On Saturday, Sept. 29, McKeesport Media Oasis held a celebration of the student journalists’ work at McKeesport Area High School. At the event, folks from the project, YouthCAST, McKeesport-area politicians and others spoke in addition to each of the students.
It was a nice afternoon gathering, complete with a gallery of the students’ photography work, free 63-page books of the students’ work for all and more.
From left to right: Michael Cherepko Isaiah Johnson, Andrew Conte, Ajayla Johnson, Skylar Palmer, Paul Francis, Mr. Harold, Sontee Peterson, James Fulmore, Calise Johnson, Zekiel Palmer, Raniah Allen-Mitchell, Matt Petras, Destiny Robison, Jeffrey Tomovcsik, Sirinity Moorefield, Nya O’Neal, Jim Brewster, Aaron Johnson. Photo by Chris Sichi.
Student journalist James Fulmore talks at celebration about his favorite moments. Photo by Chris Sichi.
McKeesport State Senator Jim Brewster addresses the audience. Photo by Chris Sichi.
McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko emphasizes the importance of the youth. Photo by Chris Sichi.
Mr. Harold praises the McKeesport Media Oasis students’ work. Photo by Chris Sichi.
Diane Daniels, The McKeesport Daily News’ first African-American journalist, talks about the importance of media. Photo by Chris Sichi.
Aaron Johnson of YouthCAST talks up the YouthCAST philosophy. Photo by Chris Sichi.
McKeesport Media Oasis Journalism Educator Matt Petras addresses the audience. Photo by Chris Sichi.
McKeesport Media Oasis put together a book displaying the student journalists’ writing, interviewing and photography work. There’s a wide variety of work included in the 63-page book, such as takeaways from an interview with state Rep. Austin Davis, feature stories about McKeesport Fire Chief Jeffrey Tomovcsik, photos taken at playgrounds and much, much more!