2018 OXFORD STORIES REPORTERS
Patrick Chacone, 20, is a University of Mississippi student studying print and broadcast journalism. After graduating from Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, California, Chacone attended the University of Vermont pursuing a career as a pharmacist. He later returned to California to a community college and continued pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical business. Chacone later transferred to the University of Mississippi and changed his major to journalism with a minor in political science. He has a passion for accuracy. Chacone has worked as a morning news intern at KTLA Los Angeles.
Megan Peoples, 20, is UM journalism major with a minor in education. After graduating from New Hope High School, Peoples is pursuing her dream to become a sideline NFL reporter. Peoples has worked as a Rebel Radio reporter. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, working out, and cooking for friends and family.
Dominik Olejniczak, 21, is a UM journalism major. After graduating from high school in Poland, he came to the United States to pursue his dream. He spent his first year of college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He later transferred to UM when he was offered a basketball scholarship opportunity. While basketball is his main thing, he also loves photography and hopes to find a job doing one of these two things professionally in the future. In his free time, Dominik keeps up with tech trends and news about it. He believes that eSports, competition using video games, is underrated and should get more attention.
Carter Diggs, a UM sophomore, always anticipated attending Ole Miss. However, until his junior year of high school, he had no idea what he wanted to do. On a whim, he joined his school’s newspaper staff. There, he discovered a passion. During his two years on the staff, he won awards from the Southern Interscholastic Press Association and from the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association for his entertainment stories and reviews. Now, armed with experience as an entertainment editor and “useless media trivia,” he’s enrolled in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. He hopes to improve his writing skills and video editing. Diggs also plays guitar, hikes, and writes stories. A registered Eagle Scout, he enjoys environmental preservation and participating in service projects.
Chauncey Taylor, 19, is a UM broadcast journalism major. His involvement in his school news/newspaper in highschool led him to a journalism field trip on the Ole Miss campus. After that trip, he was in love with the school. Taylor has interned for BET at three different BET Award shows and two different news stations. He is currently a DJ for Rebel Radio 92.1 and owns his own videography business, Chauncey Ca$h Productions. His business specializes in basketball hoop mixtapes, promotional videos, music videos, fraternity videos, etc. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and making music. He wants to host his own TV/ radio show.
Kerrigan Herret, 19, is a UM journalism student. In her sophomore year of college, she decided to pursue journalism and English instead of medicine and law. She dreams of becoming a writer. Hailing from Destin, Florida, she writes short stories in her free time and writes and plays music. She is a self-taught musician in both guitar and piano and loves to work on scores from movies and classic rock. She occasionally plays in the worship team for Chi Alpha, an Ole Miss campus ministry. Herret is also an aspiring photographer. She enjoys reading, writing and playing with her two dogs, Queso and Drogo. She is passionate about equality, feminism and world peace.
Brian Barisa, 19, is a photographer and broadcast journalism student from Frisco, Texas. He started his work as a photographer capturing Dallas car culture, and has expanded his skills to landscapes, portraits, and event photography. He works in digital and film photography and video production, live and in post. He has worked in sports entertainment production with the Allen Americans Hockey Club, live show production with First Baptist Church Frisco, and as a video producer for NewsWatch Ole Miss.
Sydney Stevens, 19, is a UM broadcast journalism major from Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Mississippi was quite the culture shock for her. She became a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is interested in worldwide news, foreign countries and documentaries. After graduating, she hopes to work for Vice News. She wants to travel around the world reporting news and experiencing new cultures and ways of life.
Sarah Martin, 21, is a UM broadcast journalism major with a minor in psychology. After graduating from high school, she discovered a love of journalism after meeting with a family friend. She wants to pursue a career in sports journalism. She hopes to travel the country and report on the sidelines of NFL games.
Logan Williamson, 20, is a UM journalism major and a central Mississippi native. He is also majoring in religious studies. His interests began at Hinds Community College, where he was elected as communications director for Gamma Lambda Honor Society. This jump-started his career, and he has contributed to notable newspapers, press releases, and television interviews. His omnibus of work consists of news articles, feature articles, and several beats.
Ash Crantas, 19, is a UM journalism student with a minor in psychology. Hailing from Atlanta, Crantas went out-of-state to pursue a writing-based degree. She hopes to pursue a career of book editing, educational magazine publishing, or creating film scripts. She is part of the Rebel Writers club and will be studying abroad at Westminster University in London during the summer of 2018. Throughout her middle and high school career, she spent time drafting short stories and volunteering at an Atlanta hospital that specialized in treating wounded soldiers with brain and spinal cord injuries. Her overarching drive is empathizing with others and storytelling, and she admires all forms of the arts due to their expressive and connective nature.
Mikael Odum is a UM junior majoring in integrated marketing communications with a minor in business. Originally from South Carolina, she decided to attend UM after her sister came here for school. At age 21, she has participated in journalism since high school when she wrote for the community paper and tried to write a book on poetry. She believes writing is important because it is the best way to describe something in detail and use language to express feelings. She hopes she can write a book on poetry and share her life story about tragedy, death, and overcoming challenges.
Myles Hartsfield, 20, is a junior from East Orange, New Jersey. He later moved to a small town called Sayreville, New Jersey, where he attended high school, then East Coast Prep. The youngest of two siblings who are also in college, Hartsfield came to Oxford on a basketball scholarship. He is studying broadcast journalism and wants to be a sports radio analyst when he’s finished playing football. He just finished his second season with the Rebels. He started his freshman year at free safety position, then was ask to move to corner his sophomore year where he started all 12 games for the Rebs. Hartsfield is also part of the Student Athlete Committee at Ole Miss. This committee is made of two to three players from each team who are the voice of their team. Student athletes voice their opinion on things that are happening to coaches and athletic directors.
Juliette St. Romain, 21, loves all things fashion. Last summer, she interned in New York City for Harpers Bazaar Greece, where she worked with stylists and the creative director. The issue was special because it was the magazine’s 20th anniversary issue with Victoria’s Secret Model, Elsa Hosk, gracing the cover. St. Romain helped dress her as she worked with many designers and photographers. She will be returning to New York City this summer to intern at the magazine a second time.
Lydazja Turner, 19, is a sophomore UM broadcast journalism major with a minor in African American studies. After graduating from high school, Turner came to Ole Miss and became active in several campus organizations. Since her freshman year, she has been involved in the Black Student Union, the University of Mississippi National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the University of Mississippi Association for Black Journalists, and with the Center of Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement. Turner wants to help improve her community. She has practiced ballet since age 2 and projects that talent onto community service projects in surrounding areas at ballet studios.
Leah Davis is a UM junior integrated marketing communications major. She is a native of Pelahatchie and graduated from Hartfield Academy in 2015. After beginning her college career as an elementary education major, she switched to the IMC program where she discovered her passion for public relations. Davis has experience with a marketing internship for Blackburn Communities and Visit Oxford Tourism. She is involved on campus with many clubs. After graduation, she dreams of finding a job at a public relations firm or practicing PR for an entertainment agency.
Chloe Parrish, 21, is a senior UM IMC major with an emphasis in public relations. Parrish is a first-generation college student and can’t wait to pursue her passions after graduation. She hopes to receive a job at a public relations firm where she can flourish. Born in Germantown, Tennessee, family is important to Parrish and greatly influenced her decision to stay close to home for college. Since her freshman year in college, Parrish has become involved in a variety events in the Ole Miss community, including Autism Speaks, Greek life, and Moneythink, USA. She is proud to serve the Oxford community by volunteering and participating in local events.
Leah Bushey, 20, is a UM junior from Boston. She is studying IMC with a minor in business administration with specializations in public relations, and media sales and management. Bushey was born in raised in Massachusetts, but decided to pack up and attend college at UM where she discovered her passions in the journalism school. A member of Alpha Phi, she worked as their social media chair last year. She also worked as a communications intern last summer and hopes to return to the same company as a marketing intern this summer. Bushey enjoys writing, photography and anything that has to do with fashion.
Mia Dent, 24, is a UM junior majoring in health science with a minor in African American studies. Dent is the youngest of seven siblings and the only child to attend college. A native of Columbus, Mississippi, she attended Hinds Community College after graduating high school. She is a member of the Black Student Union and has been for about two years. She loves black history, likes to dance, and is a big fan of hip-hop dance and ballet. Dent wants to pursue her health science degree as a medical assistant and study nursing. She plans to graduate with her degree next year and continue to learn ways to better herself and help others succeed.
Benton Dodd, 20, is a UM sophomore political science major with a minor in journalism. After graduating from The Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville in 2016, Benton came to Oxford as a member of the Provost Scholars Program hoping to become a campus leader. In his time at Ole Miss, Benton has volunteered with The Out of Darkness Walk and The Oxford Film Festival. Since his freshman year, he has been heavily involved in Chi Psi Fraternity, currently serving as vice president of internal operations. He was also elected to serve on the National Chi Psi Executive Council as an undergraduate representative for the Southeastern United States after being elected in a regional election. Benton loves of public speaking and speech writing, and hopes to attend law school after graduation.
Madison Stewart, 22, is a UM senior IMC major with an emphasis in public relations. Originally from Dallas, Madison moved to the small town in Mississippi to pursue her dream of working in public relations. During her time in college, she discovered a love for graphic design. After graduation, she plans to move back to Dallas and find a job in public relations or graphic design. She is a Meek Ambassador for the journalism school and graduates this May.
Maggie Houin, 20, is a UM sophomore IMC major with a minor in digital media Studies. She comes from a huge LSU family fan base and always cheers on the Rebs when they play the Tigers. Ole Miss always felt like home, so coming here was an easy decision. During her time here, Houin became involved with Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Danielle Angelo, 18, is a UM freshman journalism major with a minor in Italian. After graduating from a small private high school in St. Louis, Missouri, she knew she wanted to experience a change, and that led her to Ole Miss. She is the first person in her family to attend college. Because of this, it has been a lifelong goal to obtain a college degree. Since coming to Ole Miss, she has been involved in the Provost Scholars program, Alpha Delta Pi, and honors societies Gamma Beta Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, and the International Dean’s List Society. Angelo also has a passion for sports and is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. After graduating, she hopes to become a traveling reporter, sports reporter for the St. Louis Cardinals, or a magazine reporter.
Taylor Gore, 21, is a junior English major with a minor in journalism and an emphasis in creative writing at the University of Mississippi. Originally from Meridian, she graduated with honors from Meridian Community College before coming to Ole Miss. Gore enjoys spending time with friends and family, taking naps, and keeping up with sports. She attends many Ole Miss football, baseball, and basketball games on campus. She is also an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoys traveling to Atlanta to watch them play.
Kyle Phillips, 19, is a UM freshman journalism major with an emphasis on broadcast. Hailing from Marietta, Georgia, he graduated from Mill Springs Academy in 2017 and was the first person in his school’s history to attend Ole Miss. In his off time, he enjoys learning about pop culture and media. He is an Atlanta and Nashville sports fan. He has a passion for music and sports and is a member of the Ole Miss Rugby Football Club. He hopes to become a media personality who hosts his own show about sports or music.
