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Former RCS journalism student returns to share insights

Tom Marra stands behind podium, talkingJust a few years out of high school, one former Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk graduate has found a career he is passionate about pursuing, and is sharing that passion with current RCS students. Tom Marra spoke with Tera Stumbaugh’s UHS Journalism class on Sept. 28, discussing his interest in action photography.

Marra has made a name for himself among local first responders, taking photographs at various house fires, motor vehicle accidents and other fire or police scenes. While speaking to the class, he discussed a number of different calls he has been to, and how he has formed a relationship with a number of first responders around the area. Marra told students his photos have been used for a number of reasons, including investigations, documenting the different calls and sometimes to help teach firefighters what they could do differently.

“One of the biggest lessons to be learned from someone like Tom is that when you find something that you are passionate about, you should take risks and go after it,” Stumbaugh said. “Because one day you might find yourself being given great opportunities.”