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2018-2019 Staff

Calvin Prenkert


Calvin is very happy to be returning to the Optimist staff this school year. When he is not pursuing journalistic endeavors, he enjoys playing tennis, Frisbee, and singing his heart out.

Jen Crystal


"Greetings and salutations, are you a Heather?" Jen is a senior at South who's enjoying her second year on The Optimist. She spends her time watching movies and avoiding physical activity at all costs (opting instead towards a...

Taylor Harmon


You probably know me as that girl who trips and falls constantly, often in public places. Lover of plants, ice cream, Julie Andrews, and Meryl Streep.

J.T. Kelly

Sports Editor

I may have not taken journalism, but I make up for it by contributing very little.

Paige Litkenhous

Staff Writer

I am a sophomore and often eat way too much Taco Bell for my own good.

Tommy Beggs

Staff Writer

Tommy is a first year writer on the Optimist staff. He is a swimmer for Bloomington South, and enjoys the Star Wars Prequels and playing a spirited game of chess. He is slated to bat cleanup against Yearbook in this year's softball...

Katie Apple

Staff Writer

The shortie you see in the hallways occasionally. Looks like a freshman but is actually a junior.

Jackson Moore

Staff Writer

Jackson Moore is a senior at Bloomington High School South and is excited to be serving in his first year on the Optimist news staff. In his free time, Jackson enjoys playing soccer, tossing the flat ball, and eating Chipotle.

Tommy McEvilly

Staff Writer

Tommy McEvilly is a senior and first year Optimist staff-writer but appeared as a guest staff photographer during his junior year. He enjoys singing, chilling with his two cats: Merlot and Sangria, and is an extremely talented...

Lilly Thomas

Staff Writer/Photographer

Catch me sending bitmojis to your girl.

Lexi Cornett


not a wig.

Seth Thomas

Web Technician

Seth Thomas is a second-year staff writer for the Optimist Newspaper. He is looking forward to providing the student body with fresh and interesting stories in the upcoming year. He aspires to be an astronomer, an entrepreneur,...

Patrick Walsh


"I am the greatest!" -Muhammad Ali speaking from the perspective of Patrick Walsh

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