Ashlyn Rollins – Editor-in-Chief
Ashlyn Rollins is the Editor-in-Chief of The Hilltop print publication. While she has been a reporter previously, this is Ashlyn’s first year in an edidor’s position. She will also be interning with Capital Community Television this semester. Ashlyn’s passion is telling people’s stories and giving them a voice. Ashlyn is a senior majoring in political science. She just returned from a semester in Washington, D.C. In D.C., where she had the opportunity to study more deeply the responsibility of media as it pertains to politics. She hopes to obtain a M.A. in journalism and work as a political commentator or broadcast reporter. She is from Chico, California, and is excited to see more of the world. Disney, music from the 1950s and reading are three of Ashlyn’s biggest passions outside of school and writing. She loves to get hot coffee or tea with friends and enjoys getting to know new people.
Interesting Fact You Might Not Know About Ashlyn:
Ashlyn has been to Disneyland 11 times and has her own Disney blog.
Charlotte Van Werven – Managing Editor
Charlotte Van Werven is the Managing Editor for The Hilltop print publication. Charlotte also works in the library and as an English tutor. She is a member of the Honors Program, and is an apprentice in writing and editorial for a non-profit organization, Jesus’ Economy. She has a passion for all kinds of art and storytelling. Charlotte is in her senior year at Corban, studying Creative Writing and Humanities. In the spring of 2016, she studied abroad in Europe through the AMBEX program. Born and raised in Lynden, Washington, a small farm town, Charlotte has always been excited to adventure to new and bigger places. She has five siblings, “who remind her what’s important in life.”
Interesting Fact You Might Not Know About Charlotte:
Charlotte’s feet haven’t grown since she was nine years old.
Elyssa Fahndrich – Online Editor
Elyssa is the Online Editor for the Hilltop. She is an established young professional in web design, social media and internet marketing, and is excited to bring her skill set to The Hilltop. Elyssa is a junior at Corban pursuing a degree in Communications. While she is not quite sure what she would like to do when she graduates, she is confident that Corban is giving her the knowledge she needs to be successful in whatever God throws her way. Born and raised in Salem, Oregon, Elyssa has lived in the same house her whole life. She loves playing volleyball and basketball, writing, photography, making YouTube videos, spontaneously going rollerblading, and thrift shopping. Elyssa is also huge breakfast date enthusiast and loves catching early sunrises in the summer, even though she doesn’t consider herself a morning person.
Interesting Fact You Might Not Know About Elyssa:
Approximately 97 percent of Elyssa’s wardrobe is thrifted.
Jennifer Hutson – Assistant Online Editor
Jennifer Hutson is the Assistant Online Editor for Hilltop News. Her passion is writing of most forms, excepting poetry, but her first love is writing fiction, especially fantasy. She yearns to spread the Gospel through her writing. Jennifer is a junior studying English with the intent of becoming a novel editor. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Jennifer moved to Oregon at the age of three, but still nurses a nominal love for the Colts. Her free time is spent reading, knitting, or slaying and training the monsters in her Nintendo 3DS. She dreams of learning Spanish, German, and Japanese, and travelling abroad.
Interesting Fact You Might Not Know About Jennifer:
Jennifer is beginning her tenth year playing French horn. She currently performs with Corban’s concert band.
Allison Herrin – Yearbook Editor
Allison Herrin is the Editor for Corban’s Yearbook. Allison is an aspiring journalist and plans to publish her own magazine geared toward Christian teens. Allison is a graduate of Eastmont High School and Wenatchee Valley College. She has an associates degree and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in journalism. When Allison isn’t working on the yearbook or her studies, she works either as an HMI Bridge Operator during cherry season or as a barista and spends time with family or friends.
Interesting Fact You Might Not Know About Allison:
In the four years that she lived in DC, she endured “snowmageddon,” two tornadoes, two hurricanes and the earthquake that cracked the Washington Monument.