Hannah Humphreys, 21, is a UM IMC major with a minor in business administration and an emphasis in public relations. She aspires to become a campaign manager and attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in IMC. Hannah is the store manager of Kinnucan’s in Oxford and loves spending time with her family, two dogs, and working out.
Matthew Hendley, 19, is a UM freshman broadcast journalism student. He is a lead news anchor for Newswatch Ole Miss. He is also a musician, photographer, and actor, appearing in a variety of short films and stage productions. He hopes to travel the world as a news correspondent, eventually hosting his own nightly news hour as an anchor.
Ariel Jones, 21, is a UM junior majoring in criminal justice with a minor in journalism. From Atlanta, she plans on becoming a part of Homeland Security or shifting her talents towards mass communication. Jones adores dogs, traveling, and shopping.
Ashley Sekul, 20, is a UM sophomore majoring in biochemistry with a minor in journalism. Originally from Florida, Sekul chose Ole Miss because she loved the feeling of a small Southern town. She is involved in Leap Frog, a tutoring program for elementary students, Delta Gamma, the honors college and other groups. She enjoys spending time with friends. She has a fraternal twin sister. After college, she plans to attend medical school and become an oncologist.
Meredith Sills, 18, is a UM freshman journalism major with a cinema minor. Sills has been involved with the Associated Student Body as a member of Freshman Forum and campus ministries and other service projects. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and traveling. She has a passion for sports and hopes to become a sports reporter.
Thomas Goris, 21, is a University of Mississippi junior studying broadcast journalism and political science. Originally from Mequon, Wisconsin, Goris is a proud Wisconsin native and diehard Green Bay Packers fan. As one of six children – four boys and two girls – nothing is more important to him than spending time with family. He enjoys hunting whitetail deer, country music, NASCAR, and going on RV trips with his brothers and sisters. Goris attended Ole Miss to try something new and get out of his comfort zone. Originally a business major, he switched to journalism after experiencing what power and meaningful impact local news can have on people. He is currently a member of the Sigma Pi fraternity and a leader of small group Bible studies for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He hopes to work for a local news station back in Wisconsin.
Savannah Smith, 21, is a UM senior from Corinth, Mississippi. She is pursuing a double major in public policy leadership and print journalism. At UM, she serves as director of the Ole Miss Big Event, the largest day of community service in Mississippi. She also serves as vice president of The Columns Society, a member of Chi Omega sorority, and as the 2017-2018 Miss Ole Miss. She loves to learn about other cultures and how she fits into the greater world around her. On her best day, Smith has a cup of Bottletree Bakery coffee on the Square Books balcony with her favorite set of watercolors.
Kristen Bentley, 19, is a UM sophomore. She was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, but has family across the South. She is studying print journalism with a minor in political science. She enjoys spending time with her mom and friends, listening to music, and staying updated about current world and pop culture news. She loves her two dogs, Chewy, an English labrador, and Kota, a border collie. If she isn’t in class, you can find her blogging about her big city dreams or sweating it out in hot yoga. After college, she hopes to move to Los Angeles or Atlanta to pursue political column writing for a magazine.
Savannah Day, 20, is a UM sophomore pursuing a double degree in public policy leadership and broadcast journalism. Her minor is intelligence and security studies. She grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, but was raised an Ole Miss Rebel. Day is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Tri Delta sorority, the Associated Student Body Legislative Council, and Lambda Sigma Honors Society. In Day’s free time, she enjoys hot yoga classes and walking her labrador, Scarlett. She hopes to pursue a career in Washington, D.C. in political reporting.
DeAndria Turner, 19 is a UM journalism major. After living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast her entire life and graduating from St. Martin High School, Turner decided to discover more about herself in a part of Mississippi she had never seen. The Starbucks-loving sophomore plugged right into the Ole Miss community and began telling Oxford stories as a reporter for 92.1 Rebel Radio. She is the news director for the station where she won a Mississippi-Louisiana Associated Press award. She is also involved in a women’s Bible study on campus called “Sisters of Faith” and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In her free time, she enjoys leading a small group at her church, traveling, finding new hobbies, blogging, and binge-watching Netflix series.
Davis McCool, 19, is a UM journalism and public policy major, who graduated from Oxford High School. He has pursued writing in many different ways, including at his job with the Ole Miss Athletics Department. McCool serves as a communications specialist within the Athletics Department, specifically for the Ole Miss Baseball Team. He is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and active in Greek life through membership with Phi Delta Theta at Ole Miss. He found his niche in journalism at his high school newspaper, The Charger, where he served as editor-in-chief and won the MSPA’s High School Journalist of the Year Award in 2017. An avid reader and wishful traveler, McCool hopes soon to run with the bulls in Spain’s iconic San Fermin Festival. He can sometimes be found enjoying reruns of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia or The Office.
Terrence Johnson, 22, is a UM journalism major. After graduating from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus, Johnson came to Oxford to pursue a life-changing experience. He is part of University of Mississippi Gospel, an orientation leader, and is part of APEX Leadership. Johnson is passionate about helping others be their best selves. He enjoys opportunities that require interacting with people and offer relationship building and community engagement. In his free time, Terrence enjoys seeing and performing in the arts. He has been singing since he was 4, and he currently sings with the University Men’s Chorus as a Tenor II. In all of his work, Johnson “tells underdog stories with civility and respect.”
2017 Oxford Stories Reporters
River Childers, 20, is from Shreveport, Louisiana. The UM sophomore is majoring in broadcast journalism. He began anchoring when he was in middle school. He chose the University of Mississippi because the campus is one of the prettiest places he’s ever been too, and he wanted to challenge himself. He said not many people from his high school go to Ole Miss for school, and he wanted to meet new people from all over the country. His favorite music is country and favorite singer is Garth Brooks. His favorite thing about journalism is being able to give the world information about anything he chooses to report on. “Journalism is an amazing thing, because it gives the entire world knowledge about what is going all around them, and from far away,” he said. “I plan to one day work for a national news station. My biggest goal at the University of Mississippi is to graduate knowing I gave it my all.”
Tucker Robbins, 21, is a UM journalism major. After graduating from Amory High School in Amory, Mississippi, Robbins attended Itawamba Community College for two years before graduating with an associate of arts degree in the spring of 2017. He is one of the busiest bees of the hive, always on the go with several tasks. As such, Robbins is a ritualistic coffee drinker. Morning, afternoon, or night, he has a coffee mug, cup, or thermos in hand to help him through his hectic schedule. His favorite activities include dancing and color guard. He has marched two seasons within Drum Corps International, one with Music City, and one with The Cavaliers, and he is starting his second season of Winter Guard International with Paramount Winter Guard. Whether it is teaching the Tupelo High School Color Guard or rehearsing with the Ole Miss Student Dance organization on campus, Robbins’ involvement in the arts usually fills his schedule. His happy-go-lucky personality and positive outlook on life propel him forward through daily challenges, and his coffee keeps him sane.
Rex Ravita II is a journalism major from Biloxi. He chose a minor in digital media. He enjoys writing and photography, and wants to one day pursue a career as a news reporter.
Chauncey Taylor is a UM sophomore who was born in Flowood, Mississippi, but he lived in Palm Beach, Florida, until he was in the third grade. That year, he moved back to Jackson, Mississippi and remained there throughout childhood. During his middle/high school career, he was a starting basketball player for three years, a Kappa League member, a writer for the school paper, and an anchor for the school news. During his senior year, he began filming and directing music videos for local musicians. Eventually, this passion grew into a profitable independent business. He expanded his talents to documentaries, music videos, highlight tapes, etc., and began working on his own music.
In 2016, these things led Taylor to receive an internship with BET. Only three weeks after graduating high school, he flew from Mississippi to Los Angeles and worked at the BET Awards. After his two-week stay in California, his bosses were so impressed with his work, he was invited to Atlanta in September for the BET Hip Hop Awards. Today, he is still an intern for BET and has attended the BET awards three times. He is also a DJ for Rebel Radio and has his own show Wednesdays from 7-9. He hopes to one day host his own TV show that covers hip hop music/culture.
Sara Wells, 21, was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, but her family recently moved to Columbia, Missouri. She came to Ole Miss seeking a new adventure, and she always wanted to go south for college. Wells has played soccer her entire life. Now, her hobbies include Pilates and napping with her dog, Murphy. She is an integrated marketing communications major specializing in public relations. She hopes to pursue a job at ESPN or a sports-related job. After college, she hopes to travel, see new things and experience different cultures.
Mattie Thrasher, 21, is a UM student studying psychology, English, and environmental studies. She enjoys writing about nature, the environment, and human relationships. She’s also a musician, who performs locally, and she has recorded an EP with Carbon Records Studio. Her dream job is to travel, help the environment and record and perform music. She doesn’t want to be stuck in one place doing one job. She believes journalism is important and wants to make a difference in the world. She believes America faces many problems, including the over-consumption of supplies, overpopulation, deforestation, intolerance, bigotry, and cyclical poverty. With journalism, she wants to effectively communicate environmental problems to the public and learn the ethics and skills needed to construct an article that will implement environmental change.
Destiny Thompson grew up in Byhalia, Mississippi. Now, the UM freshmen is adjusting to a “life of food delivery and complicated roundabouts.” Thompson is majoring in photography, but plans to become a journalism major with a minor in photography. She is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and is on the media committee for RebelTHON. Thompson hopes to become an international photojournalist and travel the world. She believes journalism is important because it keeps others informed and offers insight about things some would otherwise be clueless to. She wants to report on things that matter and be a voice for the people.
Sherelle Brown, 20, is a UM junior from Southaven, Mississippi, majoring in journalism. Brown describes herself as “reserved and quiet,” but enjoys using her voice through writing. She believes journalism is an important form of communication. Brown said: “You can never know the full capacity of what you can accomplish if you don’t take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.”
John Patrick Bove, 18, is originally from DeRidder, Louisiana. He moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan later. The sophomore is majoring in mathematics. He chose to attend UM because of the “overwhelming sense of community that I felt in my visits here.” Bove served on the Associated Student Body council last year. He is a member of Beta Theta Pi and an understudy to the ritual chairman. He also made the dean’s list last semester and is looking to join an honors society this fall. He plans to attend law school.
Brian Barisa, 19, is a broadcast journalism student from Frisco, Texas. Born in Minnesota in 1998, the UM freshman’s journalism career began in high school working on the video production and development of broadcast shows. Now, he is a NewsWatch Ole Miss correspondent and writes for OxfordStores.net. Barisa is a photographer and motorsports enthusiast. He has spent several years learning photography and finding the limits of his camera. Barisa has experience photographing people, places, things and sports. He actively keeps up with several racing series, hoping to someday report on or work in production with these events. His dream job is to be an executive producer for a major news network and work in broadcast production “to create a news environment that is truly fair and displays differing opinions equally, because good journalism needs a balance of beliefs.” Barisa said he began to notice this after watching bias from both sides of the political spectrum during the 2016 presidential election.
