The Zephyr

2019-2020 Staff

Natalie Mangskau

Editor-in-Chief

Senior Natalie Mangskau enters her third year of Journalism as the Editor-in-Chief for The Zephyr. A part of West's water polo and swim team she loves competing with her teammates. Mangskau is interested in pursuing a career i...

Julian Castro

Staff Reporter

Senior Julian Castro is a first year journalist who likes playing the guitar and being in drama class. He was born in San Jose and is an older brother to Jayden and Jacob. His best friends, Isaac Baria and Jonah Guerrero, are...

Jovana Centeno

Staff Reporter

Senior Jovana Centeno enters her first year of Journalism for The Zephyr. She enjoys Photojournalism because it allows her to capture West High’s spirit through photography. Centeno has taken part of the West High Music Program ...

Sarah Marin

Staff Reporter

Sophomore Sarah Marin is a first year journalist for the Zephyr. Born in Tracy, Marin enjoys spending her time playing tennis and watching "Criminal Minds". Her positive energy and optimism can brighten anyone’s day. She aspires...

Puja Patel

Staff Reporter

Puja Patel is in her senior year at West High and her first year as a reporter for The Zephyr. She runs for the Cross Country and Track and Field teams and enjoys reading, writing and teaching. She aspires to pursue a career i...

Melany Alas

Staff Reporter

Melany Alas is currently a senior and in her first year as a reporter for The Zephyr. She enjoys reading classic literature and studying politics and human rights. Alas has hopes to become a lawyer after graduating from her drea...

Jonah Guerrero

Staff Reporter

Jonah Guerrero is a senior who has many skills and an overall humorous personality. Whenever a room is dull and uninviting, you can always count on Guerrero to liven it up and make everyone's mood a little brighter. On top of being ...

Sneha Thokkadam

Staff Reporter

Senior Sneha Thokkadam is entering her first year in Journalism. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, painting and spending time with her dog. Thokkadam also hopes to one day travel across the world, including places like Iceland...

Robby Trammell

Staff Reporter

Robby Trammell is a senior at West High. This is his first year in journalism. He runs the Video Production club with his friends here on campus, and has a passion for photography. Trammell  has played bass in Jazz since his...

Adriana Apodaca

Staff Reporter

Senior Adriana Apodaca enters her first year in Journalism. Apodaca is a member of Varsity Cheer and loves to be a part of such an energetic, hardworking team. She is involved in many extracurriculars this year such as ODAT, Polynesian...

Isaac Baria

Staff Reporter

Junior Isaac Baria goes into his first year of Journalism. Born in Hayward, the young junior brings a comedic tone and wit to the paper. Baria enjoys fourth period in Journalism class as a creative outlet, or as way of riffing...

Anysa Mendoza

Staff Reporter

Senior Anysa Mendoza joins Journalism as a new student this year to West High. At her old high school, Manteca High, Mendoza participated in as much volunteer work as she could through the school. She has also involved herself...

Cristopher Marin

Staff Reporter

Senior Cristopher Marin is back for his second year of journalism in hopes to continue his work of improving the The Zephyr and his writing skills. Marin was born in Berkeley, where he lived for two years until he moved to Tra...

Rhiann Deschine

Staff Reporter

Sophomore Rhiann (Rhi Rhi) Deschine begins her second year of Journalism. Born in Washington, Deschine lived in Arizona for almost twelve years and is now in California for her third year. Deschine hopes to be more involved in...

Seemani Dash

Staff Reporter

Seemani Dash, a junior in her second year of journalism, is involved with Space and Engineering Academy, CSF and dance team.  She also spends most of her time after school practicing as a competitive dancer for a local studio....

Veron Hollins

Staff Reporter

Junior Veron Hollins returns to Journalism after mysteriously disappearing for an entire year. Veron was born in Oakland California, and at age 10, he moved to Tracy where he started middle school.  Fast  forward to now, and...

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