Recent graduates Megan Soule ’15 and Bernard Abagali ’15 spent a part of their final semesters at HWS working closely with community partner: Geneva High School (GHS). The two students created videos to highlight the opportunities and culture offered at the high school.
Soule’s video, a virtual tour of GHS, helps promote course offerings and academic enrichment programs. The video serves as an easily accessible way to inform both students and parents of the offerings. For her project, Soule interviewed a variety of GHS educators to gain insight into what classes students might take during their high school careers.
“I tried to film as much as I possibly could around the high school, so that anyone could see the great environment that Geneva High School has created,” Soule reflects.
Soule will begin graduate studies in public diplomacy at Syracuse University, working toward degrees in public relations and international relations.
Abagali’s video tells the story of the culture at GHS by interviewing alumni and alumnae asking them to reflect on their experiences.
“This video also helps celebrate and commemorate this year’s 125th graduation for Geneva High School,” says Abagali, who will pursue a master’s degree at Wagner College.
Among those featured in the video were Lou Guard ’07, chief of staff and counsel to the president at Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Melissa Napini, owner of Blink Cosmetics; Murray Heaton, an attorney in Geneva; and Thomas Myers, an employee of New York State Electric and Gas.
In the video, the interviewees tell the story of their time at Geneva High and how teachers and other educators helped them to succeed in high school and after. Abagali said each story also highlights the goal of GHS students to dream differently in order to construct a community.
“We expect the videos to remain relevant well after commencement and to help set Geneva on a path toward open, accessible communication with the public,” says Heather Swanson, public information officer for Geneva City Schools. “Working with Megan and Bernard was an absolute pleasure. Neither of the video projects was simple, and both came up against a few road blocks along the way, but Megan and Bernard navigated the challenges and completed videos that far exceeded our expectations. The school district is extremely lucky to have access to Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ vast network of talent and determination. Without Megan and Bernard, this project never would have been possible.”