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Each day the morning announcements are shown in period four. While the student body just sees a group of people on TV sharing information and character, they don’t quite know what really goes on behind the scenes.
This year many Red Lion Seniors will be graduating which means the studio will be looking for new stars to be on air, along with the people who prepare the entire show, and work behind scenes.
“We do have a lot of seniors,” adviser Mr. Ben Smith said. “They will leave a strong legacy.”
Senior Ian Adler started working in the TV Studio during his sophomore year. His interest in participating in the show began in his freshman year when he first saw the announcements.
Mrs. Carol Kelkis was the teacher that pointed him towards the studio after he started taking Journalism 1. Many students have gotten to know Ian because he instantly became a star on air and then started making a lot of video content for the show.
He was asked if he would miss being involved in the studio and he said “totes magotes.”
His favorite memory was when he did his first look-a-like with Mr. Smith and Gru from Despicable Me and his favorite part is “the quality of the people and the show itself.”
Senior Robyn Blevins has been in the studio for two years now. The advisers call her the “manager” because she’s in charge of several things and prepares the morning announcements.
She got involved into the TV studio since she took TV classes when attending Dallastown.
“My favorite part would be yelling at people,” Blevins said. Even though she’s graduating she said, “I’ll still come and help out at football games and help in the press box.”
Senior Ben Wesley has been a part of the crew for about three years. He wasn’t always in the spotlight because he came from being homeschooled since second grade, to going to Red Lion in his sophomore year.
When he began going up to the studio he started out working on the technical side of it and then got the chance to be on air and stuck to it.
He said the best part would be “being recognized around the school.”
After graduating he will attend Millersville for Computer Science but also participate in the show that they put on too.
“My favorite memories would have to be seeing everyone, hanging out with them, being on air, and talking to my friend, Red Lion,” said Wesley. “The whole thing has been a great memory.”
They will need people to be able to do some prep work and learn how to roll cameras. Seniors Mark Peters, Billy Jackson, and Charlie Flaharty work with Sophomore Derek Etter and Senior Dominic Vano and adviser Mrs. Carol Kelkis to go over scripts. Junior Paige Gartland is working on teleprompters. If you are interested in having a career in directing, you can come up and be in charge of video, audio, teleprompters, and cueing. Students don’t have to have a specific job either, and the advisers recommend that they pitch in wherever help is needed.
If you want to get to know how the TV studio works and want to be a part of the team stop by and let one of the advisers, including Mr. Smith, Mrs. Kelkis, and Mr. Blanteno, know.