Bear Facts

2021-2022 Staff

Jane Yu
Digital Editor-in-Chief

Jane Yu

As a junior next year, this is Jane’s second year on staff and her first year as the Digital Editor-in-Chief. Jane loves to play the violin and she is also involved in the high school’s golf team, Tri-M, NHS, Sinfonietta, and orchestra. Most likely, you will find her practicing golf and violin, or volunteering on her own time. She loves to go on vacation or just chilling with her friends. One ...

Sophia Babcock
Magazine Editor-in-Chief

Sophia Babcock

Sophia Babcock is a senior and this is her third year on staff and fourth year in the journalism program. This year she is excited to take on the role of Magazine Editor-in-Chief. Outside of Bear Facts, Sophia runs distance in Track and Cross Country. She is also a part of Blue Notes, NHS, Tri-M, and the drama club. When she isn't participating in extracurriculars, you can find her hanging with frien...

Hannah Etienne
Spotlight Editor

Hannah Etienne

Hannah’s third year on staff is her first year as Spotlight Editor. She spends more time talking to her cats than practicing her flute as a band member. As a senior, most of her time outside of school is spent dancing, playing piano, and talking nonstop about climate change. As Miss Illinois Teen and a member of NHS, she volunteers with her favorite nonprofits over the weekends. Comfortable in fr...

Sasha Kek
LZ Life Editor

Sasha Kek

This is Sasha’s third and final year working with the Bear Facts staff as the LZ Life Editor. Aside from helping Bear Facts run smoothly, you can find her competing with her twin brother - and winning 90% of the time -, rushing with the Yearbook staff to get pages done by deadline, or preaching for everyone to join Bear Facts. While it will be hard for her to part from the chaos, she will contin...

Parker Carley
Sports Editor

Parker Carley

Parker is looking forward to her first year on staff and second year in the journalism program. As a junior, Parker will take on the role of Sports Editor. When Parker is not in the journalism room you can find her playing on the volleyball team and hanging out with her friends. In her free time she tends to be quite the bookworm and also likes to write short stories. Parker is a member of the Natio...

Kaitlin Geisler
Social Media Manager

Kaitlin Geisler

Kaitlin Geisler is one of four seniors on the staff this year. It is her fourth and final year in the Bear Facts program, and her third year in the Social Media Manager position. She is very excited to finally be a senior and is looking forward to all the opportunities college will bring. When there, she plans to major in journalism and join the newspaper there as well. Kaitlin plays high school socce...

Gurneer Sidhu
Secretary

Gurneer Sidhu

As a sophomore, this is Gurneer’s second year in the journalism program and first year as a staff member. If you ever find her outside of Bear Facts, you’ll probably catch her throwing punches at tae kwon do, aggressively typing a new story into her laptop, having her nose in yet another fantasy novel, or riding her bike with her friends. She loves journalism and hopes to be a member of Bear Fa...

Kara Yoon
Business Manager

Kara Yoon

Kara’s junior year will be her second year on the Bear Facts Staff.  If you were to spot her, you'd probably see her biking around town or coming out of the movie theater. When she’s not acting as a half-baked Lois Lane in Bear Facts, Kara spends most of her time drawing or listening to podcasts. She isn't sure exactly what she wants to do in the future, but at the moment she thinks the idea ...

Kyra Keena
Live Media Manager

Kyra Keena

Going into her sophomore year, Kyra Keena is eager to start her first year as Live Media Manager, and second year in the journalism program! When she isn’t chasing a story, Kyra spends her time getting together with friends, listening to music, and reading new and interesting novels. She is involved in Tri-M, Blue notes, Cantilena choir, and multiple volunteer and extracurricular opportunities o...

Sashrika Shyam
Staff Writer

Sashrika Shyam

This is Sashrika’s first year on staff and second year in the journalism program. As a sophomore, Sashrika is looking forward to creating light-hearted stories that students will love. Outside of Bear Facts, she will most likely have her nose in a book. Her sleep schedule is quite appalling because she will usually be reading until one in the morning. You can also find Sashrika singing or perfor...

Lindsey Bitzer
Staff Writer

Lindsey Bitzer

Lindsey Bitzer loves writing stories as a staff writer in Bear Facts. When she is not working in journalism, she is on the cross country course or track. Having enjoyed art since she was young, she paints, draws, and comes up with all sorts of creative ideas. For her, inspiration comes from nature and animals. She'll climb trees, run with her dog, or save insects from being crushed on the sidewalk. ...

Sid Talukder
Staff Writer

Sid Talukder

His real name is Siddhanth, but to make it easier for you, he goes by Sid. As a sophomore, Sid is very eager to be part of staff. This will be his second year in journalism and his first year on staff. As a sophomore, he is eager to be a part of the Bear Facts staff. Outside of Bear Facts, you can see him with his dogs, playing basketball, hanging out with his friends and family, or probably taking ...

Mackenzie Rough
Staff Writer

Mackenzie Rough

Mackenzie Rough will be tackling her junior year and her first time on staff this year. She enjoys informational writing and hopes to take on a larger role her senior year. If you were to see her outside of school, she would probably be making a scene with her brothers, drawing, or smearing oil paint all over herself and her surroundings. In the future, Mackenzie hopes to major in wildlife biology/co...

Emma Harper
Staff Writer

Emma Harper

This is Emma’s first year on staff and she is thrilled to begin her second year as a sophomore in the journalism program. Outside of school, you will probably find her doing one of her numerous hobbies including, but not limited to: devouring books, bullet journaling (a form of art journaling that might be the only thing keeping her procrastination at bay), or singing. Outside of Bear Facts, Emma is ...

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