Middle School History Day Projects & WDIY's 2019 Youth Media Program Students on LV Discourse

Jul 18, 2019

In this youth-focused two-part edition of Lehigh Valley Discourse, we explore two middle schoolers' fascinating History Day projects, and we speak with the high school students participating in WDIY's 2019 Youth Media Program.

In the first half hour, John Pearce looks at middle schoolers researching history. History buffs – this one's for you! Two successful 8th-graders talk about their subjects for History Day: Allison Barilla on Ruby Bridges, a 6-year old 1st-grader who helped integrate a school in New Orleans (1954), and Jacquelin Fekula on Rachel Carson's groundbreaking book, Silent Spring (1962). Both students will be attending Parkland High School in the fall.

 In the second half hour, WDIY Executive Director Greg Capogna talks with the high school students from this year’s WDIY Youth Media Program which is running now through the end of July. The Youth Media Program is a 12-week course offered free-of-charge to Lehigh Valley high school students in which the students are trained in different areas relating to broadcasting.  

This year’s students are Sammi Ciommo from William Allen High School, Sofia DeMotte from Saucon Valley High School, Jayson Lord from Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, and Anna Isbell from Freedom High School. 

The students discuss their backgrounds, their expectations coming into the program, and what topic they chose for their final projects which will air on WDIY in August.  

(Original air-date: 7/4/19)