Onondaga Students and Alum Honored by Syracuse Press Club

Three students with ties to Onondaga Community College were honored at the Syracuse Press Club’s annual banquet. The professional recognition awards were handed out at Drumlin’s Country Club in May.

Paul Valentino, a senior electronic media communication (EMC) student at Onondaga, received the 2013 Devesty-Williams Scholarship. The scholarship is worth $2,000. The dean's list student will graduate later this month, and plans to transfer to either Syracuse University, SUNY Oswego, or the University of Florida. In addition to his full-time academic status, Valentino entertains locally as a club DJ, using many of the technological skills learned in the EMC program at OCC.

"The Scholarship Committee identified five top award contenders, but Valentino's materials were polished, well organized, and offered a true depiction of his career goals and objectives," said Gladys L. Cleland, chair of the SPC Scholarship Committee.

Valentino participated as a guest representative at Walt Disney World in Orlando through an OCC campus internship. He also serves his Central New York community as a pharmacy technician with Wegman's. Valentino's career goal is to work in sports broadcasting. Although he recognizes employment in broadcasting is highly competitive, Valentino has been perfecting his craft in his capstone broadcasting course at OCC, where he has served as a show producer, anchor, reporter, and studio technical crew person.

"It's not the quantity of communication activities that drives the Committee's choice of scholarship winner,' said Cleland. "It's the demonstrated qualities of journalistic writing, ethical decision-making, and the understanding the chosen scholarship winner has about the impact of social media on the 21st century news and sports consumer. Valentino has an astute command of all three."

Valentino is a Liverpool resident.

Onondaga student Latrina Fennell was also honored Saturday night for her work with the student newspaper, “The Overview.” Fennell received first place honors in the “best print feature story” category for a story she wrote titled, “A New Perspective on Adoption.”.

Onondaga alum Ryan Franklin ’12, earned second place in the category of “best print news story” for an article he wrote titled “Committee Members Contend No Conflict of Interest,” which was printed in “The Overview.” Franklin is attending SUNY Oswego where he is majoring in Journalism.