Senior profile: Krista Efaw


Photo courtesy of Krista Efaw.

In addition to extracurriculars, Efaw is a big fan of trying out new locations to visit or eat in the community and is always up for an adventure.

1.What is your current position on “The Hiller” staff?

Assistant Feature Editor.

2. How long have you been on staff and why did you join?

This is my first year. and I was actually put into this class by accident; I signed up for Journalism one. But. it was the best accident ever! I’m so happy I did get to be a part of this group of people and explore a different creative side I’m not usually engaged with. 

3. What is your favorite memory from your time on staff and why?

I think just laughing with everyone in class and talking and sharing fun stories. 

4. What will you miss most about “The Hiller”?

I’ll miss writing and interviewing people. I really love talking with people and learning about them. 

5. Do you have a favorite article you wrote and why?

Definitely the “Writing love letters – teacher advice” one that I wrote with Fletcher [Beckett]. It was just super sarcastic and funny, and it was really fun to write. Shout out to Mr. Skroupa and Mr. Schwab for giving us such funny content.

6. What do you think is the most important thing you have learned from your time on staff and why?

That there’s always something that you may not be familiar with but that is what makes it really interesting to learn about and also teaches us to look at all perspectives in writing. 

7. What advice would you give to underclassmen who are interested in exploring journalism or joining “The Hiller” staff?

I would say go for it. It’s a really good opportunity to improve your writing skills, meet new people and get involved with the school. Even if you’re not the best writer, there’s a great team here to help you improve.

8. Do you have any plans for after graduation?

I’m going to Pitt [the University of Pittsburgh] to study bio and Spanish on the pre-physician track. 

9. What book or series had the largest impact on you growing up and why?

My gram would always read to me when I was little, and I would always request “Oscar the Grouch” because she would read Oscar’s part in the most hilarious grouchy voice. It is one of my earliest and favorite memories with a book and something I will always remember. Not even I can do the Oscar voice quite like she can. 

10. Is there a literary character  that you view as a role model and why?

Atticus Finch [from “To Kill a Mockingbird”] is an admirable character in my opinion as he never let the bitterness of those around him turn him cold. He always demonstrated kindness, understanding and compassion even during a time in which it was risky for him to do so. He embodied all that is good about humankind.

11. Anything you’d like to add?

Good luck to everyone in journalism! I really loved the class and hope that other people do as well. Remember to keep smiling. 

This is for Addison and Fletcher, you better not let the salsa skills I taught you go to waste and be sure to teach the underclassmen when you are an upperclassmen.