Rahway High School Broadcast Students Showcase Their Creativity

Monae Torres, Nicole Davis and Alexis Orlofsky perform a rendition of Thriller for Rahway High School as part of their Kudos Broadcast Journalism class. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

RAHWAY — Halloween provided the impetus and opportunity for students in Lauren Palermo’s Speech/Broadcasting classes to showcase their creativity. Students thematically transformed the regular daily show, which includes announcements, weather, word of the day, commercials, and sports features.

Two very convincing ghosts, using special effects to create headless announcers who held their heads in their hands, delivered the morning announcements. Students utilized green screen technology and four bodies to create these apparitions. The Weather Girls also used special effects to appear as shadows. Two special features followed. First, the cheerleading team created and filmed a showcase of their stunts and pyramids as a show of support for the football game the next day. Next, a team of three students created a Halloween episode of Scooby Doo.

Finally, three students, Monae Torres, Alexis Orlofsky and Nicole Davis used their knowledge of dance and Davis’ experience at a Michael Jackson concert to create a rendition of Jackson’s Thriller. The girls spent time outside school choreographing, practicing, costuming, filming, and editing this sequence, including inserting a spooky woods background. Watch a segment on the Rahway High School website, http://www.rahway.net/rhs.

Current New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards require that student be able to utilize digital media to create messages for different purposes and audiences. Students need to be able to utilize critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and leadership. Those Rahway students who elect Speech/Broadcast classes have ample opportunity to become proficient in these skills while providing valuable communications services to the Rahway High School community on a daily basis.

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