Liberty Champion Staff


Sarah Tate


Sarah is a senior from Fredericksburg, Virginia. She’s currently majoring in writing and minoring in English and Journalism. She’s passionate about all kinds of storytelling, but she has a special love for all things creative writing. She enjoys playing basketball, reading any kind of good book, drinking too much coffee and being outdoors. 


Kristina Smith

News Editor

Kristina is from Crozet, Virginia. She is currently majoring in Communication and minoring in Christian Leadership. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses, reading anything by C.S. Lewis, and drinking iced chai lattes.


Brooklynn Hess

Asst. News Editor 

Brooklynn is a freshman from Central Ohio. She’s currently majoring in Communications and minoring in English. Among other things, she greatly enjoys creative writing, going to the gym, and spending time with her family. 


James DuVall III

Opinion Editor

Other than being massively opinionated, James loves to be outside as much as he can. He enjoys playing disc golf and hiking. He also likes to read and write about theology. A good debate is always appreciated – at least it is on his end of the conversation.


Ava Bear

Feature Editor

Ava is a sophomore. She has changed her major three times and finally landed on accounting with a minor in creative writing. She loves all things related to books, philosophy, and nature.


Kristen Pace

Assistant Feature Editor

Kristen is from a small town called Scottsville, Virginia. She is majoring in History with a minor in Cinematic Arts. She loves books and reading! Especially classics. She also enjoys theater and acting, playing guitar, and writing.


Annie Cory

Sports Editor 

Annie is a junior from Los Angeles, California. She’s currently majoring in Journalism with minors in Business and Dance. When she’s not watching sports, she’s probably dancing, traveling, or going to the beach.


Aaron Palsgrove

Assistant Sports Editor

Aaron is a junior studying Sports Journalism and Broadcasting from West Chester, Pennsylvania. When he’s not watching or studying sports, you will probably find him either watching movies or playing video games.


Micah Gilmer

A-Section Copy Editor

Micah is a sophomore studying writing and apologetics. He loves creative writing, editing, playing piano, apologetic discussions, and red pandas. When he’s not writing or editing, he’s probably lost in the world of romanticized introspection — or he’s asleep. 


Rachel Wineman

B-Section Copy Editor

Rachel is a sophomore from Rincon, Georgia. She is majoring in Zoology and with a minor in Writing. When not reading, writing, or studying, you’ll usually find her outdoors. She also loves animals – but never, ever ask her about parakeets.



Noah Seidlitz

Lead Photography Editor

Noah is a freshman studying Graphic Design & Photography. He has been photographing anything that moves for the past two years. He loves capturing emotions and movement in his photos, but will shoot anything for experience.

Anna Wheat

Assistant Photography Editor

Anna Wheat is one of the assistant photographers for the Liberty Champion. She is pursuing a major in Exercise Science and Athletic training. Anna loves to rock climb, hang out with friends, take care of her many plants, and take photos.


Hannah Gilmer

A-Section Designer

Hannah is a junior from Stuarts Draft, Virginia. She is majoring in Graphic Design because she loves bringing others’ ideas to life in creative ways. When she has free time, she hangs out with friends and family, watches movies, and searches for inspiration for her work.


Avery Veenstra

B-Section Designer

Avery is a senior from Michigan. She is studying Graphic Design and Strategic Communications in hope to be a creative director. She enjoys drawing, watching movies, and spending time with friends.


Sarah Lechner

Web & Social Media Manager

Sarah is a senior from Columbia, South Carolina. She is currently studying Digital Media and Journalism. She enjoys film, media, and hearing others’ stories. Her career goals consist of potentially working for a national news organization, telling stories in a creative and captivating way.


Anna Lunt

Digital Media Producer

Anna is a senior from Leesburg, Virginia and is currently studying Digital Media and Journalism, with minors in Video Production and Spanish. She enjoys watching movies, playing her guitar and piano, and going to coffee shops with friends. She loves telling stories through media with videos and editing.



  • Lonnie Ray Alexander

    Good afternoon to everyone. Just as Miss Savanna Graves, I too am a proud Texan and from the GREAT State of Texas. I reside in a small but growing community located approximately 35 miles Northeast of Downtown Houston, so Howdy! I have been an online student at Liberty University since 2019; unlike the Staff, I am old! I turn sixty in April. I have been closely monitoring the Politics in Virginia, and I am very concerned. It appears as if the voters want to turn the State into the Socialist Peoples Republic of Virginia. I am seriously contemplating leaving Liberty and find a Christian Univerity in Texas. I am concerned that it’s just a matter of time before the Socialists gain power, and when they do, they will be coming for Liberty University. Is there any push back by anyone in the State of Virginia?
    L.R. Alexander

  • I enjoy reading the Liberty Champion newspaper. My grandchildren are graduates and students at LU. I wish the staff would consider looking at the size type. I wear glasses and have a problem reading the paper. You may have other readers with the same problem. Others may need to comment if they have the same problem. Jack Peay Roanoke Va

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