The Thunderbeat

2019-2020 Staff

Taegan Jacobs

Newspaper - Features Editor

Taegan is a Senior at Bellevue West High School, and is in her third year on the newspaper staff. In addition to being Features Editor for The Thunder...

Gnally Boukar

Newspaper - Reporter

Gnally Boukar is a sophomore at Bellevue West and a reporter on newspaper staff. She enjoys eating Talenti gelato, and her favorite flavor is mint cho...

Gia Banks

Newspaper - Reporter

GiaVonni Blanks is a junior and is on newspaper staff. GiaVonni has many nicknames but her favorite one to be called is Gia. GiaVonni is a veteran memb...

Owen Reimer

Newspaper - Reporter

Owen Reimer is a reporter on the newspaper staff. He watches way too many movies. To keep up with him follow him on Instagram @owen.reimtime....

Ellie Woodard

Newspaper - Reporter

Junior Ellie Woodard is a reporter for newspaper. Along with newspaper, she spends her time talking to new students through the West Welcomers. ...

Frankie Hessig

Newspaper - Reporter

Frankie Hessig is a reporter for the newspaper. She also has a large involvement in the theatre department. To contact her, email her at franklynhessi...

Grace Taylor

Newspaper - Reporter

Grace Taylor is a level 10 gymnast at Omaha Gymnastics Academy 2019 Nationals Qualifier for gymnastics. Her goal is to compete at a D1 school in gymna...

Quintin Stueve

Video Yearbook - Webmaster

Quintin Stueve is a junior and the webmaster of the Thunderbeat.

Michael Taken

Video Yearbook - Production Designer

Michael Taken is his name and drawing is his game.

Diego Mora Zubia

Video Yearbook - Videograph/Filmmaker

Diego Mora Zubia is a senior. He is part of the video yearbook staff as a videographer. He enjoys watching and playing sports such as diving and socce...

Autumn Hammond

Video Yearbook - Videograph/Filmmaker

Autumn Hammond is a Senior. She's does a few things outside of video yearbook. This is her second  year on the Video Yearbook Staff....

Addison Gardner

Video Yearbook - Videographer/Filmmaker

Addison Gardner is a sophomore and a filmmaker/videographer for Video Yearbook. She plays volleyball for Bellevue West and enjoys hanging out with her...

Abby Camacho

Video Yearbook - Videographer/Filmmaker

Abby Camacho is on the video yearbook staff. She is a sophomore. To learn more about her, follow her on Twitter @AbbyCamachooo.

Jaden Grimes

Video Yearbook - Videographer/Filmmaker

Jaiden Grimes is a junior. This is her first year on video yearbook.

Rachel Sager

Yearbook - Editor-In-Chief

Rachel Sager is the yearbook EIC. She is often late, but means well.

David Berger

Yearbook - Design Editor

David Berger is a junior and the design editor on yearbook staff. This is his second year on staff. He is also a section leader for the school’s march...

Keely Prusia

Yearbook - Index Editor

Keely Prusia is a junior and is the index editor on yearbook. She works at Orange Leaf and loves to travel, kayak, and most of all, take pictures. Thi...

Brynn Haer

Yearbook - Dedications Editor

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

Maddy Madsen

Yearbook - People Editor

Maddy Madsen is a senior on yearbook staff. She is the people section editor, and loves designing pages. She also loves to play volleyball and eat choc...

Madelyn Gau

Yearbook - Photography Editor

Madelyn Gau is the Photography Editor on the yearbook staff. She is a senior and is on the color guard and winter guard teams. Madelyn loves to watch m...

Jaclyn Taggart

Yearbook - Business Manger

Jaclyn Taggart is a junior and the business manager of the yearbook staff. This is her second year on staff. When she’s not designing pages, she is bus...

Emily Dreher

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

Emily Dreher is a sophomore at Bellevue west and is a page designer and reporter. She likes playing violin and hanging out with her dog, Toby....

Grace Pechacek

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

Grace Pechacek is a sophomore and is a designer and reporter for the yearbook staff. She enjoys making scrunchies, calligraphy, and anything crafty. ...

Kimberly Martin

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

Kimberly Martin is a reporter and page designer on the yearbook staff. She is a sophomore. Her favorite things to do are play with her dogs and hang out...

Larissa Hayes

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

Larissa Hayes is a reporter and page designer for yearbook.  She is a sophomore. She enjoys traveling and photography. ...

Kouda Lawrence

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer

Andrew “Kouda” Lawrence is a reporter/page designer for the 2019-2020 yearbook. He is entering his Sophomore year in high school and his first year ...

Madison Purdy

Yearbook - Reporter/Page Designer // Video Yearbook - Filmmaker/Videographer

Madison Purdy comes back for her senior year from being gone for two years from Bellevue West High School. She is apart of the Video Yearbook and Yearbook...

Meg Gross

Video Yearbook - Videographer/Filmmaker // Newspaper - Opinion Editor

Meg Gross is a sophomore at Bellevue West. She is the opinion editor for newspaper and a videographer for video yearbook. When not scrolling on Twitter (...

Emily Mabbitt

Newspaper - Sports Editor

Emily Mabbitt is a sophomore at Bellevue West High School and is a member of the newspaper staff. In addition to being sports editor for The Thunderbe...

Jay Walker-Schulte

Newspaper - Co-Editor-in-Chief

Jay Walker-Schulte is the Co-Editor-in-Chief for Newspaper. She is a Planned Parenthood Youth Advisory leader, as well as a Sarpy County Teen Court At...

Elissa Treu

Video Yearbook - Director // Newspaper - Reporter

Elissa Treu is the director of video yearbook staff and a reporter on newspaper. She is a member of the OAYO Youth Symphony and swims for Swim Omaha as wel...

Charlie Sims

Video Yearbook - HP Reveal Director

Charlie Sims is a 12th grade filmmaker on the video yearbook staff. He is the HP Reveal director, as well as the captain of the cross country team and a...

Kara Morgia

Yearbook - Editor-in-Chief

Kara Morgia is the Editor-In-Chief of the yearbook staff. She is a Senior and this is her third year on staff. Along with yearbook Kara is also involved ...

Curista Magnuson

Video Yearbook - Podcast Manager

Curista Magnuson is a Junior Podcast Manager who has been on staff for two (2) years. In her free time she likes to harass everyone on staff and make fun ...

CJ Lilienkamp

Video Yearbook - Broadcast Manager

CJ Lilienkamp is a student athlete and the broadcast manager for the journalism department.

Brooke Jones

Newspaper - Entertainment Editor

Brooke is a Junior at Bellevue West and is the Entertainment Editor for the Thunderbeat. Along with being a part of Student Council, she is also involved i...

Tymber Haese

Yearbook - Social Media Manager

Tymber Haese is the Social Media Manager this year. She is a senior. This will be her third year on staff. She is in marching band and plays the flute....

Emma Gage

Newspaper - Managing/Copy Editor

Emma is a senior and is spending her third year on the newspaper staff as the managing and copy editor. When she's not busy with journalism or softbal...

LeAnne Bugay

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

Senior LeAnne Bugay is editor-in-chief of The Thunderbeat newspaper, director of the Video Yearbook, and copy editor of the Yearbook. This is her third...

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