Area high school student earns press pass to Democratic National Convention

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SHAWNEE, Kan. -- Voters will learn a lot about our presidential candidates in the coming months.

Students will as well. As election season develops, one high schooler from the metro will be front and center, serving as a student reporter.

The opportunity of a lifetime will come into focus this coming July. 17-year-old Nick Nelson, a junior at Mill Valley High School, will be on hand, holding a press pass, and covering at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Nelson is active in the school's broadcast journalism program. In fact, our FOX 4 News cameras sat in while Nelson and his classmates recorded segments for the school newscasts on Wednesday.

After submitting samples of his work to contest called "Chase the Race," Nelson was one of 12 winners selected, and designated to cover the 47th gathering for leaders of the Democratic Party.

“I just love how creative you can be with moving pictures. Whether it's getting news across with journalism, or portraying a story with movies,” Nelson said.

Nick explained that he's not spellbound by politics, and has been studying ahead of time since he doesn’t regularly follow the candidates and polls.

“It sounds like we'll be live-streaming interviews, possible, with analysts. Maybe even political candidates,” Nelson said.

Nelson’s family and classmates said it's video production that keeps his attention.

“He's always been creative, building things with Legos when he was younger, and now, doing things with media, which is exciting for us,” Courtney Nelson, Nick’s mother, said.

“Not only is this a personal experience for him, but to be able to write this down on paper, and show what he's done, will make careers in life easier,” Sue Kim, Nelson’s classmate, said.

“The main point of this is to get my generation, my demographic, interested in politics,” Nelson said.

Once the Democratic National Convention is over, Nick's work will be shown across the nation to other high school journalism classes, giving him even more eyes checking out his creativity.

The Democratic National Convention will open on July 25 in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the Republicans will hold their national get-together one week beforehand, opening on July 18 in Cleveland.

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