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Stafford boy chosen as Kings Dominion junior reporter

Chase Mytrysak poses for a picture at Planet Snoopy. The Stafford boy will report on the area’s progress before Kings Dominion reopens to the public in March.

A 7-year-old Stafford County boy will be tasked with breaking news about a multi-million-dollar addition to the Planet Snoopy area of Kings Dominion.

Chase Mytrysak, a second-grader at Winding Creek Elementary School in Stafford, has been selected as the Doswell amusement park’s “Planet Snoopy KidCaster.”

Chase will visit the park four times in February and March and file reports on construction progress at Planet Snoopy, which is a children’s area at Kings Dominion. Eight new rides are being added to that section during the park’s off-season. Kings Dominion will reopen March 29.

Chase’s reports will be seen on Kings Dominion’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. He was chosen as the KidCaster from more than 150 applicants.

Chase applied for the position after his mother read about the opportunity in The Free Lance-Star, said the boy’s father, Ryan.

They filled out an application, and Chase was later interviewed on the phone by a Kings Dominion staffer. The family got the good news earlier this month and visited the park this past Monday.

“It’s a great experience for Chase,” his father said Saturday.

Chase likes making videos on his iPod Touch, a skill that should serve him well in the new position, Ryan Mytrysak said.

Asked why he thinks he was selected, Chase said he gave good answers during the phone interview and talked a lot. He said he visited Planet Snoopy last summer, and thinks it will be a lot better when it reopens in March.

He said he hasn’t been able to tell his friends at school about his new position yet because of all the recent snow days.

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