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Elementary, middle, and high school students working at their group levels in a club
  • Clubs and organizations are a great way to help develop character and the skills that will benefit you in school, your career, and in life. Skills like commitment, leadership, effective communication, and being able to work successfully in a group all come from participating in a club or organization. Joining a club is a great way to make friends, develop leadership skills, and boost your college resumé.

  • STEM Club

    Sponsor:  Magnet Team

    SECME is a strategic alliance to motivate and mentor students to learn and achieve at higher levels.

    STEM is a nationwide initiative that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The SECME – STEM Club combines these two philosophies and will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics principles as well as SECME national competitions.

  • CNN (TV Production)


      This Fall, CNN is restarting their TV news broadcast. We are holding tryouts for on-screen and behind-the-scenes talent.  Stay tuned for details.  In the meantime...
      On-screen Talent
      On-screen talent is the news the campus viewers see on the screen. They are newscasters sitting at desks, the weather person standing at a map, and the reporters standing "in the field." Students well qualified to be On-Air talent for Colbert News will be confident in front of the camera, well-spoken, able to read scripts, and have the flexibility to interact with other on-air talent and conduct interviews with a variety of people.  Tryouts for these positions will still require a screen-Test. 
      Behind The Scenes Tryout
      These are scriptwriters, graphic designers, camera operators, sound producers, and equipment operators. If you are interested in making TV shows possible, but don't want to be on camera, research these jobs. Tryouts for these positions will still require a screen-Test. 
      A Screen-Test is a short performance in front of a camera that is recording. It gives everyone a feel for how a person looks, moves, sounds, and handles themselves from the audience's perspective. Screen tests require the student to do the following:
      1. Write the introduction and welcome yourself.
      2. Deliver it in front of a camera that is recording you. Any camera will do. For example, "Good morning. Thanks for joining us. I'm [your name], the Tuesday anchor for Colbert News Network."  
      3. Transition from a "lead-in" to a fake story. This is where you, the news anchor, introduce the upcoming story. For example, "We will begin our news for today with the lunch choices. The cafe will be serving chicken tacos, corn dogs, fruit, or grab-n-go grilled chicken salads.
      4. Pause to look at the camera until the camera operator signals the video has stopped recording video and sound.

      In the meantime...

      Feel free to practice at home, until we open the window for try-outs. If you have a camera or an iPad, practice operating the camera and being on-air talent. Watch professional news people. Look for things like how they hold themselves, sitting up straight, looking directly at the camera, watch their eyes, facial expressions, body movements.  Listen to how they open segments, intro, or hand-off to field talent.