DCON With Key Club
By Yesenia Hernandez
This April 20th - 23rd, Key Club will be attending DCON in Dallas. DCON is district convention for Texas-Oklahoma Key Club made by students.
Top: Rikki Foster, Christy De La O, Daniela Rodriguez, Angelina Diazdeleon, Mario Gallegos, Salma Espinosa, Hilda Torres , Kei Matsumoto, Valeria Gallegos. Bottom: Andhy Muro, , Eduardo Lopez
DCON is an event with a lot of activities and sessions such as, T-Shirt contest, video game contest, advisor sessions, president sessions, and ect. Mr. Foster, the advisor of Key Club here at Manor New Tech, was able to attend a session. “I went to a session for advisor on how to help get more members involved, how to get ideas for big fundraisers so we can raise money, as well to have better ways to communicates with the members and officers,” says Mr. Foster describing a session.
Talking about fundraisers, Key Club has done fundraisers to attend DCON such as, Kiss Your Friend Goodbye last year and the Cakepops on Halloween. Key Club also gets volunteering grants, one big sponsor is IRONMAN 70.3 Austin. Key Club goes and volunteer many days for the the IRONMAN 70.3 Austin event and at the end they’ll receive money, which is their volunteering grant. Hopefully they'll have enough money to pay for all or most on the trip for chosen member, but officers will be paying $250-300 dollars.
Valeria Gallegos, a returning member of Key Club, was able to attend DCON her freshman year. She attended meetings, classes, and activities leading to meeting other Key Club members. The meeting she attended was on electing the next District Staff members, unfortunately she couldn't vote only the officers were allowed to. One class in particular was about how to properly use your utensils on the table. “I didn't know you had to have your utensils on a certain place,” says Valeria astonished. “It was different and weird,” according to Valeria.
Cristofer Olivares, also a returning member, hasn't had the DCON experience. “What I expected from DCON is to have the best experience of my sophomore year,” says Cristofer as he will be attending this year's DCON. “I've heard great things about it from other New Tech peers that are in Key Club,” is Cristofer’s reasoning behind his expectations.
Valeria also mentioned different activities such as icebreaker throughout the convention. For example our Key Club was able to play charades and twister. There were a lot of activities going on and all arranged by Reagan Reynoso, District Liaison and others. “I wasn’t sure what to expect because it was big convention that was put together by high school kids,” says Mr. Foster before experiencing the Mission Impossible DCON, it being his first DCON. Since Key Club is a student based, student run club, wouldn’t be surprising to see their district convention run by students.
Key Club playing Twister as an icebreaker activity at DCON.
“There were mostly juniors and me and another girl where the only two freshman,” said Valeria about last year’s DCON convention. Hopefully this year members are willing to experience an unforgettable trip.
Inside Look At E4 Youth
By Yesenia Hernandez
Top Row (left to right): Grant Loveless, Nichelle Jarmon, Agojok Madio, Kentrell Lampkin, Yesenia Hernandez, Litzy Rea Valdez, Lorissa Rivera, Zach Ojeda, Krystal McGill, Deandre Mueller, Juan Rodriguez, and Rosio Ventura Bottom Row (left to right): Ms. Ervin and Gabriela Chavez
You can be part of a Manor High School club after school called, E4 Youth. E4 Youth is a club for interactive development, audio/video production, journalism, music, and design.
E4 Youth’s mission is meant to “bridge the gap between materialize creative youth and creative industries,” says Mr. Perez, the director of E4 Youth. This club is to expose teens to the creative opportunities you have in the real world. “I want to be able to cultivate more youth’s talents so they can make a living being creative,” said Mr. Perez. Which is what E4 Youth is all about, each student has their own project and mentors are there to provide advice.
“I'm a creative Latino and my father didn’t encourage me to pursue anything creative or artistic, in his eyes that wasn't a way to get money. I wasn't trying to disprove them, it was just a challenge.” said Mr. Perez.
E4 Youth is a small program that is currently growing but in the meantime there are 5 programs after school. There are three at Manor High School, one in Pflugerville, and another in Austin Public Studio. Here as a student you can turn to a consumer to a producer of the media. As Mr. Perez says, “Why don't you create something?” Meaning that since we see media today in so many ways and in our everyday lives why not create it?
“A bunch of creative minds have fun and express themselves.” said Gabriela Chavez, E4 Youth participant at Manor High School.
E4 Youth also has an event at the end of the year; E4 Youth end of the year showcase, where students display what they've done the past year. People are rewarded by their hard work and end product.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to see what’s possible.” said Ms. Ervin, a board member at E4 Youth.
Another way students get to experience the media is by earning badges to SXSW, (South By SouthWest), a music festival. “E4 Youth has a relations with SXSW so in the past they’ve provided passes so students could go,” says Mr. Perez. To get a pass students have to earn badges from their Get Creative projects. The maximum points you can earn is nine and the minimum is three.
“I don’t know of another program that allows you to earn a badge to SXSW” said Ms. Ervin.
Students upload their project through schoology and bulb accounts. Their bulb account is a profile where other people can see what they’ve been working on. In the the other hand schoology is more private where students turn in their project for constructive criticism and a grade from their advisors.
The college advisor or the director, Mr. Perez, grade the project based on a rubric. The rubric is based on three levels the content, the production, and the design. Content, means was the information communicated through the project. Production, meaning did the work needed made the work come to live. Finally, the design, was is creative and was the media functioning.
E4 Youth students on the set of Overheard with Evan Smith in the KLRU studio at UT, Monday, February 27, 2017.
Recently E4 Youth students at Manor High School are attending a KLRU studio. “This was a KLRU screening and we got to be in the audience of a KLRU set to see the interview of Jeff Nichols,” said Gabriela Chavez. This is one way the student can get exposed to media. They'll see how a television program will work as they’ll sit with the other live audience. After the show they went on a quick tour and another one after lunch. Students saw what goes behind the scene of a screening, Overheard staff see which camera angle is the best. To see which angle is the best they use a switcher.
A switcher at the KLRU studio used to pan out a shot out of three cameras. Also has many other uses such as volume control.
A switcher is a keyboard with a bunch a buttons used for other functions like controlling audio, but only four are used to switch camera angles. Now there's is other equipment in that room and everywhere else in the building.with Evan Smith. The staff have a room full of TV monitor where the producer and the rest look what is best for
(A QR Code to see a bulb account of Yesenia Hernandez)