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South Warren Middle STLP students recognized for work with WKYU-TV

November 16, 2012
South Warren Middle School

Members of the South Warren Middle School Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) were recognized at the November 12 meeting of the Warren County Board of Education for their work on the “Teacher Wall” project with Western Kentucky University television station WKYU-PBS.

South Warren students in Technology Teacher Bryan Priddy’s STLP collaborated with WKYU-PBS on a grant project called “Teacher Wall”. The national project provided small grants for local public broadcasting stations like WKYU-PBS to interview local teachers and then add those interviews to the national Teacher Wall website and broadcast them locally. To produce the interview spots, WKU Broadcast students who work for the public television station acted as mentors and trainers to the 7th grade students, teaching them skills in camera work, lighting, studio techniques, interview techniques and editing. WKYU-PBS Station Manager Linda Gerofsky and Producer/Host Barbara Deeb led the effort and coordinated the project. The WKYU-PBS project interviewed teachers who work with low-income and minority youth in Title I schools in the community.  
WKYU-PBS plans to air the edited interview clips as "American Graduate" spots in the non-commercial breaks between programs. The final interview clips will also be posted on the national website, TeacherWall.org, which launched online in the fall of 2011 and now features more than 8,000 videos uploaded by more than 3,000 educators nationwide. 

Students recognized at the school board meeting, from left, are Becca Holland, Lydia Jackson, Jordan McElroy, Madison Priddy, Harrison Garden, and Jonah Smith. Also part of the STLP team but not able to attend the meeting were Deanna Taylor, Brooke Bush, and Meredith Wilson.

Pictured with the students, from left, are Ryan Vennell of WKYU, Priddy, Deeb, and Scott Vennell of WKYU.

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