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TV program course named Class Act - May 2009

Tascosa High School

A video technology class at Tascosa High School prepares high school students for future careers with hands-on skills and training.

"I am hoping they will leave with confidence," said Tiffany Hooker, teacher of Tascosa's video and multimedia classes. "This class has helped them with interviewing, being able to communicate and gaining confidence in their work."

Hooker's class of 17 seniors was awarded the May Class Act award for outstanding achievement in education. The class was awarded a $200 check from Amarillo Globe-News' Celebrate Education initiative.

Students in the class film, produce and edit a mini-newscast called "Rebel TV" four times a week. The show is just like a network television newscast. It features everything from weather and sports news to restaurant reviews on Fridays. The students even create graphics with information about scholarships and school clubs and events.

Hooker said students rotate as reporters, anchors and producers. The rotation allows them to gain knowledge and experience about all newscast jobs.

"I had seen 'Rebel TV' and wanted to be a part of it," senior Tyler Enos said. "The most important thing I have learned is always think about what you are going to say before you say it."

Senior Adam Crawford plans on going into radio broadcasting after high school.

"I have really just learned how to use the technology more than anything," Crawford said.

The class received new technology this year, and Hooker said she's been learning alongside the students all year.

Principal Lynn Pulliman said it doesn't matter what future career students choose, the class gives them all the opportunity to work with technical software and programs.

"This is an important function for our school, and the students deserve the award," said Pulliman. "I am proud of the commitment the students have in being in a class like this."

calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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