O’Hara Theater Students Hone Their Craft in the Summer

Upper Darby Summer Stage is a Delaware County institution! Their list of notable alumni is extensive and the opportunities they offer students to hone their craft is priceless!

Their first 2017 production, “Annie,” will open on July 5th. And the O’Hara theater students have taken this local community theater program by storm.We are proud to say that three of the leads are O’Hara students: Katie Till ’20 (“Annie”), Dylan Rooney ’19 (“Daddy Warbucks”) and Tina Goldhorn ’20 (“Ms. Hannigan.”) Additionally, other O’Hara students play other roles and are in the ensemble.

“We are so proud of all of the O’Hara students who are participating in community theater this summer! We are excited to witness many of these students perform in ‘Annie’. The arts are a vital part of the O’Hara experience and we are blessed to have a world of opportunities for our students to gain valuable experience this summer,” reflected Jeff Braconnier, O’Hara choral and theater director.

Harry Dietzler, Artistic and Executive Director of Upper Darby Summer Stage, echoes those sentiments, “We have been blessed with having many of the talented Cardinal O’Hara High School students join us over the years and perform on our stage. It is our goal to not only provide training in theater arts, but more importantly, teach Summer Stage students the skills to be a great citizens: empathy, collaborative skills, and respect for others. We think these values align closely with O’Hara’s goals so it’s a win-win for all involved!”

Upper Darby Summer Stage is offering a great ticket package to celebrate our O’Hara students in this show with “O’Hara Morning at Summer Stage” for the show on Wednesday, July 5 at 10:30 am. Visit https://udpac.secure.force.com/ticket/ to get your tickets. Use ohara as a code to get $2 off every ticket purchased for that performance.

 

Leaving a Legacy…

Meet the Tumolos: Matt, Diane (Duffin ’82) and Olivia ’17. Alexandra and Caroline ’13 are also members of the Tumolo family, our extended O’Hara family. Recently, Diane and Matt were discussing ways to give back to O’Hara, a second home to their family for years, and they had a great idea to involve members of the Class of 2017 in giving back.

On Tuesday, June 6th, Matt and Diane spoke to the seniors the day before these students officially became alumni. They spoke of the importance of giving back to O’Hara, the home of those 253 students for years. At the end of their remarks, Diane told the class that the Tumolo family was donating $5 for each senior to ‘give’ back to The O’Hara Fund and begin their life as supporters of their alma mater. The Class of 2017 erupted into applause and eagerly signed up to be part of this ground-breaking initiative.

Thanks to the Tumolos, we are proud to say that the Class of 2017 has 100% participation in The O’Hara Fund! What a tremendous blessing for O’Hara! The O’Hara Fund is vital to supporting all of the programs and services for our school. With the support of families, friends, corporations and our more than 30,000 alumni, we are able to provide many programs and services to enhance the education of our students. Donations to The O’Hara Fund may be made online at http://www.cohs.com/donate or checks may be mailed to Office of Advancement, 1701 S. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064.

Thank you, Tumolo family! And thank you, Class of 2017!

 

My Journey as a Lion

Schola is one of the members of the Class of 2017. Her journey was made possible thanks to generous donations from alumni, parents, family, and friends. Please consider making a donation to The O’Hara Fund so that more students can experience an O’Hara journey. Gifts may be made by visiting http://www.cohs.com/donate or by mailing a check to Office of Institutional Advancement, 1701 S. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Checks postmarked by June 30, 2017 will be included in our annual report of donors for 2016-17.

By Schola Eburuoh ’17

My name is Schola Eburuoh and I am a part of Cardinal O’Hara’s graduating Class of 2017. My four years at O’Hara have certainly been memorable. As a freshman, I came into Cardinal O’Hara High School excited to learn new things, not just about my future academic career but about myself, my abilities, and my spirituality. Now, reaching the end of my high school career, I realize that I have learned much more than I ever thought possible as a nervous 9th grader. At this point, I would like to take you on a trip through my four years as a student at Cardinal O’Hara High School.

The first words I remember hearing as a freshman at Cardinal O’Hara were “get involved.” These two words have definitely stuck with me all four years. Since the beginning of my high school career, my education has always been important to me, yet I never thought much about getting involved. This all changed once I came to O’Hara, where getting involved simply was and is “the thing to do.” To say the least, I was determined to begin to get involved. I joined the competitive cheerleading team and participated in the Golden Touch Club which organizes bi-weekly visits to the Riddle Village Retirement Home. During my sophomore year I expanded my list of activities and responsibilities. I became captain of the JV cheerleading team, joined the Sandwich Club and Newspaper Club at O’Hara and became more involved in ministry as well as the Pro-Life club. After attending the March for Life in January of 2015 my affinity towards helping those in need through my faith as a Catholic began to cultivate.

