Jennifer Schouppe, junior at Waynesburg University and reporter for the college newspaper, Yellow Jacket, accepted the 2015 Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship on Saturday, during the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association Awards Luncheon.
This academic scholarship of $1,500 is only offered to students who plan to pursue a career in print journalism and it honors Spatara, who worked for the The Herald in Sharon, Mercer County, before her death in 2013.
According to the Waynesburg University website, Schouppe was awarded the scholarship based on her dedication to ethical reporting and quality writing.
Schouppe spoke about journalism and her career plans.
Hundreds of guests streamed out of the Gettysburg Wyndham about 3:15 a.m. Saturday as a fire alarm blared, but hours later the reason the alarm was tripped was still unclear and many people were wondering why it took so long for emergency personnel to respond.
Guests who lingered outside for close to an hour described the early-morning disturbance as shocking and said they were exasperated by the lack of information from hotel employees since there was no fire.
“No emergency vehicles came and we just stood there and waited and waited and waited,” said Mary Singleton, a guest at the hotel. Eventually, she quit waiting and returned to her room, even though the alarm was still sounding.