RHS grad Merka earns Sam Houston St. award
HUNTSVILLE–Thomas Merka, son of Tommy and Connie Merka of Rockdale and a 2009 graduate of Rockdale High School, is this year’s recipient of the “Versatility Award” at Sam Houston State University’s Mass Communication awards banquet. The award is given to a staff member of The Houstonian, SHSU’s official student newspaper, who demonstrates knowledge and skill in multiple areas of newspaper production.
Merka served as the Web Editor for The Houstonian for both the fall and spring semesters and will continue to hold the position this fall and also served as the paper’s entertainment editor.
Serving as an editor for The Houstonian is just one of Merka’s achievements during his first year at college. Within the Mass Communication department, Merka has worked with the department’s Channel 7 Cable News station by serving as a cameraman for the Spanish news, running audio for Channel 7 News in American Sign Language and producing the National and Local Government segment of the English newscast. He also worked closely with the department’s radio station, 90.5 The Kat KSHU, by serving as an on-air DJ and web editor for the station.
Outside of the Mass Communication department, Merka was an active member of the Freshman Leadership Program, was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and was inducted into the National Broadcasting Society and will serve as the organization’s secretary during the 2010-11 school year.
He is also an active member of the SHSU Honors College and was recently elected to serve as President for the Honors Student Advisory Council for the 2010-11 school year.
In honor of all of his achievements, Merka was nominated to receive a “Sammy” award, the most prestigious award that a student at SHSU can receive.