Katherine Hollister, 20, is a junior from Meridian. She is an integrated marketing communications major specializing in public relations with minors in business administration and history. She wants to study law after completing her undergraduate degree. She said she’d love to work as a public relations manager for a nonprofit company or become a criminal defense attorney. She loves spending time with her mom in Meridian, or going to see her dad and stepmother in Pensacola. She is the youngest of two brothers and two stepbrothers, and she is the aunt of three boys and four girls. “I love being able to spend my time with my babies, as I call them,” she said. “Being their aunt is one of my biggest joys in life.”
Morgan Quinnelly, 19, is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi from Winchester, Virginia. Before moving south for school, she was an avid hiker and reader, but is now a devoted napper and dog-enthusiast. She describes herself as a “coffee-drinking night owl, a firm believer in the power of small, good deeds, and a fiery, little person.” The psychology major plans to study law. She said she is interested in biology and psychology “because she is fascinated by humanity, and in English, because I like to examine others’ impressions of humanity.” She wants to build a career helping others and giving something good back to the world. “I believe that journalism and law hold the power to do so,” she said.
Jay Johnson describes herself as “loud, bold and full of energy.” She loves meeting new people and experiencing new things. She has dreamed of working in PR and creative writing her entire life. “When most young girls were watching Cinderella, I was focused solely on Carrie Bradshaw,” Johnson said. “She meant more to me than any imaginary Disney princess could. Carrie was wild and aggressively herself. I never dreamt of traditional ball gowns or glass slippers. The only things I ever wanted were a pair of light blue Manolo Blahniks and my very own column. I began to see myself in both Carrie and Samantha as time progressed. I admired Samantha’s ability to turn tragedy into opportunity. She embodied ambition, passion, and dedication during her PR career.” Johnson is a junior integrated marketing communications major specializing in PR and minoring in business administration. She said the combination of fields enables her to incorporate aspects of both Carrie and Samantha. “As my journey in IMC and journalism continues, I will look to Carrie for truth in my writings and channel Samantha as I fearlessly take on my PR classes,” she said. Johnson said she’s excited to learn more about properly branding, effectively communicating, and intensely focusing on her identity as a writer during her education.
Quentaisha Warren, 21, was raised in Olive Branch, Mississippi. She is the youngest of two. Her sister is 12 years older. Warren said she chose UM because it’s close to home. “You could say I’m a ‘momma’s girl, daddy’s world’ type of kid, because they are my reasons for saying close,” she said. After college, Warren plans to become an elementary school teacher or flight attendant. She dreams of moving to Dallas. She has two baby neices. “They give me joy on my lowest days,” she said.
Sydney Stevens, 19, is a UM sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism and French. She is from Cedarburg, Wisconsin, about 20 miles north of Milwaukee. She chose to attend Ole Miss because everyone from her high school went to in-state schools, and she wanted to experience something different. Stevens is interested in reporting news from other countries and making documentaries about social and environmental issues in the U.S. Her dream job is to make a mini-documentary for Vice. “I think it is cool reporting news that is not popular or news that surprises people,” she said. “I like them because the interviewers actually are on the frontline and go to countries where problems are prominent, not just reporting it behind a table.” Stevens is excited for about her future in journalism.
William Stribling, 20, is from Vicksburg. He transferred to Ole Miss in the fall of 2017 from Hinds Community College to pursue a degree in journalism. He is a philosophy minor who has wanted to become a journalist since he was 14 and began writing video game and movie reviews for his friends. He thinks the need for dedicated, objective journalists is now greater than ever. He has previous experience working for local publications through an internship at The Vicksburg Post, and he has worked as the associate editor of the Hinds County Gazette. Stribling’s other passions include reading, running, history, politics, and peanut butter. He wants to bring people together by creating the most open, inclusive dialogue possible. He wants to hear your story.
Ben Warnick, 22, is a senior from Tupelo. In 2015, he transferred to UM after previously majoring in public relations. From 2013-2015, Warnick worked as the arts & entertainment editor for a college newspaper. Warnick hopes to one day work in field reporting or sales. He enjoys spending time with family. On most weekends, he attends his brother’s track or cross-country meets and plays guitar in Sunday-morning worship. Warnick is a recovering addict and advocate for sober living, reaching out to college students in need of a friend and/or sobriety accountability in the Oxford community. He loves classic rock and has played in multiple bands, traveling across the South to entertain others as a drummer and guitarist. Warnick has traveled on mission trips since age 13, spending weeks in unique locations, such as Hawaii and Japan. He is a Christian, and hopes everyone can experience the love of a relationship with Christ.
Alexis T. Rhoden is from West Point, Mississippi, a small town near Starkville. She has an identical twin sister and a younger sister who is autistic. Her major is communication sciences and disorders and minor is journalism. Her passion is photography. Rhoden spends a lot of time photographing everything from landscapes to portraits. She is also in the Army, and her job is in the aviation field. Rhoden hasn’t decided what she wants to do after college. One plan is to work for a newspaper or open her own studio. She wants to do photography full time. If she doesn’t attend graduate school, she hopes to go active with the military for 20 years, retire and draw a check on the beach somewhere in the Bahamas.
Sagan Lee Boehm is a philosophy major with a minor in journalism. He said “he likes to think of the world as an experience he’s forced to live in, so he might as well make the most of it.” Life for Boehm is about “pondering the deepest, most thought-provoking questions man has ever asked in an attempt to unveil the nature of reality and the purposes held regarding the entirety of the universe.” He said “furthering one’s intellect seems key to fulfilling the insatiable desire to understand.” One of his goals is to see as much of the world as he can. He said he respects the good things in it and doesn’t fear the bad. He accepts change and failure, and knows not to be discouraged when things don’t always work out as planned. He may not, ultimately, be the sole author of the life he leads, but “I’d be damned if I did not at least try to live a good one,” he said. He also likes to hang out with friends and party on the weekends.
Kaelyn V. Sreenan is from sunny Jacksonville, Florida. She is majoring in integrated marketing and communications with a minor in business administration and a specialization in public relations. The senior is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, who never envisioned moving to Mississippi, but one visit convinced her. When she’s not doing schoolwork, you can find Sreenan working at Nella, a women’s clothing boutique on the Oxford Square. As graduation nears, she hopes to work in marketing and public relations. She would love to live different places before settling down in Florida. Sreenan chooses to have a “happy-go-lucky vibe” and can handle anything thrown her way. She values her friends and family and loves spending time with them. She was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, quickly moved to Boca Raton, Florida, and spent a short time living in Montville, New Jersey. Jacksonville is home and her favorite place, and she is happiest by the water.
Malia Carothers is a broadcast journalism major with a minor in business. She has many dream jobs, but wants to be a reporter. She believes in equal rights for all. She loves giving advice and encouraging people to be their best. Her goal each day is to wake up and make someone’s day. She loves to learn new things. “Any information someone is willing to tell me to help me learn how to do something, I am always all ears,” she said. She is determined to make her life great. Each day, she strives to be better physically, mentally and spiritually. She wants to be a broadcaster.
Margaux Pope is from Goldsboro, North Carolina, where she attended the same private school for 16 years. She grew up with her dad, mom, and sister, Abbey. During the summers, her family moves to Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, where they have a house. Atlantic Beach is her favorite place, and she has met many friends there. She loves animals and has two dogs and two cats. Her mom, dad, and sister attended the University of North Carolina. She attend UNC for a year last year, but realized it wasn’t the place for her, and she’s now at UM.
Mikael Odum is from Charleston, South Carolina. She attended a small, private school on Johns Island with about 25 people in each grade. She said the school helped shape who she is today. She learned to accept people, love deeper, and never take teachers who care about you for granted. During high school and middle school, Odom played basketball, volleyball and soccer. She learned who she was as an individual and grew in her spiritual life. Her sister decided to attend UM, so Odom followed her. Freshman year was rough. She got in a lot of trouble and tested her mother in every way possible, but then discovered Cru, a non-denominational worship service for college students held every Tuesday. Odom said Cru changed her life for the better, and “got her back on her spiritual walk with the Lord.” Through Cru, she met many amazing people, who touched her life in ways they can never imagine. During her sophomore year, she said she “grew stronger in her relationship with the Lord” and began to find herself again. Now, as a junior, she is happy about how far she has come and the memories she has made.
Beatty Kathryn Carpenter was born and raised in Mississippi. She graduated in 2015 and is continuing her education at UM. At age 5, she began acting in commercials and performing in plays at a local theater. She later began cheerleading and playing soccer. She participated in competitive cheerleading and played for a premiere soccer team. At 15, she began to focus more on soccer and made Mississippi’s Olympic Developmental Team, traveling and playing with and against the best soccer players in the United States. As a freshman, she went through Greek recruitment and pledged Phi Mu, where she now serves as the assistant recruitment chair. She is an integrated marketing communications major. She works at a women’s retail clothing store on the Square in downtown Oxford and hopes to work in women’s fashion one day on a creative marketing team for a department store like Bergdorf Goodman or write for a fashion magazine like Teen Vogue.
Marlene Middleton was raised in Oxford and has always been an Ole Miss Rebel. She is an integrated marketing and communications major and hopes to work in the fashion industry for a magazine like Vogue, or for a couture designer. Middleton has always been creative and loves art. She discovered a love for fashion at a young age. She’s passionate about her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. She loves spending time with friends and family. She loves dogs and animals and has a new puppy she adopted from the Oxford animal shelter in March named Maggie May. She said she “spends a lot of time being a cool dog mom.” Middleton loves playing the guitar and music. She collects vinyl records and spends time at the record store listening to records.
Daniel Rowland is from Booneville, Mississippi. The senior is majoring in general studies with minors in journalism, history and education. Rowland works for the Ole Miss Softball Team and aspires to become a college coach. He said it’s a dream come true to attend and work with UM athletics.
Meagan Mobley, 22, is originally from Memphis, but her heart is in New York City. “I love my hometown, but there is something about the Upper East Side that makes me feel free,” she said. Her major is integrated marketing communications with a specialization in public relations. She is a full-time student by day and part-time bartender on the Square at night. Mobley has a passion for art, fitness and music. Her dream job is to be an art director for a magazine in New York City one day.
Colleen Stimola, a self-described Connecticut “Yankee,” has embraced the deep South and Rebel lifestyle as a UM senior. She started a campus Equestrian Club that has more than 30 members. Stimola is a general studies major and a triple minor in digital media, economics and journalism with an integrated marketing communications focus. After college, she plans to acquire certificates in digital media marketing. Stimola studied abroad for a semester in Seville, Spain, last year and networked and advanced her business skills.
Summit, Mississippi native T’Keyah Jones is a UM senior majoring in psychology with a minor in journalism. Jones is part of several campus organizations, including Rebels Against Sexual Assault, the Black Student Union, the National Residential Honorary Hall and the UM Association of Black Journalists. She is also a student worker for UM Athletics. Jones is excited to be a part of a legacy of journalists who explore the world from diverse angles.
