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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 CorseySamantha 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 DingessKelly 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.

Austin GoreAustin 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.

Julia KeeslerJulia 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.

          ParasChristina 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 ParkerArchie 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 ReyesIna 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 graduates. 

Murugi ThandeMurugi 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 apply.

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.


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