Story & Reporting by Diane Roberts, @DianesTalking
FORESTVILLE, Md. (WUSA 9) -- For three years now, WUSA 9 and USA Today High School Sports have been hosting an awards luncheon where we honor the best of the best high school journalists.
The bronze winner of the Toyota Let's Go Places scholarship went to Murugi Thande of North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland. Ian Criman of J.W. Robinson Secondary in Fairfax, Virginia is the silver level recipient.
This year's gold went to Bishop McNamara senior, Andrew Feather.
Andrew wants to make journalism his career. He's been working toward that goal throughout most of high school, involved with the Mustangs' newspaper and campus TV.
"Andrew is more driven than most students I've taught -- from the beginning when I met him in 10th grade," said newspaper teacher Charles Shryock IV.
Andrew is a Campus Correspondent for WUSA 9 in conjunction with USA Today High School Sports, one of 98 who've been through the program in its three years.
Shryock says the senior's drive and unique personality make him a good interviewer.
All of the journalism work keeps Andrew very busy.
"I enjoy doing it, but I also know it's hard getting jobs now. I want to be as experienced as I can going into college so I can get the best internships while there," said Andrew.
When he's not interviewing McNamara athletes, writing a blog or working on the school newspaper, he's hanging out with friends or playing video games.
The teen hopes to anchor ESPN's Sports Center one day and says he appreciates being nominated for the Toyota Let's Go Places scholarship.
I've been putting in work on my journalism career for like three years now and I'm finally at a place where I get recognized for it," said Andrew.
"If I had to pick a student who wants to work in the media and also exemplifies its broader aims and [the] whole ethics of the profession, I think he fits both criteria very well," said Shryock. "It's his initiative that's driven him."
Andrew, deemed the best of the eight Campus Correspondents in the 2012 fall program plans to take his talents to Elon College. No doubt this won't be the last time you hear his name.