By Maya Pottiger
Reporting live from Annapolis is Daniel Cox, one of the newest Chick-fil-A kids correspondents.
Daniel, a 10-year-old student at Lake Shore Elementary, is one of 12 kids selected to film a Chick-fil-A kids correspondent public service announcement that will air on Fox45.
First, Daniel was selected from a random drawing to be one of the roughly 40 kids to audition. After a successful audition, Daniel was one of the 12 picked to record a PSA.
“I was really, really, really happy because me and my brother entered, and my brother didn’t make it through the drawing,” Daniel said. “I was even happy then, but I still had to get through the auditions then.”
Though it can be daunting for some, the audition process didn’t bother Daniel. As a choir member and drummer, Daniel is used to auditioning and being in front of audiences. For his audition, Daniel had to give a 30-second report on why he wanted to be a kid correspondent.
“I told them I have done a lot of traveling,” Daniel said. “I’ve almost been to all the states in the United States, and I’m always looking for new places to go and adventures — and I ask a lot of questions.”
Leigh Catterton, an arts and humanities teacher at Lake Shore Elementary, helped Daniel prepare for his audition.
“She helped me with how to say things and confidence when I’m talking,” Daniel said. “She told me to smile a lot.”
Catterton described Daniel as witty and curious.
"When I learned of this opportunity for Daniel to audition for the Chick-fil-A correspondent, I knew he had a pretty good chance just because of his natural personality,” Catterton said. “I am pleased for him and know that this ‘national’ experience will make a positive impact on his thinking and future endeavors. Plus, he is just such a good kid, and it is rewarding to see good things happen to my students."
As part of the experience, Daniel got a tour of the Fox45 studio in Baltimore. From Chick-fil-A, he received a punch card for 52 free chicken sandwiches or chicken strips, a red jacket that says Chick-fil-A kid correspondent, stuffed animals, baseball cards and more.
Despite the experience, Daniel said he does not see himself as a future broadcaster.
“It was just a new thing to try,” Daniel said. “I always like doing these adventurous things all the time. They’re really great opportunities to try something new.”
Daniel’s PSA about Annapolis will air on Fox45.