Meet the amazing, talented editors of our very own East Side News!
Arya Pindiprolu: Managing Editor
Hi, I’m Arya Pindiprolu, the managing editor for the east side newspaper. I’m currently a senior, and I’ve been in the newspaper club since I was a sophomore. I was the east section editor last year, and this year I have gotten the opportunity to co-lead with the editor- in- chief during newspaper club meetings. As managing editor, I put the paper together in Publisher, along with writing articles for the paper. I enjoy all of our coffeehouses, and of course the weekly bagels. Outside from the newspaper club, I’m mostly involved with music. I’m currently president of the Symphonic Orchestra and I’ve been a member of the pit orchestra since I was a freshman. I’m also an avid Suzuki student as I’m a member of the Buffalo Suzuki Strings Advanced Ensemble (an extracurricular chamber music group), assist with Saturday music classes, and teach students. I have also been leading volunteer concerts at nursing homes around our community. I have enjoyed interviewing students and staff for my articles, such as “Guess Who’s Back?: The Klein Turkey”. My favorite part about newspaper club is that it provides a forum for students, such as myself, to express our opinions about what is happening around us, whether it be at Will East or on a larger scale, along with keeping us updated on current events.
Garrett Speller: Editor in Chief
Hi, I’m Garrett, editor-in-chief for the east side newspaper. I’m a senior here, and despite feeling the wide-reaching symptoms of senioritis, I occasionally do things. I run cross country here at east, and I’m (sometimes/maybe) on the varsity team(?). I’m also musical on occasion, playing viola in symphonic orchestra, singing in chorale, and participating in ABC bel canto, which is an extracurricular choir. I loiter around in FBLA (mostly just for the trips), and I’ve been known to produce some spectacularly cringeworthy poetry, which has been featured in the district poetry festivals since I’ve been in 6th grade. Another one of my traits is that I hate talking/writing about myself, so this is going to be short and sweet (or just short). All in all, I’m happy to be on the newspaper staff this year, but I’m still only here for the bagels.
Anna Bella D’Amico: Feature Editor
Hi, I’m Anna Bella and I’m a junior. I’m the editor for the feature section of the newspaper, which typically means if it’s on the front page, I wrote it. My passions have always been making sure that all voices are heard, and that everybody is held accountable for their responsibilities. That’s why I’m here to make sure that we at East get the good, the bad, and the ugly. In my free time, when I’m not fighting for the little guy, my other hobbies include: being heavily involved with the class of 2019, anything that took place in the 1980s (books, music, and especially movies), and playing with my doggo Rufus (He’s just under three and a chocolate Goldendoodle in case you were wondering). I take my role as an editor very seriously and I hope that I can shed some light on both the positive and the negative things at East. 🙂
Gabe Guo: Webmaster
Hi! I’m Gabe Guo. I am a sophomore, and I have been a part of Newspaper Club since I entered East High School. I became the webmaster this fall after Ani, our previous webmaster, graduated. My hobbies include music (composing, playing, and listening), web design, and jogging. My favorite sports team is the Brooklyn Nets, my favorite TV show is Friends, and my favorite musician is Yo-Yo Ma. In case you haven’t noticed, I am basically a typical nerd, but at least I am proud of that. If you want to know more about me, visit my site HERE.
Edward Baillargeon: Entertainment Editor
Film Critic and Entertainment Editor Edward Baillargeon was born on June 5, 2001, in Armada, Michigan, moved to Fayetteville, Georgia in 2009, and has lived in East Amherst, New York since December 2010. He has always had a passion for film and animation since he was a child and loves going to the cinema and sharing his thoughts on a movie he just saw. He lives with his mom Beverly, a chef, his dad Robert, a software engineer, his younger brother Philip, a writer of the National section, and his three cats Berlioz, Yuki, and Jiji. Before he arrived at Williamsville East High School, he hosted his own TV show on the video announcements at Transit Middle School called Technology Corner, a show talking about what was new in technology, which was highly praised by his classmates. He would host the show for 2 seasons before he graduated in June 2015. His favorite movies include Star Wars, Back to the Future, Inside Out, Kubo and the Two Strings, The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon, Big Fish, Only Yesterday, WALL•E, and Up. His favorite TV shows include Avatar: The Last Airbender, Family Guy, South Park, A Series of Unfortunate Events, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (which means yes, he’s a brony), and Seinfeld. Edward likes working with a clear schedule and hates being the one guy who has to do everything.
Crystal Lu: National News Editor
Hi everyone! I’m Crystal Lu, and I’m the National News Editor. I’ve been a part of Newspaper Club since my sophomore year. It’s an amazing club and a really fun group of people to write news with, eat bagels with (even if they have despicable cream cheese spreading habits – a moment of remembrance for our former “Webmaster” Ani), and do all the Coffee Houses with. I do a lot of things, most of which I will not mention here either because of lack of space, lack of time, lack of motivation, or it’s because my parents would disapprove. Some of the things I will mention: competitive math (where I spend between 1 to 2 hours a day), school (where I spend between 6 to 10 hours a day), homework (where I spend between 3 to 5 hours a day), sleep (where I spend at least 8 hours a day) and Netflix (where I spend 3 to 5 hours a day). If that doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t (if you’re my parents, then yes, it’s right). I can’t wait to see how this turns out and if our Webmaster will ever get articles on the website again. If you’re as concerned about our East Side Paper website as I am, please yell at Gabe or Orko to update it. If it’s updated, yell at them to tell them a good job (this will not happen).