C.M. Eppes Middle School, Greenville, North Carolina
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA in journalism/political science
2002, Group Performance
My group and I spent a lot of time hanging around the common room at the dorm where we stayed at the University of Maryland. We met teams from all over the country, places I'd never been. Even outside of the contest itself, the program was a real learning experience for me.
This program taught me research skills that I used in college classes. My group also spent a great deal of time working on our public speaking - one of our coaches was a drama teacher - and that has been useful in job interviews, presentations, etc.
Participating in the national contest was a huge honor and tons of fun.
I'm a reporter for Reuters in Washington, D.C. I most recently covered Donald Trump's presidential campaign.