My Empire Jr.: Teen is already an award-winning journalist

'My Empire Junior' showcases an award-winning aspiring journalist and his keys to success
(Source: Antonio Scott)
(Source: Antonio Scott)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - This summer, our series on the secrets to success focuses on Mid-South youth doing great things.

Antonio Scott is an aspiring journalist who already has a list of awards many professional journalists would covet.

It all started when he visited a local TV station when he was in the sixth grade.

"The bright lights, the teleprompter, the news, talking to people. It excites me and I can't wait," he said.

From that moment on, he was in love with chasing down stories and keeping kids in his high school informed.

The Bolivar Bulletin-Times gave Antonio his first big break during an internship in 2014, where his story made the cover.

"Picked it up and flipped it on the bottom cover of the first page and there it was: FBC Vacation Bible School by Antonio Scott," he said.

The Bolivar native moved to Germantown his sophomore year. He was quickly identified as a leader at Houston High School, when a faculty member encouraged him to become an executive board member of the community philanthropy and involvement group "STAT." STAT stands for Students Taking Action Today; it's a group where students work to serve the Mid-South Food Bank.

"So at the end of my sophomore year, mind you this was my first year at Houston, I went to Washington, D.C., to accept the Jefferson Award," Antonio said.

Meanwhile, the honor student was also writing for his school newspaper, eventually becoming editor in chief, in addition to producing and anchoring his school's morning news.

Across the Mid-South, he became the "teen news guy" with 75,000 Twitter followers, posting snow days and other happenings impacting kids.

"I wasn't tweeting about just our school system, I was tweeting about Shelby County, Arlington, Lakeland, and Bartlett," Antonio said.

By senior year, he was awarded the National Civil Rights Museum's "Keeper of the Dream Award," a milestone he cherishes.

"Because of course not only one of his, but one of America's most famous speeches on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the 'I Have a Dream Speech.' So, being named a 'Keeper of the Dream' was monumental," Antonio said.

He said he wouldn't be who he is today without exposure to service early on.

"Ever since I was young, there were three things that were really important at home that my mom and grandmother instilled in me: God, education, and family," Antonio said.

Still heavily involved in the church, he's known as the voice of South Germantown Road Church of Christ.

"Working with my church, going to nursing homes, and doing things when I was young really opened up my heart and my want to help others and be the person others can come to when they need help, because at the end of the day, it's always about making our community better," he said.

In the fall, Antonio will double-major in journalism and communications at the University of Memphis, with the help of the Don Poier Memorial Scholarship, after the late legendary Memphis Grizzlies broadcaster.

Be sure to follow Antonio Scott on Twitter and Facebook.

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