Photos coming to the gallery soon!
These are the words I want to say one day as a reporter and eventually news anchor. I spent the majority of my Christmas break interning at KYTX CBS 19 in Tyler. Because of my internship, I know exactly what I want to do with my life. I can honestly say that I am 100 percent sure about my career choice after interning at CBS. Even though I am a Broadcast Journalism student at TCU, I never realized how much work goes into being an anchor or reporter. During my time at CBS, I got a behind-the-scenes look at how news in produced every day. The job is not as glamorous as everyone thinks, and to be a great news anchor, it requires so much more than just being able to read a teleprompter. Most news anchors know how to write scripts, produce the show, edit video segments, in addition to looking poised and sounding confident at the news desk. The hours for the job are long and crazy, but it’s the adrenaline rush of making the deadline for each newscast that keeps you going. News happens 24 hours a day, so that means a reporter is on duty at all hours and ready to cover any story. Rarely does a news show ever run smoothly. I sat in the control room for many newscasts and something is bound to go wrong, but the viewers would never know. Every day the reporters come to work and have to meet a deadline later that day with the story they report on. It was exhilarating to watch the reporters and anchors work tediously on the newscast every day. Even though I was just an intern, I learned how to put together my own news package (the recorded video segments that include a stand-up and voice over), and I even recorded my first anchor reel. I am excited to return to TCU this semester and put everything that I learned through my internship to good use in my journalism classes.
Even after seeing all the hard work it takes to be a good reporter or anchor, I am not scared. I could not imagine doing anything else for the rest of my life. Each new day brings the opportunity to learn something new. Reporters interact with the people within the community. They report on issues that are important to their audience. I know for a fact that I want to be a news anchor one day. I realize it will take a while for me to work my way up in the news business, but I’ve always liked a challenge.
Miss Frisco 2011
Photos coming soon to the gallery
Miss Frisco 2011
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I try to read Madison’s blog each time it is updated, and was so busy at the beginning of the month I forgot to check it out until this week. For a 16 year young lady, she is very blessed and sometimes I think I learn from her. I certainly feel proud to call her my friend. Read it for yourself… Madison’s blog
Wanted to share with you Heather Sumlin’s Mental Management Newsletter Message. I think it is very informative about why competing can be a good experience for young ladies. I think anyone competing in pageants should sign up for her newsletter. Link to her website is below.
"Sunday I had the opportunity to attend the Homecoming for Miss Texas America, Ashley Melnick. Ashley is a client of Mental Management and is near and dear to the hearts of everyone here at Mental Management Systems. So I was excited to take my 5 year old daughter, Ashley, to this event hoping my little one would learn something. I know my daughter very well and she has no fear, she is easily excited, some would call her hyper and has difficulty being still for any length of time. So I’m not sure what I was thinking taking her to an event where there are mainly speeches and little entertainment. She thought we were going to a pageant and she kept asking me when they were going to stop talking and start "the pageant". So I had my hands full.
Something magical happened about half way through the ceremony when Cristie Kibler, Miss Arlington, got up to sing. She was funny in her introduction, she was connected to the message of her song and my daughter listened. Rachel Callicutt, Miss Teen Fort Worth, Ashley Melnick’s sister titleholder this year, got up to speak and even though she was speaking to an audience that could be perceived as intimidating, she spoke with poise and comfortableness, she was honest and open. Jordan Johannsen, Miss Irving who was 1st RU to Miss Texas and Ashley Melnick’s best buddy got up to talk. She was funny, confident, secure, comfortable and she held the attention of my 5 year old which is not an easy task! Then Miss Texas herself got up to address the audience and share her thoughts and she held the attention of the room, she was radiant, confident, passionate, emotional yet grounded, light hearted and professional.
As I watched these young ladies share their thoughts after hearing directors and other adult guests speak before them, I realized what the reason to compete truly should be. All of the speakers were good and did well but the titleholders had something special; connection, passion, conviction and ease with their speaking that can only come from public speaking experience. After the speeches were over my 5 year old rebel hugged every titleholder she could find in that room. Some she knew – some she didn’t know. Something about these girls made my daughter want to reach out to them and be like them. That is why you compete – to touch others and open yourself up to changing you!
The true reason to compete has more to do with what you GAIN inside than what you GET outside. The prize package you win will only serve you for 1 year, the communication skills you gain will serve you forever! I have seen the inner growth that happens when a contestant decides it’s not about winning anything – it’s about learning everything! My Father says "Pageantry is by far the best preparation for a successful career, there is nothing else like it that prepares you for the future." The skills you are able to gain are valuable no matter what you choose to pursue in the future.
Right now contestants across the country are trying to decide which pageants to enter, maybe it’s local pageants in one system or trying to decide which system to chose. As you think about which competitions to enter this year, don’t just choose the ones you think you can win. Choose the ones you want to win with no reservation or hesitation. Learn something from the experience, win or lose! You cannot win if you do not enter. Choose to learn something at each competition. Choose to focus on the growth that comes from the attempt to go for what you really want. Choose to focus BEYOND the crown because standing within your limited comfort zone WILL LIMIT your success! Deciding to jump OUTSIDE your comfort zone and strive for something remarkable may propel you to become the person you are meant to be."
In my search for photos I found they had posted a blog for Madison on the Miss Teen Texas website. Very long but awesome to read!! Madison Blog
Congratulations Miss Madison Fuller, Teen Texas 2010!!! We love you so much and know that you will make us all so proud as you represent Texas at Miss America’s outstanding Teen competition in August in Orlando!!
Watch for more photos to be loaded to website and facebook!!
I had the opportunity along with my fellow MPFO sisters Kaitlyn (Teen Plano) and Kathryn (Miss Plano) to attend the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon in Tyler for the KYTX CBS 19 station. It was a great experience! Children’s Miracle Network saves the lives of so many children by raising funds and awareness for children’s hospitals and foundations throughout the world, and is also the official platform of the Miss America Organization. I had so much fun meeting with the miracle kids, and being able to help with the Telethon. It was amazing to see it all come together and I’m proud to say that there was over $601,000 raised for CMN! It was a fun day that I will definitely never forget! Enjoy the pictures!
Teen Frisco 2010
Others pictured in the photos are: Lisa Spooner, Taylor Lowery, Kathryn Dunn, Kaitlyn Wilson, Miss East Texas, Teen East Texas, Miss Irving, and the others I can’t tell, I am sorry…Cheryl