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H.S. Molds Sports Photographers
The Baltimore Sun

"I worked six months as an intern for free," he said.

Also, he said, completing the Sports Science Academy program doesn't guarantee a sports-related job.

"A friend of mine who wanted to be a physical therapist wound up in the Marines," Olszewski said.

Becoming a pro football player was Matt Gibson's goal - until eighth grade.

"That's when I did a reality check," said Gibson, a junior at Kenwood. Now, he's leaning toward a career as a college sports information director. Last summer, Gibson interned at the University of Delaware, learning how to write news releases and game stories.

"This is a way to still be involved in football," he said. "It's a more attainable dream."

O'Leary, the trainer, hoped to be a physical therapist when she left Kenwood in 2000 but changed her plans in college. Now, as part of her work at Towson Sports Medicine, she attends athletic events at Maryvale Prep and treats ankle sprains and other injuries.

"I like being around sports all the time," said O'Leary, who played field hockey and lacrosse at Kenwood. "In what other job do you get paid to watch games?"

Bunch, the broadcast hopeful, understands. A college sophomore, he has already covered five Miami baseball games on radio and hopes to report some Hurricanes football this season.

A 2005 graduate of Kenwood, Bunch said his experiences in high school "increased exponentially my chances of being able to go on the mike and do play-by-play big time."

He has wanted to broadcast baseball since age 10, "when I realized I wasn't going to replace Cal Ripken at shortstop. I would lay in bed at night with the lights out during the 1997 playoffs and listen to Jon Miller and Fred Manfra paint pictures of the Orioles-Indians games.

"I thought, if only I could do that, it'd be like being retired for the rest of my life."

When the opportunity arose to study sports communication at Kenwood, he said, "it was a match made in heaven."

His classwork included Advanced Placement English, speech and journalism.

"I had always disliked English," said Bunch, 18, of Bowleys Quarters. "But when you are focused on a career, it goes down easier."

Fun and games

After school, he would announce Kenwood's games, everything from football to field hockey.

"At the start of ninth grade, I remember telling Mr. Russell of my interest in broadcasting," Bunch said. "Right off, he put me on the microphone for a JV soccer game. My work was riddled with errors. I got so many names wrong, I'm surprised they didn't boo me off the mike."