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[VIDEO] School Spotlight for Spring 2024

The apprentice editors and contributors in Journalism II broke out cameras and mics to shine a spotlight on what’s happening in the halls of West Essex for spring 2024. Here’s a roundup of some of the exciting projects and activities that teachers, classes, clubs and extracurriculars have been doing lately!

Features on: Cristina Pivetta, Caesar Diliberto, Anthony Emering, Dean Ratajczek, the Building & Grounds Department and the staff of Pomptonian Food Service

Teachers & Classes:

Cristina Pivetta – Heart and soul of the Italian program

by Olivia Di Marco, Lena Korenstein and Dani Tiegel

Caesar Diliberto’s ‘Glorious Day in Education’

by Ava DeRose and Sophia Duarte

Anthony Emering, the Daytime Grandfather

by Annika Johnson and Carly Levitt

Dean Ratajczak drives students to success

by Ava Belli, Brooke Cheifetz and Emma Sceppaguercio

Facilities & Services

Building & Grounds Department makes an impact

by Ali Angelo, Evan Hines and Hailey Raymond

Pomptonian: ‘The One with the West Essex Lunch Ladies’

by Naya AlZarabili, Justin Misher and Adie Minnella


Behind the Bylines
Naya AlZarabili
Naya AlZarabili, Contributor
Naya AlZarabili is a Sophomore Contributor on the Wessex Wire and enjoys expressing herself through not only literature, but other artistic outlets like film and music! She spends the majority of her time reading or visiting local autumnal destinations with her cousin. Naya wouldn't be herself without a weekly Chipotle bowl, Arctic Monkeys, Laufey, and every Greta Gerwig movie to date.
Alexandra Angelo
Alexandra Angelo, Apprentice Editor
Alexandra Angelo, is an Apprentice Editor for the 2023-2024 Wessex Wire. She enjoys baking, shopping, and spending time down the shore. When she isn’t doing any of those things, you can find her hanging out with friends and family. 
Ava Belli
Ava Belli, Apprentice Editor
Ava Belli is a 2023-2024 Apprentice Editor for the Wessex Wire. She plays field hockey for the West Essex team. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her friends and family and watch her favorite Disney Channel throwback shows. She spends her summers in Lavallette, N.J., where you can also find her favorite ice cream spot, Iceberg. 
Brooke Cheifetz
Brooke Cheifetz, Apprentice Editor
Brooke Cheifetz is a 2023-2024 Apprentice Editor for the Wessex Wire. She enjoys playing soccer, watching the New York Yankees and New York Jets, and spending time with her friends. She loves listening to music, especially Luke Combs, Harry Styles, and Taylor Swift.
Ava DeRose
Ava DeRose, Apprentice Editor
Ava DeRose is an Apprentice Editor for the 2023-2024 Wessex Wire. She enjoys going to the beach, playing field hockey and listening to music, especially country. She loves anything to do with summer, pumpkin spice and the holiday season. On the weekends, you can find her hanging out with friends and family or going out to eat!
Olivia Di Marco
Olivia Di Marco, Apprentice Editor
Olivia Di Marco is an Apprentice Editor for the 2023-2024 Wessex Wire. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, summers in Long Beach Island and the fall-winter season. You can catch her listening to John Mayer or scrolling through TikTok when shes bored. Her favorite show has to be "Jersey Shore" and her favorite movie is "Cheaper by The Dozen 2".
Sophia Duarte
Sophia Duarte, Apprentice Editor
Sophia Duarte is an Apprentice for the Wessex Wire. In the summer, she spends time with her family in Portugal. She enjoys watching sports, working out, reading, and hanging out with friends. She also loves listening to country music, especially Morgan Wallen.
Evan Hines
Evan Hines, Apprentice Editor
Evan Hines is an apprentice editor for the 2023-2024 Wessex Wire who specializes in arts & culture articles. He loves listening to music, watching movies/T.V. shows and hanging out with friends in his free time. He is a huge New York sports fan, supporting the Jets, Yankees, Devils and Knicks.
Annika Johnson
Annika Johnson, Apprentice Editor
Annika Johnson is a sophomore in high school who is a sports apprentice for The Wessex Wire. In her free time, she'll either watch a hockey game on her couch or at the Devils arena, cheering on her favorite players like Nico Hischier or John Marino. One of her favorite things that does not revolve around hockey is seeing her favorite artists in concert, like Taylor Swift, The Drivers Era, or Big Time Rush.
Lena Korenstein
Lena Korenstein, Apprentice Editor
Lena Korenstein is an Apprentice Editor for the Wessex Wire. She loves being a dancer and listening to Taylor Swift, Lana Del Ray and all songs from High School Musical. Lena enjoys hanging out with friends and family and keeping up with the latest celebrity gossip.
Carly Levitt
Carly Levitt, Apprentice Editor
Carly Levitt is an Apprentice Editor for the Wessex Wire. She enjoys playing tennis, hanging out with friends, and watching the New York Giants. Carly enjoys listening to Taylor Swift and loves spending her summers at camp.
Adelaide Minnella
Adelaide Minnella, Apprentice Editor
Adelaide Minnella, but you can call her Adie, is an Apprentice for the 2023-2024 Wessex Wire. She loves field hockey, lacrosse, the seasons of summer and fall, baking, cooking, her favorite show is “Friends” and her favorite movie is “10 Things I Hate About You.” Her favorite music artists are Taylor Swift, Noah Kahan, Gracie Abrams and Phoebe Bridgers. On the weekends you can find her babysitting, reading her favorite books, or hanging out with her core group of friends. 
Justin Misher
Justin Misher, Apprentice Editor
Justin Misher is a 2023-2024 Apprentice Writer for the Wessex Wire. He enjoys watching the Knicks, Giants and Mets, hanging out with friends and going down the shore. His favorite food is steak and his favorite TV show is Friends.
Hailey Raymond
Hailey Raymond, Contributor
Hailey Raymond is a contributor for the Wessex Wire. Her favorite season is fall because Halloween is the best thing to ever exist. If you can't reach her on any platform whatsoever she's most likely ignoring the world with a book in her hand blasting music. FYI movie recommendations are fully welcomed because movies are awesome. Fun Fact: she apparently plays the drums.... I think?
Emma Sceppaguercio
Emma Sceppaguercio, Contributor
Emma Sceppaguercio is a junior contributor for the Wessex Wire. When she isn't playing a sport, you'll likely catch her at the nearest Chipotle! She enjoys listening to music, especially Bruno Mars.
Dani Tiegel
Dani Tiegel, Apprentice Editor
Danielle Tiegel, but you can call her Dani, is an Arts and Culture apprentice editor for the 2023-2024 Wessex Wire. She does competitive dance and is a cheerleader for West Essex. When she is not at the dance studio, she is shopping, napping, or watching “Grey's Anatomy”.
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