In this respect, Junior year was a year of immense change for me. I attended a Catholic retreat entitled The National Catholic Youth Conference and truly discovered my faith. This trip was sponsored by O’Hara and I could not be anymore grateful that I took part as a student ambassador. The entirety of the conference was themed “Here I am Lord” taken from the book of Samuel. The Lord calls upon Samuel and each time Samuel answers His call. This simple response is how I strive to encounter God and, through this retreat, I acknowledged that He calls upon me, as well as all people, to make an impact.

After this amazing experience I truly sought to encompass the pride, excellence and tradition which our school in indisputably known for.  I strived to push myself academically as I signed up for the more challenging advanced placement and honors courses available here at O’Hara. The added support from my teachers truly compelled me to go above and beyond what I believed I could ever accomplish. Through such support, I knew I had the resources to simultaneously organize my classes and be an active member of my school community. I participated in Cardinal O’Hara’s Mini-THON, which raises money for pediatric cancer research and support for families.  I was a member of the Family Relations Committee and won the first ever logo contest for the event. The following year, as a senior, I became a Committee Captain and again won the contest and took a greater role during the day of the event. Watching students come together for an amazing cause was astonishing and I know that Mini-THON is definitely one of the many activities I will miss participating in next year. I will also miss being a part of the Lion Ambassadors organization which allows students to act as representatives of the school and organize alumni events and fundraisers. As president of the organization this year I will truly miss coordinating these great activities.

My junior year took an unexpected turn as I decided to try something completely new by joining the track & field team at Cardinal O’Hara. I quickly bonded with my teammates and learned a great deal from each of them. As a newbie I was apart of the Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) winning outdoor season, was a district 12 champion in the 400 and high jump events, and am a part of the school’s record holding 4×400 relay at Cardinal O’Hara. It was such an incredible season that this year, as a senior, I decided I could not get enough of the sport and participated in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Our team won the PCL for both seasons, and I became district 12 champion in three events this year: the triple jump, long jump and high jump, breaking the school record in the triple jump and the meet record in the long jump as well as moving onto the PIAA State Championships and being one of the few in Cardinal O’Hara’s history to medal in States by coming 6th in the triple jump-all after only one season of practice. Being a part of such an amazing team has taught me that, individually we can each be great, but together we can conquer much greater feats. I never thought I would get to know so many great people in such a short amount of time, but I truly have formed a second family from my two short years on the team.

It is true what they say, senior year goes by in an instant, but it also holds the most memories. Throughout my years at O’Hara I have not only been given the opportunity to showcase my athletic abilities, but my creativity as well. At this year’s “Luck of the Stylish” Senior Fashion Show, I became the first student in O’Hara’s history to have my own line of clothing walk down the runway! This was a dream come true and I have the administration of Cardinal O’Hara to thank for this opportunity as well as my friends who helped name my line, “SE Originals.” The five girls walked the runway in outfits I made throughout my years at O’Hara: my homecoming dress, snowball dress and prom dress were a few of the featured outfits. The amount of support I received after the fashion show encouraged me to make my senior prom dress and my baccalaureate dress as well. Just four years ago I would never have imagined this simple hobby to allow me countless opportunities in a few short years. In fact, the same can be said about much of what I have done throughout my four years participating in community service, sports and academics at Cardinal O’Hara.

I now end my high school academic career as being ranked within the top 10 of my graduating class of over 250 students, as well as being an active member of the National Honors Society. I am also a recipient of the Union League Good Citizenship award and am a distinguished 2017 Archdiocese of Philadelphia Academic Scholar. Not to mention the plethora of personal accomplishments such as the fashion show, ministry and sports which I will always remember. All of these honors would not have been possible without the guidance of my school community, friends, faculty and family. Because of these people I will always be a lion at heart, even as I attend The Catholic University of America next year, at which I will further my academic, athletic and spiritual careers.

As I walk through the halls as a student for the last time, I believe I have made my impact on Cardinal O’Hara High School. And although I am sad to leave an institution which has instilled in me a vast amount of knowledge and skills, I know I will be a lion for life and am excited to start a new journey in which I will showcase what I have been taught here. I will forever be grateful and take pride in being a student at Cardinal O’Hara High School.

