EARL NIGHTINGALE SCHOLARSHIP
School: University of Texas at Austin
What was your impression of
the 2009 NSA Convention?
Attending Convention was an amazing
experience and everyone was so welcoming. My mother, Michele Lucia, and I
had lunch with Vernice Armour, the first
African-American female combat pilot,
and I shook the hand of Andes plane
crash survivor Nando Parrado.
Who inspires you?
Simon T. Bailey, CSP, is an exciting person
and I admire the way he connects with
What do you enjoy about working with speakers? Speakers are very per- sonable and fun. It’s a different atmosphere than in the news room.
What’s it like having Al Lucia, CSP,
as your step dad?
It’s a lot of fun. He lives on stage and
is always looking for a new audience—
sometimes my family is it. He can be
cheesy and break out personality tests
at the dinner table, but I love that I can
always go to him for advice.
Nicole and mom at 2009 NSA Convention.
What have you learned from Al?
He speaks about treating people with
respect and being a team player, and he
is a great example of those things. For
example, when people come over to fix
the air conditioner, he makes them a
sandwich. He also made me realize that
becoming a speaker isn’t about who you
know or where you go, but about sharing
what you know, wherever you go.
Do you have a favorite internship
My internship at ADL Associates has
been one of the best so far. There I had
the opportunity to write lead-ins, edit
articles, conduct research for prospective
clients and design promotional materials
for speakers. I also assisted speakers with
Is there something you wish
you had more time for?
There are so many things—travel,
painting, getting coffee with people
and working on my new blog,
www.Roaring20Something.com. I would
also love to go to the park and hang out
in my new hammock.
How will this scholarship help
support you and your goals?
I am extremely thankful to have been
selected to receive the scholarship. It will
allow me to take on unpaid internships
and develop my skills.
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