The Hutchinson Collegian is the student newspaper of Hutchinson Community College. We publish 20 newspapers, distributed on Fridays, during the school year.

Meet our Fall 2022 staff:

Laci Sutton, Managing Editor-Content

A Nickerson High School alumna, Laci is excited to start her fourth year with the Collegian. Previously the Opinion Page Editor, she will be serving as the Managing Editor for Content for the fall semester. She is a second-year nursing student at HutchCC and is also pursuing a journalism degree. Her favorite things in life include iced coffee, anything Disney, and spoiling her two nieces.

Braedon Martin, Opinion Page Editor/Managing Editor-Design

A wisecracking sophomore from Hutchinson, who graduated from Buhler High School, Martin has a sharp wit and the vocabulary of a sailor. He’s a talented gamer, and is determined one day to find the infamous “Hamburger Man” at Sandhills State Park.

Colin Shields, Online Editor

Colin is from Wichita, Kansas, where he graduated from Maize South High School before attending Hutchinson Community College. Colin is currently working to obtain his AA in Journalism. Additionally, Colin is a quarterback for the Blue Dragon football team and is the online editor for the Hutchinson Collegian. After graduating from Hutchinson CC in December, Colin plans to attend a four-year university where he will continue to play football and work towards a bachelor’s degree.

Colton Fast, Sports Editor

Our resident Esports star, Colton is a Nickerson sophomore studying journalism. A standout high school basketball who may have been a soccer goalkeeper star as well, Colton has aspirations on becoming a sports journalist. In the fall, Colton was the NJCAAc NBA2K21 national champion, HutchCC’s first Esports national champion.

Mariah McGarraugh, Staff Writer

McGarraugh graduated from Hutchinson High School. This year is her first year with the newspaper. She was in the yearbook for most of high school and really enjoyed it. McGarraugh is attending HutchCC to study in business with the intention to transfer and get my masters. She enjoys being outside and camping and hiking. She’s always enjoyed writing since she was young.

Sam Ojeda, Staff Writer

Sam Ojeda is from Lincoln, Nebraska. Sam is majoring in Journalism with a hope in getting into sports. He is also on the baseball team at Hutchinson Community College. He enjoys all things Nebraska Cornhuskers (#GBR) and is a huge fan of the New York Yankees. Sam is a sports nut. He knows lots of facts about the most random sports knowledge. You will often catch Sam on the sideline of Hutch sporting events and on the mound for the baseball team.

Mason Poepperling, staff writer

A movie expert who loses track of his morning Pepsi while in Shears 207, Mason is in his second semester as a staff member.

Ben Short, Staff Writer

Hailing from Abilene, Ben moved to Hutchinson to earn his degree at Hutchinson Community College, where he is a journalism major with aspirations to become a sports writer. He enjoys Blue Dragon football, Kansas State in all sports (even basketball), and the New York Mets. 

Lynn Spahr, Staff Writer

Originally from Oklahoma, Lynn graduated from Buhler and is now working toward an English degree. She joined the newspaper as a way to diversify her writing skills. She enjoys listening to podcasts and having meaningless debates about coffee.

Carly Thompson, Staff Writer

Born and raised in Hutchinson, Carly Thompson graduated from Buhler High School before she began attending Hutchinson Community College. She is taking general education courses until she decides on a major area of study. Carly spends her free time hanging out with friends and family. If she’s not doing that, you can find her reading, sewing, or at the gym.

Lea Thompson, Staff Photographer

Lea Thompson was born and raised in Hutchinson. She hope to some day have a job in the fashion industry and she loves a good matcha or dirty chai.

Ainsley Trunkhill, Staff Writer

A Hutchinson High School graduate, Ainsley Trunkhill is a freshman at Hutchinson Community College studying English-Secondary Education. Aptly, she loves books, orange cats, and the Times New Roman font. Following HutchCC she hopes to attend a four-year university and continue her love of writing and English.

Lee Wellman, photographer

Lee Wellman is a sophomore photographer from Holton, Kansas. Lee participates in Pep Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Band and Jazz Combo at the College. He is also a co-leader of the Engineers League. He is majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

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