The Thunderbeat

2018-2019 Staff

Emma Clark

Newspaper - Reporter

Emma Clark is a senior and a second-year reporter on The Thunder Beat Newspaper Staff. She is a fashionista, a makeup artist, and supporter of the Black...

Bryce Wetzler

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

Bryce Wetzler is a junior who is a page designer for yearbook. Bryce is involved in theater as he helps build sets for the performances. During his fr...

Nic Welvaert

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

Nic Welvaert, 10th grade, page designer, is a total band nerd but takes pictures in their free time. There is no place they’d rather be than outside...

Jay Walker-Schulte

Newspaper - Entertainer Editor

Jayleen Walker-Schulte is the Entertainment Editor for Newspaper. She is a Planned Parenthood Youth Advisor, as well as a Sarpy County Teen Court Attor...

Lexi Walker

Yearbook - Editor-In-Chief

Lexi Walker is a senior on the yearbook staff. Her position is Editor-in-Chief. Lexi enjoys spending time cuddling her dogs and watching Netflix. ...

Hannah VanLaningham

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

Hannah VanLaningham is a sophomore. Her position on staff is page designer, reporter, and photographer. She plays and loves volleyball and really enjoys ad...

Moises Ugalde

Video Yearbook - Videographer/Filmmaker

Moises Ugalde is a senior in high school. He's a strategic person who is also a very nerdy person. Other than that, he's a very normal person and never ...

Elissa Treu

Video Yearbook - Videographer/Filmmaker

Elissa Treu is a sophomore and a videographer on staff. She swims for Bellevue Swim Club and is on varsity swim team. She also participates in marching b...

Mooshoo Tran

Newspaper - News Editor

Mooshoo is a senior and is the news editor for the newspaper. She's also the Thespian President for Bellevue West's theatre troupe. She loves to play her b...

Alex Toth

Newspaper - Editor-in-chief // Video Yearbook - Filmmaker/videographer

Alex Toth is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Newspaper and a videographer on the Video Yearbook. Alex is a senior who has been on staff since he was soph...

Michael Taken

Video Yearbook - Production Designer

Michael Taken is a junior, and makes graphics for Video Yearbook.He likes to draw, make art, and make short videos with his friends in his free time....

Jaclyn Taggart

Yearbook - Business Manger

Jaclyn Taggart, a sophomore, is business manager on the yearbook staff. She is also a member of FBLA and Art Club. Her interests include drawing and s...

Quintin Stueve

Video Yearbook - Webmaster

Quintin Stueve is a sophomore and the webmaster of the Thunderbeat. He enjoys playing video games and learning about coding.

Ayanna Solomon-Smith

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

Ayanna Solomon-smith is a senior on both the newspaper and yearbook staff. She is the captain of the Thunderettes and is part of NHS. In her free time s...

Kelli Smith

Video Yearbook - Executive Director

Kelli Smith is a senior and the executive director of the video yearbook and The Thunderbeat. She is a perfectionist, dog lover, and self proclaimed makeu...

Charlie Sims

Video Yearbook - Videographer/Filmmaker

Charlie Sims is an 11th grade filmmaker on the video yearbook staff. He runs varsity Cross Country and Track, and is a part of the marching band. He a...

Hayley Schroeder

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

Hayley Schroeder is a page designer for Yearbook. She exercises her skills for design passionately. Hayley can create anything possible. (she has extreme tale...

Emily Schmidt

Newspaper - Copy Editor // Yearbook - Copy Editor

Emily Schmidt is a senior third-year contributor to the newspaper staff and a first-year editor for the yearbook. On both staffs she fills the role of co...

Rachel Sager

Yearbook - Editor-In-Chief

Rachel Sager is the Editor-in-Chief on the yearbook staff. She is a junior and has been on staff for two years. In her free time she like to hangout w...

Keely Prusia

Yearbook - Index Editor

Keely Prusia, a sophomore, is one of the index editors on yearbook. She is a varsity swimmer on the high school team. Photography and traveling are her two bigge...

Izzy Pineda

Video Yearbook - Production Designer

Isabel "Izzy" Pineda is a senior videographer, editor, and Production Designer. She is also involved in the Color guard and Winter guard teams. She lov...

Megan Norman

Newspaper - Reporter

Megan Norman is a junior in high school who enjoys time outside going on runs and playing softball. She also enjoys being around friends and writing in h...

Mikayla Myers

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

Mikayla Myers is a junior page designer on the 2018-19 yearbook staff. Along with yearbook she also plays the alto saxophone in the marching band. But most ...

Kara Morgia

Yearbook - People Editor

Kara Morgia is the people editor for the yearbook staff. She designs the people section and places the pictures and names of students and staff members. ...