Denver Jones Haggard, 19, is a UM broadcast journalism major from Philadelphia, Mississippi. He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Student Activities Association, past member of Ole Miss men’s Glee club, and past president of the Minor Hall Community Council. Haggard is employed at Tollison Law Firm in Oxford and plans to further his education at the University of Mississippi School of Law specializing in entertainment law.
Griffin Neal, 19, is from Shreveport, Louisiana. He is a sophomore public policy and economics major who is an active member of the Associated Student Body Senate, Kappa Alpha Order, the club basketball team, and he serves on the executive committee for the Ole Miss Big Event. Neal spent last summer working on Capitol Hill, conducting policy research and writing briefs on potential legislation. He will be leaving for Brussels, Belgium in January to intern with a government agency and study public policy through the Ole Miss Honors College. In his scarce free time, he enjoys traveling to New Orleans to spend time with his girlfriend, hanging out with his buddies at the KA house, and playing ball at the Turner Center. He loves journalism and literature, and enjoys writing. Last year, he served as a staff journalist covering the basketball and football teams for The Daily Mississippian. While he aspires to serve as a chief of staff on the Hill or on the managerial team of a professional basketball organization, he wants to treat people kindly and lead a generous life.
Margaret Griffin is a senior from Meridian, majoring in integrated marketing communications and specializing in public relations. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and the Ole Miss Rebelette Dance Team. Last summer, Griffin worked as an intern for the Division of Outreach on campus, where she gained experience going to events and taking pictures and videos that were used on social media.
Juliette St. Romain, 21, knows that being a lover of all things fashion has its ups and downs. She said it’s a competitive industry that many people strive to break into. But with many work experiences and internships under her belt, the junior plans to pursue her dreams. Last summer, she interned in New York City for Harper’s Bazaar Greece working with stylists and creative directors on the magazine’s 20th anniversary issue with Victoria’s Secret model, Elsa Hosk, on the cover. St. Romain helped dress the model for many different designers. She said she made these industry connections through Greek life and a Kappa Delta alumnus sorority member who lives in Greece.
Though she is rooted in the country music capital of Nashville, Tennessee, small town Oxford has always been a second home for Katherine Johnson. Her family alma mater has proven a haven for relational growth, academic challenges, and personal success. As a sophomore integrated marketing and communications major, Johnson is fascinated by the creative side of life and craves a career that keeps her mind churning. Her professional future is undetermined, but she adores expression through art, design, writing and more. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority.
Originally from Itta Bena, Mississippi, Adam Horn has found a second home in Oxford. A junior journalism and political science major, Horn is interested in all things politics and print. He dreams of working someday as a news reporter for The Washington Post or as a photojournalist for National Geographic. Travel has always been an important career criteria. He has traveled in England, France, Italy and Peru, capturing thousands of high quality photos to document his journeys. Horn also loves live music. He has attended and documented dozens of live concerts, from small local bands to huge festival headliners. He also enjoys long hikes and rock climbing adventures. He has hiked hundreds of miles across at least a dozen trails and climbed dozens of sport climbing routes while taking pictures to document his journeys.
George Payne Cossar IV, “Chip,” is from Covington, Louisiana, but now lives in Senatobia. The integrated marketing communications major with a business administration minor is working on a public relations specialization. The member of Sigma Nu fraternity recently interned at The Panolian in Panola County working in the newspaper’s marketing/media department and helping with their social media presence. After graduation, he plans on studying entertainment law.
Carter Diggs, a UM freshmen, has always anticipated attending UM. Until his junior year in high school, however, he had no idea what he wanted to do. On a whim, he decided to join his school’s newspaper staff. There, he found a passion. During his two years on the staff, he won awards from the Southern Interscholastic Press Association and from the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association for his entertainment stories and reviews. Now, armed with experience as an entertainment editor and “useless media trivia,” he’s enrolled in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. He hopes to improve his writing skills and video editing. Diggs also plays guitar, hikes, and writes stories. A registered Eagle Scout, he enjoys environmental preservation and participating in service projects.
Kelly Zeidner, 21, is a senior integrated marketing communications major with two specializations in public relations and media sales. Born and raised south of Charlotte, North Carolina in Fort Mill, South Carolina, Zeidner wanted to branch out. That’s how she found Ole Miss. After graduating, she hopes to move to a big city and pursue a career in public relations. Last summer, she interned in the marketing department at a local brewery. She loves to travel and hopes her future job will enable her to continue traveling. Zeidner is involved in Pi Beta Phi sorority and interns with the Lafayette County Literacy Council, where she helps with news releases, social media and office work. She volunteers regularly at More Than A Meal and reads to children at Lafayette Elementary School.
Sean Gillen, 22, is a UM senior from Fairfax, Virginia. He is a sports and recreation administration major minoring in journalism. Gillen loves sports and watching football, hockey and golf. He enjoys evening grilling with friends and playing golf. He has three siblings: Alanna, Courtney, and Carlin; and an extended family of dogs: Leia, Coco, Minnie, Mylo, and Finley. Gillen also enjoys going back home to visit his parents, Kevin and Heidi, and his youngest sister, who live in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
Myles Hartsfield, 20, is a sophomore from East Orange, New Jersey. He has two siblings. Hartsfield came south on an football scholarship. This is his second season with the Rebs. He started last year as freshmen in the free safety position. This year, he plays corner. He is a broadcast journalism major and hopes to host his own sports show one day.
Anna Bess Pavlakovich is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi that hails from Denver, Colorado. She is passionate about her family, friends, and truth-seeking journalism.
Addis Olive, 20, is a sophomore integrated marketing communications major from North Carolina. She is part of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and she aspires to work for Buzzfeed or live in New York City and work in public relations. She loves all things nature, all genres of music, and yoga.
St. Louis, Missouri native, Angelica Pecha, is a freshman journalism and fashion merchandising major who is minoring in Spanish. Pecha discovered her love for journalism in high school as a staff writer and reporter for the school newspaper.
She hopes to combine her passion for writing and fashion and write for a major fashion magazine. She also stays involved on campus as a member of Delta Gamma sorority.
Reagan Smith, 21, is a junior majoring in integrated marketing and communications, commonly known as IMC, with hopes of later finding employment at a marketing firm in her hometown, Dallas.
What brings this Dallas girl to Oxford? Her love of school spirit, football and small town charm. When she is not doing homework or socializing in The Grove, she is involved in Delta Gamma sorority.
Ocean Springs native Darby Johnson is a UM sophomore majoring in journalism with a minor in history. She is a community assistant for the second floor in Residence Hall 1.
Although she is a Mississippi girl, she calls Atlanta home. She loves watching “The Office” and painting with watercolors. Her future career plans include being an investigative journalist and traveling the world.
Julia Wickes, 19, is a freshman at the University of Mississippi who is originally from Dallas, Texas. Wickes is a broadcast journalism major, who hopes to become a football field reporter or a fashion and beauty blogger.
She is an active member of Alpha Phi sorority and enjoys social events. Wickes heard about Ole Miss at a college fair and fell in love after a tour. She was also interested in the great journalism program.
Her favorite part about Ole Miss is football season. Her favorite part about Oxford, however, is the people who are so nice and friendly. What Wickes hopes to get out of her four years at Ole Miss is good friends, a good education, and good memories. Her favorite musical artist is Luke Bryan. Her favorite classes have been literature appreciation and photojournalism.
Wade Johnson is a sophomore journalism student from Phoenix, Arizona. She was the editor of her high school newspaper, the CS Press, which won the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Award three years in a row. She has also been published in area Phoenix newspapers, such as the AZ Artzbeat. Johnson is an aspiring political and/or music and entertainment journalist. She is a social media intern for Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, who runs their Twitter page and writes weekly newsletters.
Patrick Fawcett, 22, who is majoring in general studies, is from Columbia, South Carolina. Fawcett hopes to work for his family business, a liquor and wine distribution company. He is senior and will be graduating in May of 2017. Fawcett’s hobbies are watching sports and hanging out with friends. He chose the University of Mississippi because his dad attended the college. Fawcett comes from a very large family. He has five siblings, and he is a fraternity member.
Madison Hyatt is a sophomore at Ole Miss from Kansas City, Missouri. She is a broadcast journalism major, and hopes to become a real-estate lawyer. Instead of attending the University of Missouri, Hyatt decided to attend the University of Mississippi to experience the SEC and to “avoid going to high school” again.
Because Hyatt had success in her high school newspaper, she used her prior experience to select her broadcast journalism major. Along with that, she won an award for her work at Ole Miss this past fall semester.
Hyatt is a member of Tri Delta. Her hobbies include reading, singing, and traveling. Her favorite destination is Switzerland, and she has a younger brother and sister. She also has a famous Instagram account that is food-based.
Gulfport native, Skye Spiehler, 19, is a freshman broadcast journalism major at the University of Mississippi. He decided to attend Ole Miss because of strong family ties. Throughout high school, Spiehler was involved in sports announcing and enjoyed producing music. He plays the bass guitar and also enjoys playing video games every now and then.
In addition to studying at Ole Miss, Spiehler is involved in a few different organizations. He is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and a member of the Associated Student Body’s newly created group Freshman Forum, where he and 29 fellow freshmen discuss relevant issues and decide the best way positively influence potentially negative situations on campus.
Spiehler’s favorite food is pasta, especially from Olive Garden. He is an avid sports fan, and has been supporting his favorite team, the New Orleans Saints, since he was only 3.
Spiehler does not keep up with social media frequently, but does follow his favorite sports teams. In the future, he plans on living wherever he can obtain a good job. He aspires to be a sports announcer, but he also has interest in finance. He plans on graduating from Ole Miss and hopefully getting a dog soon.
Sarah Henderson, 20, is a sophomore from San Angelo, Texas. She studies print journalism and minors in digital media design, and she plans to become a magazine or website designer.
Depending on her mood, Henderson reads news stories of all types from a wide variety of sources, ranging from Facebook links to The New York Times.
She has three brothers (one of whom is her twin) and hunts with them regularly. In addition to hunting, Henderson enjoys traveling and playing tennis. Her favorite TV shows are “The Bachelor” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
She’s a devout fan of breakfast food, but her favorite restaurant in Oxford is Ajax because of their mac and cheese. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. After college, she hopes to live in Texas and work with a magazine or newspaper.
Peyton Sams, 20, is a junior from Atlanta majoring in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast. Growing up, Sams was the youngest of two brothers, and was born in Dallas.
When she was 2, her family moved to Atlanta, where she competed in cheerleading as she grew older. Some of Sams’ hobbies include taking pictures, going to the movies, and spending time with friends and family. Her main role model in her life would be her grandpa, who passed away. She admires him for his selflessness, and the compassion he had for others.
Meanwhile in Oxford, Sams enjoys being a cycling instructor at Pure Ryde on the Square. At Ole Miss, she is a member of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. One reason Peyton chose to study broadcast journalism was her passion for television. She has an outgoing personality, and she is passionate about sports.
