Serving Up Young Talent McDonald's Restaurant Lets Students Try out On-Air Skills

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Byline: Max Seigle Daily Herald Staff Writer

While she is only 16 years old, Emily Wilhoit of Harvard has dreams of launching a career in front of the camera.

"I definitely see myself going into some kind of communications or broadcasting career," she said.

Wilhoit has furthered her interest in this field by her recent participation as one of the hosts for a local cable program called "MC (McHenry County) Cares."

McDonald's of McHenry County sponsors the half-hour program, which features a mix of local talent, sports, entertainment, community outreach organizations and frequent animal guests.

"I really enjoy hosting. That's what I love to do," Wilhoit said.

During a recent taping for the June show, Wilhoit played host to a number of local talents, including a group of second-graders at Algonquin Road School in Fox River Grove. The second-graders, dressed in gold vests, performed a sing-along to the Temptations', "I can't get next to you."

This month's show - which repeats at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. every Saturday on Channel 3 in Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Cary and Fox River Grove - also features a martial arts demonstration, a magician with fiery tricks and an interview with the founder of "Flight for Diabetes" in Wonder Lake.

The exposure to such a diverse group of guests has been a unique experience for Wilhoit.

"It helps me meet a lot of people in the community that I don't think kids in this area have the opportunity to know," she said.

"MC Cares" first aired in February under the direction of Mari Fisher, who does public relations and marketing for McDonald's of McHenry County. …