Rachel Palmer - Writer
Rachel grew up near the Black Hills in Rapid City and is a South Dakota native. She is currently attending the University of South Dakota and is in the process of earning a degree in English Education with a minor in Music. As cliché as it may sound, Rachel has a passion for reading and writing—creative writing in particular. She enjoys tutoring students at Vermillion Middle School and volunteering at the W.H. Over Museum. For fun, Rachel loves to go on “road trips” and see her favorite bands and musicians live. In the future, Rachel hopes to become a secondary English teacher and keep herself busy as a freelance writer. Rachel tells you how to get involved in summer kickball leagues.
Mary Dodson - Writer Mary is 28 years old and grew up in Spearfish, SD. She graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Theatre. At NSU Mary’s significant accomplishments included having poetry and a humorous sketch published in the Shelterbelt literary magazine, performing in ten main stage theatrical performances and winning three acting awards. In December 2008 she received her Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of South Dakota. This month Mary gives a look at artist Micah Luke.
Sabina Mustic - Writer Sabina graduated from the University of South Dakota in May 2008 with a B.A. in English and German. She enjoys writing because it gives her satisfaction when she knows she worked hard and created something worth reading. Some of Sabina’s hobbies include reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and shopping. Sabina plans to attend graduate school sometime in the near future to get a Master’s degree in Library Science. Check out Sabina’s article on keeping your skin healthy from sun exposure.
Denise DePaolo - Writer Denise is from Sioux Falls and graduated from Washington High School in 2001. Since then she has lived in Gainesville, FL. and traveled extensively. She and her husband Tony moved back to Sioux Falls in 2008. She is finishing up her English degree at the University of South Dakota and works as a bartender on weekends. Denise hopes to one day write for a living, but making drinks is a pretty cool job for now. She like adventures, jokes and going to punk rock shows. Denise gets to know YouTube stars Nathan Hoffman, Chris Dorhout and Zach DeBoer.
Lee Marotz - Graphic Designer Lee was born and raised in Watertown, SD. He is a graphic artist who moved to Sioux Falls in May of 2008 and is getting married in October 2009. Lee is currently the Web Operator for KDLT-TV in Sioux Falls as well as doing freelance design. As a freelance designer he creates logos and graphics for companies and individuals, as well as making slide-shows for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays; pretty much any occasion. He loves the creativity of graphic design and truly has found the passion and calling for his life. Lee would love to continue making graphics until the day he dies, whether it be in a company setting or freelance design. Any questions or comments for Lee can be made by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out Lee’s graphic for this month’s quiz to see if your friends take advantage of you.
Jamie Bulian - Writer Jamie is a 21-year-old from Yankton. She graduated last May with a major in Communication Studies and minors in both Contemporary Media and Journalism and Spanish. Jamie was very involved with the university newspaper and the university weekly newscast. Jamie plans to pursue a career in either advertising/marketing or public relations. In her spare time she loves to run, read, watch movies, and spend time with family and friends. This month Jamie discusses the dangers of boating in The Scoop.
Chuck Bennis - Illustrator Chuck attended Minnesota State University Moorhead where he received a degree in Art Education. After student teaching art and drawing at the International School of Geneva, Switzerland he moved home and took on directing the 2nd largest day camp in the United States, YMCA Camp Leif Ericson in Sioux Falls. At camp, he is known as “Woodchuck” by thousands of local youth. Outside of work you will see Chuck making the most of the Sioux Empire by biking on the trails, kayaking in the Sioux River and sketching at the Pavilion. Currently, his largest piece of public artwork is spray painted on a wall at J&L Harley Davidson. Check out Chuck’s elaborate illustrations in this month’s road trip article.
Published on Jan 19, 2010