Levine Children's Fall 2018 Intern Showcase

Katie Simpson
Queens University of Charlotte '19

Katie Simpson is a communications major and scholarship athlete at Queens University of Charlotte. Katie enjoys working with the patients at Levine Children’s Hospital for Seacrest Studios because she currently manages her own medical condition as a student athlete.She delivers traits she’s learned through athletics like leadership, team work and collaboration with empathy to the patients at Levine. She hopes to work for the Walt Disney World Company in the future in order to keep bringing smiles to children across the world. 

“My favorite memory was delivering a trivia prize to DJ Noah. He constantly watched our shows this semester and was always buzzing the phone down in the studio. As soon as I walked in the room his face lit up. That’s what we are here for, that is our main goal, to make the patients' stay here at Levine Children’s Hospital just a little bit better.”

Katie Simpson

Alisha Brown
North Carolina A&T State University '18

Alisha Brown is a graduating senior Journalism and Mass Communications student at North Carolina A&T State University.

“My favorite memory was interviewing Riley Clemmons and doing arts and crafts with the kids”

Alisha Brown

Anna Grace Galloway
The University of South Carolina '19

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Born and raised in Belton, South Carolina, Anna Grace Galloway is a Senior broadcast journalism student at theUniversity of South Carolina. She has a passion for serving others and hopes to one day use that passion as a local television news anchor. While she’s not studying journalism, you can find Anna Grace singing, and that love for music made her time at Seacrest Studios even better. Anna Grace hopes to stay in Columbia, South Carolina after graduation to pursue a career as a multimedia journalist.

“My favorite fall memory is when DJ Ally-Sings came into the studio and immediately said she wanted to sing for us. As someone who already sings most of the time, and whose show is all about music, I was so excited to hear that. She sat down at the mic with headphones on and just sang her heart out. She sang everything from Carrie Underwood to Moana, and she was amazing. I honestly think she has a future in the music business!”

Anna Grace Galloway

Sarah Carlton
Queens University of Charlotte '19

Sarah Carlton is a senior Communications major at Queens University of Charlotte. Growing up, she found a passion for collaborating with others and working to better the community through volunteering at church. The fellowship and leadership opportunities there lead her to seek internships to not only develop professional skills but to bring joy to those around her. At Seacrest Studios, she has not only had the opportunity to speak with hospital donors, but to also dance, sing and play with kids. She notes, “It's their smiles and laughter that remind me every day to stay positive and be confident.”

 “My favorite Seacrest Studios memory was meeting DJ Claire Bear. Coming into the studio during my show, she asked if she could sing, talk, and play games with me and the other interns. We spent the whole our hour talking about Disney Channel shows/movies (her explaining all of the Decedents movies to me) and talking about celebrity gossip. She shared her dream of being a star; taking the stage to make people dance and smile and promised us front row seats to her first big show. Her love and ambition were incredibly inspirational, and I loved spending time with her.”

Sarah Carlton

Rodrick Jones
University of South Carolina '19

Rodrick Jones is a senior Broadcast Journalism major at the University of South Carolina. Alongside Seacrest Studios, Rodrick interned with Sportswire where he covered sports games and hosted a sports podcast named “Beyond the Sport.” He ultimately wants to anchor his own sports debate show. 

“The best moment? Meeting a patient my first day and giving him the Seacrest World Heavyweight Championship Belt.”

Rodrick Jones

Elena Barilla
University of South Carolina '19

Elena is a broadcast journalism major and political science minor at the University of South Carolina. Growing up outside of New York City, the wide-eyed, young version of herself would dream of becoming a journalist someday. Elena knows journalism can sometimes deliver some sad stories, but her real passion is in positive, human-oriented pieces. There is no better way to help people through broadcast journalism than interning in Seacrest Studios. Here, Elena can help the best people of all - KIDS! 

“One of my favorite memories in Seacrest Studios is the Saltine Cracker Eating Challenge! DJ Ran had Seacrest Studios try to break a new world record each week and the winner would go in the “Seacrest Book of World Records.” This particular week, the studio was filled with families trying to take home the bragging rights! To my surprise, the world record was only 12 saltine crackers eaten in a minute. My record was 2.... it’s harder than it looks!”

Elena Barilla

Randi Moultrie
Winthrop University '19 

After a great 6 months at Seacrest Studios, Randi os looking forward to venturing into new opportunities and adventures during her last semester of college. Following graduation she plans to move to Houston, TX to work for a local radio station. Her ultimate goal is to return to Seacrest Studios as a program coordinator for one of the many great locations around the country. 

“My favorite memory would be getting the chance to meet and interview Miss America 2018. Her genuine spirit and kind heart made me beyond comfortable to complete my first celebrity interview. I thank her and Meredith for the opportunity to conduct the interview and be involved with such a great visit to the hospital.”

Randi Moultrie

Lyric Galloway
UNC Charlotte '18

From Asheville, NC, Lyric is a senior Public Relations student at UNCC. She initially became interested in broadcast media to gain new skills in the world of Communications. Seacrest Studios was instantly the perfect fit! Every day varies, and she appreciated the opportunity to impact so many lives in such a small way. Lyric notes, “Working in Seacrest Studios changed me, and I am grateful.”

“My favorite summer memories were the cooking show and Seacrest Idol!”

