School of the Week: Oregon City High School, Oregon

Congratulations to Oregon City High School in Oregon City, Oregon on being selected as this week’s School Broadcast Program School of the Week!

Oregon City High School joined the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program this year and is part of a school club. Anyone is welcome to participate, but the maximum number of students that can participate is 20.

Currently, the club streams boys and girls basketball and baseball. They plan to add all OCHS home football games to their broadcast schedule this fall. Celebrating their school community, the OCHS SBP also live streamed the trophy presentation last week for their 2014 OSAA 6A Girls Championship basketball team.

OCHS sophomore and vice president of the school’s broadcasting club, Kadin Freauff, said that students love the program.

Most, he said, “want to get into the journalism world and go far within the industry. All of the crew members work hard and make sure they look and perform their job in a professional manner.”

“This is a great starter program to help them with what is ahead,” Kadin continued. “But the biggest thing is we all like to have fun behind the scenes and while we are on the air. We all work great together and do an excellent job.”

That’s what we like to hear, Kadin! Students learning and having a fun!

Joining the School Broadcast Program is easy.  And free! Contact sbp@nfhsnetwork.com for more information on how your school can start using our easy-to-use technology to stream your events.

We want to feature your school next! Submit your broadcast team’s behind the scenes pics on Instagram or Twitter with #WeAreHighSchool or email them to info@nfhsnetwork.com.

School of the Week: Geneseo High School, Illinois

Geneseo High School in Geneseo, Illinois is this week’s School Broadcast Program School of the Week!

Geneseo  joined the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program just this January and has hit the ground running. Having already produced a number of basketball games and sectional wrestling this winter, they are looking forward to covering a variety of spring sports.

The Broadcast team at  Geneseo told us a little bit more about their program:

Keep up with Geneseo’s broadcasts on the NFHS Network here and follow Geneseo Broadcasting on Twitter.

Want to be considered for School of the Week? Simply tag photos of your broadcast team on Instagram or Twitter with #WeAreHighSchool or email them to info@nfhsnetwork.com.

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School of the Week: Montrose-Hill McCloy High School, Michigan

Congratulations to Montrose Hill-McCloy High School in Montrose, Michigan!

Montrose was one of the inaugural members of the School Broadcast Program back in 2010. While many of our schools use the program as part of a class or a club, Montrose does both.

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In the spring, the program is part of a class called “America in the 21st Century,” which includes the production of “The Friday Show.” This show is a weekly summary of world, national, state and local news, sports, weather and feature stories. Any student can participate in the program if they show interest and ability. James Kitt, the teacher advisor for the program at Montrose, said they have more than 30 different students participating on the various broadcast crews.

The program primarily produces sporting events, but has branched out to produce “The Friday Show,” graduations, choir concerts, band concerts and national signing day shows. The program also produces a yearly district feature called “Montrose Community Schools FYI.”

“Our school has benefitted from this program in terms of visibility,” said Mr. Kitts.  “Our broadcasts are seen by people from everywhere. We have had former athletes – now military personnel – watch events from forward operating bases in the Middle East. Several former students have gone on to study broadcast technology in college and special broadcasting schools like Specs Howard Broadcasting School.”

Last week, a former student, Sean Hitchcock, spoke to the class about careers in the news industry. Hithcock is currently a senior producer at WNEM TV-5 in Saginaw, Michigan, and produces Mid-Michigan’s top rated morning show.

“Sean called me out of the blue and told me that I changed his life,” Mr. Kitts said. “That makes uploading games late into the night worth it.”

We agree! Check out the Montrose Hill-McCloy High School portal as well as their Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Want to be considered for School of the Week? Simply tag photos of your broadcast team on Instagram or Twitter with #WeAreHighSchool or email them to info@nfhsnetwork.com. Learn more about the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. And be sure to follow the NFHS Network on Twitter and Facebook!

School Broadcast Program School of the Week: Christian Brothers College High School, Missouri

This week’s School Broadcast Program School of the Week is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

When asked to tell us a bit more about themselves, Christian Brothers College High School’s Cadet Student Network decided to show off their skills with a video response. Check out this great video they put together:

You can follow the Cadet Student Network on Twitter @CBCCSN and on Facebook.

Learn more about the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. To be the next SBP School of the Week, tag your photos on Instagram and Twitter with #WeAreHighSchool or email them to info@nfhsnetwork.com. And be sure to follow the NFHS Network on Twitter and Facebook!

School Broadcast Program School of the Week: Xavier High School, Connecticut

Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut is this week’s School Broadcast Program School of the Week!

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Xavier joined the School Broadcast Program this year and already has streamed a variety of sporting events and school activities. The Xavier Streaming Network is a club that is open to all students and currently boasts eight members. Paul Kieda, the club moderator, shared this about the benefits of Xavier Streaming Network to their school community:

Through this club we’ve been able to stream sporting events, concerts, prayer services and Masses. It has been especially helpful to parents and relatives who are unable to attend because of work or travel – we’ve received feedback from relatives who were excited to watch from places as far as Switzerland and New Zealand. This year is Xavier’s 50th Anniversary so we were also able to stream the anniversary Mass and celebration this past December.