Ten years from now, Sams envisions herself living in a large city, such as Dallas or Nashville, and fulfilling her dreams of becoming a sports broadcaster. She has no fear of living away from home and being an independent journalist. She would like to visit Italy, Greece or Spain. Sams believes being a broadcast journalist will give her the opportunity to explore new cultures around the world.
Kirsten Faulkner was born in Paducah, Kentucky in 1995. She grew up in Metropolis, Illinois, otherwise known as “the home of Superman.” She was raised as an only child, and lived with her mom and dad. She began playing golf at age 6, and attended John A. Logan Community College in Carterville, Illinois where she received a golf scholarship and earned an associates of arts degree.
After two years at John A. Logan, Faulkner decided to continue her education at the University of Mississippi. Faulkner is a junior broadcast journalism major with a sociology minor.
In her free time, she enjoys watching E! News and helping out with Silver Collection, a boutique her mom has owned for 17 years. She monitors the boutique’s social media and works to keep it up to date. She chose to major in broadcast journalism because she learned how important editing photos and writing skills are to the boutique to help market the business. Faulkner describes herself as passionate, caring, enthusiastic and determined. She enjoys shopping, exploring other boutiques, anything and everything chocolate, and listening to country music.
Faulkner is also a member of the sorority, Alpha Phi, and serves as vice president of marketing. After graduation, she dreams of moving to Nashville and pursuing a career working with a fashion company. She hopes to get an internship for the summer and expand her knowledge of broadcast journalism. She also plans to travel the world and visit places, such as Paris, Spain and Mexico. Her favorite quote and words to live by are, “Everything happens for a reason.”
Christian Johnson, 18, is a University of Mississippi freshman majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. He is from Kennett, Missouri and served as a staff reporter and photographer for his high school newspaper. He is passionate about politics and hopes to work as a political correspondent with a major newspaper such as The Washington Post or The New York Times.
Nancy Jackson, 20, is a broadcast journalism major and political science minor from Athens, Georgia. While keeping an open mind about what she wants to do in the future, her goal is to attend law school and pursue a career in media law or to become a successful television reporter.
Jackson’s hobbies include volunteering with the Oxford Humane Society, hiking and spending time with her dog named Rebel.
Lydazja Turner, 18, is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. Her dream career is to become a radio host or vlogger. She has studied ballet most of her life and dabbles in yoga. Her schedule is packed with schoolwork and involvement in the Black Student Union.
Jessica Duffield, 19, is a freshman from the Dominican Republic majoring in journalism. She graduated from the Abraham Lincoln School in La Romana, where she started their first school magazine. Her dad is from Georgia, and her mom is from Italy, and she has two sisters who both live in Georgia. She misses her country a lot, but is happy to be an Ole Miss Rebel.
In her free time, Duffield enjoys being with friends, going for a run downtown and reading and writing. Her dream is to live in a big city like New York after college and work for a magazine company like The New York Times. She also plans on writing books.
Grant Gibbons, 18, is a journalism major from Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Lakeside High School and played baseball four years. He has lived in Atlanta his entire life, but has family ties to the New England area. Therefore, he is an avid sports fan who supports all Boston sports teams.
Gibbons prides himself on sports knowledge, but he also has a strong interest in politics and pop-culture. His goal is to host a show. In his spare time, Grant enjoys watching and playing sports, going to the movies, and listening to music.
Jack Hall is a journalism major. He served as a staff reporter, photographer, sports editor, and editor of his high school newspaper.
Hall has been published in The Clarion-Ledger. His junior year of high school, he spent six months in Washington, D.C., as a U.S. Senate page. Hall won two consecutive Orley Hood Awards and the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association’s Journalist of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing, golfing, scuba diving and fishing.
Vicksburg native Kendra Newton is a UM senior studying journalism with an emphasis in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science. She has a lifelong dream of reporting on health issues, becoming an anchor for sports television, and she aspires to become an author. She also wants to graduate from UM with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In her free time, she likes to spend time with family and follow local, national and celebrity news.
Tampa native Collin Rivera is a UM sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism, who hopes to become a sports broadcaster for a professional team. He came to UM because of its journalism program and distinguished professors. The City of Oxford was also a key factor in Rivera’s decision to come to Ole Miss because of the rich SEC traditions and history. He believes the welcoming culture and caring personalities make Oxford one the best small towns in the South. He hopes to become more active in the community.
Emma McCabe, 19, is a sophomore from Atlanta. She is studying print journalism and hopes to become a print publisher for the young adult genre when she graduates. She is the second child of four children, and she decided to attend Ole Miss because her older brother attended. In her free time, McCabe enjoys eating at Ajax on the Square. She is also a Young Life leader at Lafayette High School.
Milwaukee native Jessie Gregory, 20, is a sophomore who came to the University of Mississippi from Clarksdale, Mississippi. He is an integrated marketing communications major with a minor in business administration. His passions are music and fashion. He wants to pursue a career as a radio personality/DJ and manage his own clothing line.
Atlanta native Amanda Haley hails from a town called Woodstock and has lived in Oxford for three years. At Woodstock High School, Amanda played lacrosse for four years and was a member of the Elf Club for three years. She graduated in 2014 and is a journalism major.
Connor Nunnally, 19, is from Canton, Georgia, about 40 minutes north of Atlanta. He enjoys sports, especially basketball, and idolizes Lebron James. Nunnally also enjoys hunting and fishing.
In high school, he played varsity basketball and enjoyed playing tennis. He decided to attend UM because he loved the campus the first time he visited his junior year of high school.
The marketing major is member of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.
Elijah Coombs is an English major from Washington state. He transferred after finishing his associate’s degree. He was convinced by friends to visit Ole Miss, and fell in love with the school. His interests include sports, science and politics, and he hopes to write extensively on each in the future.
Birmingham native Fairlie Outland is a UM sophomore majoring in journalism and minoring in business. She graduated from Mountain Brook High School in 2015 and is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
Birmingham native Caroline Luckie is a UM sophomore studying journalism. She graduated from Mountain Brook High School in 2015. Luckie is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
Eastman, Georgia, native Gracie Snyder is a UM sophomore and broadcast journalism major. She is the baby of her family and has four sisters and one brother. In her free time, she loves to play guitar and drums. She is learning to play the mandolin, but so far, it’s not going so great.
Snyder loves anything and everything vintage, whether it’s listening to old vinyl or shopping at an antique store. Listening to Adele and drinking a cup of hot tea are some of her favorite things, and she’s been known to listen to Christmas music out of season.
After graduating from college, she hopes to work her way up to ESPN or any organization that allows her to pursue a career in sports journalism. If she had to pick a favorite season, it would probably be college football season. On what some might refer to as a “sad note,” she still remains a huge Georgia Bulldogs fan, despite attending Ole Miss. She is a fan-divided and thus says, “Hotty Toddy” and “Go Dawgs!”
Bailey Martin, 19, is a UM sophomore from Tupelo. She graduated from Tupelo High School and attended Middle Tennessee State University her freshmen year. She later transferred to UM.
She enjoys Ole Miss football, tailgating, Netflix, and hanging out with friends. She describes herself as a “people person” and loves meeting and talking to new people.
Martin’s major is broadcast journalism with a minor in psychology, and she plans to attend law school. She dreams of being an entertainment reporter and an entertainment and celebrity attorney.
KC Cohan, 20, is a UM junior integrated marketing and communication major from Boston, Massachusetts. She is passionate about New England Sports and hopes to one day work with the New England Sports Network as a writer or reporter.
In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends on the Square and cooking. She has three younger sisters, and one also attends Ole Miss. Cohan said she’s excited to explore journalism and embrace all the opportunities the Meek School has to offer.
Ashley Wallace, 20, is a junior from Gulfport studying broadcast journalism and cinema. She has a passion for meteorology, and her dream job is tracking and reporting on natural disasters that occur around the country.
Wallace is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and a former member of the Pride of the South Marching Band. She is very supportive of the arts. After graduation, she plans to relocate to Florida and pursue meteorology education at Florida State University.
Anne Merrill Jones is a UM sophomore. She spends her time binge-watching Netflix shows, majoring in broadcast journalism, and online shopping.
The Nashville native grew up in a city that was constantly evolving. That is where she fell in love with the melting pot of individuals there searching for themselves and their dreams.
Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles, California, where everything happened – where movies were made, where stars shone during the day and night, all set to the soundtrack of the Pacific Ocean, traffic of the 405, and the call of adventure. But after visiting Oxford, she fell in love.
Now, she’s content living in a small town because it’s another adventure, but there are still moments when she misses L.A. She aspires to be an entertainment journalist, hosting E! News, but she would also like to be a stylist or work for Nylon magazine.
Pierce Morrison is a sophomore journalism student at Ole Miss from Franklin, Tennessee who is studying Portuguese and journalism. He wants to cover athletics or world news domestically and internationally.
He also works in media relations with the UM Athletic Department. As an aspiring journalist, he wants to use his degree to “show people the incredible aspects of humanity and the ways that the world is changing.” Through these articles, he aims to demonstrate how people are making the world a better place in Oxford and northern Mississippi.
Will Morrison is a junior IMC major with a passion for the outdoors and outdoor journalism. He is part of the staff of “Team Renegade Outdoors.” He aspires to be a “National Geographic Explorer” reporter one day. He also writes for HottyToddy.com.
Hawkins Woodall, 19, is from Jackson, Georgia. In high school, he was captain of the wrestling team and cross country team. He later attended a small junior college in Barnesville, Georgia, then transferred to the University of Mississippi. He is majoring in journalism with a minor in marketing and plans to use those degrees to write for the business or sports section of a major news source.
In his spare time, he enjoys bird hunting in Georgia with his friends. He also enjoys fly fishing and wake boarding. He spent most of his time, however, working for his father as a cameraman for his show DirtRoadTV. DirtRoadTV is an online hunting show that allowed Hawkins to meet new people and develop his love for journalism.
Katie Wasierski, 18, is a UM freshman studying journalism. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she loves traveling, adventures and trying new things.
Wasierski describes herself as “super outgoing.” She’s the youngest of four children, loves “Modern Family,” the Red Sox and Tom Brady.
She hopes to land a job working for a major magazine, such as Vogue or Cosmopolitan either writing or in marketing and advertising.
Louisiana native Ellen Simmons, 18, is an IMC major with a minor in business administration. She graduated from D’arbonne Woods Charter School in 2016. Simmons aspires to be a public relations liaison for the entertainment industry, specifically the music or film industry. She loves traveling and dreams of seeing the world with her clients. She hopes to visit every continent at least once, with the exception of Antarctica.
Simmons enjoys spending time with friends and family, binge-watching Netflix and reading books, but her favorite pastime is dancing. She doesn’t have much experience with journalism, but the topic intrigues her, and she hopes to learn more.
Natalie Beth Seales is a double major studying English and journalism at Ole Miss. She has been dictating stories to her mother since before she could write, and hopes to continue writing throughout her career.
Seales has moved eight times across five states, but has called Hattiesburg home for the past eight years. In her free time, she loves long drives, cooking, eating and writing.
