Methuen Community Studios is pleased to announce that two Methuen students have been awarded scholarships through the Dave Skelly Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Harrison Chase, a sophomore at Merrimack College, started his media career at the tender age of three when he accompanied his grandfather, Ray Pilat, to the cablecast of the Methuen Santa Parade. Throughout the years, Harrison volunteered his voice at more parades as well as Methuen High School and Central Catholic Sports games. He was also instrumental in bringing recycling into the classrooms of Marsh Corner school, and is currently volunteering with Merrimack College’s Hands to Help.
His role as a host on “Red Sox Monthly” and “Patriot Pride” has led to the creation of “Sports Talk Live” radio show at Merrimack College. On the weekly program, Harrison interviewed people like Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy and PGA Executive Eddie Carbone. Working with limited technology, Harrison added call-ins to his show where he engages other sports fans in conversation. He plans to continue the show over the summer at MCS internet radio on Mondays from 5-6 pm.
Methuen High School senior Lucille Cook impressed the Committee with her community service. She championed the resurrection of the MHS Key Club, the student wing of Kiwanis International. Growing the group from 10 to 70 members in 3 years, Lucille has led fundraisers and service projects like cleaning up the George L. Street bridge. She did not let COVID stop her from continuing her work, organizing a socially distanced school cleanup and collecting food donations.
Lucille also challenges herself academically, participating in the MHS-Northern Essex Community College dual enrollment program and tackling AP Statistics through UMass Amherst.
Both of our scholarship winners have acted as tutors to help other students. Harrison Chase is majoring in Communications, and Lucille Cook plans to major in Zoology.