2015-2016 Staff

Grace Worden

Grace Worden is an eighth grader attending Cherokee Middle School. She loves reading, writing, listening to music, and drawing. When she's not doing homework, Grace is coming up with story ideas, watching Netflix, or hanging ou...

Kambria Braithwaite

Kambria Braithwaite goes to Cherokee Middle school and is in the 7th grade. She's 13 and loves to read, write, hang out with her best friends McKenna and Rachel along with people in her youth group. She likes music and plays the...

Josie Adler

Josie Adler is an eighth grade student at Cherokee Middle School. She enjoys many artistic activities, such as photography, sketching, and writing. Other than Smoke Signal, she is involved in NJHS and loves helping others, wheth...

Caitlyn Bernhard

Caitlyn Bernhard is an eighth grader at Cherokee Middle School. Caitlyn and her family are huge Disney fans. Her favorite character is Minnie Mouse, and her favorite princess is Cinderella. Caitlyn loves to draw and read. She...

Rae Bucy

This is a story all about Raelyn Jasmin Bucy, also known as “Rae”. It all starts in March 30th, 2003. Rae was born four days early, and she is the oldest between her and her sisters (not including her three half sisters).  ...

Colin Carroll

Colin Carroll grew up in Springfield, Missouri and attended Cowden Elementary, he went to Pershing Middle School, and he is now attending Cherokee Middle School as an 8th grader. At school he is a member of the Cross Country C...

Rylan DeHaven

Rylan DeHaven is a 12-year-old girl in 7th grade at Cherokee Middle School. She enjoys listening to music at anytime and loves to sing, she also likes to write and read when she has time. She likes playing sports, but plays mostly...

Charlie Edwards

Charlie Edwards is a 7th grader at Cherokee Middle School and is on the Panther team. Charlie is 13 years old and has visited 6 states and a foreign country. He enjoys making short films, art, reading, and writing. When he grows up h...

McKenna Fink

McKenna Fink is 12 years old, and attends Cherokee Middle school. She love to play softball, and soccer. She has one brother, Carson in the 9th grade at Kickapoo High school. McKenna's favorite subject is English and she loves...

Heather Fulks

Heather Fulks is a 7th grader at Cherokee Middle School. Fulks also participates in drama club.  She likes to read, write, and dance in her free time. This is her first year on the Smoke Signal.

Alyssa Gregory

Alyssa Gregory loves to write. She was born in Harrison, Arkansas into the amazing family of the Gregory’s. She is 11 years old and in 6th grade. She really enjoys 6th grade because she has really nice teachers, plus they get to...

Garrett Helle

Garrett Helle is a 13 year old boy who is on his second, and last, year at Cherokee. He loves reading, writing, and drawing. He likes to play video games and some sports. He is responsible, nice, caring, and is a good guy.   ...

Cole Hill

Cole Hill is a 7th grader on the Ravens team.  He is a very creative person.  He loves art, music, acting and video games.  He has a very unique style and great fashion sense.  He participates in many different extracurricul...

Lauren Keltner

Lauren Keltner is a triplet which means she has two other sisters that attend Cherokee Middle School. Her nickname is “Bunny” because her favorite animal is a bunny and she likes the name. She has two Boston terriers living ...

Hannah Laflen

Hannah is a seventh grade student at Cherokee Middle School. She is also a member of the Smoke Signal and enjoys it very much. She loves photography and writing. Some of her passions include the activities of diving, gymnastics,...

Maylie McCann

Maylie McCann is a 7th grader at Cherokee Middle School. She loves art and music. Her art won the Governers Mansion Award in the YAM (Youth Art Month) competition and hung in the governers mansion until march 2014. She wants to...

Chloe Mix

Chloe Mix is an eighth grader at Cherokee Middle School. She enjoys reading, writing, music, and television. She is in the Cherokee Middle School Orchestra and hopes to be in winterguard. Chloe hopes to one day become a telev...

Kristin Myers

Kristin Renee Myers is a 12 year old seventh grader who currently attends Cherokee Middle School. She was born on January 1, 2003. Kristin enjoys creating and building websites, learning the Japanese language, and acting. Her...

Alexandra Olson

She.  Alexandra Olson is twelve years of age, and in the 7th grade.  She is obviously into writing – as she is excited to be on the Cherokee Smoke Signal newspaper staff.  She also takes Mrs. Sholtis art class and loves ...

Mike Owsley

Mike “Wolffie” Owsley is a gestalt entity in the body of a human teenager. He loves to write and channel his inner sarcasm through his writing taking it out on video games and entertainment in general. Mike is a very friendly...

Alexus Petteway

Alexus is a 7th grader at Cherokee Middle School.  She is a very funny person who loves to laugh. She has four sisters (she is the youngest) and a mom and dad. She really is a good person when you get to know her (if you catch ...

Kodie Pohl

Kodie Pohl is a 6th grade student who just moved from Newark, Delaware. Her birthday is October 2nd, she was born in Baltimore, Maryland and loves the Ravens football team. Kodie is very kind by raising money for the SPCA and ...

Carly Randles

Carly Randles is a 14 year old 8th grader that attends at Cherokee Middle School. She loves sports, animals, technology, running, reading, building, and hanging out with her friends. She is one of the Cherokee Middle School c...

Aaron Seidman

Aaron Seidman is a 13 year old 7th grader at Cherokee Middle School. He plays trumpet in the CMS band and plays soccer. He loves to listen to music, run, and ride his bike. Aaron is creative, likes to draw, and is an avid reader....

Anna Seymour

This is Anna Seymour and she is a Smoke Signal Staff writer. When she is not  on her phone she is hanging out with friends, going to CMS games, and hanging out with her family. She loves Netflix, animals, and being outdoors.  ...

Alexis Simpson

Alexis is an 8th grade student at Cherokee Middle School. She enjoys reading, music, watching Netflix, and spending time with her friends. She is also in the Cherokee Orchestra and the Indian Chorus. When she is older she wan...

Mikaela Spence

Mikaela Spence is a 7th Grade Panthers Team member here at Cherokee Middle School. She enjoys art, cooking, and social studies. Mikaela is part of the Drama Club, Pay it Forward Club, and of course, the Smoke Signal.

Emily Waples

Emily Waples is an 8th grade student at Cherokee Middle School. She plays violin in the Cherokee Orchestra and sings in the Cherokee Honor Choir. She likes music, photography and writing. This is her first year on the Smoke Signal...

Brielle Wilhelm

Brielle Wilhelm is a 13-year-old 7th grader at Cherokee Middle School. She loves animals, art, running, singing, reading, hanging out with her friends and family, God, and of course writing! She is involved in Cross-country club...

Jacob Woods

Jacob Woods is most likely one of the oddest and strangest Smoke Signal Staff you’ll ever meet. He's like the boy who shows up to a funeral in rainbow and then asking why everyone is staring at him. And although his pastime...

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