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April 1, 2013

Centennial to Start Charger Channel

by Mariah Schaefer

With the addition of Smart Boards to almost every classroom at Centennial High School comes the need to find new ways to use this technology. At last, it was announced to The Centinal that one solution was found; this solution will integrate more technology into the classrooms and allow Smart Boards to be used every day. After a lot of thinking, Centennial has decided to add a broadcasting class to its list of electives available.

The class will have Mrs. Marian Wyatt as the instructor, and it will only be available first hour to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

“I am so excited that, starting next fall, we have a broadcasting class,” said Wyatt.

The broadcasting class will use state-of-the-art equipment to produce news stories and live stream the announcements, always at the beginning of first hour. Because of its use of complicated technology and equipment, the class will be classified as an honors course.

“I’m really excited for all opportunities [this class] is going to offer,” said senior Erica Allender, who currently reads the announcements over the intercom.

Centennial is partnering with Ustream, a live streaming website, in order to make the broadcasting class a success. That way, all students need to do is go to www.ustream.com/chargerchannel to see Centennial’s announcements and news stories.

News stories and announcements aren’t the only things that will be shown on the Ustream page, which was named Charger Channel. Students who are in the broadcasting class, and even students who aren’t, can submit videos that will be shown on the channel. All videos submitted will have to be approved before being posted.

The broadcasting class is meant to be a self-directed class like the newspaper class that is also offered at Centennial. After all the students in the class are instructed on how to use the cameras and editing software, the students will be able to pick several topics and create news stories or dedicate an entire semester to making a documentary that will be shown at the Aldridge Auditorium for free at the end of the term.

Two students from the class will be chosen, through a series of interviews and tests, to be the anchors that will deliver the announcements to Centennial students every day. Teachers are obligated to tune in to the Charger Channel every day except test days. Students who have physical education or don’t have a class first hour will only be able to get the announcements through the Internet.

This broadcasting class is so innovative that some students have taken drastic measures in order to be in it.

“We have a group of thirty-two seniors that are opting out of graduation to be in this class next year because they feel that, if they take broadcasting [at Centennial], they would do much better in college,” stated Wyatt.

Two of the seniors who have decided to defer their graduation so that they can be in the broadcasting class are Arun Doogar and Samantha Wells. This doesn’t happen very often at Centennial High School, but they both had good reasons to choose this path.

“I just love being on camera, so to get the chance to take a broadcasting class here, it was just like, ‘I’m definitely going to do this’. I don’t care if I don’t graduate when I normally planned to; I’m staying,” commented Doogar.

Wells added, “Instead of going to college, you know, I thought that it might be a better idea to stay behind and do this broadcasting class because I never know when I’m going to need it in life, and it does sound like a good skill to have.”

Since the thirty-two seniors opted to stay for another year, they will not have to take additional classes next year. They will only take the broadcasting class and then head home or work on news stories and documentaries in Mrs. Wyatt’s room.

Although it would be wonderful to have a broadcasting class at Centennial High School, this is actually not the case. April Fools!

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