Lyric Galloway

Jordin Donahue
Christ the King High School

Seacrest Studio's Showcase

My name is Jordin Donahue, and I am a senior at Christ the King. I love Seacrest Studio's and Levine Children's Hospital more th
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Jordin Donahue is a Senior at Christ the King High School. Jordin is from Cornelius, NC home of Lake Norman, just north of Charlotte. After volunteering her time to answer phones with a localCharlotte Radio Station who was raising money for the Levine Children’sHospital in the Seacrest Studios, Jordin found a renewed interest in broadcasting and reached out to Meredith Dean to inquire about an internship. Jordin submitted her application and resume’ and was offered an internship and is currently finishing up her second internship at the Seacrest Studios. Her passion for kids came from teaching dance, Jordin introduced, started and teaches an adaptive dance class at her family dance studio.“Working at the Seacrest Studios, being inside the Levine Children’s Hospital has intensified my aspirations to have a career in the medical field.” When Jordin found a place where she is able to put a smile on young kids faces just by telling them the weekly pop culture news she knew there was no place better to be. 

"My favorite memory was bringing Jeff Gordon into the Seacrest Studios as my guest to do my first celebrity interview. Not only has my experience with Seacrest Studios and the Levine Children’s Hospital been an opportunity of a lifetime, but it has changed my life forever, I will treasure my time with every child I have met always."

Jordin Donahue

Chyna Blackmon
Queens University of Charlotte '18

Chyna is a journalism and digital media major at Queens University of Charlotte. As a previous intern at SpectrumNews, Motivation Marketing Firm, CharlotteFive, Queens Sports Network and now a returning intern at Seacrest Studios, Chyna hopes to graduate and pursue a career in broadcast news or digital print.

“My favorite memories always come from times when previous patients drop in just to visit Seacrest Studios. For example, when Allie came back to the studio to interview us about our experience at Seacrest Studios for her vlog. This is one of my favorite memories because it was so heartwarming to hear how much Seacrest Studios has meant to her...so much so that she will be a future intern too.”

Chyna Blackmon

Arlette Hawkins
North Carolina A&T State University '19

Arlette Hawkins is a senior, Journalism & Mass Communication student at North Carolina A&T State University with a concentration in Multimedia Journalism and minor in Spanish. Last semester Arlette studied abroad in Seville, Spain studying Journalism while taking her courses in Spanish. While overseas Arlette hosted a Youtube series called “Arlette Abroad” where she documented each week during her semester overseas. Arlette used her experience and love for learning about others to fuel her Seacrest Studios show, “What in the World?!” Each week, viewers are taken to a new country to learn about their customs, music, food, and more. The goal of this show was to make every patient, regardless of origin, feel welcomed to the hospital; and to expose patients to their (potentially) first “overseas”experience. After graduating in May, Arlette hopes to receive the Fulbright Grant to study media in the United Kingdom or to start working for a media company. 

“My favorite memory was delivering Bingo sheets and seeing that they encouraged patients to come downstairs. A special moment in Seacrest Studios occurred when I realized the importance of my show - Inclusivity and International Adventures."

Arlette Hawkins

Morgan Lowers
Winthrop University '19

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Morgan Lowers interning at Seacrest Studios at Levine Children's hospital in Fall of 2018.
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Anticipating graduation on May 4th, 2019 Morgan is a senior Mass Communications major with a minor in Spanish at Winthrop University. She plays softball for the university and loves how it pushes her to be the best she can be. She wanted to be a news producer after she graduates in May, but Seacrest Studios changed her mind. Morgan's dream job is to be a program coordinator at a Seacrest Studios location. She loves kids, dancing, singing, Disney and putting smiles on other faces.

“My favorite memory from the semester was when DJ Yuridawg came down to the studio and did my show with me! We were talking about Scooby-Doo and she stole the show once she talked in the mic. Seeing how happy she was made me incredibly happy. I will never forget the impact DJ Yuridawg left on my heart.”

Morgan Lowers

Matt Bumbaca 
University of South Carolina '19

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Interning at Seacrest Studios this past semester has been the best experience of my life! I couldn't be more blessed to spend ti
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“I had the most incredible time coming to Seacrest Studios this fall. The best part about this internship for me is that you know you have the ability to make someone's day. All I ever set out to do was have a good time and impact people in a positive way. This internship has easily been the best experience of my life and I will never forget the memories I've made here at Seacrest Studios.”

Matt Bumbaca

Tyler Wise
Queens University of Charlotte '21

Tyler Wise

Seacrest Studios Showcase: Charlotte, NC
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Tyler Wise is a Multimedia Storytelling and Political Science double-major at Queens University of Charlotte. She has a passion for telling stories and hopes to become the next Oprah Winfrey. She has worked with children through summer camps, volunteer opportunities, and from her big family. When she heard about Seacrest Studios, she was amazed that such an opportunity existed. Tyler enjoys interacting with new people and learning their stories. 

“My favorite experience was painting a storage container with DJ M. The very first time I met her we were making pizzas in the studio. She did not understand why anyone would want to place zucchini on their pizza, and it was a shock when a security guard talked her into trying it. While painting the storage bin she began to tell me different stories about her journey. She trusted me and has become a close friend. She, along with many other patients, have left a lasting impact on my life.”

Tyler Wise

Destiny Gettis
University of South Carolina '19

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Seacrest Studios Showcase Fall 2018
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Destiny is from Hilton Head Island, SC. She found her love for Broadcast when she created her own segment at church called “A Youthful Prospective” at the age of 14. Destiny went to a church where many of the children lived in poverty and through her show she would speak about events in the community, accomplishments of the youth in church, etc. Through her Sunday newscast she was able to uplift children and learned of her passion to share stories and make a difference.

“My favorite memory at Seacrest Studios was when Maryssa came into the studio for about an hour and gave such uplifting life lessons on staying positive (she had me in tears the entire time). She was such an inspiring person and always made me feel that the small challenges I face in life there are always others with bigger problems and I can overcome anything. She taught me about new foods that I’ve never heard of.”

Destiny Gettis