Meet the New West Orange High School Alternative Press Team

Front, L-R Adam Reuven, Clarissa Ford. Rear, L-R Chris Hanley, Jake Klein, Evan Easterling, Jake Munoz, Josh Feinblatt, John Aristizabal. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ -  The West Orange Alternative Press is excited to announce that we have partnered with an outstanding group of West Orange High School students to provide enhanced high school sports coverage . The team will cover at least 10 games per month, and fall sports articles will include football, boys soccer, girls soccer, and a weekly roundup of other sports, like cross country, girls tennis and volleyball. The WOHS WoTap team will highlight an Athlete of the Week and help keep the community in the know about some of the other events going on at the high school, as well as around town.

 The concept for the HS Tap Team was discussed in May and June with Principal Hayden Moore, who helped to recruit interested students.  Dr. Kimberly Mancarella, Assistant Principal, is also involved in the oversight of the group.  Cynthia Cumming, Managing Editor of the West Orange Alternative Press, and Tim LeCras, Head Sports Writer for TAP Corporate, will be mentoring the students, whose sports coverage will be seen not only on WoTap but multiple TAP sites.

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Let our new reporters introduce themselves to you.  They will all have the opportunity to cover a variety of sports and speciality articles.

John Aristizabal, Junior

Hi! my name is John Aristizabal. I'm a 16 year old junior at West Orange High School. I play varsity soccer for the high school in the fall and club soccer from the winter-summer. I really enjoy writing for the WOHS Pioneer newspaper, which is why I got interested in writing for WoTap. I'm very excited to write for WoTap and I already know that I will really like it!

Evan Easterling, Junior

Hello! My name is Evan Easterling and I am very excited to be able to write for The Alternative Press. Sports has always been a passion of mine growing up. When I realized that the odds for becoming a professional baseball player was tough, I decided I still wanted a career in sports. Writing about sports is something I enjoy and could see as a possible career. I am currently a junior and enjoy playing baseball, watching sports on TV, hanging out with friends, and watching movies. I try to be the best I can at everything I do and will bring the same enthusiasm to my articles. I hope you enjoy my work.

Joshua Feinblatt, Junior

My name is Joshua Feinblatt. I’m 16 and currently a Junior at West Orange High School. I’m the managing editor for The Pioneer, our school newspaper. I love writing, and being able to write for the West Orange Alternative Press is a wonderful opportunity for me. I especially enjoy writing about our high school’s athletics  because our student athletes work hard and it is enjoyable seeing it all pay off on the field. I also play on the varsity soccer team as the goalkeeper and play club for Parsippany during the rest of the year. Not only do I enjoy writing news articles, I also enjoy writing comedy. Creating new jokes is a huge hobby of mine and I hope to become some part of a late night talk show, whether it be host, writer, producer, etc.  I try to make everybody I meet laugh, because I know laughter can make you feel good even if nothing is going your way that day.  I hope you enjoy my articles because what I write about is always worthy of your important viewer’s eyes.

Clarissa Ford, Senior

I’m Clarissa Ford, a 17-year-old senior at West Orange High School. I have been the editor-in-chief for the school’s newspaper, The Pioneer, for the last two years, and prior to that I was the sports editor. In college, I plan to study communications with a minor in sports media. I manage both the varsity Ice Hockey and JV Lacrosse teams. Writing for the WoTap is not only an amazing and rare opportunity, but also gives me firsthand experience in journalism. I’m very excited to contribute my writing to the WoTap!  

Chris Hanley, Senior

 I'm 17 years old and a senior at West Orange High School. I'm the captain of the Boys Ice Hockey team and a member of the Boys Varsity Lacrosse team. I enjoy writing for the WOTAP because I enjoy shedding light on topics in town that residents don't always know about. In the coming years I plan attending school to study business.
Jake Klein, Junior

My name is Jake Klein and I am 16 years old and a junior at West Orange High School. I play varsity baseball and write for the Pioneer, WOHS's newspaper as well as writing for TAP. My interests are fitness and nutrition and I hope to someday have a career in fitness writing for a major magazine, as well as coaching people to meet their strength/fitness goals. In my spare time I like to watch baseball and listen to music. I'm very excited to be writing for TAP and hope I can make great contributions to the site. 

Jacob Muñoz, Junior

My name is Jacob Muñoz and I am a junior at West Orange High School. I've been interested in journalism since I was little, and aspire to work in communications and journalism. That's why I'm writing for WoTap, to hone my writing skills and improve overall as a journalist. My interests include writing, running, blogging, watching movies, shopping, DIY, and cooking with my friends. I play tenor sax in the WOHS Marching band, am Op Ed Editor for the WOHS Pioneer, and am vice president for WOHS' Gay-Straight Alliance and Sign Language Club. I can't wait to continue writing for WoTap and covering many of the events in our community.

Adam Reuven, Senior

Hi! My name is Adam Reuven, 17 years old,  and I am currently a senior at West Orange High School. The opportunity to write for WoTap at this age was one that I could not pass up. Throughout high school, I have had a great appreciation for writing. Also, sports have always been a huge part of my life whether it be participating or watching on the sideline. Contributing to WoTap benefits me by allowing me to incorporate my love for sports and to write into one great experience. This job will give preparation for the real world as it is important to stay organized and work diligently on a short deadline. Following senior year, I aspire to go onto college studying either business or journalism. I hope my articles appeal to you as readers and display my love for writing. 

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