The Syracuse Press Club board is proud to announce the 2023 winner of our prestigious $2,000 Devesty-Williams Scholarship.
Congratulations to Alexandra Elkins of Liverpool, N.Y.! Allie plans to becomes a sports journalist and is currently studying broadcast and media communications at Onondaga Community College. Next semester, she will transfer to St. Bonaventure University, as a sports media major.
Allie graduated from Liverpool High School in 2021. She has been a videographer and video editor for the Syracuse Royals Basketball and camera operator for Freedom Broadcast Studios ESPN+ and the ACC Network.
Allie said her father’s work inspired her to pursue a career in journalism.
“Whether it was watching my dad on TV or reading his articles for The Post-Standard, I always thought the job he did was the coolest job in the world,” Allie wrote. “I knew I wanted to do the same thing from a very young age.”
Her favorite stories to cover have been profiles, particularly about radio host Jim Lerch and her fellow students at OCC.
“Getting the opportunity to tell so many unique stories is what makes journalism so fun,” she wrote. “I always learn something new with each profile I produce.”
Allie, we look forward to presenting you with your award (and check!) at the SPC Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 6! Congratulations!