WILL: My name is Will Kleeman, and I am a junior at the University of Missouri. I'm from Pittsburgh, Pa and am pursing a career in the energy field with my geology studies. Being a science guy, I decided to participate in the Making Waves program to challenge myself and broaden my horizons in the world of broadcast media. I am looking forward to meeting new people and hearing their unique stories.


ALEX: I'm a senior documentary journalism student pursuing a career in documentary film. My emphasis is in cinematography so I mostly prefer the visual side of storytelling. I decided to become part of the Making Waves project to practice putting together a narrative in a way that makes sense to an audience. I also hope to gain skills in setting the scene with audio in order to one day incorporating it with my visuals.


CATHERINE: My name is Catherine and I am currently a freshman documentary journalism student at the University of Missouri. Growing up my father used to call me Chatty Cathy, so now I am putting my gift of gab to good use. Social justice has always been a passion of mine, and Making Waves will help me to cultivate that passion in a positive and open environment.

ELENA: Hi there! I'm Elena Cruz, your local coffee addict. You can catch me listening to The Velvet Underground on any given day and painting portraits for hours on end. I'm a freshman at MU majoring in journalism, and I'm excited as heck to join this class as an aspiring writer. After cohosting a couple of radio shows in my hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I fell in love with not only writing, but also verbalizing stories on air, so I also cannot wait to join the Making Waves crew. I hope to grow as a storyteller, and I can't wait to see what this education has to offer. Here's to a good year!

KASSIDY: My name is Kassidy Arena and I am a freshman at the University of Missouri at Columbia. I decided to participate in the Making Waves project because I wish to be a voice for those who society sometimes either cannot hear, or chooses to ignore. I am most excited about learning about specific people's stories and how they go about their lives.

SAM: Hi! My name is Sam Mosher and I am currently a freshmen at the University of Missouri. I'm from Saint Charles, Missouri and am studying journalism. My desire to pursue journalism largely came from a love for podcasts. I am a huge fan of comedy and storytelling podcasts, so this class was a no-brainer for me. I also love video games, science fiction books, '90's alternative rock, and frosted brownies.

BAILEY: My name is Bailey Ferree, I am a sophomore at the University of Missouri, and I am studying social work. I am from Kansas City, and as those who are close to me know, extremely proud of it! I love finding out what about a person makes then uniquely them, which I feel is something that can only be done through telling stories. You can tell their feeling by the sound of their voice, and what they are passionate about, by what they choose to talk about, which is what makes storytelling unique.

SYLVIA: I am 18 years old, and a freshman at the University of Missouri - Columbia. I am studying Journalism and Women's and Gender Studies in the hopes of using my words to change the way the media portrays women. I am a strong intersectional feminist, a strong advocate for destigmatizing mental health, a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights, and a strong believer in the magical powers cats hold. When I'm not writing articles as the Social Justice Beat Writer for Mizzou's student newspaper, The Maneater, I love to read, (my favorite book is The Bell Jar - and not just because I share a name with the author) watch Netflix (I'm hopelessly addicted to Grey's Anatomy) and write short stories.


MARYAM: I am a current junior at Rock Bridge High School, and a few of the things that make me happy are good times with family and friends, good laughs, and good video games. I am excited to be a part of Making Waves because it joins two of my passions; storytelling and discovering new perspectives. I want to be able to create as many positive experiences in the world around me, and opportunities like Making Waves do just that.

LISA: Hello. I am sixteen years old and attend Rock Bridge High School. I find biology interesting (and hard) and love writing. My first masterpiece was a one page article on why my brother is annoying, although I do hope to perhaps complete a novel someday - one that gets past one page double spaced. I enjoy exercise, although not so much while I'm doing it, and I have a strong love-hate relationship with school. I am undecided about my future, which is okay and not okay, depending on who and what day of the week I ask (although I do wish to attend a college with a nice bakery on campus.) One of my favorite words is 'although,' which I have used four times by now, and I enjoy using the dash - which is different from a hyphen! I am excited to be a part of Making Waves and hear my writing come alive through the elusive yet intimate medium of radio.

SARAH: I am a junior at Rock Bridge in Columbia, Missouri. I think it's so important to be involved in the community and connect with people, which is why I am doing Making Waves this semester. I love trying new things and never keep anything routine. I am the president of Student Coalition and a core leader in Rock Bridge Reaches Out, a volunteer based club. I enjoy long hikes, roller coasters, road trips, and a good cup of chai tea. I'm very excited to be sharing pieces of me and people around me and I can't wait to discover these stories.


