Co-Editor In-Chief, Reporter, Columnist, Photographer, Layout
Ellie Wright is a sophomore enjoying her second year in high school, and second year as a part of the Viking Voice. She joined the newspaper to gain experience for (hopefully) a future job in journalism. Ellie had experience writing fiction and poetry in the past, and is enjoying the new experience of writing as a reporter.
Ellie has been involved in dance and theatre here on Orcas for twelve years, and even choreographs her own dances. She is a proud plant parent of twenty-eight and counting, and loves spending afternoons sitting with them and a cup of tea, reading a book.
Web Editor, Secretary, Layout
Eve is just starting her Sophomore year at Orcas Island Highschool. She has lived here since the 2nd grade and has been visiting and spending summers on Orcas since she was an infant. She is in The Viking Voice, Drama Club, and Key Club. She has an interest in technology and hopes to explore that in The Viking Voice.
Apart from her beloved dog Raven, her other interests are baking (as a hobby of course), playing guitar (also as a hobby), singing (in the car), reading online stories, and overthinking school assignments.
*there was more, but since then, she found it was too much to put in a bio*
Reporter, Layout, Photographer
Co-Editor In-Chief, Layout
Gray Gailey is a Junior at Orcas Island High School. This is her second year working on the Viking Voice staff and she looks forward to learning more about the publishing process and what it takes to edit a newspaper.
Besides the Viking Voice, Gray is also in Key Club, Next Generation, and Racial Equity Club. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with friends, baking, taking pictures, and traveling.
Reporter, Layout. Photographer
Hunter Knapp is a junior at Orcas Island Highschool, and this is his first year on The Viking Voice. He has been visiting the island since before he can remember but only moved full-time in 2020. Hunter joined the newspaper because he was curious about what went into making a publication.
Co-Editor In-Chief, Layout, Columnist, Photographer
Bella Evans is a Junior at Orcas Island High School. Apart from being involved in The Viking Voice, she is also a member of Racial Equity, Gender Equity, ASB, Key Club, Next Generation, and IRHI. When she’s not in school Bella loves to bake, go on runs, hang out with friends, go on hikes, and take photos. She loves learning about new cultures and going on adventures, and is hoping to travel after high school. Bella is hoping to develop her writing and photography skills this year through The Viking Voice.
Jefferson Freeman is a sophomore working on the Viking Voice for the first time this year. He has been living on Orcas Island since age 4. Outside the Viking Voice, he plays Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball for OIHS and is also a member of the Model UN Club. He joined The Viking Voice to get into sports writing.
Ryan Krisch Derr
Cartoonist, Layout, Reporter
Moose Kinsey joined the Viking Voice team his freshman year to showcase his comics, but, going into his sophomore year, he has learned far more about the newspaper than he could possibly imagine. Outside of school, he participates in 4-H, sports, sailing, art, dance, theater, and film.
Reporter, Web Editor, Layout, Photographer
Ed is pleased to be a part of The Viking Voice and proud to be the paper’s mascot. He was born and raised in the slums of the San Juans, yet heroically clawed his way out of his unfortunate circumstance with grit, determination, and his two small fingers.
The Viking Voice staff discovered Ed buried in a dirty recycle bin. Staff members picked him up, brushed him off, and made him part of the team. Ed’s inspiring story is currently being made into a motion picture starring himself. Be sure to watch for “Ed! The Inspiring Story of Ed” hitting theaters this December.
In his spare time Ed enjoys inspiring communities and being the best darn little mascot that he can be. The staff looks forward to Ed’s contributions to the newspaper as they hold him dear to their hearts.