Cumberland Valley High School senior Thea Parr Nagle is outgoing and open about speaking and listening.
All of these are necessary traits that will serve her well as she pursues a career in broadcast journalism.
Nagle found a love of being behind a camera and storytelling in a bit of a roundabout way. Her parents, Paul and Donna Nagle, are both art teachers, which fostered a love for art in Nagle.
Art led her to music. Music led her to theater, and theater led her to communications through Cumberland Valley’s television program CVTV.
“For me it was theater, music and TV production,” she said. “It all just kind of came together.”
Nagle is currently the executive producer for CVTV where she works on-camera and behind the scenes putting the program together.
Her leadership role with the school-based TV program afforded her the opportunity to be in the press pool when then-Republican nominee Donald Trump held a rally at her high school.
“That was a really good experience,” she said. “It doesn’t really get much better than that. I was able to go there and create a media kit and do a story for the school, and I thought ‘I’m with the big leagues.’”
Nagle carries a 4.26 GPA while taking numerous college prep and advanced placement classes, while also participating in multiple sports and activities, as well as earning a spot in the National Honor Society and taking a leadership role with CV Mini-Thon, which raises money to combat pediatric cancer.
She intends to attend Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, next fall to major in communications studies.
For the summer between high school and college, Nagle said she plans to see more of Central and South America.
She recently went on a trip to Peru and Panama, which she documented with her camera. She said that experience, getting to meet so many new people and hear their story, has developed a love of documentary filmmaking.
Nagle considers earning her black belt in Tae Kwon Do to be her greatest accomplishment.
However, that achievement nearly didn’t happen.
When Nagle was nearing her black belt, after years of training, she decided to quit. She felt all the training, all the time that was going into this one activity could be better spent doing other things, like her new found love for theater.
“I hit a point where before I went for my black belt test that I completely wanted to stop,” she said. “I hated it. I stopped going to classes. I was like ‘I don’t care. I’m not going to go for my black belt. I’m completely done.’”
That lasted only a few weeks.
Nagle said the first week away from Tae Kwon Do was exciting and she enjoyed it. But within a few more days, the desire to go back started tugging at her.
“I’ve never just quit something because I was annoyed with it,” she said. “I had never done anything like that before.”
Nagle went back to the sport, earned her black belt by the beginning of her eighth grade year and learned a valuable life lesson.
“The effort that you put into something only has as much meaning as you give it,” she said.