The Zephyr

2020-2021 Staff

Seemani Dash

Editor-in-Chief

Seemani Dash, a senior in her third year with The Zephyr, is President of West High's Space and Engineering Academy and is involved with CSF, Robotics club and dance team. As a student in her sixth year of competitive dance at...

Jada Portillo

Opinion Editor

Junior Jada J. Portillo coming in hot on her first year of Journalism. Born in Hayward, Portillo has been living in Tracy for a year, successfully managing to survive the heat. Portillo produces music and plays guitar 24/7. She...

Devin Smith

Sports Editor

Freshman Devin Smith is coming into Journalism in his first year with more years to come as the Sports Editor for . The Zephyr. Born in Red Bluff, California and after moving all around, he ended up here in Tracy in the eighth g...

Olayinka Bossa

Staff Reporter

Olayinka Bossa is a junior at West High, and she is one of the newest additions to The Zephyr. She is a Nigerian American student who was born and raised in the Bay Area then moved to Tracy in the seventh grade. Bossa is an act...

Sandra Castanon

Staff Reporter

Sandra Castanon has finally set foot in her long awaited year of becoming a senior. Seriously, all that waiting just to be stuck at home all day is not what she had in mind, but she makes the best out of it. Some things about...

Bibi Diwa Darwish

Staff Reporter

Bibi Diwa Darwish is in her junior year at West High and her first year as a staff reporter for The Zephyr. She was born in Afghanistan. She joined the Promote Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) program when she was in Afgha...

Tuandinh Nguyen

Staff Reporter

Tuandinh Nguyen is a senior at West High who is entering his first year in journalism. He was born in Vietnam and came to Tracy, California when he was in tenth grade. He is interested in watching musical movies like "Once" and...

Shreya Bengali

Staff Reporter

Shreya Bengali is a sophomore in her first year of journalism. Bengali spends most of her time improving her art skills and her talent in animation. She was born in Fremont and moved to Lathrop in 2014. Bengali works hard and...

Angeline Tan

Staff Reporter

Angeline Tan is a senior at West High who is entering her first year in journalism. She was born and raised in Tracy, California and soon wishes to pursue her goals outside of the city. In her free time, she enjoys creating art...

Simran Sahota

Treasurer

Senior Simran Sahota is excited to be a new addition to The Zephyr. Optimistic and passionate, Sahota is the treasurer as well as a reporter for The Zephyr. Sahota , an AP student, has been a part of West High’s basketball along wi...

Jasleen Nijjar

Features Editor

Senior Jasleen Nijjar enters her first year in Journalism as the Features Editor for The Zephyr. Born in Fremont, she moved to Tracy when she was about 6 years old and has been living here ever since. She enjoys spending her free...

Lily Byrd

Staff Reporter

Sophomore Lily Byrd is a first-year journalism student. Byrd spends majority of her free time filming, playing cello or skating. Film is one of the best ways for her to be expressive while still leaving interpretation of her artistic...

Ms. Alana Escalante

Advisor

Ms. Alana Escalante has advised Journalism at West High for nine years. She is most proud of the improvements to the program in the production of print copy as well as earning American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) awards...

Cydney Macon

Copy Editor

Cydney Macon is a senior entering her third year of Journalism. She is the Copy Editor for The Zephyr and is eager to bring new and engaging stories to the paper. Macon is pretty active on the West High Campus. As a part of the S...

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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