NO. 2 IOWA TAKE DOWN NO. 6 COLORADO BEHIND CLARK’S 31, ADVANCE TO ELITE EIGHT
SEATTLE REGIONAL ELITE EIGHT GAME 1 - NO. 2 IOWA VS. NO. 5 LOUISVILLE
NO. 2 OHIO STATE OVERPOWER NO. 3 UCONN TO HAULT HUSKIES’ 16-YEAR ELITE EIGHT STREAK
This is the beginning of a series of senior spotlights, to tell the stories of each of the seven seniors on the Washington Huskies' gymnastics squad that have helped shape the program into what it is today.
NEWS AND FEATURES PROJECTS
I've included a variety of some of my favorite topics covered across my journalism career thus far,
and why they were my favorite to write about!
A new mental health program working to help offenders get connected with the psychological resources they need to stay out of jail.
Why I loved it: Learning about the mental health resources for those struggling to stay out of the criminal justice system was amazing - we need more!
COVID-conscious people travelled from all over Washington State to attend Walla Walla's first vaccine clinic for kids ages 5-11.
Why I loved it: Seeing the excitement about kids getting vaccinated! I was able to chat with parents and kids, most of which were so excited to take a step closer to returning to "normalcy."
A Whitman alum (Class of 2000) sat down with me to discuss his path after college - salmon genetics!
Why I loved it: Getting to connect with fellow Whitties is such a rewarding experience. We got to share why Whitman was incredible for both of us and how it helped us grow.
The Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department did so many amazing things to ensure that residents could safely have a fun outlet during a peak of the pandemic last spring and summer.
Why I loved it: This article sparked my interest in learning more about what I can do to improve my own mental health. More time in nature!
Whitman psychology professor guided a student through her senior project that focused on how attention and human memory are connected.
Why I loved it: I got to talk with one of my favorite psychology professors about his specialty, and got a deeper look into what a senior thesis study looks like before I did mine the following year!
Whitman student dove into research on how to use technology to help empower women to express more confidence in emails.
Why I loved it: Empowering women! A female student conducting research under a female professor on how to help empower other women? Sign me up, always!
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON ATHLETICS
Here is some of my work for UW, including previews, recaps, and features.
And now, over to sports!
WHITMAN WOMEN'S LACROSSE WRAPS SEASON WITH FOUR ON ALL-NWC TEAMS IN HEIDI COLFORD'S FIRST YEAR AS HEAD COACH
Whitman's lacrosse team faced its challenges this season, but also saw a ton of personal and team growth.
Why I loved it: I got to connect with fellow Whitman athletes and hear why they love their sport, and Whitman.
A track athlete from the Walla Walla Special Olympics team competing at the national level.
Why I loved it: To shed light on the local Special Olympics team and its impact on the community.
I talk about the newly-founded local rodeo club and their first annual Walla Walla event.
Why I loved it: I spoke about the power of sport -- to inspire, motivate, and connect people in so many ways.
Here, I talk about how Olympic athletes like Simone Biles (gymnastics) and Mikaela Shiffrin (skiing) have opened up the conversation about mental health and are working to reduce the stigma that athletes face when it comes to talking about feelings.
Why I loved it: I got the chance to connect professional and Olympic level sports to youth level athletics. Mental health as an athlete is so important no matter how old you are.
Whitman student athletes partnered up with various organizations and individuals in the Walla Walla area to help give back to the community.
Why I loved it: I was one of those student athletes, so I loved getting to brag about my peers and all the great work they do.
A student section at a college basketball game can have an incredible impact. Especially when it's filled with loud, passionate fans to yell at the refs.
Why I loved it: It's hilarious. Such funny interviews helped mold this into a story riddled with sarcastic humor.
November 2018, Hosakawa Journalism Award Winner
An imperative reminder for college athletes to take time to prioritize mental health, especially when the pressure is upped on the field/court.
Why I loved it: Everything I wrote resonated greatly with me, as a college athlete. Also, it inspired me to take more time to focus on taking care of my mind.
SENIOR PSYCHOLOGY THESIS
A GAME CHANGER
A memoir on the essential skill of mental toughness - through sports and in life.
I’ve been a sports fan for as long as I can remember. Fourth grade YMCA basketball was where it all began for me, on a team where I was the only girl on the court and touched the ball a whopping three times the whole season. For some reason, I stuck it out. I tried volleyball and track, but only basketball stuck. Basketball soon became my outlet when school was rough, when friends got annoying, or I just wanted to be out of the house. Basketball became my home. Read more...