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A&M-Kingsville Student to Work on Production Team for Lady Gaga Halftime Show at Superbowl LI

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While many have dreamt of getting lost in a sea of screaming fans at a superbowl, one Texas A&M-Kingsville student has always wanted to work on the sidelines.

Tessie Ledesma knew from an early age that she wanted to become a sports reporter for a large television sports network. This weekend, the reigning Miss Tamuk will become one step closer to that dream.

Ledesma, a junior studying Communication-Radio/Television and Sports Business at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been selected to help Fox Sports with Superbowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on February 5, 2017.

She applied online for a volunteer work position and was eventually selected to help in a paid position with production. Ledesma began helping prepare for the game on February 1 and will continue to work through Superbowl Sunday.

“Every day is different so there has been a different experience for me each day. I’m looking forward to game day. I can’t wait to see all the sportscasters there in the flesh,” she said. “I cannot wait to see it all put together when the big game comes.”

She will help with many aspects of production, including work on the sidelines and a position on the half time production crew.

“I would say working with Lady Gaga’s production crew and being so close to her has been the best part. They warned us at our orientation that we would see a lot of her and she would be up close and personal with us. It’s been great,” she said

Ledesma has been attending seven-hour rehearsals in preparation for the big game. This is not the first time she has put in hard work toward her future career though.

Along with being an active member of student media on campus, she actively seeks out internship opportunities. Over the past summer she was an intern at NBS Sports- Comcast SportsNet in San Francisco, California.

“I am the first TAMUK student to intern at NBC Sports. I couldn’t believe it, every day I worked was amazing. It didn’t even feel like work, it’s a passion,” she said.

“That’s how I know I’m in the correct career field, I could do this for free and never complain. I love it that much.”

Ledesma says she hopes all these experiences will make her resume stand out when she applies for jobs after graduation. 

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