 

Schola Eburuoh Selected as Lions Club Student of the Month

Each month, the Lions Club of Marple Newtown honors an O’Hara student at their meeting at Charlotte’s Restaurant on West Chester Pike. Schola Eburuoh ’17 was the February Student of the Month. Learn more about Schola. We are proud to call her a lion!

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Schola Eburuoh is currently a senior at Cardinal O’Hara High School. She enjoys being involved in her school community through extracurricular activities and sports. She is currently the president of the Lion Ambassadors Organization at Cardinal O’Hara High School. Within this organization she leads over 100 students in fundraising for the school, organizing appreciation events for administration, and holding tours for alumni. She is also one of the senior presidents of her high school’s Community Service Corps and is a captain of the family relations committee for Cardinal O’Hara’s mini-THON which raises awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research. She has won the logo contest for mini-THON two years in a row with her own artistic designs.

 
Also within her school community, Schola is a Link Leader and acts a a “big sister” to a group of eight freshman in her school. She is Captain of the varsity cheerleading team which recently flew to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the High School National Cheerleading Championship. She also participated in outdoor track & field her junior year and is a high jumper for indoor track this year. During her first year of track & field, Schola was part of the school record breaking 4-by-4 relay team and helped her team win the Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) championship. She was also district 12 champion of the 400 meter dash in the outdoor track season in 2016.

 
Schola is a member of the National Honor Society, and is academically ranked within the top ten of her graduating class. She is also involved in her campus ministry and volunteer programs. During her junior year she attended the National Catholic Youth Conference and served as an ambassador to the youth. She also worked as a youth ambassador for the Catholic retreat entitled Generation Phaith and during her Junior year she received the Philadelphia Union League Good Citizenship Award.

 

 

In her free time Schola enjoys sewing, drawing and crafting. During the spring of 2016 she made her own junior prom dress and she currently owns her own Etsy shop in which she sells some of her homecrafted and sewn creations. She greatly enjoys this hobby and has recently had many of her clothing designs modeled in her school’s annual fashion show this year.

 
Schola plans on continuing her involvement in these activities and making the most of her final year at Cardinal O’Hara High School.

In My Own Words: Becoming an Eagle Scout

image2by: Kenny Cericola ’17

When I first started the Boy Scouts, it was back in 5th grade; at that time, I became a webelo. Normally you start at a younger age, the Cub Scouts, but because of my age I started higher than that. A few years later I crossed over into the Boy Scouts. This is where I met people that I’ve made lasting friendships with and learned so many things to help me better myself.  Scouting isn’t just knots and merit badges as most people think. My troop participates in so many activities and fundraisers, aside from a camping trip every month and summer camp. The Boy Scouts isn’t just a place for kids to go and have fun and make friends, it’s a place for them to learn life skills and mature into responsible members of our communities.

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest that you can earn in scouting. It takes the most effort and hard work to achieve. The first requirement is to obtain and hold the “life Scout” rank for six months, then comes the paperwork and planning. At this point your Scoutmaster and fellow leaders will prepare you for your work ahead, applications, having all your merit badges completed, and scheduling your project. Your Eagle project is a huge portion of your journey to Eagle. Before working on your project a scout must propose their plan to their troop in order to get approval and start. An Eagle project is not only meant to help the company or people. It’s about improving the Scout’s leadership skills. And once a Scout has completed his project, application, and binder describing everything about his project and himself, he sends it off to counsel and they will select a date to hold his board of review. An Eagle board of review is one of the scariest things I have had to prepare for, but once I sat down and went through it I realized that it wasn’t as bad as I thought. This was only made possible by the help and support of my troop and fellow Eagle Scouts. As I mentioned before the goal of becoming an Eagle Scout is meant to make a scout a better leader, and through this process I am certain that I have become not just a better leader, but a better person as well.

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Student Filmmaking: A New Form of Expression

By Joe Ramoni ’11

As an O’Hara student, my favorite part of the year was Christmas-time. Maybe it was because of that incredible feeling walking to my next class, hearing Christmas music over the PA system. Maybe it was because I could just hardly contain my excitement for the upcoming Christmas break. Or maybe it was just because of the overwhelming sense of joy and merriment that came from the faculty and students that time of year.

