2019-2020 Staff

Cy Griffith

Cy Griffith is a sixth-grader at Cherokee Middle School. He enjoys baseball, football, skiing, reading, going to the beach, camping and the outdoors and many other things also. He also has a little sister who is in second grade....

Kenzie Hafer

Kenzie is on team Endeavor in 7th grade. This is her first year writing for Cherokee's Smoke Signal, she enjoys writing fictional stories. She loves animals and has two dogs and two ferrets. Kenzie loves the outdoors and has fun...

Cali Thompson

Cali Thompson is as a sixth grader at Cherokee Middle School. Go Indians! She is 12 years old, has three dogs and an older brother who also attends Cherokee as an eighth grader. Her favorite NFL team is the Chiefs. She is also...

Johanna Simon

Johanna is a 6th grader at Cherokee Middle School. She loves to draw and write. She has 4 pets: two dogs named Olaf and Snoopy, a crab named Rock, and a fish named Jayfeather. Johanna enjoys running and next year she plans to...

Grace Jeffreys

Grace Jeffreys is an 8th grader on the Wa-Ya team. She was born in Manhatten Kansas on November 28th and is currently 14 years old. She's super excited to be writing for the Smoke Signal and to be an editor as well. In her free...

Catelyn Conover

Catelyn is an 8th grader at Cherokee Middle School. She attended Cherokee for 6th and 7th grade as well. Catelyn is a 13-year-old girl with a love for Dachshunds. She loves to draw. Catelyn plays basketball for Cherokee. She cur...

Delaney Sisney

Delaney is a 7th grader at Cherokee Middle School. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, geocaching and photography. Delaney is a swimmer and she plays volleyball. She has 3 siblings  and her favorite colors are yellow and blue. She is...

Macy Babcock

This is Macy Babcock, she is a hardworking student 6th grader on the Pathfinders team. She LOVES photography, she also enjoys swimming and playing Roblox. She is one of the 3 proud photographers of the Smoke Signal newspaper,...

Windsor Brotherton

Windsor is a 7th grader at Cherokee Middle School on the Ravens Team. She was born on August 8th, 2006 here in Springfield, MO. Her favorite food is Chick-fil-a. She has 2 sisters. Some of Windsors hobbies are singing, dancing, tennis, an...

Ami Le

Ami Le is a 7th grader who loves to write about exciting things that happen that can help our school! She loves to write about amazing things that happened at the school as well. She also love to watch other people write as well...

Kassidy Ellis

Kassidy Ellis is an eighth-grader at Cherokee. She enjoys playing the saxophone, piano, and guitar. She has one dog whose name is Hermoine. When Kassidy is not playing her instruments, reading, writing, or eating; she enjoys spending...

Katie Cupp

Katie is a 7th grader at Cherokee Middle School, she is on the Endeavors team. Katie was born January 4th, 2007 in Springfield, Missouri. Katie is the middle child and she has a younger sister and a older brother. Katie loves...

Emma Sawyer

Emma is in 8th grade at Cherokee and on the Wa-Ya team. She is 13 years old and was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year, she is in STUCO, a part of the Smoke Signal staff, and in Choir. Emma dreams to be a published author...

Alexa McCroskey

Alexa McCroskey is in 7th grade at Cherokee Middle School on Team Endeavor. She was born in Springfield, MO on June 2. She has 1 little brother. She likes to play volleyball, hang out with friends, go to the lake and boat and...

Benton Pratt

Benton is a 6th Grader at Cherokee Middle School on the Pathfinders team. He has 3 brothers 2 go to Kickapoo and a dog named Bailey. He was born on January 31st, 2008. When he is chilling, Benton loves to play Minecraft, watch...

Marin DeClue

Marin is a 7th grader at Cherokee on the Ravens team. Marin has one brother who is eight years old who goes to Wanda Gray. She was born in Springfield, MO on September 7th. In her free time, Marin loves to watch movies, go shopping,...

Helaina Parker

Helaina Parker is twelve years old and a seventh-grader at Cherokee Middle School on Team Endeavor. Helaina is an only child, born in Joplin, MO. She loves to play volleyball, spin flag, make bracelets, decorate, read, write, and hang...

Brooke Chaffin

Brooke is a 7th grader at Cherokee Middle School on the Ravens team. She was born in Springfield, MO on December 13. She has 3 siblings. Her favorite food is steak and she loves chocolate! Brooke loves to  watch the Chiefs with...

Sarah Jane Trotman

Sarah Jane Trotman is a 7th Grader at Cherokee. She was on Smoke Signal last year and has a passion for writing. When not writing, she enjoys piano, rollerblading, and hanging out with friends. She has a pet bird named Harvey...

Lynae Robbins

Lynae Robbins is an eighth-grader at Cherokee. She has been on the Smoke Signal for three years. She is also your NJHS historian. Her other activities include dancing competitively at Studio VIE, reading, and playing the flute.

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