Online Staff 2014-15


Editors in Chief

Brett Stover

Brett Stover is a senior with a lot of opinions. His position as field commander in the Emerald Regiment and his slicked hair distinguish him from any average teen. Many say that this young political ball of energy resembles the famed politician Mitt Romney, but somehow he manages to deny the similarity. Despite dodging the paparazzi, he manages to find time in his ridiculously busy day to be The Rock‘s and Bearing News‘ Editor in Chief.

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Renata Williams

As Editor in Chief and Business Manager of The Rock and Bearing News, and a member of yearbook, one can find Renata Williams in the journalism at her computer designing advertisements, calling businesses or editing stories almost any time of the day. Even as a senior, she finds the time to carefully plan a classy outfit for each day of school and never fails to look fabulous.

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Production and Managing Editor

Emily Franke

Emily Franke, an adolescent prodigy, holds a broad spectrum of talents. When she’s not acing her AP tests, she’s a flutist and a drum major in the prestigious Rock Bridge Marching Band, or perhaps she’s playing a rough game of lacrosse. As a senior, studying and practicing flute consume Emily’s schedule, yet she still manages to keep The Rock and Bearing News organized. Her incredible writing on fascinates the world. Keep an eye on this one, folks.

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Web Editors

News and Community Editor

Luke Chval

Luke is an outgoing and crazy junior in journalism. He hates computers and prefers Motown and Classic Rock to today’s hip hop and rap. Luke daily frequents either Panera Bread or B&B Bagel for breakfast. Despite his Czech ancestry, Luke prefers to dine on deep dish pizza and Chicago style hot dogs, as he is a native of Chicago. Luke is a Notre Dame fanatic and often skips school to watch them play a variety of sports. First editing commentary and blogs as a sophomore, Luke was the first sophomore editor for The Rock and Bearing News.

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Sports Editors

Features Editor

Jenna Liu

Jenna is obsessed with perfection. That line has a minuscule curve. Redo it. You got a 44 out of 45, ask for extra credit. Everything must be perfect. While not trying to be perfect, which is almost an all-consuming job, Jenna puts together trendy outfits and grunts to get what she wants. She has an extremely low tolerance for ignorance and is a flaming feminist, which often shows in her incredible writing, while her eye for detail and perfection makes her a great features editor for The Rock and Bearing News.

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In-Depths and Special Reports Editor

Abby Kempf

Abby Kempf is a Harry Potter enthusiast, hard core liberal and proud grower of curly “lion-mane-esque” hair. When she is not creating dance routines to Mamma Mia, she is listening to her other favorite musicals on full volume while violently singing along. In her own little corner of the journalism lab, Abby stays late after school working on stories, page designs and homework for one of AP classes. Don’t be surprised if she responds to you by breaking into song. Also don’t get offended if she uses her supreme sarcasm skills on you; she just can’t help herself.

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Editorials Editor

Commentary and Blogs Editor

Derek Wang

Out of the two original sophomores on staff, now junior Derek Wang is the more shy and timid. He is a rice farmer by day and a ninja by night. He spends his time playing three instruments and playing tennis for RBHS. Derek likes to eat rice and kung pao chicken while playing his violin. His favorite day of the week is Doubles Thursday, only rivaled by blog day and commentary deadlines, and carries around sharpened chopsticks to ward off enemies.

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Arts & Entertainment Editor

Health & Wellness and Science & Technology Editor

Alice Yu

Alice Yu is a little out there. She often talks in a baby voice that you can’t quite call endearing or extremely annoying. She is three years old at heart, and, well, in every other way imaginable. Alice is smart, but not one of those “I must get a 4.0 or my life is over” kids, which is nice. She takes after her sister Daphne and even though you might not notice, she possess Daphne’s crude and angry side. She plays piano and violin but can’t sing worth a darn, but she has a great talent for writing and helping others that you can’t help but love.

