Staff 2017-2018

Journalism Staff 2017-2018


Kassidy Bolick

Hi there! My name is Kassidy Bolick, and I am a senior at Westside this year. I love music and makeup, but I barely have time to enjoy them between working at Hays in Walnut Ridge and doing whatever I have to do to graduate. I spend my free time with my cats, Edgar Allan Purr and Edward, and my amazing boyfriend, Michael.

Jaycee Hughes


Hey there!
Looks like I am one of the lucky people who get to be the Editor of the Tribal Tribune. Well, let me tell you a little about myself. In the top left you see me with my pride and joy, Dakota Skye; she came into my life right before it came crashing around me last October. Without her, I would be lost. The top right you will see me being silly with my oldest little sibling, Haelyn. She is another one of my pride and joys, and without her, I wouldn’t be able to be the big sister they love. Now last but definitely not the least is my little man, Jonathan. We never call him by his name, we all call him Bubby. He is the silliest little boy you will ever meet. Well, now you know what keeps me going every day-- haha! Anyways, I am Jaycee, and I am a senior now. In the fall of 2018, I will be going to A-State to start my journalism degree. I love writing, traveling, and spending time with the kids. That is just a little about me and what my drive is. I hope that you all have a great day and remember to always smile; you never know who sees it.


Marc Carter
Hi! I’m Marc! I’m either the person being mildly annoying or half asleep. I like to play video games and sleep. I play percussion in the high school band. I’ll either be the person clapping the slappy circles (cymbals) together or playing the xylophones.

Jordan Long
My name is Jordan, I’m 17, and I love my dog more than life itself. I have a brother and two sisters. My favorite color is yellow. And I love to write even though I’m not very good at it. So that’s about it.


Mikayla Maritch
Hello, my name is Mikayla Grace. If you want to know more about me, keep reading, and if you don’t, then I guess just go to the next person. But I’m pretty awesome, just saying. Anyways, I love to read and write. I’m so happy and honored to be the Secretary and also the Editor for the Creative Writing Corner. I also love traveling-- not only to see new places but also to get inspiration. I’m a nerdy type of girl! I love Marvel, D.C., and Disney. My absolute favorite season is fall. Just the thought of the leaves turning all different colors, drinking hot chocolate, and having bonfires makes me so happy. There’s not much more to know about me except that I want to be an author one day. It’s my dream job and goal in life besides owning a pet lion and a Highland Cow, but I doubt that will happen, haha. I’m so excited for this year! it’s going to be great! Without further ado, I bring you to the end. Goodbye!

Mallory Smith
Hellooooooo! My name is Mallory Smith. I am senior at Westside High School. I’m in the process of finding out exactly who I am and what I’m going to be. I currently fill my spare time with theater, choir, student council, yearbook staff, and lots of Netflix! Last year I served as one of six State Thespian Officers. If you ever say anything that makes me think of a song, I will sing. I am always smiling and laughing very loudly. Last summer, I also had the opportunity to attend Arkansas Girls State. I actually got to sit in the House of Reps and pass bills. I love to have fuunn!

Creative Manager:

Irene Hood
Hey, my name is Irene Hood. I am in 9th grade! My interests are: writing, photography, volunteering at the library, and theatre. My best friends are Abby, Kaylie, and Lelis. 💕


(alphabetical order)

Vincent M Anderson

My name is Vincent. I am 15 and in the 9th grade. I like to play basketball, watch youtube, and go outside. While outside, I like to do parkour around my house and on my trampoline.

Faith Asplund-Morgan


Hi my name is Faith Asplund, and I am beginning my senior year at Westside. I have recently moved to Arkansas from Wisconsin, the Dairyland state! On my free time I enjoy hiking, fishing, taking pictures, and being with my family (including my dogs)!  My hope is to be an advocate for all the animals in the surrounding area. I aim to be the voice for the “barkless!” I will be writing about local care of pets such as cats and dogs, animal control, and events going on in the community you can participate in with local shelters! :)

Derek Aunspaugh

My Mom was born on 8-21-75,  and she passed away on 5-14-16  at the hospital. It was pretty hard.
The last thing I got to do for my mom was to wipe the sweat off her face.

