I fell in love with football when I was 10 years old after watching my older brother play in middle school and then on through college. Since then, I have grown to love the atmosphere of sports and all that goes with it, being from a small town in Kansas where sports are a huge part of our community. My dream is to spend my entire life attempting to capture the beauty of sports through journalism.
June 2020 - Present
When COVID hit, my plans changed. I began working as a social media manager for public figures such as Justin McKee, a couple of top 15 cowboys in the world and a stock contractor. I was hired to do press releases, interviews and run social media accounts for The Cascade Chute Out this past September. I struggled to find work but showed up to The National High School Finals Rodeo, the WCRA's Stampede at the E, every PRCA rodeo in Kansas this summer, and the Prairie Circuit Finals - assisting either as a social media content creator or conducting interviews with my phone.
I was then hired by Resistol to interview their endorsees at the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
July 2019 - March 2020
In the summer of 2019, I interned for The Cowboy Channel, assisting in the production of professional rodeos. I was then hired on to help with the launch of the network in the summer of 2019 and went on to assist in the production of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last December, the Denver stock show & rodeo and The American.
2018 - 2019
I was a student intern for the Kansas Athletics Communications department, covering sports at the University of Kansas. This included various jobs such as taking photographs, operating a team's social media and gathering information for media purposes. I also work for the MIDCO Sports Network as an associate in the television production of local sporting events.
I provided color commentary for the men's and women's basketball team as well as the baseball and softball team at Hesston College, where I spent my first two years of education. I also wrote articles for the student newspaper, the Hesston Horizon. I mostly wrote sports features, but I also did a few other creative projects.
2016 / Class of 2018
Hesston College, Hesston KS
I attended a small, two-year, Mennonite faith based college in central Kansas. I graduated in the spring of 2018 with my Associate of Arts degree.
2018 / 2020
University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
I recently graduated from the University of Kansas as a journalism student pursuing the news and information track with a minor in sports management. I chose this institution for its excellent journalism program and experience covering sporting events that I received.