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2012-2013 Staff

Allen Siegler

Junior Allen Siegler is not afraid to give his opinion. Throughout his three years on The Commander staff, he has written many controversial articles on subjects ranging from local school and community problems to nationally debated...

Kimberly Fitchmun

Kimberly Fitchmun is the business manager for the 2014-15 UCHS Commander. As such, she is in charge of coordinating  advertisements that go in the hard copy of every issue. She is a senior, with this being her fourth and final ...

Emi Zeger

Emi Zeger is a Co-News Editor. This is her second year as a News Editor and third year in journalism with the Commander. Zeger has been involved in journalism since she was on the Standley Spectrum staff in middle school. Sh...

Samantha Wang

Samantha Wang is thrilled to be a part of The Commander for her fourth year. As Editor-in-Chief, she hopes to make the paper more interesting, relatable, and student-centered this year. Wang is excited for this year and all th...

Pranaya Anshu

Pranaya Anshu is honored to be the Editor-in-Chief of The Commander for the 2014-2015 school year. She first joined The Commander staff as a sophomore and  progressed to an Opinions Editor position by her junior year. Her goa...

Karyssa Newsome

Karyssa Newsome. She’s a junior and the Sports Editor for the Commander Newspaper. She enjoys reading and writing and hopes to one day become a successful journalist and novelist. When you take the time to get to know her, y...

Hata Velic

   Hata Velic has been a part of Journalism since her freshman year. She is now a senior and is working as an editor her third year. Hata joined Journalism for her love of writing, and is currently a News Editor. During her ex...

Soljan Fjelstad

Coming from De Portola Middle School , Freshman Soljan Fjelstad now finds himself working as a staff writer for the Commander. Soljan joined the newspaper because he thought it would be interesting to dabble in the style of writi...

Kate Atkins

Kate Atkins is a freshman at UCHS. In the summer before starting ninth grade, she tried running with the UC Cross Country Team and loved it. She ended up making the Varsity Team and is one of the top ten freshman runners in the...

Pranaya Anshu

Pranaya Anshu is honored to be a Commander Staff Writer for the 2012-2013 school year. She joined Journalism in hopes of putting her writing urges to use. “Some people get random urges to eat chocolate... I get random urges to...

Hata

Although Hata Velic has only recently started embracing the art of writing in recent years, she has quickly excelled and has put forth her full potential in her journalism class. Velic was born in Weimar, Germany, but moved to...

Karyssa

Meet Karyssa. She’s a freshman and staff writer for the Commander newspaper. She enjoys reading and writing and hopes to one day become a successful journalist and novelist. When you take the time to get to know her, you will...

Taylor Vinzant

Senior Taylor Vinzant is a spirited individual who loves being outdoors. She enjoys camping, hiking, and going to the beach. When she isn’t exercising, she enjoys napping and trying new foods. Her favorite restaurants are Sushi...

Jessy Barham

Jessy Barham is a fifteen-year-old girl who loves to write stories.  She began her writing frenzy in first grade when she wrote stories about her dolls. As the years went by, Jessy’s writing improved and became more serious. ...

Allen Siegler

From the first day of journalism, Allen Siegler had a very large legacy to live up. His sister, Emily, is the editor in chief of the paper and the main reason he signed up to be in the class. Allen did not know if journalism would...

Reid Atkins

This is senior Reid Atkins. This is her first year being on the journalism staff at UCHS. Her favorite classes this year are ceramics and psychology. After high school, Reid intends to go to SDSU and earn a BA in Studio Art....

Emi Z

Emi Z tends to write long articles…. This one will be short, relatively speaking. Emi is a freshman staff writer for the Commander. She had a lot of fun in journalism at Standley last year. Issues involving wildlife interest...

Riley Wilson

Not many eleven year olds read Time magazine cover to cover on a weekly basis, but UCHS News Editor Riley Wilson did, and continues to five years later. It came as no surprise when she became interested in investigative journali...

Olivia Litsey

Hey there!  My name is Olivia and I’m a senior at UC High.  This year will be my second on the Commander staff, and I’m excited about moving up from a writer to a Co-Editor of the Features page.  I cannot wait to have ...

Samantha Wang

Hey everyone! My name is Samantha Wang, and I am one of the News Editors for this 2012-2013 school year. I’m a sophomore this year and that sadly means only 3 more years of the Commander Newspaper. I am super excited ...

Isabelle Pham

Hello everyone! My name is Isabelle H. Pham, but please just call me Belle. I’m a junior attending UCHS and this is my second year on staff in journalism. My job is unlike everyone else’s. Instead of typing articles on the...

Jack Minnick

Hi my name is Jack Minnick, and I am a senior at UCHS. This is my second year as an Editor-in-Chief after being the sports editor of the Commnander. I am a fourth year journalism student. Though the Commander is going through ...

Emily Siegler

  My name is Emily Siegler and I’m Co-Editor-in-Chief of the UCHS Commander.  I have participated in journalism for four years, and have held multiple positions over the years, including Senior Editor of the Standley...

Austin Carteron

This is Austin, a small short kid who is in fact very hyper most of the time. He’s the Photography Editor for the 2012-2013 school year. When he’s not stuffing his face with sugar or playing video games, he’s taking and...

Mary Lonsdale

As the 2012-2013 Commander Opinion's Editor, Mary Lonsdale aims to provide UC students with information and perspectives on various topical issues both world and campus-wide. She wants to help students recognize that the seem...

Mrs. Susan Bristol

Mrs. Susan Bristol, advisor for the school newspaper the Commander, has been teaching English and journalism at University City High School her entire career, ever since 1993. She also went to University City High School (class o...

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