I’ll miss her till I die. Her birthday is Monday, Aug  21st. My family and I went to her grave for Mother's Day and made her grave look pretty.   

Cameron Bandy
My name is Cameron Bandy, and I’m a senior at Westside High School. My hobbies are bowling, golf, NHS, CMD, student council, FBLA, ROTC, travel club, interact, and office aide. My plans after graduation are going to college and getting a major in political science and a minor in journalism. I would like to contribute my knowledge of politics to journalism for the blog. This is my first time having Mrs. Riggs, and she is terrific and I absolutely love her; I’m so ready for an amazing year in this class. In my articles I want to remain unbiased. I will do local, state, national, and world political news on the blog.  

Zakhary Bolick
*Editor in training*

My name is Zakhary Tyler Bolick, and I am a freshman. I enjoy drawing, cooking, and playing with my goat named HotRod. My favorite music artist is Elvis Presley and Reba McEntire. My favorite movie is Star Wars.

Emily Brice

Hey, my name is Emily Brice. I am a junior at Westside High School. It´s my first year in journalism. Most of my free time is spent listening to music or hanging out with friends.

Garrett Brooks
My name is Garrett Brooks. I lived in Trumann, Arkansas until 3rd grade which is when I came to Westside. I now live in Bono, Arkansas and have all the way up till now. Speaking of now, I am in 11th grade, and I am 16. I drive a black 2001 Mazda. I work at Sonic in Bono. I am a cook and, if I know you, I will hook you up with some extra food.

Megan Cole
Hi, my name is Megan. I am currently a freshman, and I have been at Westside my whole life. I love listening to any kind of music, and sleeping is what I do best. I would like to be a cosmetologist, but I still have a lot to learn. I was born in Arizona but raised in Arkansas. And I go to church at The Rock.

Sarah Courtney
Hey, my name is Sarah Janece Courtney. I love to sing in choir and ride horses. Also I love spending time with my boyfriend, Hunter Faulkner-- as you can see in the picture. This is my first year in journalism, and I’m really excited to see what my senior year holds. I’m planning on going to college at ASU majoring in something medical, but I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet. I am keeping my options open.

Brianna Cox

My name is Brianna Lashae Cox. I am so proud to be a junior this year at Westside High School. I’m not very involved in school activities, so I can’t say I’m a part of any clubs here. But I am a student who is always willing to make new friends. I don’t talk to many people, but I promise I’m not a rude person once you get to know me. I have five siblings, and six dogs, but we are divided into two households. I’m genuinely a happy person when I’m around people, but I can be very sensitive. My hobbies include singing, listening to music, writing, and helping people out when it comes to advice. When I graduate high school, I want to be a therapist who goes out to homes of people in need of a listening ear. I look forward to making new friends and enjoying a great year!

Vanessa Cross

Hey! My name is Vanessa. I am newly 16 years old, and  I am a sophomore.  A couple of things I like to do are hang out with my friends and family, read fiction books, and listen to music. My favorite TV shows are NCIS,CSI, and  Grey's Anatomy. My favorite colors are pink, black, and all blues. A couple of my favorite books are the Lux series, and the Neptune. What do you like to read?

Samantha Crossen

My name is Samantha, but most everybody calls me Sam. I love to write, sing, play piano, and dance-- even though I may not be good at any of them. I live with my cousins in a basement, and I am technically a new student here. The picture I have is actually a book cover for a story I am writing on wattpad called “Futurtopia.” Of course, this story isn’t out there for the public yet, but hopefully after writing a couple more chapters, I may begin to give out chapters sometime soon. I can not wait for this blog to start!

Chandler Diles
My name is Chandler Diles. I live in Jonesboro, AR. I am 15 and am in the 10th grade. I love to hunt and fish or do anything outdoors.