While these are all good possibilities, I think deep down I’ll always know why that time of year was my favorite: the annual production of O’Hara’s 12 Days of Christmas – a video short that took the popular Christmas song and themed it around O’Hara. As an introverted student who wasn’t involved in any additional clubs or sports, the annual production of this short Christmas video was always my chance to shine. What began as something fun started by WCOH Studios, would become an O’Hara tradition. The earliest example available on YouTube is from 2009, but I can remember finding copies that dated as far back as 2006. (WCOH studios still produces a new video each year).

I don’t know what it was about working on this video that was so special to me. I think it was because it was a chance for teachers, faculty, and students to all come together and act silly for this one time each year. My junior year (the 2009 video) was so fun to work on, that I vowed when I would take over the production as a senior, I would do something completely different.

That “something different” would come in the form of the very first “O’Hara movie” as they’ve become known. It was November of my senior year when I said to my Media Production teacher, “Mr. Cook, instead of once again adapting the Twelve Days of Christmas, why don’t we adapt another Christmas story?” “What did you have in mind?”, Cook asked – and even though I pretended to think for a minute, I already had known the answer for months. “Why don’t we adapt Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol?”, I replied. Mr. Cook heard out my pitch, about a miserable-Scrooge of a teacher who gets visited by three ghosts to convince him to change his ways.

Over the course of the next couple of weeks we had a full-teacher cast that included Mr. Wills, Mrs. Borusiewicz, and the ever so great Mr. Hahn playing a satirized version of himself. It would be the largest undertaking we had ever done for a video production at the school with a script topping 20 pages. But Mr. Cook agreed to let me lead the whole production and even helped me build an awesome team of co-directors (special shout to to Nicole DiCrecchio, Nick Vasek, Brittany DeMara, and Regina Wilkinson). 

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My production team for A Cardinal O’Hara Christmas Carol. December 2010.

Long story short, the video would go on to become the highlight of my senior year. It was a difficult, straining production process that lasted weeks, but the end result was well worth it. To make things even better, we were allowed to screen the 20 minute film for the entire student body. At the end, my team and I were pushed on-stage for a standing ovation. As I looked out at the sea of students and faculty applauding, something became very clear to me – this is what I wanted to do with my life.

I followed up the Cardinal O’Hara Christmas Carol with an O’Hara adaption of the Wizard of Oz that Spring and I used both productions to get me accepted into film school. It was an important moment in my life, and I knew I had started a new tradition at O’Hara that would hopefully continue for years to come. 

The year after I graduated, students produced an O’Hara adaptation of Elf in 2012 and things looked bright for the future of the O’Hara movies – but then the unthinkable happened. The teachers who helped guide me during my film productions (Mr. Cook and Mr. Konecki) left O’Hara that year and with their departure, no one was left to guide students. What was supposed to be a new O’Hara tradition seemingly died out. Until 2015 that is.

Last year, through a twist of fate and a little luck, I found myself back at Cardinal O’Hara as something I never thought I would be – a moderator. A moderator whose main role was to guide students in the filmmaking process I once went through way back in 2010 – making the first O’Hara movie. From my first meeting with members of what would become the O’Hara Film Club, I could instantly tell the creative energy that existed amongst these great students. They were hungry to do something different, something new, much like I had once been.

They conceived an idea for an O’Hara adaptation of The Grinch. They came up with the idea, learned how to write a script, and then got to go through the entire production process. These were students who had been greatly interested in filmmaking, yet had never been given the chance or guidance to actually make films. And with just a simple amount of guidance on my part, these students picked up the pieces and produced a film that rivaled any video that I, or any other O’Hara student had ever done before.

When I was a senior, there were about five of us who were genuinely interested in filmmaking. The O’Hara Film Club currently surpasses 25+ members today. I think that is a testament to the evolution of students’ creative interests. My hope is that our very own Film Club encourages other high schools in the area and around the country to invest in student filmmaking. It is a powerful medium and a tool for expression that, in my opinion, is drastically underutilized in secondary education. For the past 50 years, high school theatre/drama has been the go-to for creative expression. We’re getting to a point now where technology has evolved, as have students’ interests and passions and I think it’s time we start placing as much emphasis and backing on student film productions as we have on student stage productions.

Since that the initial success of the students’ Grinch adaptation, our club has gone on to produce several more short film pieces including an incredible O’Hara adaptation of Back to the Future and they are currently working on many other films as I write this post. Several Film Club students have used their work in the club to get accepted into film school – much like I did way back when. To date, the “O’Hara movies” through the years have surpassed over 150,000 combined views on YouTube. There are students who come to open house who specifically state they want to come to O’Hara “to make movies” which to me is incredible.

