The Hutchinson Collegian is the student newspaper of Hutchinson Community College. We publish approximately 20 newspapers, distributed on Fridays, during the school year.
Meet our fall 2020 staff:
Samarah (Sam) Bailey, Editor In Chief
Born in Kansas and moving to Missouri is never a good idea for anyone but Sam survived the Border War rivalry for over a decade. Deciding to finally take the side of Kansas, she came to HutchCC to major in Journalism and play softball. She is now pretending to be a journalism expert on The Hutchinson Collegian.
Not a fan of haiku, Sam does love playing softball and has for as long as she can remember. She also excels at faking it until she makes it. An Honors Club member, Sam has a multitude of nicknames, including “Samurai Sam”, “Slammin’ Sammie” and “Where’s Sam”.
Bailey Pennycuff, Co-Sports Editor
One of two softball players on staff, Bailey – the reigning “SpongeBob Square Pants Award” winner – comes to The Collegian with more than just an impressive softball resume. A state champion softball player at Augusta, Bailey was also heavily involved in journalism. Filled with boundless energy, Bailey is a pre-dental hygiene major, and will share the sports duties with Adam Kolb.
Adam Kolb, Co-Sports Editor
Adam is a freshman at HutchCC and is a major in journalism. He is a co- sports editor for the Collegian. He graduated from Nickerson High School. He enjoys watching sports, reading and hanging out with friends. His favorite basketball team is the Toronto Raptors, and his favorite soccer teams are Sporting Kansas City and Liverpool.
Kenneth (KJ) Ryan, Photo Editor
Kenneth Ryan is a Kansas-born photographer, and Oakland Raiders fan. KJ recently became a staff writer and photographer for The Hutchinson Collegian. Kenneth is a sophomore majoring in journalism, KJ has a strong desire to take his photography very seriously and make a name for himself. Follow Kenneth on Twitter, @kennnethryan, and Instagram, @kennnethryan.
Laci Sutton, Staff Writer
Another Nickerson graduate, Laci is in her second year with the Collegian staff. She is a first year nursing student at HutchCC. In addition to the ADN program here on campus, she is working with the University of Kansas to get her BSN via online courses. In the little free time she does have she enjoys playing with her niece, Makenzie, spending time with her family, and making fun of her best friend (and our former editor) Tabitha Barr.
Emily Branson, Photo Editor
Emily Branson is a Halstead High School graduate in her third semester as a Collegian staff member. She has a love for photography and is pursuing a journalism major. She is a member of the Honors Program and by golly, she had a great time with her mentor over the spring for her honors project! Emily commutes from Halstead and is involved in the Honors Program here at HutchCC. Follow her photography on Instagram @photosbyemilymay for all of your photography needs.
Aaron Strain, Opinion Page Editor
When Aaron speaks, people listen. An expert in politics, Mexican food and wisdom, Aaron moves over from being Online Editor this semester.
Caleb Spencer, Campus Editor
Leslie Grajeda, staff writer
Kyran Crist, Online Editor
Kyran Crist is a homeschooled graduate in her first year as a Collegian staff member. Kyran is majoring in journalism and if you ask her what year she is in at HutchCC, your head may spin as she tries to explain. While technically being a freshman, she dual credited classes in high school making this her third year and final year attending HutchCC. Kyran enjoys reading, baking desserts, and making coffee in her free time.
Zariah Perilla-Best, staff writer
Pablo Sanchez, work study
Brooke Greene, staff writer
Brooke Greene studied at Hutchinson High School, which is where she discovered her love for writing and is now in the second year of her journalism degree at HutchCC. Greene spends most of her time making candles, practicing photography, and taking care of her two ball pythons. She advocates her love for being a snake mom and helps others overcome their fears of these legless creatures.
Jolene Moore, staff writer
Jolene Moore is a freshman here at Hutchinson Community College. She plans on earning an associate’s degree and then moving on to a four-year university where she will start studying psychology. She has lived in Hutch for eleven years while traveling back and forth from Rose Hill, Kansas. She owns two dogs with one of them only having three legs. And her future plans after college are to move to Texas and live happily on the beach.