A Utah native, Tyson Olcott has spent his Westminster career as a true Griffin. He has a colorful campus history: Tyson was a Presidential Ambassador, Resident Advisor, a Member of Westminster Theatre Society and Alphabet Soup, a Graduate of the Alumni Mentor Program, Business and Public Relations Manager of The Forum: Westminster College's Student Newspaper, a past Hall Coordinator and Office Assistant for Residence Life and finally, a Member of the Senior Send-Off Committee.
During his sophomore year, he was part of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee cast, where the cast mounted the show at Dixie State to perform in front of hundreds of high school students at the Utah Theatre Association conference. Tyson attended that same conference as a senior in high school, where he auditioned for Michael Vought, which resulted in a theatre scholarship that lead to his decision to attend Westminster.
He also attended The Associated Collegiate Press National Media Convention in Chicago with The Forum: Westminster College’s Student Newspaper and was able to bring back the kind of information and knowledge that helped The Forum gain advertising and sales for the rest of the academic year.
Currently, he is the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Utah Intern; an internship he has held for all four years at Westminster. He has also interned with the Downtown Alliance as their Social Media Intern, UtahRealEstate.com as their Marketing and Social Media Intern, and Pop2Life; a creative Marketing and Public Relations firm in New York City.
Tyson said, “I worked with big name clients like iHeartRadio, Walt Disney, Wendy's and Fox along with assisting on many other clients and events like Broadway in Bryant Park 2012 and the iHeartRadio Music Festival. This was an amazing experience, which never would have been possible if it wasn’t for the support I received from Westminster.”
This year, he won the Mr. Westminster 2013 Pageant which he said was a fun and rewarding experience, because they raised close to $2,000 towards the Rape Recovery Center - all while having a blast. When he recalled his favorite memories, he still remembers First-Year Student Orientation.
“I remember how excited everyone was, I remember meeting some of the people that I am still close to, even to this day. I remember being bussed up to Park City Mountainside Resort and having a blast. Now look at us, those little freshmen back in 2009 are all grown up in 2013 and ready to take on the world! I am so proud of all of us! We did it!” said Tyson.
He is now a Public Relations Coordinator at The Summit Group Communications and prepared for the next journey in his life. “Westminster has helped me grow and develop both personally and professionally. I don't think I wouldn't have had the opportunities I have had if it wasn't for Westminster. I have received encouragement and support every step of the way, whether from faculty members or from my peers. Westminster is a loving supportive community that has impacted my life.”