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Alumni Spotlight: Chris Wilson '02

Scecina Alum Has Dream Job

Name: Chris Wilson
Year of SMHS Graduation: 2002
College/University: Ball State University
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications (News)
Current Position: Executive Producer at WISH-TV

By: George T. Newhart '60

Chris Wilson ‘02 has a dream job that everyone wishes they had. In his very important and challenging role at the WISH-TV 8 in Indianapolis, Chris oversees all the activities of Daybreak, the station’s morning show, a responsibility which includes the direction and coordination of a team of producers, photographers, news anchors, reporters and meteorologists.

Chris’ first two loves have always been communication and music. At Scecina, he had the opportunity to explore these two areas of interest, and made long-lasting friendships in the process. The academic offerings, the nurturing environment, and encouragement of the Scecina community, enabled Chris to pursue and achieve his career goals and dreams in network broadcasting.

When Chris reflects on his Scecina experience, he recalls that, “Scecina gave me a well-rounded high school experience. The close-knit Scecina community provided the perfect blend of fun and motivation to work hard.” Chris further says, “My closest friends today are the friends I met at Scecina. The times I spent with them are what I remember most. From lunch, to euchre games, to plays and musicals, and cheering on the football team, we grew up together.”

Chris realized early in his Scecina experience that he would have to put forth the extra effort to achieve his personal and professional goals. Scecina taught him that truly worth-while accomplishments require dedication, commitment and good old- fashioned hard work. Relative to the development of a strong value system, Chris says, "Scecina inspired selflessness. You always knew someone had your back. We are always encouraged to ‘Give that little extra’."

Chris believes that Scecina has many advantages over other schools. Academic expectations as well as personal conduct requirements are high, and with the strong sense of community, everyone within the Scecina community has the same primary goal, and that is for every student to succeed.

Chris also feels that Scecina provided a unique opportunity for his personal growth. Coming to Scecina, Chris was somewhat shy and reserved. As were many of his classmates, he was not into sports. However, owing to the nurturing and supportive environment, he was able to step out of his comfort zone, and pursue his particular areas of interest. This pursuit led to Chris’ enrolling in Ball State’s Media/Telecommunications/Broadcasting areas of study. And of course, eventually to Chris’ “dream” job.

Chris, enjoys keeping in touch with the school, that offers so much to students, particularly to those students who have definite, although somewhat specialized interest, as was the case with Chris, and his penchant for communications. In his words, “It is good to see that the school continues to provide so much to students, year after year.”

George T. Newhart, CPA, is a graduate of the Class of 1960 and member of the Scecina Board of Directors.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Rebecca Catellier Bandy wrote:
Congratulations! It is so nice to hear that Scecina played a huge part in your academic life. Memories of your Scecina days will carry on through a lifetime. Friendships will span even longer. I wish you continued success in all of your endeavors.

Rebecca Catellier Bandy "64"

Wed, November 26, 2014 @ 11:33 AM

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