Katie is the youngest Panther alum we've profiled, to date; but she's packed a lot of valuable experience into her years since high school, and is on-track for a career utilizing her writing skills. She took some time shortly before college graduation to answer our alumni questionnaire:
Education after MHS:
Kent State University
Major: News (magazine journalism)
Your occupation history (and post-college plans):
I interned at Family Circle Magazine in New York City last year, as part of the American Society of Magazine Editors Summer 2005 Internship Program. I've also been very active with the student media publications at KSU, holding numerous writing and editing positions. I was the editor of The Burr, Kent State's student-run general interest magazine, for example; features editor of the Daily Kent Stater, the student-run newspaper; and managing editor of the paper's weekly summer edition, The Summer Kent Stater. I've also done freelance work for Akron Life & Leisure magazine.
After graduating in May '06, I'm currently applying for jobs at magazines and newspapers. I hope to find a position writing and editing at a magazine, or for the features department of a newspaper.
Currently live in Kent, Ohio. But I'll be moving to whatever city my career takes me. I've applied to magazines and newspapers in places like Akron, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Boston.
Interesting things you've done since leaving MHS:
Well, because I'm such a journalism nerd, the experiences I've already listed pretty much sum up the "interesting" things I've done since high school. In addition to those experiences, I received the Scripps Howard Foundation's "Top Ten" Scholarship, which is awarded annually to 10 journalism students across the United States.
I would have to say my summer in New York City is the highlight of my travels. Besides that, I haven't done much traveling.yet! While in NYC, I lived in Union Square with other interns who were as obsessed with magazines and words as I am, and I got to spend the summer editing, writing, discovering delicious restaurants, shopping and buying books at the best used bookstore I've ever been to - The Strand.
Current Hobbies / Activities:
Buying too many magazines and books, reading said magazines and books, writing, editing things without realizing it, such as menus at restaurants, going out to eat (I'm always on the look-out for new restaurants to visit), attempting to learn how to cook and buying cookbooks that I don't really use because I haven't quite mastered basic cooking skills yet, and spending time with my family and friends.
Favorite Manchester teacher, and why:
Mrs. White. I absolutely loved taking advanced placement English with her my senior year. She challenged me, and helped me improve my writing and critical reading skills. The class was relaxed and informal, and we talked about books and good writing almost every day. What could be better?
Favorite & Least Favorite subjects at MHS:
(Upside): All of my English classes
(Downside): Math and science, I guess. The teachers were great, but the subject matter and I just didn't mesh.
Favorite memories from school:
Some of my best memories in high school happened during my four years in marching band.
What sports, if any, did you play at MHS?
I suppose marching band doesn't count. Gym class? That probably doesn't count, either.
Other H.S. activities / clubs you enjoyed:
Student council, French club, marching band, drama club, concert band, Singers, National Honor Society.
Thoughts about attending Manchester schools, in general:
It was a wonderful experience. I had great teachers. I took interesting classes. I had great friends. In fact, my current roommate, and one of my best friends, is Jennifer Combs. She was in my H.S. graduating class.
Did you have any favorite "hangouts?"
My friends and I liked to go out to eat at Denny's after the football games. Other than that, we watched a lot of movies at each other's houses, got ice cream at Friendly's, or drank coffee at one of the local coffeehouses.
Favorite music from your H.S. era, and current favorite:
In high school, I pretty much listened to whatever was popular at the time. Currently, I have too many favorites to list, but here's a small sampling of what's on my ipod: Missy Higgins, KT Tunstall, Madeleine Peyroux, Aqualung, The Fray, Pete Yorn, Jack Johnson, Keren Ann, James Blunt, Daniel Powter, Rachael Yamagata, Frou Frou, Iron and Wine, Cat Power, Graham Colton Band, Eastmountainsouth, Gavin DeGraw, Low, Rascal Flatts, Joe Purdy, classical piano music, etc.
Favorite TV shows:
I love, love, love Gilmore Girls. I also often get sucked into watching many of the shows on TLC.
Do you still have family / other MHS alumni living in Manchester?
Yes, my family lives in Manchester. My mother, Denise (Ambrose) Hilbert, MHS class of '71, still teaches fourth grade at Nolley; and my sister, Kelsey, is currently a sophomore at the high school.
Even though she's graduated from KSU, Katie plans to continue using her current email address, for now. Feel free to contact her at: email@example.com.