Lauren Compton

Girls Empowerment Summit

March 2nd, 2013 at 7:37 pm by under Personalities, Uncategorized

I had the most incredible time presenting and speaking at the Ocean Lakes High School’s 2nd Annual Girls Empowerment Summit. There was an incredible mix of girls, and I’m so glad I was able to participate in this forum.

 

Meeting with all girls, and hearing their aspirations reminded me of the being an intern here at WAVY. I wanted so badly to be a reporter but at the time it seemed so incredibly out of reach. But, I’m a firm believer that every big dreams takes a lot of little steps.

 

 When I first discovered I wanted to be a reporter, I reached out to every contact I had, volunteered, took mentor ships, and worked part-time jobs. I set small goals in front of myself to reach that big dream of working here at WAVY. I shared those steps with the girls today.  I hope my story shows them that even their high apple pie hope dreams are possible. And, these girls have some incredible dreams. I talked to three girls who want to be the next Joss Stone, Alicia Keys, and Carrie Underwood but better. I talked to another girl who wants to travel the world studying animals, and another who wants to be in politics. We have some amazing youth in our community.

And talk about a small world after I finished speaking one of my high school principals from Tallwood High approached me. She was in the audience the entire time, and it was nice to reminiscence about the my Alma mater. I also felt really proud to be representing the Class of 2002. It was a good day.


To our Young Viewers

March 1st, 2013 at 8:04 pm by under Personalities, Uncategorized

These past four months have gone by really fast. From Hurricane Sandy to Election Day and surviving the holidays it’s been quite an adventure working here at WAVY.

 The first few weeks were a whirlwind of meeting new people, getting used to a new way of doing things,and re-learning Hampton Roads. I am finally feel like I’m getting the hang of things here at WAVY. One of best things about my first few months here at WAVY is the opportunities I’ve had to connect with our young viewers.

 Last month I was invited to read at Southwestern Elementary School in Chesapeake. Reading Day

I talk to you all on television five days a week, but I was a little nervous about reading to a group of rowdy second-graders. I tried to give the most animated reading of a book called ‘Enemny Pie’ as I could. The book was a great read and had an even better message about  treating others the way you want to be treated. I guess I did well, because the kids asked me to come back and we all vowed to be pen pals throughout the school year. I just received my first package  of letters last week. The letters were so great to read. It amazes me the creativity, and insight these kids have. I’m still in process of reading them, and I can’t wait to send back my responses.

 

 I am also slated to host a ‘Girls Empowerment’ summit at Ocean Lakes High School. As a product of Virginia Beach Public Schools I jumped at the chance to meet with the girls.  The theme is “Be Smart, Be Bold, Be Kind, Be the Change….” I’m very much looking forward to the summit this weekend.

 If I could I would do more meet and greets, and speeches like this. It seems small but I can tell in the faces of those kids at Southwestern that it means so much. A lot of anchors and reporters here take time to volunteers and read to students in the community. And, in a huge way I think it shows kids a wider range of possibilities. It shows them they too can be an anchor, sportscaster, a meteorologist, or a reporter if they wanted to. I know because when I was a kid an anchor from a television station visited my class in high school. And I remember being so captivated by his speech.

 I walked away feeling inspired, and hopeful that I could reach my dreams if I worked hard enough. I want to give that feeling to other kids. They may not want to be in television, but I want them to know they can be whatever they dream if they work hard.

 


A Little Something About Me

November 3rd, 2012 at 6:37 pm by under Personalities

WAVY’s Newest Reporter —A little something about me.

 I’m a Virginia Beach girl, and there’s nothing like coming home. For the past eight years I’ve studied, and worked at two other station all in hopes of coming back home.  As a 757 kid, WAVY-TV was always my channel. I remember getting excited when I heard the iconic WAVY animation roll onto my television screen.  But, as a teen I never envisioned I would one day be apart of this amazing station. I can’t tell you how humbled I am to call this my job.  I’ve only been here for about two weeks, and I’ve already had my fair share of excitement. You may have seen me covering Hurricane Sandy from the Eastern Shore or Kitty Hawk. What a way to start my new job, wind blown, drenched, and cold. But, I enjoyed every minute. If my first few days are any indicator of what my journey is going to be like here, I can see there won’t be a dull moment.

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