There has been a staffing change within the Santa Clarita Gazette, as Martha Michael has stepped down from the position of editor. While Michael remains the editor of Canyon Country Magazine and Pet Me! Magazine, the new editor of the Gazette is Sarah Farnell.
An effervescent, 21-year-old Saugus Centurion alumnus, she has been a College of the Canyons (COC) Cougar since she graduated from high school. Farnell started at the Santa Clarita Gazette as an intern during the summer between graduation and college, as she had worked with her high school’s newspaper, The Saugus Scroll. By the end of summer, she accepted an offer to work at the Gazette. She started to take up many different positions, and soon was not only in demand at the Santa Clarita Gazette, but also with The Signal as a graphic designer.
As the years went by, she continued to thrive at both the Gazette and COC. While attending college, Farnell changed her major from Wine Studies to Political Science, eventually deciding on Theater. “When you register at COC, you have to choose a major. At 18, I thought checking off Wine Studies as my major was hilarious.”
She was originally slated to graduate in two years, but, due to the fact she changed majors multiple times, her academic journey experienced a slight delay. Farnell does not mind though, joking, “I will be at COC until I am a literal cougar.”
Farnell also enjoys comedy improvisation. She chartered COC’s first official Comedy Improv Team, for which she has been president for two years. Farnell also attends Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), a sketch comedy and improvisational school in Hollywood.
In May, she was elected to the prestigious position of Student Trustee at COC by her peers. According to the College of the Canyons website under the Associated Student Government Officers’ page, the “Student Trustee shall represent the Association at all Santa Clarita Community College District Board meetings. He/she shall also be responsible for advocacy and legislative issues at the state level. He/she shall also be responsible for representing the Association at the Academic Senate.” Sarah will have this position for a full year.
In June, just a month after being elected Student Trustee, she accepted the position as editor of the Santa Clarita Gazette. “I’m extremely grateful to have this opportunity. If you told me three years ago that I would be the editor of a Santa Clarita publication, I would have choked on my lunch,” Farnell said. “So far, this job has been more fun and interesting than I could have imagined, and I am excited for the future.”