High-profile Visitors Share Their Expertise with Students

Upper School students enjoyed two high-profile visitors on Tuesday, Feb. 11. John Chisholm, who has served as Milwaukee County’s district attorney since 2007, spoke to students who are pursuing the Social Issues and Service Distinction transcript designation during their community time. In addition, USM alumna Maayan Silver ’96 visited students in Upper School English Teacher Katherine Zilka’s Digital Journalism course to discuss her career as a reporter with WUWM 89.7.

Chisholm, who was invited by Upper School Drama Teacher Mark Edwards, spoke about challenges facing the criminal justice system, and challenges facing Milwaukee in particular. He also shared his thoughts on how to reform the system and the efforts he has made, as well as answered questions from students.

Silver, who previously served as a criminal defense attorney before pursuing a journalism career in 2016, spoke with students about the challenges of radio reporting and condensing content. She also shared best practices for interviewing subjects, obtaining audio, and editing stories. Students in the Digital Journalism course create authentic content through podcasts, digital news articles, and video productions.

Many thanks to both Chisholm and Silver who took time out of their day to share their passion and expertise with students.
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