Our Authors

The Class of 2020-2021

Candice Payne is a Senior at Berkeley Springs High School, who procrastinates on everything but manages to still get it done on time. In her “spare time”, she usually watches funny people on youtube. Her favorite genres to read include comedy, fantasy, and science fiction. Her favorite authors include Rick Riordan and J.K. Rowling. This year she hopes to finish high school with decent enough grades to get into college. You can find more of her work on instagram @canned_ice1717.

Jaidallyn Andrews is a junior at Berkeley Springs High School. She has lived in Berkeley Springs, WV her entire life and is extremely focused on her academic career. Jaidallyn is active in student government and is Vice President of BSHS student council and the class of 2022. She enjoys reading realistic fiction and poetry. Author Judy Blume introduced her to her love of reading and writing around the age of eight. Jaidallyn’s favorite author is Jenny Han, author of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. Her biggest influences in writing are authors Patricia McCormick and Harper Lee. These authors wrote about social and political injustices making Andrews passionate about spreading awareness and promoting equality. Jaidallyn is aiming to overall improve her writing and find the style of writing that best suits her during this academic year. To keep up with Jaidallyn and see more about her, follow her on Instagram and Twitter @jaidallynrose

Emily Staebler is a senior at Berkeley Springs High School in Morgan County, West Virginia. She is finishing her senior year at home and online. She really likes to write about romance and action and fantasy. She also likes to write and read a lot of supernatural books. She likes authors like J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer and Rick Roidron. She wants to write and finish a book and hopefully write a second book. You can find out when the author is going to start a book on her instagram, which is at staeblere30.

Sarah Seabright is a Junior at Berkeley Springs High School. She’s from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. She likes to read horror and psychological thrillers. Her biggest influence is her older sister. Writing is important to her because it gives her a way to express herself. She doesn’t really have a favorite author, but enjoys Edgar Allan Poe because of his darker writings. She hopes to accomplish getting through the school year with more motivation. Her instagram is _.sarahjeadol

Jayden Rhodes is from the small town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia where he was born and raised. He enjoys historical fiction and nonfiction, as well as survival novels. He loves writing because he enjoys it, and it helps to keep him thinking logically. He doesn’t have a  favorite author, but there are several he likes such as Daniel Defoe or Jules Verne, and they have influenced him by being great examples of what he could aspire to be. This year he hopes to write several interesting stories that impart knowledge to the reader.

Alex Mccusker is from Berkeley Springs. He plays High School Soccer and Basketball. When he reads, he likes to read sporty books. He also likes to watch scary movies and occasionally read a scary book. Some of the stories he writes are inspired by the movies he has watched. He likes to write both scary and sporty stories.

Jordan Chinchello is a student at Berkeley Springs High School in Morgan County, West Virginia. She loves to write and draw. Since she is an artist, she adds great detail in her stories. She isn’t very good at writing nonfiction unless it truly interests her. Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Tui T. Sutherland are three of her favorite authors. This year she wants to improve her writing skills in both nonfiction and fiction. You can find some of her drawings and some samples of her work on her personal instagram account, chinchellojordan.

Skye Riddell is a junior at Berkeley Springs High School in Morgan County, West Virginia. She enjoys reading mystery and romance stories. Her favorite author would be Karen M. McManus because she wrote one of her favorite book. The person that influenced her to write was her friend, Chloe Riggs. Skye enjoys writing when she lays in bed listening to music. This year she hopes to accomplish getting better at writing in dialogue.

Hannah Shekey is a high school student at Berkeley Springs High School and Baywatch on the low at Cacapon State Park in Morgan County, West Virginia. She plays soccer, track and field, and basketball. She also enjoys surfing and teaching other people how to surf. Her favorite author is Cassandra Claire. Her sense of humor and love for telling stories inspired her writing. This year she hopes to get her life back on track and get noticed by colleges. You can contact me through @hshekey on snap, when I get my phone back, or through my teacher.

Bella Rayl is a 12th grader at Berkeley Springs High School. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she moved to Virginia when she was five. One of her biggest influences is her first born nephew Xavier (Gus Gus). Xavier taught Bella how to be patient and how to love and how to be creative. Bella’s Favorite books to read are old romance or sci-fi fantasy novels. Jane Austen is Bella’s biggest influence when it comes to dialog. This year Bella wants to work on her writing skills and learn to be more creative in her writing.

