Student Correspondents

2016 Student Correspondents

Maggie Carpenter: Lexington High School — Lexington, South Carolina

Representing the South Carolina team as a Student Correspondent for this year’s game is Maggie Carpenter from Lexington, South Carolina. Maggie is a senior at Lexington High School in Lexington, South Carolina, where she is a member of the National Honor Society and Quill and Scroll Honor Society. She is the Vice President of the Economics Club, plays as a goalkeeper for the Varsity Soccer team, and served as a Junior Marshall. Maggie was also a member of the Cat’s Paw Yearbook staff for three years and the Reporting and Captions Editor for two of her years on the staff. During her time as a staffer, she was awarded First Place for SCSPA’s Best Feature Story category. Maggie is the daughter of Lance and Mary Carpenter. Her college choices include Vanderbilt University, the University of South Carolina, the College of Charleston, and Miami University (OH). She plans on majoring in International Business, Public Relations, or Economics.


Noah Powers: Western Harnett High School — Lillington, North Carolina

Noah Powers is a senior at Western Harnett High School located in Lillington, NC. He is currently the Service Project Coordinator for the Beta Club and a proud member of the Western Harnett High School Varsity football team. He was selected as a Junior Class Marshal his junior year. is also the current editor of “The Eagle Times,” a student-run online sports blog created by 2015 Western Harnett graduate and former Student Correspondent, Noah Thomas, which can be reached at His college choices include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, East Carolina University, and the University of Miami (FL). He hopes to major in either Broadcast Journalism or Photojournalism with a focus in sports.



Who can apply? Current public high school Juniors that will be graduating with the Class of 2018 (academic year 2017-2018).

What are the qualifications? To be a student correspondent, there aren’t many qualifications.  You don’t necessarily have to have past experience, just great writing quality!  You also have to have a good personality, and be up for a challenge.  You also don’t have to play a sport!  If you don’t know much about football, that doesn’t mean that this opportunity isn’t for you.  There are many different sections to our daily newspaper–many more than just football.

Daily Newspaper? What’s that? Yes! During Game Week, the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas produces a daily newspaper, Game Week News, that is delivered to each player and staff.  The paper is written by the two student correspondents (which you are applying to be) and they also post their articles to our website using WordPress access. You will be tasked to write a minimum of 3 articles daily for the Game Week News and publish a minimum of 3 postings to our News feed on the website during the week.

What is a typical day? Wake up call is at 6:30 am. You will board the bus at 7:30 am along with the players, eat breakfast at one of our sponsoring shrine clubs or local restaurants, then off to the morning practice where you can start on your lead story for the day. Then it’s off to lunch with the team. After lunch, you will return to the hotel (while the team is in their 2nd practice of the day) around 2:30 pm to start writing your story, editing, proof reading, and finally printing the newsletter. About 6:00 pm you will join your team for dinner and the evening activity. When you get back to the hotel, you will distribute the newsletter to the rooms of the players, staff, and volunteers along with your counterpart from the other state. You will have a couple of hours each day of down time to enjoy the experience of being a member of the team.

Wonder what it’s like after your experience is over? Derek Phillips (2006) and Garrett Bedenbaugh (2007) can tell you what it’s like to now have a job in the broadcast journalism industry.  Phillips and Bedenbaugh were both student correspondents, and coincidentally ended up working at WACH in Columbia, SC.  Phillips is the weekend sports anchor and Bedenbaugh weekend meteorologist. This is a great experience that could lead to an internship towards a rewarding journalism career.

How does the application process work? Applications will be available on February 1, 2017. Students have until April 30, 2017 to submit their biography, written assignments, and teacher recommendation letter. Applications received after May 1, 2017 will not be accepted.  All applications received will be reviewed by a committee.  The two winners will be announced May 22, 2017.

How do I apply? You can email Kevin Hall at to get your application.

How much does it cost? All expenses (lodging, food, and travel) for your week in Spartanburg are covered. You just need to make arrangements to arrive on Saturday, December 9, 2017 to the Spartanburg Marriott located at 299 N. Church St around 12 Noon. If you as a student plan on driving to Spartanburg, you will be required to turn in your vehicle keys to the Shrine Bowl staff.

Will I need money for anything? At the Players and Coaches Banquet, you will have the opportunity to purchase your individual and team photos that were taken earlier in the week. Also, if you would like to purchase any Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas clothing from our merchandise store, you can at certain times during the week.

Application Guide and Assignments: Contact Kevin Hall at for application assignments. If you are applying for this position, all applications must be received by May 1, 2017.


Past Shrine Bowl Student Correspondents

(“Class of…” is the year the game was played)
Class of 2006

  • Sarah Brooks: Mt. Mitchell HS, Mt. Mitchell, NC
  • Derek Phillips: Gaffney HS in Gaffney, SC

Class of 2007

  • Garrett Bedenbaugh: Clinton HS, Clinton, SC
  • Andy Rives: Clinton HS, Clinton, NC

Class of 2008

  • Adam Barnes: East Gaston HS, Mount Holly, NC
  • Bernice Woodard: South Pointe HS, Rock Hill, SC

Class of 2009

  • Elizabeth Brittingham: Boiling Springs HS, Boiling Springs, SC
  • Lauren Gannon: Western Harnett HS, Lillington, NC

Class of 2010

  • Katie Casteel: Boiling Springs HS, Boiling Springs, SC
  • McKenzie McIntosh: Mooresville HS, Mooresville, NC

Class of 2011

  • Brianna Nowak: Mooresville HS, Mooresville, NC
  • Gettys Brannon: Gaffney HS, Gaffney, SC

Class of 2012

  • Sierra Gilmore: South Pointe HS, Rock Hill, SC
  • Nicole Efimetz: Boiling Springs HS, Boiling Springs, SC

Class of 2013

Class of 2014

Class of 2015

Class of 2016