Diego Mora Zubia

Video Yearbook - Videograph/Filmmaker

Diego Mora Zubia is a junior. He enjoys playing soccer. He is a member of the video yearbook.

Aspen Mockelstrom

Yearbook - Design Editor

Aspen Mockelstrom is the Design Editor on yearbook staff. This is her second year on staff and she's a senior. Aspen enjoys playing soccer and reading....

Caitlin Maloney

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

Caitlin Maloney is a senior who was selected to be a reporter and page designer on the yearbook staff. She is joining senior senate and student council this...

Curista Magnuson

Video Yearbook - Videographer/Filmmaker

Curista Magnuson is a sophomore who cannot remember what her position is on video yearbook. She loves to bring a positive vibe with her anywhere she goes...

Maddy Madsen

Yearbook - Photography Editor

Maddy Madsen is the photography editor on the yearbook staff. She is a junior and participates in student council, softball, and volleyball. She loves to ta...

CJ Lilienkamp

Video Yearbook - Videograph/Filmmaker

CJ Lilienkamp is a multiple sport athlete who plays football and track. He is a sophomore and a videographer/filmmaker for the video yearbook. He is e...

Leah Larson

Newspaper - Layout Editor

Leah Larson is a sophomore at Bellevue West High School. She is a Layout Editor for The Thunderbeat. Leah is happiest whenever she’s  creating, and she hop...

Brooke Jones

Newspaper - Reporter

Brooke Jones is a sophomore reporter for the Thunderbeat. She enjoys watching movies and exploring new places. On any given day, you could find her hanging...

Taegan Jacobs

Newspaper - Features Editor

Taegan is a Junior at Bellevue West High School. This is her second year on newspaper. In addition to being Features Editor for The Thunderbeat, she plays ...

Matt Hunter

Video Yearbook - HP Director

Matt Hunter is a senior HP director on video yearbook. He participates in JROTC, cross country, golf, Boy Scouts, NHS, Science NHS. He is an AP studen...

Maddy Hudec

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

Maddy Hudec is a Junior at Bellevue West. She is a page designer on our Yearbook Staff. She also participates in Cheer and Student Council....

Nathan Hawkins

Newspaper - Managing and Sports Editor

Nathan is the Managing Editor and Sports Editor for The Thunderbeat. He joined staff as a reporter in his sophomore year, and he is excited to help lead ...

Autumn Hammond

Video Yearbook - Videograph/Filmmaker

Autumn Hammond is a junior. She does not currently do anything after school. She's part of the Video Yearbook Staff.

Kinley Hamilton

Video Yearbook - Director

Kinley Hamilton is the Director for Video Yearbook. She’s also involved in West High Singers and is a reporter for Newspaper. Follow her on Instagram @kinley...

Tymber Haese

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

Tymber Haese is a Page Designer on the yearbook staff. She is a junior. This is her second year on staff. Her favorite thing to do is marching band an...

Brynn Haer

Yearbook - Dedications Editor

Brynn Haer is the Dedications Editor on the yearbook staff. She is a junior and is involved in the color guard. Brynn also loves to watch movies with her ...

Madelyn Gau

Yearbook - Index Editor

Madelyn Gau is the Index Editor on the yearbook staff. She is a junior and is on the color guard and winter guard teams. Madelyn loves to watch movies, ...

Emma Gage

Newspaper - Reporter

Emma is a junior and has been on staff for two years as a reporter for the newspaper. When she's not busy with softball she can be found reading a book...

Kaitlyn Fye

Video Yearbook - Social Media Manager

Kaitlyn Fye is a senior and a videographer and editor on the Video Yearbook staff. She's very involved in the arts at West and loves painting. She is also...

Billy Dunkleman

Newspaper - Broadcast Manager

Billy is a sophomore. He is the broadcast manager on the Thunderbeat. He enjoys playing basketball.

Tiffany Domingo

Newspaper - Reporter // Video Yearbook - NP/VYB Liason

Tiffany is a senior at Bellevue West, and this is her second year as a reporter on newspaper and first year as a filmmaker on video yearbook. You can find...

Gavin Clang

Newspaper - Graphics Editor

Gavin Clang is a Junior. He is the graphics and photography editor on the Newspaper staff. He enjoys photography, producing music, and playing guitar....

LeAnne Bugay

Newspaper - Editor-in-chief // Video Yearbook - Director

LeAnne Bugay is a junior on Video Yearbook and Newspaper. On Video Yearbook she is a Director and she is the Editor-in-Chief of Newspaper. Follow her on Ins...

David Berger

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

David Berger is a sophomore page designer for the yearbook and this is his first year on staff. In addition to journalism, he is also a multi-instrumental...

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