ST. BONAVENTURE, NY— More than 250 students and advisers from 16 high schools in the area and one home-schooled student attended Communications Day 2019 Friday, sponsored by the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University.
The schools included in the event were Alfred-Almond, Archbishop Walsh, Avoca, Belfast, Bradford Area, DuBois, Eisenhower, Frewsburg, Gowanda, Maple Grove, Olean Career and Technical Education Center, Lake Shore, Otto-Eldred, Portville, Southwestern and Webster Schroeder.
Students participated in workshops on social media, digital journalism, interactive reporting, investigative journalism, marketing communications, writing, sports broadcasting and a special Live Broadcast Journalism experience, which included a team from Erie News Now (WICU-TV) in addition to SBU-TV.
Several students participated in video, photography and feature news competitions. Entries were judged by Beth Eberth, director of university communications at St. Bonaventure; Chris Michel, director of marketing and communications for the Olean Business Development Corporation, and Chernice Miller, adjunct professor at St. Bonaventure and the University of Buffalo and a Ph.D. candidate.
Aaron Chimbel, dean of the Jandoli School of Communication, announced the following winners, who will be granted scholarships should they chose to attend St. Bonaventure, and he noted that scholarships will be continued up to four years for students who major in one of the Jandoli School undergraduate programs. Scholarships will be given for one-year only to winners who choose majors in programs outside the Jandoli School.
The Best in Show $1,000 scholarships went to students at the Olean Career and Technical Education Center for their Pro ABC 25 – Pride Month Video. Team members are Kyle Griffin, Dustyn Green, Charlie Struble, Jaxon Schwindler, Caleb Foster and Jocelyn Decker.
The $500 scholarships for Best Photo went to students at the Olean Career and Technical Education Center for "Human.” Team members are Makenzie Rossman, Tyler Burkett, Christopher Selph and Cheyenne Smith.
And the $500 scholarship for Best Feature/News went to Southwestern High School student Chloe Peters for “Past the Hate: There is Home.”
Adrian “Woj’ Wojnarowski of ESPN presented the keynote address and emphasized the importance of the skills learned in the Jandoli School preparing for any media industry changes that students may face.
Next year’s CommDay will take place on Oct. 23.