Newcastle teen named Eastside Catholic High School student newspaper editor

June 5, 2008

By Jim Feehan

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The next Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein or Helen Thomas could come from Newcastle.

Jessica Lorsch, 17, of Newcastle, would like to add her name to the list of noted, crusading newspaper reporters. She was recently named editor of The Insider, the high school newspaper at Eastside Catholic High School.

Writing has been a passion of Lorsch’s since she was a student at Maywood Middle School, she said.

“It feels really good when you’ve nailed a story,” she said. “Every word is in the right spot and what I’m saying is coming across clearly to the reader. It’s a well-put, clear article.”

The high school, about a mile northwest of Newcastle, is slated to open a new campus on the Sammamish Plateau in September. Lorsch is looking forward to being the first editor at the new school.

Eastside Catholic has an enrollment of 560, with students coming from 50 private and public schools throughout King County. About two-thirds of the students are Roman Catholic.

“I think it would be really cool, since we go to a Catholic school, to have a section of the paper devoted to different religions,” Lorsch said. “We could have a religion of the month. A lot of kids at Eastside Catholic are not cultured in things other than the Catholic Church.”

A high school newspaper should reflect the life and times of the students, she said.

In the May edition, The Insider, Lorsch writes that students planning to wear green, blue or coral-colored dresses will fit in well with the prom at the Seattle aquarium. She goes on to list dining options near the aquarium, and reminds the guys that their tuxedo and shoe color should match. Can’t have any crimes of fashion at the prom.

Jessica’s father, Newcastle mortgage broker Jeffrey Lorsch, said his daughter has always been opinionated and detail oriented.

“She definitely pushes buttons and she’ll do that in print,” he said. “She’s amazing. She’s been in speech and debate, but in the last year, the journalism has really taken off. I have her editing some of my stuff now.”



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