NPC Scholarship Students’ Updates: October 2019


Kala Parkinson (UF) interned this summer at the University of Florida’s Harn Museum of Art. Her title was Development Communications/Storytelling Intern. She said that her role involved interviewing and writing stories for the museum, assisting in creating the monthly newsletter, developing content for other storytelling platforms such as the museum website and a printed publication, and creating and sending out push notifications for the museum’s mobile application. Kala graduated from Barron Collier High School in 2017 and is now in her junior year at UF. Karla Wheeler is her NPC mentor.

Maria Munguia-Cortes (Wartburg College, IA)
Interned for a second summer with the Pike and Lecesse company in Rochester, New York. She said that she primarily does risk management, videos, and manages the community website.
“I am having a great time at my internship and in the ROC area,” she wrote in an email. Maria graduated from Immokalee High School in 2016 and is now in her senior year at Wartburg.

Tamica Jean-Charles (FIU-Miami) was very happy to let me know that she is now freelance writing for the Miami New Times for their Food section. Her first story was titled “Tigeorges Kafe Celebrates Haitian Coffee Culture ( She wanted me to tell the NPC members that she would love any and all feedback. (Contact me: for Tamica’s contact information in Miami.) Tamica graduated from Naples Nigh School in 2016 and is now a senior at Florida International University-Miami.

Camilla Cal (UCF) shared some very good news with her NPC Mentor, Carole Greene. In April, Camilla became a USA citizen! She said that the process took over a year, but thankfully all went well.
Congratulations, Camilla!!
She graduated from Naples High School in 2017 and is now a sophomore at UCF.

Mark Pierre (2019 FGCU graduate) shared some great news with me in August. He is now a Video Editor for Waterman Broadcasting, and works for NBC-2 News! His mentor, Rachel Pierce, said that he’s doing great.
Mark was our 2018-19 NPC Endowed FGCU Journalism Scholarship recipient.
Congratulations, Mark! 

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