RANDOLPH, NJ--Three Randolph High School alumni now majoring in communications in college returned to the high school to speak to current RHS journalism students about their college experiences on Jan. 10.

The alumni panel consisted of Mark Lucivero, class of 2018, a sophomore journalism major at Quinnipiac University; Shane Connuck, class of 2019, a freshman broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland; and Alex Miele, class of 2019, a freshman film, radio, and television major at Syracuse University.

The three panelists answered questions from journalism students of all grade levels who are interested in pursuing communication careers after graduating from college.

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“Getting to know your professors is imperative; they can make an opportunity turn into a career,” said Lucivero, who has worked with ESPN while in college. Lucivero credited his interest in the field to having taken journalism classes at the high school.

“Writing for TAP into Randolph gave me an advantage by gaining experience that helped me in college,” said Connuck, responding to a question from a student about how his high school journalism experience had helped him in his major. As an RHS student, Connuck also created an Instagram page for high school news, hosted the morning announcements, and took journalism classes for two years.

“Advocate for yourself to your professors,” Miele advised, who told students about her typical college class experiences and what to expect from professors.  “If you reach out, they’ll be happy to help out.”

All three alumni are former students of Janice Finnell, the high school’s journalism teacher. Finnell, a former Journalist herself, is a strong advocate for the profession and encourages her journalism students to consider pursuing it as a college major and potential career.

“I think that it helps the current Journalism students to understand that this is a real career path,” said Finnell, when asked about how her current journalism students are impacted by hearing stories from alumni.  This is the second year Finnell has invited an alumni panel back to RHS to speak to her current students. She hopes to continue the tradition and invite back more alumni next year.

Editor's Note: Laura Lucivero and Richard Williams are students at Randolph High School participating in a journalism program