Editor takes tastier track

Morgan Allaman has been a strong force in the visual design department. Her photos are crisp, her page designs are unique and more recently her work with fondant has been applauded by many in the community and her peers. Allaman, the award-winning editor in chief of the Crusader newspaper at Seward, will graduate with her associate of arts degree in mass communication and move on to the world of baking where she will start the first layer of her life. Allaman is the daughter to Mike and Robin Allaman, She was born in Liberal March 25, 1990. Allaman has been a creative force since she was a child. “She had a distinct idea of what clothes she would wear, what she wanted in her room and the activities she would do in school,” Robin said. These activities would include being involved in Odyssey of the Mind for six years, tennis for four years, National Honors Society, yearbook art editor her junior year and senior year serving as the yearbook editor in chief at Liberal High School. “I feel like because I stay so involved I’ve made friends through those activities and I’ve developed a good work ethic,” Allaman said. Her work ethic has helped her both at her full-time job at Flowers by Girlfriends and the Daily Grind and to be a standout editor at the Crusader. “When she first came in she didn’t have much confidence, even though I could see she had a lot of skills,” adviser Anita Reed said. “I’ve just seen her build that confidence and turn out award-winning Crusaders.”  Although she has shown great talent as a photographer and a designer her next step will be baking and pastry and culinary management at the Denver campus of Johnson and Wales University, known for their culinary programs. “People just work better or are more motivated when there is food involved, so I’d make the staff cakes or cookies or cupcakes,” Allaman said. “I’d make them that to encourage them to meet deadline and it ended up being something I really enjoyed.”  Allaman was undecided when she came to the college, but was headed towards the medical field like her parents, who both work as nurse managers at Southwest Medical Center. However, she has choosen a pastry chef’s hat over a stethoscope. “This is all new territory for me working with a college that’s far away and nothing remotely related to the medical field. So you worry about job opportunities after they are done with school and knowing what the job market will be like,” Robin said. “Ultimately what you wish for your children is to do something they love and hopefully that will work for her.” While Allaman is going into a different field she feels that the knowledge she gained will not be lost on her. “I’ve learned a lot and they’re not just skills I’m going to drop after this year, writing is crucial to everyday life, being a dedicated employee is something that you must have in order to get a job, and design is something I’ll carry with me in cake design.”

Crusader photo/ Jose Rodriguez Allaman, the award-winning editor in chief of the Crusader newspaper at Seward, will graduate with her associate of arts degree in mass communication and move on to the world of baking where she will start the first layer of her life.
Crusader photo/ Jose Rodriguez
Allaman, the award-winning editor in chief of the Crusader newspaper at Seward, will graduate with her associate of arts degree in mass communication and move on to the world of baking where she will start the first layer of her life.