Staffers of the Week: Jess Kelham-Hohler and Michelle Xu


Once a week, The Hoya recognizes one or two staffers who have done a particularly awesome job — now you can get to know about them, too. As part of our Leavey 421 series, we’ll be posting quick interviews with each Staffer of the Week. This week our outstanding Hoya staffers are Jess Kelham-Hohler and Michelle Xu. Read about these awesome ladies here:

Jess Kelham-Hohler

Jess Staffer

Hometown: London, U.K.
School: College
Major: Undecided, probably English
Year: 2017
Position on the Hoya: Guide Editor

If you could create your own Georgetown course, what would it be called?

Netflix Addiction 101: Understanding the phenomenon of spending eight hours on Netflix a day.

What made you gravitate towards joining The Hoya?

I’d never written for a student newspaper before, and I just really wanted to give it a go. At the info session, they said if I wrote for The Guide I’d be able to go to film previews and write reviews of albums. I was completely sold. Plus I heard that some pretty cool people worked there.

Why did you earn Staffer of the Week?

For making the Fall Fashion issue with Michelle (who took all the amazing photographs). Apparently people like it, which I hope is true!

If you could be any flavor of Burnett’s, what would it be and why?

Probably sweet tea, because I’m a caffeine addict and it’s the only flavor that has some suggestion of caffeine content. Plus tea, my being English — it all goes together.

If you could be a Wisey’s sandwich, what would it be and why?

The California panini, because after going to LA for the first time last summer, all I do is dream of going back to the glorious Cali sunshine.

Best thing about fall is…?

The start of colder weather. I’m English, and therefore need the rain in order to survive. But really, everything is great about fall. Except for all the pumpkin. I shall never understand this nation’s obsession with pumpkin.

Michelle Xu

Michelle Staffer

Hometown: San Diego, CA
School: NHS
Major: Healthcare Management and Policy
Year: 2016
Position on the Hoya: Senior Photo Editor

If you could create your own Georgetown course, what would it be called?

If I could create my own Georgetown course, it would definitely be Nap Time. The more you nap, the higher your grade.

What made you gravitate towards joining The Hoya?

Over the summer between high school and college, I saw the old Senior Photo Editor post on Facebook about joining The Hoya as a photographer. Then I thought, “Hey… I can take pictures. I want friends… I’ll join the Hoya!”

Why did you earn Staffer of the Week?

I earned Staffer of the Week because Jess and I did a kick-ass Fashion Issue.

If you could be any flavor of Burnett’s, what would it be and why?

I would be Citrus Burnett’s because I mix well with anything!

Best thing about fall is…?

The best thing about fall is the changing colors. Red, orange and yellow leaves are much more interesting than green. They also make for great photos!

 Photos: Facebook

The Hoya’s Bunn Award Winners

bunnawards2Every year, Georgetown gives out the Bunn Awards for student print journalism in six categories: News, features, commentary, photo, sports and reviews. This year, The Hoya won 12 of 18 awards. Take a look at this year’s winning pieces to see some of our best content of the year.


1st place, “Trans* Students Share Their Stories,” by Sarah Kaplan


2nd place, “SWQ Ricin Scare Unnerves Students,” by Madison Ashley
3rd place, “Domino’s Robbed at Gunpoint,” by Katherine Richardson


1st place, “Hurdles for a Life in Transition,” by Lexi Dever
A guest viewpoint
3rd place, “Disaster Movies Sell Out a Serious Situation,” by Victoria Edel


1st place, “Beauty of Byzantium,” Nicole Jarvis
A review of the exhibit “Heaven and Earth” at the National Gallery of Art
2nd place, “Chipotle Spin-Off Spices It Up,” Sheena Karkal
A review of the restaurant ShopHouse
3rd place, “No Roar of Praise for Generic Album,” Jess Kelham-Hohler
A review of Katy Perry’s album “Roar”


1st place, “From Star to Student: Russell Pursues Dream,” Laura Wagner


1st place, “Students Protest XL Pipeline,” Kristen Skillman
2nd place, “DeGioia Attends Summit,” Alexander Brown
3rd place, “McCourt School Opens to Campus Fanfare,” Michelle Xu

Congratulations to all our writers and photographers!