Eight-year-old Nick Hoover shouldn’t have any trouble answering the question, “What’s the most interesting thing you did this summer?”
The Oak Hill Elementary third-grader was selected as a Chick-fil-A kid correspondent, and filmed a commercial at the Fox45 studio in Baltimore in July.
“I told one of my friends, and he didn’t believe it,” Nick said.
But he has the pictures, and soon, the airtime, to prove it.
In May, Nick’s mom, Jennifer Hoover, signed him up for the contest after her mother saw an advertisement for it while watching “Judge Judy.”
“Nick’s very outgoing,” Hoover said of her son, who readily agreed to her sending an application on his behalf.
The contest spanned 10 Maryland counties in the greater Baltimore area. Twenty applicants were randomly selected to come in for an in-person audition.
Much to his family’s surprise, Hoover said, Nick was one of them.
The next hurdle was the audition: Nick had to deliver a report at the Fox45 news desk for a panel of judges from the television station and Chick-fil-A. His topic was why he would be the best kid correspondent, citing his affinity for the company’s milkshakes and nuggets.
His report must have been convincing, because Nick was selected as one of the 12 Chick-fil-A kid correspondents.
For his commercial, Nick had to memorize a 12-second script about the importance of recycling.
“My mom made me do it every single day, even though I didn’t want to,” Nick recalled of the days leading up to the taping.
But practice makes perfect, and before the big day, he was a willing student.
“By the end, he was practicing a lot on his own,” Hoover said.
Nick returned to the Fox45 studio to film his commercial in front of a green screen.
“It was just me talking, in a suit,” Nick said of the experience.
While at the station, he and his co-correspondents had the opportunity to watch a taping of “Bmore Lifestyle,” and meet some of the on-air personalities.
In addition to his television spot, Nick was gifted a couple of Chick-fil-A cow stuffies, a sweatshirt and several free sandwiches.
Nick likes to play video games and football in his free time. He would like to be a professional football player when he grows up, a route that could afford him the ability to blend his interest in the sport and television.
“If you are an NFL player, if you’re popular enough, you can get on TV,” Nick said, citing Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes as an example.
Nick’s commercial is expected to run during the morning news on Fox45 this fall.