It's an honor to introduce myself as the new sports editor for the Parsons Sun. I understand that the previous sports editor, Jason Peake, did a tremendous job providing in-depth local coverage of sports around Labette County, and it is my aim to produce the same type of reporting for this community.
To give everyone a brief background on where I come from, I am the child of a retired major who served 20 years in the Air Force and a nurse. I was born in Merced, California, but quickly relocated to Hawaii. My father was relocated to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita for three years before being transferred back to Hawaii, where I lived until I was 10 years old. At that time, my father retired and I moved to northern Virginia, part of the Washington, D.C., metro area. It is there that I got my start in sportswriting.
In Virginia, I interned for a local high school sports media group called Gameday Magazine. I primarily covered my high school, Stone Bridge High School, which routinely had one of the best football programs in the state. My sophomore year, our team graduated 11 players, who went on to play Division I football.
Through my connections in Virginia, in addition to my father being a native of Junction City and a Kansas State University graduate, I secured a spot as a student-manager for the men's basketball team for the Wildcats after graduating high school in 2010. In addition to being a student-manager, I covered sports for the Kansas State Collegian, the university newspaper in Manhattan. I also served as its sports editor during the fall of 2013.
During my last four years at K-State, I had the privilege of working for a team that won a Big 12 title in 2013, covering the football and baseball teams that won Big 12 championships that same season and also covering Erik Kynard, a K-State high jumper who won the silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics. My four years as a Wildcat were the best of my life. I developed my craft as a sportswriter, learned strong leadership and team values under the tutelage of both Frank Martin and Bruce Weber and made lifelong friends.
With my father's roots being in this state, I not only grew up a Chiefs and Royals fan but also learned the strong family values that I love about living here. I have no doubt Parsons will become yet another tremendous home for me as I continue living my dream. Some other quick anecdotes about me. I'm a huge Kanye West fan, I drive a purple Kia Rio (ask me why it's purple, it's actually an interesting story and goes beyond the K-State fandom), I'm a sneakerhead with over 80 pairs of Air Jordans, Kobes, LeBrons and other shoes to my name, and I also cover college football and basketball for the popular sports website Bleacher Report.
But, most importantly, there's nothing I love more than my career. To me it's not a job, because telling people's stories doesn't feel like work. I love what I do and I find acceptance and significance in it. I can't wait to get started here in Parsons.