Northwest ISD Navigator Magazine October 2017 - Page 18

Running the show ACADEMY STUDENTS MANAGE OPERATIONS AT FOOTBALL GAMES By Anthony Tosie During home football games at Northwest ISD Stadium, it’s easy to see the effort put in by the players and fine arts participants. What isn’t as easy to see is the effort put in by the students running major parts of the event itself, though their work is evident. Students from Northwest ISD’s Creative Media Production Academy, housed at Northwest High School, operate the videoboard and all related aspects of home games at Northwest ISD Stadium, including the cameras, sound equipment, game-day production and much, much more. Such operation 18 requires specialized skills, which they develop in their broadcast classes. Jeremy Rawe, academy facilitator, said his students learn skills used by media professionals across the country by working operations at football games. The experience is both fun and provides real-world skills, he said. “We use a company called Daktronics [for our video board system] that is in over 70 percent of professional stadiums,” he explained. “We’re obviously a much smaller scale at the high school level, but the system we use