Alicia Powell put on her sparkly dress and her strappy sandals for a big evening recently. It was an evening most of us can only dream about. Alicia, who is an entertainment producer for Reuters TV, was on the red carpet doing interviews at the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
Alicia is a South Bend native and currently a New Yorker. She is the daughter of Alma and Bill Powell, and a graduate of Clay High. She graduated from Dillard University, New Orleans, and received a master’s from Temple University.
ABC News for 12 years after Temple and then she has been at Reuters, which is a multimedia news agency that has more than 600 broadcast outlets. She has worked there for three years. In her job, she had done a lot of glamorous events such as fashion week in New York, Broadway and movie openings. This was a first time for the Oscars.
The word came down earlier in the year that she had the assignment. Before the event, she had to prep with a 120-page book on the nominees and the movies. Got to be on top of your game.
For the big day, there was hair and makeup, a pre-broadcast setup and then the broadcast. “I was in position and we went live at 2 p.m. And we stayed with it until 7 p.m. It is a sea of people. It was a blur. Before I knew it, it was over.”
But she did get interviews with Jessica Chastain, Kerry Washington, and the cast of “Les Miserables.” “Hugh Jackman is very nice and considerate. So is George Clooney.”
And then it was done and they went to a news tent to watch the show and do a recap of the fashion, she said. Her feet weren’t sore and the dress went back to a friend. She hopes that next year comes around quickly and she is on the red carpet again.
Bremen rose to the occasion on March 16. Bremen High raised $9,000 for Riley Hospital for Children at a dance marathon. They did it in honor of three classmates who have been touched by cancer – Dylan Shumaker, Brock Meister and Seth Young.
Guidance counselor Melissa Manges can’t say enough about the classmates and the town of Bremen. The auditorium had 300 people and everyone generously gave door prizes and food. “So many things through the night touched me and the families. It is a special place.”
Before the dance, all three boys received special gifts, Melissa said. Dylan is a big Rudy Ruettiger fan so he got a signed shirt and book. Brock is a Manti Te’o fan so he got a shirt and some other Notre Dame mementos. Another former Notre Dame player, Ian Williams, sent a video. Seth got an Andrew Luck shirt and a Colts football signed by coach Chuck Pagano.
Dylan also is a big wrestling fan so there were big-time wrestlers on hand. Two Olympic wrestlers, JD Bergman and Angel Escobedo, surprised the young fan. JD spoke about his faith and staying healthy.
Another Bremen hero, McKenna Myers, a fifth- grader, who also had a cancer scare, shared her story.
Melissa said it was quite an evening and she doesn’t know how they can top it next year. “Frankly, I hope we don’t have to do this again.”