Students selected to serve as CCPS TV broadcast anchors

Students selected to serve as CCPS TV broadcast anchors

Seven Charles County Public high school students were selected 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 will rotate anchoring episodes of NewsBreak, a show that highlights Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) programs, students and staff, as well as conduct interviews and research for other original programming.

The anchors for the 2015-16 school year are:

  • Morgan Abresch, junior, La Plata High School;
  • Aaryn Baker, senior, Thomas Stone High School;
  • Jaren Jamison, senior, Westlake High School;
  • Jasmine Mitchell, senior, North Point High School;
  • Paul Morrissey, senior, North Point;
  • Hunter Stempin, senior, Maurice J. McDonough High School; and
  • Maria Valdisera, senior, La Plata.

This is Abresch’s first year serving as a student anchor. She is active in theatre at La Plata and is historian of the thespian troupe. She enjoys doing stage make up and plans to attend either a college or beauty school after she graduates.

Baker is a first-year anchor and is enrolled in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at Stone. She is a member of mock trial and the school choir as well as the National Society of High School Scholars. Baker’s favorite subjects are French and English. She plans to study communications or journalism after she graduates.

Jamison is also a first-year anchor and is involved in Westlake’s theatre program. He has held several roles in theatre and musical productions at Westlake since he was a freshman. His favorite subject is history and he plans to attend Howard University after he graduates to study broadcast journalism.

Mitchell is an honor roll student and serving as an anchor for the first time this school year. She is enrolled in the engineering program at North Point and enjoys English and theatre. She is a member of four national honor societies and the student government association. She plans to attend college after she graduates.

Morrissey is a returning anchor from last year and is an honor roll student. He is president of North Point’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter and is the Class of 2016 treasurer. He is also a student athlete and participates in swimming and lacrosse, and manages the varsity volleyball team. He plans to study marketing and international business after he graduates.

Stempin is an honor roll student and is serving as an anchor for the first time this school year. At McDonough, he is president of the drama club and National Honor Society. He enjoys theatre and social studies, and participates in the school band and It’s Academic. Outside of school, Stempin coaches and plays competitive ice hockey with the Southern Maryland Sabres Ice Hockey Club. He plans to study political science and communications after he graduates.

Valdisera is a first year student anchor and is involved in the theatre program at La Plata. She is a member of La Plata’s a cappella group, Unplugged, and enjoys English, government and history. She plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to study English and musical theater after she graduates.

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

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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