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The Optimist

2017-2018 Staff

Logan Hanchett

Sports Writer

Logan, also known as "Hanchett" or "Mr. President," is a sophomore at South. Logan enjoys working on Democratic campaigns, watching baseball, and winning fantasy football championships.

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Iona Pfingston

Staff Writer

Iona is a senior at BHSS. They enjoy nothing but a nice cup of coffee.

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Seth Thomas

Web Technician

That numskull that didn't take journalism or photography

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Lilly Thomas

Staff Writer/Photographer

Lilly is a junior at BHSS. She enjoys sweaters, random acts of kindness, and her blind Chihuahua, Etta.

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Mallorey Daunhauer


Mallorey is a fan of listening to records, eating ice cream, watching 90s TV shows, going on hikes, and petting all dogs. She is ecstatic to be on the Optimist staff for her third year.

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Ethan Baer

Sports Writer

Ethan, is currently a junior at South. Last year, he set the record for least advertisements sold. It is often said that the inner machinations of my mind are an enigma.

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Taylor Harmon


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

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William Gibbons


  Professional Staff Monkey (If you find my chin, please return to A125)

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Calvin Prenkert

Staff Writer/Photographer

Calvin is a junior at South and is thrilled to be on staff this year. Calvin enjoys eating Schneider's Sourdough nibblers and listening to Mac Demarco in his Subaru hatchback. Calvin generally spends time throwing the flatball,...

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Molly Wagschal


Molly Wagschal is returning to the Optimist for her second year. She is a goat enthusiast and has a great passion for the Spanish language. Molly also enjoys playing the violin and listening to Latin pop music.

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Elizabeth Rickert


Elizabeth loves dogs, brownies, dragons, and Wonder Woman. She is also a huge supporter of the Oxford Comma.

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