Meet our 2015 journalism scholarship winners

Elijah Sepuesca and Kimberly Searles were among our 2015 journalism scholarship winners. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)
Elijah Sepuesca and Kimberly Searles were among our 2015 journalism scholarship winners. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The following seven local students were recipients of this year’s journalism scholarships awarded by The Suffolk Times and Riverhead News-Review.

We’re pleased to honor such an accomplished group of young men and women.

Elijah Sepuesca
Bishop McGann Mercy High School

Elijah was a member of the ethics and leadership service club and jazz band.

His interests outside of school are sports, music, languages, writing and reading.

Elijah plans to attend Binghamton University next year.

Kimberly Searles
Riverhead High School

Kimberly was a member of Riverhead High School’s French club, science club and wrote for their literary magazine, Labyrinth.

She is interested in music, film and writing.

Kimberly plans on attending Ithaca College to pursue a degree in Communications.

Carolyn Rodgers
Shoreham-Wading River High School

Carolyn is the editor in chief of the Wildcat Pause school newspaper. A Girl Scout and a competitive runner and swimmer, she’ll attend Ohio University next fall to study photojournalism.

Her interests include photography, women’s rights and human rights issues.

(Credit: Robert O'Rourk)
Julia Saccamano, Kaylee Bergen, William Tondo and Carolyn Saito were among our 2015 journalism scholarship winners. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Cary Saito
Greenport High School

Cary was a member of Greenport’s Student Council and the Southold Youth Advisory Council.

She also held the title of assistant editor and layout editor for Greenport High School’s student newspaper, The Quill.

She enjoys playing the bassoon and piano.

Cary plans on integrating medicine and journalism in college and majoring in neuroscience.

Kaylee Bergen
Mattituck High School

Kaylee participated in cross country and was a member of the track team.

She was a member of Mattituck High School’s student council and was also part of the stage crew for school plays. She enjoys running and working out as well as learning about health and nutrition.

Kaylee plans on attending Fairfield University’s nursing school to become a nurse practitioner.

Julia Saccamano
Southold High School

Julia was involved in many activities at Southold High School including the school newspaper, Interact and the National Honor Society. She also played the cello in a variety of local orchestras.

She is interested in upcycling, which is the process of converting old materials into something useful and beautiful.

Julia plans on studying chemical engineering at Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York.

William Tondo
Southold High School

William was a member of the varsity football team, student government, the National Honor Society and the drama club.

He also participated in select choir and chorus.

He enjoys singing, photography and working out.

William plans on attending Bryant University in the fall with a major in marketing. He will also be part of Bryant University’s Army ROTC Unit.