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Spring Garden Waldorf Alumni, Chris Connelly, awarded the Kroc Fellowship

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Chris Connelly, NE Ohio native and Spring Garden Alumni was recently awarded the honor of the Kroc Fellowship in Journalism at National Public Radio.

Copley, OH – December 11, 2012: Northeast Ohio native and Spring Garden Waldorf School alumni, Chris Connelly, was awarded the Kroc Fellowship with National Public Radio. The fellowship is an honor to receive and Chris is paid to intern in all aspects of NPR. He is currently a producer for All Things Considered. His next assignments will be as a reporter both producing his own stories and reporting on national news in Washington D.C.

Chris went from Spring Garden to Firestone High School and then to Antioch and Berkley for Media and Journalism. He says his elementary education at SGWS taught him how to collaborate. “It is such an incredible skill to be able to talk with people and critically engage with each person’s ideas—100% of my work is collaborative now so being able to communicate and collaborate along with thinking critically has been invaluable.”

The folks at NPR have worked before with Waldorf graduates and told Chris his attributes are true to what they’ve seen before in Waldorf students.

“Everywhere I go, more and more people have heard of Waldorf. When I say in passing, oh I went to a Waldorf school, the typical response I hear is ‘that’s why I like you so much!’ It’s like it’s an explanation of why I am a good person.”


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