Two Jamestown High School graduates, who didn't mind pursuing their desired career choice while they were still in their teens, are seeing their hard work pay off in a big way.
Tony Jones (Class of 2007) and Dan Scotchmer (Class of 2008) will begin internships in the sports information offices at two of the world's most renowned universities this summer.
Jones will begin work on a two-year internship July 16 at Notre Dame, while Scotchmer will arrive at Harvard in early August to start his internship that will run through next May.
"We might not be coming from bigger cities that a lot of our competition was and we might not have the connections, but it goes to show what we were able to learn back home,'' said Jones, who graduated from St. Bonaventure in 2011. "It really translated. It wasn't an easy road but to get to the conclusion and have a good ending for us, it's something I'm excited about and I know Dan's excited about.''
Jones' resume is an impressive one. Along the way he has done radio work at WRFA-LP 107.9 in Jamestown and at St. Bonaventure; media relations work with the Jamestown Jammers; sports information work with the Bonnies and at the University of Louisiana-Monroe; and been a summer intern with the Buffalo Bills.
He inquired about the position at Notre Dame in February and discovered he was one of 160 applicants. But as the university, which was looking for two interns, began paring down the applicant pool, Jones kept making the cut. By mid-May he learned that he was one of the Fighting Irish's choices.
"That took a while to sink in,'' Jones said.
Once he arrives in South Bend, Jones, who will turn 24 on Aug. 1, will be the contact for the rowing and fencing teams, the co-contact for women's soccer and men's golf and a "wide range of other things."
While Jones admits that he has been a fan of Notre Dame football his entire life, he said he didn't let that come through during the interview process.
"I wanted them to know that I was really qualified and that they were not hiring a fan to work under them,'' he said.
Scotchmer, who graduated from Kent State University in May, has a resume similar to that of Jones. Since he was 15, Scotchmer has worked at WRFA-LP 107.9 and The Post-Journal sports department; served as the media relations director with the Jamestown Jammers and the assistant press box coordinator for the 2011 Babe Ruth World Series; and held a variety of roles at the Kent State Athletic Communications Department.
The next entry on his resume will be at Harvard where he will have a host of responsibilities in a variety of sports, including audio/video coordination, photo processing, and webstreaming.
"I'll be the primary contact for somewhere between five and seven sports, would be my guess,'' said Scotchmer, 22. "I hope that it makes me significantly more well-rounded. I feel at this point I've done a fair job, but I also recognize I still have a lot to learn. My education is this field is just in the beginning stages.''
But, just like his friend Jones, Scotchmer continues to make the most of all his opportunities.
"I was the only freshman in the radio broadcasting class (at JHS), I realized I was passionate about it and I took the ball and ran with it to the best of my abilities,'' Scotchmer said. "My advice is to take every opportunity because you never know what it's going to lead to."