Every time we premiere one of our videos and my students take the spotlight, I get to see that same look in their eyes – that look I once had that says “This is what I want to do with my life”. And it is through them that I’m reminded of the same exact thing – helping students realize their full potential through the art of film has been my renewed purpose in life and I hope it continues for years to come.

And It All Started with an English Notebook…

by: Pat House ’03

In 1999, I was a freshman at O’Hara and I was obsessed with all things comedy – photo29particularly stand-up. I was a huge Monty Python fan, I had every line of Wayne’s World 1 & 2 memorized (still do!) and I loved everything about Saturday Night Live, but nothing grabbed me the way stand-up comedy did. Just one person with a microphone – I loved it.

At some point during freshman year, the same notebook I used for English class inadvertently became my first comedy notebook. Any ridiculous thought, idea or observation I had was jotted down in that blue notebook. At the time, I had no idea what I planned to do with these random, scribbled notes, but for the next four years, I had that notebook with me everyday in high school.
After O’Hara, I went to Temple University, where I saw my first live stand-up shows. If a comedian was performing on campus, I was there. One night, after one of the shows, I introduced myself to one of the comics (who also happened to be from the Philly area), and said I wanted to try an open-mic. We talked comedy for a while, but most importantly, he told me where to go to try things out for myself. The following Wednesday, I took that infamous notebook to the Laff House on South Street.
I waited in line in the cold with a bunch of other aspiring comics, put my name on the list and was picked to go on fourth – and that was it. I was hooked. All it took was four minutes alone on stage for the addiction to begin. Getting that first big laugh in a comedy club is something I can’t even describe. It was a rush I never felt before. A rush I never even knew existed. For the next few years, I was getting on stage anywhere from five to ten times a week. Comedy clubs, bars, coffee shops – you name it; I couldn’t get on stage enough.
While it’s the greatest decision I’ve ever made, there have been plenty of rough nights along the way. When someone first starts out, for every good show, there are four bad ones and it’s easy to get discouraged. Most people are terrified of public speaking in the first place, so imagine being on stage in front of a room full of strangers. You’re supposed to make them laugh, but it’s just not happening. Your cheeks turn red, you start to sweat. The crowd can sense you’re nervous and you forget what you’re about to say next. The room gets awkward and everyone can feel it. It’s embarrassing, and not only that – a rough set can linger on your mind for days. The only remedy? Get on stage again! I’ve always been taught that you learn a lot from mistakes, and that has been exceptionally true in stand-up.
Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to make stand-up a career. In 2013, I recorded my first album right here in Philly (at Helium) and since then I’ve been busier than ever performing in comedy clubs, theaters and casinos all over the country.
I still have that notebook that I wrote my first jokes in, and it’s still in pretty good condition. Every time I flip through it, I’m reminded of being 14, sitting in O’Hara, wondering what I was going to do with those random, scribbled notes.
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Pat House ’03 is headlining Helium Comedy Club on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Other comics on the show include Peggy O’Leary, Christian Alsis, Sergio Santana and Jake Mattera, who are all also O’Hara grads.
Tickets can be purchased here: https://philadelphia-heliumcomedy-com.seatengine.com//shows/47535.
Pat can be reached at pathouse@gmail.com or @BohemianPatsody on Twitter and Instagram.

Anna Sherman’s CAPPIES Review Published in the online Philadelphia Inquirer

Cardinal O’Hara CAPPIES critic Anna Sherman had her review of the Dock Mennonite Academy’s show, “Curtains!” selected for publication in the online Philadelphia Inquirer. Anna’s review was the top from the 20 critics attending the show. The CAPPIES is a national organization that celebrates high school theater, and O’Hara is the only diocesan school to participate in this amazing program. Congratulations, Anna Sherman ’19!

SHOW PEOPLE EXCEL AT DOCK

Submitted by Anna Sherman of Cardinal O’Hara High School in GPC:
 
Appalling reviews from The Boston Globe and the death of the lead actress all in the same day? When you are at the bottom, the only place to go is up. Dock Mennonite Academy proved exactly that in their captivating production of the musical, “Curtains!”.
 
“Curtains!” is a whodunit murder mystery created by award winning Peter Stone. After his death in 2003, Rupert Holmes completed the script. Fredd Ebb wrote the lyrics, which were put to music by John Kander. Set in the late 1950s, Liutenant Cioffi leads us on a captivating journey of twists and turns as suspicions heighten in the pursuit of a murderer hiding amongst the cast. Along the way, a friendship is healed and true love is found.
 
