Senior profile: Savannah Ikach


Photo courtesy of Savannah Ikach.

It’s no surprise that Savannah wants to pursue a career in the media. At THS, she was this year’s the drum major of the marching band, starred as the titular Mary Poppins in the musical and participated as an anchor on the morning announcements.

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

I am a staff writer. 

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

I am a recent addition to the staff and I only joined the second semester of my senior year. I joined because I’d always thought about joining the newspaper in previous years at the high school but never did because I never took journalism [as a class]. 

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

Probably just joining in and that first article I wrote. I was just very exited to do it. 

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

I definitely will miss writing articles specifically for “The Hiller” especially since I didn’t get to experience it earlier on, but I also know I’m probably going to participate in writing articles in the future at college. 

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

Probably either my Valentine’s Day article or my prom article from last month. I think I liked those the most because when I find something really passionate I can write about, I can write about it forever. So I just love Valentine’s Day and I love prom and I love writing for the arts and entertainment section.

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

Honestly, the structure of writing that journalism needs. I had never minded writing in classes before, but at the same time I think the journalism style of writing suits my style of creativity a lot more than essay writing does. 

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

I totally recommend going straight to Mrs. O’Lare and trying it out. Like I said, because it is such a different style of writing, I think it suits a lot more people than people might think. I would also say to not be weary of the word “journalism.” I know when I thought of that word it made me think of really serious, depressing, honest writing, but really it’s just any writing that’s truthful in a newspaper.

8. Do you have any plans for after graduation?

I plan to go to to Pointe Park [University] for broadcasting. I’ll be in the same area as all the journalism stuff as well and they have a lot of clubs at what they call the Center for Media Innovation which is basically all of the media, broadcasting, journalism, creative writing — all of that. 

9. Is there a literary character or author that you view as a role model and why?

I love “Harry Potter,” so I always loved Luna Lovegood and her quirkiness. I try my best to live by not caring what other people think and just kind of going my own route. And I think that helps with creativity, too. I also have fun earrings like her, too. 

10. Anything you’d like to add?

I’m very thankful for my time on the newspaper. I wish I had joined earlier, but I’m glad I joined when I did.