There are few things she loves more than America, and she enjoys frequent trips to Washington, D.C. She hopes to spend her early career there enjoying the rich culture and frequent trips to the National Archives and Lincoln Memorial.
Corinth native Torry Rees, 22, is a UM broadcast journalism major and theater minor. He has lived in five states while serving in the United States Air Force and claims Sacramento, California as his home.
After completing a four-year contract with the Air Force, Rees decided to further his education at UM because of its excellent journalism program. He enjoys anything sports related, including football, basketball, baseball and soccer. He’s an avid traveler who has visited more than 25 countries.
Rees is a diehard Dallas Cowboys, Indiana Pacers, LSU Tigers (sorry Ole Miss lovers) and Seattle Mariners fan. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in journalism and become a sports analyst for ESPN, FOX Sports or any major network.
Owen Howland, 19, is a UM sophomore studying broadcast journalism and business. The New Hampshire native wanted to experience a different culture and chose to move South. He loves Ole Miss football, and enjoys times spent in the Grove. He loves his friends, family, and meeting new interesting people. His dream is to own a company that produces movies and music. His hobbies include sports, music and writing. He is interested in the world and loves to capture the magnificent events it beholds.
Tampa native Amanda Hill, 20, is a UM sophomore studying IMC with a minor in business. She transferred this year to the University of Mississippi after spending her freshmen year playing Division 1 soccer at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. At the end of her freshman year, she decided to pursue a new path attending a SEC school. After graduation, Amanda hopes to relocate to a major city, perhaps D.C., Austin or Chicago, and work for a public relations company.
Dallas native Jane Decleva, 21, is a UM junior majoring in English and minoring in journalism and new media. Her hobbies include running, tennis, fashion and horseback riding. She loves Ole Miss football, the Dallas Mavericks, and spending time with friends in Oxford. She plans on interning in Los Angeles next summer. Decleva also loves service work and traveling. She hopes to write a lifestyles column or write for a magazine, and she enjoys photojournalism.
Gautier native Stephen Wozencraft, 22, is a UM transfer student with an associate’s degree in general studies from Holmes Community College. He is a history major, who intends to pursue his doctorate and teach at the collegiate level. He enjoys reading, writing and playing video games in his spare time
Tamera Staples is a graduate of Southaven High. Now attending the University of Mississippi, she is pursuing a degree in journalism. In her free time, she loves to write poetry and play basketball.
San Angelo, Texas, native Amanda Hirschfeld, 18, is a UM freshman studying IMC with an emphasis in public relations. She is minoring in business administration and art.
Hirschfeld enjoys writing, hanging out with friends, dancing, and cheering on the Rebs. She dreams of managing a large entertainment company, sports team, celebrity or hospital, while also fulfilling other dreams and aspirations. She hopes to one day change the life of someone and/or improve their image through writing. She believes strongly that every word that comes out has the potential to impact a person’s life, whether it’s positively or negatively. Amanda’s ultimate goal in life is to be happy, and make a difference in someone’s life.
Midland, Texas, native Mac Hinojos is a UM managerial finance major who is pursuing a career in financial management. Hinojos has always enjoyed sports journalism. He is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and the Dallas Mavericks. On the weekends, he enjoys many sports, such as golf and basketball. Hinojos is a dedicated worker and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Austin, Texas, native Morgan Gusella is a UM freshman majoring in journalism and marketing with a possible minor in public relations. An avid football/overall sports fan and aspiring sports writer, she chose UM to pursue her goals. While she loves both marketing and public relations, she hopes to become a sports writer in the NFL’s multimedia department after graduation.
Yazoo City native Clifton Carroll is a UM junior studying IMC. He plans to pursue a career in public relations. Carroll has been a diehard Ole Miss Rebels fan since childhood. He enjoys spending time with friends and family and playing sports.
St. Louis, Missouri, native Kathryn Abernathy is a UM sophomore who wants to become a broadcast journalist in the sports or entertainment field. She hopes to one day be on the sidelines of a professional sporting game or on a talk show like E! News. Kathryn is a member of Chi Omega and loves spending time with friends and family.
Jackson native Hunter Ransom, 19, is a UM sophomore majoring in political science with a minor in journalism. Hunter plans to work for the government or attend law school. He chose journalism as a minor to put a creative edge on his studies. He is open to journalism as a hobby.
Some of Hunter’s other hobbies include playing music, photography, and engaging in social media with Twitter. His spends free time doing these things or going out with friends to the Square, pool, or other Oxford places.
Hunter decided to come to UM for several different reasons. It wasn’t too far from home, but also not too close. Another reason was sports. The Ole Miss Rebels are one of the best football teams in the SEC. The last reason was the general feel of Oxford.
From the small, but thriving businesses on the Square, to the many restaurants around Oxford, and the Ole Miss campus, Oxford has been an easy place for Hunter to call home for the past year. He is excited about what the rest of his years in this town will bring.
Anna Hawkins is a UM sophomore majoring in print journalism. She is from Dallas, Texas, but her family currently resides in Washington, D.C. She has also lived in Shreveport, Louisiana, where most of her extended family is still living.
Hawkins doesn’t have one dream job, but if she could do anything, she would write and photograph for National Geographic or become a movie script writer. She would also like to write about travel. Her favorite pastime is reading and watching articles and videos shared on Facebook. Her favorite restaurant in Oxford is Philips Grocery, and she believes they have the best burgers in America. Her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because her family goes to Boca Grande in the Gulf of Mexico for deep sea fishing tournaments.
Christiansburg, Virginia, native Kady Cox, 19, is a UM sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in English. Her dream job is to be a sideline analyst for college football. She loves sports and has always wanted to become a broadcast journalist.
Marietta, Georgia, native Catie Coan, 20, is a UM junior pursuing a degree in integrated marketing communications with an emphasis in public relations. After college, she plans to move to a big a city to pursue her dream job of working for a children’s hospital like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Coan grew up the youngest in a family of five and is very close with her brother and sister. She enjoys spending free time at the lake with her friends and family. She also travels whenever possible. She recently spent her summer in Cape Town, South Africa, taking classes and serving in a local township. Since moving to Oxford in 2014, she has been an active member of Tri Delta and Reformed University Fellowship. She loves Oxford and enjoys exploring the city.
Jackson native Alex Wilson is a UM student studying accounting. He plans to minor in journalism or mass media. He studied journalism four years in high school.
Charles Sleeper is a UM senior studying political science, sociology and journalism. The Oxford native enjoys traveling and is interested in helping the status quo in Mississippi evolve.
San Antonio native Cayley Rutherford-Olson is a junior journalism major with a minor in classics. She plans to move back to Texas after graduation. Her dream job is working as a radio presenter. In her free time, she enjoys practicing makeup artistry and watching television shows.
Emma Purtell is a UM sophomore from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, who chose Ole Miss because it’s a big football school, and she loves sports journalism. The IMC major minored in broadcast journalism. She was on the high school newspaper staff for four years, and she has dreamed of being a sports reporter since she was a child. She hopes to achieve that goal or get a marketing job with a large corporation.
Will Morrison is an integrated communications and marketing major at UM who plans to pursue a career in outdoors journalism and score a dream job with National Geographic. He has traveled the world filming sporting adventures. His most recent adventure was going to Guatemala to film a crew Sail Fishing for three days. He also writes for HottyToddy.com.
An Le is a junior integrated marketing communications major with a Russian minor, just in case IMC doesn’t work out and she has to become a spy.
Alec Keyzer-Andre is from Kennesaw, Georgia. The UM sophomore is studying broadcast journalism and plans to become a video editor or script writer. He said he’s always been interested in how media and writing go hand-in-hand and how the media can influence and shape society.
He chose UM because he had friends who previously attended, and they had fun. He also decided on UM because he thinks SEC football is awesome, and Southern food is heavenly. College football and baseball are his favorite sports. He worked for the Atlanta Braves this summer as a promotions marketer.
Nevin Jones is from Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, and she dreams of becoming a sports writer. Her favorite team is the Golden State Warriors, and she aspires to become a writer or NBA Basketball analyst. She loves her black Labrador/Australian shepherd mix pup, and her favorite Oxford restaurant is The Blind Pig.
Plano, Texas, native Alicia Hydeman, 19, is passionate about writing and singing. She once aspired to become a pediatric pulmonologist. However, after one semester of pre-med prerequisite courses, she quickly realized she would be more successful pursuing a career in a different field.
Coming from a background in the entertainment industry, with over 10 years of experience singing and working with music industry and television professionals, she knew that choosing a career where she could hone that experience would be beneficial.
Although interested in PR, she is still experimenting to find the right career choice. She is excited to explore all options available to her major in the UM broadcast journalism program.
Shelby, Mississippi, native Jakiyah Haywood, 19, is a UM sophomore pursuing a major in journalism and minor in political science. She began writing poetry and short stories as a child. She began reading newspapers, magazines and learning about politics at 13 and was drawn to journalism.
Milwaukee native Jessie Gregory, 20, is a UM sophomore majoring in integrated marketing communications with a minor in business administration. His passions are music and fashion. He wants to become a radio personality/DJ and have his own clothing line that will inspire youth.
Greenwood native DJ Gatewood, 22, is a UM senior who likes food, music, women, and anything stress-free. He has a 9-month-old son, Julian Christopher. Gatewood is addicted to football. He doesn’t play, but loves the sport so much, he decided to major in journalism in college so he could report about it. He plans to move to Atlanta after college.
Murrieta, California, native Taylor Dowden, 21, is a UM junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a minor in journalism. Growing up, his father taught him a lot about business. He said the most important lesson he learned is to treat people right, and they will usually do the same for you.
Dowden has helped build a few websites. The latest is www.DowdenPowersports.com. He enjoys spending time outdoors and playing sports. He also enjoys playing golf, rugby, basketball, swimming or lifting weights, and he enjoys going hiking, dirt-biking and anything that allows him to explore new areas on his motorcyle. He also enjoys playing Xbox. His favorite games are 2K (basketball) and Madden, and his favorite app is Uber.
Bay St. Louis native Claudia Caplinger is a UM junior studying IMC who plans to minor in journalism and business. In her hometown, she works for her father’s bar in marketing and public relations.
She enjoys boating, reading and spending time with her six brothers and sisters. She also enjoys spending summers and winters at her family’s home in Great Guana Cay, Bahamas. After graduation, she hopes to work for a large company in Los Angeles in public relations.
San Antonio native Katarina Boutsis is a UM sophomore who wants to become a successful broadcast journalist. This is an exciting semester for Katarina because she is finally taking classes in the journalism school and can publish stories online for the public to see.
Dallas native Alexa Almaguer is a UM sophomore majoring in journalism with an emphasis in public relations. She enjoys writing and dancing. She has been practicing ballet for 17 years.
After graduating from Ole Miss, she hopes to pursue a career as a public relations specialist for a high fashion company or American Ballet Theatre. This summer, she spent six weeks in Manhattan studying ballet in a program she has attended every summer since she was 12. She also spent a week in Melbourne over the summer.
