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 junior 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.
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.