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Common Ground podcast: Election Edition

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Graphic courtesy of Sunny You (’22).
Students come together for a discussion on the presidential election.

Common Ground is a new podcast and video series of the Opinion section of the Webb Canyon Chronicle. Through this program, we hope to encourage open conversations and discussions on current events and policies. The first episode of Common Ground is all about the 2020 election, where we tackle different reactions to the election results. With a diverse cast of guests, we hope to find some common ground and encourage students to engage in the community through open conversations.  

This episode is brought to you by the Co-Editors of Opinion, Sunny Yu (‘22) and Yiyi Ouyang (‘21), and co-hosts are Patrick Doñez (‘21), Editor-In-Chief of the Webb Canyon Chronicle, and Leeann Shu (‘22), the Editor of Technology. The guests include Aiperi Bush (‘24), Sebastian Hazlett (‘24), Mia Baldwin (‘22), Leslie Huh (‘22), and Bill Zheng (‘21). 

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Patrick Dóñez, Editor-in-Chief
Patrick Dóñez (’21), a day student from Upland, California, is one of this year's editors in chief. Last year, Patrick was the Editor of Opinion, which helped the transition into his leadership role for the 2020 – 2021 school year.  This year, he wants the WCC to lead conversations about different political and social topics in the Webb community. He enjoys listening to hip hop and RnB, and some of his favorite artists are Pusha T, Erykah Badu, and Modest Mouse. Patrick enjoys writing about his opinions and music, which is why joining journalism in sophomore year was perfect for him. During quarantine, he spent most of his time reading, skateboarding, and working on his magazine project Rx. After COVID-19, he is excited to finally get out of the house and nervous for the future of college and higher education.  
Sunny Yu, Editor-in-Chief
Sunny Yu (‘22) is a prime example of the protagonist personality. As a natural leader, she is active, thoughtful, caring, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the WCC, a member of the Chapel Council, the captain of the varsity cross-country team, and a founding member of Webb’s Breakfast literary magazine. Sunny is also vocal and passionate about the enforcement of social justice and representation of marginalized groups: at the WCC, she utilizes journalism as a tool to shed light on many controversial issues, never shying away from the ability to make a lasting impact. During the weekends, you can often find her on a run to “The Spot,” a smoothie shop, playing soccer on Chandler, and occasionally annoying the library staff for borrowing too many books, such as her favorite, Waiting for the Barbarians, a wonderful allegory on human relationships. As a protagonist, she finds joy in guiding young journalists to grow into their best selves. This year, Sunny hopes that the WCC can continue covering important topics and spark conversations while bringing people laughter and keeping them informed. Favorite song: "Sunflower Feelings" by Kuzu Mellow
Yiyi Ouyang, Co-Editor of Opinion
Yiyi Ouyang (‘21), out of Diamond Bar, CA enters his senior year as Webb Canyon Chronicle’s Editor of Opinions. Besides his leadership role on the Journalism team, Yiyi is also chief editor of the yearbook and a member of the Honor Committee. In his free time, Yiyi enjoys playing basketball, golf, as well as going hiking. Though the pandemic hasn’t allowed him to partake in these activities very often, he has been able to pass the time by watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine and That ‘70s Show. Now that school is back in session, Yiyi is looking to make the most out of his final year at Webb. As an editor for WCC, he hopes to create a safe space and wants students to feel comfortable submitting content.  
Leeann Shu, Chief Copy Editor
You might usually associate Leo with being supercilious, selfish, and self-centered, but Leeann Shu (‘22) exemplifies the opposite of these traitsLeeann is supportive, trustworthy, humble, and sociable. In her free time, Leeann enjoys relaxing with friends, and this year, she hopes to re-bond with friends that she has not seen or talked to for a while. At school, Leeann actively interacts with the community by taking various leadership roles: a day student prefect, an admission fellow, chief editor of the yearbook, and Chief Copy Editor of the Webb Canyon Chronicle. As Editor of Technology last year and a head editor this year, she continues writing for the WCC because of her enthusiasm for the publication and writing. Her personalitcontributes to her success in the newsroom because journalism requires her to be risk-taker while searching for interviewees, and an active listener to understand other’s thoughtsThis year, her goal is to assist younger members of the WCC as they grow and shine in their writing. In addition to helping others, she wants to have more confidence in herself and seek more opportunities to utilize her writing skills for the betterment of the publication. Not being afraid of any type of failure is what she will keep in mind to help her progress toward her goals.  Favorite song: "Laugh Now, Cry Later" by Drake

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