Yampage Looks for New Writers: Food or Friend?

Source: Anka Chiorini

YamPage is Jamesville-DeWitt High School’s satirical publication, well-known for its sarcastic approach to a variety of topics including local, national, and international news.

The following questions were answered by Anka Chiorini, Editor-in-Chief.

  1. What is Yampage?

Yampage is JD’s best (and only) satirical publication.

  1. What is Yampage’s  mission statement?

Yampage is the high-water mark for 21st-century student journalism, not only in the greater Jamesville-DeWitt metropolitan area, but also across the entire continent of North America and even the two French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon off the eastern coast of Canada (Bonjour! Comment allez vous?). Yampage is an independently-run column, with our only tie to RamPage being that we have to pay rent to live here on their website (and they don’t allow pets!!!). Our crack staff of intrepid reporters covers only vital, breaking, and gluten-free news of the day.

  1. Who are Yampage’s officers?

Anka Chiorini acts as editor-in-chief, Madie Phillips is our copy editor, and Becca Fitzgerald and Sophia Caputo run our social media.

  1. What does Yampage do?

Yampage writers publish satirical and comedic news articles on our website. We are dedicated to bringing the most accurate, reliable, fictional news to the J-D community. Some of our previous headlines include: “Daniel Tiger, COVID Denier,” “Students Accidentally Get High Off School-Sanctioned Sanitizing Wipes, Form Giant Conga Line,” and “Top Three Yam Metaphors You Should Use in Your Next English Essay.

  1. What kind of students would like to be involved in Yampage?

Students who enjoy writing and humor would be perfect for our staff! Even students with no previous satire experience are encouraged to consider joining the Yamfam! And if writing isn’t your thing, we are also looking for artists, photographers, film makers, the meaning of life, and more!

  1. What are Yampage’s goals for this next year?

This year, Yampage hopes to increase our readership. Many people in the J-D community don’t even know that the school has a satirical newspaper! The world is a scary place right now and our primary goal as a club is to make people at our school and beyond laugh.

  1. Why do you think it’s important for students to get involved in Yampage?

While Yampage may not have the same impact or name recognition as other clubs, we believe that comedy can help to create a more unified JD community and that every article we publish has the potential to brighten someone’s day. Yampage provides students with a fun and unique way to engage with their school community. 

  1. Any other information that you feel is important to potential members?

We will be holding an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 29th during activity period. Please contact Anka Chiorini (23achiorini@jd.cnyric.org) for more information. Check out our website (jdrampage.org/yampage) and our Instagram (@yampagenews)!

Grace Evans, '22
Grace Evans is a senior at Jamesville-DeWitt High School. Grace enjoys writing both professionally and personally. In addition to RamPage, she is involved in RamFeed and a few other clubs. Grace is also the Student Board of Education Representative at J-D.