Charlene Richards, a graduating senior at Trenton Central High School, was selected to be this year’s recipient of Greater Trenton’s Annual Journalism and Communications Internship and Scholarship Program.

“Since launching this internship and scholarship initiative last summer, we have been thoroughly impressed with the caliber of talent and professionalism displayed by these graduating Trenton Central High School students,” said Bryan Evans, Vice President at Greater Trenton. “We look forward to working with Charlene to create more positive narratives about our resilient Capital City, but more importantly, we look forward to providing Charlene with some real-world experience that will hopefully leapfrog her career and position her for greater success.”

During her time at Trenton Central High School, Richards joined many extracurricular activities, improving her relationships with students and staff alike. She was a member of the student council, Vice President of Community Outreach and a cheerleader during all four years of her high school career.

Richards also became a dancer in the TCHS-VPA learning community and joined the science mentors, which according to Richards “is an organization where mentees and mentors would find ways to impact Trenton in a positive way, while at the same time tutoring fifth graders at PJ Hill.”

Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora is escorted into the building by TCHS senior Charlene Richards. (Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Organizing a student led group called the Trenton Student Voice Power Movement was among Richards’ proudest accomplishments during her time at TCHS. With a primary goal of finding ways to increase youth activism throughout the city of Trenton, this group advocated for student rights at board meetings prompted by a proposal which threatened to take away honor courses and limit certain AP courses.

Richards is pursuing her college education at The George Washington University in the fall and was granted a scholarship package just about equal to a full ride. She is a brilliant young mind who is looking to major in Journalism, and with her internship already underway at Greater Trenton, she will get to have some real-world experience to work with before embarking on her journey through college.

As a freshman at The George Washington University, Richards will join a cast of celebrity alumni in their respective fields including: Colin Powell, Kerry Washington, Dana Bash, and John Cena to name of few. The university has a great journalism program, which will be helpful in aiding Richards as she works to become an accomplished writer, public speaker and overall leader.

Richards stated in a phone interview that “the internship at Greater Trenton will be a great experience for me as someone looking to pursue a career in Journalism.”

The internship and scholarship program is made possible in part through Greater Trenton’s Annual Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration, which honors the legacy of Caren Franzini, former NJEDA CEO and one of the founders of Greater Trenton.