West Allis Central High School News Team Keeps Bulldogs in the Loop

West Allis Central High School News Team Keeps Bulldogs in the Loop
Posted on 10/12/2018
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Every morning, the Bulldog News Team at West Allis Central High School is on set ready for “action” as they  produce daily video announcements for staff and students. According to Innovation Coach, Christina Kralik, “The Bulldog News Team films the information staff and students need to know.  We highlight events, club meetings, sports updates, celebrations, and all the things that are part of Bulldog life.”

Daily announcements are prepared by  7:15 a.m. when the news team, Savannah Hyke, Dezi Lopez, 
Dylan Keller, Manny Reyes, and Kiontas Gallion meet in the studio to film. During first hour, producer, Alexia Rodriquez, edits the video and posts it to Youtube. In homeroom, students and staff are able to watch their morning announcements on screen.

Kralik says the news team works hard to make sure everyone knows what is going on at school. “Our team has produced special advertisements for events like our Holiday Door Decorating Competition and they’ve also filmed fun segments like ‘My Favorite Things about Central’ and ‘Are You Smarter than Your Teacher?’ that were a big hit.”

Clubs and organizations are also able to visit the studio and film announcements. “Our Best Buddies Club, comprised of students and students with special needs, created a public service announcement called Spread the Word to End the Word,” explains Kralik. “The segment was designed to help students understand the negative effects of using the “R” word to describe students with disabilities.  We’ve filmed a segment about influential women for Women’s Month and one about Autism awareness. The team uses the forum to highlight things they think are important and it helps to build a common understanding of respect and support in our school community."

In April 2018, the Bulldog News Team took part in the Skill USA Broadcast Competition. Students had to prepare an “on the spot” newscast highlighting that day’s headlines.  The team took second place and one judge was so impressed, he said the students were ready to begin a career in broadcasting.

“We know this is what it’s all about,” says Kralik, “preparing students to be college and career ready.  Maybe one day, we’ll see one of our Bulldogs anchoring a television news show or producing a motion picture. It’s a great field with endless possibilities.”

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