Makayla Snow is a senior at Berkeley Springs high school in Morgan County, West Virginia. She likes reading non-fiction books and English class. She likes and reads true crime books and gets an idea about what she wants to write and makes it her own. She started writing stories when she was in seventh grade when she had to write a story for English class. She doesn’t love writing, but she writes when she is bored and if she feels sad. Her favorite author is Molly Jackson, she read her book A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. She bases her stories around the way Molly writes hers. She hopes that she can become a good writer at the end of the year. Instagram: twixs_kayla_16

Jenna Perry is a Senior at BSHS in Morgan County, West Virginia. She enjoys writing poems and short stories. Jenna’s favorite genres are young adult nonfiction, fiction, and horror. Her favorite authors are Sadie Robertson, John Green, and Stephen King. Her biggest influence comes from Sadie Robertson and her book “Live” because it is inspirational and Godly. Jenna loves writing because it helps her express her emotions. Her goals for this year in writing are to publish a story people can relate to and make every story her best story.

The Class of 2019-2020

Alyssa Wagner is a student at Berkeley Springs Highschool in Morgan County. She is one of two chief editors in her creative writing class, and she is excited to see where this class and position takes her as a writer. She started writing as a hobby, but soon fell in love with being submerged in her stories. She loves to read anything she can interpret in her own personal way, and loves to write in the same style. 

  Brandy Capps is a student at Berkeley Springs High School student in Morgan county, West Virginia. Brandy is currently in twelfth grade planning to attend Shepherd University for nursing. She loves to see her three nieces when she gets the chance to. Brandy enjoys driving the backroads when the crispy leaves gently twirl to the ground. My favorite hobby to do is to read poetry by Emily Dickson and many other authors. I go to school, play sports, work, and when I get time I enjoy spending time with my best friends. The biggest influencer in my life would be my mom because she’s taught me how to be the young lady I am today. The reason why I love to write is because you can express yourself, and how you truly feel.

John Stohl is a student at Berkeley Springs High School. He is from Berkeley Springs,   has lived here his whole life. He plays hockey in Hagerstown, Maryland and travels all up and down the east coast. He is planning on going into the Army National Guard right after high school then pursuing his education at West Virginia University. He likes reading and writing comedy, suspenseful, and horror. His creative writing teacher, Mr. Dugan is his biggest influence in writing because he wants to be as good as a writer as him one day. He has always liked writing to express his creative mindset. His favorite author is Gary Paulsen because that’s who wrote the first book he ever read willingly. His goals for this year is too get as any stories as he can put up on the class website. Follow him on instagram @stohl_3

Savannah Fox is currently a student at Berkeley Springs High School. Her birthday is April 25th, she was born and raised in West Virginia. She is currently employed at the Canary Grill as a waitress. She plans on going the Marines after school, then depending on how the Military goes, she plans on going to college to become a Vet Tech. In her free time she likes to run her horses up and down trails, watch scary movies with all her friends, or spend her time with her boyfriend Nick Fontaine. Her favorite animals are chinchillas, horses, and cats. Shes very outgoing and is a very caring person.

Dalton was born in Morgantown West Virginia on November 1st, 2001 and since then has resided in West Virginia for a total of 15 years and in Ohio for two years. Dalton is a pretty typical teenage boy that likes video games and has a knack for writing. He enjoys writing fiction, drama, and a little bit of romance. Dalton also has an overwhelming sense of aiding others and being protective of those he cares about. If you have strong morals you’ll definitely get along with Dalton. Dalton’s biggest influence is his favorite fictional shows and stories, RWBY and spiderman being the biggest. Neal Shusterman is Dalton’s favorite author, The Scythe series being one of his favorite series of all time. Dalton hopes to intrigue and open up perspectives for new mindsets with people. Here are his links! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7dIrIRx5dDCLsli4MmiL_A Twitter: russianwolf47 Instagram: ghosty_breeden_2001

Hailey Hoffman, a student at Berkeley Springs High School in Morgan County, WV, has a burning passion for writing. She finds that the hardest things to say, are better written down on paper. She is one of two student admins of the editorial board for the WriteMC webpage. She is also very big into photography and hopes to one day build a business out of it, helping people like herself to find their inner and outer confidence and beauty. Although very shy and quiet in person, you’ll find that she has much more to say when she has a pencil in her hand and paper to throw her thoughts onto. Support her photography dream on instagram @twilightlnphotography !

