Southern Accent Staff
Our Mission Statement
The Southern Accent would be nothing without the wonderful minds of Southern Adventist University students. Our staff is devoted to representing and informing them by reporting accurately, fairly, and to the best of our ability.
Alana Crosby is the Editor-in-Chief of the Southern Accent. This is her third year on the team, previously working as a reporter and Collegedale News Editor. She is an English major focusing on professional writing and minoring in journalism and publication. She enjoys connecting with people through stories.
Amanda Blake is the Managing Editor of the Accent, having previously worked as News Editor and a lead reporter. She is a junior journalism major with a passion for storytelling who especially enjoys writing human interest stories. She hopes to one day author and publish a book.
Collegedale News Editor
Elsie Pak is a senior double majoring in pre-dental hygiene and English with an emphasis in professional writing. Pak was previously a reporter for the Southern Accent and is excited to now embrace the position of Collegedale News Editor. In her free time, Pak enjoys reading, listening to podcasts and playing volleyball. With her love for storytelling, she is excited to interact with more people and tell their stories.
Christina is a senior history major minoring in chemistry, biology, and philosophy. She particularly enjoys exploring the intersection between sciences and humanities and has a passion for all things outdoors. She is based in Oregon and Colorado. This is her fourth year writing for the Accent.
Madison Wilcox is an English literature major from California who hopes to pursue a career in writing. This is her second year working for the Accent. When not studying or writing essays she enjoys spending time with friends in the mountains. She just discovered this past summer that her favorite place is the top of a peak at sunrise.
Jacob Nevis is a third-year journalism major who is the Sports Editor of the Southern Accent. This is his second year working for the Accent. He really likes sports, with football, baseball, and basketball being his favorite. In the future, he would like to work as a sportswriter.
Sarah Klingbeil works as the Copy Editor for the Southern Accent. This is her seventh semester working for the newspaper. She has previously served as Lead Reporter, Religion Editor, and Managing Editor. Throughout her engagement with the Accent, she loves exploring and sharing the world through words. Currently, she is pursuing a double major in mathematics and TESOL English.
Josep Garcia is a biology major and an intercultural communications minor who aspires to pursue medicine after college. This is his first year working as a reporter for the Accent. He loves traveling, music, and a good book. Josep is excited to interview individuals and tell their side of the story.
Kathy Zelidon is a sophomore English major with an emphasis on literature from Texas. This is her first year working as a reporter for the Southern Accent. She is excited to connect with the student body and hear their stories.
Adam De Lisser
Adam De Lisser is the Photo Editor of the Southern Accent for the 2022-2023 school year. A mass communication major, he started off as a photographer for the newspaper last year. Eager to learn and improve, he hopes that this opportunity will allow him to do so. In the future, Adam hopes to work as a portrait photographer for a reputable magazine.
Mila Bales is a photographer for the Southern Accent. This is her first year working for the Accent, and her second year as a mass communications major with an emphasis in photography. She loves to express herself through photography and is excited to get creative with the photos she takes for the Accent.
Social Media Manager
Anna Estep is the social media major for the Southern Accent. She is a junior elementary education major, and this is her first year working for the Accent. After she graduates, she hopes to become an elementary school teacher in either the Adventist or public school system.
Nickolas Nieves is a returning web manager for the Southern Accent. He is a senior majoring in computer science and graphic design. With his degrees, he hopes to find a position as a front-end web developer or a UI/UX designer in the digital space. On the weekends, he enjoys hiking, throwing a frisbee, and drawing.
Violet Petrikas is a senior professional writing major at Southern Adventist University. This is her first year working with the Southern Accent. Petrikas is a California native who has a passion for traveling, sports and photography. After graduation, she hopes to attend law school.
Victoria Mills is the religion editor for the Southern Accent. She is a junior mass communication–writing/editing major and is passionate about God and storytelling. In the future, she hopes to work in ministry and communications.
Xander Ordinola is the photo editor for the Southern Accent. He began as a staff reporter but quickly realized that photography was more his niche. He switched majors from publication journalism to mass communication with an emphasis in photography, and he one day hopes to become a photojournalist working at a reputable newspaper.
Madi Sewell is a layout designer for the Southern Accent and a senior in graphic design. She’s very interested in packaging design and also book design. Her favorite colors are #587f8e and #e5b52b, and coconut is her go-to flavor and scent. Sewell’s current drink of choice is iced espresso with oat milk and brown sugar.
Lucas Bueno is a junior religious studies major and a reporter for the Southern Accent. This is his first year working for the newspaper. After college, he plans to teach religion and history. Bueno greatly enjoys writing and hopes to use it as a way to share God with others.
Geoffrey Fowler is a reporter for the Southern Accent. This is his first year working for the newspaper. He is currently a junior majoring in public relations with a political economy minor. He loves to learn the perspectives of individuals and connect their stories with others.