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
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.’”
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.