Recent Alumna Returns To Rahway High School To Share Her Success With Her Former Teachers

RAHWAY — Recently, T-Kea Blackman, a 2008 graduate of Rahway High School, visited her teachers to thank them for encouraging her and to share her college/career successes. Currently a senior at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Blackman ranks in the top 15% of her class and has been named to Golden Key Honor Society and Lamba Pi Eta, National Communications Honor Society.

Blackman spent her first year at Shaw University, a member of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and then transferred to Howard, where she was taught to be driven and keep going after her dreams. Here she also learned more about her African-American culture. She is particularly grateful to Rahway teachers who pushed her to go above and beyond what she thought she could do and built close personal relationships with her when she transferred to our smaller community from the much larger Elizabeth High School.

Blackman is particularly grateful to Mr. Farrell, Ms. Saadeh, Mr. Radler, Mr. O’Riordan, and especially to Ms. Palermo and Kudos for experiences in broadcast journalism since she is a communications major at Howard. Her words of advice for current high school students are, “You should take advantage of time here to build personal relationships with your teachers.

T- Blackman has had exciting internship and other career experiences. She spent a semester at TV 1, part of Comcast, related to NBC Universal. This cable network’s target audience is African-American adults. At the same time she also worked at BET as a production assistant for the awards show, Black Girls Rock! She also completed a documentary describing the mentoring program, Lady Me, which she founded.

What is next for this talented young lady? Her ultimate goal is to be a CEO of a television network and end up on the West Coast, so she is applying to USC for an MBA. Recently she visited California to meet the Vice President of Talent Development and Diversity of ABC, where he encouraged her to apply for a paid 12-month internship in the production area, which would start this July. So now she waits to hear, from the MBA admissions committee and the ABC internship.

T-Kea Blackman looks to continuing a career in broadcast journalism, inspired by her time at Rahway High School’s Kudos broadcast program followed by exciting internships at TV 1 and BET’s “Black Girls Rock!” while a student at Howard University. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

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