About Us

From the late summer of 2020, RISE emerged—the first student-led, digital newspaper for Mississippi School of the Arts. Despite being first organized by senior literary, Maleigh Crespo, RISE owes its existence to committed students belonging to various arts disciplines, each student in possession of a unique voice deserving of attention.

Through RISE, MSA’s diverse student population—consisting of young artists calling numerous Mississippi counties home—is united through shared opinion and perspective. Every article intends to inform or entertain, content extended to the public in order to provide a glimpse into life as an MSA student.

Join RISE every Thursday for fresh content where students imagine, create, and realize.


Original staff of 2020-2021: Maleigh Crespo (editor-in-chief, creator, and editor of “News/Opinion”), Callie Matthews (editor-in-chief and editor of “What’s Cooking With Callie”), Addison Laird (multimedia manager and editor), Brianna Cox (editor: advice column, “Asking for a Friend”), Stephyne Weathersby (editor: fashion), Josie Deaton (editor: entertainment), Abigail Troth (editor: health/wellness), Abrielle Carnathan (editor: comics/cartoons), McLain Boyd (editor: student life), Matthew Cox (editor of “Matthew at the Movies”); JaMya Bell (lead photographer), David Echols, Zoe Hart, Hannah “Maple” Hays, Cornelius Kimple, Morgan Love, Azya Lyons, Micaiah Mayes, Catherine Simmons, Tyler Smith, Zayne Vance, MaryRhea Waterloo, Jaden William (senior contributors); Lillian Denney, Sara “Kit” Hebert, Taylor Lafayette, Jimena Medina, Katherine Scroggins, Sierra Swims, Madison White (junior contributors).