Editing Team

Macy Miller, Chief Editor 2017-2018 & Icarus Interlude Videographer

Orlando, FL  Cadet Squadron 4

Favorite Book: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I truly believe There is no substitute for time spent learning. And as Michelangelo inscribed on his last works of art, Ancora Imparo, “I’m still learning.” Learning about literature, art, and the people around me has changed the way I interact with my world. I am forever in their debt.






Lil Costello, Chief Editor 2018-2019, Poetry Editor

Milo, ME   Cadet Squadron 16

“Seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.”

–Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

I’m an editor because I wanted to experience the best that Cadets had to offer in terms of their own art, personal stories, poems, and anything else you shared with us. It’s been an honor and a pleasure reading each piece and seeing writers especially tackle hard topics in meaningful ways, some making us laugh, cry, or simply want to share their piece with others. I can think of nowhere else where I would get to have these experiences, and then to share them with you all.

Fun Fact: I’m a Systems Engineering (mechanical focus) major, so don’t let being a “techy” major stop you from sharing your creative side! Anyone and everyone has a voice worth sharing.




Bridget Bielski, General Editor

Hometown: Severna Park, Maryland Cadet Squadron 11

Favorite Book : Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Why did you want to be an editor?: I love that we are increasing the arts and creative work at the academy and I wanted to be a part of it!

Fun fact: Captain of the Women’s Lacrosse team





Jordan Brown, Poetry Editor 

Chicago, IL   Cadet Squadron 3

“There are two races of men in this world but only these two: the race of the decent man and the race of the indecent man”

-Viktor Frankl

I wanted to be an editor because I believe that language harbors everything humans believe is worth fighting for, and this is a place where we learn to fight.







Victoria Wright, General Editor

From A little bit of Everywhere, CS-07

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best of the worst of it. I hope you  make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald

Why did you want to be an editor?: At a school that is so focused on STEM, we often overlook the therapeutic benefits and beauty that writing and creating brings into our lives and the world. I wanted to be a person that helped make someone’s work speak to everyone who came across it, and help the creator know that a piece of their soul was being shared with everyone who turned to their piece.

Any addt. Info/fun facts:  I’m an award winning, published poet. In fourth grade, my poem “The Flame is to Blame,” won first place in the county and went on to the state level where I received an honorable mention. I retired from writing poetry soon after.






Aryemis Brown, Poetry Editor

Germantown, Maryland  Cadet Squadron 16

Favorite Book : To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

-Atticus Finch

Why did you want to be an editor?: People come to USAFA with different life stories and views of the world. Seeing literature and art through the poetry, prose and artwork of cadets has been an extremely rewarding experience. Literature is alive and well at USAFA.






Jenna Gustafson, Visual Arts Editor

Glendive, Montana   Cadet Squadron 2

Favorite Book: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Why did you want to be an editor?:  To be a painting juror for the first time!

Fun fact: I want to paint for a living.







Kelsey Puttkammer, General Editor

Arvada, CO   Cadet Squadron 26

Favorite Book: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Why I wanted to be an editor: So much untapped and underrepresented talent is present in the Cadet Wing – I enjoy the prospect of highlighting these artistic cadets and showing off their masterpieces.










Gabrielle Topacio, General Editor

Las Vegas, Nevada  Cadet Squadron 1


I enjoy the arts, specifically analyzing literature, painting, and drawing. It has been a pleasure to review the submissions and acknowledge the creative minds throughout the wing







Ryan Sharlow, General Editor

Swartz Creek, Michigan Cadet Squadron 36 Proud Pink Panthers

Favorite Book: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Why did you want to be an editor?: I wanted a chance to see the process

behind picking works of art in a place where the arts are typically








 Kaileb Williamson, General Editor

Paris, TX    Cadet Squadron 22

Favorite Book: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

 “And now that you no longer have to be perfect, you can be good.”

-John Steinbeck

Why did you want to be an editor: I think that my peers are every bit as talented as some of the

greatest published writers.





Icarus Interlude Team


Kaleb Naylor, Audio Production/Creative

Salt Lake City, UT  Cadet Squadron 3

Favorite Book: The Shining by Stephen King

Why did you want to be an editor?: I like to produce music.










Not Pictured: Avery Evans, Videographer & Producer



Permanent Party



Capt Katie Witt, Department Representative

From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania & Graduate of Cadet Squadron 20

Favorite Book: The Glass Castle

As a cadet, I loved having the opportunity to write creatively. Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature were my two favorite courses at USAFA. Icarus just keeps getting better and I’m so proud to be a part of it.

Fun facts: I have the two cutest babies in the world, Zoe and Parker.






William Newmiller, Technical Support Guru

From Sawyer, Michigan

Favorite Book &/or quote:

“It’s not what you don’t know that kills you, it’s what you know for sure

that ain’t true.” –Mark Twain

Fun facts: I used to be in the FBI