Journalists tell stories, so here's mine.
I spent my high school years telling the stories of Prosper, TX, a small town with a big heart. I connected students, parents and community members by sharing their stories.
I rose through the ranks of Eagle Nation News at Prosper High School by consistently creating quality video stories and eventually led the team to an NSPA Broadcast Pacemaker win in 2020. I broke barriers creating engaging content and doing things like nobody else with the launch of a digital show and producing a show live every day.
I elected to move to a new high school during my senior year in the middle of a pandemic to be a part of something new. I could have stayed at PHS with the well-established program but realized the special opportunity that I had to build something from the ground up. We built an inclusive staff culture, established a program of broadcast excellence called Hill Top News, and I became a person that my school could count on to keep them informed. Within seven weeks of being on the air, the show placed third Best of Show (TAJE) in Texas for broadcast newscasts.
While I have accumulated over 60 awards, created more than 100 video packages and produced over 200 live shows while still in high school, I am far from done making my mark on the journalism world. With every story I create, I do it in hopes that it makes an impact on someone. Every person has a story to tell, and through my passion and hard work, I get the opportunity to tell those stories.
Journalism has left its mark on my life, and now, it's my turn to leave a mark on journalism.