Merissa Holliday – Assistant Yearbook Editor
Merissa is the Assistant Yearbook Editor. Merissa has worked as a staff writer and section editor for The Hilltop for two years. She also interns in Corban’s Marketing and Communication Department. She has a passion for telling stories through writing, and is especially excited to use that passion in the Corban community. She is a senior studying journalism. Merissa enjoys spending her free time travelling, writing and spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite thing to do on the weekend is exploring all the beautiful scenery and hiking spots around the PNW.
Michaela Sanderson – Yearbook Assistant Design Editor
Michaela Sanderson is serving as the Yearbook Assistant Design Editor during her second year on the Hilltop staff. She has been a member of a school journalism staff every year since her junior year of high school and aspires to use her skills as a photographer, videographer and designer to effectively tell impacting stories. Michaela recently transferred from San Diego , CA where she attended Palomar College. She is currently double majoring in Journalism and Media Arts. Michaela decompresses from the stresses of life by enjoying the company of her horse, snake and the occasional human being. She also enjoys working in her garden, hammocking and relaxing in the comfort of the camper trailer she calls home.
Interesting Fact You Might Not Know About Michaela:
Michaela’s horse is blind and instafamous (@dottietheblindhorse)
Ramona Hernandez – Photo Editor
Ramona is a senior and a Media Arts major. This is her first year as the Hilltop Photo Editor. She has a passion for telling stories through visual arts. She recently transferred to Corban University as a junior. It was “one of the best decisions she ever made.” A perfect day for Ramona would involve long distance running, drawing, photography, and cuddling with her sweet calico Kitty Bitty.
Kira McClary – Staff Photographer
Kira is a junior and a Media Arts Major. She is VP of Westrek (Corban’s hiking club), but you can also catch her at athletic games working as a Sports Information Assistant. She started college off as a Computer Information Systems Web Technology major at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. She transferred to Corban as a sophomore. She hopes to help modernize the paper and spread the word about Corban to the surrounding community through photography. When not studying or taking pictures, she likes to use her GoPro to capture her adventures. Kira also loves finding “rad places to hammock and sweet places to off road.”
Katrina Delamarter – Journalism Adviser
Katrina is the adviser for the Hilltop print publications. She is a graduate of Corban University, and, as student editor-in-chief, she oversaw the creation of some of the paper’s strongest award-winning content and design – the best only so far, of course. She has won individual awards from the Newspaper Publishers Press Association and the Evangelical Press Association. Immediately after graduation, Katrina was selected through University of Oregon’s competitive Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism and worked as a reporter at the News-Register in McMinnville. She has written in a variety of platforms, including traditional news reporting and nonprofit marketing. She truly believes in the power of excellent journalism to make others – and ourselves – better people.
When not teaching, Katrina works with Luis Palau Association in its international evangelistic efforts and oversees communications for Saint Child, a Portland-based transitional home that serves young mothers, many who have escaped Human Trafficking. She loves running, kayaking, hiking and other activities that keep her outside. Katrina wants to live in a world filled with pens that never run out of ink and memoirs that come bundled with extra dark chocolate.
She is “slightly obsessed” with Mormonism. The conversations comparing and contrasting Christianity and Mormonism are a huge piece of her spiritual story. It was in an effort to better understand her LDS friends that she discovered Truth and truly found freedom in Christ. She fell in love with Jesus when she was 15 years old, and her passion for outreach to mainstream Mormons, as well as fundamentalist polygamists, has continued, as she has led annual Corban mission trips to Utah.
Ellen Kersey – Yearbook Adviser
Ellen Kersey is a retired high school English/journalism teacher, who has been an adjunct instructor at Corban for 12 years. She teaches freshman writing, advises the yearbook, and teaches international students with the Corban Language Institute. Her “claim to fame” is her son Kent, a professor in the ministry department. Her husband Earl is a retired Baptist pastor.
Reading and working jigsaw puzzles are her main spare time activities. She loves traveling, playing board games and being with friends and family.
Interesting Fact You Might Not Know About Ellen:
She won her middle school spelling bee in the second round because everyone else fell out on their second word. She has visited an aboriginal mission in the center of Australia, where the local Christians put on the Christmas story corroboree.