Meet the Top o’the World staff

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The Top o’ the World staff includes a dedicated team of student reporters, writers, columnists, photographers, and editors. Get to know some of them on this page.

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Kira Cordova

Kira Cordova

Staff Writer

Kira is a third-year Spanish and Recreation and Outdoor Education major from Littleton, Colorado. They’re also a tall ship sailor, bass player, language geek, and huge coffee enthusiast.

She’s currently studying abroad in Bilbao, Spain, where she teaches upright bass and English and helps with winter maintenance on a replica of the one boat from Magellan’s expedition that actually circumnavigated the world (while trying and mostly failing to learn Basque).

Lindsey Zamboni-Cutter

Lindsey Zamboni-Cutter

Staff Writer

Lindsey is a freshman at Western. She is studying English with a Creative Writing emphasis. She enjoys various forms of writing, with a special love for poetry and dark fiction. When she was younger, Lindsey found that writing was the most efficient way to process her emotions and turn them into something beautiful for others to relate to.

Lindsey has spent most of her life with her stories and looks forward to learning how to better tell them. Writing is not the only hobby Lindsey has, however. She also enjoys books, movies, shows, listening to music, and watching the natural world around her. Lindsey mostly grew up in Colorado Springs where she discovered her awe of nature, which greatly influences her writing today.

Lindsey has had experience with several writing opportunities throughout high school. She looks forward to working with the Top o’ the World staff and using her past experiences to enrich her present.

Ilsa Rain Graceland

Ilsa Rain Graceland

Assistant Editor and Staff Writer

Ilsa is a junior at Western Colorado University with a major in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. She serves as the managing editor for Pathfinder magazine. Ilsa comes from a family with an extensive history of studying literature and language. She is especially interested in mythology, folklore, and nature writings.

A tea enthusiast with a penchant for gardening, Ilsa spends a lot of time reading, illustrating, tending to her vast array of house plants, and petting her cats. Ilsa’s hobbies include hiking, bird watching, mushroom hunting, and a wide variety of creative pursuits.

Kayla Kimball

Kayla Kimball

Staff Photographer

Kayla is a sophomore at Western studying Studio Art with the hopes to pursue a BFA in photography. She grew up in Denver and worked in the Taylor Park area for six summers. She finally decided to call this place home and moved to Gunnison in 2020.

Her love for photography began with taking analog photo classes in high school and in her adoration for the ordinary and habitual. She is excited to contribute her love for Gunnison to the Top O’ the World team!

Courtney King

Courtney King

Outdoors and Environment Writer

Courtney King is a Western grad with an M.S. in Ecology and currently coordinates the EMPLOYS program. She holds a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Geneseo, where she became drawn to the field of wildlife biology. She also plays a role in the Taylor Park Adaptive Management Group, and is excited to spend as much time as she can in the field this summer. Her academic, writing, and personal interests find confluence in the areas of biological research, public lands management, recreation ecology, and environmental stewardship.
 
When she’s not in the office or the field, you can often find Courtney slinging ‘zas at High Alpine. She prefers her outdoor activities on the slower side, including backpacking, swimming, and hammocking with a good book in hand. A rambler in all respects, she apologizes to Brian and anyone else editing her work for her difficulties in wrapping up sentences to entire articles. As a once (and future?) government employee, she must make it clear that any opinions she expresses in writing are completely her own.
Abigail Krueger

Abigail Krueger

Staff Photographer

Abigail is a freshman honors student at Western Colorado University studying Geology. She grew up in Colorado Springs, where her love of photography began in middle school when she had photoshoots with her friends.

This is her first year joining Top o’ The World and she is excited to be a part of the team! She enjoys trying new things, such as figure skating, skiing, hiking, and exploring the beautiful Gunnison Valley.

Matilda Sleider

Matilda Sleider

Staff Photographer

Matilda is currently a freshman at Western. She grew up in a small town out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her major is environmental sustainability, with a minor in photography. Matilda is an experienced photographer who has been taking pictures for 5 years. 

When she got to Western, Matilda saw the newspaper as a new opportunity to help her grow her photography skills and knowledge. She also loves the mountains and all the nature they hold within them. Matilda is excited to explore more parts of Colorado and expand her photography skills.

Emily Tanner

Emily Tanner

Staff Writer and Photographer

Emily Tanner is a sophomore at Western Colorado University. She is majoring in Strategic Communications with minors in psychology and business. She hopes to either work in the nonprofit or lobbying worlds, but has a second love for pet grooming. She has enjoyed writing and keeping up with current events for as long as she can remember. Photography is one of her favorite hobbies, and there is no better place for it than Gunnison.

Emily joined Top o’ The World in the Spring 2022 semester and will be covering mental health along with campus & community events.

Andrew Wayrynen

Andrew Wayrynen

Staff Writer

Andrew is a second-year student in the Master’s in Environmental Management (MEM) program. As a graduate writing tutor and former curriculum editor for a global education foundation, he focuses on storytelling with a fine eye for detail and structure. However, his background as an English and geology major at the undergraduate level instilled a deep appreciation for diverse and creative forms of writing, particularly of the natural world.

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Andrew is a former PCT thru hiker and will be studying sustainable development in Eberswalde, Germany for the second and final year of his program.

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