Alison Doyle
Hi! my name is Alison, and I just recently moved here from Cave City. Starting my sophomore year here, I believe that journalism is a good way to be involved with the school. Lindsey and I are going to be running the Snapchat and Instagram for The Tribal Tribune, and I can not wait to see what this year has in store!

Hunter Faulkner
Hey, my name is Hunter Faulkner, and I am 18 and a senior. I’m the average guy. I like working on trucks, fishing, hunting, and shooting guns. I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I have four siblings; the oldest is my sister, Nikki Clark. I am the second child. Next is my brother, Jamie, then there is my youngest sister and another younger brother, Sarge “my dog.” I work at 1 Stop Auto for my cousin. In my free time I like tampering on cars and trucks, playing with my dog Sarge, and spending time with Sarah. In the future I want to be a diesel mechanic and a body damage repair guy. As you can see, I’m a pretty simple guy with not too much to say.

Seth Faulkner
My name is Seth Faulkner. I’m teaching myself bladesmithing and blacksmithing using a forge. I’m in band with Marc. I really like saying boi and sometimes I don’t even realize I say it. I also like to play guitar. {Bladesmithing- The art of making knives, swords, daggers and other types of blades using a forge, hammer, anvil, and other smithing tools. Blacksmithing- A metalsmith who creates objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend, and cut. Blacksmiths produce items such as gates, grilles, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils and weapons. Source wikipedia}

Kaytlyn Ferguson
My name is Kaytlyn Ferguson. I am a student of Westside High School, Go Warriors! I am a cheerleader here at Westside and have been for 4 years at the high school. I am super excited to start helping with this blog and making it better than before. With some technology experience, I feel like I can help this team improve our amazing blog. :)

Joshua Fling

Malorie Garner
Hey!! I am Malorie Garner, and I hope to help with the school blog and other things we do in journalism. I am on the volleyball team, softball, and I am also in FFA. I hope to achieve good things for this school before I graduate.

Emily Gann

Aloha! I’m Emily Gann, and I’m a 14 year old freshman. This is my first year in Journalism! I like to play the ukulele, watch cartoons, play video games, and doodle in my free time! I actually drew my profile picture as well! I’m looking forward to a great year with you all!

Alexandria Gillespie

Jax Goad
I’m Jax, and my interests include tech, video games, trap, and war history. I played trap last year and plan to do it again; I hope to have a great year with everyone.

Michael Goodwin
*Editor in Training*

Hey! My name is Michael Goodwin, and this is my first year in journalism. I’m a sophomore this year, and it’s my second year at Westside. I was born December 28th, and I have a passion for music and traveling. My favorite artist is the rapper NF. Most of my free time is usually spent listening to music and hanging out with my girlfriend Kassidy.

Adrian Guardiola
My name is Adrian Guardiola, and I was born on December, 11 1998 in St. Francis Hospital. I was born in Memphis, Tennessee. My parents divorced when I was just three years old, so I don’t remember my dad at all. My family is from Memphis, but we moved down to Jonesboro whenever I was just four. My mom found my stepdad, and he had a house set up in Jonesboro. We moved to Jonesboro in 2002. This is a really great town and has been growing tremendously. My mom thought we were better off living here and avoiding the Memphis schools. She had really bad experiences living in Memphis. The schools were very violent, and she had to switch schools every semester. She was glad we moved to Arkansas. We started attending Westside in kindergarten and have gone ever since. I think this is a really good school, and it even improves every year. My parents divorced last year, and my mom thinks it’s better to stay single.

Hannah Hayes
Hello everyone! My name is Hannah Hayes, and I am in the 9th grade. This is my first year in journalism, and I am very excited for what the year will bring. I really like cats, and listening to music is my favorite pass time.  I look forward to writing articles for you this year!

Dillyn Higginbottom

I’m Dillyn Higginbottom. I like art (even though I am not very good at it), watching Spongebob, listening to music, and sleeping.

