This week’s spotlight shines on Perry Mattern.
He will be graduating at the end of this semester and has already lined up a full-time internship with the Harrisburg Senators, working in broadcasting and media relations.
He has always wanted to be involved with sports media since his days at Mechanicsburg High School, where he was an athlete and sports editor of the school newspaper. Perry continued his experience in sports media as a writer for The Slate his freshman year at SU before being hired by the Carlisle Sentinel in February 2011.
Mattern is motivated by his parents, Amy and Mark Mattern, and their diligent attitudes. Diligence lead Mattern all the way to the Division II College World Series, when he followed the 2013 Shippensburg baseball team to North Carolina. He got to broadcast all of Shippensburg’s games as they won the Atlantic Region.
Mattern can always be found behind a microphone on campus. He has been the WSYC 88.7FM Sports Director since the fall of his junior year. He provides the voice for Raider Athletics, where he covers the play-by-play for football, women’s and men’s basketball, softball and baseball.
The Monday after graduation, Mattern will take his Communication/ Journalism degree to the Senators. Following their baseball season, he will likely continue to work with the Sentinel, or possibly come back to Shippensburg for graduate school.
His main advice to any student is to put yourself out there. “Classes can only teach you so much,” he said. Shippensburg offers a variety of different ways for people to get experience in any major.