The North Star

2017-2018 Staff

Rachel Hale

Staff Writer

Rachel Hale is a sophomore at Naperville North, and this is her first year working as a staff writer for The North Star. She is looking forward to trying a variety of writing styles, including features and editorials. In addit...

Lydia Meikle

Editorial Cartoonist

Lydia Meikle is a senior and a rookie Editorial Cartoonist for The North Star. After leapfrogging from Michigan to Ohio to Illinois, she’s found her passion in sketching out laughs and exploring the art of imagery through her comi...

Maddie Krebs

Multimedia Managing Editor

Maddie is a senior who is very excited to return to The North Star and work as Multimedia Managing Editor. She is eager to venture further into the world of multimedia both behind the camera and in front of it as an anchor to pre...

Sophie Bruce

Staff Writer

Sophie Bruce is a junior at Naperville North High School. This is her first year as a photographer for The North Star after taking several photography classes. She enjoys running on the NNHS girls’ cross country team, and in...

Jayla Butler

Graphics Editor

Senior Jayla Butler is excited to tackle her second year on staff as The North Star’s very first Graphics Editor! She is looking forward to enhancing design for both the website and any print publications. She also hopes to sha...

Jacob de Waard

Multimedia Producer

Jacob de Waard is a senior at Naperville North High School and is the Multimedia Producer for The North Star and The NOW. Jacob was born in New Jersey and lived on three different continents before moving to Naperville. He is...

Tanya Iyer

Head Newswriter

Suffering from junior-itis, this is Tanya's second year on The North Star, where she’ll be serving as the Social Media Manager as well as the Head Newswriter. In tandem to serving as the Scholastic Bowl captain and DECA’s VP of ...

Kirubel Mesfin

Staff Writer

Kirubel Mesfin is a junior at Naperville North High School, and this is his first year at The North Star. He is also the sports section editor for the Yearbook and on the Robotics team at NNHS. An avid basketball fan, he is e...

Emily Welp

Staff Writer

Emily is a junior at Naperville North and is excited to begin her first year as a staff writer for The North Star. Apart from writing, Emily enjoys eating Thai food, going on hikes with her dog, watching old Disney movies, and running for ...

Lauren Emrich

Staff Writer

Lauren is a junior at Naperville North High School. She has a passion for photography, cinematography, writing, and graphic design. This is her first year on The North Star. She has taken four semesters worth of photography c...

Erika Brandt

Staff Writer

Erika Brandt is a junior at Naperville North and is very excited to be a part of The North Star for the first time. She is involved in Show Choir and is a Link Crew and First Class Leader. She wants to pursue a career in news ...

Brant Bednarz

Sports Editor

Brant Bednarz is a senior at Naperville North High School and this is his second year on The North Star. He is an aspiring sports journalist/broadcaster who is passionate about politics, sports, and the Chicago Cubs. He broadca...

Madison Hubbard

Features Editor

As a junior, this is Madison’s first year working as the Features Editor of The North Star and her second year as a staff member. In addition to writing, her other interests include dancing, singing, and playing the piano. ...

Neha Narayan

Staff Writer

Neha is a senior at Naperville North High School new to The North Star. Aside from her interest in journalism, she works as the Director of Publicity for the JSA Board, and loves taking pictures or creating videos that document...

Mike Trubshaw

Staff Writer

This is Mike’s first year on The North Star, and his senior year in high school. Following in his brother’s footsteps, Mike is excited to be on the staff this year and is interested in writing reviews, editorials, hard news ...

Drake MacIntyre

Staff Writer

Drake is a junior at Naperville North and a first-year staff writer for The North Star.  He is also part of Football and Wrestling at NNHS, as well as club Rugby outside of school.  Drake is hoping to pursue Journalism as a c...

Martin Herz

Staff Writer

A senior at Naperville North, Martin Herz is a staff writer for The North Star and this is his 2nd year on the paper. Martin’s writing plans is to not only do sports coverage, but experiment in different fields of writing. Be...

Elise Mulligan

Hard News Editor

Elise Mulligan is a junior in her second year writing for The North Star, and her first year as the Hard News Editor. She plans to try a variety of writing styles, but is most excited to dive in to investigative pieces. She is...

Robyn Pease

Staff Writer

Robyn Pease is a junior in her first year on The North Star. Despite not being able to read sheet music, she spends her hours playing ukulele and piano anyway. She also enjoys drawing, film, and all you can eat buffets. She h...

Julia Donofrio

Editor-in-Chief

This is Julia’s third year on The North Star staff and her first year as Editor in Chief. She is excited to learn more journalistic and leadership skills this year to prepare her to major in journalism in college. In additio...

Kate Putman

Special Projects Editor

This is Kate’s third year on The North Star and she is very excited to tackle her new job as the publication’s first Special Projects Editor. She is looking forward to developing the paper’s print presence, as well as helping...

Hannah Jorstad

Editorials Editor

As a senior, Hannah is excited to be returning to The North Star for a second year. She looks forward to working with the multitude of opinions among staff as this year’s Editorials Editor! Aside from writing for The North Star...

Liam Stenson

Staff Writer

Liam Stenson is a senior at Naperville North High School and is excited to start a new part of his life as a Staff Writer with The North Star. When he isn’t sharing his thoughts through photos and videos, Liam can be found either...

Audrey Iocca

Managing Editor

Audrey is a senior starting her second year on The North Star, and her first year as Managing Editor. She is looking forward to gaining valuable management and leadership skills, as well as journalistic experience for her fut...

Mike Rapsys

Staff Writer

Joining The North Star, Mike Rapsys is a senior at Naperville North High School. He has a passion for videography and loves to spend hours sitting in front of a computer editing videos. During his free time, Mike enjoys diving...

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