Staff picks: Who inspires you

Annika Schmidt | Editor-in-Chief  

My parents — both equally. They collectively have this great enthusiasm about their passions and life experiences. They encourage me every day to be better and take on new challenges and earn new life experience of my own. My dad inspires me to be a great communicator; he can hold a conversation with anyone at all and knows how to navigate tricky topics. My mom teaches me how to nurture. From nurturing the growth of the plants and birds in her garden to the love in our family and beyond, her example is an inspiration. I love them both dearly and am fortunate to have such wonderful inspiration so close to home. 

Ellie Myers | Associate Editor 

Jane Austen inspires me, because she was able to bring believable, interesting women to life in her books at a time when women didn’t have much agency. 

Cambrea Schrank | Creative Director 

Myself: Who I was, who I am, and who I can be! 

Megan Moen | Design Editor 

My aunt Allison inspires me. She’s incredibly ambitious and successful, and she perseveres when impossible situations are thrown at her. Alli’s a force to be reckoned with, and she inspires me to be more confident and to go after what I want. 

Lexi Petri | Photo Editor 

My sister inspires me because she’s always been one of my role models and I will always continue to look up to her 

Kate Marlett | Copy Editor 

My friend, Piper. She encourages me to work and study hard in school while also staying creative and seeing topics from new perspectives. She is friendly and so fun to hang out with and is one of the most genuine people I know. I am so glad to be her friend! 

Abby Aldinger | Reporter 

The person that inspires me most is my twin sister Maggie. She has pink hair and enough ambition to take out a killer whale. She’s probably my favorite person in the entire world, which I am so immensely lucky for. 

Frank Vazzano | Reporter 

I would probably say my father, he is a stage 4 cancer survivor and even through the process and aftermath was messy he is still optimistic and very hard working. He is very inspirational to me! 

Jack Lusk | Designer 

Bob Reese — Bob is always cheerful and optimistic and pushes his training far beyond the norm. He’s an inspiration both as a person and an athlete. 

Meghan Germain | Photographer  

My Dad inspires me to make every minute of my day count and love fearlessly. 

Lillian Davis | Photographer 

Christian Yu. He is a videographer while I’m a photographer but whenever I watch his videos,, I have the urge to go out and take photos.