Post Staff

2017-2018 Staff

Daniel Pollock
Editor-in-Chief
Daniel Pollock began reporting for The Puyallup Post in fall 2016. Journalism soon after became a passion. As a reporter, Pollock covered a wide variety of topics, from campus and community news to opinion pieces and movie reviews. In spring quarter, he took on the Managing Editor position, and now returns for the 2017-18 school year as Editor-in-Chief. Pollock is a Running Start student in his second year at Pierce, pursuing an AA degree. After Pierce, he plans to transfer to a 4-year university. Beyond journalism, Pollock also writes short stories, personal essays and screenplays. He is found cooking and eating food, writing, making movies and playing piano as often as his schedule allows. He also is a latte advocate and self-proclaimed film anthropologist.
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Dana Montevideo
Managing Editor
Dana Montevideo is a first year reporter at The Puyallup Post. After realizing she wanted to add flavor and meaning to her experience at Pierce, she decided to apply for the newspaper. She has always found that communication through her writing was something that she enjoyed doing. Dana may also be considered a thespian as she is involved with the theatre department at Pierce. She is interested in all the arts from acting to movies to journalism to fashion. She is currently is struggling with what major she would like to pursue next year as a junior in college, and is unsure of what four year university she wishes to transfer to. For her time at Pierce she is looking for some sort of guidance for her future. All that she is sure of is she loves going out with her friends, horseback riding, being in nature and listening to old music.
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Quintessa Waud
Online/Social Media Manager
Quintessa Waud joined The Post this year and is thrilled to finally be working in journalism. Ever since she was young she has been obsessive about news, current events and pop culture. At The Post she hopes to keep students informed about their community and keep them connected to Pierce. Waud is in her second year at Pierce and is working toward graduation in spring 2018. With dreams of one day working in the television industry, she plans to transfer to a four-year university to major in communications. In her off time, Waud can be found indulging in guilty-pleasure reality TV shows, watching movies and reading.
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Sydnee Smith
Reporter
Sydnee Smith joined The Puyallup Post this year as a new reporter. After realizing at a young age that writing was her one true passion she set her sights on Journalism. At The Post Smith hopes to write stories that not just mean something to herself, but to others. She also hopes to write some pretty great music and fashion columns. With dreams of becoming an English or Journalism teacher, Smith hopes to transfer to WWU next fall to pursue her Bachelor's and hopefully Master's degree. Her ultimate goal is to one day become a professor. On the side, Smith enjoys writing poetry and attending concerts. She tries to play the guitar and ukulele, but ultimately can only play one song all the way through.
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Nyadeng Mal
Reporter & Office Manager
Nyadeng Mal is a first-year writer for The Puyallup Post. After taking courses in Creative Writing and Journalism she’s had a new sparked interest in Journalism. Nyadeng has always had a passion in writing, at the age of 10 she began writing her own music and short stories. Nyadeng is involved in variety of activities here on campus such as Ambience Café which is the French club at Pierce College Puyallup and she is also this year’s President of Black Student Union. During her last year at Pierce Nyadeng hopes to make new friends and bring awareness to social issues on campus. She plans on transferring to a four-year university where she plans to study Political Science. Her ultimate goal is to become an International Human Rights Lawyer. In her free time Nyadeng, who is bilingual, enjoys studying new languages, Creating Music and making Choreography. On weekends, she can be found at a local museum, a concert or quietly tucked in a corner of a coffee shop with a good book.
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Ryan Rothman
Reporter
Ryan Rothman has been writing for fun as long as he can remember. However, in late 2016 he was introduced to news writing at his high school and has been in love with it ever since. In the fall quarter of 2017 he became a reporter for The Puyallup Post. In his free time, he’s written many short stories and even drew and wrote a few webcomics. Music and computers have also been a big part of Rothman’s life. He received Superiors for four years in Junior Festival, a piano memorization and skill competition. He also taught himself to play the guitar. Rothman ‘speaks’ three languages and is working on his fourth. One of these languages is C#, a coding language he taught himself in his freetime. Rothman plans to eventually become a software engineer, learning more coding and other languages in the meantime. But, currently, you can find him drawing on his tablet, watching cartoons or anime and playing Magic the Gathering.
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Eleise Ashley
Reporter
Eleise Ashley is a first generation college student who joined The Puyallup Post this year as a reporter. Ashley joined The Post with the hopes of growing as a writer and as a college student. She is finishing her second year at Pierce College Puyallup and plans on spending her last year being more involved on campus and preparing for her future transfer to Central Washington University where she intends to major in English Language and Literature with a minor in Applied Library Science. When Ashley isn’t writing articles and studying, she can be found reading too many books at one time and spending too much time on Netflix, despite her commitment issues with tv shows.
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Steven Gonzalez
Reporter
Steven Gonzalez has loved reading since he was a small boy and first tore through Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Places You’ll Go. It wasn’t until age 12 however that Steven decided to pick up the pen himself and began writing stories of his own. Since the fever to create hit Steven, he has been writing ever since; with many short stories, poems, screenplays, and even an unpublished novel under his belt. When he’s not digging into a good book or writing one of his own, Steven can be found playing video games or exploring the state of Washington. As a first year student, Steven sees a lot of potential in his position at The Puyallup Post and hopes it will help in broadening his range as a writer. Until his name is on a New York Times’ Best Seller, Steven can be found at Dorky’s Arcade in Tacoma or wherever he can get his karaoke on.
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Cecilia Brown
Reporter
A new addition to the The Puyallup Post, Cecilia Brown is a crazy animal lady wannabe, lover of fruit, and is a (not so) fearless adventurer. Her writing talent began in middle school and developed into a passion for journalism in junior high. She moved to Frederickson recently from University Place and studied at Graham Kapowsin High School before enrolling as a Running Start student at Pierce. She hopes to graduate with her Associate of Arts in 2019 and to then transfer to WSU to study animal science with an ultimate goal of becoming a veterinarian. Cecilia’s fascination with animals began at a young age with her family’s dogs, however, she has since had the opportunity to practice marine biology at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, swim with sea turtles in Hawaii, and co-raise a chinchilla named Squiggles.
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Maddie Ashcraft
Photographer
Maddie’s love for photography has been a lifelong passion; she carried around a point-and-shoot camera as a kid to take photos of her dog and random adventures. After purchasing her DSLR in 2017, she began shooting professional photography, her favorite being family and couple portraits. Maddie has also been writing since childhood, creating short stories and excessively long papers for English class. Maddie hopes to use the Post to promote excellence in writing and inspire positive change in the local community. After completing her AA at Pierce, Maddie plans to transfer to a 4-year university for Business Management and International Studies. On a typical day, Maddie can be found on spur-of-the-moment hikes, spending time with her dog, volunteering with kiddos, and taking photos of absolutely everything.
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Damien Bamford
Videographer
As a young adolescent nerd, Damien Bamford spent most of his time on the internet watching YouTube videos until he got his hands on some editing software and starting making things on his own. It started with World of Warcraft music videos and short sketches with his friends. In high school he jumped at the chance to take a Video Productions class and thrived in it. Damien joined the military shortly after high school and got relocated to North Dakota. With the added free time of staying indoors to avoid freezing to death he started to put a lot of time into learning how to edit and run a YouTube channel. In 2016 he made a 20 minute documentary that ended up quite successful, cementing his interest in doing video productions as a career. Damien is now the videographer and video
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Teresa Josten
Adviser
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