The Smoke Signal

2017-2018 Staff

Andrew Goodspeed

Journalist

Andrew Goodspeed is a sophomore at Ripon High School. This is his first year in the journalism class. Andrew is looking forward to going to college. His interests include snowboarding and JROTC.

Isaiah Thomspon

Social Media Manager

Isaiah is brand new to the Smoke Signal news staff this year. Thompson has been involved in cross-country all four years of his high school career and track for the past three years and is now playing men's volleyball for the spring...

Sarah Whitley

Journalist

Sarah Whitley is a sophomore at Ripon High School. This will be her second year participating in Ripon High Journalism. She is looking forward to covering the stories throughout Ripon High and to spend her high school years at ...

Kevin Valdez

Journalist

Kevin Valdez is a student at Ripon High School who is looking forward to something memorable during his senior year. This is his second year as a reporter for the Smoke Signal. Valdez is also a longtime member of the high sch...

Gracyn Taylor

Advertisement Manager

Gracyn Taylor is currently a junior at Ripon High School and this is her first year with the RHS Smoke Signal staff. She is looking forward to creating fun, entertaining, and informative articles within her time in the class an...

Deven Stokes

Community Editor

Deven Stokes is a junior at Ripon High School. She is in her second year as an Editor on the Smoke Signal staff. She looks forward to her senior year in journalism and loves to write feature stories. Deven is currently a libero on ...

Rachel Sausedo

Sports Editor

Rachel Sausedo is a junior at Ripon High School and this is her second year on the Smoke Signal News staff.  She looks forward to writing memorable articles for the newspaper and improving her writing skills.  Rachel is cur...

Will Sanford

Sports Editor

Will Sanford is a junior at Ripon High School. He has been the Sports Editor for the past two years and enjoys writing about sports. Will also likes to write about other topics including and not limited to the environment and ...

Claire DeKruyf

Journalist

Claire DeKruyf is a freshman at Ripon High School.  This is her first year writing for the RHS journalism newspaper and website.  She is involved with volleyball and in her free time she enjoys getting boba with her friends, ...

Aubree Pelon

Journalist

Aubree Pelon is currently a sophomore at RHS, involved with her first year of journalism. Her pastimes include rescuing and volunteering for animal rescues, playing competitive soccer, watching baseball and traveling. She has...

Daisy Martinez

Journalist

Daisy Martinez is a 17-year-old junior who moved to Ripon High School a week before finals. She is shy and sensitive. Daisy usually is the friend who stays home while the rest of her friends go out. She keeps her emotions and...

Abbi Kissee

Videographer

Abbi Kissee is a senior at Ripon High School and this is her second year on the Smoke Signal News staff. She looks forward to sharing with the school and community the most groundbreaking news in an engaging manner through mult...

Jasleena Hererra

Journalist

Jasleena Herrera is a senior at Ripon High School, and this is her first year with RHS Journalism. She is looking forward to exploring her horizons with her writing career. Her interest include cheering for RHS and socializin...

Ashley Jackson

Journalist

Ashley Jackson is a freshman and this is her first year in Journalism. She has been taking an interest in writing since 6th grade when her teacher encouraged her to pursue it. She’s excited to write out of her comfort zone a...

Lexi Hyer

Journalist

Lexi Hyer is a junior at Ripon High School and this is her second year on the Ripon High Journalism Smoke Signal news staff. She likes to write entertainment and student life articles. Lexi is involved in Link Crew, CSF, and track. S...

Makeila Hinrichsen

Editor-in-Chief

Makeila Hinrichsen is a senior at Ripon High School. This is her second year on the Smoke Signal staff and first year as editor-in-chief. After high school, she’ll be pursuing a degree in nursing and minoring in journalism in h...

Nimrit Hayer

Student Life Editor

Nimrit Hayer is a junior at Ripon High School, and this is her second year on the Smoke Signal News staff. She looks forward to collaborating with her staff and writing fun articles for the student body. Nimrit is currently invol...

Elisabeth Fereria

Journalist

Elisabeth Fereria is currently a junior at Ripon High, and is in her second year with the Smoke Signal. Elisabeth loves having a good time with friends, exploring new places and relaxing. Elisabeth is excited to be a part of the ...

Abby Pendleton

Journalist

Abby Pendleton is a junior at Ripon High and this is her 2nd year writing for the Smoke Signal News. She plays flute in the RHS band and is one of the leaders of United. In her free time she enjoys reading comic books, watching N...

Aiko DeArth

Assistant Student Life Editor

Aiko Dearth is a sophomore at Ripon High School. Outside of her classes, she is highly involved with many extracurriculars, such as cross country and track and field, She also has a passion for music and plays violin in the M...

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