Meet the Staff

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Dara Carr

Hometown – South-Side of Chicago
Major: Journalism |Minor: French
3rd Yr-I like to sight see, go shopping, traveling and I speak French.


Cheryl Kwapong: Lifestyle & Politics Columnist

Hometown: Buford, GA

Major: Journalism | Minor: Political Science

2nd Yr. Politics and people are my passion. I love talking about topics that invoke deep thought. I am a walking Frank Ocean stan account and there’s a 99.99% chance my taste in music is better than yours. I’m also a Sagittarius sun and moon so you’re welcome.


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Chukwuayanam “Yana” Obiekwe:  Lifestyle Columnist

Hometown: Snellville, GA

Major: Undecided

1st Yr. I have always loved writing pieces that allowed me to use my passion on certain topics to convey a message. I’m passionate about anything from social injustices, personal pieces, to any and everything J. Cole.


Andrew Frierson: Sport Columnist

Hometown: Magee, Mississippi

Major: Marketing

2nd Yr. I am passionate about two things in life: sports and writing. I am a huge Boston fan across every sport with the exception of baseball (Go Dodgers!). Anytime you see me, I will be listening to music. I hope to bring light to many different topics through my writing in the future.



Kamaya Brantley: Lifestyle Columnist

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Major: Agriscience and Environmental Systems | Minor: English

2nd YearYes-I am a whole STEM major. However, writing has always been my passion. I also love shopping, dancing, nature, and cats (but dogs are pretty great too).  I have a lot to say, so stay tuned!



Jayla Johnson: Editor & Politics/Entertainment | Sports Columnist

Hometown: Riverdale, GA

Major: Journalism | Minor: Consumer Economics | Certificate: Sports Media

2nd Year. I love writing and dancing. I mostly watch drama shows, football, and basketball on television. I am sociable which drove my passion towards getting a Bachelors in Journalism and Consumer Journalism. I hope to reach my goal of being a prime time news anchor for Channel 2 Action News and explore reporting in sports for ESPN. My ultimate career goal is to work for Good Morning America.



Tylar Norman: Lifestyle

Hometown: Conyers, Ga

Major: Journalism | Minor: Spanish

2nd Year. A few of my favorite things include shopping — bank account permitting, photography, scrolling through pictures of puppies, and entertaining myself with the world around me. One day I will travel the world.



Sydney Gibbs: Sports Writer

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

Major: Broadcast Journalism and Sports Management

1st Year. I’m a crazy, passionate, and dedicated sports fan that spends most of the time sleeping, eating, writing or watching old sports highlights. Writing has always been a therapeutic activity that I’ve always enjoyed doing so being able to do that for ELITE is perfect! There are various topics I can’t wait to write about so stay tuned!


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Kerbi Rucker

Hometown: Douglasville, GA

Major: Human Development and Family Science

3rd Year. I love writing pieces that no one wants to talk about, but everyone is thinking about!



Christelle Anani : Health & Wellness |Life Columnist

Hometown: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Major: Marketing | Minor: Chinese Literature & Language

2nd Year. I love all aspects of music and dance. Self-proclaimed milly rocking connoisseur. I aspire and am learning to be the best that I can be. I am on a journey of self-awareness & love and am striving to grow by pushing the limits of my comfort zone.



William Jenkins

Hometown: Douglasville, GA
Major: MIS
4th Year. I’m a huge fan of sports and movies and that is probably what I’ll be writing about the most. My favorite teams are the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Heat, FC Barcelona, Manchester City, and of course the Dawgs. I’m a big fan of Marvel and its Cinematic Universe as well as the Harry Potter series (movies and books). I hope to combine my technological degree and sports knowledge into a role that uses both in the future.



Jessica Marie Clayton: Sports Writer | Life Columnist

Hometown: Americus, Georgia

Major: Journalism

I absolutely love animals, especially dogs, and my heart’s passion is traveling.



Alexas Durr : Columnist

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Major: Human Development |Minor: Sports Management

4th Year. Crime show lover + music, sports, and beauty enthusiast + ultimate nap and organization expert. My ultimate goal in life is to leave places better where I found them. I’m pursuing a career in Sports & Entertainment and blog as my stress reliever.



Andrea Hill

Hometown: Douglasville, GA

Majors: Physics and Economics

2nd Year. I’ve been in love with learning since I was born, and I want to keep hearing and telling stories until I die.



AlSherrae’ Ray: Movies/Film | Life columnist

Hometown: South Fulton County, Atlanta, GA

Major: Theatre

I am six feet one inch of love and fun! I enjoy reading, writing and acting. I love each of these because they allow me to be someone else for momentarily, but also teach me how to become a better person. I hope to bring to ELITE my passion for topics that occur in my personal life and speak for those who cannot speak.


Bemsi Wallang: Life Columnist

Hometown: Dacula, Ga via Madison, Wi
Major: Biological Science | Pre-Med intent.

4th Year. I’m a Cameroonian-American. Writing has always been a source of release and comfort for me so I’m glad that I can share that part of me with my peers through Elite. I hope to inspire people with insight, passion, and relatability through my posts on Elite.




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