Maners finds stardom on ‘Rick & Bubba’

Published 10:13 pm Saturday, January 24, 2009

Former LeCroy Career/Technical Center student and Chilton County High School graduate, Jenna Maners, has recently found stardom in an unexpected place. She is now working as an intern on the ever so popular “Rick & Bubba Show.” You might recognize her as the “Church Lady.” Much of her newfound success she owes to what she accomplished during her high school years.

At Chilton County High School, Jenna proved to be an intelligent academic role model, taking classes on the advanced diploma. High school appeared easy for Jenna, boasting a 4.0 GPA and having the unique privilege of being valedictorian of her 2006 graduating class. While at CCHS, she was president of FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), an officer in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), and a majorette.

Jenna gives credit to her current success to the years she spent at the LeCroy Career/Technical Center. She was involved in many classes on the Career/Tech campus, including computer applications, business and personal finance, Web design, and digital photography. She was president of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and competed in DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) competitions for two years. In 2006, she was Career/Tech Student of the Year.

Jenna believes every class she took at Career/Tech has helped her in some way since she has graduated from high school. The computer and business classes have been helpful in everything she has done. Web design and digital photography have especially come in handy since she has started her internship with the “Rick & Bubba Show.” In fact, one of her assignments as intern is to “man the camera” when special guests visit the show. We use these pictures on the “Rick & Bubba Show” Web site’s photo galleries Web page.

Currently, Jenna is attending college at UAB where she is majoring in Communications and Marketing. She was on the homecoming committee for 2008-2009, served as marketing chairperson for the UAB Leadership and Service Council, and works at the UAB Campus Recreation Center. Jenna is also working in a restaurant in Vestavia and with the “Rick & Bubba Show.” Even with all of Jenna’s schoolwork, study time, and jobs, she has a 3.6 GPA. After she graduates, she would like to pursue a career in sales or marketing in broadcasting.

The “Church Lady’s” life with Rick and Bubba is exciting all the time, but do not think it is always easy. Interns spend much of their time answering and screening telephone calls while Rick and Bubba are on the air. Jenna admits there are many odd people in the world; however, there are just as many friendly and interesting people as well. It is the famous people Jenna meets and speaks with that really keep the job exciting.

We asked Jenna to share any secrets about Rick and Bubba she might know. “There are no secrets!” Jenna says. Would the “Church Lady” really tell us?

For now, our local celebrity will continue to enjoy her exciting internship with the “Rick & Bubba Show.” Jenna provides Chilton County youths with an excellent example of LeCroy Career/Technical Center students’ academic skills, life skills, leadership skills, and work skills. We would like to thank Jenna for being such an excellent career/tech role model for all students.

Note: Kelsie Cagle and Samantha DeLauder are business education students at LeCroy Career/Technical Center, edited by F. Pinson.