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Art Editor

Maddy Mueller

Upon first sight of senior Maddy Mueller, a chill runs up the spine. She seems eerily familiar.  Were you once friends in 5th grade? Yes, that must be it, for what else could cause her trendy blazer and flowered onesie to be so recognizable? Awakened from your thought, you watch her as she frantically checks her lunch box for the Ghiradelli chocolate so lovingly packed by her mother. Finding it safe and sound, she steals a glance to either side and devours it. Painstakingly, she licks the inside of the wrapper until the caramel and chocolate are but a sweet, pre-diabetic memory. You make eye contact and she forces a smile, but for a split second you see another face. You see raised eyebrows and pursed lips. A skeptical gaze. The chill returns and you shut your eyes tight. You’ll have nightmares about that face tonight, you think. Regaining your composure, you open your eyes. In front of you she has placed a sketch. Tears begin to blur your vision, but somehow that makes it looks even more beautiful. You look up to thank her, but realize you’re alone. A clock chimes in the distance. It dawns on you that you’ve been staring at the drawing for hours. As you begin your walk home, you think to yourself: Maddy Mueller is an enigma.

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Staff Writers

Caylea Erickson

Caylea Erickson is a rockin’ young junior and a Jack of all trades, using her skills to write as well as photograph for journalism. When she isn’t taking stellar photos for The Rock or Bearing News, she is creating beautiful portraits for her happy customers. With an Instagram and Facebook chock full of gorgeous proofs, the world can see Caylea has talent. In her spare time, she is watching Netflix or listening to awesome music, or spending time with her two dogs, and no cats.

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John Flanegin

Though small in stature, John Flanegin’s defiant personality gives way to indifferent expression. Tending to spend the majority of class scrolling through his phone, John seems to have a more active social life on Twitter than in school. His wittiness can prove to bring humor in the darkest times but can also become increasingly annoying and hair-raising. John is also a junior on RBHS’s wresling team and has an amazing voice as a sports writer.

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Nicole Schroeder

Nicole Schroeder is a junior that many unknowing passerby in the halls of RBHS would probably assume is a freshman. Despite her many quirks and her small stature, however, she is quick to offer a helping hand or a friendly smile to anyone in need. When she’s not stressing out about her schoolwork (a rare occasion), Nicole enjoys horseback riding, writing novels to her heart’s content and playing with her three guinea pigs: Smores, Oreo and Cinnamon. Nicole can usually be found bustling in and out of the journalism room or hidden away in the EEE room.

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Devesh Kumar

Devesh Kumar is always available to help a section editor out by grabbing a quick, much needed photo. He loves taking photos, but this junior also enjoys learning new skills, such as various technologies, and helping those around him in whatever way he can. He can recite Pi if you ask him to, and he is a truly faithful friend.

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Sury Rawat

Sury is quiet, beautiful and perfect in every way, as are her photos. She is also very trustworthy, so when you meet her you are compelled to tell her all of your secrets. Because of this quality, Sury knows everything about everyone at all times, but she will never let any of her knowledge slip. She is as stubborn as she is brilliant, and she is always so sweet that you can’t help but want to be friends with her. Even though most seniors want to leave Columbia for college, Sury dreams of attending Mizzou and will, hopefully, have her way next fall.

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Madelyn Stewart

A french horn enthusiast, photographer and trendy fashionista, senior Madelyn Stewart is often found busy in the music wing or in the journalism room. She and Sury, a dynamic duo, are always punctual with their fantastic photos. While Madelyn is quiet and calm most of the time, you can expect the occasional humorous remark that will leave you laughing uncontrollably.

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Claire Simon

Claire Simon is an awkward kind of fabulous. Her graphic design skills are always on point, but she usually asks for a little help with cleverly naming her infographics. When she isn’t sitting quietly observing the world, she is laughing with her friends or making them laugh. Her cat, Piper, is as sassy as Claire, and together they enjoy long naps on weekdays and weekends alike.

Contact her at [email protected]