Student radio station awards 5 scholarships
Aug. 25, 2014 PLYMOUTH EAGLE.
Plymouth Michigan News
Five students received scholarships from WSDP Radio, the student-run station of the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, this year.
Winner of the Jeffrey L.Cardinal Scholarship this year was Elena Bongiovanni, a senior at Canton High School.
The scholarship is named for the third general manager of the student station, Jeff Cardinal, who worked at the station from 1974 through 1982. The scholar- ship recognized dedication to the station during four years and the students must demonstrate a complete understanding of the station’s role in serving the com- munity and have experience in many areas of station operations.
Bongiovanni joined the station as a freshman and has served as production director during her senior year.
She will continue her studies in physics and photography at Michigan State University.
Winners of the John Seidelman Scholarship this year were Lauren Jones, a Plymouth High School senior, and Archana Sondor a Salem High School senior.
This scholarship is named for long-time station advisor John Seidelman who served in that position for 18 years. He also taught English and was a couselor at both Canton and Plymouth high schools. The scholarship recognizes dedication to the station and academic success.
Jones joined the station as a junior and hosted the New Best of Broadway, which featured musicals. She graduated with a 3.895 grade point average and will continue her studies in teaching at Easter Michigan University.
Sondor jointed the staff as a freshman and served as the station news director for two years. Sondor graduated with a 3.75 grade point average and will study human biology and broadcasting at Michigan State University.
Bonny Dore FounderScholarships were awarded to Adam Duxter, a Canton High School junior and Joe Zylka, a Plymouth High School senior.
The scholarships are named for the founding Station manager who went on to a career in media, eventually founding her own television production company in Los Angeles. The scholarship recognizes dedication to the station and interest in pursuing a career in broadcasting or a related field.
Duxter served as the station sports director fro two years. He received several sports play-by-play awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation including a first-place win as a junior.
He will study journalism at the University of Missouri.
Zylka also received sports play-by-play awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation including two first-place awards as a sophomore and senior.
He will begin his studies at Schoolcraft College and plans to transfer to a university.
“All of these students are very deserving of the scholarships,” said Bill Keith, station manager. “Their hard work and dedication made them the obvious choice.”