Jake Meikel is a senior at Missouri Western State University pursuing a convergent journalism major and strategic communication minor. In his fourth year at Western, he has been a staff writer for The Griffon News for one semester, two semesters as a staffer/assistant editor and now the photo editor for The Griffon yearbook along with four semesters as a reporter/anchor for Griffon Update Sports. After college, Jake hopes to pursue a career in radio following in the footsteps of his father who has been in the radio industry for over 30 years.
Social Media & Web Content Editor
I am a senior Convergent Journalism major here at MWSU. I plan to graduate in May of 2020. Outside of being a part of the yearbook staff, I am on the basketball team as well. Outside of school, I spend most of my time doing homework or hanging out with my teammates. Once I graduate, I would like to become a sports anchor.
Christian Sarna is a junior majoring in Convergent Journalism. Christian is the current copy editor of the Griffon Yearbook, co-news editor of the Griffon Newspaper, a peer mentor in Student Success and Advising, and a Griffon Edge student leader. Christian’s free time is spent cooking and playing games with family.
Alicia Otto, Design Editor for the 2019-2020 yearbook, is a second-year staffer for The Griffon. Alicia is a non-traditional student and full-time employee at Western as the Administrative Coordinator for University Advancement. Alicia will be graduating in May 2020 with a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Degree with Minors in Journalism and Entrepreneurship. As a part-time photographer, Alicia’s goal is to retire from Western and then move closer to her kids and grandkid(s) and work as a full-time photographer and part-time journalism or yearbook adviser.
Maddisyn is studying Strategic Communication at Missouri Western with the plan to graduate in spring of 2021. She wants to use her education as a means to build platforms for the things she’s passionate about. From the mission of Gift of Hope Haiti to promoting her local parks system, Maddisyn loves to advocate on behalf of the things she gets zealous about.
Organizational Portrait Editor
Trasean Stepney’s hometown is St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently a convergent journalism major in his third year here at Missouri Western State University. He has created packages for Griffon Update and has hosted multiple events for W.A.C. After graduation, Trasean wants to have a career that involves music entertainment and broadcasting. Along with being a full-time student, he is a residential assistant for Scanlon Hall. He is also a leader and choreographer for the Missouri Western Dance Company. He enjoys anything that involves music and laughing.
Hello, my name is Jordan (Jay) Alford. I am a 23 year old from St. Joseph, Missouri. This is my senior year and I’m pursuing a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in speech communication and journalism with minors in dance and entrepreneurship. While at Missouri Western, I have chosen to maximize my experiences and get involved with whatever I could. I have been: Captain of the Mystics Dance Team, Founding Artistic Director of the Missouri Western Dance Company, a residential assistant, a student ambassador, a program assistant for the center for student involvement, a students of color initiative mentor, served as a member of the university’s diversity committee, member of BSU, BLOCK and a member of all 3 student media platforms (Co-Producer of the Griffon News, Assistant yearbook editor, and a member of Griffon Update).
Nikki Groom is senior at Missouri Western State University. She is pursuing a BA in Creative Writing and Publishing, and a minor in Journalism. She currently works as a Staffer in Yearbook, and an Editor in Mochila Review and Reach. She plans to be an editor at a publishing firm when she graduates.