One Friday a month, journalist Tracey O'Shaughnessy, recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists award for her Sunday Reflections column and Associate Features Editor of the Republican-American, visits with Chase’s Founders’ Scholars to discuss the ins and outs of modern reporting. Previous lunch meetings focused primarily on the Presidential campaign and the media, and discussions centered on the difference between "straight news" and "opinion" writing. Shaughnessy has also offered advice to students on their articles.
Prospect resident, Rachel Tokarski is a Founders' Scholar.
The monthly program is part of the Founders’ mentoring initiative, which connects these talented students with community leaders to help seek, explore and achieve. Scholars are empowered to pursue their academic passions and encouraged to explore new opportunities in leadership, scholarship and extracurricular activities. Whether writing a novel, editing a newspaper, composing a song, creating a piece of sculpture, or leading their peers in a new outreach project, Founders' Scholars make a difference by contributing within and beyond the classroom.
On February 10-11, the Founders' Scholars—led by English teacher Mary Donnarumma Sharnick—will travel to Newport and Providence, RI, to learn about the state’s part in the slave trade, tour the Elms Mansion as well as the Naval War College, meet with hosts at Brown University and other colleges, and enjoy culinary delights on Federal Hill.