By Naomi Hatch
After missing the annual field trip to California last year, students in Denice Westover’s broadcasting class at Snowflake High School will be making it this year, thanks a unanimous vote of the Snowflake School District Governing Board last week.
Zarine Estelle spoke during the call to the public at the Feb. 14 meeting, encouraging the board to approve the trip to California this year.
Estelle had visited the SHS broadcasting studio, where she was very impressed with the quality of students.
Estelle is a Philippino who was mentored by people from companies such as Kodak. She became media director at the biggest ad agency in Indonesia and has 20 years of experience in the field. She married an American and been in the United States for 12 years. She now serves as a missionary on the White Mountain Apache Reservation.
“You have an amazing group of kids,” she told the governing board. “You have a teacher who is visionary.” She talked of how they took education very seriously where she grew up, but in America they take it for granted. “Give these kids a chance. They’ll make a difference,” Estelle concluded.
In a video presentation made by the broadcast class, students’ comments included, “This is my passion.” “This is my goal.” “This is what I love.” “This is what I want to become.” “This is my dream.”
Objectives of the trip are to observe first-hand post-secondary career options for digital media, TV and film careers, and experience film/graphic creation by professionals in the industry. They will see multimedia technologies program standards, as well as common core for English language literacy. Students will tour post-secondary educational facilities and learn of recruitment opportunities.
Fifteen students and four chaperones will leave after school on Wednesday, March 6. On Thursday they will tour Warner Brother Studio, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising School. They will go on an exclusive tour of Greenhaus GFX. On Friday they tour the LA Film School, LA Sound Recording School, Dolby Theatre, Sony Picture Studio and Hollywood Boulevard, ending the evening with dinner on the beach. On Saturday they tour the Universal Studio back lot, returning home on Sunday.
Students have raised $2,000 for the trip, and each student is required to pay $125 because it was felt if students paid some of the cost of the trip, they would have a buy-in. They are approximately $1,200 short, but are still doing projects to earn money.
Westover noted that SHS Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) Director Alan Ramage assured them that some of the NAVIT funds for field trips will be available to them.
Board member Shea Flake said he sat on the board when the previous eight requests were made, and the first time it was presented, it was approved. “It’s been good,” he said.
Flake then asked Mason Miles what practical experience applications he felt he would be getting.
Miles responded that because they don’t live in the city where they can view fashion design, which is the profession he is going into, this would give him an opportunity to ask questions of professionals and see how fashion design is done.
A motion to approve the broadcasting class trip to California passed unanimously.
By Naomi Hatch