AHS student heading to top journalism school in US

AHS student heading to top journalism school in US
Posted on 05/06/2019
Arlington High School Senior Aaron Moser hasn’t always known he wanted a career in journalism. He wasn’t one of those kids who stood in front of the family camcorder to record his own news show. In fact, the "reporter bug" didn’t hit him until his junior year.

“Everyone thinks they’re going to be an NBA player or play in the MLB. Like most, that didn’t work out for me,” Moser laughed. “I also realized junior year that I didn’t like physics. I wasn’t good at it, so I knew anything science or math related wasn’t for me.”

It took some time, but the stars aligned for Moser after taking an introductory film class his junior year. It sparked a flame that led him to take Digital Journalism. Simultaneously, he was enrolled in an advanced English course that required him to research information and cite sources; it was that non-fiction writing, Moser said, that got him to look into a journalism career.

“In order to win lots of scholarships, students typically start early on, but it’s rare to see them achieve it at the rate Aaron did,” said AHS Digital Journalism Teacher Jessica Roberts. “Aaron is driven. He watches trends and he’s not afraid to offer ideas. He is nearly all self-taught and has really helped me guide our journalism program.”

Roberts said Aaron hit the ground running once he decided on journalism as his career path. This year, he served as the first Student Reporter for Arlington Community Schools. He also wrote for AHS Tigerlife and The View 38002 and served as a commentator for the AHS Tigerlife Livestream Sports. That hard work and dedication paid off.

Moser was named the Tennessee High School Press Student holds flag of university choice Association’s 2018-2019 H.L. Hall Outstanding Student Journalist of the Year, a highly prestigious award offered to only one high school student each year. He was the recipient of several Associated Press awards, two Best of Student News Organization awards and an Honorable Mention award from the National Scholastic Writing Awards.

He was also recently named the winner of the Don Poier Memorial Scholarship, a $3,000 scholarship awarded to only one student a year in honor of the legendary broadcaster for the Memphis Grizzlies.

To top it off, Moser was also accepted into the nation’s premier journalism program: The Walter Williams Scholars Program of the Missouri School of Journalism. The “Harvard for journalism,” Mizzou has the nation’s leading program for journalism and mass communications.

Moser credits his successes to three things: His upbringing to have strong work ethic and character, having mentors like Ms. Roberts and his access to resources at Arlington High.

“I think AHS provided me with the resources to express myself through journalism,” he said. “I was able to put myself out there for these awards because of school and my teachers. It’s been an incredible experience and a true blessing.”