About Us 2015


Humans of WJEA was created by four journalism students and one adviser to bring awareness to student publications and student journalism in Washington by telling the stories of young journalists across the state.





Calder Stenn lives on Vashon Island, Washington, and is the news director for his school paper The Riptide. He is currently a sophomore at Vashon Island High School. Calder loves to write about current events and sports, as well as help promote his school’s online site. He has been managing the social media for Humans of WJEA, posting a majority on Instagram. Calder’s goals for his journalism program are to find content both online and in his school paper that draw in more young adults.

Contact information

Phone Number: (206) 787-2382

Email: [email protected]

Instagram: chowda99



Regan Miedema is the Online Managing Editor of the Catamount, and a senior at Bothell High School. Last year, she was Humor Editor, and wrote about issues ranging from cultural appropriation to why makeup rocks to the best way to ask someone to be your Valentine. She is looking forward to launching an online paper next year, as well as creating and maintaining a professional social media presence for the Catamount. Regan’s goals include increasing school wide involvement in the journalistic process, continuing to write about and demand equality, and to achieve the perfect cat-eye.

Contact Information:

Phone number: (425) 492-5275

Email: [email protected]

Instagram: rmmiedema

Twitter: @ReganMiedema

(I’m on Facebook too!)



Lani Defiesta is the Online Managing Editor of Nordic News at Inglemoor High School. She is a Senior and this is her first year to join the Nordic News Staff. Lani loves to write about current events and sports, but she is very excited about launching an online paper for her high school while maintaining a professional social media presence. Lani’s goals for Humans of WJEA are to share the lives and stories of your every day student journalists while showcasing the amazing photography and writing completed by other students.

Contact Information:

Phone number: (425) 495-6252

Email: [email protected]

Instagram: lani_defiesta

Twitter: lani_defiesta

Facebook: Lani Defiesta



Chris Danko is the Online Editor of The Apple Leaf at Wenatchee High School. He is a sophomore with one year of journalism experience under his belt. Chris specializes in writing all kind of content, winning a WJEA Superior award for Review Writing, while managing six social media accounts. He can’t wait to showcase young journalists around the state and the put the spotlight on their stories and motivations. In his free time, Chris enjoys romantic candlelit dinners and long walks on the beach

Contact Information:

Phone number: (509) 264-5481

Email: [email protected]




Vince DeMiero teaches and advises at Mountlake Terrace H.S. where the student newspaper/website – HAWKEYE – and its student staff have won hundreds of international, national, regional and state awards. DeMiero is a past president of the Washington Journalism Education Association, a board member of the Scholastic Press Rights Commission and served as the local chair for the 1998 JEA/NSPA national convention in Seattle. DeMiero was twice named the WJEA Adviser of the Year, was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Distinguished Adviser, is an NSPA Pioneer Award recipient and a recipient of the JEA Medal of Merit. All four of his children graduated from MTHS and he and his wife, Debbie, also have three grandsons.

Contact Information:

Phone number: (425) 431-7770 (school)

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @TeachFreeSpeech