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Oswego Third-Grader Meets 'Hero' Meteorologist

Nov 30, 2015 06:48AM ● By Shannon Antinori

Prairie Point student Alexis Kesner joined ABC 7's Tracy Butler during the local news cut on Good Morning America. (Photo courtesy of Christina Kesner)

When Prairie Point third-grader Alexis Kesner had to choose her favorite hero for a class project, she wasn’t thinking about Supergirl or Spider-Man: she chose ABC 7 meteorologist Tracy Butler.

So it was the birthday surprise of a lifetime when the 9-year-old got to meet her hero during a trip to the Channel 7 studio in Chicago.

For her birthday on Nov. 2, Alexis planned to watch the morning newscast from outside the studio holding a sign that read, “Tracy Butler is my hero.” The budding meteorologist was hoping her hero would reward her with a wave, but Butler did better than that.

After mom Christina Kesner contacted Butler via Facebook, Butler replied that because much of the Channel 7 studio was under construction, Alexis and her mom would have to come inside. 

“We thought she’d just say hi,” Kesner said, but Butler took the pair for a tour of the studio and control room.

Even better, Butler invited Alexis to join her for the local news cut during Good Morning America. Kesner said the third-grader got to sit in Butler’s chair, next to anchor Judy Hsu.

“It was a whirlwind,” Kesner said. “She loved it – I think she was in shock.”

Earlier this school year, Alexis choose Butler for her “Hero Cape” as part of a class assignment.

After Alexis’ morning news appearance, Butler sent a message to her young fan via Facebook.

Posting a photo of Alexis holding her “hero” sign, Butler wrote, “I am so honored this young lady chose to feature me for her school project. Thank YOU Alexis! … I’ll be watching YOU on TV some day!”

Kesner said Alexis has been interested in weather since she was 6 years old.

“I’m big into the news,” said Kesner, who is a loyal viewer of the Channel 7 News and Good Morning America. “She’s always sat and watched with me,” inspiring her love of the weather, the proud mom said.

Alexis’ mom said the third-grader likes to measure snowfall with a yardstick and is saving up her money to buy a rain gauge.

“She’s always said she’s going to be ‘Alex on the 7s,’” Kesner said.