You can follow Xavier’s Streaming Network on Twitter @falcon_talk.

Learn more about the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. To be the next SBP School of the Week, tag your photos on Instagram and Twitter with #WeAreHighSchool or email them to info@nfhsnetwork.com. And be sure to follow the NFHS Network on Twitter and Facebook!

School of the Week: Thompson High School, Alabama

Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama, has been a member of the School Broadcast Program since spring of 2011. THS TV is the school’s student-run newscast. The staff of about 14 students  meet daily, produce a daily newscast and cover sports events.

Brooke Dennis leads the student program and is the District Webmaster for Alabaster Schools in Alabama. She shared the following details about the program:

“The THS TV staff has benefitted greatly [from the School Broadcast Program] because they are given real-life opportunities to produce content that can be viewed by a large audience. These students have participated in a variety of experiences:

  • play-by-play and color commentating for sports events,
  • production of a sports show that was filmed live on location this fall
  • production of major events such as the annual Christmas Parade and our Homecoming Parade
  • a daily newscast that airs online
  • live concerts and assemblies

I truly believe that these students have been given opportunities that will give them a heads-up on the competition when they head into the collegiate and professional world because they already have years of experience because of the School Broadcasting Program. The school has benefitted because we are able to stream live events and offer publicity to our sports programs, including highlighting signings and other major awards moments.”

The THS TV program has some fantastic student success stories, too. They won 28 awards at the Alabama Scholastic Press Association Competition this past Friday, Feb. 14, including the following individual awards:

  • Alexis Lundy – First place sports story
  • Luke McKinney – First place Directing
  • Nicholas Dietschweiler – First place Feature Story
  • Grace Pevey – Second lace News Anchor and first place Sports Anchor in the On Site competition
  • Amber Harless – Second place Spot News Reporting, second place Feature Reporting, and third place Anchoring in the Carry-In category
  • Victoria Killingsworth – First place Spot News Reporting, honorable mention in the Carry-In News Story, and second place Carry-In Feature
  • Darian Hurst – Third place Carry-In Anchoring and third place Broadcast News Story
  • Ryan Renfrow — Third place News Anchor, as well as third AND second place Sports Anchor in the Mail In category, plus first place Feature Story, second place News Anchor in the On-Site competition and second place Anchoring in the Carry-In competition for a total of eight individual awards.
  • Sarah Singleterry — First place Anchoring in the Onsite and Carry-In competition as well as third, second and first place in the Feature Story and News Story Categories. Sarah also won the Alabama Broadcasters Association Award for the top high school broadcast journalist in the state.

In addition, THS News has seen several students go on to pursue broadcast careers – two are currently working in internships or work-study positions in college.

You can follow the THS program on Twitter @THSNewsTV.

To be considered School of the Week, tag pics of your broadcast team in action with #WeAreHighSchool on Twitter or Instagram. Or email a photo to info@nfhsnetwork.com. We want to feature you next!

School of the Week: Maize South High School, Kansas

Congratulations to Maize South High School in Wichita, Kansas! They were selected as this week’s School Broadcast Program School of the Week!

Craig Ryan, Maize South’s Athletic Director, shared some insight about the program:

“This is the first year for our program here at Maize South.  We saw a need for this type of format and this was a perfect setup. 

Our SBP is currently a volunteer program.  The kids that participate do it on their own time, and they realize the benefits and experience that a program like this can offer them.  This program is not specific to a club or class, and anyone that has an interest can join.  In the future, we would like to see the students receive some form of high school credit for their participation.

Currently, we have five students that run the show.  They are comprised of two technicians that run the computer and video production, two broadcasters (one color, one play-by-play), and one statistician.  They have given their program a name Maverick Sports Network (MVSN).

One of our broadcasters, Peyton Sanders, was featured on “The Weather Channel” because he set up his own green screen in his basement to practice giving weather reports.  Another student broadcaster, Megan Looper, wants to follow in the footsteps of Erin Andrews.  She wants to get in the action on the sideline to capture true emotions.  We do not currently have the technology to include sideline reporting, but we hope to in the future. MaizeSouth

This program has enhanced our school by providing access for people to view the game that cannot get out to see it.  We had a day game during our tournament week, and we had teachers projecting the game in their classroom.  This program helps to build culture in the school, and is a great promotional tool.

On the very first broadcast, one of our students, Megan Looper, was calling the plays and getting into the action.  A player on the floor just hit her third three pointer in a row, and Megan responded with “Well, When She’s Hot, She’s Hot,” and that quote has stuck with her the rest of the season.  Personally, I could say the same thing about this broadcast team, “When Their Hot, Their Hot.”  Another neat thing this team has done is a pre-season press conference.  They got the seniors from the basketball team and sat them down for questions regarding the up-coming season.  The students loved the spot light, and the broadcast team got great experience with live questions. Over all, this has been a great enhancement for Maize South, and we plan on broadcasting more events like soccer, baseball, softball, etc.”

Maize South is off to a great start in their first year with the Program and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish next!

To be considered School of the Week, tag pics of your broadcast team in action with #WeAreHighSchool on Twitter or Instagram. Or email a photo to info@nfhsnetwork.com. We want to feature you next!