Student earns prominent broadcasting scholarship

March 12, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-A University of Wisconsin-Platteville junior who aspires to become a radio news broadcaster recently was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association (WBA) in Madison.

Viroqua native Angela Drake, a communications major at UWP, has impressive array of broadcasting credentials. Besides managing WSUP, the campus radio station, Drake worked on news programming and producing commercials while a student a Viroqua High School.

The scholarship will help Drake with college expenses during her senior year. "I am incredibly honored by this award," she said. "I know there were a lot of applicants, and this will help me out financially."

The award was presented recently at the WBA Winter Convention, held at Monona Terrace in Madison.

Drake hosted the UWP Christmas Telethon, which assists Badger Camp. She was talent host for 2001 and auction host for 2002.

WSUP general manager and UWP communication technology faculty member George Smith is pleased with Drake's selection. "Angela is very deserving of this award," said Smith. The award was also "excellent visibility for our program," he added.

"Angela is one of our dream students," he added. "She has a neat personality, she's focused and organized. We could use a lot more Angies around here."

According to WBA Vice President Michelle Lukens, Drake was selected on the merits of her accomplishments and abilities. Although Lukens did not participate in judging scholarship applications, she learned of Drake's selection. "She ranked very high and is most deserving of this award," said Lukens.

The WBA Foundation awarded three four-year scholarships and one technical school scholarship this year, Lukens added.

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