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Riley Zalbert

Riley Zalbert, Staff Writer

Riley Zalbert graduated from Walt Whitman High School in 2020 during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. As someone who needs to learn in person, it was tough switching to the online modality at first. Going away to SUNY Oneonta as a history education major in the fall of that year, the pandemic was still rampant and causing college closures across the U.S, Oneonta being subjected to that within the first two weeks of class. Finding the online leaning difficult in all aspects his grades slipped slowly. Returning for the spring 2020 semester the trend continued unlike the end of that semester also. Enrolling on the Ammerman campus in the fall of 2021, Riley was looking for a fresh start and started to look into a journalism degree. As he knew little about how the newspaper or newsroom would work, he joined the Compass News club in the fall of that year. Continuing to learn and grow in the subject, Riley began to produce for the paper and has been involved ever since. He doesn’t know where he will continue his schooling after Suffolk but can’t thank those enough for encouraging me to pursue my passion.

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