GCHS students showcase talents to raise funds
Mar 12, 2013 (The Garden City Telegram - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Garden City High School forensics team members were excited to perform live on camera Monday afternoon.
They've already had a spectacular season so far, and team members were thrilled to show off their talents on live TV as part of the Buffalo Broadcasting System telethon.
The annual telethon showcased the talents of students involved in the GCHS broadcasting, debate and forensics programs. It included debate rounds, acting events and news reports. All the activities were student-written, performed or produced.
Junior Cameo Colson, 17, performed poetry pieces called "Rhythm of Life," by Manuel Gonzales and "(We)," by Seth Jarvis. She has qualified for the state festival.
"I'm a little nervous," she said before performing.
Colson's teammates reassured her that the lights in the studio were so bright she wouldn't be able to see a thing and shouldn't be nervous.
The telethon is in its 17th year and its first year at the new high school.
Shelby McNutt, broadcasting instructor, said the telethon not only was broadcast live on BBS-TV Channel 21, but also on a high-definition channel, 120-A.
"We've got a lot more going on than we've ever done," he said.
The six-hour broadcast ran from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday and helped raise funds for the programs to use for equipment, travel and increased competition opportunities. As of 4:40 p.m. Monday afternoon, $4,400 had already been raised, McNutt said.
McNutt said the portion of the money raised going to broadcasting will be used to purchase new computers, because the studio in the new high school didn't get new computers. New software would also be purchased for the radio program keep pace with industry standards.
McNutt said the computers will be used for advanced editing and more broadcast options.
News anchors Monday night introduced speakers, while producers worked behind the scenes.
Radio students interviewed the debate and forensics students about their pieces and their success.
Senior Ryan Suderman, 18, ran the VT-5, or video toaster. He ran the scrolling graphics for the sponsors.
Suderman has been in the broadcasting program since he was a freshman. "It's really fun learning how to run the equipment," he said.
Suderman said he encouraged people to donate.
"I just told people how it would help the school to get new computers. The computers would help us do more in the classroom and do more live stuff than we're doing now," he said.
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