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.