has two electives this semester: Cooking Elective and Newspaper. She is excited to learn how to coo...

Oliver Hanover
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Oliver Hanover

10th grader Oliver Hanover is a first-year staffer of the SmokyNow team. He is hoping to inform the students of Smoky Hill about current news involving social justice around the world. Hanover wants to keep the students updated on what's happening around them. He could be an excellent voice for the lgbtq+ community or for anyone or groups who struggle to get their voice heard.   Born and r...

Simone Van de Sande
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Simone Van de Sande

Freshmen Simone Van de Sande is a first year staffer at Smoky Now. Van de Sande is thinking to get involved in many things, such as playing on the fall volleyball team which she is doing currently, and will  also be joining the swim team in winter. In the spring, she hopes to join the lacrosse team as well as having a variety of sports throughout the year. Along with that Van de Sande is thinking ...

Sofiia Znakharenko
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Sofiia Znakharenko

Sophomore Sofiia Znakharenko is a second-year staffer on the SmokyNow team. Along with their ardent commitment to the newspaper they are also heavily involved in student leadership and philanthropy at Smoky Hill through organizations such as Student Government and Key Club. A large portion of Znakharenko’s interest in the pursuit of news stems from their deep fervor for literature and writing, beg...

Desire Young
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Desire’ Young

Desire’ Young is a Senior at Smoky Hill Highschool who loves to wear vans, listen to Doja cat, runs Varsity Track and plays Varsity Volleyball. She likes the colors Red and Emerald Green. She would love to visit Europe and learn how to speak French one day. She really likes the movie series, The Maze Runner and wants to become an Engineer in the future. She was originally born in Colorado and went to th...

Zakary Peterson
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Zakary Peterson

Junior Zakary Peterson is a first year staffer at SmokyNow. Along with being involved in Newspaper, Peterson is very interested in politics, both national and international as well as culinary arts. He is currently a part of a restaurant management competition team that will present a comprehensive overview of a food-truck restaurant. Peterson is also involved in a community leadership club, FCCLA, that he...

Landon Wood
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Landon Wood

Junior Landon Wood is a first year on the staff. Landon is in a club/activity for Smoky and that is the football team. This is Landon’s first year at Smoky as he has just moved here from Texas. He is liking the school, environment, and the community so far. Landon’s hobbies are music, video games, and football. Landon's favorite music genre is old country music but aside from the music, he has his ...

Michael Keegan
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Michael Keegan

Michael Keegan is a junior at Smoky Hill High School. This is Michael's first year on the Smoky Hill crew for Newspaper. Michael was born in Colorado and is 16 years old and has been at Smoky Hill High School for three years. He hasn't signed up for a club at the school but he has played basketball, track, and footballthis year. He plans on running track for his school activities later on in the year...

Dawson Patterson
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Dawson Patterson

Senior Dawson Patterson is a fourth-year returning member of the SHHS newspaper team. When he started taking newspaper during his first year, he was just trying something new. He ended up loving it and is here three years later in his fourth year of high school, having learned much about journalistic writing. While he hasn't been in any clubs during his time at Smoky Hill, he still has enjoyed his...

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