Northwest ISD Navigator Magazine October 2017 - Page 19

was named by Student Television Network as the top student-run live show in the Southwest U.S. for the second consecutive year. Students in the program have also gone on to assist in the management at major colleges, such as the University of Oklahoma, and even professional teams. here is the same kind of system our students would use if they were to be working out in the industry.” Each home football game, a crew of about a dozen students scurry around the field or in the press box, providing audiences with real-time game information and footage. A few students man cameras on the field, while a few more operate cameras from the press box area. While those students take video, several more sit at stations to provide graphics with game stats – such as scores, ball positions and more – and provide sound ranging from the leveling of an announcer’s voice to referee communication and more. If spectators don’t notice anything but the flow of the game, that’s the point. The operations crew has to operate at lightning-fast speeds to ensure audio and visual updates are nearly instantaneous, to the extent that they don’t even consider there are people working hard to provide the information. One of Mr. Rawe’s former students, Emily Erwin, serves as game-day control room support at Heinz Field for the Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Pittsburgh in her job as a control systems specialist intern at Daktronics. Prior to working at Heinz Field, she worked as a big screen production assistant at the University of Oklahoma’s football games and other sporting events. She attributes much of her success to learning key lessons at Northwest. “The Creative Media Production Academy introduces kids to so many different aspects of media production, and students can leave with experience in Jenny Santoscoy, a senior who It’s just a lot of fun to root for our many different areas,” she said. operates audio at football games, school and learn all these technical “Working Northwest ISD football said working games for the first games introduced me to sports time last year started as a challenge aspects of production. production, and specifically but quickly became exciting. – Roy Alonzo, student Daktronics equipment. I’m excited to see everything Mr. Rawe and the “It’s really nerve-wracking at academy kids are able to do with first, because the audience hears the new equipment and see where everything I do – so if I mess up, these students take their talents after high school.” it’s heard everywhere,” she said. “Doing the announcer audio is probably the hardest part, because you never know what Getting to Ms. Erwin’s level of professional accomplishment his reaction is beforehand – if he’ll be louder or quieter than takes great effort, something the academy’s current normal. You have to pay close attention to what’s going on in audiovisual students understand. They spend time during the game, because if a big play happens, he’s more likely to be class each day preparing for their game-day duties, and they louder than normal.” arrive early at the stadium to ensure equipment is ready. Working the football games also reinforced her passion to Despite the hard work, the students agreed the experiences pursue audio as a career, Jenny added. they’re gaining are preparing them for life after high school. “I’m really interested in everything audio – the main thing “We get as much as we can get done in the classroom, and the I’m interested in is audio for music – so the stadium is great rest of the work is done in our free time,” said Roy Alonzo, a training,” she said. “I’d like to look into producing music or senior producer of the game-day crew. “Like Mr. Rawe has doing live audio engineering for concerts and things like that.” told us, pretty much every industry is going to need video at The hard work of the academy’s students has paid off in many some point. Having this role here just puts that pride in me ways. Last year, the academy earned a prestigious national – it’s just a lot of fun to root for our school and learn all these honor when NHSTV, Northwest High School’s daily show, technical aspects of production.” n “ ” 19