Senior Staff Profile: Emma Riddell


Photo courtesy of Emma Riddell.

Emma received the superlative “Best Leader!”

  • What is your position on “The Hiller”?

I am the Editor-in-Chief and Sports Editor.

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

I have been on staff for three years and I needed a creative outlet… but I did not know what the newspaper was and a staff member told me about it so I joined. It is one of the best decisions I have made in high school.

  • What has been your favorite article you’ve written and why?

My article titled “Earth’s ‘last best chance’: applying COP26 to national, local levels” was my favorite because it is very important to daily life and it covered a topic most of my peers aren’t educated on. I feel it is a very important subject for everyone to be educated on. 

  • What are your plans after graduation? 

Biomedical engineering and undecided.

  • What will you miss most about “The Hiller”?

I will miss the vibe of the staff, our little community. We get our work done and still have fun.

  • What is the most important lesson you have learned from being in journalism?

Be direct and upfront. Be confident and talk as concisely as possible.

  • What is your favorite memory while writing for “The Hiller”?

This year’s Christmas party with the white elephant and snacks. I loved having the whole staff together.

  • How many red pens do you think Mrs. O’Lare has gone through grading your articles?

Enough to keep me humble. 

  • How has Mrs. O’Lare impacted/inspired you while writing for “The Hiller”?

Mrs. O’Lare has been an amazing influence on both my writing skill and style. She cares deeply about The Hiller and wants to see each article to be the best representation of the writers’ skill behind it. So yes, I’ve seen several of my articles over the years bleed with her infamous red pen. But I am a far better writer for it. I truly can’t say how much I appreciate her inputs and edits and the love for this publication I’ve shared with her for the last three years. 

  • Anything you would like to add? Anything you would like to say the rest of the staff? 

I am so proud of all of the staff members, and I truly feel that they have become better writers. I am excited to see where the seniors go in life, and I am very grateful for all the time I have spent on staff.