Past Writers

Layne Weitzel

Contributor from Feb. 2013 – June 2013

Residing in Gainesville, Florida, Layne Weitzel studies at Santa Fe College, where she also works part-time as a communications assistant. Because of numerous factors, including cheering on the Florida Gators in all sports (especially baseball – her dad is an assistant coach), interacting with and watching collegiate and professional athletes (Tim Tebow is her favorite) and playing three sports throughout her life (cross country, soccer and lacrosse), Layne is an aspiring sports journalist (in print, of course). She is a proud supporter and advocate of the March of Dimes, which works to eliminate prematurity and birth defects in babies. She enjoys watching too much TV, inhaling popcorn and Trader Joe’s cookie butter, laughing at things that aren’t that funny and denying constant requests to straighten her hair, among countless other things.

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Follow Layne on Twitter: @laynejweitzel

Matt Bloom

Contributor from Feb. 2013 – May 2013

Matt Bloom is a student majoring in Journalism at Indiana University. There, he is a reporter and designer at the Indiana Daily Student. When not educating himself on how to succeed in journalism, he acts and plays piano at various performances around campus. Matt writes about anything and everything that brings people together. Some of his lofty goals include running the Boston Marathon, traveling the globe, and being a really cool dad.

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Follow Matt on Twitter: @matthew_bloom

Kelly Kavanaugh

Senior writer from Nov. 2012 – April 2013

Born and raised in Fairfax, Kelly Kavanaugh is currently a senior at George Mason University finishing up her B.A. in English, focusing on American Literature. Kelly also works part time as a distance training coach for adults and high school runners. She is currently working on a few long projects to be potentially published novels, and dreams of being a professional writer and author some day that not only inspires but helps change the world for the better. She feels driven to express her opinion and expose the truth on life, love, and motivation on her blog which is entitled, “How I See It“.

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Follow Kelly on Twitter: @Kelly_Kavanaugh 

Kevin Root

Contributor from Feb. 2013 – April 2013

Kevin Root grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and is currently a senior at James Madison University. He is majoring in exercise science with a minor in biology. In his spare time he watches Spongebob Squarepants whenever possible, enjoys following sports of all kinds, and attempts to manage his intermittent cravings for Reese’s Puffs. Kevin is involved with Relay For Life fundraising and hopes to continue these efforts after graduating to work toward a future without cancer. He recently discovered that writing is a powerful tool for him to reflect on his experiences and grow as an individual. Kevin is committed to his passions and always strives to improve the lives of those around him! He writes at his blog, “Exploring the Mind and Pushing Personal Limits.”

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Liam Cassidy

Contributor from June 2012 – Sept. 2012

Liam Cassidy is finishing his bachelor’s degree in English, procrastinating on a project, reading all manner of novels and articles, doing other writing, or playing copious amounts of games. Yes, many many games. From BattleTech to Skyrim to Dungeons & Dragons, games are a big part of Liam’s hobbies. Outside of that, Liam enjoys watching the Food Network, sucking down coffee, and considering inane little elements of his life. Currently he is working his way through the Ciaphas Cain series, written by Sandy Mitchel, and warily eying a stack of other books that are clamoring for his attention. Armed with a tenuous grasp on reality and a wry wit, the aim of the game is to entertain.

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Follow Liam on Twitter:@WildOnion13

Emma Craighead

Contributor from: June 2012 – Aug. 2012

When she’s not playing Dungeons & Dragons, screaming at her iPhone while playing Angry Birds, Emma Craighead is finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies Education. Aside from teaching middle schoolers about sarcasm and world geography, Emma loves Pilates, blogging, drooling over Food Network recipes, horseback riding, and reading fan-fic about the Founding Fathers. While in college, Emma has been an active member of both the Harry Potter Alliance and the National History Honor Society. Emma currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

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Follow Emma on Twitter: @EFCraig