Cassidi Sterrett is a 2016 graduate of the original Lee’s Summit High School where she served as News Director of Tiger Broadcast. During her high school years Cassidi earned many state awards for her sports features. She is really proud that the Tiger Broadcast placed First in monthly shows for the Midwest region and that she got to serve as MC at the Student Television Network National Awards show in Atlanta Georgia in front of almost 3000 people.
Cassidi gives credit to her wonderful broadcasting teacher Elaine McDonald for her guidance the past four years.
Cassidi is currently studying Broadcast Journalism, with an emphasis in sports, at Spring Hill College in Mobile Alabama. She also plays competitive indoor and beach volleyball. Cassidi has her eyes on the future- her dream job is to work as a journalist reporter for the Kansas City Royals!
Matthew Beckwith is a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he is studying atmospheric science and journalism. He hopes to use his education to become a broadcast meteorologist. As a child, Beckwith was terrified of storms. To calm his fears, he started to learn about weather and fell in love with it.
Beckwith is currently a weather intern at KOMU-TV in Columbia and the weather director for 102.7 The Hog, a local radio station in Excelsior Springs, MO. In addition to these responsibilities, he participates in student media KCOU-FM and MU-TV. He also runs social media accounts dedicated to Kansas City weather, which he has done for several years.
“It’s truly an honor; I cannot thank the scholarship committee enough for its contribution to my education,” said Beckwith. Beckwith’s dream job is to return to Kansas City and work alongside his mentors as a meteorologist. “Lisa Teachman, Bryan Busby, and so many more have mentored me along the way, and I couldn’t ask for better support,” said Beckwith. “In the meantime, I can truly say I can’t wait for the day when I can finally be called ‘Meteorologist Matthew Beckwith.'”
Megan Sanchez is a senior at Western Illinois University studying Broadcasting, News & Performance, with a minor in Spanish. She hopes to get a job as a television news reporter upon graduation. Megan has wanted to work in television since she was just 5 years old. She had her first internship in TV when she was 16. She worked at WQAD News 8 in the Quad Cities, and has returned to intern with them twice more in 2014 and 2016. She also interned as a videographer at a summer camp in Arkansas.
She is a part of the NEWS3 Team at WIU as an anchor and reporter. She is passionate about being an active member of her community, and loves how being a part of a news team can provide an outlet for that.
“I love meeting new people from my community each and every day I come to work. Knowing what is going on in your area is so important, and I love being able to inform my town on the most important issues and events.”
Cassidy Williams will be graduating in December 2016 with degrees in both broadcast journalism and political science with a minor in sociology and a certificate in public relations. She fell in love with journalism during the 2008 election cycle and has been pursuing a career in journalism ever since.
Cassidy has worked as a reporter, anchor, sports anchor, and producer for the University of Illinois’ student newscast, UI-7 News. She has reported on everything from local fires, the hiring of Lovie Smith, to the visit of Bernie Sanders. Recently she has taken on a new role behind camera as newscast director and teaching assistant of UI-7 News.
Cassidy has also held internships in print, radio, and broadcast. Her freshman and sophomore years she worked as a reporter for Smile Politely Magazine writing feature stories and previews. She has also interned for ESPN C-U Radio with the Tay and J Show. In 2015 she worked with Illinois Public Media as both a reporter and a web editor on an oral histories project about Vietnam veterans in downstate Illinois.
She was also an intern at WCCU Fox Champaign News at Nine. Her duties including assisting reporters in the field, pitching stories at the daily news meeting, and writing between three to seven stories for each newscast. She also helped produce the coverage of the 2016 Illinois primary. This past summer, she interned with WMAQ NBC 5 Chicago. She was the investigative unit intern, working closely with the NBC 5 Responds team to resolve consumer issues.
Cassidy is honored to win the Governor’s Scholarship as it helps bring her one step closer to her dream. She would like to thank all of her professors and internship mentors for helping her become the journalist she is today.