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2009 RTDNAC Scholarship Winners

Dannika Lewis & Jessica Lyn Silvaggio

NC Scholarship Winner

Dannika Lewis, of Sykesville, Md., is a senior broadcast journalism major at Elon University, where she has served as vice president of the university’s chapter of RTDNA. She is also one of 25 communications majors selected for the Class of 2010 Journalism and Communications Fellow.

Lewis spent the summer of 2009 as an intern for CBS Evening News’ medical unit in New York, where she assisted in research, writing, field shoot, logging, scripting and editing for both Evening News packages and on contributions to’s Doc Dot Com.

At Elon, she serves as a foreign correspondent and director of marketing for Phenix 14 News. As part of her position, she was assigned in Madrid, Spain, where she self-produced and translated news pieces.


SC Scholarship Winner

Jessica Lyn Silvaggio, of Boiling Springs, S.C., is a senior broadcast journalism major at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, where she works as a copywriter and editor for Student Gamecock Television and serves as a Supreme Court justice for South Carolina Student Legislature.

Silvaggio spent the summer of 2009 as an intern at CNN in its medical unit and “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. She also interned at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, S.C., and WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C.