Haley Remenar – Editor in Chief/JMC Network Director
Lauren Franco – Content Managing Editor | Lauren is a junior psychology and convergence journalism double major from Euless. She enjoys dad jokes and Spongebob references.
Emily Guajardo – Arts and Features Editor | Emily is a senior convergence journalism major with a minor in history and biblical studies from San Antonio, Texas. Emily hopes to attend graduate school and work for as a magazine editor in the near future. Aside from that, Emily loves to eat chinese food, read Jane Austen novels, shop at Target and spend time with her family and friends.
Evan Rodriguez – Web Editor | Evan is a junior management major from Sugar Land, Texas. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of Elle Wood and attend law school after his undergraduate studies. Evan also works in the Hunter Welcome Center so if you see him there you should totes say “hi.” Aside from those ancillary facts, Evan enjoys cheeseburgers and listening to super chill music that you’ve probably never heard of.
Jessica Clark – Video Director | Jessica is a junior multimedia major from Wylie, TX Batman fan. Theological nerd. Wannabe world traveler.
Chelsea Twohy – Copy Editor | Chelsea is a junior environmental science wildlife and resource management major with a minor in convergence journalism from Manteca, CA. Personality pending.
Sports Online Editor
Sports Print Editor
Trevor Wyatt – Sports Writer | Trevor is a senior convergence journalism major from the small town of White Settlement. When he is not busy calling coaches and athletes for interviews, he enjoys his two other hobbies: playing lead tenor saxophone in the ACU Jazz Ensemble and being Co-President of ACU Democrats. Trevor also collects baseball cards and has approximately 16,000 in his house at this moment.
Davis Denton – Sports Writer | Davis is a senior journalism major from Belton. Davis has many hobbies that includes: doing nothing, watching movies of all kinds, reading, listening to music, researching about various topics, exercising, watching sports, and socializing with friends and family. When not at school or work, you can find Davis at home completely wasting time. Davis plans to go into radio and work in broadcasting and eventually running a radio station.
Daniel Tapia – Graphic Designer | Daniel is a senior graphic design major from La Puente, Ca.
Christi Lim – Graphic Designer & Photographer | Christi is a senior Graphic Design / Advertising major from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There are two activities Christi enjoys that she doesn’t get to do often: sleep and travel. Christi would double tap on dogs, unique architecture, and videos that don’t test her limited attention span.
Video Projects Editor
Amber Chavez – Assistant Video Editor | Amber is a junior multimedia major and psychology minor from Dripping Springs, Texas. Outside of The Optimist, Amber has two other jobs and somehow (by the grace of God) manages to get enough sleep at night. In the rare occasions when she is not working, you’ll find her stuffing her face with food like a maniac or sleeping like a rock. She is an avid chocoholic, lover of 80s music, and obsessed with Futurama.
Kenneth Pybus – Faculty Adviser | is super awesome (Davis Denton)
Cade White – Visuals Adviser | is super awesome (Davis Denton)
Celeste Kinkade – Marketing & Advertising
Holly Dorn – Staff Photographer | Holly is a sophomore nursing major from Carrollton, TX with a special interest in media, specifically in photography. She has a dog named Lulu and enjoys working in multiple departments across campus. Holly is actively involved in ACU For Life, the pro-life club of ACU, and is a member of LYNAY (love your neighbor as yourself), a scholarship group on campus that focuses on service and loving one another. She is a barista, loves to cook, enjoys watching sports, and hopes to work as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit upon graduation.”
Madison Fichtner – Staff Reporter | Madison is a senior convergence journalism from Dallas, Texas. Not only does she work for the Optimist but also for ACUTV and the Sports Webcast team. She is also an active member in Tri Kappa Gamma, and enjoys hanging out with her friends when she is not busy with school or work. She also enjoys horror movies, dad jokes, and movie quotes. She was also a cast member at Walt Disney World in the Magic Kingdom park.
Hannah Johnson – Staff Reporter | Hannah is a junior convergence journalism major and global studies major from Rosenberg, Texas. She enjoys writing fiction, fitness, and listening to MrCreepyPasta. She is also working for the Students Association as a Department of History and Global Studies representative. She loves tea, pigs, and her chihuahua, Khaleesi. Her aspirations are working for Disney and becoming a successful novelist.
Ashlan Smith – Videographer | Ashlan is a sophomore convergence journalism major and political science minor from Keller, Texas. Her dream is to work for CNN one day and to become a news anchor. She hopes to bring diversity to her community and bring awareness to the world.
Emily Clunn – Videographer | Emily is a sophomore multimedia major from Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to working for The Optimist, she also works for ACUTV and for ACU’s live sport streaming network. When she is not working, she can be found editing her own videos, hanging out with friends, or working out (Zumba is her favorite!). Emily will never pass up the opportunity to show you pictures of her dogs and claims it is the perfect conversation starter. She loves drinking coffee, watching Netflix, and travelling.
Noah Tamborella – Videographer | Noah is a junior Multimedia major and Business Marketing minor from Houston, Texas. He enjoys the outdoors, music and creating visual media