Waubonsie Alumni Selected to Sports Journalism Institute

Waubonsie Valley alum Josh Tolentino writes for Illinois State’s Vidette.

Two Waubonsie Valley alumni are capping off their collegiate sports journalism careers with internships through the Sports Journalism Institute and the University of Missouri. Class of 2012’s Josh Tolentino and Colton Pouncy were selected to SJI’s 25th class.

Tolentino is a senior at Illinois State University, where he worked for the school’s newspaper “The Vidette”. He will be interning at the Kansas City Star. Last summer, Tolentino worked various sporting events in Chicago for the Sun-Times. While at Waubonsie, Tolentino worked for the school’s yearbook, the Arrowhead.

“I’m excited and a bit nervous to step into unfamiliar territory and try to do what I do best,” said Tolentino. This summer, I hope to apply everything I’ve learned up to this point in my young career and learn even more in a brand new city.”

Waubonsie Valley alum Colton Pouncy poses with the late Craig Sager at the ESPYs.

Pouncy is a senior at Missouri, where he works for a news source “the Missourian”. He will be interning at the Tennessean. At Waubonsie, Pouncy was a three-year producer and reporter for Waubonsie Valley’s media production program, WVTV, and the school’s weekly news program, Warrior Update.

“A lot of amazing reporters got their start through SJI,” said Pouncy. “It’s a way to get your foot in the door and show that you belong in the world of sports journalism. I’m looking forward to gaining real-world experience through the program, and I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity.”

SJI is a program that helps women and minorities thrive in sports journalism programs. For more information, visit sportsjournalisminstitute.org.