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Dawn Aponte

DAWN APONTE

Administrative Assistant, Washington Scholars Program

Dawn Aponte is an Administrative Assistant for the Washington Scholars Program (WSP) and K-12 Partnerships Program Office, within the Office of Admissions at George Mason University. Dawn joined the team in 2012, following a career with the U.S. Dept. of Justice. She loves supporting the WSP summer programs, the students and their families, and her teammates. In her opinion, Mason is an inspirational and progressive place to learn and serve. Dawn spends her free time outdoors as much as possible and loves to read and be with her young-adult children.

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Sydney Kirwan

SYDNEY KIRWAN

Coordinator, K-12 Partnerships

Sydney is the K12 Coordinator in the Office of Admissions at George Mason University. In her role, she offers group tours of the university and college information sessions to elementary and middle school students to promote college-going opportunities. She also works closely with other K-12 Partnerships and the Washington Scholars Program. Being a part of the WJMC and WYSE staff is always a highlight of her summer and she has been involved with the programs since 2018. Sydney earned a B.S.Ed. in Youth and Social Innovation with a double major in Spanish from the University of Virginia.

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Riley Runnells

Riley Runnells is a national youth correspondent from Sylvania, Ohio and is entering her senior year at Sylvania Northview High School. Riley plays varsity tennis and is class secretary, Vice-President of Drama Club, a member of the National Honors Society, Leadership Academy, student council, choir, and theatre, and she is the editor for her school newspaper The Student Prints. Outside of school Riley likes to read, travel, and spend time with her family and friends. She is so grateful for her experience at WJMC, and is so excited to pursue a career in journalism after high school.

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Taylor Gribble

Taylor Gribble is a proud member of the graduating class of 2018. She attends Renaissance High School in Detroit, MI where she is a staff writer for the Phoenix Rising newspaper. Taylor is a city champion track runner and is active in several non-profit organizations that aim to uplift young women and the community. In her spare time, she enjoys running track, spending time with family and friends and writing. Taylor looks forward to working with WJMC 2018 and recreating the wonderful experience for future journalists.

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Beth Jannery

Beth Jannery has more than 25 years experience in Communication and Media. Jannery is the Director of Journalism for the Department of Communication. Her work was recently featured in The Washington Post.   She is a former journalist who covered the Pentagon. She was the Communication Officer for Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 

Jannery is a member of the Advisory Board for The Washington Journalism and Media Conference, Faculty Liaison for The Insight Committee and Faculty Advisor for the Society of Professional Journalists. Jannery is author of the Journalism and Communication textbook What’s the Story? The Art of Writing & Communication (2nd Edition pending publication 2018) as well as author of several non-fiction books and novels.