The stand-out number is this show was undeniably “The Woman’s Dead.” The whole cast comes together to honor deceased Jessica Cranshaw (Mindy Marinko). Rather than being emotionally distraught, this number was emotionally joyous as they theatrically celebrate the fact that their cast is minus one.
 
Tying together the lively characters was Liutenant Cioffi, played by Levi Longacre. Longacre morphed between a detective and a stage struck romantic as he pursued the case. He was a lively gentleman, radiant with charm. It is more than understandable how Natalie Frank, as Nikki Harris, falls for him. The genuine, organic chemistry between Longacre and Frank was tantalizing and especially notable in their duet “Coffee Shop Nights.”
 
Additionally, there were two oversized personalities depicted. Christopher Belling (Isaac Longacre) enhanced the show with vociferous one liners. Longacre wholly encompassed the role of cynical and flamboyant Christoper Belling. With silver hair and spunk, Danica Moyer as Carmen Bernstein was a doyenne and mother to Bambi Bernet (Olivia Messina). She was a powerhouse in “It’s A Business,” educating on the business side of theater.
 
The cast excelled with their constant costume changes, as they were all executed with ease. Each character looked put together for their duration on stage. At times, microphone complications made lines inaudible, but this was not too large of a flaw.
 
Dock Mennonite Academy’s production of “Curtains!” was undoubtedly a dazzling performance proving that the cast undoubtedly were “show people.”

College Radio Day White House Visit

by: Steve McAlee, ’14

NOTE: Steve McAlee ’14 joined Andrew Pham ’15, Matthew Popo ’12  and Sean McDonald ’04 on this College Radio Day White House visit. Steve recalls the experience for Lion Tales in our first alumnus-authored blog post.

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Of all places to be when I received an invitation to the White House as a delegate with the College Radio Day Foundation, I was ironically in the WZBC AM studio, finishing up my weekly sports radio show. Sean McDonald, the president of College Radio Day, had just offered me the chance of a lifetime! Sean has helped me tremendously in expanding the optionality of WZBC Sports Radio, the student-run sports radio club at Boston College, and was calling to formally invite me to join him and 17 other college students and faculty members from universities across the country on a trip to the nation’s capital on October 27th. To say I was honored and ecstatic about the opportunity would not do a justice to what I was feeling as a walked back to my dorm that night. Despite the hectic nature of October and November in college, this was a phenomenal opportunity that I could not pass up, a memory I would carry with me forever.

College radio is a very unique medium of expression that rightfully deserves the day of celebration that it receives through the College Radio Day Foundation. I have been involved with WZBC Sports Radio since early in my freshman year. I have worked to give this club these outlets of expression that college radio promises. Not only is a private trip to the White House an unbelievably cool opportunity, it also enabled me to bring my personal experiences from college radio and combine them with those of other students from around the country.img_7836

The group and I talked with several key people within the Obama Administration about college affordability, climate change, and the general importance of the press. It was fascinating to see each student’s own take on the issues and what they were passionate about in relation to the big decisions facing the country. I asked John King, Jr., the Secretary of Education, if he thought the traditional model of college was becoming outdated. He answered by explaining that colleges need to continue to innovate and this gave me a new perspective on the world in which I am living at college. I was also able to ask about the changing landscape of the automotive industry in relation to the environment with Brian Deese, a Senior Presidential Advisor. We discussed how the future of mobility could drastically alter urban spaces and the larger economy. It was just so cool to see the conversation come full circle with all of the other students and the perspectives of the experts to whom we spoke.

Visiting the White House with the College Radio Day team was an ever better trip than I could have anticipated, and I will take all that I learned from that incredible day back to BC to continue fostering the medium of college radio. My journey to a roundtable with top governmental advisors, however, did not start when I signed up for the sports radio club two years ago. It began years earlier when I worked in the WCOH TV Studio at O’Hara as both a control room operator and later as the director. I loved every second of my time in WCOH, especially how the daily TV show was a platform to allow my voice to come through to the whole school. WCOH was the start of my passion for broadcasting, and although I am a business major at BC, I treasure the chances to get behind the mic and speak about what matters to me. I owe those opportunities to people like Sean, and to all the great people I met through WCOH, to the O’Hara community, and to the friends and advisors at Boston College.

Are you an alum or do you know of an alum with an interesting career or story to tell? Willing to write about it or be interviewed by a student about it? Email Jen Tuberosa, Vice President of Development, at jtuberosa@cohs.com