NDHS stu­dent finds that ‘Big Brother’ is watch­ing

Lo­cal high school stu­dent gets a re­al­ity TV sur­prise when show con­tes­tant shows up for his birth­day

Sunday Star - - LOCAL - By JACK RODGERS [email protected]­pub.com

HURLOCK — Daniel May, a North Dorch­ester High School stu­dent and fan of the re­al­ity TV se­ries “Big Brother,” got a spe­cial sur­prise for his 15th birth­day. A con­tes­tant from the show’s 20th sea­son, An­gela “Rock­star” Lantry, vis­ited the school to wish him a happy birth­day on Dec. 18.

The visit was planned by a class­mate of May’s, Emily Mar­shall, a se­nior at North Dorch­ester High School. Mar­shall di­rectly mes­saged Lantry and four other cast mem­bers on so­cial me­dia, ask­ing if they would record birth­day wishes for May.

“I’ve been told that per­sis­tency is key,” Mar­shall said. “I was on my phone for like, five hours, just tex­ting them all on DM say­ing, ‘Hey can you come out? This guy, he loves you, he talks about you non­stop.’”

Kait­lyn Her­man, Win­ston Hines, Bayleigh Day­ton, Sam Bled­soe and Chris “Swaggy C” Wil­liams, all sea­son 20 cast mem­bers, make ap­pear­ances on the video wish­ing May well on his birth­day.

“I heard you were an in­cred­i­ble young man, and I am hon­ored to have you as a fan of the show,” Her­man said in the video.

“I hope I get to meet you some­day, and I hope to­day, you’re smil­ing ear to ear and you’re hav­ing a re­ally great birth­day,” Bled­soe said in the video. “And I love the work you do with En­vi­rothon. You should be very proud of your­self.”

Also fea­tured are some of May’s class­mates and teach­ers, in­clud­ing se­nior Jay Polk, se­nior Izzy Roberts, se­nior Ken­dall Clough and sci­ence teacher Kait­lyn Prekrel.

“It has been so much fun hav­ing you in class. You are one of the best sci­ence stu­dents I’ve ever had. You are be­ing phe­nom­e­nal in class, and I just want you to have the most spe­cial birth­day ever,” Prekrel said in the video.

“Rock­star ac­tu­ally posted that video on her own ac­count, and it got 100,000 views,” Mar­shall said.

Lantry sur­pris­ing May at the school is posted on Mar­shall’s Face­book pro­file, which alone has nearly 100 shares and more than 200 in­ter­ac­tions. “You got voted off!” May says in the video. The two in­stantly em­brace.

Lantry said the visit was a per­sonal one for her, as she is the step­mother of a child with autism. She said she spoke with May’s friends and fam­ily and talked about the re­ward­ing chal­lenges of liv­ing with some­one with spe­cial needs.

“Every­body at the school had noth­ing but nice things to say about Daniel,” Lantry said. “He was a su­per sweet kid, so full of light and en­ergy . ... It meant so much to me to even be able to be there and the joy it gave him.”

Mar­shall said she made the video be­cause she wanted to make one of her clos­est friends happy.

“I just love to see him happy, and it was just an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to see some­one who lights up my world, fi­nally giving him some­thing back,” Mar­shall said.

Mar­shall said the two spend a lot of time to­gether when she in­terns for May’s ninth-grade English class.

“He teaches me so much ev­ery day, and I just wanted to do some­thing spe­cial for him,” Mar­shall said. “That’s ac­tu­ally how we bonded . ... Com­ing into that class, I didn’t re­ally know much about any of the stu­dents, but one day he was talk­ing about ‘Big Brother,’ and I was like ‘Hey, I watch that, too.’”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

An­gela Lantry, left, stands with Daniel May dur­ing her visit to North Dorch­ester High School Dec. 18.

An­gela Lantry and Daniel May em­brace af­ter Lantry sur­prised May at North Dorch­ester High School Dec. 18.

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