Jessi Wessel: Writing Extraordinaire

A storyteller for the ages

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Jessi Wessel: Writing Extraordinaire

Photo by Jessi Wessel

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Molly Gubbels, Entertainment Editor

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Jessi Wessel, though you may not know at first glance, holds a secret talent within her that many have not had the pleasure of witnessing. Though you may know her from Science Olympiad, Louder Than a Bomb or simply as just a friendly face in the hallways, you might not realize that Jessi is also an immensely talented writer. Dealing mostly in her area of interest, narrative writing, Jessi definitely has some stories worth telling.

Born on November 3, 1998, Jessi has always been a free spirit at heart. Whether it’s playing the piano, taking care of animals at the Nebraska Humane Society or just staying in with a good book, she always has a flare for the unique. However, you might not believe that she was not always destined for her future in writing.

“My English teacher had a Writer’s Workshop first quarter and when I first heard about it, I was mad. Before, I hated to write with a dying passion,” says Wessel. “Everything was too structured: write a love story, write about this picture. But this workshop was free range. I could write a compare and contrast essay on peacocks and wolves, so feeling that freedom got me interested in writing.”

“Why should I open the door,” she yelled, calling herself stupid and some other words in her head. (Some of which she was surprised she even knew.) For someone who spent a good deal of their time memorizing the layouts of video games, accomplishing hard gymnastic routines and having a nose in a book almost all the time, that was just plain stupid of her to do. And she knew it.

an excerpt from one of Wessel’s works in progress

Growing up, she drew inspiration from the fantastical stylings of J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan, finding magic and wonder in their stories. Though a Slytherin at heart, the famed “Lightning Thief” series particularly caught her attention. “Riordan shows how seamlessly you can blend mythology into modern times,” says the magic enthusiast.

“Because I’m trying to bring you in without someone hurting you in extreme measures,” the man snapped through the door. Theo simply plugged her fingers into her ears when she couldn’t find something to use properly as a weapon. In Michael’s room, she sat down on the floor in the middle of her mess and acted like the big girl that she was.

“La-la-la-la-la-la, I’m not listening,” she screamed at him.

an excerpt from one of Wessel’s works in progress

Yet another source of influence for Jessi was her eighth grade teacher, Mrs. Klemme, who encouraged her to be her best and showed her the freeing feeling of writing. With a great support system to propel her forward, Jessi says that she hopes to continue writing well into the future. “I just want others to read it and advance their own imaginations and inspire them in some way.”

Of course, with her true dream being to become a veterinarian, her wonderful novels might take some time. But with the demanding fans that are sure to come, she might have to occasionally put down her stethoscope for a simple pen and paper.

Photo by Jessi Wessel
Jessi brings her stories to life on the lined pages of her notebooks