JENNA: I'm a senior at Rock Bridge who loves beautiful stories. At school, I am involved with journalism as an Editor-in-Chief of The Rock and Bearing News. I also debate, and welcome any kind of discussion about any kind of issue! In addition, I serve on City Council's Commission on Human Rights, as well as the Youth Advisory Council. I'm passionate about diversity, equality and identity, and consider advocacy to be an integral part of who I am.

MADISON: I am 16 years old and a junior at Rock Bridge High School. I love to read and to write, and I believe that stories are a really powerful form of communication. I love tacos and walking my dogs and taking naps. I drink too much tea and laugh too hard at bad jokes. I also love to swim--whether it is for Rock Bridge or in the ocean--and I get really excited about things, including Making Waves!

MARIAH: Hi! I am currently a senior at Rock Bridge high school here in Columbia, MO. I love to compete in the arena of track and field, sing, and volunteer. After high school, I wish to attend a 4-year university, preferably on the east coast, and pursue a major in legal studies, and a minor in business. I am so excited to participate in Making Waves, because I understand the imperative role that radio, and all media for that matter, play in developing our perspective of reality in society.

ZOYA: I’m 17 years old and a senior at Rock Bridge. Some of the things I’m involved in include Science Olympiad, Speech and Debate, and our local Special Olympics. After high school, I hope to major in Biochemistry and get my medical degree. I would like to practice medicine internationally because I am passionate about helping those in developing countries who don’t have access to proper healthcare. Besides science and medicine, I also enjoy trying different ethnic cuisines, rereading the Harry Potter series, and playing with puppies. I’m excited to be a part of Making Waves because I think the ability to share your opinions, as well as listen to others’ experiences, is important in every field.


MICHELE: I'm 18 years old and I lived in St. Louis, Missouri for the first 15 years of my life. In the last three years, however, I've lived in San Francisco, CA; Nanjing, China; and now Columbia, MO. I'm a lifelong player of volleyball and tennis, and I love coffee, bad puns, and science. I'm still undecided about college but I know I want to study Chemistry and/or Biochemistry before hopefully becoming a doctor. Ever since I was little I've loved stories-- told through books, movies, and anecdotes, etc. -- but I've never really been involved in radio, so I am especially excited to share my own story with Making Waves.

JETT: I am 18 years old and a senior at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Missouri. I enjoy photography and the outdoors. Next year, I will be going to college to study biomedical engineering. In the future I hope to work in a lab and have a career doing scientific research. I also want to do a lot of traveling. I am excited to do investigative journalism as a member of Making Waves, in addition to learning more about radio. 

SARAH: I am a newly-minted 18 year old and senior at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, MO. The short list of things I enjoy include music (piano, voice, organ), writing, filmmaking, psychology, and running (I could go on). I'm active in my church and extremely passionate about equality on all levels - gender, socioeconomic, racial, and marriage. In addition, I'm passionate about mental health awareness and ending it's associated stigma. I'm planning on double majoring in English and something else at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, as well as continuing my music on the side. I'm excited to be involved in Making Waves, because storytelling is one of the best mediums of communication as it forces the listeners to consider a topic through another's lens. 

DELANEY: I am a senior at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, MO and a self-proclaimed Renaissance woman. I enjoy playing clarinet in the competitive marching band and Wind Ensemble. I love to read, though I never feel like I have enough time. I find peace in the outdoors, whether it is camping, hiking, or canoeing. I am a sucker for romantic comedies—I love them all, from Dirty Dancing to 27 Dresses! I am an avid Girl Scout (yes, Thin Mints are my favorite cookie). Every Sunday I sleep in and complete the crossword puzzle. I have quite the proclivity for cutting out elaborate paper snowflakes. I have a strong passion for feminism and I enjoy wearing fuzzy socks. I am excited to go to college as I pursue a liberal arts education. I plan to study Spanish and Biology, become involved in undergraduate research, and travel abroad. My dream is to become a physician who works for the World Health Organization. Making Waves is a great opportunity because I get to share my story.

CLARISSA: I am 17 years old and currently a senior at Rock Bridge High School. I plan to study a combination of Electrical and Biomedical engineering in the fall at the University of Texas Dallas. In my free time I love to shop, particularly at White House Black Market, and there is nothing better than hanging out with my friends, whether to watch tv or simply sit and talk.