Fifth grader with autism overcomes challenges reporting weather
Wood County, (WNWO)--If you know Ronnie Ewing, you know he has a passion for the weather.
The 11-year-old goes to Otsego Elementary School where he hosts his own weather show, with the help of the high school media department, called "Weather with Ronnie".
It takes a team to make the show happen, but Ronnie didn't always show the enthusiasm he has for school.
His teachers used to struggle to keep his attention, until they decided to combine his love for performance and passion for weather.
Intervention Specialist Curt Williams got the idea to record Ronnie doing the weather on his smart phone with a smart board--and the show was born.
Eventually the team decided to upgrade the show and sought the help of district media specialist Pam Hayman.
Hayman got her students involved and enlisted the help of high school students senior Mercedes Mcnett and Freshman Hunter Thomas.
On Wednesdays the group records with para professional Carry Semler holding cue cards, Mcnett cueing and recording, and Thomas adding graphics and green screen effect.
Since the show started Ronnie's attendance and enthusiasm for school has soared and the weather report now plays in 20 classrooms every Friday.
Can't get enough of Ronnie? Watch his weather segment with Meteorologist Kimberly Newman.