OSWEGO, NY – Members of the Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County recently presented three scholarships to Oswego County high school seniors who are pursuing media-related careers.
Vanessa Langdon, a recent graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, was presented the $1,000 Muriel Allerton Scholarship. Throughout her high school years, Vanessa has been involved with the Fultonian yearbook, culminating in her position as editor of the 2013 edition.
During her junior and senior years, she was one of the top columnists and reporters for the school newspaper, The Raider. In her junior year, she was a key figure in helping to reestablish the school’s Internet publication, RaiderNet Daily (which can be seen in Oswego County Today.com), which became an important news source in Fulton and beyond, publishing more than 150 times during the school year.
She has tackled tough and often controversial stories like an alum’s book about his fight with cancer and a student’s journey as a transgendered man.
Langdon will be attending Albany’s College of St. Rose in the fall to study communications with a concentration in journalism.
In 1992, members of the Oswego County Press Club at its 20th anniversary celebration named its annual scholarship after Muriel Allerton, a founding member of the club, as well as a former club president who was also an active journalist.
Since then, the club was renamed, PJC, to better reflect the membership.
The club also presented two $500 PJC Scholarships during its annual scholarship dinner, which featured WRVO Public Media’s director of news and public affairs Catherine Loper.
Winning a $500 PJC Scholarship was Jonah Restuccio of Oswego High School. Restuccio is dedicated to sports, as an athlete, volunteer coach with the Oswego Youth Soccer Association, and broadcaster.
It is an interest that culminated in his desire to pursue a career in broadcast sports journalism, with an eventual goal to work for ESPN or CBS.
Restuccio has served as a WBUC student sportscaster for OHS varsity events and was news anchor for the Buc Buzz Show. He also served as entertainment television show program director and news anchor director at WBUC.
A member of the National Honor Society, he is a recipient of the University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award among many other awards.
He will attend Ithaca College where he will major in television and radio, and public relations.
Also winning a $500 PJC Scholarship is Olivia Ivison of Sandy Creek Central School, where she was the class salutatorian.
She has been an active member of the school newspaper, A Peek at the Creek, working her way up from reporter and writer to editor.
She has balanced challenging high school and college classes with employment, clubs and organizations, soccer and volunteer service over the last four years.
A member of the National Honors Society, she played varsity soccer and served on student council and the yearbook committee. She was a member of an Oswego County Academic Youth Competition team and True Beauty, a group that celebrates the idea that beauty is found within.
She is the recipient of the Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation and Creativity Award.
Ivison will attend Ithaca College to major in integrated marketing communications, a major unique to Ithaca College, in which she will master skills in marketing, advertising, and public relations.