Graduate Profile: Angel Brock, McKinley Technology High School
June 7, 2012
The weather can affect many things – but can it really affect the career direction of a fourth grader?
It did for Angel Brock.
About eight years ago, Brock had a chance to do the weather report on a local television station. It was her first time in a news studio – but it wouldn’t be the last.
Bitten by the media bug, Brock continued to pursue her interest broadcast journalism at McKinley, where she immersed herself in the world of writing, editing, interviewing and producing, and participated in internships that focused on media.
“I’m very nosey – I will ask you a million and one questions,” said Brock. “I’m good at writing and like getting the story first. … When I started editing at McKinley, I realized I’m really good at that, too. I love telling a story through video. Nothing else interests me except media.”
Her passion and nose for news has paid off: In late April, the McKinley Technology High School senior received the Jack Donaldson Memorial Scholarship for Journalism at the White House Correspondence Dinner, where she met President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. She also got a chance to rub elbows with the key media players in national politics and government reporting.
The scholarship, nearly $25,000 through a partnership between Prime Movers Media and the White House Correspondents’ Association, will pay for her first year at Penn State University, where she will continue to pursue her interest in journalism.
“I feel like I’m really into it,” Brock said. “I feel like I will succeed.”
Brock definitely has the talent and skill to succeed in journalism, but she also brings a work ethic that will serve her well in the deadline-oriented 24-hour career path she has chosen.
She currently interns at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement and has worked at BET alongside her mentor in a program called College Bound (which recently awarded Brock another scholarship and gave her the chance to visit Ghana for 10 days this year). She also worked on the McKinley yearbook, wrote stories for the school website and worked on the school’s production team.
With all her duties and the distractions of being a teenager, Brock relies on her family for support and guidance. And the support she’s received through her internships and scholarship award help her remain focused.
“My mom, grandmother and family have been with me since Day One. My mom has been by my side all senior year. They help me strive to be my best,” said Brock who takes pride in being on the honor roll since third grade. “I want to do media and know I have to work hard. With the scholarships, they’re investing in me. If they’re willing to do that, I have to go to college and do my best.”
Brock, who is a member of the National Honor Society with a 3.7 grade-point average, said her experience in DCPS and at McKinley Technology has prepared her well for the future. The mass media program at McKinley has all the equipment and software that professional news organizations use and gave her solid experience in reporting and producing a variety of news stories.
“When I go to college, I won’t be repeating, but polishing, skills,” she said. “School has its ups and downs, but I wouldn’t change schools for the world. I’m so thankful I was successful all through high school – I had great support. ”