Persistence pays off for Alderson resident Ryan Allen, 22, a 2011 graduate of Greenbrier East High School, who accepted a job offer from Stereo D to work on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in September 2014 with a degree in visual effects and motion graphics, Allen said it took him a year to find a job in his field.

“It’s just about persistence,” Allen said. “I applied to more than 100 places, and I almost never heard back from anybody.” (Click link to read complete story)