A Southwick, MA, native, Ken Stratton was committed to academics and community service from a young age. This is evident from the volunteer and leadership opportunities he participated in during high school, from being a Freshman Advisor, as well as Captain of the Golf team and a member of the National Honor Society. His work ethic and commitment to his community only gained momentum here at Western New England University.
A Communication major with a concentration in Journalism and a member of the Honors Program, Ken’s 4.0 GPA is only one of his many impressive accomplishments. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of The Westerner, where his journalistic skills define the vision of the both organization as a whole and each newspaper issue. Ken’s continued excellence has earned him three first place honors in the annual Media Festival for the Radio Report, Radio Essay, and The Westerner Article categories.
Complementing his major in Communication, Ken has pursued his interest in politics, including interning with State Senator Don Humason as a constituent service aid. This valuable experience allowed Ken to interact with constituents and work to resolve issues that came up, attend events on Senator Humason’s behalf, and take on a project analyzing the differences between the House and Senate versions of the state marijuana bill. Ken then used his political experience to work on the campaign team for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and the committee to elect Joesiah Gonzalez to the Springfield School Committee At Large.
Ken has also been a key member of our Polling Institute, gauging public opinion throughout the Bay State, before rising through the ranks to become a student supervisor. If that weren’t enough to keep him busy, he is also a Peer Tutor, an active member of the Historical Society, and a First Year Seminar Assistant.
The diligence and excellence that Ken has portrayed have earned him membership into Alpha Lambda Delta, Lambda Pi Eta, Mortar Board Senior Honor Society; and the WNE National Society of Leadership and Success.
With consistent appearances on the President’s List, as well as his reputation as a student leader, Ken has been honored with several awards, including The Charles Fish Award and the Dean’s Award. After graduation, he plans to attend law school.