Shreveport native Kailey Webb, 21, is a UM journalism student who loves writing about music. She is inspired by magazines, such as Rolling Stone. She is passionate about music because it has the ability to unite others. After graduation, Webb hopes to move to California to pursue a writing career.
Dallas native Ally Langston is a UM sophomore majoring in journalism who wants to pursue an emphasis in public relations. She enjoys writing and photography. Her field experience includes being an intern for The Dallas Morning News and a blogger for Spoon University at Ole Miss.
Her dream job is becoming a food critic or blogger, a newspaper columnist or magazine writer, a communications director for a company or a photo journalist. She believes words and photography are powerful. They have the ability to change minds, tell facts, and share opinions.
Hattiesburg native Kajah Kennedy is a UM student pursuing a degree in journalism with a minor in cinema. She works as a basketball manager for the UM women’s basketball team. She decided to study journalism because she wanted to present information to the world, and she believes the media doesn’t always do a good job. She chose cinema as a minor because she believes film makes people think about the world around them and see different perspectives.
Hattiesburg native Meredith Enger is a sophomore broadcast journalism major. She graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic High School, where she was editor-in-chief of the school’s yearbook, The Shield.
She has a passion for history and a love for writing, musical theater and movies, especially Disney. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in broadcast management, unless her dream of becoming a Disney Princess comes true.
Skyler Crane, 19, is a UM sophomore double majoring in journalism with an emphasis in print and a specialization in public relations and general studies focusing on Japanese, English and professional writing.
Crane’s hobbies include reading, playing video games and watching animated series. He works as a UM community assistant and aspires to be a novelist. He has already written more than 450,000 words for his current fiction series.
Starkville native Nate Carr, 23, is a UM student who loves to show visitors around Oxford. He is a business major with a minor in journalism.
Randles wants to pursue a law degree after she graduates in hopes of owning her own magazine company one day. She is studying journalism and public policy leadership
Growing up in a sports-loving family, she loves cheering on the Rebs in any capacity, but especially in the Grove on Saturdays. The world is her playground and she takes any opportunity possible to travel somewhere new. As a self-proclaimed “foodie,” she searches for local dives and delicious, unique food wherever she goes.
Since coming to Oxford in 2014, she has developed a strong passion for Southern culture. Her secret talents include rapping Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” and creating clever Instagram captions. Lana is currently a news editor at The Daily Mississippian, but hopes to have a career at either a hard-hitting news publication or Southern Living magazine in the future.
Atlanta native Kennedy Johnson is a junior studying journalism and political science with an emphasis in public relations. She enjoys writing, politics, traveling, music and shopping.
Johnson dreams of attending one of the most respected law schools and becoming a lobbyist for a Fortune 500 company. After she has finished persuading for a living, she wants to become an entrepreneur.
Ellie visited the University of Mississippi for the first time at age 11 when she attended the Ole Miss vs. Arkansas game. Years later, when
applying to schools, Ellie knew Ole Miss was where she wanted to spend four years.
This summer, Darcey interned at 1st Degree Marketing, where she learned how to write press releases and saw the work that goes into planning a fundraising event. She plans to pursue a career in public relations.
He is a member of the Nu Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated that was established at the University over 30 years ago.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he plans move to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend the Film and Radio Connection Film School to begin his career in cinema management and production.
Jac Bedrossian is a junior mass communication major and aspiring entertainment reporter. She works as a news intern for FOX8 in New Orleans and has her own entertainment/news blog. You can follow Bedrossian on Twitter for the latest in local entertainment and news in Oxford.
He would love to become a newspaper photographer and a columnist. Heitzmann is also a Young Life leader for Oxford high school students.
Tyler Bullard, 21, is from North Carrollton, Mississippi. The junior chose to become a journalist because he wants to “tell the world about the people no one knows about.” His dream job is to become a sports information director at a major Division I program or a junior college baseball coach.
Bullard has a blonde lab named Ella. His favorite charity is the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He is also a member of the Ole Miss football video staff.
Kara decided to become a broadcast journalist because she loves watching the news. She dreams of becoming a news anchor.
Simmons loves writing and plans to go into marketing. Her dream job is working for the Hospital Corporation of America in Nashville, Tennessee. Last year, she worked as a staff writer for the college website Revel U.
She aspires to be a music journalist. Her dream job is working for Alternative Press Magazine.
O’Hare is a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, and works with their philanthropy Read>Lead>Achieve to promote literacy in schools throughout America. She is also very passionate about the non-profit organization To Write Love On Her Arms.
In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, very badly recreating crafts from Pinterest, and wasting time on Twitter. You can follow her account here. She also has four cats and is originally from Williamsburg, Virginia.
She is a double-major in journalism and Spanish and a proud member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, the Ole Miss Speech and Debate Team, Phi Mu sorority, and a number of other clubs. This semester, she is also an intern for the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation.
Rachel is madly in love with all things Spanish. Last semester, she experienced the culture, country, and language by studying abroad in Bilbao, Spain.
She also traveled to more than seven other countries to live out her European adventure. Before returning to the United States, she spent two months in Florence, Italy, where she worked for the luxury shoe company VIAJIYU.
She also enjoys singing, volunteering, and keeping up with the news. She has a passion for public speaking and is preparing for a career in public relations as a spokesperson.
Parry wrote for the school paper in high school. This year, she interned with journalists Luke Vargas and Ellen Ratner, covering events in the New York metro area and at the United Nations. She had many stories and podcasts published.
Shelby Nichols is an English and broadcast journalism double major, specializing in public relations from Ocean Springs. She is currently the president of the Society of Professional Journalists chapter at Ole Miss.
Nichols hopes to pursue a career in public relations after graduation, preferably with a major company such as Starbucks or Apple. She loves reading, writing and traveling.
Gambrel describes herself as an enthusiastic and ambitious person. She has a passion for helping others, and wants to become a journalist because it allows her to interact with others in a different way.
After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in journalism and relocate to Atlanta to begin her career. She hopes to become a news anchor and an entertainment journalist.
Herbert Moore is a broadcast journalism major from Memphis. He received a football scholarship to attend the University of Mississippi and wants to become a broadcast journalist because he loves sports. Moore would like to become a sports commentator for ESPN or the SEC network.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Chloe Riley decided to leave behind her Northern roots and try out the Southern lifestyle for a few years.
The junior is studying journalism and sociology with plans to work in public relations or marketing after graduation.
A love for traveling and a passion for experiencing new places led Riley to spend last summer as a content marketing intern in New York City, where her interest in marketing, blogging, and life in the Big Apple was ignited.
When Riley isn’t reminiscing about her days as a New Yorker, you can find her binge watching “Friends” on Netflix, on the Square with her friends, or at the library.
Over the last few years, McKelvey grew to love the underground Mississippi music scene, starting with the local Jackson band Colour Revolt. she later discovered
Water Spaniel (Cleveland), Waypoint (Hattiesburg), Dead Gaze (Oxford), and The Holy Ghost Electric Show (Oxford).
Meeting new friends across the state in the music scene led her to attend Ole Miss. Two years later, Oxford still reigns as the Mecca of the Mississippi music scene, though that is beginning to change. Cleveland’s Hey Joe’s and Jackson’s new venue Big Sleepy’s are beginning to rival Oxford’s Proud Larry’s. McKelvey couldn’t be more excited. Mississippi is finally catching up with the big guys.
And although these new cities are gaining recognition daily, McKelvey’s heart still belongs in Oxford. With live shows nearly every night in the city, it won’t be hard to find her out in the Square – just follow the music.
Dominique McGhee, 20, is a journalism major and art minor at the University of Mississippi. The Crenshaw, Mississippi, native grew up on her family’s cattle farm with her mother, father and two older brothers.
She owns three cats named Kitty , Minx and Jinx, and a horse named Major that live on her parents’ farm. Her rural upbringing influenced her fascination with other people’s lives.
McGhee’s passion for magazines began at the age of 12 when she bought her first magazine. Since then, she has built an almost embarrassingly large collection of magazines, ranging from beauty and fashion to home decor. She hopes to pursue a career in magazine editing and writing in the future.
When she isn’t glued to a magazine, she enjoys watching documentaries, crime shows, and historical biographies, such as “Dexter” and “Gia.”
Throughout middle school and high school, Kamm was a competitive cheerleader. She was a student council vice president, president of the school’s activities council and a school board student representative.
Kamm said her friends and family wondered why she chose Mississippi, but she felt it was a perfect fit and feels at home.
She is a sophomore studying journalism with a focus on broadcasting. She hopes to one day to become a journalist for a sports or entertainment company. Kamm would like to work for E! News, The Today Show or ESPN.
Kamm is a member of Pi Beta Phi, a provost scholar, and she is working to bring a new organization to campus in the spring. She describes herself as a passionate and dedicated leader.
Nate Larkin is an Ole Miss junior studying political science and journalism, who is originally from Highlands Ranch, Colorado. He is a fraternity member and Young Life leader for middle school students in Oxford.
Larkin came to Ole Miss to escape his comfort zone and enroll in school where he didn’t know a single person. He also came South because he doesn’t like cold Colorado winters. In his free time, he enjoys reading about current events and helping with political campaigns.
Back home in Colorado, you can usually find Larkin outdoors. He enjoys camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and spelunking. His favorite sports teams are the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies and the Ole Miss Rebels. He cheers on his team at every home game after tailgating in the Grove.
Larkin wants to use what he learns in journalism and political science to work in public relations for political candidates and elected officials. Two journalists Larkin admires are Greg Gutfeld and Shepard Smith.
James Lott is a junior journalism major from Olive Branch. Since coming to the University of Mississippi in 2011, he has been involved with a variety of organizations, such as Beta Upsilon Chi fraternity, Club Red and Ole Miss athletics.
Lott has been involved with Beta Upsilon Chi since the fall of 2011. He has held numerous positions in the fraternity, most recently, chaplain. He has also been involved with Club Red since 2013 and is currently a student ambassador for the organization.
Lott has worked for Ole Miss athletics since early 2014 in the production department, where he has helped with more than 100 sports productions for ESPN and the SEC Network.
In his spare time, he loves to read and hang out with his dog, Wilson. After graduating, he plans to continue working for Ole Miss in the production department and hopes to one day work exclusively for ESPN.
The Raymond, Mississippi, native graduated from Jackson Prep in the spring of 2013. She wanted to attend Ole Miss because of its traditions and excellence.
Robinson is a Provost Scholar and member of The Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement. She is also actively involved in many campus organizations. Robinson is a leader at the Wesley organization, and a member of Sigma Phi Lambda and Alpha Omicron Pi.
In her spare time, she enjoys driving in her car, “The Batmobile,” jamming out to Fall Out Boy, The All American Rejects, Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw. She loves hanging out with her friends and going to Ole Miss football games.
Robinson also enjoys talking about her faith in Jesus Christ, and she has two yorkie puppies that she loves to dress up in cute Ole Miss bows and costumes.
