Michaela is from Mill Creek, Wash. and is studying journalsim and mass communication with minors in visual communication and editing and publishing. She has been involved with yearbook since eighth grade in various capacities. In high school she was a section editor freshman and sophomore year, co-editor junior year and editor-in-chief senior year. Her senior year of high school she was awarded the 2015 Leadership Award from the Washington Journalism Education Association. At Whitworth, she was a staff writer for the Natsihi in the fall of her freshman year and was the writing editor in the spring.
Lauren is a biology major on the pre-medicine track with minors in psychology and chemistry. Lauren was born in Whitehaven, England and moved to Tri-Cities, Wash. when she was sixteen months old. She is currently the Natsihi writing editor and also plays clarinet in the Wind Symphony. Lauren has been involved in yearbook since she was in eighth grade. She joined her high school journalism class as a staff writer for the newspaper but quickly fell in love with yearbook. After being the editor-in-chief of her high school yearbook for two years, she decided to continue yearbook in college.
Hannah Walker is from Ottawa, Ill. and has been pursuing graphic design for four and a half years. She's done freelance work since 2013 and has worked as Career Services’ graphics specialist since winter 2014. In addition to freelance work and Career Services, sophomore year she worked as the Whitworthian’s graphics editor while making graphic contributions to the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Club for posters and t-shirts. Junior year, Hannah contributed designs to Whitworth.FM and started working as a conference assistant during the school year in the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement where her responsibilities included designing content for various events.
Melissa is from Gardnerville, Nev., and is pursuing a degree in elementary education with an endorsement in reading literacy, along with minors in English and theology. Melissa was on the yearbook staff throughout her four years in high school and worked as the editor-in-chief for her Junior and Senior years. Ever since she was young, Melissa has loved to write, which is evidenced by her notebook collection full of half finished stories and lists and her spelling tests from elementary school, on which she always received 100%. After spending her first semester at Whitworth writing for the Arts and Culture section of the Whitworthian Newspaper, Melissa decided to return to her favorite form of journalism as this year’s Natsihi copy editor.
Hannah is from Spokane, Wash. She started a portrait photography business her junior year of high school and applied for a LLC business license at the age of 18. Since then, her business has grown and she focuses mainly on documenting weddings across Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. She has been the photography editor for Natsihi since 2014. On the side, she is contracted for freelance work including product photography, videography, and textbook design for various companies. Due to her wide variety of skills and interests, she created her own area of concentration in media communication and design.
Stuart grew up on the island of Kauai, where the beauty of his surroundings inspired him to take up landscape photography. After being awarded a local prize for photography in high school, he began to bring his camera with him nearly everywhere he went, living most of his teenage years behind a lens. Stuart's artistic style slowly shifted from landscape to portraiture, where he was fascinated with how natural lighting found in landscape photography could blend with capturing human emotion. Working in yearbook has felt like a natural fit and has broadened his view of candid documentation photography.