By Annie Potasznik & Robbie Owens | CBSDFW.COM |By Robbie Owens

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A fifth grader from Dallas was one of only eight children in the country selected by Sports Illustrated to cover the NCAA Championship this year.

Jake Aron experienced first-hand the excitement of reporting alongside seasoned journalists in the field.

“We asked if we could get to go to the Final Four and I believe an hour later, the NCAA sent us an email back saying our credentials have been approved and made,” said Aron, Reporter, SI Kids.

For Aron, who isn’t even in middle school yet, covering the championship was a dream assignment.

“I was in UConn’s locker room after they won it all and one of the players after I’m done interviewing him, he goes: ‘Aw, I’m sad. I don’t get to see you. Today’s my last day seeing you.’ So that was a cool moment for me,” said Aron, who loves baseball and basketball.

In addition to interviewing players, he met the other demands expected of any sports reporter these days. He tweeted updates and compiled video blogs for the SI Kids website.

“It was a lot of hard work but, for me, it was very fun, also. I’d rather be there than most places,” said Aron.

For now, the young reporter will file reports until the end of 2014 and then blog for SI Kids until he’s 16.

“Like I said before, I’m only 11, so I’ve got a long ways ahead of me.”

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