Published on March 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm
By KELLY PFEISTER
Victoria Walters-Lemenze, a junior graduating this year at The College of Saint Rose, has been awarded the Patricia Kane Journalism award for her article, “From French Major to Mayor of a Florida Town.”
The article profiled Carmen McGarry, who graduated from Saint Rose in 1962, and details the many aspects of her life. “I didn’t know how I was going to fit 70 years into one article,” Walters said. Walters talked about McGarry’s current term as the mayor of Hillsboro Beach, her position of town historian, the book she’s written about Hillsboro Beach, and her “greatest” accomplishment, her four children, who each hold quite different jobs, two of which include a former Green Bay Packer and the CEO of a hospital.
The award, created in 2008, is given to a Communications junior or senior who submits an article produced for class. Walters is the sixth recipient of the award.
“Faculty members reviewed a number of strong entries this year. We are delighted that Tori Walters-Lemenze’s thoughtful and compelling story about a Saint Rose graduate was voted the winner,” said Cailin Brown, associate professor of Communications at Saint Rose.
McGarry’s profile was Walters’ favorite story that she wrote for her Journalism class.
She worked for a few weeks to get the information that she needed in order to complete the article, between calling sources and compiling the information. Getting to know McGarry was Walter’s favorite part, because she felt a connection to her – “She reminded me of my grandmother,” Walters said.
After sending her article to McGarry, and receiving positive feedback from it, Walters said, “It made my day and I realized that journalism done right can make someone feel special.”