Mass. Broadcasters Association awards scholarships

Awards given to aspiring broadcasters and children of broadcasters

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Broadcasters Association came to the 22News Broadcast Center Wednesday, to award college scholarship money to deserving students.

During the awards ceremony in the 22News studio, Westfield High School graduate Brent Houle received scholarship money.

His parents, director Deb Houle and news photographer Mike Houle, have each worked at 22News for more than 25 years.

“We couldn’t be more proud of him,” Deb said, “I mean, he’s worked very hard to keep his grades up ,do well in school, be well rounded, being in the national honor society.”

“We’re excited for him to continue his baseball, his engineering, over at Eastern Nazarene,” Mike said. “We’re very proud parents.”

“Recieving any type of award like this is an honor. I know that college is really expensive, anything is going to help my parents,” Brent said.

Fallon Guin of Greenfield also benefited from the families in broadcasting scholarship. Her Dad is a Franklin County radio broadcaster.

“It’s a way to give back to our membership and help their kids out for school,” said Jordan Walton, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association.

The MBA also provided scholarship money to college students Kelly O’Neill and Alexandra Siegel. Both young women have broadcast careers ahead of them.

22News President and General Manager William Pepin said that with the cost of college being so high, they are pleased that they can offer some help.

“The Mass Broadcasters and 22News are really pleased to assist students and families in a small way by contributing toward their education,” Pepin said.

It was a great day for the students and for their parents, filled with pride at what their sons and daughters have so far achieved.

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