The Beacon Bolt Staff

Alyssa Perovich, Editor-in-Chief

Salutations, friends!

My name is Alyssa and my story started all the way in SoCal (Lancaster to be exact). This is my third year here at NCU; intended as an English major with a minor in Written Communications and Business Administration. As fate (and determination) would have it, this year I have joined the Beacon Bolt team as the Editor-in-Chief.

A few phrases to describe me: An old soul, quirky as jerky, radically in love with Jesus, tea enthusiast (I’d love to have a cuppa with you sometime), and genuinely intrigued by everyone and everything. If I’m not reading or writing, you can trust that I am not consumed by boredom. If you can think it, I’m probably doing it…singing, dancing (preferably in the rain), knitting, sewing, crafting, baking, or dreaming. You’ve probably seen me staring at a tree or rolling around in the quad…I admit I am completely and utterly mad…but don’t fret…all the best people are.

If you are ever in need of someone to talk to, take pictures with, run around in the rain with…I am your gal. I’d absolutely love to get to know you and all the things that make you…well, you. I love to be God’s little worker, so don’t hesitate to ask me for help on anything…nothing is too big or too small for me & my bestie (Jesus).

Thanks for listening and God bless!



Tomás Carradero, Assistant Editor-in-Chief & Videographer 

¡Hola Beacon Bolt Readers!

Me llamo Tomás. I am a Senior from San Jose, California. I am the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of The Bolt and I also have a side job with the athletic office taking photos, videos, and editing highlight clips for the sports teams.

As for me, I am a follower of Christ before I am a family man to my huge Mexican/ Puerto Rican family at home. After those aspects of my life, comes soccer, which I have played since I was 4. I loved it here at NCU, and it has become a part of my life. Recently, I stepped away from the sport because I became burnt out and wasn’t playing for myself anymore. Since then I have started working for the Marketing Assistant and Sports Information Director here at NCU. I am here at the Beacon Bolt because I love to share stories of the community of NCU that are worth reading and watching. I believe that with my and Alyasa’s expertise, we will help the Beacon Bolt get more readers, viewers, and fans!

P.S. Feel free to stop me on campus anywhere to ask questions or talk about how you could be a story on The Bolt!


Maiya Mendonca, Staff Writer 

Aloha Beacons!

My name is Maiya Kaulana Mendonca. I am from the small island of Oahu, one of the eight islands of Hawai’i. During the summer I’m a typical island girl, but during the school year I (attempt) to take on all four seasons Oregon has to offer.

I am one of the youngest in my enormous family (one that has blessed me with a variety of ethnicities) and can almost always be found at the beach on the weekends, even in Oregon. Choosing a college was one of the most careful decisions I’ve ever made. I love my family and my island, but they encouraged me to reach beyond my island culture and experience something new. I chose Oregon because I have close family connections here, something that is very important to me. As soon as I stepped on campus, I knew it was where I was called to be. I was still hesitant to choose a school out of state, especially one that none of my friends from home were choosing. Sometimes God calls us to take a leap of faith, and I am forever thankful I took mine. Because of God’s presence and the friendly environment at NCU, it wasn’t hard to form new friendships and connections. Next time you hear laughter down the hallway that makes your ears ring or simply won’t stop, follow it. Most of the time I am in a perpetual state of laughter that can be a little contagious if you’re not careful!

If you ever need someone to listen to you with an open heart, don’t hesitate to contact me. I love
interacting with people and will always take a look at something through your perspective.
Alongside Alyssa and Tomás, the Beacon Bolt will surely flourish this year!

Maiya Mendonca