Dawson Johnson

Howdy Miscreants! My name is Dawson Johnson. I’m a senior who just so happens to be in journalism-- so here I am. And if the picture of me is still me in a gorilla mask, then you can tell I like to goof around. If it isn’t there, I am telling you. Anyway outside of this blog I’m in AFJROTC, Boy Scouts, and EAST. One thing I like to do outside of school is get with some friends and mess around in video games and stuff like that. So if you’re a friend of mine howdy, if you’re just a random person reading this also howdy, but if you’re one of my enemies like Kim Jong Un, dictator of North Korea, well, good luck finding me cause on this blog I’m disguised as a gorilla, but in actual, realistic, lifelike, real life I’m just a normal person.

Gracen Lattin

Aye, my name is Gracen Lattin. I am a junior at Westside, and I am a cheerleader. I really love God. I have a beautiful baby boy cat named Gunner. I absolutely love spending time with my friends. :)

Leticia Mancilla
Literally the chillest person you’ll meet
Entering college after high school, in hopes to become a chiropractor
The truth and nothing but the truth comes out of my mouth
I love all types of music
Cool with almost any type of person
really enjoy hanging out with friends and making personal connections with people

A lot of stuff has happened to me in my life, and I still feel as if I keep a positive mindset

Lexie McGowan
My name is Lexie McGowan. I’m 17 years old. I love to write, cook, and take care of my family. I’m a junior at Westside High School. After high school, I would like to become an RN until I have the money to go back to school.

Lucas "Ian" Mitchell
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My name is Lucas “Ian” Mitchell,  but everyone knows me as Ian. I am a 6’1 265lb senior from Westside High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. I am 17 years young; I am involved in football and ROTC. I am also working on getting my CNA. I am being recruited to play football at the collegiate level. When I attend college, I want to get my RN license. I am currently employed by Lawrence Hall Nursing Center in Walnut Ridge. I work here to get a feel of what the medical field is like. I am an odd character, but I am a big, friendly guy! That's basically all there is about me.

Lindsey Norman

Hi, I’m Lindsey!  Some of you may already know me, but for those of you who don’t, I’m a sophomore.  I am involved in FFA, FCA, FBLA, EAST, tennis, bowling, and soccer.  Alison and I will be working with the Instagram and Snapchat accounts for the 2017-2018 school year!

Kaleb Porter

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Hi, my name is Kaleb Porter, and I am a freshman at Westside High

School.  I have been going to Westside my whole life. This is my first year in journalism. I mostly want to write about the school's football team. I  want to talk about the Westside football team fundraising and game days.

Timothy Schmidgall

My life is short and simple-- just like most of us, I believe, but mine is a whole lot more simple. I was born on March 25, 2002; I am 15 years old, and I have an older sister who is 16 years old.  We are a year and 19 days apart. I live with my mom, sister, and stepdad, and my grandma lives in front of us in a brick house.

Colton Scott

My name is Colton Scott, and I play football for Westside. I have two siblings, one older brother in college (Landon Scott) and one younger sister still in high school (Aaliyah Scott).

Elizabeth Sharrow
Hello! My name is Elisabeth, and I’m in the 9th grade. I’m part of FBLA, and I’m hecka weird. I will talk about my houseplants, dog, and bust of Abe Lincoln a lot. I’m very excited to work with everyone this year!

Jacklyn Stringer
Hi! I’m Jacklyn, and I’m a junior at Westside High  School. I’m new to journalism this year. I’m a bit artistic. I love to dance, and I have a huge passion for animals. I’m very excited for this year. I’m hoping to enjoy my last year at Westside High School. Next year I will be moving schools, but I'm hoping to learn from my journalism class this year.

Landon Walls

My name is Landon Walls, and I am a senior at Westside High School. I enjoy spending my time hunting or fishing.

Breanna Whitmire
My name is Breanna Whitmire, and I am new to journalism. My life isn’t too special. I just enjoy listening to music, hanging out with my friends and my boyfriend, and taking naps. I will be covering horoscopes for the blog.

Daniel Worley

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