Last updated on December 11, 2020
By Kayla Osborne
The Volunteer State Community College newspaper, the Settler, was staffed by all-female writers for the Fall 2020 semester.
Editor, Velma Crochet, is a journalism major who will be graduating in the Summer of 2021.
“I’m not sure what I will do in the future, but I would love to write for a small newspaper that still prints the paper. I have enjoyed being the editor and learned more about writing from the other side of the newspaper. I have been with the paper for at least three semesters and writing for the paper is so interesting. I have also loved that the newspaper has been totally run with girl power this semester,” said Crochet.
Crochet has been married for 19 years and has seven daughters, nine grandchildren, one dog, and one cat.
Writer, Madison West, is a journalism major who will be graduating in the Spring of 2021.
“I have enjoyed the opportunity to get to investigate what is going on in our community and inform fellow students about events going on at the college. I’ve loved being able to reach out and get to learn while writing our stories,” said West.
West has two cats and a dog.
Writer, Evie Herndon, is majoring in English and writing with a focus in journalism.
“I have loved many things about writing for The Settler, but I have mostly loved sharing personal stories of those at Vol State. There is something so rewarding about getting to share the past, present, and future of others. I have been blessed to be able to write several spotlight stories for different faculty members at the college this semester, and it has been an absolute joy to get share their stories,” said Herndon.
Herndon has a boyfriend of three years and a one-year-old beagle named, Cooper.
Writer, Breanna Hiett, is a journalism major and will graduate in the Spring of 2021.
“I will be enlisting in the United States Navy in the Summer. My dream is to be a rescue diver. I want to enlist for four years, then come back home and join Law Enforcement as a police officer. I have enjoyed the fact that writing for the newspaper has given me experience in the field of Journalism. I have also enjoyed writing a lot of interesting stories and have gotten to know a lot of people over time,” said Hiett.
Hiett’s hobbies include writing stories, listening to music, swimming and hiking.
Writer, Kayla Osborne, is a mass media major and will be graduating in the Spring of 2021.
Osborne plans to attend law school after finishing a bachelor’s degree. She has enjoyed writing for the Settler as it has helped improve on her writing skills and believes it will be beneficial to her career.
Osborne has a Great Dane named, Saga, who she refers to as “half of her heart.”