Thursday, May 16, 2013

Student Showcase Hosted at KJZZ's SPOT127 Youth Media Center

KJZZ’s SPOT 127 Youth Media Center hosted its first Student Showcase on Wed., May 15 at RSC Thomas to celebrate the achievements of 29 participants who completed the first, nine-month-long instructional program.

SPOT 127 Director Greg Pereira and Instructional Facilitator/Coordinator of Marketing Tony Valenti stood in front of a packed room of participants and their family members, KJZZ staff, donors and other community supporters to give each of the students a certificate of achievement, to honor the most outstanding students of the year and celebrate their first year’s accomplishments.

And what a year it’s been!  SPOT 127 and RSC Thomas celebrated their grand opening in November 2012. Since that time, the SPOT team has served 150 students through its on site programs and off site programs with South Mountain and Sunnyslope high schools.

Pictured left are three of the most outstanding students who were part of the first cohort of participants to complete SPOT 127’s 9-month-long program. 

Maryvale sophomore BrieAnna Frank received the Best Student award. Maryvale freshman Stephanie Estrada who won the Best Video category for producing a short documentary called The Heart of Dance, which focused on the dance culture in Maryvale. Coronado Del Sol junior Bailey Vogt took home the award for Best Audio for his story about the new Phoenix Sky Train at Sky Harbor Airport.  

SPOT 127 is already accepting applications for its next summer session (June 3-14) and its next nine-month-long program, which begins Sept. 9.  The deadline for summer applicants is May 31 and the deadline for the next nine-month program is Sept. 3.

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