Student Anchor Profiles
Up to eight Charles County public high school students are selected
each school year to serve as broadcast anchors for original programming featured on the
school system's educational television stations – Comcast Channel 96 and
Verizon FiOS Channel 12. These students rotate anchoring episodes
of NewBreak 96, a show that highlights Charles County Public Schools
programs, students and staff, as well as conduct interviews and research
for other original programming. Visit the Video on Demand page to view recent episodes.
Samantha Corsey, Senior, North Point High School
This is Corsey's first year serving as a student anchor. She plans to
study journalism and acting after graduation, and is a member
of the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams at North Point. She has also
participated in several school musicals.
Kelly Dingess, Senior, Maurice J. McDonough High School
Dingess is also a first-year anchor and is studying broadcasting and
multimedia at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. She is the current
Skills USA president and is also a member of the volleyball team at McDonough.
She plans to study broadcasting and communications after graduation.
Gore, Senior, La Plata High School
Gore is a a second-year anchor and is the captain of the Envirothon
and Mock trial teams at La Plata High School. He is also a member of
the Future Educators Association (FEA) and the National Honor Society,
and is president of La Plata's thespian society. Gore plans to study
education, English and theatre arts and become a teacher.
Keesler, Senior, North Point High School
Keesler is a first-time anchor and is the president of North Point's
thespian society. She participates in both the fall and spring musicals
at North Point and is a member of the National Honor Society. After graduation,
she plans to study film acting.
Paras, Junior, Maurice J. McDonough High School
This is Paras' first year as a student anchor. She is a member of the
marching and symphonic bands at McDonough and also the National Honor
Society. She is exploring future career options and is interested in
learning about journalism and communications, as well as photography.
Archie Parker, Senior, La Plata High School
Parker is serving as an anchor for the first time this school year and
is a member of La Plata's thespian society and Model United Nations.
He plans to study film making after high school and eventually wants
to teach high school theatre arts.
Ina Reyes, Senior, La Plata High School
Reyes is a returning anchor from last year and is in the biomedical
sciences program at La Plata. She is also enrolled in several Advanced
Placement (AP) courses and participates in the spring musicals at La
Plata. She plans to study either communications or pre-law after she
Thande, Senior, North Point High School
Thande is also a second-year anchor and is the president of the National
Arts Honor Society at North Point. She is the photography editor of the
Eagle Eye student newspaper and is a member of the National Honors and
Language Honors societies and the French club. She plans to become a
photo journalist after college.
During the spring of each school year, Charles County Public Schools
communications staff visits each high school to talk to students and
principals about the anchor audition process and to solicit student
interest. Students audition for the positions, of which up to eight
students are selected to serve each year, and those interested in future
careers in journalism, broadcasting or communications are encouraged to
For more information on the audition process, Comcast
Channel 96 or Verizon FiOS Channel 12, contact the Charles County Public
Schools communications department at http://www2.ccboe.com/publicinfo/staff.cfm.