The Westwind

2021-2022 The Westwind Staff

Alex Larson
Editor-In-Chief

Alex Larson

Alex Larson is a senior at A-West this year. She enjoys running, singing, writing and playing piano. Her favorite type of story to write is an op-ed, because it is allows her to express her opinion on specific topics. She is excited...

Maci Lesh
Feature Editor

Maci Lesh

Maci Lesh is a Freshman at Arvada West and is so excited to have the opportunity to be on the paper! She loves to read, write (obviously!), and rides horses every weekend. Maci has an older brother who is essentially her buil...

Riley Swanson
Op-Ed Editor

Riley Swanson

Riley Swanson is a junior this year at A-West. This is his third year participating in journalism. His favorite type of journalism is sports journalism, specifically ESPN. When he is not at school he spends time with friends and...

Caius Krohnfeldt
Sports Editor

Caius Krohnfeldt

Caius is a senior at A-West and loves to write. After graduation Caius plans on attending a 4 year college for journalism in Colorado. As a first year staff member Caius currently serves as a reporter for the Westwind news team. ...

Jessica Hickey
News and Review Editor

Jessica Hickey

Jess is a senior at Arvada West and is a captain of the cheer team, the secretary of the debate team, and is involved in Purple Prose (the literary magazine), Model U.N., NHS and Link Crew. She loves reading, writing and skiing...

Payton Berland
Copy Editor

Payton Berland

Payton is a Junior at Arvada West. This is her first year on staff and she's very excited to be apart of the team. She is very passionate about writing and reading, her favorite genres are fiction and fantasy. She enjoys creating...

Safiya Zimmerman-Rhea

Safiya Zimmerman-Rhea

This is Safiya, a freshman  at Arvada West. She has enjoyed playing soccer since she was 4 years old. Safiya also enjoys doing makeup, and hanging out with friends. She looks forward to learning more about writing feature news...

Lorielle Danley
Reporter

Lorielle Danley

Lorielle is currently a sophomore at A-West. Writing is something she has found to love because it gives her a creative outlet. In her free time she likes to spend time with friends, travel, bake and, ride her bike. Lorielle's favo...

Reporter

Makenzie Sproles

Makenzie is a Junior at A-West. She enjoys spending time with her family, and going out with her friends. She spends the weekends working at the Golden Mill, as well as hanging out with her friends. She likes finding time to golf,...

Isabelle Wynne
Reporter

Isabelle Wynne

Isabelle Wynne is a sophomore at A-West. She enjoys drawing and playing around with music. She enjoys spending her extra time sitting in her bed and watching "Shameless", an American TV series. She is excited to start the year here...

Julia Stiefvater
Reporter

Julia Stiefvater

Julia Stiefvater is a freshman at Arvada West High School. She is a social yet anxious person, always willing to make new friends and have a nice conversation. She takes time out of her life to do things she enjoys, like hiking...

Jolee Rios
Reporter

Jolee Rios

Jolee Rios is a senior at A-West who is very passionate about music and writing. This is her first year on staff. She looks forward to learning more about Journalism and gaining more experience in the field of writing....

Karlie Keefe
Reporter

Karlie Keefe

Karlie is a freshman at A-West and enjoys reading in her free time. This is her first year in Westwind Staff. She cannot wait to see what years ahead of her bring.

Aaron Nyquist
Reporter

Aaron Nyquist

Aaron is a Freshmen at A-West and enjoys singing, tennis, history, and relaxing at home. This is his first time taking Journalism. In his free time he plays tennis with his friends and enjoys a nap. He looks forward to his time a...

Shane Alley
Reporter

Shane Alley

Shane Alley is a freshman at Arvada West High School. This is his first year doing journalism. He enjoys playing basketball and baseball. He one day hopes to play point guard in the NBA....

Ethan Mooney
Reporter

Ethan Mooney

Ethan Mooney is a freshman for the 2021-2022 school year. Ethan likes to do several out of school activities which include long-boarding/skateboarding, playing video games with his friends, riding bikes and listening to music...

Emma Dorsey
Reporter

Emma Dorsey

Emma Dorsey is a Freshman at A-west. Her favorite subject is ELA. She is very passionate about reading and writing. She loves to be outside and travel, and hopes to one day be a doctor....

Robert Sault
Reporter

Robert Sault

Robert Sault is a freshman at A-West High School. This is his first year on the Westwind News and he enjoys writing about the things he loves. He also enjoys hanging out with friends and video games in his freetime. Maybe someday j...

Emma Pierce
Reporter

Emma Pierce

Emma Pierce is a senior at A-West and enjoys cheer and spending time with her dog. She is currently on the path of going to college to become a speech pathologist.

Haylee Griffith
Feature Editor (Fall '21)

Haylee Griffith

Haylee Griffith is a junior this year and this is her third year on staff. She has had a passion for writing and painting since she was little and enjoys being the voice for the Arvada West community!