KPRC’s Owen Conflenti interviews Westfield Senior Angela Chan as he awards her with the KPRC Texas Mattress Makers Senior Scholarship. Watch the video.
HOUSTON – May 16, 2019 – When KPRC TV morning anchor Owen Conflenti and his camera crew walked into an engineering science class at Westfield High School, everyone knew the lesson plan had just changed.
As senior Angela Chan was called to the front of the classroom, Conflenti revealed a large cardboard scholarship check for $2,500 with her name written in big letters on the front.
“I was very excited, I didn’t think it was real,” she said after thanking the scholarship representatives.
Channel 2 and Texas Mattress Makers team up every year to award scholarships to 20 deserving area seniors. The team travels to the school campuses to surprise the winners in person and on TV.
Chan’s middle and high school years were challenging. After her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Angela stepped up to help out at the family restaurant and took on extra responsibilities while still excelling in her studies.
Conflenti said that it was a story of perseverance that caught the attention of the Senior Scholarship Award team at KPRC. “We know how hard that it has been for her. And we know how much she has achieved in school along that time and we want to recognize her for that hard work,” said Confenti, who added that he enjoys the opportunity to surprise students.
“Kids like her, they don’t do the work for the attention, they get the attention because of the work. The opportunity to truly surprise someone, and with something so important for something that they have worked so hard for, it’s like nothing else,” said Conflenti.
Principal David Mason said that the visit from Channel 2 was evidence that the community understands the quality of the students at his school.
“We have great students here at Westfield High School, and it’s great to see that other people outside the building in the community recognize our students, we are super excited and we just want to thank Channel 2 for taking the opportunity to recognize one of our students,” said Mason.
After graduation, Chan will attend the University of Texas at Austin to study Electrical Engineering. She is active in numerous organizations at Westfield that include Key Club, National Honor Society, UIL Academics Team, Speech and Debate, Science Olympiad, Student Council and Future Business Leaders of America.