By Joy Holbink
We’ve all seen them. The kids with the giant head phones, cameras, and ear pieces running up and down the sidelines at a sporting event. It may seem odd to some, but without them, our school sporting events could not be displayed on the scoreboard or online.
These students make up our TV Production Team. To join the TV Production Team, you don’t need experience, you only need an interest in filming and sharing sports with the school.
As Mr. Keith Blackwell is fond of saying, “If you have an interest, we will teach you!”
You do not have to be a part of a Tech Ed or the TV production class to join. The students who are already involved think that it is an amazing and rewarding experience.
Senior Ryan Hatterer said, “I love being able to look back on The Cube, on the live streams, and know I helped make that what it is.”
Ryan has been part of the TV production team for three years and loves filming boy’s lacrosse, because you have to be one or two steps ahead of the ball at all times.
Finally, when asked what she would like to tell other students interested in joining, senior Jennifer Owrutsky said, “They definitely should! It is a lot of fun and there are a lot of opportunities. Everyone is super nice and provides a great atmosphere. It’s a great activity to be a part of!”
If you are interested in joining, please see Mr. Blackwell. Spring sports are going on and there is a lot of action to be a part of. Don’t just observe the action, be a part of sharing the it.
By Rachel Lau
Social Media Editor
Each day the morning announcements are shown in period four. While the student body just sees a group of people on TV sharing information and character, they don’t quite know what really goes on behind the scenes.
This year many Red Lion Seniors will be graduating which means the studio will be looking for new stars to be on air, along with the people who prepare the entire show, and work behind scenes.
“We do have a lot of seniors,” adviser Mr. Ben Smith said. “They will leave a strong legacy.”
Senior Ian Adler started working in the TV Studio during his sophomore year. His interest in participating in the show began in his freshman year when he first saw the announcements.
Mrs. Carol Kelkis was the teacher that pointed him towards the studio after he started taking Journalism 1. Many students have gotten to know Ian because he instantly became a star on air and then started making a lot of video content for the show.
He was asked if he would miss being involved in the studio and he said “totes magotes.”
His favorite memory was when he did his first look-a-like with Mr. Smith and Gru from Despicable Me and his favorite part is “the quality of the people and the show itself.”
Senior Robyn Blevins has been in the studio for two years now. The advisers call her the “manager” because she’s in charge of several things and prepares the morning announcements.
She got involved into the TV studio since she took TV classes when attending Dallastown.
“My favorite part would be yelling at people,” Blevins said. Even though she’s graduating she said, “I’ll still come and help out at football games and help in the press box.”
Senior Ben Wesley has been a part of the crew for about three years. He wasn’t always in the spotlight because he came from being homeschooled since second grade, to going to Red Lion in his sophomore year.
When he began going up to the studio he started out working on the technical side of it and then got the chance to be on air and stuck to it.
He said the best part would be “being recognized around the school.”
After graduating he will attend Millersville for Computer Science but also participate in the show that they put on too.
“My favorite memories would have to be seeing everyone, hanging out with them, being on air, and talking to my friend, Red Lion,” said Wesley. “The whole thing has been a great memory.”
They will need people to be able to do some prep work and learn how to roll cameras. Seniors Mark Peters, Billy Jackson, and Charlie Flaharty work with Sophomore Derek Etter and Senior Dominic Vano and adviser Mrs. Carol Kelkis to go over scripts. Junior Paige Gartland is working on teleprompters. If you are interested in having a career in directing, you can come up and be in charge of video, audio, teleprompters, and cueing. Students don’t have to have a specific job either, and the advisers recommend that they pitch in wherever help is needed.
If you want to get to know how the TV studio works and want to be a part of the team stop by and let one of the advisers, including Mr. Smith, Mrs. Kelkis, and Mr. Blanteno, know.
By Autumn McLearnon
Its been one of the best views in York County Football for years. The top of the stands at Horn Field majestically peers over the valley, overlooking lush green hills, burnt orange and fiery yellow trees, and crystal blue sky. Nature’s technicolor.
In the fall of 2014, the technicolor got technical with the addition of a video scoreboard on the football field adding a splash of color and live action to the view from the stands. Spectators now see live action, video replays, advertisements, and graphics when viewing the game.
At an estimated cost of $201,948, the videoboard not only brings a new element to spectating at Horn Field, but it brings opportunities for journalism and multimedia students at the high school.
“In the TV studio we stress, giving the students an authentic experience. We want them to have a good idea of what a real life experience outside of high school would be like,” said Mr. Blackwell.
Becoming familiar with the equipment used in the broadcasting industry is important to the advisors involved, according to Mr. Blackwell.
Some of the new equipment includes a Tricaster 40 which helps play videos on the scoreboard. Red Lion High School even has four students at every home game that are on Horn Field video recording the game from different angles. The video shots are then replayed on a monitor called a Three-Play in the press box above Horn Field.
A 3-play allows a student to watch the games from all four angles on the field. Once a good play is recorded, the student then is able to send it to the tricaster 40 to be replayed on the scoreboard.
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