Meet the 2022-23 Charger staff

AJ Grutsch | co editor in chief

AJ is a senior from Maple Hill. He enjoys running cross country, playing drums and long walks on the beach. AJ’s love language is words of affirmation. He is also a Saggitiarius. AJ can be found slaving away at his job at Subway. AJ participates in NHS, scholars bowl and hot dog eating contests. AJ plans on going to K-State and eventually ruling the world. You will follow AJ on Instagram and twitter @ya_b0i_aj1 and follow him on Spotify @Ya_B0i_AJ1. 

Jacob Meseke | co editor in chief

Jacob is a senior from Alma. He participates in football, basketball, baseball, FCCLA, fitness club and NHS. When he isn’t in school he likes to play video games, watch sports and go to Raising Cane’s. He plans to go to K-State, but his major is undecided. You can follow him on Instagram @jacob.meseke and on Twitter @jacob_meseke

Danielle Murphy | social media editor

Danielle is a senior from McFarland. She participates in tennis, cheer, track, SAFE and student council. When she isn’t at school she enjoys hanging out with friends, getting coffee and working at the OZ Museum in Wamego. Danielle is interested in a career in graphic design. You can follow her on Instagram @danielle__murphy and her Twitter @daniemurphy23.

Jenna Donaldson | staff writer

Jenna is a senior from Maple Hill. She participates in cross country, track and Rooted in Christ. When she isn’t at school she likes to sleep, chill with her chickens, and hang out with her friends. After high school she plans to be a veterinarian. You can follow her instagram @itsjennadonaldson

Payton Wurtz | staff writer

Payton is a sophomore from Alma. She participates in cross country, track, FCA, KAYs, Rooted in Christ, Student Council and Scholars Bowl. She enjoys going to church with her family and playing board games, which are always more aggressive than expected. When she isn’t at school she also enjoys camping, hiking and kayaking. Payton is a Sweet Tea connoisseur and will take any recommendations  #baptizedinsweettea. After high school she plans on becoming a sports psychologist and running collegiately. You can follow Payton on Instagram @paytonwurtz01.

Baylie Tharman | staff writer

Baylie is a Junior from Paxico. She participates in tennis, volleyball, track, Rooted In Christ, FCCLA, KAYs, SAFE, Student Council, FCA and Yellow Ribbon. When she isn’t at school she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, fishing, playing with her dogs, camping, shopping, and hiking. During the winter, she plays on a premier volleyball team out of Manhattan. After high school she plans on becoming an occupational therapist. You can follow Baylie on instagram @baylietharman_05.

Sophia Castillo | staff writer

Sophia is a junior from Alma. She participates in cross country, track, cheer, FFA, FCCLA, student council and NHS. She is also an Aquarius, which interestingly is not a water sign. When not at school, Sophia enjoys relaxing, eating Cheez-its and shopping. After high school Sophia plans on becoming a dermatologist, as well as cheering in college. Follow her on Instagram @_sophia.castillo_  and Twitter @sophiacasti11o. 

Heather Baker | staff writer

Heather is a Junior from Maple Hill. She enjoys band, scholars bowl and getting good grades. At home, she plays video games and eats Cheetos. She plans on studying engineering at a university to be determined. Despite being very tall, she is not participating in basketball, now or ever. She knows you think it’s funny to ask, but she’s heard it three times today.

Ava Meinhardt | staff writer

Ava is a junior from Paxico. She participates in tennis, cheer, softball, FCCLA, fitness club (because she is all about #fitness) and Rooted in Christ. When she is not at school, Ava enjoys going to Starbucks even though she hates coffee. She also likes white cheddar Cheez-its better than the original. Her plans after high school are undecided but she would like to play softball in college. Follow Ava’s instagram @ava_meinhardt and her Snapchat @ameinhardt05.

Sienna Jones | staff writer

Sienna is a junior from Alma. She participates in track, cross country, cheer, softball, student council, FCCLA and fitness club. She is 5’11 and does not play volleyball or basketball — stop asking. As a Gemini, with a June birthday, she enjoys the summertime. Activities such as swimming, hiking and eating food. You can find her working at Sonic #happyhour. Her plan is to study kinesiology in hope of becoming a chiropractor, along with running (jumping) track in college. Add her socials are @_.sienna.jones._ on Instagram and @sienna-jones24 on Snapchat.

Learn more about the Charger, or read the print edition. Follow @whscharger on Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok, or like our page on Facebook. Subscribe to the Senioritis podcast on Apple or Spotify.

Pictured above: 2022-23 Charger staff. Back row: Heather Baker, Sophia Castillo, Payton Wurtz, Danielle Murphy, AJ Grutsch, Jacob Meseke. Front: Jenna Donaldson, Sienna Jones, Baylie Tharman, Ava Meinhardt.

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