She is a journalism student who aspires to write for Rolling Stone, because like Bob Dylan, she often feels like one. Olivia is too lazy to pick a minor right now. (She knows she needs to do this, and promises she is working on it.)
Morgan is an intern at HottyToddy.com, and a samples of her work can be found here. Her mother likes to point out that she does not have a “real job,” but Olivia says school is her full-time occupation.
In her down time, she enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, wine and listening to records. She thinks she is very funny, but her dry sense of humor may rub some people the wrong way. Some grow tired of her endless, bad puns. You can usually find her by the pool, on a spontaneous road trip to a concert or at Taco Bell.
Morgan is a fan of the works of William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Sublime, Lana Del Rey and Widespread Panic.
Her only claim to musical talent, however, is her ability to play Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” on the ukulele.
Some sources suspect the movie “Trainwreck” may have been based on her life, due to eerie similarities and general personality congruency with Amy Schumer.
Morgan is in the process of getting her life together, she’s not quite there yet, but she’s trying.
Ison came to Ole Miss because he was a fan of Ole Miss athletics. He wants to become a broadcast journalist.
When he isn’t busy with school, you can spot him in the front row of every Ole Miss basketball and football game. He is also an avid Memphis Grizzlies fan. He also enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing.
Schrimsher decided to attend Ole Miss because her best friend’s dad had attended, and she accompanied the family to many sporting events. She knew she wanted to stay in the South, but had not fallen in love with a school until she experienced the Grove on game day.
Schrimsher is studying broadcast journalism and hopes to become a sports broadcaster. She dreams of working for ESPN and becoming a sideline reporter during football games.
Romski was born and raised in Westchester, New York, a suburb about 40 miles north of New York City. He attended Trinity Pawling, an all boys boarding school for five years, located in upstate New York near the Connecticut border.
He wrote for the “Phoenix,” which was Trinity Pawlings version of The Daily Mississippian. Romski took multiple analytical writing and other writing courses in high school and found that writing was his strength.
In the summers, he works for CAC Industries, a New York City sewer and water main contractor. Romski operates heavy construction equipment and manages the company’s social media and website pages.
He hopes to one day have a contracting company of his own, but enjoys writing. His work has been published on HottyToddy.com. He is also a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.
The California native enjoys Mississippi culture and likes John Mayer’s music and Mexican food. She is passionate about traveling, music, animals, fashion and journalism.
Renschler is dedicated to her faith, family, schoolwork and friends. One of her favorite topics is health and fitness. In her free time, she loves going to the gym and hanging out with friends, and she is a member of Kappa Delta sorority.
She is studying broadcast journalism with a minor in biology. She plans to become a sports reporter or entertainment television host.
Her hobbies include shopping, reading, crafting, going to the beach and pool, watching Netflix, listening to music, hanging out with friends and family, and playing with her American Foxhound, Riley.
She also loves trying new foods and traveling. She dreams of traveling the world and becoming an anchor for a national television station.
Carson Horn, 19, is a sophomore from Dallas who attended Highland Park High School. He dreams of becoming an NBA analyst for ESPN and TNT, and the longtime Los Angeles Lakers fan would love to write or analyze Lakers’ games.
Although basketball has always been his favorite sport, he was a member of the high school gymnastics team for three years. Next summer, he plans to intern in New York.
Yusuf Abusharif is a junior journalism student at the University of Mississippi. He was born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago and attended Carl Sandburg High School.
Upon graduation, he moved to the United Arab Emirates and attended the American University of Dubai in the city of Dubai. After a year of study at the school, he moved back to the United States and transferred to the University of Mississippi.
Abusharif is well traveled domestically and abroad and has visited 15 states and 10 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa. He enjoys outdoor activities, such as sports, hiking, camping and fishing, as well as the activities of an average young adult like video games, reading and television. He is majoring in print journalism with a minor in history and plans on continuing his education in the field of law upon graduation.
Trekking from the state capital suburb of Brandon, Mississippi, Joy Addison, 19, is a journalism student at the University of Mississippi.
After a long, rewarding summer of competing on the Miss Mississippi stage and rooming with a former Miss University, she realized that Ole Miss was the school for her.
Dreams and new experiences come abundant for this ambitious teen, but her current goal is to make her time in Mississippi as memorable as possible.
Mantachie native Brianna Barnes, a University of Mississippi senior, has a double major in English and journalism. She realized her love for journalism after taking her first journalism class at Ole Miss. Her career goal is to become a criminal, media, or family lawyer.
The thought of mass audiences reading Barnes’ work once terrified her. However, she now believes her writing might be the only way someone’s story gets out to the rest of the world. Barnes is engaged to her high school sweetheart, and they are getting married June 6, 2015.
Southaven native Bernard Blissett is a sophomore attending the University of Mississippi. While attending Desoto Central High School, Bernard was very involved in the school’s theatre program, performing for various shows and traveling to competitions to perform, including the Southeastern Theatre Conference. He received three Allie Award nominations in Desoto County for acting, including Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Cameo Performance, both of which he won.
After graduating from DCHS, Blissett attended Ole Miss to study journalism because of his passion for writing. Blissett is also involved with the campus program Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies and TV shows and praising Jesus. He hopes to become a better student and writer.
Passionate about literature and civil rights since she was a small child, Katelin Davis plans to work in international law and human rights. She wants to change people’s view of the world and believes every person has a story that deserves to be told. Davis plans on finding as many of these interesting people as possible during her career. She also hopes to, one day, follow in the footsteps of her favorite author, Harper Lee, and write Southern literature.
Davis, a fashion lover, currently interns as a style guru for CollegeFashionista. She is also a member of Sigma Phi Lambda sorority, where she serves as the chapter’s historian. In her spare time, you can catch Davis reading the classics, singing off-key to Taylor Swift and watching Law and Order reruns.
San Francisco native Rebecca DeLuna is a sophomore at Ole Miss studying broadcast journalism. She enjoys traveling and creating new experiences.
DeLuna is addicted to television and can spend a whole Sunday in bed watching movies. She also enjoys cooking and taking pictures. She hopes to become more involved in campus activities, especially those involving her major, this year.
Lindsey Edwards is a sophomore journalism student at the University of Mississippi. She is from Slidell, Louisiana, and calls Oxford her second home after coming to the Grove and football games several times a year growing up.
Even though she grew up in a divided household, (Her mom went to LSU and Dad went to Ole Miss.) she knew she would attend Ole Miss. She has an older brother and an identical twin sister.
Lindsey never turns down a good home cooked meal, sushi, or a chance to pet a dog. Challenge her in Harry Potter trivia, and she will not let you down. She aspires to work in international journalism after graduation to fulfill her wanderlust.
William Frigo is a junior at the University of Mississippi, who grew up in Waveland, Mississippi. In 2011, Frigo was president of his graduating class at St. Stanislaus College.
He then attended the University of Louisiana in Lafayette to play college football. William joined the 2012 team to win the first collegiate bowl game in the history of the school.
After one season with the Ragin’ Cajuns, William transferred to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to join his brother Craig, who had just signed with the school for football as well.
After a year at Gulf Coast, Frigo and his brother decided to make one last move to Ole Miss. He is now studying journalism with dual minors in cinema and English.
Frigo plans to produce and shoot film for production companies in multiple destinations. He wants to create his own production company and modeling agency that will take on scripts and actors.
She is a junior at the University of Mississippi and is pursuing a major in print journalism and a minor in Italian, with hopes of studying abroad during the summer of 2015.
After deciding not to pursue a college tennis career, she enrolled at Ole Miss, which has turned out to be one of the best decisions she’s ever made. She loves live music, warm weather, running, photography, beer, and she has an unhealthy obsession with pickles.
Edlin hopes that through journalism, she is given the opportunity to step foot on every continent and immerse herself in an array of cultures she’s yet to experience.
Jana Rosenberg, 20, is a sophomore broadcast journalism major and cinema minor at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. She is from Cary, North Carolina, and graduated from Green Hope High School in 2013, where she was a member of the varsity dance team.
Before earning a spot on the Green Hope dance team, she was a competitive figure skater for six years. In 2008, she earned the title of U.S. Figure Skating’s South Atlantic Regional Champion.
Rosenberg discovered her love for writing and mass media at an early age and has always dreamed of working as an entertainment journalist at networks such as Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and E! News.
Aside from school, Rosenberg is a member of Hinge Professional Dance Company in Oxford and is an assistant coach/choreographer for the Oxford High School dance team.
Rosenberg also works as an intern and online reporter at HottyToddy.com, covering various kinds of news around the Oxford and Ole Miss area.
University of Mississippi sophomore Katelin Davis, 20, is originally from the quaint town of Quitman, Mississippi. A student of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Katelin studies journalism with a minor in religious studies. She loves to travel, learn about new cultures and try new food.
Chloe Scott is a sophomore at Ole Miss from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is the middle child between two brothers.
Scott loves her cat, Charlie, and misses him dearly while she’s at school. She enjoys traveling with her family and trying new foods, watching football and cheering for the Packers.
Scott is majoring in broadcast journalism with a sociology minor and emphasis in public relations. She wants to work in the sports world and live in a big city after college.
Hannah Simmons, 21, is from Macon, Georgia. She has two dogs that live back home with her parents named Sammy and Lucy. Simmons chose Ole Miss for its great atmosphere and beautiful campus.
She has an internship with a college website known as RevelU.com and is a freelance writer for the site. Simmons wants to pursue a career in broadcast journalism, and her dream job is to appear on CNN discussing global issues.
Kendra Taylor is a senior psychology major and journalism minor at the University of Mississippi. She is a native of Rosedale, Mississippi, where she was raised most of her life. After graduating from West Bolivar High School, she decided to attend the University of Mississippi to further her studies.
Taylor enjoys traveling and reading. She is interested in entertainment and feature documentaries. Her favorite things in life are her siblings and a peaceful jog at Lamar Park.
Justavian Tillman is a junior journalism major from Bruce, Mississippi. During his time at the University of Mississippi, he has participated in the University of Mississippi Gospel Choir, the Black Student Union, Men of Excellence, the Associated Student Body Inclusion Committee, and several other committees on campus.
Tillman served in numerous roles in the gospel choir, and today he is president of this Grammy-nominated group.
In his spare time, Tillman loves reading, singing or hanging out with his friends. He hopes to later obtain his master’s degree in higher education administration. Journalism has become a huge part of his life, and he plans to utilize it in a variety of ways with his career as a higher education professional.
Dallas native McKenna Wierman is a sophomore journalism major. After graduating from Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Wierman came to the University of Mississippi to study psychology, but decided to study journalism by the end of the first day of class.
By the end of her first semester at the university, Wierman had been published in The Daily Mississippian, despite having not yet enrolled in any journalism classes. She currently works as a reporter for the lifestyles section of The Daily Mississippian.
Wierman hopes to explore new areas of reporting and journalism in the future, and looks forward to trying new things. One goal is to write a book. She also enjoys cooking, living in Texas, and playing with her dog.