St. Bonaventure CommDay Event for High School Students Returns to In-Person Workshops and Presentations


April 08, 2022

Announcing the Winners of the Video, Photography and Writing Contest

Dozens of students and counselors from 10 area high schools attended the 2022 Communications Day of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University on Friday, April 8.

This was the first in-person CommDay since October 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, the Jandoli School organized a virtual CommDay.

“I am so happy that we were able to welcome these wonderful high school students and their teachers back to the Saint-Bonaventure campus,” said Aaron Chimbel, Dean of Jandoli School. “CommDay is always one of my favorite days of the year and it’s invigorating to have so many young people interested in journalism, communications and media visiting and learning from our amazing faculty and alumni.”

Best CommDay Videography

CommDay, originally called Press Day, has a long history in Saint-Bonaventure dating back to 1936. Since 1987, it has been known as Communications Day.

Mike Vaccaro, ’89, senior sports columnist for the New York Post, presented the keynote.This year, students participated in workshops on writing, design, photojournalism, advertising, business ethics media, local news, video production, sports writing, sports broadcasting and a special live journalism experience with SBU-TV, the student news station.

best day of communication

Students had the opportunity to submit their best work for the CommDay competition in the video, photography and writing categories.

Dean Chimbel announced the following winners, who will receive scholarships if they attend St. Bonaventure. The scholarships will continue each year for up to four years for students majoring in one of the Jandoli School’s undergraduate programs.

The recipients are:

Best Cinematography
$500 scholarship for students attending Saint-Bonaventure
CA BOCES Career and Technical Education Center in Olean
“Challenges of the 21st Century”
•Jaden Stabb
• Gracie Hasselberg
• Kelsey Shea
• Searia Babb

best video
$500 scholarship for students attending Saint-Bonaventure
CA BOCES Career and Technical Education Center in Olean
“Knowing You”
• Noah Randall
• Rileigh Martin
• Kent Little
• Kadyn Cassidy
• Allie Boser

Best Writing
$500 scholarship for students attending Saint-Bonaventure
Brocton High School
“Miller’s makes Brocton its hometown”
•Joshua Bigelow

Best of Show
$1,000 scholarship for students attending Saint-Bonaventure
Fredonia High School “Technology at School”
• Sophia Botticello
• Josephine Tomaszewski
• Ally Cook
• Kiarrah Monsour


About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, Université Saint-Bonaventure is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring them with a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. St. Bonaventure was named the 5th regional college value in the North in the 2022 edition of US News and World Report’s College Rankings.



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