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Fake news, real success: NPHS students hired by ESPN

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NPHS students make their debut as ESPN anchors. While it's rare to go from high school student to ESPN commentator, it is, evidently, not impossible.

NPHS students make their debut as ESPN anchors. While it's rare to go from high school student to ESPN commentator, it is, evidently, not impossible.

Anissa Gardizy

Anissa Gardizy

NPHS students make their debut as ESPN anchors. While it's rare to go from high school student to ESPN commentator, it is, evidently, not impossible.

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TOWAMENCIN – Five North Penn seniors are making history as the first high school students to land temporary jobs on ESPN’s Sports Center. Seniors Nick Tercheck, Maruf Hossain, Ben Walton, Kevin Seipt, and Nico Kontroubis have snatched the opportunity of a lifetime to work for ESPN.  After the group’s’ debut announcing a girls’ basketball game, Maruf Hossain sent their tapes to ESPN, and the reaction from the news network was insane.

“Once we heard those guys, we knew we needed them on our show immediately,” said an ESPN correspondent.

When Maruf sent in the recording of the commentary, he didn’t know it was going to be such a hit in the professional world.

I’m just a regular guy!! But for real…finally someone recognizes our talent,”

— Maruf Hossain

‘“I’m just a regular guy!! But for real…finally someone recognizes our talent,” said Maruf.

Nick Tercheck knew that he and his friends needed to enter the sports journalism field ever since they were in middle school. He said it was typical for his friends to announce games even when they were just hanging out.

“Whenever we would get together to watch sports, there was always a constant play-by-play commentary from one of the guys,” said Tercheck, “It comes super dooper naturally to us- I think we were born with it.”

The biggest thing that sets the boys apart in their field is their motto: Fake News, Real Success.

They find that in today’s society, delivering fake news brings the most attention to their station.

We noticed that when we said what was really going on, people didn’t care to listen to us,” said Kevin Seipt, “Now that we make up random stuff, the viewership has skyrocketed”

— Kevin Sepit

“We noticed that when we said what was really going on, people didn’t care to listen to us,” said Kevin Seipt, “Now that we make up random stuff, the viewership has skyrocketed.”

Ben Walton specifically has had one on one sessions with President Trump about how to deliver fake news “correctly”.

“Its tots’ easy. Jess Huber misses a three pointer? Easy, the other team deflated the ball. Sam Carangi trips? The other team put grease on the court. You basically just  say something absurd with confidence, and people start believing you,” said Walton.

However, it is Nico Kountroubis who takes the most extreme angle while commentating. He learned his most strategic broadcasting strategy when he worked for CNN in third grade, and he calls it, “blame Russia for everything.”

While most viewers do not agree that the Russians play a role in undermining North Penn Athletics, Kountroubis believes that his method is the key to his success.

North Penn High School recently released a statement about the success of the five announcers.

“North Penn does not condone the actions of these students and will address the situation as soon as possible,” said a North Penn representative who wishes not to be named.

As the guys prepare for their professional careers, they are grateful to the people who have believed in them since day one.

“We have been receiving so much support from our school and from our friends, it makes me feel so happy inside,” said Seipt, “It feels like I’m in Disney land, because my dreams have really come true.”

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