Grace Kertz brings varied experiences and love for KC to Northeast News. Kertz is pictured here outside the Kauffman Center following the finale performance with UMKC’s Conservatory Singers. Contributed photo

By Erin William, Editorial Assistant

Northeast News is excited to announce Grace Kertz, a current student studying Business Administration Marketing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), as one of this summer’s interns. 

Kertz grew up in Moberly, Mo., with a family who she said is very supportive of all her interests and encouraged her to try everything she is interested in. In high school, Kertz was an exceptional theater, speech team and honor choir participant, and president of both DECA and National Honor Society. Through her high school career, Kertz advanced to the state music festival, and as a senior, Kertz played Maria in “The Sound of Music.”

Kertz’s interests at UMKC range well beyond business and her minor in communications. As an active member in the UMKC Conservatory, Kertz has performed in two choirs in the past year and looks forward to continuing her involvement in the choir. Additionally, Kertz elevates the UMKC campus media through “RooTV” where she writes TV scripts, anchors, runs cameras and operates equipment.

Kertz anticipates a career in “advertising and public relations within the entertainment industry or advertising for an agency.” 

Beyond the classroom, Kertz is extensively involved in bettering the greater Kansas City community. As a member of the Enactus organization, Kertz worked on the “FeedKC” project, in which over 1,000 pounds of excess food from events and businesses was donated to food shelters in the city.

Kertz truly loves a lot of the opportunities in Kansas City including the different cultural things to do, like having access to different grocery stores and cultural foods. In her free time, she enjoys baking and learning to cook.

A musical performer, Enactus activist and former speech competitor, Kertz takes pride in having a diverse and dynamic set of interests to apply to a future career in advertising. As Kertz insightfully claims, “news is something that has so many different aspects that it’s important to take a more holistic approach. I think I’m able to provide that.”

The Northeast News is excited to welcome Grace Kertz and looks forward to witnessing her dynamic skill set shine through this summer.