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Benjamin Pontz

Student at Gettysburg College
Sophomore political science & public policy double major at Gettysburg College interested in pursuing government service, journalism, law school, or some combination thereof
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Benjamin Pontz Named to the Gettysburg College Dean's Honor List

Benjamin Pontz of Strasburg PA (17579) has been placed on the Gettysburg College Dean's Honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the Spring 2019 semester. Students with a quality point a...

July, 02 2019 - Verified by Gettysburg College
Benjamin Pontz Named to the Gettysburg College Dean's Honor List

Benjamin Pontz of Strasburg has been placed on the Gettysburg College Dean's Honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the Fall 2018 semester. Students with a quality point average of 3.6...

March, 07 2019 - Verified by Gettysburg College
Benjamin Pontz Named to the Gettysburg College Dean's Honor List

Benjamin Pontz, of Strasburg, has been placed on the Gettysburg College Dean's Honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the Spring 2018 semester. Students with a quality point average of...

June, 25 2018 - Verified by Gettysburg College
Benjamin Pontz Named to the Gettysburg College Dean's Honor List

Benjamin Pontz, of Strasburg (17579), has been placed on the Gettysburg College Dean's Honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the Fall 2017 semester. Students with a quality point aver...

February, 22 2018 - Verified by Gettysburg College
Panel of journalists discuss media's role | Local News | gettysburgtimes.com

...his information from sources. Gettysburg College sophomore Benjamin Pontz, managing news editor for The Gettysburgian, organized the e...

December, 02 2017 - Verified by Gettysburg College
Gettysburgian (Newspaper)
Managing News Editor
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Bullets Marching Band
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Garthwait Leadership Certificate - Recipient
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Peer Research Mentor at Musselman Library at Gettysburg College
I staff the research help desk in the library, which entails fielding questions from students, faculty, and community patrons on a variety of research-related topics including searching for sources, locating data, and producing citations. In addition, I complete an outreach project each semester. This semester's project is developing a reference guide for contemporary news sources.
August 2017 - Present
Political Science Research Assistant at Gettysburg College
I assist with source curation, information gathering, and manuscript development for the research program of Dr. Shirley Anne Warshaw, Professor of Political Science. In addition, I occasionally handle administrative tasks and staff the office as needed.
August 2017 - Present
Marching Band Instructor at Lampeter-Strasburg High School
Assist with instruction of music and marching including winds and percussion at rehearsals mainly during band camp and performance days; provide creative input on elements of the show and wrote program notes and announcer introduction
June 2017 - Present
Finnegan Foundation Intern at Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

I completed a summer internship in Strategic Planning and Performance Division of PRISM. I helped implement the department's strategic plan, specifically focusing on creating and developing a digital media presence. I designed a content calendar approach to streamline the planning process, provided input on topics and messaging strategies, and drafted an internal handbook governing social media use. I also attended meetings on implementing internal controls in key department processes and drafted more than 50 process maps to that end. Through the Finnegan Foundation, I attended weekly lunches with members of Governor Wolf's cabinet to discuss state government issues.

May 2017 - July 2017
Managing News Editor at The Gettysburgian
After serving as a lead story news reporter during my first semester and developing an aggressive content marketing strategy on social media, I was appointed news editor during the spring semester of my freshman year. In total, I wrote 50 articles my first year. In my current role, I plan coverage, lead a team of two dozen reporters, lay out print and web editions, and contribute to long-range vision planning for the publication, which includes integrated efforts with other campus media organizations, enrichment of storytelling strategies through a variety of media, and a new podcast.
January 2017 - Present
Reporter and Columnist at LNP Media Group
I write feature articles, columns, and sidebars in LNP's "Freestyle" section and subsequently "Generation Next" section on issues pertaining to young people in the Lancaster County area. In addition, my work has been featured on the main LNP editorial page five times. One piece -- expressing disappointment in President Trump's address to the Boy Scouts at the National Jamboree -- was read more than a million times (the most-read piece ever on Lancaster Online), was quoted in The Atlantic and the Memphis Daily News, and was syndicated in local newspapers throughout the country. I also was interviewed on CNN's "New Day" to discuss it.
June 2013 - Present
The Historical and Political Roots of ISIS: A Failure of American Leadership
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has captivated the world’s attention with its brutal tactics of beheadings and burnings and its alternative Quranic teachings. Despite fixation on these tactics by the global community and repudiation of their methodology by global Islamic leaders, limited inquiry into the historical and ideological underpinnings of the group has occurred at an intergovernmental level, which has hamstrung the global response. In addition to analyzing the limited primary sources that constitute ISIS’s propaganda, this paper discusses the failure of state building after the United States’ initial invasion of Iraq, which directly fomented the rise of an insurgent group like ISIS, as well as the initial failure of the global community to understand the nature of the enemy it fought. Finally, it suggests principles for the United States to follow in future foreign engagements, particularly when fighting ideologies as insidious as that of ISIS.
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