Sarah Dawn Williams  is her full name. Shes 17 years old and her birthday is March 24, 2002. Sarah likes to dance, draw, and go swimming. She likes to read|write about romance and drama. Sarah’s biggest influence is Mr. Dugan, ever since last year he has encouraged her to be a great writer. Sarah wants to be a nurse and go to college.

Alexis Barker is a senior at Berkeley Springs High School, in Morgan County West Virginia. She has played volleyball for the school for the past five years. She enjoys watching medical dramas like Greys Anatomy on Netflix. She plans on attending Blue Ridge Community College in Martinsburg to complete a degree in athletics. On her free time she likes to drive around and hang out with her friends at their spot. She has her friends and family that support her unconditionally and love her to no end. She enjoys scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, and texting her friends on Snapchat.

Chloe Riggs is a tenth-grade student at Berkeley Springs High School in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. She is a part of the Creative Writing class. Chloe loves to read and write about humorous, romantic, and mysterious stories. She writes because it is an escape from her reality and is the only way she knows to express all of the ideas or thoughts floating around in her head. She is inspired by her favorite author, Kassie West, as well as an encouraging English teacher. By the end of the year, Chloe plans to have a better sense of her writing style or technique by the end of the year. You can find some of her work on this website. 

Glory Stoll is a senior in berkeley springs high school. She works at Fairfax coffee house as a barista and in her free time she volunteers at the morgan county humane society. She loves all animals and enjoys working with children. She loves reading and her favorite subject is english. Glory came from a large family of 9 children and she has  a close relationship with almost all of them. Her best friend is her younger brother Chris. She has a cat named Jerry and he knows how to ‘play dead’. To keep up with Glory add her Snapchat and instagram@ thestellar247

Katelynn Andrews is currently a student who transferred from Paw Paw High School to Berkeley Springs High School. The numbers are a bit higher at her new school, compared to a measly 15 people in an entire class. At her old school, she was able to sneak a kitten into the last few hours of school. She doesn’t see that being an opportunity, anytime soon. On the bright side, she’s making the transition.  She now works at Mcdonalds to help pay the bills. And even though 2 weeks worth of pay gathers to a poor $450, it’s better than nothing. In her free time, she studies or plays D&D, with her boyfriend where she can create her own character, and choose her own path. She isn’t too reliable in the mathematics schematics; but, she recently won first place in the West Virginia Young Writers Contest. She enjoys anything she can mark up with her own ideas, whether it be a story, or a painting. She doesn’t like to hear “Oh my gosh, did you hear about what Sally did?” When she could be listening to Nirvana, instead. Music is one of her biggest inspirations, it’s prioritized. Katelynn is ready to flee high school, and jump into college.

Virginia Burns is a sophomore at Berkeley Springs High School. She has lived in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia for her entire life. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and looking for dogs to pet. She likes reading and writing adventure and fantasy. She finds that an escape from reality once in a while can be refreshing. One author she likes is Richard Adams. This year, she hopes to improve her writing skills and work on a few personal projects.

Kimberly Spurlock is a 12th grade student at Berkeley Springs High School in West Virginia. Her favorite genres for reading are classics and teen novels but her favorite genre for writing is poetry. Her favorite authors are Fyodor Dostoevsky and Steven King, however her favorite poem is The Divine Comedy by Dante Aligieri. The biggest influence on her writing is J.K Rowling and this year she hopes to write another story in a poem format.

Corbin Ryan is a student-athlete at Berkeley Springs High School in Morgan County, West Virginia. He is a senior who also trains dogs on the weekends for veterans and the disabled. He also makes youtube videos of the video games he plays in his spare time. He enjoys writing and reading about science fiction. His favorite books are Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam and any of the goosebumps books by R.L. Stine. This year he plans to get accepted into the truck driving academy so he can explore the United States. You can see his youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7zAqfvQOQYqlw0det50Mdw

Hynnja Dietrich is a 17 year old senior at Berkeley Springs High School. She is a very quirky, optimistic, kind-hearted, generous, sassy, and self-sufficient. She is devoted on enlisting into the marines and to all the sports she has played for over ten years. Her greatest pride is being a big sister to two beautiful, energetic, sarcastic sisters. She says her dad is her biggest supporter, best friend, and inspires her to be the best person she can be. She favors writing horror or comedy genres, but can write anything as long as she is “feeling the vibes.”