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About JagWire

JagWire staff through time

JagWire is the official newsmagazine of Emerald Ridge High School in South Hill, Washington, founded in September 2000. Emerald Ridge High School opened its doors in 2000 as Puyallup’s third comprehensive high school, the others being Puyallup High School and Governor John Rogers High School. Built on former forestland and rabbit farms, ERHS serves the fastest growing region of the Puyallup School District. There are about 1600 students enrolled in grades 10 – 12.

The JagWire staff operates out of the fourth period Newspaper Production class in the “dungeon,” an interior classroom on the ground floor with no windows. Despite how bleak this may sound, JagWire has a dedicated and small staff of 14 reporters and editors that have developed close ties with one another. JagWire is a national award-winning publication and a 2006 NSPA Newspaper Pacemaker Award winner, and a 2002 NSPA Online Pacemaker Award winner for now defunct website, jagwired.com.

erhsjagwire.com debuted in September 2014 as a new venture headed by Co-Editors-in-Chief Chase Charaba and Brynn Adams after deciding on the idea of starting a website following the WJEA state convention in Shoreline, Wash. and the JEA/NSPA convention in San Diego. While there is still a long way to go in fortifying this website as well as our print edition, we are proud of all of our work and commitment to introduce a new chapter to student journalism at ER.

JagWire staff members write articles and take photos for erhsjagwire.com and for the 16-page print  publication circulated six times each year, including a four-page first week issue in September and a 12-page senior issue in June. All writing, page designs in print, and graphics are created by the JagWire staff.

Editorial Mission:

As a limited forum for student expression, JagWire operates under the jurisdiction of the Puyallup School District and is subject to prior review under Puyallup School District regulation 3220. We pursue an unbiased truth in all aspects of the newsmagazine, while maintaining the highest tier of journalistic integrity. Our top priority is to raise awareness on a wide variety of issues that impact our readers and community, while providing entertainment, a glimpse into Emerald Ridge student life, and high quality information through multiple perspectives. We will ensure that out coverage is fair, accurate, and written by the students, for the students.

JagWire shall serve as a communication link between the JagWire staff, Emerald Ridge High School, the Puyallup School District, and the surrounding community and region.

Letters to the Editors Policy:

JagWire will accept unsolicited copy from students, staff, parents, and community members. Only signed and dated letters with an address and phone number from community members, or grade level and adviser from students, will be accepted. Letters should be limited to no more than 400 words and will be published as space is available. All letters are the sole opinion of the writers, and the staff reserves the right to edit any letter for space and/or clarity. We will not publish submitted material that may substantially disrupt the school process or potentially harm individuals.

By mail:

Letters to the editors may be submitted by mailing them to JagWire c/o Emerald Ridge High School: 12405 184th St E Puyallup, WA 98374.

By email:

Letters to the editors may be submitted by emailing them to brackets.jagwire@gmail.com

Advertising Policy:

The JagWire staff will accept advertisements for most products and services available to the public. However, the staff reserves the right to reject, edit, or cancel any advertisement that the staff deems offensive or inappropriate. Ads identifying students as athletes by photo or text will not be accepted (in accordance with WIAA 18.20.0 and 18.20.1). The staff will not accept advertisements that are racist, sexist, or illegal for high school students. Advertisements do not necessarily reflect the views, endorsements, and/or positions of the JagWire staff, Emerald Ridge High School student body, faculty, or the Puyallup School District school board.


The JagWire staff values accuracy in every aspect of our publication. We wish to correct the errors that we do make and extend an apology for any inconvenience to our readers. If you believe that we have made an error, please contact us at brackets.jagwire@gmail.com

Fun facts and info:


– Kevin Smyth, 2007 – present

– Jeff Nusser, 2003 – 2007

– Sharon Gagen, 2000 – 2003


– Brynn Adams, 2014 – 2015 (Co)

– Chase Charaba, 2014 – 2015 (Co)

– Claire Benson, 2013 – 2014

– Virginia Van Keuren, 2012 – 2013

– Quinn Sanderson, 2011 – 2012

– Allie Rickard, 2010 – 2011

{No Editors-in-Chief from 2003 – 2010}

– James Eberlein, 2002 – 2003

– Lindsay Hagen, 2001 – 2002

– Ciara Phifer, 2000 – 2001

Students on staff:

– 2014 – 2015: 15

– 2013 – 2014: 18

– 2012 – 2013: 22

– 2011 – 2012: 17

– 2010 – 2011: 25

– 2009 – 2010: 23

– 2008 – 2009: 19

– 2007 – 2008: 36

– 2005 – 2006: 32

– 2004 – 2005: 27

– 2003 – 2004: 32

– 2002 – 2003: 20

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About JagWire