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October 4, 2012

Milford senior plans for leadership project


“We are probably going to have a weekly segment, so that way we can keep interest going,” he said.

A major factor in making sure the broadcasts carry on will be through the help of the MCS technology class by having the broadcast journalism students work on filming, according to O’Bryan. He said the students already produce footage for the Wildcat Wire, a bi-weekly news show that is played in the Milford school.

Durkin, who will help O’Bryan develop and launch his local ideas festival, said the school already has the equipment and students interested in reporting.

“We are just going to take the skills and magnify what we already are doing,” he said.

O’Bryan said he was aware of the Bezo program because his sister had participated in the past. In fact, he said, “It was the first time in the program’s history that there has ever been another sibling that applied and got accepted to the program, so that was pretty cool.”

O’Bryan said it was a pretty extensive application process. He said he had to write three lengthy essays and was selected as one of the 25 finalist. Finalists, he said, had to go through a 15- to 20-minute telephone interview. Winners were announced a couple months later, he added.

“It was really exciting when I found out,” O’Bryan said. “I was in Massachusetts on a college visit.”

The 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival will take place June 26 - July 2. Deadlines for next year's Bezos Scholars Program entries have not been posted. For more information about the program, visit

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