4+ years of publication design experience (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop);
Social media marketing/advertising campaign strategy skills;
Proven leadership and team-bonding experience
Penn State Athletics Graphic Design Intern;
American Advertising Federation Nittany Group Campaign Book Designer
Penn State University: University Park, PA
Cumulative GPA: 4.0;
B.A. in Advertising & Public Relations,
Bellisario College of Communications;
Minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation,
Smeal College of Business;
Class of 2026
A FEW AWARDS AT A GLANCE
Place in National Federation of Press Women for Yearbook Layout in PA
Scholastic Press Association Clyde F. Lytle All-State Keystone Award Recipient
"A Divided Nation--Election Spread" from 2020-2021 publication Phases progressed to Nationals where it received an Honorable Mention
Awarded this title, meaning best yearbook in the state of Pennsylvania, for 2019-2020 publication What Now? and 2020-2021 publication Phases
2022 Jane Blystone Pennsylvania State Journalist of the Year Winner
2020-2021 Sigma, Phases, featured in Walsworth Publishing's 2021 Theme Gallery
I accepted this award in the HUB at Penn State, which was a full-circle moment for me as I would attend Bellisario College of Communications the next fall.
Chosen out of the 5,000 yearbooks Walsworth publishes, Phases was chosen as one of the top books in the nation and for other schools to take inspiration from
FROM A CLASS TO A CAREER:
THE EVOLUTION OF MY PASSION FOR STORYTELLING
A Personal Narrative
Mesmerized, I watched the yearbook editors design spreads and curate captions from the side table in the yearbook room while I worked on my third grade times tables after my dad, adviser of the Eastern Lebanon County High School Yearbook, the Sigma, picked me up from school. Fast forward nine years later as I move my seat to the Editor-in-Chief's desk that I coveted, submitting our pages to our publisher, Walsworth.
Joining Yearbook Journalism as I felt like I had to join the "family business," I did not realize how much I loved all things journalism until I was living and working in that world filled with creativity and collaboration. I love the rush of writing a story that captures the moment to the euphoric feeling I get once I finish a showstopper spread that took 10 hours to complete from start-to-finish. Yearbook for me simply was not living out dad's job anymore; it was what I was passionate about, and it was something that had all of the aspects I was looking for in a future career.
Although the pandemic served as a challenge for me and our staff as we were never in the same place at the same time, we managed to overcome our obstacles by giving our best effort and producing a yearbook that won our school's first ever Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Finalist Award and National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker Finalist Award, meaning that our publication was one of the top 60 yearbooks in the entire country.
Now a student at Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University Park to receive my B.A. in Advertising, I contribute my love of communications, copywriting, and design to Yearbook, and I look forward to building upon my skills to share my love of communications with the world. Third grade, aspiring-yearbooker me would be proud of how far I have come with storytelling--both visually and verbally--and the journey I will continue to embark on in the future.
2021-2022 Editor-in-Chief, Sigma
Eastern Lebanon County High School
Learning from the best, senior Lucy Bickel gains graphic design knowledge from Stephanie Streicher, Senior Graphic Designer at Walsworth Publishing. Streicher helped Bickel brainstorm ideas for their upcoming theme. "I love learning from Steph because she pushes me to become the best designer I can be. I always learn something new that enhances my design ability when I'm with Steph," Bickel said.