Jennifer Hutson – Online Editor
Jennifer Hutson is the Assistant Online Editor for Hilltop News. Her passion is writing of most forms, excepting poetry. She yearns to spread the Gospel through her writing. Jennifer is a senior 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 eleventh year playing French horn. She currently performs with Corban’s concert band.
Megan Trahan – Newspaper Editor-in-Chief
A sophomore majoring in communications, Megan is the Editor-in-Chief of the Hilltop print newspaper. Megan has loved to write since she was little, and is excited to lead her staff and equip them to tell the best stories. This is her first year as editor. Megan was born and raised in the Willamette Valley. She was homeschooled most of her life, and yet she was surprisingly social during that time. She spends her time listening to music and dancing the night away. She appreciates polaroid photos, black coffee and all things Paris.
Interesting fact you might not know about Megan:
Megan acted in ten plays in high school, her starring role being Jetsam in the Little Mermaid.
Claire Kasten – Managing Editor
Claire Kasten is the Managing Editor for The Hilltop. Although this is her first year on the Hilltop staff, Claire is excited to bring Corban’s voice to print. Hoping to work at a book publishing company, Claire is a sophomore working towards a degree in English, with a minor in Communications. She spends her free time reading, writing, hanging out with friends and trying desperately to find discount Chacos to add to her closet. Camp ministry, music and chocolate are a few of Claire’s passions. If Claire isn’t at home or school, she’s most likely at Camp Tadmor, where she has spent two summers. Her time at camp consists of running around in God’s creation and glorifying Him through hard work and creativity.
Interesting Fact You Might Not Know About Claire:
In 2016, Claire was hit by an SUV right outside of Winter Youth, a Christian youth conference in Portland, Oregon. Directly after being swept off her feet, she tried to evangelize to the terrified woman who hit her.
Michaela Sanderson – Photo Editor
Michaela Sanderson is serving as the photo 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)
Ellen Kersey – Yearbook Adviser
Ellen Kersey is a retired high school English/journalism teacher, who has been an adjunct instructor at Corban for 14 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 and a WWII veteran.
She has traveled to Ireland, England, Bali, Singapore, New Zealand and taught English and journalism in Southern California; Klamath Falls, Oregon; and Queensland, Australia. In her spare time, she is “addicted” to jigsaw puzzles, loves reading, playing games and traveling. She will do almost anything to get out of cooking.
Interesting Fact You Might Not Know About Ellen:
Ellen 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.
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. 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.
Interesting Fact You Might Not Know About Katrina:
Katrina 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.