By Kim Breyley, editor Middlefield Post
This past summer, we at the Fontanelle Group had the pleasure of employing Sofia DiCillo as reporter/writer intern for the Middlefield Post through the Geauga Growth Partnership (GGP) Intern Program. I interviewed six students for this position and would have hired everyone of them. GGP chose Sofia as our intern and she was a perfect fit, as she is naturally outgoing, professional beyond her years and an avid writer. I hired her specifically to enhance two of our summer publications, our Celebrating Business issue and our largest issue of the year featuring the Great Geauga County Fair. Sofia accompanied me to several meetings/interviews and then took off from there. She worked independently and listened well to critiques which came from all of our staff, who I am proud to say, supported her success fully. We all look forward to watching Sofia’s career unfold on into the future.
It is worth mentioning, that Sofia is the person she is, due to her supportive family. Her parents, Laurene and John DiCillo; grandmothers, Jean Cirino and Bonnie DiCillo; and sisters Juliet, Victoria and Isabella were all involved in the success of her summer employment. Her parents, when available, accompanied her to events, her sisters helped with travel and her grandmothers and sister Juliet attended the GGP Success Banquet on Aug. 10. Sofia delivered a fabulous, encapsulating, narrated slide show highlighting her experience. It is published on the MP Facebook. We hear a great deal about our youth and how they will not be prepared for future college and workforce opportunities. This is not the case with Sofia and I credit her supportive family, all of them, for they have truly positively impacted her life. I encourage all Geauga-based companies and school districts to participate and invest in this program and in our youth/future leaders and communities.
The following is a list of the participants in the 2016-17 GGP Summer Intern Program.
Berkshire: Daniel Bridavsky, American Society For Metals; Auburn Career Center: Jonathan Courtney, Hexpol/Burton Rubber Processing; CoryCrawford, Metzenbaum Sheltered Industries; Gedeona Kosova, Pioneer Waterland; Julia Losasso, Geauga Co. Court Of Common Pleas; Max Mcclintock, Company 119; Trevor Stotlar, Sheoga Hardwood Lumber; Kody West, American Society For Metals;
Cardinal: Allissa Nevison, Ronyak Paving; Chardon: Halle Crtalic; Kinetico, Ryan Simkins, Troy Chemical; Michael Tosti, University Hospitals Geauga Campus; Gilmour Academy: Annalise Hoover, Hexpol/Burton Rubber Processing; Home Educated: Stefan Ferg, Phil Miller Construction; Kenston: Frederick Fikter, Flambeau Inc.; William Fleming, Great Lakes Cheese; Sarah Herbruck, Geauga Humane Soc/Rescue Village; Ryan Sauder, Kinetico; Grace Walls, United Way; Newbury – Anne Kinkopf, Metzenbaum Sheltered Ind.; Grace Wright, Metzenbaum Sheltered Ind.; Notre Dame Cathedral Latin – Tim Cermak, Mayfield Sand Ridge, Sofia Dicillo, The Fontanelle Group/Middlefield Post; West Geauga, Valerie Heintz, NMS Certified Public Accountants; Christina Praprost, HC Companies/Dillen Products; Kori Ryan, Chagrin Animal Clinic; Deanna Swinerton, Geauga Growth Partnership.