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  • TROJAN TRIBUNE: GHS Multimedia tours studio, embraces new technology

  • Who would you go to if you needed a poster, pamphlet, or promo? If you are in USD 248, the answer is Girard High School’s Multimedia program, which is responsible for producing videos, posters, event programs and announcements throughout the year.

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  • Who would you go to if you needed a poster, pamphlet, or promo? If you are in USD 248, the answer is Girard High School’s Multimedia program, which is responsible for producing videos, posters, event programs and announcements throughout the year.
    In order to learn more about large-scale media operations and apply the new information in their work at GHS, 13 Multimedia students toured Miller’s Professional Imagery and KOAM-TV Studio Nov. 16.
    At Miller’s, students toured the imaging facility and learned about the different software and techniques used to print pictures on everything from aluminum to dry erase boards.
    While there, the group also learned about the facility’s history. Miller’s began in 1964 and evolved from Bill Miller’s photography studio into a full-fledged professional printing business. The printing lab in Pittsburg spans more than 88,000 square feet and employs approximately 300 people during peak seasons.
    “I really enjoyed seeing all of the different products Miller’s makes, and I had a lot of fun learning about the industry,” sophomore Hannah Pyle said.
    Later, Multimedia students visited KOAM-TV for a tour given by Promotions Manager Vance Lewis.
    The tour included visits to the newsroom, tower control room, server equipment and recording set. While on set, the group observed the live production of the 12 o’clock news and learned about the camera system, clip transitions and the intricacies of live television. Afterward, students asked studio staff and news anchors questions.
    “It was very interesting to see everything that comes together to make a news broadcast,” senior Kayla Morrison said. “I particularly liked getting to talk to the anchors.”
    Visiting different technology centers in the area provides Multimedia students with information necessary for expanding the continually evolving program, which has already undergone several changes since its origin.
    The Multimedia program began operating in 1997 under the direction of Shely Shade. During its first year, Multimedia created a senior graduation video and later expanded to produce other videos for Veterans Day, Kayettes, prom, football and school plays.
    In addition to these films, students in the program handled morning announcements and operated the closed circuit television system, which broadcast lunch menus, weekly schedules and event information.
    In 2002, Kelly Burnick began teaching Multimedia, and the program began using Macintosh computers for its operations. The following school year the program switched departments, and Craig Siebert took over.
    To keep up with changing technology, Mr. Siebert introduced the students to Adobe Photoshop and DVDs instead of the VHS tapes Multimedia used before.
    Three years later, Multimedia became a part of the business department once again under the direction of Mrs. Burnick and remains there today. In addition to previous responsibilities, the program now creates senior posters and fall and winter sports programs.
    Page 2 of 2 - Last year, GHS Multimedia began producing content for Craw-Kan’s local cable television channel, The Cube. Craw-Kan provided HD video cameras, editing software, and training for students who film school and community events, including sporting events, parades, performances and interviews.
    “This year’s class has proven to be one of the most successful classes I have ever taught,” Mrs. Burnick said. “It takes a lot of teamwork and effort to keep up with the changing technologies. These students are creative and detail-oriented and have to put in a lot of work so they can make everything they do.”
    “We have an excellent program and work together very well. I really enjoy making the senior videos and senior basketball posters,” senior Maebry Woods said.
    Sophomore Hannah Risch agreed, saying, “This year has gone very well.”
    Other Multimedia students include Alicen Allen, Bethany Baker, Jordan Baker, Hayden Bauer, Alix Beezley, Austin Egbert, Trisha Elder, Ashley Foraker, Ashley Johnson, Hope McLeod, Sammy Mushonga and Emily Rawlings.
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